For me it was the first time that I visited the New York Design Week. As an interior designer that loves to work with products and furniture that tell a story, Wanted Design was the place to be . In the beautiful old Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue in the NYC Chelsea Area there were several international designers showcasing their products and designs from all over the world. They also offered a program full of inspiring conversations, workshops and a stage for new international designers seeking manufacturers or distributors/ retailers.
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For me, most striking was the use of material and color, craftsmanship and the beautiful objects like lighting and coffee tables, all with an extra dimension of not being only a decorative commercial, mass-produced object. To me it showed the involvement, love and passion the designers put into the designs.
Like the lamps by David Trubridge, made out of wood, inspired by coral, original weaving techniques in form, line and motion. They combine the function of lighting and crafts in a beautiful object.
The LED Cloud Softlight by Molo Design, made out of white textile in a flexible honeycomb structure, seems almost to float away in the sky. I can imagine these lamps make a big open space so pleasant and comfortable to be in, without having to add much more.
Also there were these hand blown glass Boolean lamps by Chilab at the Chicagoland booth. I loved the soft round shape, in combination with the dark greyish smoke, umber and light blue glass with a subtle texture and a base of cast concrete, aluminum or acrylic. Clean lines, beautiful use of material, shape, function and color all packed into a very luxurious fixture.
Also at Chigagoland booth, Collection West showed these lovely cast bronze, high polished with dark patina seed bowls by Steven Haulenbeek. They have a lot of weight, and therefore feel very special when held in your hand.
Design-based gift company Areaware collaborated with Parsons School for Design and came up with some very playful designs, by asking students to create an inexpensive “impulse” gift item to fit under the brand’s current label.
Debra Folz showed her glass Gem Tables, inspired by the reflections of light in gemstones. The facets are translated through layers of color and the geometric forms create beautiful sculptural arrangements.
Very special were these Neon coffee tables by Haymann. They used colored acrylic underneath the white Onyx for a refined and fresh look.
Also by Haymann is this wooden armchair Dartagnan with a seat that makes me think of a hammock . It has a very Scandinavian look and shows pure craftsmanship and clever design.
Juniper collaborated with British designer David Irwin on this aluminum LED M Lamp, inspired by the archetypal miner’s lamp of the 19th century. The nice thing about it, besides the contemporary design, is that you can take it with you wherever you want to go.
Last but not least Seletti had me completely fall in love with this Inception dish rack and desk organizer. Inspired by the movie Inception, where in one scene the city of New York almost looked like it was made from rubber. I loved that film and was immediately intrigued by this design.
This was only a small selection of the total exhibition at Wanted Design. Overall you can say that you could sense the passion and energy of the designers and brands that were showcasing their products and concepts.
A true recommendation to visit this creative destination during NYCxDESIGN.