Top 10 Reasons to Be Part of WantedDesign Manhattan

Curious about being part of WantedDesign Manhattan? Here are the top 10 reasons to exhibit with us in 2020.

1. WantedDesign 2020 will be the 10th edition of our design fair. We’re celebrating a decade of showcasing design talent and combining commerce and culture with a bigger and better platform than ever.

Javits Center by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Javits Center by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

2. WantedDesign Manhattan graduates to the Javits Center to co-locate with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) for 2020. With NYCxDESIGN’s two biggest design fairs under the same roof — a 15-story Crystal Palace, no less — the Javits Center is the indisputable must-visit stop for NYC’s annual design festival.

3. WantedDesign co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat personally review every application and approve every exhibitor. This high-touch approach to selecting exhibitors and partners insures a curated, top caliber experience for attendees and participants alike.

WantedDesign co-founders Claire Pijoulat and Odile Hauinaut

4. From the beginning, WantedDesign has drawn together international exhibitors and country pavilions to represent the diversity of the design landscape worldwide. For participating brands, WantedDesign Manhattan is a unique opportunity to access the US market.

5. Presented with Design Milk and co-sponsored by EQ3, Launch Pad is the best place for furniture and lighting designers to connect with manufacturers and show their concepts to industry professionals. The Launch Pad deadline has been extended to Jan 31st.

6. Look Book at WantedDesign Manhattan, presented with Dwell magazine, is a unique showcase for high-end North American designers, makers and studios. Launched in 2018, Look Book serves as an in-person portfolio, allowing members of the A&D community to connect directly with designers and makers to source beautiful pieces for their next projects.

7. WantedDesign has stellar media partners, from Design Milk for Launch Pad, to Dwell magazine for Look Book, to Core77 for Design Schools Workshop at WantedDesign Brooklyn. We partner with Clever podcast and Design Milk to present The Conversation Series and live podcasts at WantedDesign Manhattan.

Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk, Launch Pad 2019 jury

8. WantedDesign is lucky to have built strong relationships with an impressive line-up of industry partners over the years. American Design Honors is co-presented with Bernhardt Design, with the winner selected by president Jerry Helling and WantedDesign’s co-founders. The jury for Launch Pad, led by Design Milk co-founder Jaime Derringer, includes industry legends and experts like Marva Griffin Wilshire, founder and curator of Milan’s SaloneSatellite; Giulio Cappellini, creative director of Cappellini; and representatives from companies like EQ3 and Juniper.

9. Over the last 10 years, WantedDesign has built a rich and supportive design community, connecting with everyone rom trade organizations like the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Society of Industrial Designers (ASID) to international design weeks like Toronto’s DesignTO and Design Week Mexico. Since its inception, WantedDesign has been involved in NYCxDESIGN, New York’s annual festival of design.

10. There’s still time to apply! The deadline for Launch Pad has been extended to Jan 31st, 2020. The deadline for Look Book is Feb 15th. To inquire about country pavilions and group shows, contact Act quickly for the opportunity to be included in our first press announcements at the end of the month.

Launch Pad and Look Book applications are open

North American design brands and studios looking to connect with a trade audience should apply for Look Book. Apply NOW

About Look Book – WantedDesign launched Look Book in 2018 as a new dedicated program for high-end North American designers and entrepreneurs who want to connect with interior designers and architects at WantedDesign Manhattan. Serving as an in-person portfolio, Look Book allows members of the A&D community to connect with designers in their own exhibit spaces and shop the latest products before, during and after WantedDesign. Check out the 2019 Look Book Brochure, HERE

If you are an independent designer or design studio, apply for LaunchPad to show prototypes in the furniture or lighting categories. Apply here before January 20.

A staple in the US, Launch Pad at WantedDesign Manhattan presented with media partner Design Milk, is an outstanding international platform for emerging designers that introduces new concepts and showcases prototypes of furniture, home accessories, and lighting. It is the best place during NYCxDESIGN for manufacturers to meet new designers, discover fresh ideas and potential products to develop. Each of the two categories, Furniture/Home Accessories, and Lighting features international pre-selected design studios and independent designers. This Program is co-sponsored by EQ3.

A Jury will award a recognition per category to the standout product that meets the highest level of concept, creativity, and design.

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Our picks from Design Week Mexico 2019

As always, going to Mexico City was a treat. This year, Design Week Mexico was a one-month event, but being there for the Inédito jury allowed us to see lots of things on view at that time.

