IC Design Festival by WantedDesign

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.

Outside the Box – Edition 8.0

In collaboration with the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, WantedDesign will present the 8th 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. The theme for 2018 is MATTER.

Conscious Design

We have reached a point where all design must become conscious. ‘Conscious Design’ is design created from a space of interconnected awareness with a mission to help the natural world and our communities flourish. The exhibition, curated by WantedDesign, will showcase innovative design projects and products from around the world that not only push the boundaries of our creativity but also embody our shared responsibility.

Biodesign Challenge

The Biodesign Challenge is a university competition that pairs art and design students with scientists to envision future applications of biotechnology. Students focus on a range of sustainable theme areas including biomaterials, energy, food, water, medicine, transportation, and more. Four projects will be exhibited. Part of the Conscious Design exhibition. 

Daily Connection

As part of the “Bamboo for Paris” project, 10 students from EnsAD participated in a workshop on the valorisation of bamboo as a material of the future, at the Domaine de Boisbuchet, a research center in design on environmental issues. The students worked on the realization of bamboo pieces in the idea of ​​an implementation on an industrial scale. Part of the Conscious Design exhibition. 

How Do We Clean Up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

It is estimated that by 2025 250 million metric tons of plastic could end up in the ocean. Our waste is unmanaged. Water, wildlife, food supply, health, climate and air quality are all affected by this growing and grave problem. As designers, what can be done? Part of the Conscious Design exhibition. 

RIT Hope for Honduras

The RIT Hope for Honduras initiative, directed by Assistant Professor Mary Golden highlights the partnership between Herman Miller and RIT’s interior design program to outfit a 12,000 square foot expansion for Hospital Escuela’s NICU, the largest public hospital in Honduras. The exhibition curates work from a multidisciplinary effort aimed at providing an accessible model of medical care for critically ill newborns with the goal of reducing infant mortality. Part of the Conscious Design exhibition. 


Save our Souls is a response to the current global refugee crisis that the world is facing. It proposes the re-use of a by-product of this crisis which is the common life jacket to provide low-cost temporary shelters to help refugees. Part of the Conscious Design exhibition. 

The Antigua Project

In May 2015, a group of 12 New York based designers and artists led by Rebecca Welz arrived in the city of Antigua, Guatemala, to collaborate with artisans in diverse crafts and create a line of products. An exhibition of the resulting diverse set of products and designs ranging from clothing to home goods that utilized traditional techniques of the region. Part of the Conscious Design exhibition. 

The Sausage of the Future by Carolien Niebling

Presented by swissnex in New York, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, Swiss Touch, and supported by ECAL and Lars Mueller Publishers.
Can we count on the sausage to provide a solution, in order to reduce the consumption of meat? And can the use of new ingredients increase the diversity of our diets? Can the sausage make a considerable contribution to a sustainable food culture? To answer these questions, product designer Carolien Niebling has collaborated with a chef of molecular gastronomy and a master butcher to look into sausage production techniques, one of mankind’s first-ever designed food items, and potential new ingredients – like insects, nuts and legumes – to reinvent the sausage of the future.

UARTS Philadelphia

The Master of Design(MDes) in Product Design at the University of Arts Philadelphia is a two-year, 60-credit program that has at the core of its curriculum a focus on human-centered design and maker culture. The program explores the nature of materials, products and manufacturing from a regional and global perspective, using Philadelphia’s urban core as a laboratory for design intervention and innovation. On view at WantedDesign will be projects by MDes students in collaboration with a local metalworker.

University of Lapland

DARKTIC presents the work of 12 undergraduate students from the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Lapland, Finland, with the support of the VARPU research project. The VARPU research project provides technical expertise in Augmented and Virtual Reality, whilst we demonstrate our proficiency in Arctic Design with the combined knowledge from Industrial, Interior & Textile, Clothing, Audiovisual, Graphic and Service Design.

Central Saint Martins’s Mess is the Law

The Product Ceramic and Industrial Design Program at Central Saint Martins will be presenting current thinking, student life and recent projects at WantedNYC Brooklyn 2018. PCID brings ideas to life through processes informed by curiosity, community engagement, making and transformation. The Program is the recipient of Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education 2013 for Product & Industrial Design’s contribution to the creative economy.

Rochester Institute of Design and Autodesk

Soft Studio is output from the coursework of Professor Melissa Dawson from the Industrial Design (ID) Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Professor Dawson has devoted her career to exploring the intersection of textiles and technology manifest in functional product design. This selection of works represents a cross-section of work-product covering typologies from footwear to soft toys, home goods to functional apparel to healthcare and sporting goods, the student work is connected by a single thread: presenting ideas that move humanity forward.

Auburn University and Autodesk

The evolution and accessibility of digital fabrication is enabling the creation of products and product platforms increasingly customizable by the end-user. From furniture to prosthetic devices, Auburn University graduate and undergraduate students are focused on exploring such possibilities.

SVA Products of Design – Radical Times

In Radical Times, the graduate students of the MFA in Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts explore speculative pasts and futures to produce seventeen product proposals for the present day – each 3-dimensional manifestation of their year-long thesis, and each attempting to reconcile their points of view with their imagined, preferred states.

IC Makers and Innovators

Industry City has become a hub for makers, innovators and thinkers in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This exhibit, curated by Jennifer-Navva Milliken, will feature the works of creative people based at Industry City.

Drexel University

Drexel University’s Product Design students will showcase works that explore pattern, texture, and form with an exaggerated expressiveness. Focusing on interactivity within design, the pieces allow for the user to play with and explore the possibilities of function and form. 


The Douglas Glass Series was born in 2007 during designer François Azambourg’s research at the glass research center CIAV in Meisenthal, France. For its 10th anniversary, François Azambourg and Meisenthal Glass workers have decided to revisit the Douglas Glass Series during a one week workshop to make numerous variations. Part of the Oui Design 2018 program, the experimentation around the Douglas Glass Series comes to New York where Francois Azambourg and the CIAV glass makers will collaborate with glassmaker and designer Leo Tecosky and the Brooklyn Glass team to revisit and explore new ideas to use the Douglas pine as a mold for producing the vases, playing with new scales and shapes. The result of this collaboration and the Douglas 10th Anniversary will be exhibited along with the original series produced at CIAV and documentation about the process.