Design Pavilion 2017 Takes Over Times Square

The pavilion will be made up of a market and eight installations, varying from interactive sculpture to a virtual reality station.
The Times Square Alliance, architecture firm Snøhetta, and the NYC Department of Transportation have collaborated on a fouryear project to redesign Times Square, providing infrastructure for pedestrians and turning it into a vibrant public space. In keeping with the area’s new character, outdoor furniture will be on display at Design Pavilion. Thomas Heatherwick’s Spun Chair (top), designed for Magis and available through Herman Miller, will provide visitors playful but ergonomic seating during the event, while the April Go collection (below), designed by Snøhetta for Vestre, will be launched at Design Pavilion and reside permanently in Times Square’s pedestrian plazas.
All pictures courtesy The Designers and Manufacturers

The 2016 Design Pavilion put a spotlight on bustling Astor Place. This year, the five-day cultural design event will find its home in Times Square, the city’s unrivaled hub. The pavilion will be made up of eight installations and a market, with the common theme of activating public space and exploring the intersections between design and other disciplines. DuPont Corian will be partnering with design team Birsel + Seck to develop a “barlike” structure, which will examine what movement means in a public space, while kinetic sculptor Ned Kahn will be pairing up with Kaynemaile to produce an interactive installation made of poly-carbonate architectural mesh. Other highlights include a virtual reality pavilion and an information kiosk that will disseminate information on various NYCxDESIGN events. In conjunction with IBM, the pavilion will also present the NYC Design Talks over 20 sessions to explore the relationship between design and technology, business, and lifestyle. Held between May 3 and 20 at Parsons School of Design, the Cooper Union, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, the talks will feature some of design’s most insightful thinkers, writers, and makers.

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