Highlights from Design Week: WantedDesign.

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Granit Teacup by Eva Zeisel. Photo by Kevin Shea

Whether you call it NYCxD, ICFF, Wanted, Design Week or something else, New York City in mid-May is the place to see what’s happening in furniture and product design. Here are the highlights from WantedDesign.

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Photo by Kevin Shea

Starting with the Design Within Reach booth, we debuted the Odin Table by Norm Architects, launching in September. The table was shown with the Finn Chair, also by Norm, and a new chair by Omar de Biaggio.

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Photo by Kevin Shea

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Photo by Gwendolyn Horton

"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," is the first line in the press release for this new chair by Tomek Rygalik. It then continues in Polish, so I do not know how this story ends. Let's just assume that the fox, er, chair, lands safely.

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Photo by Gwendolyn Horton

The Spill Stool is the work Alexander Kuzio, who just completed his MFA at RISD.

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Photo by Gwendolyn Horton

Rings of Fire was designed by Elish Warlop, a graduate student in the furniture design program at RISD. Made of brass and LEDs, the lamp's moveable rings were "inspired by hoop skirts from the turn of the century."

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Photo by Gwendolyn Horton

I couldn't find Scott Savage to ask him about his Plug Table, and I still have so many questions. Aesthetically I'm drawn to it, but then I wonder: Why does it have a handle? If you accidentally (or intentionally) pushed the handle into the table, would it be lost forever? Why is there a recessed channel on the front of the table? Does he play the drums? Why is the sky blue? The list goes on. I want to know more about Plug.

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Photo by Gwendolyn Horton

It's a table wearing leg warmers. I'm going to say that again. It's a table wearing leg warmers. I'd love to know what this is all about but it wasn't clear who designed it (if you know, please post a comment below).

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Photo by Gwendolyn Horton

David Trubridge is a staple of WantedDesign. Innovative and eco-friendly, his Coral Pendant was inspired by repeating patterns in Antarctic ice crystals and underwater coral.

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Photo by Kevin Shea

Brad Ascalon continues to dazzle us with his many talents, from playing the piano to designing furniture for DWR. He also plays the ukulele (see video).

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Photo by Gwendolyn Horton

Chairspotting: Our Piana Folding Chair was hanging out at WantedDesign. Not as part of an exhibition, but as a place where designers could relax. Thus making it a chair for chair designers.