CURATOR + OPERATOR
Originally hailing from Minneapolis, Mark "Mac" McMillan co-founded Northern Grade in 2010, a leading roving marketplace that features and highlights diverse brands that manufacture their goods in the USA.
After 27 Northern Grade marketplaces in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Austin, Minneapolis and Moscow, including partnerships with GQ Magazine and Fashionista, Mark has developed close and personal relationships with over 400 various brands from around the country. In the fall of 2015, Northern Grade opened up their first permanent retail experience in the emerging Seaport District in Lower Manhattan.
With its marquee events during NYCxDESIGN in May, WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year. Founded in New York City in 2011 by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, WantedDesign has established itself as a constant and staunch supporter of U.S. and international design via events, conversations, and partners and its yearly programming aims to nurture New York City’s design dialogue.
Abigail Murray creates simple, utilitarian forms with complex surfaces of found and created textures. She explores ideas of pattern, layering and light referencing the repetition and precision of technology while delighting in the subtle imperfections of the entirely handmade.
ACDWSH sells limited-run glasses and sunglasses. The frames come in different wood frames, including Walnut, which creates a dark black wood look; Zebra, which has a green aesthetic, and re-purposed skateboard wood. Founder and owner, Alex Frank, also uses bamboo wood and rosewood.
All of the glasses are waterproof, polarized, offer 100 percent UV protection. All ACDWSH frames can be taken to the optometrist and fitted with prescription lenses.
Founded in 1921 as a “Workshop for the processing of brass and nickel silver sheet metal, with foundry”, Alessi has always stood out for the high quality of its products. In almost a century of history, the company has gradually evolved to become one of the leading “Factories of Italian design”, capable of applying its expertise and excellence in design management to many different product types. Open to change and international development, Alessi at the same time has a strong bond with the traditions and cultural background of its area and continues to be synonymous with handcrafted objects produced with the help of machines.
AMERICAN DESIGN CLUB
The American Design Club (AmDC) was conceived in the spring of 2008. At that time, America’s relevance in the design world was being questioned, with some postulating that US-based designers would never be as influential or productive as their European counterparts. Looking around, however, all we saw was talent and ambition in our fellow American designers, from close friends to former employers to recent design school graduates. What was missing was an avenue for these designers to share their work with a broad audience. The AmDC's founding members resolved to improve the situation by creating a platform from which designers could launch new ideas and connect with one another.
ANMARÉ is the creation of three sisters—Anna, Marlenn and Rebecca. For them, the line is where the past and present converge; classic pieces transcending styles and trends, still calling one’s attention to the beauty of the jewelry, as well as the one wearing it. Sharing many cultural passions and a rich heritage of Egyptian and Syrian origin, starting a jewelry company was a natural place for their talents to come together. They gather their inspiration from scouring vintage stores around the world to wandering the halls of museums and galleries, absorbing their love of modern art and architecture. With roots in New York and a Brooklyn upbringing, they wanted to keep the creative process close to home, sourcing their materials locally and having everything handmade in New York. ANMARÈ is more than just a jewelry collection. It is the bond between sisters, the love of all things beautiful, the spiritual meaning behind the stones, and the feelings of confidence and timelessness the pieces represent.
Areaware is a New York City based producer of everyday objects that are functional and unusual. Our goal is to create thoughtful products that inspire an emotional response. We like to think we have a good sense of humor and that our objects are poetic. We wish to create a forum for young and local talent and together become a strong voice for American design. We believe that appreciation for beauty is central to what it means to be alive and want to embody this principle in even the simplest things.
AVANDI is a Brooklyn-based contemporary studio that designs and manufactures a selection of home goods and jewelry inspired by sustainable solutions and modular systems. AVANDI generates durable products that seamlessly blend technology and craft. AVANDI's profoundly versatile designs thrive in a nomadic space, shifting their function to meet your needs, merging with your lifestyle while adding a bit of fun and playful elements.
