The fourth edition of the Launch Pad program returns to WantedDesign with a group of 35 international design studios and independent designers competing to win the Best of Launch Pad prize selected by a jury of industry professionals. This year, there will be two winners presented, one in the category of Furniture and Accessories and the other in the category of Lighting.
Launch Pad is a special annual platform at WantedDesign where up and coming designers from around the world showcase their new products and connect with potential manufacturers, retailers, or distributors. Much like the world famous Satellite at the Salone del Mobile, Launch Pad seeks to match innovative products with the right markets, leading to successful launches for a range of captivating designs.
This year’s event is presented in partnership with Design Milk and supported by Design Within Reach, who will both have representation on the Launch Pad jury. “Collaborating with the brightest designers of our day is one of the great privileges and joys of our work at DWR. Whether it’s the work of an accomplished master or that of a young design student, we seek pieces that embrace the tenets of Modernism.” – Noah Schwarz, Director of Merchandising at Design Within Reach
In association with the Launch Pad in 2017, Design Within Reach will present a new collection of lighting by Elish Warlop, the winner of Best of Launch Pad in 2014. After meeting Elish during the first Launch Pad, Design Within Reach decided to collaborate with the RISD grad currently living in Colorado. Warlop’s sculptural and functional lighting designs will be available for sale through Design Within Reach in May.
This year’s jury, led by Design Milk Founder and Executive Editor Jaime Derringer, will meet with each designer or design studio and award the top prize to a standout product that meets the highest levels of quality among the 35 competitors. Stay tuned, as public will also be invited to vote online for their favorite designer starting April 1st.
Jury members: Jaime Derringer, Noah Schwarz (DWR Director of Merchandising), Katie Stamaris (DWR Director of Product Development), David Trubridge.
Discover the 35 Launch Pad designers, here.
WantedDesign Launch Pad program, presented by Design Milk and Design Within Reach