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Hacked By ImamNews Image

Hacked By Imam

Hacked By Imam with Love
Universal Bike at Innovar 2014News Image

Universal Bike at Innovar 2014

Manuel speaks at TedX TucumanNews Image

Manuel speaks at TedX Tucuman

Revista Nueva NotaNews Image

Revista Nueva Nota

Manuel Saez breaks the mold. Read more about it here.
Manuel Saez in La GacetaNews Image

Manuel Saez in La Gaceta

Manuel discusses Industrial Design and it’s future in Tucuman. Read the entire article here.
Pagina 12 features Manuel SaezNews Image

Pagina 12 features Manuel Saez

Manuel talks about his return to Argentina in the M2 section of Pagina 12. Read the full article here.
Manuel Saez in ArqNews Image

Manuel Saez in Arq

Interview with Manuel Saez about his design studio in Tucuman, Argentina. Read the article here.
CuradoresNews Image


Watch this segment of Curadores with Manuel Saez.     After a long career in NY, Saez returned home to his native Tucuman, where he develops some of the projects presented in this report.    
AYC RevistaNews Image

AYC Revista

Manuel Saez featured in La GacetaNews Image

Manuel Saez featured in La Gaceta

Manuel discusses his return to Argentina in La Gaceta. Read the article here.
Universal BikeNews Image

Universal Bike

Charlie CabinetNews Image

Charlie Cabinet

Torino Side TableNews Image

Torino Side Table

Dos ChairNews Image

Dos Chair

Brooklyness on sale at!!!News Image

Brooklyness on sale at!!!

Brooklyness Urban Cycles on sale at from 7/18-7/25!!
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Manuel Saez and familyNews Image

Manuel Saez and family

Manuel Saez and his family tested high chairs for Pais&Filhos magazine. Find out what they thought of each one here.
Brooklyness on sale at Touch of ModernNews Image

Brooklyness on sale at Touch of Modern

Starting this Thursday, July 4th, the Broadway Bike (formerly known as the Subway folding bike). Will be available at flash sales site Touch of Modern.
Spark Awards 2013News Image

Spark Awards 2013

Manuel Saez to be Jury Chair for Spark Concept and Student Design Awards. The Spark Concept & Student Awards are for work that is in the idea stage, and are the home for all student entries. For example, this could include architectural concepts, concept automobiles and design student work. It is not for spec work, nor work intended for production or commercial realization. The emphasis is on ideas. All Spark juries are international and come from across the spectrum of design disciplines, media, educators and experts. For more information about Spark click here.
MS&P Designs for Garden LifeNews Image

MS&P Designs for Garden Life

Garden Life is a company with over 20 years experience in the highest quality of plastic products and the most diverse variety of designs. Their designers and thanks to constant research and continually shifting trends create both indoor and outdoor products to meet the needs of customers and consumers. MS&P has created the + life Modular Collection of storage boxes and organizers. Take a look at the entire collection at:  
Idea/Brazil 2013News Image

Idea/Brazil 2013

Manuel, our Creative Director,  was on the Jury for IDEA/Brasil 2013.
Charlie collection now at CB2News Image

Charlie collection now at CB2

Check out the new Charlie Cabinet and Wardrobe at CB2 and read what people have to say!

“Very Stylish. Beautiful lacquered finish. Quality construction. Well labeled assembly instructions. Great amount of storage in a compact foot print. Love this wardrobe! Also purchased the Charlie cabinet for a super small bedroom!”
Seminario Internacional Idea/Brazil 2013News Image

Seminario Internacional Idea/Brazil 2013

Manuel, our Creative Director, was a speaker at the IDEA/Brasil International Seminar at the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie this past March.
Manuel Saez in BrazilNews Image

Manuel Saez in Brazil

Billed as the Ikea of Brazil, Oppa offers affordable furniture built in Brazil. Manuel has been chosen as the new Design Director. Congrats Manuel!!
Facetta ChairNews Image

Facetta Chair

Brooklyness + WantedDesignNews Image

Brooklyness + WantedDesign

Come out to WantedDesign 2012 during ICFF to see Brooklyness‘ booth at Terminal Stores in “The Tunnel” located on 11th avenue between 27th and 28th street (269 11th Avenue, New York, NY)

WantedDesign 2012 is open to the public Saturday, May 19th to Monday, May 21st 2012, from 10am to 7pm. A shuttle bus will be available from ICFF to WantedDesign everyday from 11am to 5pm.

Then on Sunday, May 20th from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, desigNYC will be hosting a special talk: “Recharging Communities”, followed by a drink. Special raffle gift: the CMYK 2.0 Folding Electric Bike by BROOKLYNESS Urban Cycles. Media sponsor: NY Magazine. Keynote speaker: Wendy Goodman, NY Magazine. Moderator: Laetitia Wolff, desigNYC
CMYK 1.0 GiveawayNews Image

CMYK 1.0 Giveaway

On Saturday, May 19th from 6-10pm, a CMYK 1.0 will be given away to a lucky fan as part of a celebration of art, food, community . . . and bicycling! Slideluck has a dynamic, unique and exciting evening planned, and you can get your tickets here.
Hello Albert!News Image

Hello Albert!