BROOKLYN CANDLE STUDIO
The small batch deliciously scented candles hand-poured by Tamara Mayne and her team out of a sunny Brooklyn studio are a nod to 19th century apothecaries and the spirit of the lovingly handcrafted. Simple and modern with a hint of vintage charm, they are designed to complement every style of home from minimalist to bohemian.
Cult jewelry and accessories brand By Boe began in 2000 as an intimate retail shop (originally named Annika Inez) on the upper east side of Manhattan, which also served as Annika’s workshop. The designer’s scandanavian roots and diverse creative experiences—including interior design studies at parsons and an apprenticeship with a couture dressmaker in Dubai—immediately yielded something altogether provocative and new in the contemporary jewelry market. Along with Annika’s uncommon take on architectural and nature-inspired pendants, cuffs, and earrings quickly gained attention.
Doug Johnston's work utilizes and explores a variety of mediums and methods such as installation, fiber art, sculpture, photography, and collaborative performance. Since 2010 he has focused on a method of coiling and stitching rope into a variety of functional and sculptural objects. Using industrial sewing machines, the process is a modern variation on one of the oldest techniques for the construction of vessels, baskets, and wearable items such as hats and bags. Johnston was born in the west Texas desert and raised in Tulsa, OK. After graduating from Drury University with undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Studio Art, Doug later earned a Master of Architecture Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, designer Tomoe Matsuoka.
fefo is a design studio, crafting products from tablewares to lighting. Inspired by textural details and simplicity, Fefo uses a variety of materials, shapes, and colors to create an approachable design and craft pieces that are beautiful but meant to be used. From vibrant blues, to warm earthen pinks, to a simple dash of white--the wares handmade aesthetic makes them natural additions to a thoughtful lifestyle.
Field was founded with the commitment to creating objects that are well made and timeless; practical goods that will age well and remain useful and relevant for years to come.We are an American brand with a distinctly global perspective. Our products are designed in collaboration with an international group of designers, and manufactured in the USA by a network of independent craftsmen. What results is a balanced collection of thoughtful objects, made with honest materials.
Flaca Jewelry is a cool, sophisticated, wearable jewelry line that exudes feminine beauty and independence. Featured in national and international publications such as Vogue, InStyle, Glamour, Real Simple and many more, Flaca Jewelry was named one of the best new designers to know in 2015.
Family owned since 1953, Grado Labs is a Brooklyn based company that hand makes headphones and cartridges. Family run since 1953, Grado has seen three generations: Joseph, John, and Jonathan Grado. As Ars Technica says, “…on a quiet street in south Brooklyn is a manufacturing operation that produces some of the most renowned headphones… it's just the Grados in their narrow townhouse making the little-known, well-loved line of headphones.”
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.
KIKKERLAND DESIGN POP UP
Shop a large selection of Kikkerland Design products during a special Pop-up until the end of September at Seaport District. Discover clever objects to intrigue you, smart objects to make everyday tasks easier and gentle objects that make you feel happier. You can find as well products selected by WantedDesign, from local US design studios to international designers, at the Seaport Design Market.
LITTLE SPOONS DESIGN
Little Spoons Design is a Brooklyn-based design studio passionate about sustainable yet stylish products. Having worked in logo and branding, designer Vicki Latimer Roan decided to take her love of patterns to textiles. Starting with a line of eco-chic totes and pouches made with recycled cotton that otherwise would be in a landfill, Vicki was inspired by walks in her Brooklyn neighborhood, museums, architecture and beyond. Mixing vintage and modern, urban with nature, many have a touch of metallic ink to make something as utilitarian as a tote more special. Partnering with a women-owned company in New Hampshire, Vicki is able to source and support small town making.
Designer Maria Ana Moura, an international citizen in the truest sense, has lived in Germany, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Spain, The United States, and consistently spends time in her father’s homeland of Brazil, boasts a diverse background in graphic design, art direction and fine art in addition to fashion design. Fluent in six languages and a lover of animals and of nature, Moura believes deeply in sustainability and social responsibility in her design process and takes this into account when working with her associates across the world. MAMAZOO was founded in 2012 as the culmination of her artistic passions and calls upon her vast creative experience, marrying the graphic design elements in her sourcing of textiles with traditional ready to wear design. Maria Ana Moura received her associate degree in Fashion designs from Parsons School of Design in New York City in 2012. She continues to live and work in Brooklyn, NY.
