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WantedDesign Announces 2013 Programs

Event to feature discussions and hands-on workshops from the international design community.


Event to feature discussions and hands-on workshops from the international design community.

WantedDesign Announces 2013 Programs

NEW YORK—WantedDesign, an experiential exposition showcasing innovative design offerings in furnishings and products, announces details of its programs for Spring 2013.

This year’s programs will feature insider conversations, hands-on workshops, presentations addressing education, environmental and social issues, creativity and new technologies, and key personalities from the international design community. All programs take place during the three days from May 18th to May 20th at the Terminal Stores - The Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue, between 27th and 28th streets, in New York City.

The event is open to the trade (free entrance) and the public ($15 ticket online on or $25 at the door).


The Conversation Series is a three-day platform and dialogue, sponsored by Ligne Roset; co-presented by WantedDesign, and held at the Conversation Lounge at Grimshaw. A warm brick-wall room will be furnished entirely by Ligne Roset, which is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Togo Collection. Guests will enjoy seating in the iconic Togo sofas, designed by Michel Ducharoy in 1973.

Saturday, May 18, 12-1pm
“Craftsmanship and Industry—The Reconciliation”

This panel addresses design as the valuable bridge between traditional technique and modern fabrication and featuring a panel of esteemed designer, manufacturer, and retail visionaries, will include René-Jacques Mayer (Creative Director, Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique), Alex Rasmussen (Neal Feay Studio) and Gareth Brennan (President and Founder, Eventscape Inc.).

WATCH: See the fabrication of Eventscape’s newest nest in the I&S Media Center.

Sunday, May 19, 12-1pm
“Designing for the Senses and Caring for Sustainability”

This panel will focus on the subject of water in our everyday life through the lens of design and architecture. With Philippe Grohe (Brand Manager, Axor), Michael Arad (Architect) and Joel Towers ( Executive Dean, Parsons The New School For Design).

Monday, May 20, 12-1pm
“The Growing Voice of Design in Latin America”

A thriving community of Central and South American designers and manufacturers will debut at WantedDesign 2013. The Conversation Series will act as the premier venue for discussions about approaches, materials, social impact, the evolving Latin American market and more. With Sebastian Ocampo (Mexico), Jacqueline Terpins (Brazil), Guillermo Parada /GT2P (Chile), Carlos Junqueira/Espasso.


WantedDesign and Architecture & Design Film Festival present a selection of short movies, related to the Conversation Series topics and will be projected at the Conversation Lounge. All films selected by Kyle Bergman from ADFF. Saturday May 18 and Sunday 19, from 1:30-2:15pm, at the Conversation lounge.


For a second year, WantedDesign hosts a transatlantic student design challenge, which will take place in real-time at the event. Led by Mark Bechtel and Christian Schneider, faculty members at Parsons The New School for Design, students representing diverse design disciplines will work on teams to develop new products and systems that address one of the most valuable resources on the planet, our water supply, in the face of population explosions in megacities such as New York.

Students from Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA), ENSCI les ateliers (Paris, France), Parsons The New School for Design (New York, NY), CENTRO Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) and ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres (Paris, France) will spend the course of WantedDesign producing concepts, scenarios, animations, videos and models, which will then be presented to the public as well as a jury of design professionals.

Each team will present its project to the jury during a public presentation on Monday, May 20, at 3:00pm at the Conversation lounge.


In the tunnel, HP will also host the HP Custom Wallcovering Workshop, a hands-on lab where designers, manufacturers and decorators can experiment with custom wall décor creation.

The workshop will feature wall coverings created by up-and-coming designers and demonstrate HP’s complete workflow for digitally printed wall coverings. In the workshop, attendees can try out HP WallArt design software, a variety of wall covering substrates and an HP Designjet L26500 Printer. More details about the three-day program to be announced soon.


Saturday, May 18
10:30-11:30am: “The Fundamentals of Furniture and Fabric”

Patrizia Moroso and long-time collaborator, Giulio Ridolfo, will participate in WantedDesign during New York Design Week, May 2013. They will be making a presentation entitled “The Fundamentals of Furniture and Fabric.” As creative director of her family-owned company of the same name, Patrizia Moroso’s most valued creative partner, Giulio Ridolfo creates textile collections for the brand’s furniture collections. This conversation will reveal how the design and the ideal textiles come together. This event will be held at the Conversation Lounge.

3:00-4:00pm: “Be Original”
A talk with key U.S. design manufacturers on the importance of preserving original design across North America through informational and educational initiatives. Held at the Conversation Lounge.

4:30-6:30pm: DesigNYC Pecha Kucha
Design Empathy, an apt name in a post-Sandy New York City, will showcase recent desigNYC projects, and the work of other New York organizations, that feature social innovation by design, including Public Policy Lab, Design Ignites Change, Van Allen Institute, Transportations Alternatives, among others. The event will be introduced and moderated by Laetitia Wolff, who recently curated a project for the 8th edition of the Saint-Etienne Design Biennale, entitled “EmpathiCITY, Making our City Together,” focusing on empathy in urban contexts. Each of the desigNYC projects will be presented “Pecha Kucha style,” followed by an open conversation with the public.

Sunday, May 19
10:00–11:00am: AIA/Center for Architecture Breakfast

The AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture invite members and friends to a breakfast conversation on design. Participants include Vincent Chang, AIA, Partner at Grimshaw Architects and Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director. This event will be hosted by Grimshaw Architects at the Conversation Lounge and will be co-sponsored by the AIANY Interiors Committee.

2:30-3:30pm: Behind the Carrot Concept, at the Conversation Lounge
Latin America's smallest country is quietly positioning itself as the region’s go-to destination for design. A local competition which began five years ago, served as a catalyst in bringing design to the forefront and engaging El Salvador's creative, business and civic communities. Jerry Helling, President, Bernhardt Design, will moderate a discussion with founders of The Carrot Concept and examine the challenges, obstacles and joys of creating a vibrant design industry in El Salvador. The discussion will be followed by a tour of the Carrot Concept exhibit.

4:30-6:00pm: “Cappellini, Vision of the Future”
The iconic Italian brand Cappellini will present a two-part program at WantedDesign: An exhibition curated by Giulio Cappellini will depict the design leader’s evolution over the past 12 years; and the discussion lab on Sunday will delve into the vision of Cappellini.

For the public, tickets are available on Eventbrite. For more information, please visit