Albert joins us from Enschede, Netherlands. He is currently doing a Master in Industrial Design at Twente University.
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Hello GiulioNews Image

Hello Giulio

We are happy to have Giulio around! Giulio studied Industrial Design at ISIA Rome and has a Master in Strategic Design from the Politecnico di Milano. He is currently doing a second Master in Product Service Design, also at the Politecnico di Milano.
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Brooklyness at KickstarterNews Image

Brooklyness at Kickstarter

We just launched BROOKLYNESS, our project of practical and sustainable mobility solutions, on Kickstarter website. Kickstarter gives you access to awesome deals while you give us your support.

Our hottest offer: get your CMYK Kickstarter Limited Edition folding electric bike, personalized with your name for just $680 (a $980 retail value) or a set of two bikes for 1250$ ( a $1960 retail value).

Check it out, and if possible please give us a like on Facebook or share it with your community.

To visit our Kickstarter project click HERE.

Big Thanks!!!

Manuel Saez visits PrattNews Image

Manuel Saez visits Pratt

Pratt’s indus­trial design department has invited Manuel Saez to give a lecture at the institution. It will be the third edition of the Pratt lecture series. Previously editions were held by Antenna Design and Victor Sanz from Tumi.
Sofia at the studioNews Image

Sofia at the studio

Last Friday Sofia Saez – 1 year old – came, once again, to work with her dad. It was nice having you around us!
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Dual Conference TableNews Image

Dual Conference Table

Torino tableNews Image

Torino table

Torino tableNews Image

Torino table

Torino is the latest release from manuel saez & partners. Its slide and sleek design has a clever worktop in matte lacquer on engineered wood.  Top slides open via integrated pull to reveal nine square feet of stash space for laptop, iPhone, iPad, projects, books, planners, folders, smalls and supplies—even hidden cord cutouts to charge electronics. Its solid oak stretcher base has continuous “U” legs braced with intentionally exposed hardware.

To visit Torino at CB2, click here.

CMYK 2.0News Image

CMYK 2.0

Work LoungeNews Image

Work Lounge

Hello NicolasNews Image

Hello Nicolas

With honors degrees from Universidad de Palermo, Nicolas Kedzierski joins our team. He is an industrial designer and design journalist from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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DNI magazineNews Image

DNI magazine

DNI featured Manuel Saez in two of their last editions. Manuel was invited to write and share his design way of thinking in the 12th edition of DNI. The 14th edition of the magazine features the adjustable bicycle frame, one of our latest designs for the Oregon Manifest. DNI stands for National and International Design and is the design magazine of Clarin newspaper, the largest daily in Argentina with around 800,000 issues a day.

To see the complete article, click here.

BARZÓN MagazineNews Image

BARZÓN Magazine

BARZÓN features Manuel Saez’s work and his life experience in New York. The Argentinean magazine is well known for its articles about design, fashion and lifestyle.

To see the complete article, click here.

Thanks UPS!!!News Image

Thanks UPS!!!

A story – in pictures – on how UPS destroyed a six-month hard work in one-day shipment…
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Oregon ManifestNews Image

Oregon Manifest

We are thrilled to share our first experience at the Oregon Manifest, a design challenge for bicycle designers and builders that combines american craftsmanship and global design thinking, all  in the name of  innovation.  Our entry was the adjustable bicycle frame, a universal utility bike which perfectly fits 95% of the adult population. In addition, it can also be adjusted to ride in a more aggressive or relaxed position, depending on how a rider feels.
OscarNews Image


New Bike DesignNews Image

New Bike Design

Manuel Saez & Partners presents a new bicycle design for industry start-up Brooklyness: the CMYK 2.0. The CMYK 2.0 is an update to our earlier design for the CMYK 1.0, which received great recognition from the design community. The new CMYK 2.0 will be stronger and more powerful, but still compact and foldable–a great bike for urban commuters.

You can get your very own CMYK 2.0—and help Brooklyness launch at the same time —by donating to the CMYK 2.0 project on

Oregon ManifestNews Image

Oregon Manifest

Our presence at the Oregon Manifest Design Challenge.
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MS&P Designs for VacaNews Image

MS&P Designs for Vaca

Vaca Valiente, a maker of recycled leather products, is introducing two new product lines designed by manuel saez & partners:

Fishwall – A line of wall coverings and room dividers made out of fish-shaped recycled leather, held together by metal rivets.

Cubets – A line of desktop accessories made out of recycled leather, designed to help organize everyday life.
FishwallNews Image


Hello SebastianNews Image

Hello Sebastian

Sebastian is a product designer that joins us from Paris, France. We look forward for a good time!
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Hello CarlaNews Image

Hello Carla

Good News: Carla Colás, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia,  has joined the team.
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Alta and Vanity for CB2News Image

Alta and Vanity for CB2

We are happy to introduce two new designs for CB2:  alta chair and vanity top box. Alta has a simple and elegant design that combines a tubular steel frame with chorme-plated finish and a black upholstered bent plywood seat. Vanity is a slick modern cabinet with multiple compartments cable to stack jewlery and other accesories. It also includes a hidden mirror. It is made of a hi-gloss white powdercoated steel tube frame and  low-emission engineered wood case with hi-gloss white and cool grey lacquer.
Hello PeteNews Image

Hello Pete

We are glad to have Pete in the studio with us. He is a Cornell University trained architect and current Pratt ID masters student.
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Hello Brooklyn!News Image

Hello Brooklyn!

