Interview: Ayse Birsel on Applying The Design Process to Life

Come meet Ayse Birsel and get a signed copy of her new book, ‘Design The Life You Love,’ this weekend at the IC Store by WantedDesign. More info about the event here.

Ayse Birsel is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, a human centered design and innovation studio that solves complex problems. Her ability to design award winning products for over twenty years has led her to be recognized by companies such as Nike, GE, Target, Johnson&Johnson, and Nissan where she has dreamt up designs that have contributed to and shaped the company’s overall success. She uses her unique design process, Deconstruction:Reconstruction™, and its tools to teach designers and non-designers alike to create a meaningful life in her new book, ‘Design The Life You Love.’

That said, we are extremely excited to host a book signing in celebration of her new inspirational guide at our store in Industry City. In anticipation of the event, the designer/creative director/speaker/author  kindly answered our questions on her new guidebook to design the life you’ve always dreamed of, her 2016 resolutions, upcoming design projects, and other musings. More

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Outside The Box at Toronto Design Offsite Festival

The sixth year of Toronto Design Offsite Festival launches for one week beginning January 18. WantedDesign, WorkOf, and TODO will partner up for the third year in a row to present Outside the Box – first at the festival and then in NYC in the spring. Collaborating with local correspondents, and in partnership with WorkOf, WantedDesign will bring specific creative vision from five cities – New York, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Chicago – through an unexpected selection of objects to fit in five unique boxes. The concept/theme “multiple” will unite the bankers boxes that each city fills with original works from local designers. MoreMore…

Join us in Brooklyn at our Industry City store

Coming on the heels of our Industry City store opening, we will be using the space to get people and design together during the next few chilly months. Including Cristel, The American Design Club, Strand, The Impossible Project and Adorn Milk, we’re collaborating with some pretty rad companies to put on a gamut of festive events in November and December. In spirit of the season, we are thrilled to present holiday related activities including book signings, pop-up shops, cooking demonstrations, tea parties, happy hours and so on.

With a trifecta holiday shopping manual supported by a multi-tiered event line-up, our staff has put together a roster of their favorite items, a gift guide, and an under $25 present list. As for the items included, they run the gamut from a carbon folding knife to Mason Jar candles, truffle salts, and Loop de Loup handmade jewelry with an industrial yet modern aesthetic. Which is to say: There truly is something in the next few months at WantedDesign for everyone —bosses and coworkers, aunts and uncles, significant others, and so on… Like the IC Store by WD page on Facebook to get updates on new arrivals and events.

As we prepare for WantedDesign in the New Year, we wanted to set the gears in motion by introducing our ever-growing team. Via our very own workforce, we aim to invigorate design into the day-to-day humdrum by way of grouping and sorting items that are only available at the Industry City store. In effort to spread design into this festive time of year, we offer you our handpicked seasonal guides and activities we’ve lovingly assembled. We are look forward to all things design, all-the-time, as we move into 2016! More

Apply now for The Launch Pad 2016

In 2016, WantedDesign will celebrate its 6th anniversary and the returning Launch Pad program.

“The Launch Pad” is a program dedicated to independent designers and small companies who are seeking to manufacture their new products. We created the Launch Pad for our visitors to come together to be surprised and inspired. If you have a new product to present to manufacturers, The Launch Pad is the best and most affordable way to be part of the International Design event at NYCxDESIGN.
The Launch Pad applicants must submit their project before January 21st, 2016.
WantedDesign Manhattan is located at The Terminal Stores (11th Avenue between 27th and 28th Street) in West Chelsea, a few blocks south of the Jacob Javits Center (ICFF), the Highline, the design galleries, and the Meatpacking District.
For more information, click HERE

The Launch Pad program is supported by Design Milk.
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We are open, come shop Wednesday to Sunday

The Industry City store by WantedDesign debuted this fall–and it was a great success! Thousands of people came out to Industry City to visit us as we opened our doors for the first time. The store is nearby the Brooklyn Flea, which recently moved to IC for the winter, and the IC Open Studios, a bi-annual event that allows visitors to tour more than 100 studios across the Industry City complex.

In our ongoing efforts to support American design and independent designers, we were proud to see the enthusiasm of customers as they discovered local artisans and products. Many of those items were made right within Industry City from companies like Brooklyn Candle Studio or the jewelry brand ByBoe.
We are open every week, Wednesday to Sunday11am to 6pm, so come visit us! More