Photographer Nick Glimenakis – PROJECT AZ Hudson Yards Project, NYC
Living in NYC as a designer comes with many challenges. Being immersed in dense populations with a reputation of leading the world in creative design and fashion comes with a lot of competition. But on the other hand, the cultural differences of Manhattan’s residents brings a lot of unique styles that designers can learn from one another.
Here are the five reasons why designers are specifically attracted to NYC to visit and even live to further deepen their skills and thrive in their careers.
1. Design Events
With time brings new trends, and with that comes design events. This is particularly true for NYC, where many festivals and seminars are held year round. These events are used for networking opportunities that allow designers to meet others and share their newest discoveries. Sometimes, it is also a great opportunity to discover new clientele and share a business card or two.
One of the largest visited events in NYC is design week NYC. This is an annual celebration that incorporates different events, launches, and exhibitions, and an excellent time to visit as an interior or product designer. The event showcases New York City’s talented designers and takes place online and in many hot locations around the city.
2. Inspiring Backgrounds
As already mentioned, a huge benefit of living or visiting NYC as a designer is to take inspiration from various cultures in one large city. Many residents in Manhattan are transplants, meaning they are usually raised in other regions around the world but settle in the Big Apple later in their careers.
Photographer Nick Glimenakis – Ahmad AbouZanat Interior Designer of PROJECT AZ
For example, Ahmad AbouZanat from PROJECT AZ designs NYC interiors with a modern twist, but his Palestainien descent and upbringing in Lebanon gives him a competitive edge that sets him apart from other interior designers throughout the city.
3. Unique furnishings & Art
Photographer James Orr
NYC is no stranger to creative minds, and just about any street you take will lead you to a storefront that boasts eclectic pieces that most definitely turns heads. This city is truly filled with enough gems for art collectors, interior designers, and even the everyday home owner to go around.
Here, you can casually visit leading design stores like; Collier West, The Future Perfect, and Trailer Park. Need I say more?
4. Interior design schools
If you’re seeking to work and further your studies, NYC is the place to be. The city is famous for reputable interior designer schools and a wide variety of courses. And the best bit? It’s easy to secure a job in New York. Examples of renowned design colleges include; the NY school of interior design, Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and more.
5. Historical buildings
Photographer Valor Kopeny – Dumbo Street, Brooklyn, NY
The historical architecture that makes up this large city includes world-renowned buildings such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, but around every corner you can find history that is greatly appreciated by those with a design eye.
From gothic architecture to bronze doors and sculptures, designers come together to add their own touch to the history of the city. This brings purpose and fulfillment to anyone with passion in their craft.
The bottom line
New York City is the home of unique architectural works and art. It attracts designers from all parts of the globe, and the incredible influence of having so many designers in one place only encourages a creative mind to reach their full potential. Seeing is believing, and if you are someone who resonates with pleasing aesthetics, we recommend a visit to the city that never sleeps.