Q&A with Gabriela Ravassa of Lixil and DXV

LIXIL was a sponsor for the #DMMTalks by Design Milk and Modenus during WantedDesign 2018. To get a greater insight into the brands, designs and inspiration, we want to share a Q&A with Gabriela Ravassa, Senior Industrial Designer at LIXIL Americas and Lead Designer for DXV.

DXV is a portfolio of luxury bath and kitchen products that reimagines the most influential design movements during the past 150 years: Classic (1890-1920), Golden Era (1920-1950), Modern (1950-1990), and Contemporary (1990-Present). The brand has been recognized with more than 15 product innovation and design awards in the past four years. DXV is part of LIXIL, a global leader in housing and building materials products and services.

WD: How would you describe what the DXV brand represents?
At DXV, our vision of luxurious design, sophistication, and elegance is shaped by the most timeless yet distinctive design movements of the past 150 years. Taking cues and inspiration from these eras, we challenge ourselves to reimagine them while elevating the experience of everyday living. Every piece in our DXV portfolio is handcrafted with the promise of enduring quality and timeless design.


The Best of Launch Pad 2018 are…

This year, our jury of design professionals named one lighting and one furniture/objects designer a Best of Launch Pad 2018.

The winner of the Furniture/Objects category is Studio Maryam Turkey. Her piece, Mazamla, is a contemporary water cooler inspired by traditional Middle Eastern water coolers that were made of Terracotta. Fired clay allows air to pass through and once it hits the water it lowers its temperature. No electricity is needed to use this multi functional water cooler that serves as a shelving unit and a planter on top of serving an ideal temperature of water. Read more about here work on Design Milk here.

And the winner in the Lighting Category is…


Rado Star Prize U.S. Jury Winner 2018

Rado, the Swiss watchmaker, has served as the official partners of NYCxDESIGN and WantedDesign since 2016. In 2018, Rado launched their third U.S. edition of the Rado Star Prize, which is held internationally to promote the work of young designers. This year, the Rado Star Prize was focused on the concept of “Design Inspired by Nature,” a theme that hopes to explore the influence nature can have on design.

At the opening of WantedDesign Manhattan on May 18, 2018, Rado’s VP of Marketing, Andrea Caputo, presented Susannah Weaver with the Jury Prize for Felted Concrete, her nature-inspired exploration of materials. Learn more about Susannah and Felted Concrete.

During the summer, Maryam Turkey was announced winner for the Public Prize with her Glowherbs project.


Thank you for visiting WantedDesign Manhattan

WantedDesign Manhattan, at the Terminal Stores in Chelsea (269 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets) closed on Tuesday, May 22. Our 8th edition offered a platform for up-and-coming design studios, independent designers and established brands to tell their stories and find new audiences in a context that is more inspiring than a traditional trade show. This year we welcomed designers from around the world, including Turkey, Finland, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico and more. Check out WantedDesign on Facebook for images, Facebook lives and more

Couleur Exhibition at WantedDesign Brooklyn

Couleur is on view at WantedDesign Brooklyn on the Factor Floor, part of the IC Design Festival by WantedDesign during NYCxDesign. Couleur features teh work of three French designers, examining the use of color in their work. Pernelle Poyet, winner of the Hublot Design Prize, reflects on the role of color in her designs.

I started working with color in 2011, while I was an intern in a design studio specialized in exhibition design. I was working on a project the way I usually did: starting from the space’s blueprint, I divided the exhibition rooms in zones according to different functions, then made 3D models that I exported in contour drawings made of sharp black lines.

It’s only when it was time for making the project’s presentation pages that I finally wondered: «Which colors should I use ?» I realized I was absolutely incapable of choosing meaningful colors for this space that I had left completely white until then.