Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, co-founders of WantedDesign, are thrilled to announce the selection of Studio Gorm as the 2017 recipient of the American Design Honors program, presented in conjunction with Bernhardt Design.
Studio Gorm was founded in 2007 by John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong-Arndt. They met when studying at the Design Academy of Eindhoven. After graduating they spent a year in Rotterdam before they settled down in Eugene, Oregon. As designers of functional objects, the designers draw from their background in sculpture and craft to create works that successfully balance function and aesthetic in effortless fashion. Their methods are deeply rooted in the act of physical making where an object’s true form evolves out of an experimental constructive approach to design. Studio Gorm will create an installation at WantedDesign Manhattan that will showcase the diversity of the duo’s products, furniture and interiors. “I’m exceptionally proud of the work that John and Wonhee are doing, as it honors a great American art form, while making it relevant in today’s design world.” Comment Bernhardt Design President Jerry Helling.
Launched in 2010, American Design Honors was created by WantedDesign and Bernhardt Design to recognize up and coming American designers who possess a solid body of work, embody excellence in creative design and superior entrepreneurial ability. Through the American Design Honors program, Bernhardt Design and WantedDesign aim to promote exceptional American Design in the broader international arena while providing a means of support for designers seeking to amplify their impact and reach.
“We look towards the future with positivity and enthusiasm. The U.S. is known as the land of opportunity for a reason. It is a place rich with creative talent, resources, entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity for exchange. Our goal is to support young American talent so that it may achieve its utmost potential on the international stage, we are thrilled to present the third year of the American Design Honors to the world.”, Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat. More