After 3+ years in Long Island City, Queens, Manuel Saez & Partners has outgrown its old office space. You can now find us on the waterfront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn — one block from the Greenpoint Historical District, and many cool bars and restaurants.

Come visit us at:
67 West St.
Suite 317
Brooklyn, NY 11222
New OfficeNews Image

New Office

MS&P has moved to new digs in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
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Ergo LoungeNews Image

Ergo Lounge

Dos TableNews Image

Dos Table

Flecha LightNews Image

Flecha Light

Pizzaware Product LaunchNews Image

Pizzaware Product Launch

Products designed by MS&P will be introduced in March 21st in a series of 30 minutes infomercials hosted by no other than Joey Fatone! Pizzaware is a comprehensive line of products for pizza-making enthusiasts. Aspiring and advanced pizza makers learn how to make pizza at home with complete, step-by-step instructions for making pizzas, pizza sauces and pizza dough, including many international pizza, calzone, focaccia, bruschetta and crostini recipes and much more.
Dual TableNews Image

Dual Table

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Adjustable Bicycle FrameNews Image

Adjustable Bicycle Frame

B50News Image


Charging station for DupontNews Image

Charging station for Dupont

Corianesca by manuel saez & partners at the Evans and Paul website, here.
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CorianescaNews Image


SchwarzNews Image


Debut Features Manuel SaezNews Image

Debut Features Manuel Saez

Debut, the most important design web portal in South America has a close conversation with designer Manuel Saez

Debut. Antología del diseño. Una guía que difunde el diseño, la arquitectura y otras formas de creación contemporáneas a través de internet. Un mapa que exhibe los nuevos paradigmas en el ámbito de la creatividad, desde una mirada subjetiva, con foco en la producción de Sudamérica.
Transient ClockNews Image

Transient Clock

King MunnyNews Image

King Munny

DispenserNews Image


BAJANews Image


PizzawareNews Image


VanityNews Image


FacilNews Image


Self CameraNews Image

Self Camera

RiisNews Image


Children’s AcademyNews Image

Children’s Academy

CMYKNews Image


SarinescaNews Image


Babies at WorkNews Image

Babies at Work

Gael Borras (six months) and Sofia Saez (three months) came to work with their dads. It was great to have them around but it sure was a hand full….
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DaybedNews Image


HuniNews Image


SuperBinNews Image


World Kitchen Design CompetitionNews Image

World Kitchen Design Competition

World Kitchen invited designers from around the world to redefine the kitchen tools for preparing, cooking and serving food, making them more space-efficient, time sensitive and versatile for today’s home chef and their cooking needs.

The 2011 World Kitchen International Design Competition jury included;  Julie Christensen, Principal: Surfacework. Tucker Viemeister, Lab Chief: Rockwell Group.  Scott Wilson, Founder: MINIMAL. Judy Riley, Vice President of Global Design: Moen and Daniel Streng, Co-founder and director: Streng Design LLC.
M7 monitor armNews Image

M7 monitor arm

CapsuleNews Image


Switch MouseNews Image

Switch Mouse

StudiobooksNews Image


La GacetaNews Image

La Gaceta

An interview with Manuel Saez.——dise%C3%B1o-industrial-Tucuman.html
SlimdeskNews Image


CintoNews Image


Foot MachineNews Image

Foot Machine

AdonisNews Image


Adonis | tree guard and bicycle rack | Cooper Union and Trees NY multi functional | Adonis is designed to protect trees and to provide parking space for bikes. modular | different configurations can be created to protect varying size spaces. durable | Adonis is a powder coated steel frame.
CubetsNews Image


Generation NYNews Image

Generation NY

ParamontNews Image


World Kitchen Jury SessionNews Image

World Kitchen Jury Session

There is always a fun moment when the judges start to push their favorites. It was a hard job since all the finalists were really good…
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CPU 600News Image

CPU 600

CicluNews Image


FM500News Image


Access RailNews Image

Access Rail

SafetyKitNews Image


Public WorkspaceNews Image

Public Workspace

HumanairNews Image


CascoNews Image


T5News Image


Para ti DecoNews Image

Para ti Deco

Para Ti Deco, The most important Home decoration magazine in Argentina features Manuel Saez, his work and way of thinking.
By Marina Denoy

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MS&P Work FeaturedNews Image

MS&P Work Featured

1000 product designs is a collection of great designs, including chairs, lighting, kitchen gadgets, furniture, office accoutrements and everything in between.
Tango in Buenos AiresNews Image

