Design Pavilion Announces Virtual Design Talks Series for May-June in Honor of NYCxDESIGN



While it’s sad to think that millions of visitors would have been gathering in Times Square this week, enjoying the installations, talks and pop-ups that are part of Design Pavilion, we do have some good news to share! In honor of NYCxDESIGN, Ilene Shaw and her team have programmed a fantastic series of talks beginning next week called Design Talks NOW. From May 19-22, Design Pavilion will host an online series of daily discussions with leading design thinkers like Misha Kahn, Susan Sellers and Gary Hustwit (to name a few). The talks will explore design’s impact on Future, Resiliency and Sustainability, and Humanity and will continue throughout the rest of May and June!

Design Talks NOW Brings Prominent Speakers to the Screen May 19-22 and Throughout June

Due to the postponement of design festivals globally as a result of COVID-19, Design Pavilion – the largest public design interface in NYC – is setting its sights on October 2020. In the interim, the management team is launching a brand new website and a virtual series called Design Talks NOW, which will take place May 19-22 and throughout June. Founded and produced by Ilene Shaw, CEO of Shaw + Co. Productions, in partnership with the Times Square Alliance, Design Pavilion has attracted millions of visitors, over the past three years, to the heart of Times Square with the profound mission of making design ideas and practice accessible to all through a three-day, curated program of inspiring conversations; pop-up markets; and interactive installations by some of the world’s most creative minds.

“While the world is on hold, and our actual event postponed at this time, we offer Design Talks NOW to keep the conversations alive and on going” shares Ilene Shaw. “At a time when content is a dynamic addition to our professional and private lives, we are honored to share programming developed with our prestigious partners. The series will explore topics pointing to Future, Resiliency and Sustainability, and Humanity as touched by design. And certainly we’ll talk about where we are today, from this day forward.”

More information on Design Talks NOW can be found on Design Pavilion’s new website,, which was redesigned by the Dumbo-based graphic design firm, Maiarelli Studio. The website features Design Pavilion’s brand new graphic identity and will be a resource for up-to-date information on the Design Talks, installations, activations, sponsors and vendors that will play an integral role in this important 2020 next edition – re-opening New York City to the world. Design-lovers can also follow Design Pavilion on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


The Design Pavilion is grateful for the support of its media sponsors: Architectural Record, DDN, Cultured, Curbed, Dezeen, DesignWanted, Interior Furniture Design Magazine (IFDM), No.3 Magazine, The Plan. The FILTER installation, designed by CLB Architects, is sponsored by EMIT, Spearhead and Dowbuilt. The Urban Crystals installation is designed by Oskar Zieta in partnership with Krosno D’sign.


Founded and Produced by Ilene Shaw and Shaw + Co. Productions

Shaw + Co. Productions is an established, creator and producer of highly visible marketing and promotional platforms – commercial and not-for-profit – representing design and designers. Innovators in the fields of design and functional art, they conceive of and develop inspired marketing strategies for both trade and public awareness. Their productions include public, trade and corporate events, curated exhibitions, seminars and conferences, award and educational programs. Ms. Shaw is a long-standing member of the NYCxDESIGN Steering Committee.

In partnership with Times Square Alliance

The Times Square Alliance, founded in 1992, works to improve and promote Times Square – cultivating the creativity, energy and edge that have made the area an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life for over a century. The Alliance provides core neighborhood services with its Public Safety Officers and Sanitation Associates, encourages economic development, coordinates major events such as New Year’s Eve and Solstice in Times Square, presents public art via Times Square Arts, and advocates on behalf of its constituents.

Creative Direction by Harry Allen Design

Harry Allen Design is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary design firm based in New York City. Although trained as an industrial designer, Mr. Allen achieved prominence in 1994 for his interior design of Moss. A multitude of interior design projects followed. His product design work spans a wide range, from furniture and lighting to packaging and accessories. The Harry Allen Design process is a unique combination of personal experimentation, cross-pollination, and strategic thinking, striving to make life more thoughtful and beautiful.

In celebration of NYCxDESIGN

NYCxDESIGN celebrates a world of design through the lens of New York City’s diverse design community, a melting pot of unique experiences and ideas that inform the best of design innovation and thinking. New York City’s unrivaled number of premier design schools, businesses, cultural institutions, and design professionals provide a global perspective on design that no other city can match. As the world’s business and media capital, New York City is the place for designers to expose the world to their products, philosophy, and innovation.