This last May, WantedDesign welcomed visitors to experience the products and offerings from some of the best design-focused material manufacturers, including 3M, Wolf Gordon, Ultrafabrics, 3Form, Caesarstone, and the Mohawk Group. Royce Epstein has spent a 20+ year career as a materials specialist in A+D before joining the Mohawk Group where she watches for new trends in all aspects of design and culture. Royce blends her passion for design, craft, sustainability in order to make products more meaningful, infusing them with purpose and beauty. She shares her point of view on the role that tactile materials play in a modern world as our experiences are further shaped by technology.

Mohawk group at WantedDesign Manhattan 2017

LOSING TOUCH, GETTING TACTILE, By Royce Epstein | LEED AP and Industry IIDADirector, Design Segment | Mohawk Group
Design today is at a crossroads. We are now experiencing a hybrid of digital and analog life that on one hand drives progress, but conversely creates a desire for more honest and slow living. While many are pushing the boundaries of design with new frontiers of technology, the hand is coming back into the process. More…

Hors Pistes at WantedDesign Brooklyn

Hors Pistes, exhibited at WantedDesign Brooklyn part of Oui Design, is an international residency program founded by product designers Amandine David and Marie Douel. It sponsors travel workshops for young designers to expand their areas of expertise by collaborating with craftspeople from other cultures around the world. Participants visited Burkina Faso in 2013 and 2014 and will travel to Nuuk, Greenland in 2017. Hors Pistes participated in Craftsmen and Designers, a panel discussion held on May 18, 2017 at WantedDesign/Brooklyn. The panel consisted of Dmitri Bahler, a Swiss designer who participated in the 2013 residency in Ougadougou; Amandine David; Andrea Lipps, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum; and Nicolas Randin, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United States. The discussion was moderated by Oliver Haugen, head of Swissnex Boston’s NY outpost.


Art by Friends X Opinel at WantedDesign Brooklyn

By Angela Riechers

Founded in 2008 in Annecy, France as an art collective, Art by Friends specializes in the organization of cultural events, artist promotion, and curation of traveling exhibitions such as the Opinel Series, on display at WantedDesign during NYCxDESIGN thanks to French airline XL Airways. Of the 45 participating artists, 10 are from New York. This show began in 2015 with 30 objects on display in France; Artistic Director Camille Regnaudin hopes to finish the tour with about 200 works.


Hyper Hybrid: Design Schools Workshop 2017

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 6th year and is deeply embedded in the DNA of the show and is a major tentpole of WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City. 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 17 to 23, comprised of 20 students from five U.S. and International design schools: Aalto University (Finland), Art Center College for Design (Pasadena), Centro (Mexico), ENSCI-Les Ateliers (France) and Pratt Institute (Brooklyn). The workshop was led by Constantin Boym, Industrial Design Chair of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Students worked around the theme of Hyper Hybrid in a dedicated space at Force Majeure Design in Industry City with 3D printing sponsor Shapeways and Brooklyn based wood and textile studios. They presented their final work at WantedDesign Manhattan on May 23 for a jury of design industry professionals. Congratulations again to the talented students, faculty members and partners. Read the report from media partner Core77.


Rado Star Prize U.S. 2017 Jury Winner

Design-driven Swiss watchmaker Rado served as the Official partner of NYCxDESIGN and WantedDesign. In 2017, Rado launched their second U.S. edition of the Rado Star Prize, which is held internationally to promote the work of young designers. With the Rado Star Prize U.S. 2017, Rado looked for innovative ideas on exploring the concept of “DESIGN IS OUR DNA: ITEMS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE” – a theme for the imaginative to create a product that shows a passion for the use of materials and design philosophy.

On May 19, at the opening of WantedDesign Manhattan, it was announced that Elisia Langdon, a recent graduate of the Industrial Design and Sustainability program at Pratt Institute, was the winner of the 2017 US Rado Star Prize for Kera, her modular storage system. Kera brings together the benefits of a sound-absorbing wall to improve working and domestic environments with the practicality of a storage system that can be adapted to grow within a variety of spaces. Learn more about Elisia and the Kera system.