IDS Vancouver x Propellor at WantedDesign NYC
IDS Vancouver is heading East. We have partnered with Propellor, a Vancouver-based multi-disciplinary design studio, to bring the essence of the Pacific Northwest to Manhattan this May during WantedDesign.
“Propellor’s work is deeply inspired by the landscape and materials native to our coastal BC home and we are looking forward to bringing our West Coast perspective to our collaboration with IDS Vancouver for the upcoming WantedDesign NYC show. We will be exhibiting furniture and lighting pieces that continue our exploration of natural forms and forces. We are interested in the ways that clouds form, waves unfold and rivers carve mountain-sides. Our observations of the natural world inform our design, sometimes in very direct ways and sometimes in ways that are only just discernible.” Toby Barratt, partner and designer, Propellor.
For several years now, the Propellor team has been using their skills as sculptors to explore their observations of the coastal mountains through a series of hyper-realistic mountain-scape sculptures called the Range series.
At the centre of the IDS Vancouver x Propellor exhibit for Wanted Design NYC will be a new table design that employs the three dimensional language that Propellor has developed with the Range series. The Range table will bring a taste of the sublime appeal of the high mountains into the home. Alongside the Range table, we will be showing lighting inspired by the form and substance of the forests that surround us on the West Coast. The Propellor team has been working with beautiful BC alder wood from a small mill up the valley, and the lighting for Wanted Design will highlight the warmth of our favourite West Coast wood while evoking the beauty and energy of the forest.
WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year. Its two marquee events take place during NYCxDESIGN in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. WantedDesign has become a creative destination for the international design community, offering participants and visitors a unique and dynamic experience. The event also serves as an inspiring meeting point for designers, manufacturers, buyers, students, design institutions, press and design lovers.
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 partnerships and its yearly programming aims to nurture New York City’s design dialogue. WantedDesign’s original event location, the landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue in West Chelsea’s Historic District, has become a creative destination for the international design community in May, offering participants and visitors a unique and dynamic experience. The event also serves as a popular and inspiring meeting point for designers, manufacturers, buyers, distributors, craftspeople, students, design institutions, the press and all design lovers.
The May events offered a 360-degree experience with innovative installations, memorable products, pop-up stores, interactive experiences, convivial lounges, thought-provoking student workshops, engaging discourse and more. WantedDesign is an active part of NYCxDESIGN and aims to showcase New York as a dynamic and unique design destination.
Propellor is an independent, Vancouver based multi-disciplinary design studio that thrives on the challenge of creating useful, beautiful and ecologically minded objects and experiences. Their work spans a broad range of disciplines from lighting and furniture design to spatial design and sculpture. There are threads that run through all of their work – an interest in nature, its forms and systems, a passion for exploring materials, function and aesthetics, and a desire to make things that will last well into the future.
Propellor’s lighting and sculpture hangs in public spaces, hotels, restaurants, boutiques and private residences around the world. Their design, as well as their sculptural work, is regularly shown in museums in Canada and abroad. In the past five years, they have exhibited work in the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, the Musée des Beaux-Arts Eugène Leroy in France, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, the Design Exchange Museum in Toronto and at the Canadian High Commission’s Canada House in London, England.