Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat
Born in Paris, Odile Hainaut has an educational background combining French Literature (Sorbonne Nouvelle Censier University), Performing Art (Cours Perimony) and Musicology (Paris Sorbonne University).
She began working in 1992 at Raison Pure, a French international Design and Branding agency, as Director of Communications. 7 years later she moved to New York to built the communication and PR strategy of the US operations of Raison Pure USA, now named forceMAJEURE.
It was in her parent’s boutique in Annecy France that she was first inspired by design. She earned a Masters Degree in International Business from the University of Turin in Italy. After many years of study and collaborations in Europe she would be hired by French design house Roche Bobois as Marketing Director for the U.S. moving her to New York City.
In 2010, she left Roche Bobois to pursue her personal endeavors. Claire began to develop innovative communication and web-strategy projects for various international design brands, agencies and foreign cultural offices.
Odile and Claire met in November 2010 and the two decided to combine their vision, expertise and passion to launch WantedDesign in May 2011. WantedDesign, now with two fairs in May, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, and with a permanent design store in Brooklyn, has become the premiere annual international exhibition during New York’s design week