Tango in Buenos Aires

Nothing compares to the “real thing”… a tango café in Buenos Aires in the way it’s always been: Our good friend Luis Mercado sings out a storm of passion, love and tears.
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IF B50 Chair EventNews Image

IF B50 Chair Event

Ale, Manuel, Sergio & Pasquale
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Interieur Forma Introduces the Belt 50 ChairNews Image

Interieur Forma Introduces the Belt 50 Chair

Celebrating its 50th anniversary Interieur Forma Introduces the new Task chair designed by the manuel saez & partners. Interieur Forma, la empresa líder en diseño y desarrollo de equipamiento mobiliario de alta gama, celebró su 50° Aniversario con un megaevento en el showroom que posee en Puerto Madero.Para la ocasión y en línea con su permanente política de producción e innovación, la firma lanza al mercado la nueva silla Belt50, creada por el mundialmente reconocido diseñador argentino, Manuel Sáez. .La Belt50 fue concebida luego de un proceso de desarrollo de producto de 2 años, que significó una inversión de u$s 300.000 y se fabricará en la Argentina desde donde se exportará al mund.  Interieur Forma, compañía argentina de prestigiosa trayectoria en el mercado es la representante de Knoll (USA) para Argentina, Chile, Brasil, Uruguay y Paraguay. Además, posee las licencias de Arflex (Italia), FlexForm (Brasil), Kusch + Co. (Alemania), Humanscale (USA) y Maxdesign (Italia) para el mercado argentino. Por todo esto, a 50 años de su fundación como fabricante de muebles para oficinas, Interieur Forma celebra con orgullo el camino recorrido y brinda por el diseño, la innovación y la creatividad, ejes rectores de su tarea diaria desde 1960.
CAKED UPNews Image


CAKED UP! A one night only custom cake art show bringing together some of NYC’s best designers to create a cake for the NYC charity Art Start. Cakes will be eaten the night of the show. Curated by Kiel Mead and Chad Phillips. Murphy and Dine Gallery 520 West 27th St. NYC
Manuel Saez on Pagina 12:News Image

Manuel Saez on Pagina 12:

De Tucumán a la Gran Manzana. Manuel Saez tiene su mayor experiencia en ergonomía. Dirigió el departamento de diseño de una de las empresas de mobiliario de oficinas más importantes del mundo y ahora tiene la propia en Nueva York. Esta semana lanza un nuevo diseño en Interior Forma… Por Luján Cambariere
Manuel Saez Invited to speak at DArA IDNews Image

Manuel Saez Invited to speak at DArA ID

Los días 20 y 21 de octubre próximos se llevará a cabo en el Auditorio Buenos Aires una nueva edición de DArA ID – 2º Encuentro Internacional de Interiorismo y Diseño, Disertantes son: Fernando y Humberto Campana (Brasil), Manuel Saez (USA), Isabel López (España), Kelly Hoppen (Inglaterra), Rodolfo Machado (USA) y Migue Rodríguez Casellas (Puerto Rico).
Clarin features Manuel SaezNews Image

Clarin features Manuel Saez

Manuel Saez crea condiciones de trabajo amigables entre el hombre y la tecnología. Cómo es la nueva silla Belt 50 producida en Argentina.

Por Vivian Urfeig.
Hello DominikaNews Image

Hello Dominika

With degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland and the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherland, Dominika brings energy and a fresh style to our team.
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Hello BerndNews Image

Hello Bernd

With a strong background in production and manufacturing, Bernd join us from Austria. He studied Industrial Design at University of Applied Sciences Joanneum.
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Hello RomainNews Image

Hello Romain

From Institut Superieur de Design (ISD) in Valenciennes, France. Romain comes to NYC with great expectations to grow and enjoy the city! Welcome!
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“Create” Features ManuelNews Image

“Create” Features Manuel

NYDesigns, in collaboration with Hostos Community College and with generous funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA), surveyed and interviewed 70 Latino designers to gauge the state of design entrepreneurship within New York City’s rapidly expanding Latino community. The study assessed key challenges and proposed strategies that would benefit Latino designers most in propelling their business forward.
ID Magazine recognizesNews Image

ID Magazine recognizes

The Self Camera and the CMYK Electric Bike are recognized with Honorable Mentions at the prestigious I.D. Annual Design Review. Since 1954, the I.D. Annual Design Review has recognized the best in product, furniture, graphic and environment design, from the iconic to the obscure. Throughout the years, this annual showcase has chronicled the evolution of design, and highlighted its impact on our material and visual culture. Each year, the featured work is chosen by a jury of leading practitioners who focus the abundance of submissions into a clear survey of the state of design.
CB2 Introduces “Facil Dining Table”News Image

CB2 Introduces “Facil Dining Table”

Back to back a great table for city dwellers. A smaller round for smaller spaces with big design elements by manuelsaez & partners. Walnut veneered top in midtone brown with reverse bevel edge floats on two piggyback curved constructions of squared tubular steel powder coated a hi-gloss clay. Super clean tonal look.
MS&P Creates CorianescaNews Image

