This week we're digging deep into our favorites objets de design spotted at the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, from satellite events to the show floor at Javits Center. (See here for full coverage.) After a weekend spent trolling the aisles, I've picked a few favorites from designers young, old, beloved, and novel. Incidentally, I saw more than a few rugs I liked, which dovetails nicely with Dwell's June interiors issue, hitting newsstands on May 29.
The Bernhardt Design booth was a showstopper, combining a display of Charles Pollock's previous work, including chairs for Knoll and George Nelson Studio. (Read more about Pollock's first design in 30 years, produced by Bernhardt this year, here.)
A portrait of Pollock shown next to one of the many iterations of his new CP Lounge for Bernhardt Design.
Inigo Elizalde has based his latest rug and woven textile collection around one spectacular bamboo-and-wool carpet (at left), whose patterns he deconstructed and highlighted in coordinating tapestries (at right).
Blu Dot gets into the rug game with several editions that cost less than $600.
Amuneal, a fabrication company from Philadelphia known for engineering major architectural installations, goes "ready to wear" with a new frame collection that will be sold at ABC Home. It's a talented crew: all the artwork seen here was created by Amuneal staff.
Amuneal shows off its fabrication skills with a box that was proposed and built in less than one day before its ICFF debut.
Knoll debuted a new marble-topped outdoor table by Daniel Stromborg at this year's ICFF (paired with chairs Don Chadwick chairs the young designer worked on when he was part of Chadwick's studio!).
Jieldé's articulated Standard lamp, introduced in 1950, now comes in matte finishes. Matte finishes are all the rage at present moment; ICFF has more than a few matte brass fixtures, matte porcelain on sinks and tubs, and matte steel furniture details.
Amy Helfand's rugs are painterly versions of traditional, floral-patterned knotted carpet. These are made from Tibetan wools and Chinese silks that are hand-carded, hand-spun, and pot-dyed in small batches.
All the editors loved the Tools for Everyday Life booth, featuring products by designers-in-residence at Northumbria University in the UK (in fact, they snagged the best-in-show Accessories prize). The One Ton Bag shown here is Danny Duquemin-Sheil's thesis project; each one is made from recycled delivery sacks used to haul construction materials, i.e., extremely durable.
RUX Design, out of Manhattan, designed these modular LED lamps called Stickbulbs.
insidenorway's prototype exhibition at ICFF, called New Norwegian Design: Plain and Simple, was curated by Paul Makovsky of Metropolis. One of the neatest pieces (among many) was a Røros Tweed blanket designed by architecture firm Snøhetta (shown at right), which folds into a shape that perfectly emulates the practice's logo.
Bernhardt Design also presented the 7th annual ICFF Studio booth, showing prototypes from emerging designers in an effort to match them up with potential manufacturers. In that vein, can someone please produce Matthew Plumstead's Clip Tree? Okay, thanks.
Organic, hand-painted wallpaper is still going strong in many design quarters. This range by Eskayel, designed by Shanan Campanaro, also comes in an eco-friendly contract version, made of 31% post-consumer recycled content with a Class “A” fire rating and low VOC emissions.
Christopher Roy is a native of England, but now works in the American vernacular from his home base in Sarasota, Florida. His pieces in the "Why Not Bespoke" collection combine traditional Windsor-type chair details with rich textures and bold color.