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January 2009
Paul Makovsky
Design-industry trade shows and their hard-partying cousin, design weeks and biennials, aren't just good places to see the latest from international stars like Phillippe Stark or Marcel Wanders. They're also excellent opportunities to gauge emerging trends and discover fresh talent. This isn't always as easy as it sounds. Last year's Salone Internazionale del Mobie, in Milan, attracted a record 348,000 visitors clamoring to check out work from 2,450 exhibitors. In those kinds of crowds, it can be a challenge to maintain your sanity, let alone see everything and draw meaningful conclusions (although we do try). But it's worth the effort to be among the first to notice a talented young designer, of which there are plenty these days. Here we present 14 standouts from around the globe, plus the dates of upcoming fairs so you can do your own scouting.

Cant End Table
In 2004 Bill Hilgendorf (b.1979) and Jason Horvath (b. 1978) started the Brooklyn -based Uhuru Design, a small design-and-build furniture company dedicated to sustainability. This table from their Küpe line is made using white oak reclaimed from Kentucky bourbon barrels.
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