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WANTED 2024’s Launch Pad Winners + Best of Schools and Students

05.31.24 | By
WANTED 2024’s Launch Pad Winners + Best of Schools and Students

Once again, Design Milk, along with our official WANTED Launch Pad platform media partner Clever, as well as sponsors American Standard and Lumens, are happy to announce the winners from the ICFF hosted showcase, which happened during this year’s NYCxDESIGN.

Led by Clever podcast host Amy Devers, the jury responsible for final selections in the Furniture/Home Accessories and Lighting categories included: Giulio Cappellini, Founder, Cappellini; Founder and Curator, Jean Lin, COLONY, the designers’ co-op; Andrea Cesarman, Co-founder, Design Week Mexico; Jean-Jacques L’hénaff, Leader, LIXIL Global Design AMERICAS; Ann Petersen, Senior Director, Brand Marketing, Lumens; Chay Costello, Associate Director of Merchandising, MoMA Retail.

In addition, our very own managing editor – and yours truly – co-judged the Best of Schools and Best of Students prizes, sponsored by Alessi, with studio leader and principal Barry Richards of the Rockwell Group.

People view and discuss various modern art pieces displayed at an indoor exhibition. The space is well-lit with several visitors observing the exhibits, including a large blue abstract sculpture.

Best of Launch Pad Furniture/Home Accessories: Tom by Reggyyy

Montreal-based industrial designer and self-taught 3D artist Reggyyy takes an artful approach to a practical object with the design for Tom. The otherwise inanimate lounge chair is imbued with the maker’s personal style and a little bit of soul as the electric color and sculptural shape evoke a playful being.

A large plastic butter sculpture light labeled "SALT BUTTER" and "PACKED BY ANOTHER WORLD" is displayed on top of a green pedestal with a red and yellow butterfly decoration attached, resembling an artistic launch pad ready to take off.

Best of Launch Pad Lighting: Butterfly by Another.World

Youtian Duan and Yingxi Ji, the eccentric duo behind the playful studio Another.World, use camp and creativity to combat negativity through design to create safe spaces with their artful objects like the Butterfly luminaire. While seemingly literal, the work references butter as a concept equivalent to the malleability of human potential, wherein we are the unique ingredient that can be baked into so many things.

Exhibit showcasing modern furniture: a striped armchair, a wooden chair, and a metal chair with a white object on it. A blue-striped bench with two cushions serves as the launch pad for relaxation. Wall text titled "Material Opulence" in the background.

A display of wooden furniture pieces, including chairs, a stool, and a table, showcased on a wooden platform in a gallery setting serves as the perfect launch pad for artisanal craftsmanship.

Best of Schools: Material Opulence by Rhode Island School of Design Furniture Design Department

RISD’s Material Opulence is perhaps the most robust proposal to debut with each piece portraying a different part of its greater visual narrative, nay argument, that luxury home furnishings can be reimagined and made inclusive through a collection of functional domestic objects. Delightful and subversive, viewers walk away rethinking previously held notions of assigned material value, hopefully prioritizing craft, environmental empathy, and an embrace of utility as a means of enjoyment.

A display on a white table features a snake-like chain sculpture, an iPad showing a detailed close-up, and an informational card. Yellow and black geometric shapes surround the setup, creating a dynamic launch pad for the artwork.

Best of Students: Lutum by Eduardo Sampson from Universidad Anáhuac Mexico City

Eduardo Sampson marries digital design with analog craft for objects and artifacts that enrich the lives of those around them. For ICFF the designer presents Lutum, a ceramic chain link l’objet d’art encrusted in beads as a testament to Mexican artisans and creative collaboration. Some 240 hours of work imbue this piece with priceless value.

Photography by Jenna Bascom Photography for ICFF.

With professional degrees in architecture and journalism, Joseph has a desire to make living beautifully accessible. His work seeks to enrich the lives of others with visual communication and storytelling through design. Previously a regular contributor to titles under the SANDOW Design Group, including Luxe and Metropolis, Joseph now serves the Design Milk team as their Managing Editor. When not practicing, he teaches visual communication, theory, and design. The New York-based writer has also contributed to exhibitions hosted by the AIA New York’s Center for Architecture and Architectural Digest, and recently published essays and collage illustrations with Proseterity, a literary publication.