Wanted Design has a clear sense of itself and its goals. Since 2010 they have been driving the development of an improved network of and for designers in the city of New York. Centered around connections, education and discovery, they bring the design community together during NYCxDesign at Wanted Design in Manhattan and Brooklyn (Manhattan focuses on trade, Brooklyn in education). Their desire to continually build out the design community has helped to establish NYCxDesign as a true "design week" which is able to stand-up to events like Salone, whilst being completely individual. Wanted Design is all about providing a platform for companies, students and newer designers/studios, through the American Design Honors award and the Launch Pad program, which have seen recipients receive production contracts with companies like nanimaquina and Design Within Reach. At these events they promote conversation and participation, in the hope of improving the discipline of design, and continuing to elevate and explore its possibilities.
Talking with Surface magazine Editor-in-Chief Spencer Bailey gave an interesting insight into the Design industry, in terms of the the medias perspective of it, and also understanding some of the real nitty-gritty of the industry at the higher level.
A day isn't really finished without a visit to a Tom Dixon showroom. Surrounded by wonderful objects, it was interesting to hear how an organic growth of product lines has led to a lifestyle brand. Part alchemist, part entrepreneur, based in humble beginnings Tom Dixon's brand has exploded over the last few years but hasn't lost its sense of adaptation and coy playfulness.