Sprout Visits NYCxDESIGN Week 2022
Now in its tenth year, NYCxDESIGN is a not-for-profit organization committed to empowering and promoting the creative community. The organization hosts an annual citywide festival to highlight what’s best and what’s next in furniture, interior design, and architecture. Studios and showrooms across the city open their doors as designers unveil their latest projects.
This year’s Design Week was the first Sprout has been able to attend in a few years, and while the show was noticeably smaller, the excitement to gather again was palpable. The design community was active and alive all across the city— from installations in Times Square, to open studio crawls and walking tours from SoHo to Brooklyn and beyond.
Shout out to our good friends Scott Cozzolino and Scott Henderson for being our personal tour guides. It was awesome to explore SoHo with these two America by Design Presenters and Judges.
Two trade shows, ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) and Wanted Design Manhattan, anchor the furniture fair. Together, ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan gathered over 300 established and emerging design brands from more than 25 countries, with over 10,000 designers, architects, retailers, representatives, manufacturers and merchandisers in attendance.
One of our favorite parts of the NYCxDESIGN festival is the student exhibitions. We were excited to check out not one but two Metaproject exhibitions by students of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the alma mater of Sprout CEO, Jordan Nollman. Josh Owen, Vignelli Distinguished Professor and Director developed the program to allow students the opportunity to design product concepts for real clients, with the ability to see chosen products through to viability and manufacture. This year, RIT design students created a variety of concepts for Modkat for Metaproject 12 which were shown at the Javitts Center. Metaproject 11 for Staach was shown offsite at a gallery show where we got to meet up with other RIT Alumni as well as Dean Todd Jokl.
Apartment Therapy rolled out the first-ever home design event specifically highlighting small space living. We enjoyed checking out the 12 spaces that were designed by some of the industry’s top designers, showcasing a trend toward more efficient, lighter-footprint dwellings.
There were parties and opening receptions around every corner, and most neighborhood design shops and studios broke out the bubbly for visitors… with face masks and hand sanitizer in arm’s reach. We had a blast being immersed in the creative community for the first time in years, and are already planning the next trip.