Introducing the 2018 Launch Pad

This year, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Launch Pad, WantedDesign’s innovative platform for connecting emerging designers with manufacturers, retailers and collaborators. Since 2014, nearly 200 designers have been featured from dozens of countries around the globe. In 2018, 33 designers from 11 countries will showcase their work in lighting and furniture design at WantedDesign Manhattan (May 19-22) during NYCxDESIGN, New York’s celebration of global design. Online voting is open through May 22 – get to know the 2018 Launch Pad designers and vote here.

Franklin St. Studio



Year after year, Industry City has become a premiere destination for the international design community, showcasing Brooklyn’s vital importance as a hub for diverse, multidisciplinary thinkers, makers, and entrepreneurs. In addition to the main WantedDesign Brooklyn exhibition in the Factory Floor and the Design Schools Workshop, IC Design Festival by WantedDesign will feature art installations, campus wide activities and IC Open Studios.

On May 19-20 during the IC Design Festival by WantedDesign, the Industry City Open Studios will take place 11am-6pm daily. There are now more than 100 artists and designers creating work at Industry City and all are invited to take part in the highly anticipated event. If you’re a designer at IC, complete this form by March 30th, 2018. Or, if you’re planning a visit to Industry City during NYCxDESIGN, don’t miss the Open Studios.

Rado Star Prize U.S. 2018

This year’s U.S. edition of the Rado Star Prize will focus on the concept of “Design Inspired by Nature”- a theme that hopes to explore the influence nature can have on design. The Rado Star Prize, which is held internationally to promote the work of young designers, is another example of Rado’s continued collaboration with NYCxDESIGN and WantedDesign for the 2018. The call for entries for the competition is now open and closes on March 9, 2018. The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money to fund the production of their design concept as well as a Rado True Thinline timepiece, and all finalists will have the opportunity to display their concepts at WantedDesign Manhattan during NYCxDESIGN taking place in May 2018. Enter hereNote: the entry period has closed.

Istanbul Design Collective at WantedDesign 2018

Curated by architects Füsun Eczacibasi and Koray Duman, the Istanbul Design Collective will showcase work by nine contemporary designers from Istanbul. In a living room setting, the showcase will feature products ranging from seating by Autoban and Merve Kahraman to textile work by Begum Cana Ozgur and glass work by Feleksan Onar and Feyz Design. Interested in the hybrid process and dialogue between the traditional artisans of Istanbul ateliers and tools applied by contemporary designers, the showcase aims to present a unique design process that shapes the work of contemporary designers from Turkey. Füsun Eczacibasi is notable for supporting contemporary art, artist, curators and researchers in Turkey and co-founder of SAHA Association. Koray Duman is the principal of Büro Koray Duman, a research and idea driven architectural practice in New York City. Sponsored by leading contemporary rug brand Stepevi and MNG Cargo. Media sponsor is The Guide Istanbul.


Outside the Box 2018

In collaboration with the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (January 15-21, 2018), WantedDesign will present the 7th edition of Outside the Box, an exhibition that creates a map of North American design. Each year, we identify a theme and a correspondent from 12 cities across the US and Canada who will curate a box of small design objects by designers and makers working in that location. The hope is that through seeing these pieces exhibited together, along with online companion information, one will gain some insight into the design scenes in these diverse cities. Once the exhibition leaves Toronto, it will move to WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City (May 17-21) during NYCxDESIGN, the city’s celebration of global design. The theme for 2018 is MATTER.

Discover more about each location and its local designers through the eyes of the twelve correspondents.

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