For anyone wanting a fresh look at the design scene in the US, we’ll be providing it in May with the fourth installment of WantedDesign. Started in 2011 with the support and involvement of many NY- and US-based companies and design representatives, WantedDesign is in large part a platform to promote and build the American design industry.
The 2014 WantedDesign Design Schools Workshop challenges students to re-envision the expressive qualities of paper in the context of ubiquitous computing, much as painting was reinvented after the camera was popularized. There is a revolution in the exploration of paper, from building components, to 3D paper-printing, to computational origami, to innovative and renewable materials. Designers have the unique role and responsibility to harness paper’s inherent qualities of tactility, dimensionality, and physicality. This workshop challenges student teams to create a variety of new applications for paper as a creative vehicle rather than as a passive receptor (something on which to write or print).
This year in January, we attended the fourth TO DO, Toronto Design Offsite Festival. WantedDesign is proud to partner with the festival to promote each other’s news on each side of the border.
We had heard lots of positive comments about the Festival but it seems that not many New Yorkers know about it, even though it is so close and accessible. With over 60 events/exhibitions across the city, it was quite a marathon to try to cover most of them in 3 days, but absolutely worth it. Here is an overview of what we loved at TO DO.
With a strong focus on The Americas and sizable representation from Europe and elsewhere, WantedDesign will bring together emerging and established names from the global design industry to create a vibrant showcase of talent. Founded by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat in 2011, WantedDesign continues to solidify its reputation as a creative and inspiring platform for designers, manufacturers, artisans, students, design institutions, the media, and design lovers from around the world.
As we work on building an extraordinary program for WantedDesign 2014, including gathering a roster of the best known and undiscovered design companies, you can stay up to date by following us on twitter or facebook. You’ll get regular updates, the latest reviews from various international publications, plus a look at the 2013 fair that includes video and more. If you want to be a part of the 2014 show, there are still a few weeks to get in touch with us.