Design-driven Swiss watchmaker Rado served as the Official partner of two New York design events: NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official celebration of the global design scene and WantedDesign. As part of this city-wide celebration of design, Rado launched the first-ever U.S. edition of the Rado Star Prize, which is held internationally to promote the work of young designers. The stateside edition of the Rado Star Prize focused on exploring the concept of lightness and “a lighter way of living” – a theme embodied by Rado’s latest lightweight and minimalist watch collections.

Beacon, NY-based designer, Kimberly Markel, was announced as the winner of first U.S. Rado Star Prize during the May 7th NYCxDESIGN ceremony which took place at WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City. Markel won the prize for her Glow Collection –  handcrafted from reclaimed plastic bonded with resin. This collection uses the unusual qualities of discarded plastics coming from soda bottles to styrofoam, lunch trays or eyeglasses, to make new pieces. The resulting aesthetic is soft looking, colorful, translucent, and imperfect. After a career in environmental policy, Markel worked at a foundry making large sculptures for artists like Jeff Koons. There, she started making her own work, and developing a process and material that would allow her to use existing materials in the objects she created, to truly have a lighter impact on the world. Not only was Markelthe winner of the Rado Star Prize U.S., but she also received the NYCxDESIGN award for Best Chair.

After this successful presence during NYCxDESIGN, Markel shared with WantedDesign a little bit more about her background and studio

NYCXDesign AWARDS and PARTY MOMA May 14, 2016 © Julienne Schaer

© Julienne Schaer

WD: Tell us a little bit about you: your multidisciplinary education, your background.
KM: My education is in public policy, specifically, in environmental policy. I did my undergrad and grad work at Carnegie Mellon. CMU supports interdisciplinary studies, and I combined my coursework with a number of art and design classes. Nothing exists in isolation and the university promotes that exploration.

Best of Launch Pad 2016 goes to Tomnuk Design

This year, the Launch Pad received more than 3400 online votes, revealing the public enthusiasm to discover new designers at WantedDesign. Our 2016 Launch Pad edition was a huge success with more than 120 applications from which 32 designers from 13 countries were selected to present.
Canadian designer Jordan Tonmuk, from Tomnuk Design, was honored as the Best of Launch Pad 2016 winner, combining the Jury and Public votes, for his innovative lighting system. The ‘Lune’ collection consists of a pendant fixture and a wall sconce. Both of these designs control the light intensity through the rotation of the opposing disc, revealing more light as the disc rotates outwards on its axis.

Launch Pad and Jury-011

Jordan commented about his Launch Pad success story: “My involvement with WantedDesign has most certainly been one to remember. Not only is the Launch Pad an amazing platform for up and coming designers, it is a show that puts you on a international stage to be recognized. Although Wanted is relatively new to the NYC design world, I think it has been showcasing some of the most forward thinking, contemporary work during NYCxDESIGN.
Participating in the 2016 Launch Pad has given me a place to show what I’m able to do, and get that work in front of those who should see it. The plain fact of design shows is that they are expensive, but necessary. The Launch helps people like me focus on their products as the main area of investment while providing a affordable arena to showcase those products.More…

Thank you for visiting us during NYCxDESIGN

A huge thank you to the more than 17,000 visitors who visited WantedDesign both in Manhattan and in Brooklyn during NYCxDESIGN. Along with our partners, we kicked off NYCxDESIGN at WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City on Saturday, May 7, with an event that welcomed thousands of people to launch the city’s 14-day celebration of design. WantedDesign Brooklyn was host to the Design Schools Workshop with 27 students from around the globe, installations that celebrated craft and collaboration, including Libs Elliott’s Unity Quilt created by the community; exhibitions of student work from Parsons and SVA; the Rado Star Prize presentation by Rado; and the launch of OuiDesign which included the Transatlantic Creative Exchange and we trust in wood by matali crasset and Vent des Forets, along with numerous other conversations, installations and exhibitions.
At WantedDesign Manhattan, the Conversation Series was as engaging as ever, the Launch Pad returned and was won by Canadian lighting and furniture designer Jordan Tomnuk. The second American Design Honors presented alongside Bernhardt Design was awarded to Steven Haulenbeek, who’s beautiful work was a favorite of the weekend. International design was presented from Argentina, Mexico, Norway, France, Tunisia, New Zealand, Colombia, Poland, the Netherlands and more. In both Manhattan and Brooklyn, WantedDesign connected international designers with interior designers, architects, retailers, manufacturers, media and design lovers from around the world.More…

Last day to visit WantedDesign Brooklyn, Tuesday May 17

Come visit us today at WantedDesign Brooklyn until 6pm.
Address: Industry City in Sunset Park, 274 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 –  Subway access: D, N, R (36th St. Station)


WantedDesign Manhattan, Monday daily program

12:00 pm-1:00 pm Conversation Series presented with Metropolis Magazine. Design & Cultural Identity – In the Conversation Room at Grimshaw
Conversation moderated by Paul Makovsky Editorial and Brand Director, Metropolis Magazine with Margriet Vollenberg, Organisation in Design Director, Ventura New York – the Dutch Edition Curator; Torbjorn Anderssen, Anderssen & Voll, David Trubridge, innovative New Zealand lighting designer; and a representative from Axor.

1:00-3:00pm: Launch Pad Best of 2016 Jury Review & Announcement – In Launch Pad Space
Led by Jaime Derringer, Founder and Executive Editor of Design Milk with Marva Griffin Wilshire, Founder of Salone del Mobile, Milano and Curator and International Press Director of SaloneSatellite; Giulio Cappellini, Creative Director, Cappellini; Massimo Zanatta, Director of the Marangoni Design Campus; Noah Schwarz, Director of Merchandising, Design Within Reach.

3:30-5:00pm: Design Schools Workshop Jury Final Review – In Conversation Room
Jury Committee includes Allan Chochinov, Chair of SVA/INYC MFA Products of Design and Editor-at-Large of design blog Core77; Susan Szenasy, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis; Caroline Baumann, Director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Maz Zouhairi, President and CEO of Lalique North America.
More information HERE