June 3, 2015
Wrap-up: The Metropolis Guide to the Best of ICFF
The annual #MetropolisLikes awards program highlighted the very best design offerings at this year’s ICFF.
The #MetropolisLikes 2015 trophy was designed by Francis Bitonti Studio, which was prevalently featured in our April cover story. The award was fabricated by Zahner ShopFloor
Courtesy Zahner ShopFloor
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) delivered its largest event yet when it hosted its 27th iteration in mid-May. Expanded by 30 percent from last year, the four-day event showcased the latest and the best in international design through numerous pavilions, exhibitions, and programs. Throughout the fair’s duration, Metropolis editors were on the lookout for innovative designs that merged exceptional functionality with striking aesthetics. As part of the viral program #MetropolisLikes, the editors chose 25 of their favorite products from over 700 exhibitors. The awards, which were announced live via social media, recognized high-quality products by established brands as well as emerging designers.
This year’s ICFF also served as the launching ground for the new design of the #MetropolisLikes award. Designed by Francis Bitonti Studio and fabricated by Zahner ShopFloor, the awards were machined from aluminum plates, hand painted and sanded, the text printed directly on the back side of the metal. A trophy was awarded to each of the winners, listed below:
#MetropolisLikes ICFF 2015 Winners
Designed by Philippe Starck, this collection of bathroom products evokes the aesthetic of the region for which the series is named.
The Robert A.M. Stern Collection tiles handsomely reimagine a range of architectural elements and historical periods.
The dimmable LED bulb boasts a 23-year life span and uses only 5 watts of energy, bringing together elegant design and energy efficiency.
The new series of bathroom fittings combines hard and soft contours and offers two different relief texture options.
The flush-mounted light, which lights up to 1100 lumens, is molded from solid glass and fit for installation on the ceiling or wall.
TUUCI’s new umbrella features a unique “zero” vertical profile that creates a striking horizontal canopy and maximizes views of the surrounding landscape.
The digitally-fabricated technical porcelain series comes in natural and polished versions and is suitable for high transit areas.
Produced in collaboration with renowned interior designer Mark Zeff, the sleek line of faucets is inspired by the historic High-Line in New York City.
Dutch designer Lex Pott celebrates the material qualities of metal in this collection of vases which feature the polished and oxidized patinas of the same metal in one product.
The aluminum injection hanging lamp utilizes LED technology and brings an industrial aesthetic into the domestic environment.
Designed and hand-fabricated in Italy, the stainless steel sink collection offers easier cleaning and enhanced functionality through custom accessories and enhanced work and storage space.
The Metacom armchair brings together East and West in this Windsor adaptation of the iconic Chinese Horseshoe chair.
The flexible articulating arm of the Brizo faucet is inspired by the flexibility of architect lamps.
Fabricated from revolutionary SaphirKeramik material, the washbasins contain no visible drainage opening.
The sectional sofa was originally designed in 1972 and remains one of Harvey Probber’s best known pieces.
Designed and manufactured in the U.K., Endo, a wall-mounted bike holder, provides a smart and compact solution to storing bicycles.
Button lighting, designed by Francesc Rife, boasts an innovative rail system and individually adjustable and dimmable lights.
Mary Wallis’s Light Line dimmable table lamp transforms that outdoor staple, neon, into a fresh product for the residential environment.
Canadian artist Pascale Girardin celebrates the individual qualities of materials in this glazed stoneware and gold plated steel side table.
Samantha Lilly’s Blossom chair was the winner of the 11th annual Wilsonart Chair Design Competition.
The Norwegian textile brand introduces a luxurious collection of woolen blankets created in collaboration with French designer Inga Sempé.
The Naoto Fukasawa-designed washbasin is circular and shallow in volume, possessing a highly sculptural profile.
Part of Jaime Hayon’s new collection for Fritz Hansen, the Fri armchair is designed to create a cozy feeling in any environment.
Formed by three separate layers of molten glass and illuminated by a LED lamp, the 16 light is a nature-inspired light with an infinite variety of possible forms.