I’m loving this year’s Design Week here in New York! Last week I had the opportunity to walk through Wanted Design 2014. Last year I attended Wanted for the first time, and I really enjoyed the fair. I loved seeing the emerging designers and artisans and this year was no different. This year I saw a great number of designers that are coming into their own, as well as a few trends.
I noticed three prominent trends at Wanted and I believe many others have noticed them as well. Trend 1: There was an abundance of lighting at the show. The lighting launched this year is unique, attractive, and certainly forces people to stop and take notice.
Trend 2: I came across an amazing use of mixed materials. Not only were interesting materials used to create objects, furniture and lighting, such as the paper Molo chandeliers, but materials were being mixed and used together. Wood has been paired with many things at Wanted this year, including copper and plastic and resin. Other materials were mixed such as glass, marble, resin and metals, all to create interesting textures.
Trend 3: The third trend I noticed not just at Wanted, but throughout NYCxDesign was an emphasis on luxury eyeware. Sunglasses and reading glasses were everywhere! Because of all of the bling and luxury products I’ve been seeing I think it’s safe to say that consumers feel safe and secure in their jobs and are ready to spend on themselves, to make themselves feel good and look good.
Areaware teamed up with Parsons, for it’s third annual Small Things Matter product design studio. Students wer challened to design an inexpensive, point of purchase, “impulse buy” gift item. The students were also asked to link their designs to groups of charity organizations which will receive a portion of the profits from the sales. There were several top designs featured and during the show a single winner was announced. The Little Architects Toolset by Carlos Ng was chosen, which was designed to inspire young architects and their dreams of building. The toolset benefits Architecture for Humanity, and after looking at the toolset in person I believe Ng was completely on brand with Architecture for Humanity when designing! Below are images of the toolset as well as Wish Boxes by Mary Chimenti and Palbeau by Mayan Hennemeyer.
Another cool thing I saw and loved was the slim hangers, “Hangman”. “It is said that we wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time, with Hangman offering a spot for those 20%.” This ultra thin hangers are made of one continuous line which bends around itself to create a visually dynamic and practical form. They are also great space savers for city dwellers!
This year’s Wanted Design 2014 was a wonderful show and I’m glad I had the chance to stop by and chat with the designers. NYCxDesign is gaining momentum and most events I attended this year have been fantastic. I can’t wait to see the month of design grow next year, and see what designers will come up with next!