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Emerging Designers Panel Discussion

Jerry Helling, President and Creative Director of Bernhardt Design has made a career out of discovering new talent. This panel looks at trends and challenges facing young and emerging designers who are trying to find a foothold in the competitive design market. Wendy Goodman will moderate a panel with Helling and emerging Bernhardt designers: Taylor Pemberton, a New York-based designer and entrepreneur, founder of Cavalier, and Creative Director of Wantful; Sarah and Victor Lytvinenko, the founders of Raleigh Denim in North Carolina who were part of Helling's 'America Made Me' design show during ICFF in May; and the Scottish artist/designer Jephson Robb. Come and hear what it takes to make it in the NY design industry.

Sponsored by Silestone.


Date: Tuesday, October 2
Time: 7 - 9pm


Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) | 2 Columbus Circle | New York, NY


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Wendy Goodman, Design Editor, New York

Wendy Goodman has been New York’s Design Editor since October 2007 and is responsible for New York’s twice-annual design issues, regular “Great Room” features. She also produces the weekly “Design Hunting” newsletter and Facebook page and will oversee the new stand-alone home-design magazine New York Design Hunting, debuting in May 2012. Wendy Goodman lives in the Village and was born and raised in New York.

Jerry Helling, President and Creative Director, Bernhardt

Jerry Helling is the President and Creative Director of Bernhardt Design. In addition to setting the creative direction, he also manages the business side of the company.

During his tenure with the company, Helling has repositioned Bernhardt Design from a domestic manufacturer of traditional wood furniture to an international brand. He brought Bernhardt Design to the global market by establishing international distribution as well as licenses for the brand in Europe, Asia and Australia. Included in Helling's many accomplishments is the development and launch of the award-winning Go chair with Ross Lovegrove.

During the past ten years, Helling has assembled an extraordinary creative team that has positioned Bernhardt Design as one of the leading international design companies with a roster of talent that includes: Ross Lovegrove (London), Yves Behar (San Francisco), Fabien Baron (Paris), Christian Biecher (Paris), Jeffery Bernett (New York), Arik Levy (Paris), Suzanne Trocme (London), Lievore Altherr Molina (Barcelona), Shin Azumi (Toyko), Hans and Franz (Munich), Fredrikson/Stallard (London), Tyler Brule (Zurich), Jamie Hayon (Barcelona), Erla Oskarsdottir (Reykjavik), Patrick Jouin (Paris), Christopher Ciccone (Los Angeles), Patrick Norquet (Paris), Philippe Cramer (Geneva), Jhane Barnes (New York), CuldeSac (Valencia), Monica Forster (Stockholm) and Noe Duchaufor Lawrance (Paris).

Helling is probably best known for supporting design education and mentoring young designers. He is credited with establishing an annual design studio at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. The studio was created to provide the students a realistic product development experience working with an actual client. The studio culminates with the student’s work being released in the commercial market by Bernhardt Design. In 2005, he created ICFF Studio to provide assistance to young American designers in launching their careers. The scholarship program gives young designers exposure to manufacturers, retailers and the media. Since it’s inception, ICFF Studio has been instrumental in establishing a number of young designer’s careers.

A featured speaker on design and business, Helling has addressed audiences for organizations in the United States and Europe including: The Swiss Cultural Center, The El Salvador Ministry Of Economy, The French American Foundation, The ItalianTrade Commission, Kendall College, The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, The International Interior Design Association, Fast Company Magazine, Detank, ID Magazine, Art Center College Of Design, and Interior Design Magazine. He also serves as curator and juror for a number of exhibitions and design competitions.

Helling began his collegiate career at the University of Southern California as a cinema major and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a Masters of Arts in Motion Picture Marketing. Born and raised in Colorado, Helling now resides in North Carolina with his wife Peggy Perrier Helling and their three sons – Matt, Carter and Drew.

Taylor Pemberton,

Taylor Pemberton is a New York-based designer and entrepreneur, founder of Cavalier, and Creative Director of Wantful. In 2011, he founded Cavalier, an American outfitter of hand-made original products and quality vintage goods. Currently, Taylor leads the creative team at Wantful, a design-driven retail start-up focused on the art of gift giving.

His work has been recognized by the Art Director's Club, Webby Awards, Complex Magazine, and Type Director's Club. Taylor holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, with concentration in technology, product design, branding, strategy, and business development..

Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko, Raleigh Denim

Raleigh Denim began when founders Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko set out to make Victor the ideal pair of jeans in 2007. Working from their North Carolina living room, the couple was inspired by their region's rich denim and textile history. Sewing on vintage machines and utilizing the knowledge of generations before, Raleigh Denim has grown from that living room into a downtown-Raleigh workshop, where everything from hand-drafting patterns to cutting, sewing, and finishing happens under one roof.

Using traditional construction methods and locally woven denim to craft each pair, their team of "non-automated jeansmiths" crafts each pair with a focus on design and quality. Raleigh Denim includes a printed x-ray of the hip joint on the inside pocket and a hand stamped edition number on the back leather patch to show the limited amount of each style made. Their signature is present not only in style, but literally as well, as every pair of Raleigh Denim is inspected and signed by the makers before leaving the workshop.

Raleigh is now offering full collection and will show shirting and outerwear along side their denim for Spring '13. In addition to their second New York fashion week presentation, this September Raleigh opens it's first New York City flagship store.

Jephson Robb, Artist

Jephson Robb, born Glasgow, Scotland, read Political Economics at Glasgow University before graduating in Design from The Royal College of Art, London, 2003. Fusing together the traditional skills of a fine art practice with the technology of contemporary design Jephson creates site-specific artworks, interior installations and large-scale permanent public sculptures.

He received his first commission in 2003 from Tord Boontje, for, the British Council’s touring exhibition of China, "Eight Rooms". The piece, "Temple", was described by Icon magazine as having a “serene quality". Following this success, Paola Antonelli, the Senior Curator in Architecture and Design, at the New York Museum of Modern Art commissioned "Cries & Whispers" for the major design exhibition: SAFE. "Cries & Whispers" is now in the museums permanent collection.

Jephson has worked with a wide range of private clients and public organisations’ including Liberty of London, Frankfurt Messe, Atkins, The Environment Agency, Page/Park Architects, ARUP and Austin-Smith:Lord.

Jephson is currently working to deliver his latest commission, “Love & Kisses”, a large public sculpture to be installed in woodland in Falkirk, as part of The Helix project. He is also working on an architectural commission to design three pavilions for the grounds of the NHS New South Glasgow “mega” Hospital.

He has also worked as Art Director for Bernhardt Design (USA). In 2010 Bernhard Design invited Jephson to design a piece of furniture: “Amri”, and this year they launch his two newest furniture pieces “Blaine” and “Claris”.

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