WantedDesign Manhattan has a new home

New York – October 2, 2019

International Contemporary Furniture Fair and WantedDesign Manhattan to Co-Locate from May 2020

International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), North America’s leading platform for global design, today announced that WantedDesign Manhattan, a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community, will co-locate with ICFF for future shows. Together, the two shows will present more than 800 design-driven exhibitors, May 17-20, 2020 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

“The ICFF-WantedDesign Manhattan co-location brings together two unique brands under one roof, creating a not-to-be-missed North American design industry event for architects, interior designers, developers and retailers,” said Phil Robinson, Show Director, ICFF. “We’re committed to fostering the growth and evolution of both of these events in the coming years as they respond to everchanging industry needs.”

“After nine successful years at the Terminal Stores building, we’re excited to embark on the next chapter for WantedDesign Manhattan and to bring the fair to a new level,” said co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat. “We look forward to leveraging the resources of ICFF, and benefiting from cross-promotion with the show, while also maintaining the identity and essence of WantedDesign Manhattan.”

Hainaut and Pijoulat will remain directors of WantedDesign Manhattan and will consult with the ICFF team to propose exciting and meaningful ways to present both shows in one venue while improving the overall experience for both exhibitors and attendees. At the Javits Center, WantedDesign Manhattan will continue to showcase its signature programs: American Design Honors presented with Bernhardt Design; Launch Pad presented with Design Milk; and Look Book focusing on North American independent studios. It will also include Wanted Interiors with immersive and new visions for Interiors, as well as group exhibitions from all over the world. The Conversation Series and live podcasts with Design Milk and Clever will be maintained as opportunities to connect with key industry decision makers at WantedDesign Manhattan.

Independent from WantedDesign Manhattan, Hainaut and Pijoulat will continue to develop WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City in May and will operate the IC Store by Wanted Design year-round.


Announcing WantedDesign Brooklyn 2020

Save the date for the IC Design Festival (May 14-18, 2020), including our WantedDesign Brooklyn exhibition, as part of NYCxDESIGN. We are looking forward to activating the entire campus with school presentations and workshops, museum-like exhibitions, public installations, and creative activities for everyone.

Venue: Industry City, 268 36th street, Brooklyn
Dates: Thursday May 14 to Monday May 18, 10am to 7pm
Opening event: Wednesday May 13, by invitation only

Check out the 2019 programming of ICDF by Wanteddesign

Contact us for more information.

The Camille Walala x Industry City mural, IC Design Festival 2018

Over the course of the past years, Industry City has become a destination for design lovers and curious crowds throughout the year. In May, in conjunction with NYCxDESIGN, the IC Design Festival by WantedDesign showcase Brooklyn as a hub for diverse, multidisciplinary thinkers, makers, and entrepreneurs. In addition to the main WantedDesign Brooklyn including international design schools exhibitions, the Design Schools Workshop, exhibits about craft, design collaboration and the culture of design, the IC Design Festival by WantedDesign will feature art installations, campus wide activities and IC Open Studios.

Meet Michael Phillips, Principal and President of Jamestown. The vision behind Industry City, and a design aficionado.

WantedDesign: What was your original vision for developing this complex, how much you feel you have accomplish and what will be the next big step?
Michael Phillips: In many ways, our vision was to restore the complex to its former dynamism. Over the past five years, we have begun to realize that vision, cultivating a diverse, cutting-edge tenancy that includes modern manufacturing, design, media, tech, and food. The growing tenancy combined with the addition of destination courtyards and experience-driven dining, retail and event programing has made Industry City a cultural and creative hub. The next step is the full restoration and activation of the site. At 6 million square feet, that takes time. More


WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City, 2019


Egyptian Design

Thirteen Egyptian design studios were for the first time represented in New York as part of WantedDesign Manhattan last May in a pavilion curated by architect Mohamed El Shahed. His concept “(re)New (re)Work” aimed to reflect on the journeys of the designers featured and the stories behind their designs.

Read our Q&A with the designers and curator to learn more about the Egyptian contemporary design scene.

– How did WantedDesign visitors responded to the Egyptian Pavilion at WantedDesign?
Happily and proudly the response towards the Egyptian pavilion was super positive and encouraging taking into consideration that it was the first time for Egypt to participate in WantedDesign. Visitors were fascinated by the booth design, colors, narrative wall; they described the booth by “Fresh colorful – unusual Egyptian look” where the re:new – re:work concept was clearly demonstrated through different approaches like the narrative wall as well the tearaway cards that represented each of the 13 participating Egyptian designers along with the products’ selection, display and materials which showcased 13 Egyptian designs inspired by various visions and stimulations. The products’ ranged from lighting units, pottery tableware, wooden cabinet, tiles, kilim, glass, textile, metalwork…etc. Nagwa Hussien – Marketing Manager, IMC


Young American Designer attended a Workshop at the Domaine de Boisbuchet, France

Domaine de Boisbuchet is a unique, off-the-wall design destination situated in the French countryside. For more than 20 years, Boisbuchet organizes a series of interdisciplinary summer workshops where students and professionals from all over the world come together for a week of experimental work with renowned designers, architects and artists. WantedDesign for the third year partnered with the organization and with the French Airline company XL Airways to offer the opportunity for US design students to take part in a Boisbuchet’s Summer Workshop.
Malia Thomas, Senior Student in Product Design at the University of Oregon, had a chance to participate last May at WantedDesign Brooklyn and was the winner of a one week workshop in Boisbuchet. Passionate about wood, she attended the workshop Mass Production Workshop conducted by designer Philippe Malouin.
Learn more about this talented and passionate young designer and her experience at Boisbuchet.


Launched last May: the WantedDesign Best Design Student Projects Award

A Jury to award the best design student projects was led by Avinash Rajagopal, Metropolis magazine, and included Ayse Birsel, co-founder of Birsel + Seck, Andrea Lipps, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Jonsara Ruth, co-founder and Design Director of Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design.

Five awards were given to:

Original Concept and Design: CASE-RPI , Chunks project.
Sustainable solution: École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), Gilles Baudoux, Zero Waste Jacket, 2019
Project with social impact: Swiss designer Iskander Guetta, graduate from ECAL, for his project Shelter Fallout.
Ready to be produced: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Whatnot 2019 Collection: Obsolete Objects.
And the first Best Conscious Design project that met at least 3 of the 4 previous criteria was given to École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), Anna Saint Pierre, for her project Site Concretes.

We had a chance to catch up with the winners to learn more about their project, their interest and how the notion of “conscious design” is important for them.