Explore: Wanted Design

Last week was NYCxDesign Week. Among other events going on in the city was the Wanted Design show, which my friend Angela and made our way down to on Saturday. I really wanted to go to this because David Trubridge, a New Zealand designer, was going to be showing his new piece, Light Rain, but I was also excited about seeing all the different works on display. The Wanted Design show is predominantly aimed at professional designers, with enough commercialism to make your average consumer* excited about unnecessarily redecorating their apartment**.

A piece of Light Rain.

A piece of Light Rain.

The bottom of Light Rain, with the mountains underneath.

The bottom of Light Rain, with the mountains underneath.

More of the bottom (the representative couldn't pronounce the name, but I guessed Ruapehu. What do you think?)

More of the bottom (the representative couldn't pronounce the name, but I guessed Ruapehu. What do you think?)

The show started off fantastically, when we swapped our tickets for an entry wristband that was actually a very cool yellow bracelet. I'm genuinely looking forward to wearing it. After picking up all the design-related paraphernalia we could, we had a fortifying coffee and a quick gossip, and then...we started taking pictures.

I took a TON of pictures. SO MANY. I've tried my best to curate them here, but I really fell in love with a lot of different things. For example, apparently I want everything that exists and is also yellow:

I also have a small obsession with lighting (but we knew that).

The last four images are all more examples of David Trubridge's work. Aren't they beautiful?

Anything hanging really got my attention. I've started to stare contemplatively at the ceilings in my apartment.

The squares above belonged to the same designer as the chair below, which very much reminds me of something Laurel Judd, my designer mother-in-law, would create.

There were a couple of things that I really loved – these stools for example:

They have a vaguely Southwestern feel to them, and usually that's not my style at all. But I LOVE these. I was also fascinated by this seat, which was made out of a soccer ball, oversized springs, and a whole bunch of wool:

Probably the most unusual design at the show.

Probably the most unusual design at the show.

Angela kindly demonstrates its use as a seating option.

Angela kindly demonstrates its use as a seating option.

It was a really brilliant show. It's over for this year, so it's not something I can really recommend as such, but if you get the chance to go along in future years, DO IT. You'll come away awestruck, inspired, and quite frankly highly covetous. It'll be great.

What do you think of the pieces? Would love to hear your thoughts!

*Me.

**Not that I'm planning on this...but it's always good to be prepared. The Boy Scouts say so.