WantedDesign at WestEdge Design Fair Oct 22-25

WestEdge Design Fair

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

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Happy September!

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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

Diesel Living, four brands, one style

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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.” MoreMore…

Pathmakers at MAD Museum

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Courtesy of the artist

Now on view at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, until September 30th, 2015.

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today considers the important contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture. In the 1950s and 60s, an era when painting, sculpture, and architecture were dominated by men, women had considerable impact in alternative materials such as textiles, ceramics, and metals. Largely unexamined in major art historical surveys, either due to their gender or choice of materials, these pioneering women achieved success and international recognition, establishing a model of professional identity for future generations of women.
(Photo above: Gabriel A. Maher, DE___SIGN (video), 2014, courtesy of the artist)

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Installation view of ‘Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today,’ 2015. Photo by Butcher Walsh. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.

We had the chance to spend time with Jennifer Scanlan, co-curator for the exhibit “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today”, and ask her few questions.

WD: Why and how did you decide to focus on Women?
J.S.: The initial idea to focus on women came from my co-curator, Ezra Shales. He was doing research on women ceramists and noticed that the midcentury period had offered opportunities to women as teachers and designers that were unparalleled before, and to a certain extent, since. This led us to look at what women were accomplishing in fields and materials that have largely been left out, or have been included only on the periphery of traditional examinations of the history of design, including ceramics, textiles, and fine metalwork. More

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Front Design with Axor WaterDream / Axor ShowerProducts, 2014 – Courtesy of the artist – Photo by Alexander Schneider

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Discover young designers and makers in the Pacific Northwest

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Picture taken at the Bellevue Arts Museum by Charlie Schuck, pieces by Studio Gorm, Eugene, OR

Bellevue Arts Museum explores the unique character of Northwest design in The New Frontier

The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest on view April 17 – August 16, 2015

The Bellevue Arts Museum, a leading destination in the Pacific Northwest, from April 17 to August 16, 2015 hosts The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest. The exhibition presents works by emerging designer-makers with nearly 30 design studios from British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon contributing to the exhibition. Examining the materials, processes, and creative strategies that define their practices, the exhibition acts as a catalyst for the discussion of how objects and products are conceived and created here; who is making them; and how the field of local design is reflective of our unique region. MoreMore…