Now in its third year, Wanted Design has risen to become one of our favorite annual events during New York Design Week. Whereas ICFF confounds the senses with hundreds of booths, Wanted Design presented an expertly curated collection of groundbreaking designers - and we were thrilled to find an abundance of sustainable designs on the show floor. Read on for some of our favorites - from David Trubridge's sparkling LED Light Rain installation to Joe Doucet's electroluminescent Hadron Light, Fabrica's fun and funky recycled furnishings and beyond.
Joe Doucet‘s electric blue Hadron light is made from a single length of electroluminescent wire that is coiled into an entropic ball. The ambient lamp gives off a cool glow, and it uses very little energy.
Tat Chao uses the bases he removes from his wine glass lights to make spinning glass tops.
Tat Chao also displayed a set of shimmering tableware made from recycled wine glasses.
Fabrica also unveiled a springy set of Street Football Seat Ball chairs that are made from recycled upholstery materials. Each chair is built around a found soccer ball, which gives them their shape and comfy bounce.
Fabrica‘s Van der Gan Chair is a sustainably crafted seat that draws inspiration from Mies van der Rohe’s iconic mid-century Barcelona Chair. The seat cushions are available in wide array of materials ranging from salvaged denim to recycled rubber and upcycled coffee sacks.
David Trubridge dazzled visitors with his new Light Rain installation, which features a sweeping cascade of low-energy LED lights brimming with Swarovsky crystals. The installation draws upon the natural elements that inspired Trubridge’s work during different stages of his career – water (crystal rain drops), air (led lights), earth (a mountainous carpet installation), and fire (a blazing red LED lamp).
Trubridge collaborated with Tsar to create this geometric mountain rug, which evokes the element of “Earth.”
This blazing red LED lamp by David Trubridge represents the element of fire – while bearing a striking resemblance to the Eye of Sauron. One ring to rule them all!
Pod Design frontman Brooks Atwood issued a call to “design like a rock star” with his amazing shirt and electrifying argon lightning bolt lamp.
A friend asked designer Sinje Ollen to create a cover for a classic chair that was damaged by a spill – and Ollen developed the idea into a colorful line of Clothing for Chairs. Her handcrafted wool covers breathe new life into dusty and damaged furnishings, giving them a second chance at life.
Danielle Trofe‘s brilliant Hourglass Lamp harvests energy from the passing of time! Simply flip it upside down and the lamp harvests energy from falling grains of sand to power its low-energy LED bulbs.
These modern lamps by Secto Design for One Nordic Furniture Company are handmade by Finnish craftspeople from locally-sourced birch. They’re available in a variety of shades and formats (pendant, standing, and table), and they accept energy-efficient LED and CFL bulbs.
The School of Visual Art’s Also! Project set up a fleet of fun interactive stations throughout the show floor. Featured here, BOOM imagines what the furniture on display at Wanted Design would say if it could talk. Visitors were invited to pop on a pair of headphones and listen to various furnishings speak their mind – complete with funny accents!
Parsons and Charlesworth‘s readymade designs transform banal pieces of backyard Americana into clever, functional furnishings through the addition of simple marble slabs. Pictured here is their “Red Wheelbarrow Table” and “Weber Grill Table.”
Playable Studio launched its new Naturalist Collection, which featured these beautiful warm wood lamps made from 100% formaldehyde-free plywood finished with non-toxic food-grade oils.
RISD Student Annie Evelyn unveiled this Squishy Stick chair, which is made from sawed-off sections of natural timber arranged to form a springy chair.
Metylos showcased their elegant, ultra-customizable Mathilde lamp, which is made from hanging strips of wool felt. The LED lamp can be braided, knotted, or bunched to adjust its light output, and it’s available in a wide range of colors.
Thing Thing takes recycled design to the next level with their colorful functional objects, which are made of salvaged HDPE plastic that is recycled from scratch. Simon Anton, Rachel Mulder, Thom Moran, and Eiji Jimbo source plastic containers from landfills and recycling centers and then process them into malleable materials using a custom-designed set of machines.
Wanted’s Design in Puerto Rico exhibition featured Bryn Torres’ Task Planter, which makes growing a garden indoors a snap.
Victor Monserrate‘s bright orange Kanutos chair was also featured at the Design in Puerto Rico exhibit. This clever ethically produced seat bucks the woven wicker furniture trend by using thick, straight strips of wicker for structural support.
These Tarrugao Jars by Great Things to People combine traditional materials with next-gen prototyping technology. Their mathematically derived curves are created by 3d printing a mold and then using it to cast the form in porcelain.
Diego Cardena’s fun balancing bicycle for kids features a frame and a fork made from shafts of sturdy bamboo.
Photo by Mike Chino and Jill Fehrenbacher