The city aims to stimulate the local design economy through a new pilot program launched Wednesday.
Built/NYC will commission designs from local firms and designers for city capital projects such as parks and municipal offices, officials said.
"Instead of automatically purchasing a desk, a lighting fixture or other furnishings made in another country, we can allow the City to purchase products that have been designed and manufactured right here in the five boroughs,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said in a statement.
The pilot program is meant to not only help established New York City firms grow their business, but also to help emerging local designers gain traction in the industry.
"By tapping into their enormous talents, the city will become an even more vibrant, unique environment for New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy," said Leighton Pierce, Dean of Art and Design at the Pratt Institute.
Initially, the city is accepting design applications for furniture, lighting, textiles and other items for public buildings. Each project will cost roughly $8,000 to $60,000.
During the pilot, the city will commission up to 20 projects from local designers, with applications closing at the end of 2014. The city will begin awarding projects in the fall.
The initiative is funded through $400,000 from the City Council and designers from the five boroughs can participate.
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