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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, from NYC to New Zealand.

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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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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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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 Nov 14-15, 2021.

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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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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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POLKI HIDDEN POWER - Online Exhibition

WantedDesign is very happy to host beautiful work created by nine Polish female illustrators and designers in the “POLKI Hidden Power” online exhibition, touching on the subject of womanhood and feminine strength, expressed in everyday life.

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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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Opportunities, Awards and Open Calls for Designers and Students

Designers and students, get your work seen and recognized by entering these open calls and award opportunities from WantedDesign friends and partners like Core77, NYCxDESIGN, Design Core Detroit and more.

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WantedDesign Approaches 2021 with a Positive Outlook

As we enter 2021, the team at WantedDesign is looking ahead with characteristic optimism and a positive attitude. Even acknowledging current uncertainties and challenges, we enter the new year with renewed energy, with a new US president and exciting plans for innovative initiatives, from an expanded edition of CLOSEUP to new showcase opportunities for design schools and students from around the world.

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Look Book Designers Interviews

WantedDesign exhibitors have always counted meeting other designers and studios as a significant benefit of taking part in the trade fairs. Though the WantedDesign Manhattan show scheduled for May 2020 was cancelled, some of the North American studios selected for our Look Book program, presented with Dwell magazine, took the initiative of getting to know each other through…

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