Oui Design at WantedDesign

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is launching Oui Design, a multifaceted program to foster creative exchange in design between France and the U.S. by partnering with individuals and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. Supported by Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the Florence Gould Foundation, Oui Design is a 2 year program and will consist of exhibitions, talks, workshops, debates and more. During NYCxDESIGN, in partnership with WantedDesign, Oui Design will explore the intersection of design and savoir-faire, and investigate the impact of design on our daily lives with a series of projects at WantedDesign Manhattan and Brooklyn. The program includes the Transatlantic Creative Exchange exhibition, We Trust in Wood by matali crasset and Le vent des Forets, Visual Magnetics collaboration with French graphic artists Antoine+Manuel and a conversation presented by Intramuros magazine on the collaboration between Bernhardt design and French designer Oceane Delain.
Lastly, the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle-Les Ateliers (ENSCI-Les Ateliers), will be leading the WantedDesign Design Schools Workshop this year.
We are also excited to have the French Pavilion and additional French manufacturers and French American collaborations presented at WantedDesign Manhattan, including Blackbody, Fermob, LightArt+iwoodlove and KinderMODERN.
“Promoting French creativity and Savoir Faire and initiating French-American collaborations has been a dear and important mission for us since the beginning of WantedDesign. Oui Design program is a key initiative that we are thrilled to support and to be part of.” Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat – More

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Visual Magnetics: Walls at Work and Play

Visual Magnetics will at launch their Workspace Collection, a full line of writable wallcoverings integrating the brand’s signature magnetic materials with multi-layer dry erase capabilities. The collection was conceived after spending the past few years outfitting some of NYC’s most innovative new office dwellings, observing how creators work and collaborate. Aimed at enhancing productivity, a series of writable background and layer options bring together classic forms in ideation – such as grids, graphs and arrows.
While Visual Magnetics lays the foundation by offering a range of suggested color palettes, the option to mix any of the patterns and colors allows freedom for those who want to achieve their own look. More


A Q&A with MAD Curator Ron Labaco: Studio Job MAD HOUSE and the Evolution of Dutch Design

Studio Job MAD HOUSE, the Museum of Art and Design’s latest exhibit, presents the creative vision of design collaborators Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, who founded the Belgium-based atelier Studio Job in 1998. The immersive design experience pulls inspiration from both collaborators’ Belgian and Dutch origins and represents a unique spin on the intersection of design and cultural identity.
MAD and The Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, which helped support the MAD exhibit, are vital partners for WantedDesign. The Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York as part of the Dutch Culture USA program is supporting the launch at WantedDesign Manhattan of “Ventura New York. The Dutch Project”, curated by Ventura Projects. The exhibit will present what Dutch design looks like in 2016 and how the nation’s culture has shaped its creative legacy.

Studio Job MAD HOUSE curator Ron Labaco talked with WantedDesign about the MAD exhibit, the evolution of a Dutch design identity, and the importance of great craftsmanship. MoreMore…

Get ready and register now to attend WantedDesign 2016

The 6th edition of WantedDesign is only a month away, and the lineup of design talent across our Manhattan and Brooklyn locations this year is the best yet. There will be innovative products to see, great people to meet, and thought-provoking programs to attend.

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What to see in Manhattan
Since year one, WantedDesign has sought to bring the whole international community together, including established and up-and-coming companies. In 2016, WantedDesign Manhattan will be more international than ever covering 15 countries, including eight country pavilions: Argentina, France, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Canada (Quebec), Tunisia and the Netherlands. There will also be a strong Italian presence with some of the most renowned and innovative Italian design brands, including Alessi, Cappellini, Effeti, Horm.it, and Moroso. More

What to see in Brooklyn
WantedDesign Brooklyn continues to grow as the Brooklyn destination during NYCxDESIGN where design, education, craft and culture meet. Discover Transatlantic Creative Exchange and We Trust in Wood exhibitions, part of Oui Design, the initiative from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Made in Western North Carolina, ECAL’s “Heart of Glass”, the Rado Star Prize for the 1st time in the U.S., and the 5th edition of our Design Schools Workshop. More

Designing and making in North America

WantedDesign is counting down to this year’s show in Brooklyn and Manhattan this May, and the team has been busy working with partners to scout some of the best design across North America today as part of our desire to highlight original design and innovative craftsmanship. Designers are going back to the basics and reviving old traditions from their regions in striking new ways. Young furniture and denim makers in Western North Carolina are a perfect example, bringing back the region’s Craft Revival heritage with a modern twist: Made in WNC, An exhibit not to be missed at WantedDesign Brooklyn. At WantedDesign Manhattan, we partner with WorkOf, a one stop online retail destination for the best in American contemporary design, to invite visitors to discover original furniture in a designed environment. Our visitors will enjoy the WantedDesign experience as soon as they arrive in our Welcoming area designed by Brooklyn based firm UHURU Design.