While ICFF has long been considered the centerpiece of New York Design Week, another show called Wanted Design has been making a name for itself as a must-see collection of emerging designers you may not have heard of before. The Inhabitat team is at Wanted today scouring the floor for the most groundbreaking green designs. Keep refreshing below as we add our favorites!
Tat Chao showcased a stunning new set of pendant lamps made from recycled glassware.
Third year students at Parsons the New School for Design teamed up with Areaware for Small Things Matter. The exhibition challenged students to design a small “impulse buy” product that syncs with a charity to affect positive change in the world. Daniel Martinez’ Prism is designed to benefit the Wikimedia Foundation’s goal of distributing free educational content.
Giuliana Gentile designed this cute Richie the Hedgehog Brush to raise funds for charities like Locks of Love that donate wigs to those who suffer from hair loss from medical treatment. Richie was showcased at the Areaware and Parsons Small Things Matter Exhibit.
Carlos Ng’s amazing magnetic ruler “Architecture Blocks” won the ‘Small Things’ competition and are going to be produced by Areaware. Proceeds from sales will go to benefit Architecture For Humanity!
Blackbody showcased this mind-blowing Lucky Eye OLED mirror, which draws upon the belief that large convex mirrors bring good fortune to their owners. We think it takes a pretty great selfie.
A massive constellation of OLED chandeliers by Blackbody welcomed visitors to Wanted Design 2014.
Blackbody ‘s quirky “Best Before” OLED lamp is shaped like a chicken sans head. The Lamp can be plugged into any USB port, making it a great nightlight or desk lamp.
Inhabitat favorite David Trubridge unveiled his massive new 47-inch-wide Hush pendant light, which is made from recycled PET and doubles as an acoustic sound dampener.
David Trubridge hung his sustainable pendant lights from a massive tree made from his new wave-like flat pack pattern.
Brooklyn-based A Space Studio showcased a series of beautiful planters inspired by their travels around the world. This white collection with red geometric patterns was inspired by Mexico.
Guatemala-based Fabrica salvaged leftover material from the local textile industry to make this awesome polar bear rug!
As the seasons change and fashions come and go, Fabrica salvages different textiles to make their recycled designs. We dig their colorful new poufs made from neon threads, mattress springs, and recycled soccer balls.
Elish Warlop’s elegant hoop lamp was made using 3D printing technology and low-energy LED lights. The rings can be adjusted to direct light and cast concentric shadows upon nearby surfaces.
Polish design collective NASZ showcased a series of fun toys made from wood. This awesome King Lizard with articulated joints was designed by Antoni Bielawski.
Javier Figueroa and Karla Pimentel created these cool CAPS candle holders from recycled wine bottles for The Carrot Concept.
Vladimir Garcia created these Meteoro planters for the Design in Puerto Puerto Rico exhibition. They are made from recyclable aluminum, and they can be used inside or outside.
Street and Garden’s colorful Lily Light is made from a repurposed drinking glass and lightweight aluminum petals.
Brooklyn-based designer Danielle Trofe sourced material from Ecovative to create her awesome Mush-Lume lamp, which is made from mushroom mycelium! Trofe also showcased a new series of planters and pendant lights made from the mushroom material and finished with a biodegradable organic milk paint.
RISD Furniture MFA student Kjartan Oskarsson created this ethereal Wheel Lamp, which features an innovative design “twist”. Simply rotate the wheel to turn it on and adjust its brightness.
DesignLaboratoire’s comfy CYQL ottomans are made from used bicycle tubes sourced from bike shops.
Some say water and electricity don’t mix, but Nendo begs to differ. The Axor WaterDream is a crazy multitasking LED light that doubles as a shower!
Derlot works with local manufacturers to produce its modular Twig benches, which can be combined to form branching seating arrangements. The colored versions are made from recycled polypropylene, while the translucent version is illuminated by energy-efficient LED lights.
RIT students teamed up with Loll to produce a collection of furniture made of recycled plastic sourced from milk containers! Austin Fagot created this bright orange vertical garden unit.
Scandinavian cycling company BikeID showcased this gleaming gold bike outfitted with an ultra minimalist set of components.
Otra’s elegant pendant lights are made from 100% recycled cardboard. The lamps pack flat to ship, and they can be easily assembled without the use of screws or glue.
Husque’s cool bowls are made from recycled Australian macadamia nut shells and finished with a bright pop of color.
French designer Francois Azambourg experiments with ultralight materials and efficient bulbs to create innovative furnishings with a low shipping footprint. We particularly liked these cute little LED lamps that look like toadstools or tiny trees.
‘Everything but the kitchen sink’ doesn’t begin to describe Lampi Lampa’s amazing lamps, which are made from from reclaimed fittings, repurposed containers, and other bits and pieces of industrial salvage.
Marie-José Gustave uses innovative techniques to elevate simple everyday materials into gorgeous works of art. We love her wall panels and lights made from recycled corrugated cardboard.
+ Wanted Design
Photos by Mike Chino and Jill Fehrenbacher