MS&P Creates Corianesca

In collaboration with the Corian® design Studio and “Evans & Paul”, MS&P developed a slender table/charging station made in its entirety with Corian®. The design was unveiled at the IDNY Meetup with a positive reaction from the public in assistance.
IDNY Meetup with Manuel Saez @ Dupont Corian’sNews Image

IDNY Meetup with Manuel Saez @ Dupont Corian’s

July 1st 2010. Please join Designer Pages for the next IDNY Meetup at Dupont Corian’s smokin’ HOT Design Studio in the Flatiron District! Featuring presentations by: Manuel Saez, Founder of Manuel Saez & Partners Michael JG Turri, Stanford Design Program Dupont Corian Design Studio July 8th 6:30-8:30 PM 49 W. 23rd Street | 3rd Floor New York, NY 10010
Hello RaphaelNews Image

Hello Raphael

Welcome!!! Raphael joins us from the Lycee Jean Perrin – Marseille, France. We look forward to a great time working together.
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CMYK wins IDEA AwardNews Image

CMYK wins IDEA Award

The IDSA (Industrial Society of America) awarded MS&P a Bronce award in the transportation category for the CMYK Folding Electric Bicycle Started in 1980 by The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the International Design Excellence Awards program (IDEA) fosters business and public understanding about the impact of design excellence on the quality of life and the economy. While the IDEA program is considered the preeminent design competition in the United States, its scope and influence reach far beyond U.S. boundaries
Managing Creative People to Achieve a Common GoalNews Image

Managing Creative People to Achieve a Common Goal

“… Humility: The state of being humble and unpretentious. Being humble is the best predisposition to learn and teach. This allows the taking and receiving of feedback in an open manner, always thinking positively and in the best interest of the group and considering the individual’s personal growth.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on October 13, 2009 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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Design/ArtNews Image


“… design/art is a valuable and absolutely necessary source of inspiration and a force needed to move the design profession forward… a refreshing view of the ordinary, a source of insight and a window into the future that gives us the freedom to take the everyday design work to new levels.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on September 21, 2009 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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Is China becoming a global design superpower?News Image

Is China becoming a global design superpower?

“… Great Designs are the result of an intimate understanding of the context. Without a clear understanding of the market, the user and the social drivers, a designer relies on guesswork and luck in order to produce a meaningful and lasting design.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on June 22, 2009 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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Design: Europe vs. USNews Image

Design: Europe vs. US

“… The American population is hard wired with a quick fix, “bigger-is-better” mentality. We are supporters of mega retailers that sell products that are cheap in terms of both price and aesthetic quality. This lack of design awareness has left American consumers with a different set of values and buying criteria.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on April 10, 2009 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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ReasonsNews Image


“… We must engage in the design and creation of new products with a clear understanding of why we do it. What is the underlying reason for creating something new? … if what we create does not have true value—meaningful products that bring advancement to the user and society—time, money and resources would have been wasted.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on January 29, 2008 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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Measuring and Compensating DesignNews Image

Measuring and Compensating Design

“… A successfully designed product or service meets and surpasses customer expectations, connecting with them at both the rational and emotional levels. The design is only as good as the design brief that originated it, and a design brief is only as good as the insight that helped create it.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on November 10, 2008 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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Great Design – DefinedNews Image

Great Design – Defined

“… Great designs are those that successfully balance beauty and function in the context they are going to be used.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on September 23, 2008 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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The Home Depot ExperienceNews Image

The Home Depot Experience

“… I see the opportunity to bridge the gap between what retailers want and what customers need.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on August 6, 2008 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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Service Driven Product DesignNews Image

Service Driven Product Design

“… the line between product and service has become blurry… what matters more is the total experience. ”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on June 19, 2008 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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Design Brief vs. Business BriefNews Image

Design Brief vs. Business Brief

“… I find it more useful to create a Business Brief rather than a Design Brief. The Business Brief in contrast looks at the overall business strategy of the product with a particular focus on business markets, sales strategies, distribution channels, etc.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on June 4, 2008 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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Is a “Sustainable Industrial Designer” an Oxymoron?News Image

Is a “Sustainable Industrial Designer” an Oxymoron?

“… the role of the industrial designer is a privileged one in this new “green economy.” Designers are in a very important position to make a difference and create positive change in the way products are designed, manufactured, distributed, and disposed of.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P
[Article first published on May 9, 2008 on Fast Company Expert Design Blog]

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King MunNY’s royal preparationsNews Image

King MunNY’s royal preparations

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Huni Rocking Chair getting ready for the showNews Image

Huni Rocking Chair getting ready for the show

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Samuel Black Toe JacksonNews Image

Samuel Black Toe Jackson

“Samuel Black Toe Jackson” came to help out in the office.
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Huni Rocking ChairNews Image

Huni Rocking Chair

King Munny IntroducedNews Image

King Munny Introduced

King Munny Presented at MunNY Exhibit
Transient Clock PresentedNews Image

Transient Clock Presented

Under the sun, a shadow sweeps across the surface of a sundial to tell time. The Transient Clock brings back this romantic notion of time telling with a minimalist design featuring a gradient shadow sweeping across the clock face. Transient Clock is available at CITE Goes America site or at CITE 131 Greene Street NY NY 10012
Join Us During NY Design Week 2010News Image

