This year, WantedDesign Manhattan and WantedDesign Brooklyn once again showed a selection of high-quality projects by designers and design students from around the world. Design students may have had the most speculative, thought-provoking projects at each show, but the professional work held its own, making use of unexpected shapes and
Sight Unseen Offsite's main location at 201 Mulberry may have downsized compared to last year, but the quality of works shown at the crowd favorite show remained high. This year's show was heavily focused on unexpected collaborations, including the mini show-within-a-show Field Studies, which paired celebrities with designers to create
This year's Salone Satellite showcased a wide variety of projects, many of which extended beyond traditional furniture design. Throughout Milan Design Week in general, we noticed three material trends—inflatables, foam and ratchet straps—all of which be seen scattered throughout this Satellite recap. Our favorite projects from the extensive exhibition within
Many people we spoke with during this year's edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan said this year was the busiest yet, and they may be right. With new locations popping up, Villas opening their doors to the public for the very first time and mega-exhibitions held in honor of
We're two days into Milan Design week, and although we haven't hit the big shows yet, we've discovered plenty of smaller wonders within or near La Brera and Ventura Centrale, ranging from wooden marionettes made from chairs to electric vehicle sketches:
COS has returned to Milan Design Week for a seventh consecutive collaborative installation. Last year, the London-based fashion brand collaborated with Studio Swine to create a multi-sensory experience including a fountain of air-bubbles. This time around, the collaborator is Palm Springs-based designer Phillip K. Smith III , and for the
When performing personal necessity-driven tasks like sleeping, eating and sitting, we often neglect to consider what the furniture we use during our most personal activities says about ourselves. The objects we choose to surround ourselves with speak miles about who we are as individuals, but that's easy to forget when
Access+Ability is an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on view now through Sept. 3, 2018. It features products, projects and services developed by and with people with disabilities—physical, cognitive and sensory—in an effort to improve their ability to lead independent lives and engage with the world.
Last weekend, DesignMarch 2018 celebrated its 10th anniversary. Over the span of three days, Iceland came together with its fellow Nordic countries to promote and celebrate Icelandic design. On Thursday, the festival began with the international DesignTalks at the Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall to inform and inspire its visitors. During
The Global Futures Lab is a series of international workshops that aims to counteract the bias and stereotypes of so-called "Western futures" and foster different futures linked to specific geo-cultural locations.
At this point, it's no secret we're killing our planet at a frighteningly rapid pace. With plastic and other toxic materials polluting our oceans and infiltrating our air supply, it's more important now than ever for designers and scientists to develop scalable solutions to help reverse the bad habits we've
Who would've thought? One of the highlights of this year's Dutch Design Week took place in a parking garage. Not an abandoned or converted one, but a busy underground garage in the center of Eindhoven. It was the perfect venue for Hardcore, a group exhibition with the theme of
Is Fashion Modern?, a new exhibit organized by design curators Paola Antonelli and Michelle Fisher at MoMA, is as much a celebration of fashion and design as it is an extensive history lesson. Leaving no rock unturned, the curators take a look at many of the everyday fashion items that
Last Friday, September 22, UK Prime Minister Theresa May described the June 2016 "Brexit" referendum as an opportunity for “imaginative and creative” solutions for the European Union. In the context of London Design Festival, the euphemism is equally coincidental and ironic. Central Saint Martins, for one, explicitly addressed Brexit—and subsequent
As with any design week, the tentpole tradeshows and group exhibitions of London Design Festival can be a mixed bag of brands, manufacturers, collectives, independent designers, and sponsored pavilions. While the disparate exhibitors cater to different albeit overlapping audiences, the jarring juxtapositions can be chaotic if not altogether unfortunate. Thankfully,
Perennially in sync with the autumnal equinox, London Design Festival is duly billed as the biggest design week this side of Milan. And just as the changing leaves offer a flourish of color, so too did many of projects on view in East London—especially large-scale installations by Camille Walala and
The London Design Festival kicks off this weekend, bringing hundreds of design events to the city of London with it. The difficulty of narrowing down your schedule goes without saying, especially when each exhibition has so much to offer. That's where we're here to help—we've created this insider's guide full
In every History of Industrial Design class, you look at slide after slide of the hits, the successes, the breakthroughs. But couldn't we also learn something about successful design by studying the failures? Dr. Samuel West believes so. As Director of the Museum of Failures in Helsingborg, Sweden, West presides
The Climactic: Post-Normal Design exhibition at Carnegie Mellon marks an important step forward for discursive design. The curatorial team created the most intentionally global representation of discursive work to date, and deliberately challenge the glaring under-representation of non-western design voices.
