By Laura Rentas-Giusti
Special to News is my Business
The jury of “Producibles,” a product design competition managed by Design in Puerto Rico (DIPR), selected five proposals from four Puerto Rican designers to represent the island at the Wanted Design NYC international fair in May in New York City, Carlos Bobonis-Colorado, director of DIPR announced Monday.
The designers chosen to present their works at the fourth edition of Wanted Design NYC are: Doel Fresse, Vladimir García, Marx Rosado, and Alberto Green (with two winning proposals.) The jury evaluated their products, all in the furniture category, based on prototypes of their designs, which were manufactured in Puerto Rico.
The work of these designers will occupy an exhibition space of about 200 square feet at the renowned fair, where more than 9,000 people gather each year. The foursome thus becomes part of a select group of brands and designers who will present their work from May 16 to 19, 2014 at the event considered one of the most relevant platforms of New York Design Week.
Among the show’s exhibitors this year are Capellini, Moroso, Ligne Roset, Alessi, and Design Within Reach, as well as designers from the United States, France, Italy, Sweden, the Middle East, Guatemala, Chile, Mexico, Canada and El Salvador.
Design in Puerto Rico is the only Caribbean exhibitor, so it is anticipated that proposals will stand out for their colorful use of representative materials and design from the region.
“For the second consecutive year, Puerto Rico will be well represented at this important fair with high-quality proposals. We have taken everything we learned from our participation in Wanted Design NYC last year to get ready to make our mark in the competitive world of international design and attract new business to Puerto Rico,” said Bobonis-Colorado.
“All of the pieces showcase Puerto Rican talent and were manufactured on the island, in line with our objective to reactivate the design and manufacturing industries and turn them into engines for local economic development,” he added.
The industrial designer thanked the jury and its director, Marcelo López-Dinardi, the businesses that have supported the initiative, including Dockside Seafood and Innov8, and the Department of Economic Development and Commerce of Puerto Rico, for collaborating with the project for the second year in a row.
“We are pleased to continue to support this initiative, whose potential we recognized from day one. It is a project led by a young, committed entrepreneur that is clearly intended to generate economic activity that benefits a sector where there is plenty of talent on the island,” said Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Alberto Bacó-Bagué.
Design in Puerto Rico serves as a business platform for Puerto Rican designers with quality products with commercial and export potential. This organization seeks to strengthen the relationships between designers, manufacturers and distributors, as well as provide a platform for design in Puerto Rico and in international markets.