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ARCHITECT contributor Alice Liao reports from this year's WantedDesign, a series of events showcasing emerging talent that runs during NYCxDesign week (and concurrently with ICFF), and featured exhibitors from 19 countries, which founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat say cements the show’s status as “a creative hub for the international community.”

Within the 2018 WantedDesign were two breakout events: Launch Pad, a program for independent designers seeking manufacturers and distributors; and the inaugural Look Book, a curated selection of work by 12 North American makers of high-end furniture, furnishings, and accessories. The latter program was developed in response to requests from WantedDesign alumni for a platform that connects makers in the U.S. and Canada to interior designers and architects interested in purchasing their goods. Selected design studios not only exhibit at the show but also appear in an actual look book.

Of all the displays by international design collectives, none perhaps made as dramatic an impact as Mexican furniture designer Left’s Loopita, a looped chaise lounge that facilitates conversation between two people by seating them next to and facing each other. Measuring 68 inches wide by 81 inches long, and by 41 inches tall, Loopita comes with a birch frame for interior applications; an exterior model with a teak frame is also available. See it at ARCHITECT.

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