On an all-inclusive note that considers makers from all of New York City's boroughs, WantedDesign continues to give design lovers not one, but two locales and experiences to visit during the NYCxDesign festivities. Each event in turn brings its own special flavor to the fair and exhibition mix. One
Taking up more than 165,000 square feet in the gargantuan Javits Center, ICFF is likely home to any type of design style and designer you're looking for—lavish, minimal, handmade or downright dramatic, there's a little something for everyone in the sprawling space. This year felt particularly broad, as it welcomed
Tucked away in Soho was one of our favorite exhibits on display during NYCxDesign: The Strong collection. On display at Vitsœ's NYC location, the exhibit featured around 75 items from Tom Strong's 250+ item collection of Dieter Rams-designed Braun products. Strong's diverse collection ranged from tabletop cigarette lighters to electric
You might know that in the 1940s there were plans to build an airport right over Manhattan. But did you know that Buckminster Fuller wanted to build a climate-controlled dome over midtown in the 1960s? Or that in the 1880s, a pneumatic overhead railway was proposed for commuters? Or that
Set up as a gallery exhibition on the ground floor of 100 Avenue of the Americas in SoHo, Sight Unseen Offsite showcased some of the most innovative designers working today. Unlike other design week shows, the editors of Sight Unseen almost dictatorially command who gets to participate or not —
So it begins... the height of NYCxDesign, and perhaps at its highest ever? 2017’s New York May design calendar has turned out to be it’s most packed yet, and this weekend is the start of the real madness. Beginning this weekend, larger fairs such as ICFF, Sight Unseen OFFSITE and
2017's edition of NYCxDesign is proving to be the most jam-packed installment of the event to date—previously deemed New York Design Week, organizers of this series of cultural events are stretching it out to a completely saturated month of launches, exhibitions, conferences, crits and expos. We have yet to hit
Some of the most exciting work during NYCxDesign can be found at student exhibitions, but where are they? The short answer: all over the place. Some are hidden in larger shows like ICFF, and others are standalone shows. To make the search for great student work a little easier, we've
The early May opening of Collective Design in Manhattan always feels like the official kickoff to several weeks worth of design events attached to NYCxDesign, New York's extended alternative to Milan Design Week. Often a presentation of objects demonstrating both style and concept, Collective Design brings together works of designers
Our NYCxDesign Map is back to help guide you through the city that never sleeps on your quest to discover great design. Use our map on your phone or your computer to plan your schedule, filter through the events you really want to go to by category and/or location (yes, you can just search for parties) and hopefully have a more pleasant, carefree experience altogether.
Portland is unarguably a hotbed for design thinking, but in a lot of ways it's a graphic design town. No shade to our friends in the visual disciplines - seriously, most industrial designers' business cards could sorely use your help - but finding the tangible parts of PDX Design Week
There are always the industry veterans who lament a decline in the quality of Milan design week, but all told it was a solid one, with as many highlights as ever before. Sure, that might be attributable to the surfeit of events and exhibitions, but rest assured there is far
As the industry's biggest annual trade fair, the Salone del Mobile is certainly an occasion to reflect on the state of design today—both implicitly and explicitly as certain schools and organizations take the opportunity to critique the commercial pretense of both the Salone and the mobile. This year, two venues
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