Wanted Design 2013: Design in Puerto Rico

Wanted Design 2013: Design in Puerto Rico

This year, a group of more than twenty designers from Puerto Rico presented a collective exhibition for the first time in ICFF history. Held at Wanted Design, the Design in Puerto Rico show was also the group's first presentation together in any venue. The diverse group of designers, some of whom now work in New York, made a lively addition to the show with innovative manufacturing techniques and some bright island colors:

Wanted Design, ICFF 2013, Puerto Rico, Trend

Quince by Doel Fresse: The designer brings his architectural education to the Quince rocking chair, which is based on traditional steel rod furniture from the Caribbean. Made of powder coated aluminum rod and mahogany-finished plywood, the chair ships flat-packed and ready to assemble. www.doelfresse.com

Victor J. Monserrate, Wanted Design, ICFF 2013, trend Puerto Rico

Kanutos I by Victor J. Monserrate: Thick wicker strips give the Kanutos chair a whacky appearance, but also offer a modern take on a traditional summertime seat. The designer opened VM Design in Puerto Rico before enrolling at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London to earn a double masters degree in innovation and design engineering. www.vmdesign.org

Wanted Design, ICFF 2013, trend Puerto Rico

Low Table Tableware by Two Squared Studio: A design collective of four Puerto Rican designers, Two Squared Studio presented a four-legged table with nesting trays that form its top. These lift away from the tabletop for use as tableware. facebook/twosquaredstudio

Joint Lamp, Carlos Bobonis, ICFF

3D Joint Lamp by Carlos Bobonis: Artist and industrial designer Carlos Bobonis Colorado received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Sacred Heart University in Puerto Rico and a Masters in Industrial Design degree from SCAD before relocating to New York. Hi 3D Joint lamp is constructed of a CNC-milled wooden base beneath a felt lampshade with contrasting stitching. www.carlosbobonis.com

Vasquez, lamp, ICFF, Wanted Design, Puerto Rico

Lamp by Jos© Fernando Vázquez: The designer's three-branched lamp gives a new look to fluorescent tubes. Interested in design as a tool for research and innovation, Jos© Fernando Vázquez studied architecture at Cornell University and studied industrial design the Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked as an architect, designer, contractor, photographer, and "tinkerer at large." He founded URBANA in 2000 and estudioHACEDOR, an architecture and design firm, in 2012. www.estudiohacedor.com

Posted May 30, 2013 by Jennifer Krichels

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