Rado Star Prize Finalists and Q&A

For 2018, NYCxDESIGN is pleased to have Swiss watchmaker, Rado, return as the Official Watch Sponsor of NYCxDESIGN. As part of its participation, Rado is hosting host the third stateside edition of the Rado Star Prize together with WantedDesign. This year’s theme focuses on the concept of “Design Inspired by Nature”- a theme that hopes to explore the influence nature can have on design. The winner and the other 9 finalists will be showcased at WantedDesign Manhattan. We welcome you to enjoy a Q&A with Rado’s CEO Matthias Breschan followed by an overview of the 2018 Rado Star Prize Finalists.

WantedDesign: Can you give us a little historic background about the Rado brand, and what best defines Rado today?
Matthias Breschan: The first collection was presented under the Rado name in 1957 and the brand has always had the pioneering vision of creating watches that look good for a lifetime. Having one eye on the future has always been important to Rado and has made the brand a driving force for bringing new and unconventional design and materials – including high-tech ceramic – into the watchmaking industry. It’s just one of the reasons Rado is known as the Master of Materials. Rado is best defined by its diverse and versatile collection of design-led watches that are designed to stand the test of time.


Camille Walala x Visual Magnetics at WantedDesign Manhattan

At WantedDesign Manhattan, May 19-22, Camille Walala and Visual Magnetics will debut a new collaboration called “Play More.” It’s an interactive mural using Visual Magnetics magnetic textiles which allows visitors to create endlessly configurable patterns, creating their own interpretation of her work. The mantra “Play More” embodies the vibrant, playful and creative energy of Camille’s Studio in East London.


Register to Attend WantedDesign 2018!

NYCxDESIGN is a month away! Register now to attend WantedDesign in Manhattan (May 19-22, 2018) and at Industry City in Brooklyn (May 17-21, 2018).

WantedDesign Manhattan will showcase numerous international design pavilions (including Istanbul, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico and more); the Launch Pad with 32 emerging designers from around the world; Look Book featuring the work of 12 designers and makers from across North America; Oliver Haslegrave, the recipient of 2018 American Design Honors; DMxM Talks, a series of engaging conversations curated by Design Milk and Modenus and more.

WantedDesign Brooklyn joins the IC Design Festival in Sunset Park, which celebrates Industry City as a bonafide design destination. Don’t miss a series of curated exhibitions on the Factory Floor including Conscious Design and Oui Design; the Design Schools Workshop with students from around the globe collaborating around the theme Future Heirloom; a Career Day on May 17, open studio tours and a new mural by artist Camille Walala.

American Design Honors 2018: Oliver Haslegrave

WantedDesign announces Oliver Haslegrave as the 2018 recipient of the American Design Honors
American Design Honors 2018 Recipient: Oliver Haslegrave – founder and creative director – Home Studios

Launched in 2015, American Design Honors was created by WantedDesign co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, and Jerry Helling, President of Bernhardt Design, to recognize up-and-coming American designers who embody excellence in creative design and superior entrepreneurial ability. For consideration, candidates must possess a solid body of work, express a unique design language and offer a pioneering new design business model. Through the American Design Honors program, Bernhardt Design and WantedDesign aim to promote exceptional American Design in the broader international arena while providing a means of support for young designers seeking to amplify their impact and reach.


Oui Design 2018

Launched in 2016, OUI Design aims to foster creative exchange in design between France and the U.S. It is the first program initiated by the French Embassy to support fruitful and durable partnerships between design professionals on both sides of the Atlantic. WantedDesign will be again a main partner for the third edition of Oui Design. Through a diverse program comprised of workshops, exhibitions, and talks, Oui Design will feature collaborative projects exploring new modes of production, at the intersection of design, art, and crafts.

Camille Walala x Industry City

Photography by Charles Emerson

Camille Walala is a purveyor of positivity, expressed through vibrant color and bold pattern. Commissioned by WantedDesign and sponsored by Industry City, Walala will create a permanent monolithic mural wrapping the facade of a prominent building at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.