While big trade events like Salone del Mobile, Maison & Objet, and ICFF foster product discovery and business networking, we at CUR8 have found offsite events that offer just as much, if not more, design inspiration.
WantedDesign is no exception. A platform to promote design, foster the international creative community, and showcase New York as a dynamic design destination, WantedDesign takes place in May during NYCxDesign in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
From the activist orientation of Wanted Brooklyn, to the sheer innovation of emerging designers at Wanted Manhattan — we couldn’t get enough of WantedDesign this year.
Design Activism Alive in Brooklyn
Innovative design projects focused on battling real world problems greeted us the moment we walked through the doors at WantedDesign Brooklyn. From a kit that battles mosquito-carried pathogens to products and organizations encouraging civic engagement, the Brooklyn event was a call to action.
Here were some of our favorites:
- Masters of Fine Arts students at New York City’s School of Visual Arts imagine more human-focused design.
The Huggie Dougie by Doug Fertig is chair designed to snuggle and comfort children with mental health issues. This beautiful and functional design can be used to calm down children in a safe, easy way, or simply can be used by anyone who needs a hug.
Ola Drawing Messenger by Gahee Kang is an interactive digital design that encourages creative analog interaction between parents and children. Parents send a message, using their phone, to their kids who can draw, write, and color their answers before sending them back digitally.
In Solidarity by Julia Lindpaintner makes civic participation accessible to everyone, every day, with a tote bag that speaks your cause like a personal billboard that you wear on your shoulder.
- The Hors Pistes creative exchange connects young designers with traditional craftsmen to learn, collaborate, and do good.
Toiture is an assembly of flip flop soles found on the waste tips of Burkina Faso. Without any additional materials, they are made into roofing tiles to protect those in need from the African elements. “If we reclaimed all of the flip-flop soles from waste tips, we could cover a surface area of over 100.000 m2 every year.”
Weke is a delightful, innovative bag made from recycled plastic bags and tires, also from waste heaps in West Africa
- Alumni of London’s Central Saint Martins showcase a range of high impact design.
The Dementia Simulator lets wearers experience symptoms of the disease to increase empathy for newly diagnosed family members.
Innovation from Emerging Designers
We were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of innovation at this year’s WantedDesign events. Check out our favorites from both Brooklyn and Manhattan locations.
- Ventura New York, the Dutch Edition, featured seventeen emerging Dutch designers
Danielle Trofe’s MushLume Lighting Collection is a great example of biofabrication. At this year’s Brooklyn event, Trofe launched the Grow-It-Yourself, Sustainable lampshade made from Mushroom®Materials.
Studio Plott creates innovative, open-patterned 3D-printed rugs and textiles.
Simone Post’s “Post Vlisco” collection of recycled Batik fabric rugs. Vlisco is a leading producer of batik fabrics for the African market that discards large amounts of fabric that doesn’t meet their standards. Post uses folding and cutting techniques to turn what was once waste into beautiful carpets.
3form and Louis Lim team up to create a captivating, interactive bench called Mobius. With innovative interplay texture, color, and light, this bench responds to pressure and touch.
Soundwall (seen above), a startup from Boulder, Colorado, combines art and music to deliver “eye-catching sound”. Soundwall let you stream music wirelessly from a customizable work of art.
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