Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, co-founders of WantedDesign, are thrilled to announce the selection of Studio Gorm as the 2017 recipient of the American Design Honors program, presented in conjunction with Bernhardt Design.

Studio Gorm

Studio Gorm was founded in 2007 by John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong-Arndt. They met when studying at the Design Academy of Eindhoven. After graduating they spent a year in Rotterdam before they settled down in Eugene, Oregon. As designers of functional objects, the designers draw from their background in sculpture and craft to create works that successfully balance function and aesthetic in effortless fashion.  Their methods are deeply rooted in the act of physical making where an object’s true form evolves out of an experimental constructive approach to design. Studio Gorm will create an installation at WantedDesign Manhattan that will showcase the diversity of the duo’s products, furniture and interiors.  “I’m exceptionally proud of the work that John and Wonhee are doing, as it honors a great American art form, while making it relevant in today’s design world.” Comment Bernhardt Design President Jerry Helling.
Launched in 2010, American Design Honors was created by WantedDesign and Bernhardt Design  to recognize up and coming American designers who possess a solid body of work, embody excellence in creative design and superior entrepreneurial ability. 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 designers seeking to amplify their impact and reach.
“We look towards the future with positivity and enthusiasm. The U.S. is known as the land of opportunity for a reason. It is a place rich with creative talent, resources, entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity for exchange. Our goal is to support young American talent so that it may achieve its utmost potential on the international stage, we are thrilled to present the third year of the American Design Honors to the world.”,  Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat. More


WantedDesign and Toronto Design Offsite Festival will partner to present the fifth edition of Outside the Box. Collaborating with local correspondents from 6 Canadian and 6 US cities to bring specific creative visions through a selection of objects to fit in banker’s boxes. This edition’s theme is DISCOVERY. For us, discovery is the essence of this project, where we can find something new within each box. Discovery inspires, invites play and travel, and exposes us to new ideas, inspirations, and experiences.
Cities include: Asheville (North Carolina), Detroit, Edmonton, Halifax, Los Angeles, Medicine Hat (Alberta), Montreal, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto, and Vancouver.


The exhibition will be on view in Toronto during the Toronto Design Offsite Festival January 16-22 at the Gladstone Hotel Art Hut (1181 Queen Street West). The boxes will then travel to New York City during NYCxDESIGN where they’ll be on view at WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City (220 36th Street in Sunset Park) May 17-23.

More about Outside The Box


A design market including international, national and local brands offering a selection of accessories, unique gift ideas and design items for the home, lighting, small furniture and textiles. The visitors will be able to interact directly with makers, company ambassadors, and designers to discover the “behind-the-product” story.


Friday December 9, 12pm – 5pm
Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11, from 11am-6pm
Venue: Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn – map
The event is free to attend and open to the public.

More about the Holiday Market

Mexican Design Studios to watch

After the 4th year of visiting our friends at Design Week Mexico, we’ve started to feel at home in our beloved Mexico City. This year was particularly exciting for us as we partnered with DWM and Centro University to present NAO, a design schools pavilion. For this first year, the pavilion included 4 schools from Mexico: Centro, Anahuac University, Universidad Panamericana, Universidad Iberoamericana /Ibero University, and 3 from the US: Pratt Institute, Art Center College for Design and SVA. Each presented student projects around the theme of Social Responsibility. It was an exciting and promising program that we look forward to bring to the next level in 2017. You can now see our photo album and stay tuned for more information that will soon be shared on all of the projects.

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Skull table, hand made marquetry in huanacaxtle wood veneer. Design by Ricardo Casas.

WantedDesign was also part of the Jury to recognize the best design studios that took part in Territorio Creativo Inedito, a superb exhibit presented at the Tamayo Museum. Inedito presented projects specifically created for the exhibit by more than 40 studios coming from all parts of Mexico. It gave us a chance to see numerous design studios that we have followed since we first visited 4 years ago. All of them brought high-level projects in term of concept, design, production and social impact.
Here are the ones that particularly caught our eye and piqued our interest.

ITZ is a Yucatan based studio that we had a chance to present at WantedDesign in New York. The studio won the Inedito/Mexico Design Week 2016 Award with their Ocum side tables.

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The Ocum collection is a result of the quest for perfect proportions, simplicity and minimalist. The collection uses two species of tropical wood from the Yucatan area, Mohagany and Katalox, and a solid brass pin as a joint. It was designed by one half of the duo behind ITZ, Ania Wolowska. We are total fans and supporters and are really pleased to present them with the Award. The duo has managed to boost the regional talent in carpentry and craft traditions, bringing together the best native carpenters and local experts to convert raw material into high quality products.

Since 2007, head designer and studio director Caterina Moretti has infused the brand with her unique ability to work with natural materials, exploring texture and form, and bringing nature indoors in surprising ways. The independent design studio based in Guadalajara, Mexico, collaborates with local artisans and invites designers to contribute to the spirit of Peca, resulting in a collection of products that are rich in both tradition and innovation. We loved the perfect and pure lines of the day bed and the Pira cushions in leather embroidered by hand in Coloran, Jalisco, giving illusion of fine drops of rain.



Sarah Lavoine, a Parisian icon in New York

Sarah Lavoine presents the English version of her successful book Chez Moi, Decorating Your Home and Living like a Parisienne with Abrams NYC. During a special event hosted by WantedDesign at Seaport Studios Design Market on October 13th, 2016, Sarah Lavoine will be in conversation with Design editor Julie Lasky before signing copies of her book.

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Sarah Lavoine founded her interior design practice in 2002. In just 10 years, her name has become synonymous with Parisian style. She joyfully mixes contemporary aesthetics with exceptional craftsmanship. Her chic flair is a balance of many inspirations, conveyed in her own furniture and accessory lines successfully launched in 2009. Her collection now includes sofas, lighting, tableware, home decor accessories and textiles. The collection was launched in the US at WantedDesign Manhattan last May.

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Sarah Lavoine shared with us few of her thoughts about the US and her desire to develop projects here.

WantedDesign: What would be a dream project for you in the US ?
Sarah Lavoine: I have just completed a very exciting project in Paris, our first 5-Star Hotel, le Roch Hotel & Spa, located in my neighborhood called Saint Honoré Village. It’s been a great experience on a creative level. You have to challenge yourself to create a home away from home for people visiting Paris. I would love to have a similar project in NYC.More…