NYIGF’s Accent on Design: Your Guide to the “A+: The Young Designers Platform”

By danielle


by blogger Madeleine DiSalvo

Once again, Design-Calendar, has been asked to judge the semi-annual “Bloggers’s Choice Awards.”  We are looking forward to attending this year’s NYIGF and walking the aisles of Accent and Design to see the fresh new talent that awaits! Four rookie design studios have been invited to partake in the “A+: The Young Designers Platform” showcase. These emerging designers will have the chance to travel to New York from all over the world to introduce us to their new and innovative products. This is a great opportunity for young designer to get their foot in the door.

We recommend that you keep an eye out for these new comers! Here are the A+ Studios participants that have been chosen for the competition:

Hongchao Wang & Peng You launched Benwu Studio in 2011.  The biocontinental company is based in London, England and Columbus, Ohio. The founders are both current undergraduate students; Hongchao Wang studies at Columbus College of Art & Design and Peng You at the London based Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.  The team is inspired by both fashion and architecture and focuses on traditional techniques with a Zen philosophy.  HOT ITEM: “Sunmao” a three legged stool which incorporate ancient Chinese design techniques. CLICK HERE to view the studio’s collection.

David Litzler is a lighting design and maker, based out of Seattle. He studied architecture at the University of Oklahoma but has spent the last decade in Seattle providing custom residential design. In July 2011, he incorporated his formal education with his knowledge of shop tools and opened his current lighting design/maker studio.  HOT ITEM: the Helen Lamp, made from 16 gauge mild steel which is welded and powder coated in five varying colors. To see more on David Lizler CLICK HERE.

Three students from the University of Montreal founded PANOPLIE in April 2011.  Sarah Brousseua, Cleo Poirier Muszynski, and Marie-Christine Rondeau, teamed together as part of their Bachelors degree in Interior Design. Collectively, they invented their first product, a wine glass coaster and identifier called the “Gluk.” HOT ITME: the “Gluk” a wine glass coaster and identifier, offered as a multi-color set that attaches to the bottom of a wine glass.  For more information on the trio, CLICK HERE.

Ruti Stopnizki is an accomplished creative director, designer, and design lecturer. A graduate of the Bazalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and has spent the past two years advancing her fabrication techniques, while enhancing her jewelry expertise. In March of 2011, Stopnitzki launched her jewelry line called MEANINGS from her home in Amsterdam. HOT ITEM: typography-based design, it translates two-dimensional drawings into wearable three-dimensional miniature sculptures. To learn for about her first collection CLICK HERE.


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