Join Us During NY Design Week 2010

In Collaboration with Goldman SachsNews Image

In Collaboration with Goldman Sachs

Design company, Manuel Saez & Partners, has been selected to represent the program 10,000 Small Businesses, a $500 million Goldman Sachs initiative. The program seeks to unlock the potential of entrepreneurs to create jobs and economic opportunity in underserved communities across the U.S. New York City is the first city to participate in the program.
Hello AlexNews Image

Hello Alex

From the University of Cincinatti, here comes Alex! Welcome. We really like Alex’s sensitivity and style and look forward to doing great projects together.
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Hello AnaNews Image

Hello Ana

Ana María Botero Arana, Studied Product Design at the Universidad Icesi in Cali, Colombia. with great leadership skills, a positive attitude and passion for learning, Ana will be a great asset for our team. Welcome!!!
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Benefit for HaitiNews Image

Benefit for Haiti

Members of manuelsaez ltd, Jordi and Brent, collaborated in the Benefit for Haiti at ‘The Creek’ in Long Island City, performing as DJs. The money raised in the event will be given to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). Comedians (Amy Schumer, Rob Cantrell, Neil Stasny, and Peggy O’Leary, hosted by Rojo Perez) and musicians (Lic Jazz Band, Michael Powers, Dharma Bums, Six Arm Tiger, Megan Kerper, and more) performed in the event.

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Senator Gillibrand at NYDesignsNews Image

Senator Gillibrand at NYDesigns

Senator Gillibrand (Hillary Clinton replacement for NYS) held a press conference at LaGuardia’s NY Designs about a tax credit that will encourage business to hire staff in 2010 and 2011. Manuel Saez, as a Design Business Entrepreneur, was invited to speak on his experience running a business in tough economic times.

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Manuel Saez on American Latino TVNews Image

Manuel Saez on American Latino TV

Our Creative Director, Manuel Saez, was featured on American Latino TV. You can see the video here!
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Congresswoman Maloney (NY) ride the CMYK bike!News Image

Congresswoman Maloney (NY) ride the CMYK bike!

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), stopped by our design studio and, had the opportunity to ride the CMYK electric bike, it was fun!
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Jordi DJs at New Year’s Eve PartyNews Image

Jordi DJs at New Year’s Eve Party

At Gordon Bennett’s Pub in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the crew hanged out together for New Year’s eve. Our official DJs, Jordi and Fran (Mogollon Sonidero), played their best.
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Big Foosball ChallengeNews Image

Big Foosball Challenge

The best way to relax: Foosball!!! The team has gotten quite good at it and is looking forward to participating in next year world cup!!!
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Robert Kennedy’s Waterkeeper AllianceNews Image

Robert Kennedy’s Waterkeeper Alliance

The CMYK Elektric Bike was auctioned at the charity event organized by Waterkeeper Alliance in the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest. The auction purpose is to support the programs to protect clean waters, made by the foundation lead by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman and Founder.

Distinguished celebrities attended to the event to support the cause, such as Paul Mitchell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David, Brad Hall, Susie Essman, Ed Wilson and Gwen Stefani.

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Parsons New School

Manuel Saez and Shunyi Wu from Rockwell Group were invited to speak at Parsons The New School for Design. The intention of the dialogue with the Industrial Design students was to give them insight of the real world in the Design profession. The presentation also covered an overview of the award-winning CMYK Elektric bike. The students also had the opportunity of test-ride the CMYK bike and enjoy the fun of the product.

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Why Research?News Image

Why Research?

by Andy

Why is design research important?

Instead of answering why research is important, let’s find out what research brings to the table in the design process. The importance of research is not a question. The moment we give thought to a design challenge is the moment design research begins. By thinking, we are “going about seeking” interesting materials in the head, which is a form of research by definition.

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Job InterviewNews Image

Job Interview

by Tracy

Hello my name is Tracy, I would like to to get your opinion on what should I bring to an interview and what should I leave behind? I am senior Industrial Design student at SCAD.

Hi Tracy!

I think is always good to be creative in order to make a difference between yourself and the rest of applicants. Ideally, you look for a reason to be remembered by the person who interviewed you, but generically, certain documents end up being more of a ‘problem’ in the studio space that being helpful.

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Top Prize at the 2009 Spark AwardsNews Image

Top Prize at the 2009 Spark Awards

The team at manuelsaez ltd was recognized with three Spark Awards in 2009. The CMYK Elektric Bike was the most voted design taking the top prize while the Huni Chair and the Alta Chair received a Gold and a Bronze Award respectively.

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Stanford D SchoolNews Image

Stanford D School

It was great to hang out with the students at the D school. They loved the CMYK and got to check the new ride. We loved their studio and the way they learn.
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ELEKTRIC AddictionNews Image

ELEKTRIC Addiction

The CMYK ELEKTRIC Addiction has taken over! Jason rides along inside Autodesk gallery.

