Disrupting Design With Fab


Are you an emerging designer or student who wants to disrupt the industry? Fab wants to make your dreams come true. We’re setting up shop in Milan during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, and together with our all-star team of celebrity judges, we want to see what you’ve got.

Bring your product ideas, portfolios, and prototypes on April 10th to be judged, on the spot, by:

Bradford Shellhammer, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, Fab. 
Rob Forbes, Founder, Design Within Reach, Public Bikes.
Ambra Medda, Founder, Ambra Medda Office.
Tom Dixon, Designer, Founder of Tom Dixon.
Yves Béhar, Designer and Founder, Fuse Project, and Chief Creative Officer, Jawbone.
Amanda Dameron, Editor in Chief, Dwell Magazine.
Michael Hermann, Director of Licensing, The Andy Warhol Foundation.
Birgit Lohmann, Editor in Chief, designboom.com

We’ll pick three designers whose products will be manufactured and sold to 12 million members on Fab. Your work should be of high quality and be a functional object made through handcrafted, high-tech, and/or experimental processes.

  • Pre-register with your name and country to: designforus@fab.com
  • When: 4pm—6pm Wednesday April 10th, 2013.
  • Where: Meet us by the trains at MOST.
    (Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Via Olona 6B, 20123, Milano, Italy.)

Don’t miss this chance to better people’s lives with your design!

Read more about this project on FastCo Design.

hashtag #disruptdesign

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Important terms: 

You must only submit your original product designs. All work must be your own.
By entering your product designs, you will not be releasing any intellectual property rights you may have in your designs.  
Please only submit product designs that you are comfortable having disclosed to the public and possibly photographed for use on social media.
If your product design is chosen, you will be offered an opportunity to have your product manufactured and sold by Fab. 
Any offers by Fab to have your product manufactured will be subject to certain terms and conditions, which will be presented to you at the time of the offer.
You are free to reject the offer, in which case Fab may choose the product design of another designer. 
There is no cash value for the right or the opportunity to receive an offer from Fab.

Getting Down With Tom Dixon

 We have a lot to celebrate this week! It’s our first ever outing at New York’s Design Week (or ICFF in business speak) and we’re making our debut in style; we’re partnering  with Tom Dixon to create a physical shopping experience. Yep. Tom Dixon. One of our absolute favorite designers, whose ideas about design democracy and love of craft are so close to our own. And as if that wasn’t humbling enough, consider the fact that he is also collaborating with us on his first online sale. Ever. 

A Sodastream soirée at MOST in Milan.

This British iconoclast is known for making innovative furniture, but he also stages outlandish and immersive public retail experiences. This showmanship extends to his democratic concept of design at large. Tom is just fine with selling his wares through normal high-end vendors as he is giving it away to the first taker. Usurping the staid channels of design retail, he has shaken up the market in more ways than one. Just this past April, the designer blazed through Milan’s annual Salone Mobile furniture fair, giving away 400 of his Stamp Lamps at MOST, an offsite capsule fair he hosted. In addition to the Tom Dixon giveaways, this mini fair proved to be a petri dish that mixed other young global design talent and budding technology practices.

Giving away lights at MOST

So, continuing his tradition of convention-breaking furniture fair events, Tom Dixon presents London Underground, a subterranean shopping and exhibition experience. Underneath an old Greenwich Village theater you can go behind the curtain to peek at the instigative designer’s next project. Get buzzed with Stumptown Coffee while you bask in the glow of Tom Dixon’s Lustre Pendants. It’s their debut and you’ll have the chance to see firsthand how the designer has moved into crafting ceramics into dynamically finished geometric forms. Want to make your design friends jealous you saw them first? Share your adventure in the Surface magazine social networking salon.

Installation of the new Fin lights, which will make their U.S. debut at London Underground.

And don’t forget to take some of the underground home with you. Fab has partnered with Tom Dixon to create an on-site shop boasting a curated selection of his seminal pendant, wall, and floor lamps alongside superbly crafted tables and home effects available for purchase on our army of iPads.

London Underground 

45 Bleecker St. (Between Lafayette St. and The Bowery)

17 – 22 May 11am – 6pm (open til 7pm Fri and Sat)