Ten American and Canadian lighting designers to look out for at ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan
Promotion: a wall lamp informed by an insect zapper is among the lighting designs that will be presented this month at the annual New York design showcase ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan.
Taking place from 21-23 May 2023 at Manhattan's Javits Center, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is North America's premier contemporary furnishing design fair, while WantedDesign Manhattan is a show dedicated to high-end North American studios and international emerging designers.
The lamps will be showcased as part of WantedDesign's Look Book – a programme that connects North American designers, makers and entrepreneurs with interior designers and architects. Launched in 2018, the showcase serves as dedicated space for design professionals to discover pieces from independent design studios.
"With a year-long communication campaign and serving as an in-person portfolio in May, Look Book allows members of the A&D community to source original, customisable design and beautifully-crafted products for their next projects," said Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, Founders of WantedDesign.
Of the 48 studios that will take part, we've compiled 10 of that will be showcasing lighting designs at this year's event.
Olivia Barry/ By Hand
Working out of a studio in New York's Hudson Valley, designer Olivia Barry creates clean-lined ceramic lighting that draws on her training in both industrial design and ceramics.
Blurring the line between sculpture and lighting, Barry's large-scale pieces often feature folding shapes that glow from within.
Geometric forms and clean lines distinguish the work of Anony, a lighting and product design studio in Toronto, Canada.
Founded by designer Christian Lo, the studio adopts local manufacturing capabilities and the latest technologies to create lighting that echoes utilitarian, well-designed objects of the past.
Caleb Ferris is an artist and designer creating sculptural objects and furniture.
He describes his design work as a blend of "the strange and the familiar". His work draws inspiration from unconventionally beautiful, everyday objects that range from noodles to insect zappers.
Alexandre Joncas and Gildas Le Bars of design studio d'Armes take a poetic approach to lighting design, creating what they describe as "enigmatic and modern light structures".
Based in Quebec's Laurentian mountains, the studio is made up of a tight-knit team of professionals, designers and craftspeople who work together to create finely engineered lighting.
Daniel Shapiro's design practice creates sculptural lighting and furniture objects from stoneware.
Hand-built in his St. Louis, Missouri studio, each piece in the collection challenges the conventions of the material while exploring the line between control and chaos.
Connecticut ceramics studio Dumais Made specialises in making handmade lighting and objects informed by modernist sculpture.
Featuring clean, graphic shapes finished in muted glazes, its pieces reflect the textures and contrasts found in nature.
Designer Erin Lorek's first collection of cast glass lighting, Iron + Glass, is a result of her time spent in the mountains of North Carolina pouring hot glass onto handcrafted iron plates.
Imbued with the flaws of the metal that created them, her ethereal pieces are composed of circular glass diffusers supported by fine cables.
INDO- is an award-winning furniture and lighting design studio based in Providence, RI, that creates contemporary, handmade objects and lighting.
Its lighting collection, named MOODA, includes four lamps with shades made from hardwood dowels that are stitched together using a traditional Indian furniture building technique.
Rust Designs creates one-of-a-kind lamps and tables handmade and hand painted by artist Jessica Rust. Based in Long Island City, Rust makes each ceramic piece to-order, allowing for full customisation.
Her latest collection pays homage to modular units and the ability to create complex structures from repeating simple components.
Elish Warlop Design Studio
Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary design firm Elish Warlop Design Studio creates architectural lighting and furniture objects.
Founder Elish Warlop collaborates with skilled artisans throughout the US to create objects using materials chosen for their ability to stand the test of time such as wood, metal and ceramic.
Presented by Dezeen and moderated by Dezeen US editor Ben Dreith, a talk named Look Book Live will bring Look Book creators to the stage for a lively exchange with A+D professionals about projects, original design and beautifully crafted products.
Involving over 100 designers, other talks will be delivered by speakers including Snøhetta, David Rockwell, Patricia Urquiola and Dezeen Awards 2023 judge Giulio Cappellini.
Dezeen is a media partner of Look Book 2023. To learn more about the event, register on its website.
WantedDesign Manhattan + ICFF takes place from 21-23 May 2023 in Manhattan, New York. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.
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