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Meet Mercato Place: Simplifying Material and Sample Sourcing for Designers

WantedDesign is pleased to partner with Mercato Place as the sponsor of the ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks program. Mercato Place is a new online sampling platform to help designers specify products and learn more about manufacturers, with the ultimate goal of making their lives a little bit easier. WantedDesign co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire…

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ECO Solidarity 2022 Moves Sustainable Design From Conversation to Implementation

ECO Solidarity returns for 2022 with an exhibition and two talks at WantedDesign Manhattan, May 15-17 at the Javits Center. There’s been plenty of talk in recent years about the role of design in tackling climate change and ideas shared for helping the planet. With initiatives like ECO Solidarity, we are moving from conversation to…

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46 Designers from 13 Countries Bring New Ideas to Launch Pad 2022

Original design and fresh ideas will be at the forefront when 46 emerging designers join us at WantedDesign Manhattan 2022 as part of Launch Pad –– more than twice the Launch Pad exhibitors at the Javits Center last year. The Launch Pad exhibitors will represent 13 countries, from Argentina to Canada, from Slovenia to South…

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North American Design: Look Book 2022 preview

(Credit image above: Levi Christiansen)Look Book returns to WantedDesign Manhattan this May with an inspiring and diverse selection of North American-based studios and designers. From Ontario, Canada to Mexico City, Mexico, Look Book’s high-end design studios will be presenting their latest collections to architects, interior designers, developers and specifiers looking for original design and beautifully…

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From the World to NYC: Industry City + WantedDesign International Residency Welcomes Designers to Brooklyn

How can we create more transatlantic connections and introduce international designers to the NYC and American design scenes? That’s the question that WantedDesign addresses with our design residency program, the Industry City + WantedDesign International Residency, which launched in Fall 2021. The first resident, French product designer Robin Bourgeois, arrived in November 2021 and was selected…

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WantedDesign's Highlights from DesignTO 2022

Claire Pijoulat, WantedDesign co-founder, shares her highlights from the 2022 edition of the DesignTO Festival, Canada's largest art and design event.

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In Praise of Real World Connection: A Design Conversation with Jerry Helling and Ini Archibong

We sat down with Jerry Helling, Creative Director of Bernhardt Design and designer Ini Archibong when they reunited at ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan this past November at the Javits Center.

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Discover Highlights from WantedDesign Manhattan 2021 at the Javits Center

WantedDesign Manhattan's November 2021 debut at the Javits Center was a resounding success, with thousands of visitors flowing through the doors, eager to once again experience design with all their senses. We welcomed the industry to re-discover WantedDesign Manhattan in its newest form, under one roof with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and BDNY.…

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Look Book 2021 Offers a Survey of North American Design

For the WantedDesign Manhattan 2021 edition of Look Book, we present a dynamic group of 28 studios, based across North America, with very diverse approaches and design languages. Common threads include high creativity, beautiful production skills, attention to detail and the natural beauty of materials, and the embracing of responsible and sustainable approaches. The selection…

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What LIXIL's Jean-Jacques L’Hénaff Looks For in Emerging Designers

“A generous amount of empathy” is one key thing Jean-Jacques L’Hénaff, leader of LIXIL Global Design for the Americas, looks for in design talent. WantedDesign is honored to have Jean-Jacques as part of the Launch Pad 2021 jury. Over the past 25 years, Jean-Jacques has built and managed international design teams in the US and…

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How a Turkish Textile Designer went from WantedDesign's Launch Pad to International Design Studio

Since its debut, Launch Pad at WantedDesign Manhattan has showcased almost 200 designers from dozens of countries. Turkish textile designer Begüm Cânâ Özgür is a prime example of Launch Pad's raison d'etre, with her showing at Launch Pad 2016 resulting in a collection for reknowned rug brand nanimarquina and more.

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Conscious Design: The Great Role Young Designers Can Play

Since the debut of WantedDesign, we have been observing, collaborating and communicating with design schools and students. During these 10 years, it has been interesting to see the differences between schools’ philosophies and curriculums.  Obviously, the cultural and political background of each country, as well as the economy and priorities of government, shape what is…

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What Design Icon Giulio Cappellini Looks For in Emerging Designers

Design legend Giulio Cappellini has been a supporter of WantedDesign from year one. He has been a much-valued mentor for emerging designers in WantedDesign programs, including serving as a jury member for Launch Pad for multiple years.

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How Tarkett is Setting New Industry Standards with Human-Conscious Design

With sustainability becoming an essential part of doing business, how do design companies incorporate the principles of the circular economy and social responsibility into their overall planning as well as day-to-day practices? WantedDesign interviews Roxane Spears, VP Sustainability North America at Tarkett, to learn more about the international flooring company’s sustainability initiatives.

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