For the first time, Argentina will be participating with a National Pavilion at WantedDesign 2015 with a group of high-end design companies. This trade promotion activity is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina and Fundación Exportar, with the collaboration of both Ministries of Culture and Industry. The Argentine Design Pavilion will feature 7RAYOS, whose mission is to create different home products that become the answer to daily life needs; Bla Bla, a textile design studio created by Luciana Betesh and Victoria Simon that designs its own fabrics and emphazises the hand-made process; Brana, a studio of architecture, interiors and sustainable product design, led by the architect Agostina Branchi; Carlos Obregon, an industrial product designer who reappropriates discarded raw materials into new things; Curadoras, whose unique pieces combine the world of art into everyday life; Designo Patagonia, a design studio and workshop that focuses primarily on ‘sustainability’; Invasión Verde, who help to implement green in public and urban spaces; the contemporary jewelry company, Iskin that uses unconventional materials to integrate art with design; and designer Rayos y Centellas’ new line of furniture for children, Kepot; and the industrial designer Heidi Jalkh. More
We are thrilled to welcome this year Danish design company, Menu. Collaborating with some of the most talented designers in the world, Menu delivers high quality design with a crisp Scandinavian look, which they call soft minimalism. At Menu, they are passionate about design, new materials and clever details, and they believe in making design matter. Discover the new collection this May at WantedDesign. More
The “Rings Of Fire” by Elish Warlop was awarded best Launch Pad project by the jury led by Azure Senior Editor Elizabeth Pagliacolo, and comprised among others of the Vice President of Merchandising at Design Within Reach Kari Woldum. Not only Elish Worlop’s work was judged best of the Launch Pad, but her lamps made of brass and LEDs inspired by the hoop skirts from 19th century, were also selected by Kari Woldum for the Design Within Reach collection. More.
WantedDesign has been a strong supporter and partner of NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official annual citywide celebration of design, for the past few years. Now in its third year, NYCxDESIGN will take place from Friday, May 8, to Tuesday, May 19. Last Thursday, WantedDesign joined other fellow steering committee members for the first official NYCxDESIGN press announcement at the newly reopened Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. NYCxDESIGN will be proposing an exciting program for this year, with WantedDesign as one of the main highlights, both in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The new website makes it more user-friendly and efficient, including the ability to curate lists, improved sorting and categorization and better alignment with new media. We are also excited to announce that we’ll be co-hosting the NYCxDESIGN launch party on Saturday, May 9 at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. More
Last week we went to the Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2015 to actively support both Canadian and U.S. design. And, while setting up the five U.S. boxes for the Outside the Box initiative and preparing the PechaKucha night, the WantedDesign team ran around the city of Toronto to discover and being inspired by installations, objects, and architectures all made in Canada. Here’s our selection. More.