Launch Pad at WantedDesign Manhattan is NYCxDESIGN’s effort to bring burgeoning design minds into the purview of eager manufacturers.

Launch Pad MoCollection coffee table with coffee and croissants and colorful napkins
MoCollection Coffee Table

The event, at the Javitts Center this coming Sunday and Monday (Nov. 14 and 15), is an invite-only exhibit for the creations of 30 international designers.

Launch Pad Dead End found objects with disembodied hands, dead end sign, metal dolly, rocks and other objects
“Dead End” Found Objects display by Jaeyeon Park

Featuring prototypes of furniture, home accessories, and lighting, Launch Pad is “the best place for manufacturers to meet new designers, discover fresh ideas and discuss potential products to develop.”

Launch Pad chairs that appear to be melting in neon colors
Chairs inspired by “La Ballade de Jim” by Jaeyeon Park

There’s an impressive range of output and aesthetic here. Everything from the refined and finely honed joinery of Mo Collection to the artistic ideations of Mana Sazegara.

Launch Pad MoCollection tables three tables on top of small carpets
MoCollection Tables
Launch Pad colorful steam punk drawing by Mana Sazegara
Center City & Co. by Mana Sazegara

Sazegara’s Playground is an otherworldly assemblage of furniture I’d love to explore. How could you resist a chair that appears to extrude black and white strips of bacon? One could argue this is Tim Burton territory just as well as that of Dr. Seuss. Either way, Playground is a visionary exploration of shape and color that forecasts future innovation from this young designer.

Launch Pad Playground display with crazy shaped and colored furniture

Stash, by Friedlander Furniture, inhabits the other end of the aesthetic spectrum.

Launch Pad Stash Table with rocks on top on top of wood plank in warehouse room with other furniture
Stash Table by Studio Friedlander

Inspired by the iconic form and function of hinged school house desks, Stash imagines an entire suite of furniture that cleverly folds up and away to reveal hidden storage—transforming nearly any surface into a haven for tidying up the environs and getting your stuff out of sight and mind.

Launch Pad Stash Table Detail of hinges

Lucy Wang’s Plug Unplug Shelfie is another eminently functional piece.

Launch Pad Plug Unplug Shelfie in different colors
Plug Unplug Shelfie by Lucy Wang

Shelfie works by flipping and rotating around a fixed rectangular piece attached to the wall, thus doing duty as a hanger, small shelf, and general convenient accessory.

Launch Pad Plug Unplug Shelfie schematic

Lastly, Studio Lizan Freijsen’s Fungal Wall is certainly a sight to behold.

Launch Pad Fungal Wall display with spiral staircase in foreground
Studio Lizan Freijsen’s Fungal Wall

A wall-sized installation at Amsterdam’s ARTIS-Micropia museum, Fungal Wall proposes to look at the intricate life of fungi and lichen forms by blowing them up to scale. The tufted-wool installation challenges our perceptions about traditional beauty by proposing a new perspective on these natural forms. This is a formal and textural tour de force that may leave you wanting over-sized lichens growing unchecked throughout your living room.

Launch Pad Fungal Wall view from side

Launch Pad 2021 welcomes an impressive scope of designers and design. The breadth of artistic vision and exacting craft makes for an exciting proposition for future output. The work of the 30 selected designers will be reviewed by a jury of renowned industry professionals who will award prizes in furniture/home accessories and lighting. Find out more at ICFF/WantedDesign.

Launch Pad Don't Touch Your Face graphic art
“Don’t Touch Your Face” graphic art by Mana Sazegara

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