Discover this year’s Launch Pad designers

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.” More


Rado teams up with NYCxDESIGN and WantedDesign

Design-driven Swiss watchmaker Rado is pleased to announce that it will serve as the Official Watch Sponsor of two New York design events: NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official celebration of the global design scene, and WantedDesign. As part of this city-wide celebration of design, Rado will launch the first ever U.S. edition of the Rado Star Prize, which is held internationally to promote the work of young designers. The stateside edition of the Rado Star Prize will focus on exploring the concept of lightness and “a lighter way of living” – a theme embodied by Rado’s latest lightweight and minimalist watch collections. The call for entries for the competition is now open on the Rado Star Prize US website. The closing date for entries is April 14, 2016.
Ten finalists and one winner of the Rado Star Prize U.S. 2016 will be selected by a specialist jury comprising members of NYCxDESIGN, WantedDesign, Rado, and members of the design and watch community. The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money as well as a Rado watch, and all finalists will have the opportunity to display their concepts at WantedDesign Brooklyn. An additional prix du public winner, selected by online voting, will receive a Rado watch. MoreMore…

forceMAJEURE, formerly known as Raison Pure NYC, Celebrates New Beginnings

You certainly have noticed the revamped identity of WantedDesign as we enter our 6th anniversary. This is the work of our brand guardian forceMAJEURE, formerly known as Raison Pure NYC, one of WantedDesign’s biggest supporters and the creative mind behind our graphic identity since its debut. After over 27 years of creative success and 18 years in the US, Raison Pure NYC has officially assumed a new name and identity–forceMAJEURE Design. More


Welcome to Wanteddesign 2016

As a part of NYCxDESIGN 2016, WantedDesign Manhattan will takeover the Terminal Stores in Chelsea, May 13 – 16, for the sixth year running with more than 120 exhibitors and a selection of established and up-and-coming designers. WantedDesign will debut, in partnership with WorkOf, its newest program dedicated to independent American designers and makers. “The “maker movement” is specific to the U.S. and is addressed particularly to architects and interior designers. More >


Interview: Ayse Birsel on Applying The Design Process to Life

Come meet Ayse Birsel and get a signed copy of her new book, ‘Design The Life You Love,’ this weekend at the IC Store by WantedDesign. More info about the event here.

Ayse Birsel is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, a human centered design and innovation studio that solves complex problems. Her ability to design award winning products for over twenty years has led her to be recognized by companies such as Nike, GE, Target, Johnson&Johnson, and Nissan where she has dreamt up designs that have contributed to and shaped the company’s overall success. She uses her unique design process, Deconstruction:Reconstruction™, and its tools to teach designers and non-designers alike to create a meaningful life in her new book, ‘Design The Life You Love.’

That said, we are extremely excited to host a book signing in celebration of her new inspirational guide at our store in Industry City. In anticipation of the event, the designer/creative director/speaker/author  kindly answered our questions on her new guidebook to design the life you’ve always dreamed of, her 2016 resolutions, upcoming design projects, and other musings. More