NEU is a St. Paul based design company founded in 2013 by husband and wife team Elijah and April Neumann. Our aesthetic is based heavily in modernism, a framework which allows us to explore efficiency and structure, but also comfort and warmth in straightforward, unadorned objects. We believe that good design is both beautiful and functional, but ultimately about the people around us. We are inspired by the idea that every person on Earth is valuable, and we believe this should affect every aspect of the design process, from which materials we select, to the wages we pay, to the quality of our work, to the prices we ask and the causes we support. Each of our pieces is carefully hand crafted in St. Paul by Elijah, often with the help of family and friends. We offer a selection of furniture and home products, but also take commissions to design and build one of a kind and site-specific pieces.
OAD NEW YORK
OAD NEW YORK is a NYC based handbag label by Sydney Suh-Lee launched in 2015.The name, OAD is a poetic tribute to the geometry and function that distinguishes the brand — O for a circle, A for a triangle and D for a semi-circle. Simple geometric shapes + clever functionality manifest throughout all the designs. The pieces in the collection are instantly timeless, beautifully accessible and elegantly functional. They are the manifestation of a love of clean lines, geometric shapes and perfect utility. They help you do more with less. OAD NEW YORK Founder and designer Sydney Suh-Lee is a Parsons School of Design alumnus who, before launching her brand, spent nearly a decade designing for some of the world’s most storied brands including Calvin Klein + Kate Spade. She works and lives in New York City with her husband and their pug named Pillow. Visit OAD NEW YORK website
Handmade in Italy, the debut of the Sarah Flint Collection in Fall 2013 marked the return of timeless elegance to luxury footwear. Sarah Flint believes that sensuality lies in simplicity, that sophistication is achieved through subtlety and attention to detail, and when a woman slips into a pair from her collection, she feels chic, empowered, and sexy. Sarah showcases feminine, delicate embellishments in her designs to create beautiful and timeless shoes. With the perfect fit, the Sarah Flint woman is ready to take on the world day or night. Learn more at SarahFlint.com.
Slow North’s mission is to make products that are simple, healthy and thoughtfully functional. Since 2015, they have been creating premium, all-natural soy candles scented only with essential oils in thoughtfully minimal packaging. All Slow North products are free of synthetic chemicals and artificial fragrances. Their soy candles are made from biodegradable and renewable resources. They are dye-free, vegan and made without animal products, petroleum by-products or paraffin.
Since launching its debut collection in 2013, Souda has been making a name for itself as a ineffable force in the contemporary design world, by steadily introducing new products designed by a growing, global cohort of cutting-edge designers. Housed in a Brooklyn studio that was formerly a nightclub, the location is fitting for a brand ready to shake things up with designs that fluently combine sophistication and play
Natasha Dzurny is a Jersey City based designer with a background in education, graphic design and product design. As a life-long crafter and tinkerer, she is currently developing a line if technology-infused DIY craft kits that make creating with electronics easy and fun. Read about her adventures in technology, design, and craft and purchase DIY kits on her blog at TechnoChic.net
All creations of WrenLab Ceramics are made of wheel thrown porcelain by the hands of Erin Banta Wilford. A Tucson native, Erin studied ceramics and photography at the University of Arizona earning a degree in fine arts. Upon completion of her studies she moved to New York City in 2001 and currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two young sons. In her Red Hook studio, Erin satisfies her love of sculpture by altering and exaggerating forms while maintaining a simplicity to meet her need for functionality. Each piece is unique in form and recognized for their textured white lines. See more at wrenlabceramics.com
THE BRAVE COLLECTION
The Brave Collection is a New York based line of jewelry handmade in Cambodia by local artisans to celebrate Bravery and empower women across the globe. Our signature Brave Bracelets and Necklaces provide job opportunities to artisans in need, and we donate 10% of profits to fight human trafficking through creative education for vulnerable girls.