Nominees named in 2017 Launch Pad design competition.

The nominees for the 2017 Launch Pad design competition have been announced, and the next steps are public online voting and judging.

The competition, in its fourth year, draws designers from around the world to show products with the hope of catching the eye of a manufacturer, distributor or retailer. This year the field of 29 nominees will be divided into two product categories, lighting design and furniture-and-accessory design. Top awards will be given in each category “to the standout product that meets the highest levels of quality and design.”

Launch Pad is presented by WantedDesign, the organization established in 2011 by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat to foster and celebrate design and designers and promote New York City as a vibrant design destination with events throughout the year. The biggest of those comes in May during NYCxDesign, formally known as design week. Events are often held at the Terminal Stores in Manhattan, and, in 2015, WantedDesign opened a design store and event space in Brooklyn, right down the street from the DWR Outlet in Industry City.

Beyond the competition, WantedDesign says Launch Pad provides the “opportunity to collaborate, share and create a thriving ecosystem where designers, makers and visionaries can connect.” Again this year, Design Milk and DWR will be co-sponsors of Launch Pad and will participate in judging.


In 2014, the goal of the competition was realized when winner Elish Warlop (first name pronounced like “delish” without the “d”) caught the eye of talent scouts from DWR with her hooped sconce, left. She has since designed two chandeliers for DWR, Rings and Magnify, which became available March 1, 2017.

Online public voting opens April 1. Winners will be announced May 22.

Nominees for Launch Pad 2017.