Decorating & Design

May 27, 2010

ICFF Design Finds

New York design week was a blur of parties at showrooms up and down Manhattan, from SoHo and the emerging NoHo design district, to the Meatpacking district and even the Upper East Side, as people came out to schmooze and support designers and launches. (Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with those blurry pics.) While the week’s cause célèbre, the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, was smaller than in years past, it wasn’t short of inspiring ideas and cool designs. Here are a few things that caught my eye.    

1. Exotic Style

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Swing Chair

New York showroom Amaridian, in association with Design Africa, featured a collection of pieces by emerging African Designers.

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Lighting

I loved the colours, shapes and patterns. The chandeliers and sleek hanging chair/hammock, above, attracted a lot of attention.

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Chairs

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Bowls

Nearby, Canadian designer Patty Johnson presented furniture, lighting and accessories made in collaboration with Caribbean designers. Like a lot of other designs at the show, they were rendered in bright, upbeat, almost neon colours.

2. Florence Broadhurst Rugs

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Rug

Patterns by the famous textile designer launched as carpets last year. New designs debuting this year include The Crane print, above.

3. Eco Chic

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Dresser Nightstand

Philadelphia-based Iannone showed new patterns for their environmentally friendly case goods. These had me humming Oh Canada.

4. Statement Lighting

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Andy Spade Lamp

I mentioned in my previous blog post that new lighting company Roll & Hill would be launching designs by Andy Spade’s Partners & Spade. In Spade’s signature style, this monogram lamp hits just the right note of preppy nostalgia. 

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Flower Lighting

A few aisles over, Spain’s LZF Lamps wowed with a dramatic grouping of its flower shaped, bentwood Agatha lights.

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Jeff Koons Light

But this homage to Jeff Koons was my surprise favourite. From Thelermont Hupton, it’s both silly and perfect.

5. Walls & Woolies

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Wallpaper

Trove launched a voyeuristic new wallpaper that repeats an actual archive image snapped of an audience in Venice’s storied La Fenice opera house. Hang it wherever the drama happens. 

Photo Blog May 27 ICFF Design Finds Blankets Pillows

I became obsessed with these gorgeous textiles from Spain’s Teixidors. They don’t have a distributor in Canada, but they’re a good enough excuse to hop the Atlantic.

Be sure to look for more ICFF finds in the fall issues of House & Home!

Photo credits:
1-4. Kimberley Brown
5. Cadrys
6a. Trees Graphic Nightstand, Iannone
6b. Trees Graphic Dresser, Iannone
7-9. Kimberley Brown
10. Fuoco wallpaper, Trove
11a. Hydra cushions, Teixidors
11b. Boí blankets, Teixidors