Inédito is the program curated by Andrea Cesarman, the co-founder of Design Week Mexico and Mexico Territorio Creativo. The selection of studios presenting prototypes was beautifully exhibited at Espacio in Chapultepec Park. The 2019 Award went to “EQUILIBRIO,” by La Tlapaleria, a student collective project from Tec de Monterrey. It was unanimous that this project combines lots of creativity, original concept and design language, interactivity and playfulness, as well as appealing to everyone. Big congrats to them!

“EQUILIBRIO,” by La Tlapaleria

Browse our photo album to discover our favorites from Inédito but also picks from other Design Week Mexico features like Design House or Proyecto Tamayo, Visión & Tradición at the The National Museum of Anthropology, as well as the outstanding Studio Nouvel exhibit at the Museo Franz Mayer.

WantedDesign Manhattan has a new home

New York – October 2, 2019

International Contemporary Furniture Fair and WantedDesign Manhattan to Co-Locate from May 2020

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International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), North America’s leading platform for global design, today announced that WantedDesign Manhattan, a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community, will co-locate with ICFF for future shows. Together, the two shows will present more than 800 design-driven exhibitors, May 17-20, 2020 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

“The ICFF-WantedDesign Manhattan co-location brings together two unique brands under one roof, creating a not-to-be-missed North American design industry event for architects, interior designers, developers and retailers,” said Phil Robinson, Show Director, ICFF. “We’re committed to fostering the growth and evolution of both of these events in the coming years as they respond to everchanging industry needs.”

“After nine successful years at the Terminal Stores building, we’re excited to embark on the next chapter for WantedDesign Manhattan and to bring the fair to a new level,” said co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat. “We look forward to leveraging the resources of ICFF, and benefiting from cross-promotion with the show, while also maintaining the identity and essence of WantedDesign Manhattan.”

Hainaut and Pijoulat will remain directors of WantedDesign Manhattan and will consult with the ICFF team to propose exciting and meaningful ways to present both shows in one venue while improving the overall experience for both exhibitors and attendees. At the Javits Center, WantedDesign Manhattan will continue to showcase its signature programs: American Design Honors presented with Bernhardt Design; Launch Pad presented with Design Milk; and Look Book focusing on North American independent studios. It will also include Wanted Interiors with immersive and new visions for Interiors, as well as group exhibitions from all over the world. The Conversation Series and live podcasts with Design Milk and Clever will be maintained as opportunities to connect with key industry decision makers at WantedDesign Manhattan.

Independent from WantedDesign Manhattan, Hainaut and Pijoulat will continue to develop WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City in May and will operate the IC Store by Wanted Design year-round.


Announcing WantedDesign Brooklyn 2020

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Save the date for the IC Design Festival (May 14-18, 2020), including our WantedDesign Brooklyn exhibition, as part of NYCxDESIGN. We are looking forward to activating the entire campus with school presentations and workshops, museum-like exhibitions, public installations, and creative activities for everyone.

Venue: Industry City, 268 36th street, Brooklyn
Dates: Thursday May 14 to Monday May 18, 10am to 7pm
Opening event: Wednesday May 13, by invitation only

Check out the 2019 programming of ICDF by Wanteddesign

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The Camille Walala x Industry City mural, IC Design Festival 2018

Over the course of the past years, Industry City has become a destination for design lovers and curious crowds throughout the year. In May, in conjunction with NYCxDESIGN, the IC Design Festival by WantedDesign showcase Brooklyn as a hub for diverse, multidisciplinary thinkers, makers, and entrepreneurs. In addition to the main WantedDesign Brooklyn including international design schools exhibitions, the Design Schools Workshop, exhibits about craft, design collaboration and the culture of design, the IC Design Festival by WantedDesign will feature art installations, campus wide activities and IC Open Studios.

Meet Michael Phillips, Principal and President of Jamestown. The vision behind Industry City, and a design aficionado.

WantedDesign: What was your original vision for developing this complex, how much you feel you have accomplish and what will be the next big step?
Michael Phillips: In many ways, our vision was to restore the complex to its former dynamism. Over the past five years, we have begun to realize that vision, cultivating a diverse, cutting-edge tenancy that includes modern manufacturing, design, media, tech, and food. The growing tenancy combined with the addition of destination courtyards and experience-driven dining, retail and event programing has made Industry City a cultural and creative hub. The next step is the full restoration and activation of the site. At 6 million square feet, that takes time. More


WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City, 2019