Industry City Design Festival is the Brooklyn destination for NYCxDESIGN. A 5-day long series of programs, makers pop-ups, art installation, outdoor design markets, retailer specialty items, and much more. The campus will be activated from May 14 to May 18 with design-oriented events open for all to participate in.

Download the design festival map here.


A Current Affair | May 15 + 16, 12 – 6pm | Courtyard 1/2

Richard Wainwright, the co-founder, and producer of A Current Affair has built a community of vintage purveyors and a family of vintage shoppers and collectors who come to him for the very best of the best. Find a stylish crew of shoppers, ready to hunt down their next win, and street-style photographers documenting these talented looks.

Seoul Made in NY Pop-up Shop | May 14 – 18, 10am – 6pm | Courtyard 5/6

Seoul Business Agency and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce together have launched Seoul Made in New York (SMiNY). Their initiative is to build a foundation of mutual support, opportunity, and collaboration between the communities of these two cities. The pop-up will host a collection of businesses to shop and learn from with taste testing and a limited selection of gift bags. 

Litauras Exhibition: Mold Blown Glass Artefacts | May 14 – 16, 11am – 6pm | Makers Guild

An exhibition exploring the material and spatial experience of glass and its relationship with light. Drawing from Goethe’s dual nature of experiments uniting natural phenomena with scientific precision, reconfigurable molds are designed to study time, space, mass, gravity, weight, material, surface, light, and their related concepts. Litauras is curated by architect and educator Naomi Frangos featuring artifacts from Cornell University studios she led in partnership with Corning Museum of Glass.

Powerhouse Author Story Time: Joshua David Stein | May 16, 12 – 1pm | Courtyard 1/2

Join Powerhouse Bookstore for the second installment of their monthly Author Story Time series. Brooklyn author, Joshua David Stein, will be reading two of his children’s books, The Invisible Alphabet and Brick. Copies of the books will be available for purchase and can be signed by Joshua.

To celebrate the festival, Powerhouse is offering 30% of Design Books published by pH Books. Visit their store in the Food Hall during design week to browse the selection of discounted titles and take advantage of this flash sale.  

SASKIA: Bead Kit Workshop | May 15, 12 – 4pm | Innovation Alley, Building 5

SASKIA is inspired by cultures worldwide in which she channels into each design offering customers a chance to wear a unique piece of the world. Join Saskia for a kids + adults beading workshop, which is free with the purchase of a beading kit.

Illustration Exhibition: Yeesan Loh | May 14 – 18, 12 – 5pm | IC Store by WantedDesign

This exhibition explores the meaning behind ordinary objects, which evolves into a loved one’s belonging. It deals with the universal experience of loss and how we remember and celebrate life. This is How We Remember: Left, Kept and Created is a series of illustrations by Brooklyn-based painter and designer Yeesan Loh, commissioned by curator Charlene Lam of Grief Grit Grace. Original watercolor paintings will be exhibited at the IC Store by WantedDesign.

Live Art: Jia Sung | May 15 – 18 | Courtyard 1/2

To kick off the Asian American public art series at IC, Brooklyn-based artist and educator Jia Sung, will be executing a mural in real-time in Courtyard 1/2. Sung’s work draws on motifs from Chinese mythology, Buddhist iconography, and the familiar visual language of folklore to examine and subvert the archive through a queer feminist lens. 

Curated by The Collision Project, the Asian American public art series will feature a collection of artists’ work created with the prompt “What does home mean to you?” Various cultures and traditions come under the term ‘Asian-American’ and so this platform is being offered to artists to tell their unique stories. The series will continue throughout the year with new installations spanning until December.

Oldies + Kuraichi: Sake Tasting | May 14, 3 – 7pm | Courtyard 3/4

Together, Oldies Bar and Kuraichi, have curate three sake + food pairings to be enjoyed in Japan Village’s traditional outdoor dining house. Sake sommelier Holly Reinsch will help you navigate the tasting experience and all bottles will be available for purchase afterward at Kuraichi with a 10% discount for tasting guests. Purchase your tickets here.

Consuming Design: Specialty Menu

To celebrate all design at IC, a collection of ground floor food + drink vendors will be showcasing exclusive designer items to consume.

Oldies: 2nd Avenue Canned Cocktail 

Old-school Japanese cocktail bar, Oldies, together with IC presents ‘2nd Avenue’ an IC-themed cocktail made from Iwai Japanese Whisky, Housemade Avocado Pit Orgeat, Cointreau, and Angostura Bitters. The cocktail was designed around the avocado pit orgeat, which was an idea that stemmed from seeing multiple avocado pits discarded daily from their overarching brand, Japan Village. In sustainable fashion, Oldies, uses the pits to create the orgeat, a sweet syrup that is then combined with spices. 

Ejen: Flower Kimbap Roll

Taking the kimbap to the next level with a multi rolled flower design.

Standard Wormwood: Coyote

Coyote a specialty cocktail designed with Standard Wormwood’s in-house distilled spirits. It is Standard Wormwood’s most complex & challenging cocktail on the menu, with a huge range of flavors balancing each other out. Grapefruit peel garnish starts the drink off with a bright citrus note but deep smokey earthy depth takes over from the Amaro & Agave spirits come together alongside artichoke leaves for a touch of bitterness. Mountain mint and black walnut, grown upstate on our farm, is mixed together for a refreshing menthol balance, and the ancho pepper lingers with a late subtle spice.

Barrow’s Intense: IC Heaven Cocktail 

Be transported to Barrow’s heaven where the cocktails are poured in soft hues of purple. The IC Heaven Cocktail is made up of Gin, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liquor, lemon, soda, and butterfly pea blossom (which gives the cocktail its bright purple color).

Li-Lac Chocolate: Cookies + Cream Pretzel Bark

Super sweet, salty, and an old-school favorite, the Oreo. Li-Lac’s limited edition Cookies & Cream Pretzel Bark is a pivot from their usual dark and milk flavors, hitting both the savory and sweet in one.

Design Retailers

Design at IC spans from specialty small businesses to world-renowned designer brands. Ground-floor shopping including outlets, vintage, boutiques, plus a dynamic office community #UpstairsAtIC comprising of textile, lighting, interior styling, and furniture fabricators. Explore the full line-up here.

Makers Guild

Welcome to #UpstairsAtIC and behind [usually] closed doors, into the studios of makers and creators. Meet IC’s immersive shopping destination, where design studio meets retail. Witness the process and shop their creations, plus a rotating stream of pop-up art exhibitions and experiences. Explore the full line-up here.

Self-Guided Art Tour

Explore 15+ art installations ranging from murals to sculptures on campus, with The Collision Project’s self-guided art tour. The Collision Project utilizes the campus of Industry City as a diverse and flexible testing ground for artists and visionaries to collaborate and to promote exploration of the grounds. Interested in creating an installation with us? Submit your ideas here.

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