Domaine de Boisbuchet is a unique, off-the-wall design destination situated on 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 second 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 . We had a chance this year to have two talented young designers able to participate to a workshop of their choice.

As the first winner of the giveaway, we selected Parker Ives, current student at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, who choose to attend the workshop led by British – Canadian designer Philippe Malouin. This workshop focused on designing a simple design object and producing it locally at Boisbuchet. The selected objects will be part of Boisbuchet’s inaugural product line which will be subsequently sold on the Boisbuchet website.
Parker shared with us what was for him not only an amazing experience responding to his passion of material experimentation and process,  but also a great human and life experience, all that in the beautiful natural setting of the Domaine de Boisbuchet.

WantedDesign: Can you give us a quick background about yourself and your path until now?
Parker: I am currently pursuing my MFA in industrial design at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. I have always had an interest in making things but didn’t really discover design until high school where I gained experience in 3d printing and computer aided design. I received my BA at The College of Charleston in studio art concentrating in sculpture. Even throughout my arts degree, I had a habit of wanting to make functional objects and after a while of being out of college I chose to pursue my masters and strengthen myself as a designer by attending the Oregon College of Art and Craft where I’ve really been able to explore and experiment in design with different materials and processes while working to establish my thesis.


Design Schools Workshop 2018

Since it’s inception, WantedDesign has been dedicated to supporting international design education. The Design Schools Workshop, a collaborative project-based  initiative, is now in its 7th year and is deeply embedded in the DNA of WantedDesign. It brings together students from different international design schools, who participate in and are inspired by both WantedDesign Brooklyn and Manhattan, part of NYCxDESIGN, the city’s global celebration of design. It successfully promotes schools, fostering the international network between young designers and initiating partnerships between schools and manufacturers.

The event took place from May 19 to 22, comprised of 32 students from seven U.S. and International design schools: Aalto University (Finland), Art Center College for Design (Pasadena), Centro (Mexico), Strate Ecole de Design (France) and Pratt Institute (Brooklyn), Appalachian State University (North Carolina) and The Strzeminski Academy of Art Lódz (Poland). Art Center College of Design’s Professor of Environmental Design, James Meraz and Faculty Chiara Ferrari led the 2018 workshop. Students worked around the theme of Future Heirloom in a dedicated space at Industry City with 3D printing sponsor Shapeways, with  Filzfelt and Artefacto. They presented their final work at WantedDesign Manhattan on May 22 for a jury of design industry professionals. Congratulations again to the talented students, faculty members and partners. Read the report from media partner Core77.

Students from the Strate Ecole de Design in France were brought to New York for WantedDesign and NYCxDESIGN courtesy of French airline, XL Airways.

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.