The 6th edition of WantedDesign begins this month, with innovative products to see, great people to meet, and thought-provoking programs to attend, the lineup across their Manhattan and Brooklyn locations is one of their best yet.
WantedDesign’s original event location, the landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue in West Chelsea’s Historic District, has become a creative destination for the international design community. In 2016, WantedDesign Manhattan will be more international than ever covering 15 countries, including eight country pavilions: Argentina, France, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Canada (Quebec), Tunisia and the Netherlands. There will also be a strong Italian presence with some of the most renowned and innovative Italian design brands, including Alessi, Cappellini, Effeti, Horm.it, and Moroso.
The expansion to a second location at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn reflects the growing importance of Brooklyn as a hub for multidisciplinary creative thinkers and makers. Discover Transatlantic Creative Exchange and We Trust in Wood exhibitions at WantedDesign Brooklyn as well as Made in Western North Carolina, ECAL’s “Heart of Glass”, the Rado Star Prize for the 1st time in the U.S., and the 5th edition of their Design Schools Workshop.
With two events this May visitors can experience innovative installations, memorable products, pop-up stores, interactive experiences, convivial lounges, thought-provoking student workshops, engaging discourse and more.
Below are a few highlights of the exciting programming to look out for at this year’s shows:
“My Life in Design”
Friday, May 13, 10-11am at WantedDesign Brooklyn
WantedDesign NYC in collaboration with Be Original Americas and Alessi will come together for a talk with Alberto Alessi at Industry City on “My Life in Design” This conversation will focus on Alberto Alessi’s career, how he’s managed to accommodate nearly 300 designers and architects under the same roof, and the dreams and failures of an Italian Design Factory design manager. RSVP is a must by May 9 to firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14th, 15th, 16th at 12-1pm at WantedDesign Manhattan
WantedDesign continues their Conversation series, a three-day program co-presented with Metropolis Magazine and hosted in the Conversation Room at Grimshaw. WantedDesign is a place where ideas are discussed and the public can engage with professionals to better understand design culture and business. Given that, design has always been about collaborations and encounters. The Conversation Series is the ideal place to get together, confront and ponder views on the international scene of design. This year, the conversation series will explore new prospective themes, like: design and science, design and cultural identity and the future of making. – Click here for more information.
Also launching at WantedDesign this May, in partnership with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is Oui Design, a brand new program, part of the French Embassy’s initiative to enhance French-American exchange in the field of design. Oui Design will present a series of projects at WantedDesign exploring the intersection of design and savoir-faire, new production processes and the impact of design on our daily lives. The program includes the Transatlantic Creative Exchange exhibition, We Trust inWood by matali crasset and Le vent des Forets, Visual Magnetics collaboration with French graphic artists Antoine+Manuel and a conversation presented by Intramuros magazine on the collaboration between Bernhardt design and French designer Oceane Delain. Lastly, the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle-Les Ateliers (ENSCI-Les Ateliers), will be leading the WantedDesign Design Schools Workshop this year.
MANHATTAN LOCATION, DATES AND TIMES:
WantedDesign, Manhattan: May 13-16 2016
269 11th Avenue
Friday May 13: Preview (by invitation only)
Saturday May 14 & Sunday May 15: From 10am to 7pm (open to trade and public)
Monday May 16: From 10am to 7pm (open to trade only)
BROOKLYN LOCATION, DATES AND TIMES:
WantedDesign, Brooklyn: May 7-17 2016 (Closed on May 9,10,11)
Industry City in Sunset Park
274 36th Street
Saturday, May 7 – Sunday, May 8: from 11am to 6pm
Thursday, May 12 – Monday, May 16: from 11am to 6pm Tuesday, May 17: from 2pm to 6pm