May 19, 2015

As Seen at WantedDesign and ICFF

At the Terminal Stores building, the venue for WantedDesign Manhattan
Everyone in the design world's buzzing about the innovative, eye-catching designs on show at this year's WantedDesign and ICFF in New York City. Instagrams are filled with exclamations of love for the best booths and coolest concepts.

WantedDesign, founded in 2011, has its signature events during NYCxDesign. Located in the Terminal Stores building in West Chelsea, WantedDesign Manhattan features exhibitors, installations, pop-ups, workshops, panel conversations, and other interactive events. Creators Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat established WantedDesign to foster creativity in the international creative community.

Today, WantedDesign Brooklyn closes out the 12 days of NYCxDesign at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Admission is free, so go check it out!

We wanted to bring you our own glimpse of WantedDesign Manhattan and ICFF, especially spotlighting some of the great Pacific Northwest representation at both venues. Our special GRAY correspondents, Seattle-based photographer Dorothee Brand of Belathée Photography and designer Darin Montgomery of Urbancase, set out to see the shows and share the highlights. Here's what caught their eye:

[all images courtesy Belathée Photography]
In the "Launch Pad" section at WantedDesign, the installation by Dear Human, Vancouver, features their custom-made tiles made from recycled paper. Launch Pad shows market-ready prototypes from just 25 studios that are ready for manufacturing, retail, and distribution.
Urbancase and Graypants, Seattle, collaborated this year on one spectacular first piece of an upcoming collection, the STE 400 desk. It's an adjustable work desk that features a cord management design element and comes available in ash or walnut, with either brass or blackened steel details.
Detail of the Urbancase and Graypants desk collaboration. STE 400 will be a collection of modern, functional furniture for the home.
The Light Art/Studio by 3Form, Seattle, is their campaign to inspire architects and designers to unleash their creativity. The "Ignite/Create" tour will be on the road starting now and going through the fall.
Detail of Light Art/Studio by 3Form.
The Pages chair by Noriko Hashida can change looks like flipping pages in a book.
Detroit Made collective exhibited a diverse collection from various designers to celebrate the city's rich history of manufacturing. Shown here furniture by Kem3D, accessoires by Smith Shop and Adora Bella Ceramics.
Brooklyn-based design studio Egg Collective just got presented with WantedDesign's first American Design Honors Program accolade.
The American Design Honors booth featuring Egg Collective
New Designs from Norway was a curated section of up-and-coming designers such as Stokke Austad and their series called Patch, a set of acoustic panels featuring textiles, mirror, brass, and stone.

And more PNW designers spotted over at ICFF at the Javits center:

New from Grain, Seattle, is a collection of rugs inspired by the Western Highlands of Guatemala, and the brand new Circlet Chair.
Grain's Momostenango rug from their new collection, and pillows made by artisans in Guatemala using natural dyes and traditional weaving techniques.
"Big Moon" patterns by Juju Papers, Portland, inspired by the New York underground art and music scene of the 1980s.
Patterns from Juju Papersat left, new "Pas de Trois" is painterly perfection.
The Flute Light X by Modern Verve, Seattle, was inspired by aircraft design in the golden era of air travel.
Installation by Molo, Vancouver, features sound-absorbing walls and their cloud softlights.
Molo shows off their new modular table tops.
Phloem Studio, Portland, showcases their new Pelican case designed by Benjamin Klebba and Laura Buchan.
Iacoli & McAllister, Seattle, and John Hogan, Seattle, collaborated to produce a new line of hanging lightsthe Nunki Collection. Nunki is the second brightest star in the Sagittarius constellation.

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