As the fall kicks into gear, WantedDesign is excited once again to offer a full calendar of design events both at home and abroad. Pulling on our rich partnerships, we have a lineup that will surprise and delight even the most seasoned industry veterans. From Mexico City to Brooklyn and Manhattan to Santa Monica, WantedDesign is pulling together the best of the design world to help build bridges and start conversations year-round–and this October won’t disappoint. WantedDesign will once again expand its horizons beyond U.S. shores when we partner with Design Week Mexico, and we will also set our roots in Industry City, Brooklyn with our first-ever permanent store. That’s only a taste of what’s ahead this month, check out the full lineup, here.
WantedDesign sat down with Chantal Hamaide, founder and editor in chief of Intramuros, to discuss her special passion and fantastic eye for discovering new design talent, as well as 30 years of producing the acclaimed bilingual magazine. Hamaide, trained as an architect, is a globally acclaimed design journalist who has been known for finding innovative designers early in their career and catapulting them to front-cover status.
Intramuros, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, has become a unique design encyclopedia, chronicling the depth and evolution of our industry—all thanks to Hamaide’s leadership. WantedDesign has been pleased to list Intramuros as one of our media partners since year one.
WD: 30 years of Intramuros, how many designer portrait covers does that equal
CH: Intramuros has published over 165 portraits of designers.
WD: Why did you decide to dedicate your covers exclusively to designer portraits?
CH: I wanted to write about the men and women that are behind the products. For me, the creative part of the research was essential. I wanted to explain that a product is the result of collaborative work between a designer and a company director in response to specifications.
WD: Intramuros is certainly the only international magazine covering not only the big design fairs but also the new ones around the world. What are you looking for when you visit?
CH: We are looking for new designers, new products, new companies or very old ones coming back on the center stage with new proposals. We are looking for new technologies and new ways to produce things, but we’re also looking to old methods when that industry still exists. This is the history of industry and design.
WD: What are the main changes you’ve observed in the design industry over the past three decades?
CH: The real novelty is that you can’t create anymore without a computer. Everything is conceived by digital assistance, and you can send your projects to the other side of the word. The thing that does not change is that you still need humans to work on it. The success of a company is due to the people and their goodwill. More
This October 22-25, WestEdge Design Fair returns for a third year to The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, bringing the best designers, makers and architects from across the nation, and the world, to the doorsteps of Los Angeles’ innovative Silicon Beach. For four days, the press, trade and public will have an opportunity to shop more than 150 exhibiting brands and products for the home, ranging from furniture and lighting, to kitchen and bath lines and to meet the designers behind thousands of inspiring products. In addition, attendees gain insight from leading names in the design industry with a full series of educational programs and special events.
“The third annual edition of WestEdge turns its focus to the appeal of handcrafted design. In addition to key, high-quality corporate brands like Carl Hansen & Son, Baker, Naula, Brenda Houston, Jenn-Air, Zia Priven and many others, we are also excited about the response to our new “MADE:MODERN” section which highlights independent makers of contemporary furniture and lighting from throughout the West Coast, New York and beyond.” Comment Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson, WestEdge Design Fair co-founders. More
After an inspiring summer filled with visits and discoveries, we are getting back in September with a number of events in exciting and creative cities: Seattle, Detroit and London. In Seattle, we will co-host an event on September 18th, with Design Within Reach at the DWR Seattle studio, with Be Original Americas and Gray magazine. We will then head to Detroit Design Festival where we will explore the city’s rich legacy of creativity, innovation and design. We will also have the pleasure to participate to a panel discussion, part of the Industry Days program organized by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, on Tuesday, September 22, discussing about the role and impact of design fairs. Join us, if you have a chance to be in Detroit. Last but not least, we will fly to London for the Design Festival to visit our new event partners Tent London and Super Brands. We hope we will have a chance to meet you in one of those destinations, but you can always contact us for information about WantedDesign calendar and how to participate to our May 2016 events. More
The Diesel lifestyle is built on passion, creativity and strong personality. Using the brand’s ironic and unexpected approach to design, the home collection reflects every aspect of the Diesel philosophy. Rough materials, contrasting shapes and textural treatments are part of the brand’s heritage.
Initially launched in 2009, the furniture collection was an organic evolution from the Diesel fashion experience, the home collection continued to grow year after year adopting important partnerships with leading players in the interior design field: Moroso for furniture, Foscarini for lighting and Scavolini for the new Diesel Social Kitchen, Seletti for accessories and tabletop. The collection as a whole is an ideal pairing of Diesel style and attitude with each specialty partners’ industry know-how and top quality design capabilities.
Andrea Rosso, Creative Director of Diesel Licenses says, “Diesel is a lifestyle brand – consumers choose us not only for the product but also for what Diesel represents; the way of life, our values, the ironic, creative and unexpected approach. We decided to enter the design world to offer to our consumers the possibility to express themselves not just through clothes but also personalizing their home with products that they feel close to their taste.” More