May 28, 2014
Best of ICFF
Both new design talents
and old reliables are set to take
New York by storm again.
This outdoor chair, with its tubular stainless-steel frame, uses a unique open weave to keep contact with hard surfaces to a minimum. It is available in a variety of stylish color combinations.
New York Design Week is undoubtedly the best place in North America to discover fresh talent and companies from around the globe. The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and WantedDesign fair are the anchors, complemented by a host of satellite events and exhibitions, in addition to pop-up stores and lectures. The biggest presence at this year’s ICFF will again be the trade-show delegations, including the British European Design Group, Interiors from Spain, and Ceramics of Italy. But first-time exhibitors will make a strong showing, too, offering a wide variety of choices. Making their ICFF debuts with exciting designs are Los Angeles–based lighting manu- facturer Atelier de Troupe; New Lab—a fac- ility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard that fosters innovation in design, prototyping, and new manufacturing methods; and the Swedish garden accessories company Garden Glory. Here are just a few of the new products you’ll see at the fair this month.
This wire mesh stool is made from thin expanded steel and requires no welding to fabricate. The edging of the mesh is hemmed for strength and safety, and can be powder coated for outdoor use.
This retro-looking chair, by Felix Lopez, with its high back and Nordic legs, works well on its own or with a matching footstool or sofa. It also has the option of a removable cover so designers can change the look of the chair.
The nesting circles in the pattern of this 100-percent-wool rug reference tradi- tional symbols for the cycle of life and eternity. It is made with ecofriendly AZO- free dyes, comes in four colorways, and is also GoodWeave certified.
This bench and the CP.2 ottoman, designed by Charles Pollock, complement his existing lounge chairs and tables for Bernhardt. The two-seater bench features a large loop stitch around the perimeter and individual hand-quilted panels of leather, suede, or felt.
Takeda, the winner of last year’s ICFF Editors Award for Craftsmanship, contrasts mohair with the tweediness of spun silks, in woven panels that appear almost hand drawn in charcoal, pencil, and pastel.
This collection of extruded hexagonal porcelain tiles is reminiscent of Delft pottery. The tiles are available in two sizes (7-by-8-inch and 14-by-16-inch) and come in five patterns named after creative types such as architect, stylist (shown here), poet, and artist.
Constructed in solid ash and made in the United States, the multifunctional tables can also be used as benches or stacked to create shelving.
The latest collections by Camilla Meijer are inspired by the designer’s detailed drawings of nature and include Hydrangea Garden and A Woodland Story (deer pattern shown). They are available in three colorways: aqua blue, porcelain blue, and red.
The latest additions to the collection include ceiling and standing lamps. The translucent porcelain lampshades, known as “lithophanes,” create a warm light. They are available in a broad spectrum of colors, as well as in color combinations and degradé tones.
Designers who want to work with new lighting technologies now have some truly inventive choices.
The biggest trend in lighting continues to be designs driven by technological innovation. Advances in energy-efficient LED and OLED technologies are enabling manufacturers and designers to both invent new products and reengineer existing ones. Peter Ng’s Mr. n table lamp, for example, is an arc of glowing glass with only 28 LEDs and an inner touch- sensitive dimmer. Flos’s Kelvin LED light now comes with two different modes: one with a lone daylight sensor (which automat- ically adjusts to the brightness of work surfaces), and another with both daylight and motion sensors. And then there’s Nendo’s WaterDream Shower Lamp concept, which seems to be in a category all by itself. When not in use as a shower, it serves as a lamp; when in use, light spills from the water jets. “My aim was to give the shower an enhanced sensuous dimension in a way we have not yet seen before,” says Nendo’s Oki Sato. “The result is something that is not just a shower, nor just a lamp, but a hybrid—a magic trick with light and water that is available day after day.” Here’s our latest selection of innovative products to trans- form the spaces where we live and work.
This LED lamp, designed by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen, comes in five models and is equipped with 30 LED bulbs, a chrome adjustable arm, and a reflector. These models are available with both a daylight sensor and an occupancy sensor, or just a daylight sensor alone.
This limited-edition 3-D printed luminaire allows for limitless light effects from a palette of more than 16 million colors controlled from a smartphone or tablet. It’s available in either a table or pendant version.
The result of a collaboration between Atelier de Troupe and Commune Design, this simple, affordable lamp can be used on a table or as a wall sconce, with a ball hook supplied with the lamp.
Designed to accompany Nendo’s w132 lamp—a lighting system that has the ability to transform into a variety of fixtures as its parts are reassembled—these accessories function as tables, bowls, and plant holders.
Light flows out with the jets of water in this hybrid shower lamp concept by Nendo. It can also serve as a transparent lamp when the shower is not in use, and comes in two versions: a pendant and a floor lamp.
Miguel Milá’s hanging lamp, named after Swiss designer and artist Max Bill, is now available in an LED version. It’s available in five finishes: white, black, brass, polished aluminum, and opal white.
The arch-shaped design of this LED table lamp, by Peter Ng, has an illuminated surface that uses advanced light-panel technology. An effortless one-finger touch on this strip turns the lamp on and off, while simply holding your finger to the strip dims the light.