What to see at WantedDesign Manhattan

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What to see at WantedDesign Manhattan

The Architect’s Newspaper is reporting from the first day of WantedDesign‘s marquee event in Manhattan (which runs through May 16). WantedDesign’s programming takes place throughout the year, although the platform’s biggest show is during NYCxDESIGN. Founded in 2011 by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, WantedDesign also holds a parallel showcase in Brooklyn’s Industry City that runs through May 17.

In Manhattan this year, there are more than 170 exhibitors from over 20 countries. Here are some highlights from the show:

Handmade Industries

The Make&Mold RYB collection by Netherlands–based Handmade Industries are a line of vases and vessels made from biodegradable polymers, formed in a flexible mold. Bright fades are created with red, yellow, and blue pigments.

LightArt + iwoodlove

LightArt is a lighting fabrication and design practice based in Seattle.  The FIVE X collection on display at WantedDesign was inspired by a trip to Lyon to visit French design studio iwoodlove. Each geometric piece is digitally fabricated and fully customizable to the client’s specifications. All the firm’s lighting products, including Pivot, pictured below, are manufactured in their hometown.


BLACKBODY is a French manufacturer that crafts mutable lighting cascades that are intended to respond to the user’s emotions. Their Rain 61 by Thierry Gaugain ceiling fixtures can be massed in different configurations to create a starry effect in most rooms.

Fara Farhang

Chicago–based object and architectural designer Fara Farhang‘s Delirious stools are acrylic seats affixed to powder coated aluminum base whose design references Islamic geometry. The stools come in four different neon colors.

kinder MODERN

kinder MODERN (kM) specializes in 20th century vintage children’s furniture, as well as contemporary object, furniture, and accessories geared towards young people. The kM Contemporary Collection includes “few-of-a-kind” lighting, tchotchkes, and furniture, like the Takeshi Sawada–designed diminutive Sheep and Bambi chairs, fashioned to resemble their animal inspirations.