Designers and manufacturers close collaborations

This year in particular will showcase the importance of the collaborations between manufacturers and designers. Together, these partnerships explore new possibilities in developing products that not only respond to the evolving needs of the consumers, from contract to residential projects, but define new typologies of products. These joint efforts answer the challenges of our changing world, while creating products that are smart, beautiful, and needed in order to embrace and fulfill our future needs. This year, WantedDesign will not only be the hub for emerging designers and manufacturers, but also an exciting meeting point to discover the work of some of the most talented and internationally recognized designers like Werner Aisslinger for Moroso, Constance Guisset for MG French Design, Jasper Morrison for Cappellini, Philippe Nigro for Ligne Roset, and Francois Azambourg, to name a few. MoreMore…

Launch Pad designers

For its second year, the Launch Pad returns with a group of select, market-ready prototypes from 16 international design studios and independent designers seeking a manufacturer or distributor. Supported by Azure Magazine, this is a great opportunity for designers to get their products, designs and themselves out there and in front of a broad, relevant audience.More…

French design at WantedDesign

Notable this year is the strong representation from France. Besides Ligne Roset, who returns for the 4th year, this time, introducing a new collection by Philippe Negro, we welcome 5 other French companies, all choosing to launch their brands with us, at WantedDesign 2014.More…

American design at WantedDesign

For anyone wanting a fresh look at the design scene in the US, we’ll be providing it in May with the fourth installment of WantedDesign.  Started in 2011 with the support and involvement of many NY- and US-based companies and design representatives, WantedDesign is in large part a platform to promote and build the American design industry. More…

The Future of Paper

The 2014 WantedDesign Design Schools Workshop challenges students to re-envision the expressive qualities of paper in the context of ubiquitous computing, much as painting was reinvented after the camera was popularized. There is a revolution in the exploration of paper, from building components, to 3D paper-printing, to computational origami, to innovative and renewable materials.  Designers have the unique role and responsibility to harness paper’s inherent qualities of tactility, dimensionality, and physicality. This workshop challenges student teams to create a variety of new applications for paper as a creative vehicle rather than as a passive receptor (something on which to write or print).

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