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WantedDesign Journal

Welcome to the WantedDesign Journal, our new online magazine. We’ll be sharing our insights and highlights from our events and partners, as well as amplifying voices from our international network. Whether you’re an emerging designer, an architect or interior designer, or design lover, we look forward to taking you behind-the-scenes of our design world.

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A Feature on Our Best of Launch Pad Winners for 2022

Tianning Zhao and Erika Cross have been awarded the Best of Launch Pad awards for lighting and furniture respectively at WantedDesign Manhattan 2022. The Launch Pad program is presented with media partner Design Milk and sponsored by American Standard. Article written for Design Milk by Vy Yang Tianning Zhao, Best of Launch Pad for lighting…

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Design for Tomorrow: Exploring The Volume of Color

Ultrafabrics brings leading voices in curation, design and editorial to discuss the past and future of neutral color palettes Contributing editor: Jeroen Bergmans, Ultrafabrics On the first day of WantedDesign Manhattan 2022, high-performance fabrics manufacturer Ultrafabrics sponsored a panel discussion with design industry thought leaders to explore the use of neutral color palettes and rebuke…

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This Year, We All Want to Go to The Garden Beach: Interview with the winners of the Conscious Design Awards 2022

The Garden Beach, a landscape project focused on the issue of soil wins Best Conscious Design Award project for 2022 Margot Dubrana As part of WantedDesign Online's International Schools Show, WantedDesign maintains its annual Conscious Design Awards presented with Metropolis magazine. The award encourages and recognizes students who embrace the notions of sustainable design and social…

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A Recap of WantedDesign Manhattan 2022

North America’s leading platform for contemporary furnishing design, and WantedDesign Manhattan, a trade event for high-end North American studios and international emerging designers, held May 15-17, 2022, at New York’s Javits Center, finished with a rave response from exhibitors, editors, manufacturers, academics, buyers, architects and designers, and members of the design industry. (Image above: Paola…

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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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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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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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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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Look Book Exhibitor INDO- Brings Indian Roots to Contemporary Design

Launched in 2018, Look Book at WantedDesign Manhattan is a showcase for high-end North American designers and studios. It's a jewel of WantedDesign's programming, connecting interior designers and architects to studios like award-winning contemporary furniture and home accessories design studio INDO- based in Providence, Rhode Island and New Delhi, India. INDO- founders Urvi Sharma and…

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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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WantedDesign Fondly Remembers French Designer Pauline Deltour, 1983-2021

In September 2021, it was with immense sadness that Claire and I learned that French designer Pauline Deltour passed away. We cannot imagine how devastating this is for her family, friends and team. We also want to mark how painful of a loss this is for the design community, and for us

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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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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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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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WantedDesign Tunes In to AIRTIME, Swiss Design TV

With an aim to connect Switzerland with NYC, AIRTIME, Swiss Design TV is a design exhibition, presented in the form of a 10-minute TV show, curated by Matylda Krzykowski.

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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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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 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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Top 10 Reasons to Be Part of WantedDesign Manhattan

Curious about being part of WantedDesign Manhattan? Here are the top 10 reasons to exhibit with us May 15-17, 2022.

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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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US Designers Selected by WantedDesign for Design Week Mexico's Inédito Digital

For the first time, Design Week Mexico invited two international curators and collaborators, Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, co-founders of WantedDesign, to present a selection of American designers to take part in Inédito Digital. A regular part of Design Week Mexico's annual programming, Inédito is an open call for utilitarian design projects in the categories…

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From Idea to Impact: ECO Solidarity online exhibition champions sustainable design

WantedDesign is proud to present ECO Solidarity 2021 as the current online exhibition on our new platform wanteddesign.online “We hope this exhibit will find echoes in the US and initiate future collaborations to grow the ECO Solidarity movement across the globe,” say Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, WantedDesign co-founders. “Most of all, we hope it…

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Spotlight on Lighting Design at CLOSEUP 2021

At CLOSEUP 2021, we’re delighted to present a range of lighting, from handblown glass fixtures from KEEP Brooklyn and innovative LEDs by Archilume in the North American Studio Sessions, to new collections from JUNIPER and Andrea Claire. To get insight into the US lighting market, we spoke to John Cook, who founded Austin-based lighting distributor…

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Designing the Stage for CLOSEUP 2021

Over the last decade, WantedDesign events have featured some great environments, from the brick walls of the Tunnel in Chelsea, Manhattan, to the lively open-air courtyard at Industry City for the opening party of WantedDesign Brooklyn. We want to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the design process for our latest event space. Our newest…

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