Fresh off the plane from our quick trip to NYC for the annual NYCxDesign trifecta - ICFF, WantedDesign and Sight Unseen Offsite, we have selected our favorite items from the shows along with some discoveries around the galleries of Manhattan that you might not have seen Instagramed a million times already…
Joogii made the international design pilgrimage to Milan, Italy last week for the annual Salone del Mobile and general non-stop showcase of talent around the city. It was all we could have hoped for and more - from Nendo’s 50 Manga Chairs exhibit and Missoni’s neon and knit installation to Cassina’s concrete cinder block Salone booth and Baccarat’s Luminiers Out of the Box collaboration with our favorites like Arik Levy…it was a multitude of sights to take in. We successfully scratched the surface and have rounded up photos of some of our favorites.
While experiencing the creations from the best names in design was illuminating, one of our most inspiring takeaways was to see how many designers are experimenting with texture, color and material without the purpose to perfect furniture or lighting design, but to create new dialogue. From the papier-mâché like fabrication of the 601 furniture exhibit and the new take on bent wood from Noon Furniture at Salone Satellite or the rubberized vinyl texture of the Vogue Living installation in the Brera District, we walked away invigorated and motivated to push more boundaries when it comes to rethinking what design can be. Bravo Milano!
Updated: April 25, 2016
Online polls have opened for viewers to select their favorite Launch Pad designer! The winner will be awarded free booth space at WantedDesign in 2017 and at the WestEdge design fair in Los Angeles in October, a $2500 cash prize courtesy of Design Within Reach, an in person design meeting with DWR’s Director of Merchandising, and a special feature on Design Milk.
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For immediate release, March 3, 2016
Presented by Design Milk and Design Within Reach
The third edition of the Launch Pad program returns to WantedDesign this year with an unparalleled group of 33 international design studios and independent designers competing to win the top prize and recognition from leaders across the industry.
Launch Pad is a special segment of WantedDesign each year where up and coming designers from around the world showcase their new products and connect with potential manufacturers, retailers, or distributors. Much like the world famous Satellite at the Salone del Mobile, Launch Pad seeks to match innovative products with the right markets, leading to successful launches for a range of captivating designs.
This year’s event is presented in partnership with Design Milk and supported by Design Within Reach, who will both participate in the award selection for the second consecutive.
“Creating the next generation of design begins with supporting designers, and we're thrilled to be a partner for the 2016 WantedDesign Launch Pad,” says DWR CEO John Edelman. “We can’t wait to see this year's innovative design, and we encourage everyone to come out to WantedDesign and get involved.”
Icelandic designer and RISD grad Kjartan Oskarsson took home the 2015 grand prize award, which includes free participation in this year’s WantedDesign. His two lamp concepts, HALO and Forester, stood out among the 23 other competitors for their originality and modernity.
“Being a part of WantedDesign Launch Pad 2015 was a great experience,” said Oskarsson. “There I was surrounded by talented people, and you could
feel the creative energy in the air. I was truly honored and humbled to be the one chosen by the jury as the Launch Pad winner and it gave me the opportunity to present my work both in the US and in Europe.”
A jury of design professionals, led by Design Milk Founder and Executive Editor Jaime Derringer, will meet with each designer or design studio and award the top prize to a standout product that meets the highest levels of quality among the 33 competitors. The public will also be invited to vote online for their favorite designer starting April 1st.
The 33 Launch Pad designers selected in 2016:
Begum Cana Ozgur www.begumcanaozgur.com
Bullet et Associes bulletassocies.com
Damon Ahola damonahola.com
Du-Ho Design du-ho.com
Emre Bagdatoglu emrebagdatoglu.com
Faranak Farhang faranakfarhang.com
Fiddle & Hammer fiddlehammer.com
Fierst Design fierstdesign.com
Fleet objects fleetobjects.com
Form and Forest formandforest.com
Jacob Antoni Design jacobantoni.com
Justin Donnelly justindonnelly.com
Kishimoto Design kishimotodesign.com
Lake + Wells lakeandwells.com
Leah K.S. Amick leahksamick.com
LiLi Jackson/studioR lilijackson.com
Loic Bard loicbard.com
Plato Lighting plato.lighting
Richard Clarkson richardclarkson.com
Sara Ouhaddou saraouhaddou.com
Simon Johns simonjohns.com
Sora Studio sorastudio.us
Tarek Elkassouf tarekelkassouf.com
The Whole Elements
Varone Studio federicovarone.com
Zero- Craft Corp. zerocraftcorp.com
Save the date(s). Your essential calendar to attend all WantedDesign events:
WantedDesign Manhattan, May 13-16
− Friday May 13 - 12-4 pm: Press preview
− Friday May 13 - 3 pm: American Design Honors announcement
− Friday May 13 – 7-10 pm: Opening party
− Saturday May 14, Sunday May 15: From 10am to 7pm (open to trade and public)
− Monday May 16: From 10am to 7pm (open to trade only)
− Monday May 16 - 1 pm: Launch Pad Best of 2016 announcement
− Monday May 16 - 3 pm: Design Schools Workshop final jury review
WantedDesign Manhattan at the Terminal Stores – 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th Street, NY 10001
Set designs are always sure to stun during New York Fashion Week, but we couldn’t help but notice the neon magic that lit up Rodarte’s Fall 2016 Ready to Wear show. Designed by Bureau Betak, the set was a mixture of flamingo pink and bright white neon tubes juxtaposed against heaps gravel and flowers. The design called upon the collection’s subtle influence of Northern California’s “flower-power” heyday and reflected the the colors and forms found on the models.
Pantone has announced its annual Color of the Year, with a twist - the pastel color combination of Rose Quartz and "Serenity." Pink and blue are one of our favorite color combinations, perhaps for its nod to the balance of feminine and the masculine as well as it's lighthearted playfulness. It's been on-trend in graphic design and hope to see more of the combination in interiors and fashion in 2016.
We love graphics just as much as we love music and when we saw the music video for Drake’s Hotline Bling, we couldn’t help but stare. With a James Turrell light meets space vibe, the video dials in on neon and architecture for a stunning effect. Azure Magazine did a great interview with the video’s production designer, which you can read about here:
Angelenos just earned a new architectural landmark in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. In September, the latest contemporary art museum The Broad opened its bright white, fiberglass reinforced concrete facade to those that we able to have reserved their free ticket. Designed by architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the building provides a contrasting visual counterpart to the form-forward Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry.
We got our tickets reserved for a Saturday in December and can't wait to see the Broad's collection of artists we love like Jeff Koons and Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room.