NYCxDesign 2013: WantedDesign Part 2

With top-notch designers, students, manufacturers, and schools all exhibiting their innovative wares and collaborations, we continue our look at WantedDesign as it’s definitely a design destination not to be missed. Read Part 1 here.


Design Within Reach’s exhibition “The Past, Present and Future of Authentic Modern Design” showcased designers who are the future of the design industry and the Bluff City Pendants (above) by Jonah Takagi were the first to catch our attention.


The Brass Bottle Openers by Fort Standard are cast in hand-carved wax molds into the beautifully geometric designs of the finished minimalist product. The best part is that they don’t scream bottle opener. These were also part of the Design Within Reach exhibition.


We developed a slight textile crush on these Abstract Square and Textured Stripe Pillows by Tamasyn Gambell. Also part of the Design Within Reach exhibition.


Fresh From Brasil displayed Brazilian talent, including the E3 Stool from the team at Aleph Zero. The laser cut metal spirals around holding wooden pieces in between to form a seat.


How can you not smile when you see the lit up Goma Stool with cartoon-like drawings on it from Renata Moura? Also part of the Fresh From Brasil exhibition.


Student projects always seem to blow our minds and the Parsons The New School for Design had a really cool seating installation made from recycled fiberboard led by architects Moorhead & Moorhead, and sponsored by Homasote.


Parsons closeup


From Quebec displayed for the first time at WantedDesign and they brought many talented designers including Basma Osama and her ceramic wall pieces on wood. She explained that these are words and she hand-makes each porcelain piece based on the emotion conveyed by the words.


Basma Osama detail


The Paul Side Table by the French company Metylos features their signature use of fabrics, like felt in this case, in the center of the table adding a nice textural detail.


Raison Pure NYC L’Orangerie is a foundation that helps inner city high school students learn all about design and craftsmanship. Their booth featured student works that were all vessels for plants, including these bright orange and glass planters that you could bid on.


Based in Mexico City, Studioroca is a team of designers that specializes in interior, furniture, and product design and in honor of their 10th anniversary, they invited ten designers to develop a product for the collection on display at WantedDesign. Designer Sebastián Beltrán brings a little sense of humor with his Banana Light, or perhaps, a touch of Andy Warhol?


Studioroca’s own team of designers created Lamp 02 with rubber tubing hanging down to create a lampshade.

Did you catch Part 1 of WantedDesign?

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.