and the Winner is…

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Kjartan Oskarsson is the winner of the WantedDesign Launch Pad 2015

The third edition of the Launch Pad program returned with a group of select market-ready prototypes from 24 international design studios and independent designers, who are looking for manufacturers, retailers, or distributors. On May 18, a jury of professionals reviewed the products and award the best. This year Kjartan Oskarsson received the Launch Pad prize, which consists in a free Launch Pad participation at WantedDesign 2016 and at WestEdge Design Fair in Los Angeles in October 2015. The Jury included: Jaime Derringer, Founder and Executive Editor of Design Milk; Marva Griffin Wilshire, Salone del Mobile, Milano, Founder and Curator SaloneSatellite, International Press Director; Giulio Cappellini, Creative Director, Cappellini; Greg Keffer, Rockwell Group Principal; Noah Schwarz, Director of Merchandising, Design Within Reach; and Paul Makovsky, Editorial and Brand Director, Metropolis Magazine.

The LAUNCH PAD 2015 was supported by

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Thank You!

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We’d like to thank the 16,000+ visitors who came to visit WantedDesign during NYCxDESIGN. This year was special for WantedDesign with the launch of a new platform at Industry City, Brooklyn and with the celebration of our fifth anniversary in Manhattan.
On Saturday, May 9, we were proud to co host the NYCxDESIGN opening night and welcomed more than 4,000 guests at WantedDesign Brooklyn, kicking off all together the 12 days design celebration.
Focused on design education, experimentation, and the maker’s process, WantedDesign Brooklyn hosted a very successful new edition of our Design Schools Workshop around the theme of Design Forever, as well as the Parsons Festival, the Design Forum, design exhibits and large-scale installations.

At WantedDesign Manhattan, we brought back our Conversation Series program, and the Launch Pad, won by Kjartan Oskarsson. For the first time we introduced the American Design Honors co-presented with Bernhardt Design, honoring Egg Collective design trio as first recipient. This year, more than 120 companies and over 22 countries were represented including, Argentina, Colombia, Poland, Norway, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and Italy to showcase their work at WantedDesign Manhattan.

Both platforms brought together international designers, interior designers, architects, retailers, manufacturers, professional design organizations, media, and design lovers making WantedDesign the key destinations during NYCxDESIGN.

Thank you again to all of you, participants, partners, visitors and industry friends who made WantedDesign’s fifth year a huge success. Stay tuned for more events to come starting this Fall.

The Design Forum at WantedDesign Brooklyn

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The Design Forum, on Tuesday May 19, at Industry City will close the 12 days of the NYCxDESIGN celebration and WantedDesign Brooklyn. Open to the public, this program will focus on design education and new challenges in educating design students, in the U.S. and abroad, with presentations and panel discussions bringing together design educators, design students and key design industry representatives from around the world.

Guest speakers will include Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons School For Design, Jeremy Brazeal, LEGO ® Creative Director; Josh Owen, Professor and Chair of Industrial Design at RIT; Sebastián Ocampo, Chair of the Industrial Design program, CENTRO; David Mocarski , Chairman, Graduate & Under Graduate, Environmental Design, Art Center College of Design; Christopher Sancerre, designer, ENSCI-Les ateliers. Program sponsored by Keilhauer. More.

The American Design Honors is presented to Egg Collective

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WantedDesign is proud to announce the recipient of its first American Design Honors program—the Brooklyn-based company, Egg Collective. Established in 2012 by three female designers: Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie, Egg Collective is a New York-based design company committed to building American-made furniture. Through their backgrounds in architecture, art, and woodworking, they have developed a unique style and a strong design language.
Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, WantedDesign is proud to partner with long time supporter of American design, Bernhardt Design, on this new initiative which aims to recognize talented young American designers that demonstrate outstanding creative and entrepreneurial skills, who already have a solid body of work, an original design language, and are pioneering a new design business model. As an ambassador of American design, this initiative will support and give International exposure to the honoree.
Selected by a committee of design professionals including Jerry Helling, President of Bernhardt Design, and WantedDesign Co-Founders, Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, the honoree designers of 2015, Egg Collective, will have a dedicated space at the entrance of WantedDesign at the Terminal Stores building to present selected pieces of their collection. More

NYCXDESIGN opening party was a success!

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For the first day of WantedDesign Brooklyn, a rich program of talks, tours, and workshops warmed up the atmosphere at Industry City for the opening night of NYCXDESIGN. Like the Brooklyn Open Studios and Factories which hosted theVitra Design Hunt; the presentations by ABC Home’s Senior Creative team, or the engaging activities on 3d printing by Shapeways, glass molding by Urban Glass, and on creating objects using mushrooms by Ecovative.

Thanks to the support of all the co-hosts the event was a great success! More than 4,000 people played with the colorful forms on the interactive wall by Dusen Dusen custom made by Visual Magnetics, the Tangible Tweets by Formnation and commissioned by Dutch Culture USA, a live performance by graffiti artists using NBQ pro spray paint, a projection installation by audio and visual designers Circus Family, all framed by the music of djs Rombo, Blasé and Richie Quake.

A big thanks to the NYCXDESIGN team, NYC & Company, the Collective Design Fair, Industry City, Design Within Reach, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, Dutch Culture USA, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, BKLYN Designs, Metropolis Magazine, Circus Family, Core77, Metropolis magazine, Stella Artois, and all of you who came and shared these magical moments with us!
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