Design Fair ECO Solidarity 2023 at WantedDesign Manhattan

Reuse of discarded theater sets in Stuttgart, DE ©CollColl

Sun, 05/21/2023 -
Tue, 05/23/2023

Javits Center

Designers & studios from several EU countries showcase sustainable, future-focused solutions

ECO Solidarity goes into the next round: Designers and studios from several European Union countries represented by EUNIC NY showcase sustainable, future-focused solutions at ECO Solidarity 2023, presented by WantedDesign. The exhibition will be held at the Javits Center as part of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

The German contribution to ECO Solidarity 2023 is CollColl, a design collective, based in Berlin and Munich. Together they work between architecture, scenography and art, and create prototypes and experiments between urban design, sculpture and performance on participative construction sites.

Employing circular materials, CollColl use process-oriented, improvisational and explorative methods to activate public space. Rather than simply designing and executing, their projects take building as an end in itself, as an art form, as a performance. Through the participation of invited guests and passersby, they open these design processes up to collaborative thinking, feedback dynamics and contextual materials. This pointed engagement of the social aspect of design, aims to establish co-responsibility between the project, its site and its community.
  • Reuse of discarded theater sets in Stuttgart, DE ©CollColl

  • New addition to the playground by the Kinderkunstlabor Museum in St.Pölten, AT ©KinderKunstLabor, Foto: Max Kropitz

  • Open-to-all construction site resulting in a rammed earth sculpture in Apolda, DE ©CollColl

For ICFF 2023, May 21-22 is limited to trade and design professionals only. On May 23, the event is open to the public. Use the code ECO2023 at to gain free access on May 23!

ECO Solidarity was initiated in 2020 by the Polish Cultural Institute New York in partnership with WantedDesign and eight European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) organizations as an international, multidisciplinary initiative and movement to address the need for human-centered design in response to global humanitarian and public health crises.

WantedDesign is a NYC-based platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community throughout the year. 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.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is where designers, retailers, developers, and architects converge to exchange inspiration and ignite a competitive drive for contemporary residential and commercial interiors. Exhibitors from 36 countries come to the ICFF each year to showcase the newest frontier of high-end, contemporary interiors.

European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) is the European network of organizations engaging in cultural relations. EUNIC advocates a prominent role of culture in international relations and is a strategic partner of the EU, actively involved in the further definition of European cultural policy. EUNIC is a platform for knowledge sharing and for capacity building amongst its members and partners.