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Accent on Design announces four new A+: The Young Designers' Platform participants

To showcase during New York International Gift Fair

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Four designers and design companies from the United States and Europe have been invited to participate in the A+: The Young Designers' Platform showcase within Accent on Design at the winter 2011 New York International Gift Fair.

Representing diverse geographic and cultural backgrounds, these new designers will introduce a range of products, including housewares, lighting, and personal and gardening accessories.

"These emerging talents have innovatively merged form with function," said Dorothy Belshaw, GLM senior vice president and NYIGF director. "Their products elevate everyday tasks - like sharpening pencils and lighting work spaces - with an infusion of modern design."

Participants in the winter 2011 edition of A+: The Young Designers' Platform are: Dana Cannam, danacannamdesign; Hongjie Yang; Jinseok Hwang, Studio Lobot; and Ricky Giacco, Concrete R&D.

Dana Cannam

The objective of Cannam's product introduction, the clamplamp, is to maximize the functionality of a solid unfinished material, rather than adding unwanted components. Manufactured with minimal environmental impact, the lamp's entire system, including the energy-efficient LED strip, is compression-fit, with no glue or screws holding it together.

Cannam founded danacannamdesign studio in 2009 after receiving his masters of design from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Hongjie Yang

Yang will introduce four new products at NYIGF: Veer, a stainless steel soap dispenser; Chromis, a recycled aluminum pencil sharpener inspired by the form of fish; the Liquido iPhone case; and the acrylic Hydro+ 20 oz. intelligent water bottle, which tracks the user's daily hydration cycles.

A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, with a BFA in Industrial Design, Yang has won several design competitions.

Jinseok Hwang

Hwang's Task Lamp features a hinge system providing flexibility to cover a limited task area. Its body is made from machine-processed light aluminum, with a long-lasting LED light source.

Hwang, a senior industrial designer at frog design in New York, graduated from Hong Ik University in Seoul, South Korea, with a BFA in Industrial Design. He has won several design awards, such as the LG International Design Award and the Korean Good Design Award, and the South Korean government designated him 2010's "Next Generation Designer."

Ricky Giacco

Giacco will introduce the Delaware Coast Planter series, comprised of 4-inch planters individually crafted with his "eco-concrete" mix, which includes 40% recycled and sustainable materials. The planters promote optimum plant growth through superior drainage, aeration and insulation.

Giacco adds recycled plastics and natural materials found on the Mid-Atlantic coast, such as sand, sea shells, pine conces and pine needles, to his eco-concrete mix.


A+ applicants were chosen by the Accent on Design selection committee, whose members include: David Alhadeff, The Future Perfect; Miguel Calvo, Design & Research; Ilene Shaw, Shaw + Co! Productions; Wilma Wabnitz, Wabnitz Editions Ltd.; and Noel Wiggins, Areaware. The exhibit is curated by the American Design Club.

A+: The Young Designers' Platform at Accent on Design runs Sunday, Jan. 30, through Thursday, Feb. 3, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during the NYIGF.

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