Mexican Design Studios to watch

After the 4th year of visiting our friends at Design Week Mexico, we’ve started to feel at home in our beloved Mexico City. This year was particularly exciting for us as we partnered with DWM and Centro University to present NAO, a design schools pavilion. For this first year, the pavilion included 4 schools from Mexico: Centro, Anahuac University, Universidad Panamericana, Universidad Iberoamericana /Ibero University, and 3 from the US: Pratt Institute, Art Center College for Design and SVA. Each presented student projects around the theme of Social Responsibility. It was an exciting and promising program that we look forward to bring to the next level in 2017. You can now see our photo album and stay tuned for more information that will soon be shared on all of the projects.

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Skull table, hand made marquetry in huanacaxtle wood veneer. Design by Ricardo Casas.

WantedDesign was also part of the Jury to recognize the best design studios that took part in Territorio Creativo Inedito, a superb exhibit presented at the Tamayo Museum. Inedito presented projects specifically created for the exhibit by more than 40 studios coming from all parts of Mexico. It gave us a chance to see numerous design studios that we have followed since we first visited 4 years ago. All of them brought high-level projects in term of concept, design, production and social impact.
Here are the ones that particularly caught our eye and piqued our interest.

ITZ is a Yucatan based studio that we had a chance to present at WantedDesign in New York. The studio won the Inedito/Mexico Design Week 2016 Award with their Ocum side tables.

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The Ocum collection is a result of the quest for perfect proportions, simplicity and minimalist. The collection uses two species of tropical wood from the Yucatan area, Mohagany and Katalox, and a solid brass pin as a joint. It was designed by one half of the duo behind ITZ, Ania Wolowska. We are total fans and supporters and are really pleased to present them with the Award. The duo has managed to boost the regional talent in carpentry and craft traditions, bringing together the best native carpenters and local experts to convert raw material into high quality products.

Since 2007, head designer and studio director Caterina Moretti has infused the brand with her unique ability to work with natural materials, exploring texture and form, and bringing nature indoors in surprising ways. The independent design studio based in Guadalajara, Mexico, collaborates with local artisans and invites designers to contribute to the spirit of Peca, resulting in a collection of products that are rich in both tradition and innovation. We loved the perfect and pure lines of the day bed and the Pira cushions in leather embroidered by hand in Coloran, Jalisco, giving illusion of fine drops of rain.



Sarah Lavoine, a Parisian icon in New York

Sarah Lavoine presents the English version of her successful book Chez Moi, Decorating Your Home and Living like a Parisienne with Abrams NYC. During a special event hosted by WantedDesign at Seaport Studios Design Market on October 13th, 2016, Sarah Lavoine will be in conversation with Design editor Julie Lasky before signing copies of her book.

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Sarah Lavoine founded her interior design practice in 2002. In just 10 years, her name has become synonymous with Parisian style. She joyfully mixes contemporary aesthetics with exceptional craftsmanship. Her chic flair is a balance of many inspirations, conveyed in her own furniture and accessory lines successfully launched in 2009. Her collection now includes sofas, lighting, tableware, home decor accessories and textiles. The collection was launched in the US at WantedDesign Manhattan last May.

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Sarah Lavoine shared with us few of her thoughts about the US and her desire to develop projects here.

WantedDesign: What would be a dream project for you in the US ?
Sarah Lavoine: I have just completed a very exciting project in Paris, our first 5-Star Hotel, le Roch Hotel & Spa, located in my neighborhood called Saint Honoré Village. It’s been a great experience on a creative level. You have to challenge yourself to create a home away from home for people visiting Paris. I would love to have a similar project in NYC.More…

Visual Magnetics is launching a new collection of magnetic wallcoverings designed by Dusen Dusen

In conjunction with New York Textile Month, we are excited to present the new development of our partner Visual Magnetics with textile designer DusenDusen. It’s great to see the ongoing collaboration between the two emerging brands that started at WantedDesign in 2015. The Wallcovering collection will launch at the Design Market at the Seaport District and is on view through September 30. In celebration, we asked a few questions of Tori Deetz, Visual Magnetics Creative Director.

WantedDesign: Can you tell us a bit more about the idea of the Wallcovering collection with Dusen Dusen?
Tori Deetz: Dusen Dusen has garnered a cult following – us included – for the her use of abstract shapes and vibrant colors in designs for apparel and home, which made her the perfect choice to interpret our Modulayer™ magnetic wallcoverings product. The fact that her prints are already so engaging, lent itself perfectly to being incorporated into our interactive product.

WantedDesign Textile Month program

The Design Market x WantedDesign is an innovative retail installation occupying the ground level of the Seaport Studios at 19 Fulton Street (map), offering a carefully curated selection of design objects, including furniture, lighting, home accessories, jewelry, and unique gifts.
During New York Textile Month, WantedDesign welcomes at Seaport Studios, on the second floor of the Design Market, a series of textile presentations and workshops.
WantedDesign Textile Month program at Design Market, Seaport Studios
19 Fulton Street, New York, Mon-Sun, 11am-7pm – Full program here


Kikkerland Pop Up Shop until October 9

Kikkerland is well known for story telling through their nicely designed and produced collection. They collaborate with talented New York-based and internationally known designers to produce home accessories, original gifts, stationery, office products, items for kids and more.


The mission of WantedDesign’s retail activity is not just to sell and display products, but to create inspiring events and to introduce the dynamic work of new and diverse designers to the public. With the end of the summer, Kikkerland’s selection of fun, smart and useful “back to school” products is a perfect fit for the Design Market at the Seaport District.
Visit Kikkerland pop up shop, Mon-Sun from 11am to 7pm at 19 Fulton Street, New York, NY. More…