In March, right as the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold, NYCxDesign announced that it would postpone this year’s festivities, which were originally scheduled for May. The citywide design festival, headlined by tentpole trade shows such as ICFF and WantedDesign, planned to delay programming until October to align with like-minded events such as the Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Week, Archtober, Open House New York, and the Architecture and Design Film Festival.
Those plans were optimistic at best—the coronavirus continues to cancel in-person events, forcing organizers to explore virtual alternatives. Responding to the needs of an industry upended by these cancellations and that thrives on in-person interaction, ICFF and WantedDesign have joined forces to develop a virtual platform to showcase this year’s latest design offerings with CLOSEUP, a two-day trade event inspired by a TV show format. Across two dynamic days of programming, scheduled for October 28 and 29, more than two dozen North American designers and manufacturers will share new product launches, insights on the latest design trends, and virtual networking experiences through pre-recorded videos that will be available for streaming.