Discover the 2020 Launch Pad Design Studios, Presented by WantedDesign Manhattan

03.26.20 | By
Discover the 2020 Launch Pad Design Studios, Presented by WantedDesign Manhattan

Although this year’s WantedDesign Manhattan festivities are cancelled, we are still going to celebrate design and the design studios that made it onto our radar from this year’s Launch Pad participants!

If you don’t know what Launch Pad is, it’s an international platform presented by WantedDesign and Design Milk that gives emerging designers the opportunity to introduce new concepts and showcase prototypes of furniture, home accessories, and lighting to NYCxDESIGN’s audience. Every year, there are two winners, one selected for the Furniture/Home Accessories category and one for the Lighting category. In its 8th year, Launch Pad has nearly doubled to include 51 international, emerging designers and design brands exhibiting. Participants hail from the 11 countries of Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Uruguay and the US.

Without further ado, here are the 2019 Best of Launch Pad winners, DesignMachin, Studio Sunny Kim and Platalea (Ineditó winner at Design Week Mexico 2019), as well as a selection of WantedDesign’s and Design Milk’s favorites of Launch Pad 2020. See here for the full list.

Best of Launch Pad 2019, Lighting: Design Machin

Best of Launch Pad 2019, Furniture/Home Accessories: Studio Sunny Kim

Inedito Winner 2019 for Design Week Mexico: Platalea Studio

Cody James Norman

Desz Studio

Jaeyeon Park

Kai Ming Yang

Karyn Lim

Li Chen

Lucy Wang

Metisse Maison

MUAR Diseño

Studio Lizan Freijsen

Studio Wood


Wudo Studio

Zihe Gong

This program is supported by EQ3.

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