In the picture Jason Medal-Katz Marketing Director at Autodesk

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Stanford D SchoolNews Image

Stanford D School

Manuel Saez was invited to speak at the Stanford D School. Framed as a dialogue with the students and faculty, the presentation covered an overview of the award-winning CMYK Elektric bike and revealed some insights on how to start and run a design studio.

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The Spark Awards CelebrationNews Image

The Spark Awards Celebration

The Spark Awards Celebration. In the picture: Manuel Saez, Rob Forbes from Studio Forbes and Kit Hinrichs from Studio Hinrichs
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CMYK Elektric BikeNews Image

CMYK Elektric Bike

The CMYK Bike received an overwhelming support from the public at the People’s Design Award, where in only two days it reached the second most voted design. It was clear that the environment was a top priority for the voters.

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Gala NightNews Image

Gala Night

Great times at the Cooper Hewitt Gala event.

In the picture Manuel Saez & Diego Saez

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Burning Down the HouseNews Image

Burning Down the House

First Aired – 10/15/2009 08:00PM

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, the Butt Ugly and the Criminal; Discussions with Curtis B. Wayne, Manuel Saez, and Richard Thrush on “Ugly” design.

To listen to the show link here: Burning Down The House – Good, Bad & Ugly Product Design

In the pictures: Curtis Wayne from Heritage Radio & Rich Thrush from KAZ

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Lunch At Balthazar’sNews Image

Lunch At Balthazar’s

Professor Huiming Tong from The GAFA (Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts) visited NYC and stopped by our studio.

In the picture: Manuel Saez, Prof. Tong & Diego Saez

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American Latino TVNews Image

American Latino TV

American Latino TV will feature Manuel Saez on a personal interview that discusses the creative process and the business of design.

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Magic peopleNews Image

Magic people

In occasion we run into incredibly talented people, and in our last rip to Buenos Aires we met Manuel Figueroa, an old-school metal smith that is working on a chair project with us. It s a pleasure to observe and enjoy someone that controls his craft like he does, there is romance everywhere, the order in the shop, his antic tools the way he speaks and how the metal takes shape in front of our eyes as he works his magic.

In the picture: Victor Arancibar from Interieur Forma- KNOLL and Manuel Figueroa

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Anthropologie’s WindowNews Image

Anthropologie’s Window

Beautiful waves on the windows of Anthropologie…
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Need for Materials and ManufacturingNews Image

Need for Materials and Manufacturing

“…It would be like a composer writing a symphony totally unaware of the color and full range and capability of some instruments.”

By: Jim Lesko, author of “Industrial Design: Materials and Manufacturing Guide”

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Angry MonkeyNews Image

Angry Monkey

That is an angry monkey. Perhaps he does not like the corporate life or to be in the zoo…
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Our duty as designersNews Image

Our duty as designers

“… Our duty as designers is to ensure that our work has a positive impact on society and brings an honest benefit to the user.”

By: Manuel Saez, Creative Director at MS&P

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Treasure HuntingNews Image

Treasure Hunting

Brooklyn’s best: Flea Market on Lafayette. A constant treasure hunt!
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Daybed ChillllNews Image

Daybed Chillll

Our Business advisor Ed Able found himself relaxing and working on a sample daybed in our office. He got the best seat in the house!!
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Burning Down the HouseNews Image

Burning Down the House

First Aired – 08/27/2009 08:00PM

This week on Burning Down The House, Curtis B. Wayne talks about internet journalism & design trends with a panel of guests including Michael Cannell, Manuel Saez & Jamie Waugh.

To listen to the show link here: Burning Down The House – Design For Everyman

In the pictures: The Boar’s head; Manuel Saez; Michael Cannell from the Design Vote.

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Moto DayNews Image

Moto Day

Fun time!!! Summer, speed and nature. We went upstate New York for a moto ride with Steve Russak and Rich Thrush from KAZ.
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Summer in LICNews Image

Summer in LIC

Nothing can beat a Saturday afternoon at PS1. This picture captures the moment and the feeling.

In the picture: Andrea & Chino

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Moto in NYCNews Image

Moto in NYC

Going to visit clients is a joy! Nothing like riding a motorcycle and dodge the traffic in NYC.
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Good Doggie!News Image

Good Doggie!

Treasure hunt. We found this fantastic ‘70s medal. It is said that belongs to Snoop Dog’s dad.
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Hello EliasNews Image

Hello Elias

Elias joins us from LaGuardia College right here in Long Island City. He’ll be working on all things marketing, so look for us on the Interweb. Welcome Elias!
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Making Friends in ChinaNews Image

Making Friends in China

In our trip to Guangzhou we had the opportunity to meet the Chinese talent pool of designers. Here with Haishan Deng, Car Design Lead at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
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Mies Timeless TouchNews Image

Mies Timeless Touch

The Barcelona Pavilion, 1929 was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as the German National Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition, held on Montjuïc. Barcelona. It bends my mind how current the building still is. Timeless proportions, exquisite details…
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BicingNews Image


One of the best things about BCN is their public bicycle system “BICING” coming soon to your city…
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Too late to be serious…News Image

Too late to be serious…

This is the consequence of working late. Silliness and funny faces. We really need to go to sleep but this is the most enjoyable part of the job…
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Barcelona on Wheels!!!News Image

Barcelona on Wheels!!!

