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Announcing the Winners of Launch Pad 2021 at WantedDesign Manhattan

Best of Launch Pad 2021 in the lighting and furniture/accessories categories, respectively. The winners will be exhibiting in-person as part of Launch Pad at WantedDesign Manhattan 2021, Nov 14-15, at the Javits Center in New York City.

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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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Discover WantedDesign's Highlights from our Fall 2021 European Design Tour

After 18 months without traveling to international shows, the WantedDesign team were delighted to start seeing designers and their collections in person again, embarking on a European design tour this September that included stops in Milano, Paris, Murano, Lisbon and London.

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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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We All Want to Go to The Refuge Island: Interview with the winners of the Conscious Design Award 2021

WantedDesign learns more about the winning Conscious Design Award project, The Refuge Island, a piece of micro-architecture designed in response to the pandemic

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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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