They say that the best way to experience a place is through the eyes of the local people… and riding a scooter!!! Thanks to our Friend Anne we had wheels in BCN and really got to know the city from a different perspective!!!
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Hong Kong MarketNews Image

Hong Kong Market

The beauty of everyday things. Fruits, lights and people in balance…
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China HeatNews Image

China Heat

Noon time-Summer-China. The formula for HOT!!!! However the watermelon tastes soooo good…
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Welcome to the Fun Factory!!!!News Image

Welcome to the Fun Factory!!!!

Long Island City is a jewel!!! Street art is all over and it’s legal!!! Well, kind of legal…
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Designer’s Head!!!News Image

Designer’s Head!!!

Beware of a common disease among designers called “Bighead”. The decease is a consequence of over appreciation for themselves and is manifested by an increased size of their head…
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Inspiring SunsetNews Image

Inspiring Sunset

The views from the office of the New York City Skyline… always breathtaking…
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Thanks UBA!!!News Image

Thanks UBA!!!

The presentation at the UBA (Universidad de Buenos Aires) went great thanks to the team that helped organize it!!!

In the picture: professor Eduardo Simonetti; Manuel Saez; Karina Nussbaum; Angela Martin and Jesica Salzman

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Control PanelNews Image

Control Panel

Are you a control freak? Perhaps if you feel an irresistible attraction to control panels…
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Geiger InternationalNews Image

Geiger International

ManuelSaez ltd, award-winning design and development company, announces a new strategic partnership with Geiger International a manufacturer of architectural furniture and subsidiary of Herman Miller, Inc. Manuel Saez, founder and creative director of ManuelSaez ltd, has been appointed as Geiger’s first-ever Head of Design.

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New York TimesNews Image

New York Times

Manuel Saez’s ergo latest innovation for Humanscale has claimed the attention of the New York Times. The award-winning Switch Mouse is lauded for its unique, health-conscious design.

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2008 Spark AwardsNews Image

2008 Spark Awards

Manuel Saez was invited to be part of the jury of prestigious designers for the 2008 Spark Design Awards, the top global design competition.

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Two seminars in ChinaNews Image

Two seminars in China

Manuel Saez was hired by Wing Lung, a design and manufacturing company in China, to conduct two high profile seminars focused on training Chinese designers in western thinking in terms of design process.

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2008 Annual Design ReviewNews Image

2008 Annual Design Review

ID magazine invited Manuel Saez to be a juror in the 2008 Annual Design Review, a showcase of design excellence that this year reviewed more than 2,000 designs from around the world.

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MoMA Features HumanairNews Image

MoMA Features Humanair

Humanair, an air purifier designed by Manuel Saez for Humanscale is currently featured at The Museum of Modern Art exhibition, “Design and the Elastic Mind,” from February 24 to May 12, 2008 in New York City. Humanair accompanies more than 200 designs on display that unite scientific research with the limitations, habits, and aspirations of the human being.

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2008 iF AwardsNews Image

2008 iF Awards

The International Forum Design recognized The Switch Mouse with a 2008 iF Product Design Award. The goal of the iF competition has been to raise public awareness and celebrate excellent designs for more than 50 years.

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2007 Good Design AwardsNews Image

2007 Good Design Awards

The Paramount, a Multi-Monitor Display System and the Switch Mouse, a revolutionary new mousing solution that brings unprecedented ergonomics to computer users designed by Manuel Saez have been awarded the prestigious 2007 GOOD DESIGN® Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

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Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering AwardNews Image

Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award

Designed by Manuel Saez, The Switch Mouse, a revolutionary new mousing solution that brings unprecedented ergonomics to computer users was recognized by The Consumer Electronics Association with an Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award.

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Designer of the yearNews Image

Designer of the year

The International Design Awards (iDA) have announced their winners. Nearly 1,000 professional and student entries from 42 countries were received. The competitions were in the categories of Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, and Fashion Design.

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Metropolis Magazine features Switch Mouse and Manuel SaezNews Image

Metropolis Magazine features Switch Mouse and Manuel Saez

Metropolis MagazineNews Image

Metropolis Magazine

Metropolis Magazine’s “In Production” section of the November issue features the Switch Mouse, designed by Manuel Saez.

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Manuel Saez among the newcomer “driving design forward”News Image

Manuel Saez among the newcomer “driving design forward”

In its fourth annual report on the intersection of business and design. The “Masters of Design” feature in the October 2007 issue of Fast Company highlights the innovators and creators who are shaping design in business today

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Manuel at the Design and Sustainability ConferenceNews Image

Manuel at the Design and Sustainability Conference

Manuel Saez speaks at the Design and Sustainability Conference in Stockholm, Sweden Manuel Saez was among the distinguished design leaders invited to speak at the Design and Sustainability Conference in Stockholm, Sweden.

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