ICFF 2010: First Look
It's definitely springtime in the Big Apple, and New York is buzzing. Though ICFF veterans notice the fair feels still a bit smaller than years past, there seems to be a sense of optimism running through the booths at the Javits Center, which hosts the exhibition, and across the design events that dot the city. Most of the designers are there with their work, and are more than happy to talk you through their pieces. Their inspiration begets enthusiasm and, in a tight economic time, innovation, to make the most of what they're producing in concept and in practice. In this slideshow, I share a few things that caught my eye.
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There were quite a few beautifully crafted wood pieces at ICFF this year, and we loved the look of these angled end tables from Canadian designer Kurt Dexel. Constructed from white oak and wenge veneer with a satin lacquer finish, they are most certainly a striking twosome.
- With so much going on at ICFF, what with the rows and rows of booths set up with eye candy galore, it's hard not to walk around in a daze.
Canadian design Kurt Dexel handcrafts each of his furniture commissions, customizing size and style to suit each client's needs. The Boomerang Love seat manages to capture dynamic and inviting at once, and would fit in just right with a mid-century aesthetic or pull together a more eclectic mix of home decor.
"When you answer the phone with 'Hello, Funquilts,' you can't take yourself too seriously." Bill Kerr won us over at ICFF with his optimistic attitude towards his work, and the quilts, blankets, and fabrics he creates with his wife are equally engaging. Their one-of-a-kind pieces combine traditional techniques and designs with new, non-repetitive block patterns, and they also work with developmentally disabled adults to make the Many Hands blankies, embroidered with animals and perfect for a kids' room.
- 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.
- "I can never understand why people employ decorators," posits Sir Terence Conran, a man whose surname is synonymous with design.
- After spending the better part of Sunday on the floor of the Javits center, at five pm, I joined a motley (but stylish) crew for the launch of Public Bikes.
- The Conran Shop's new look for its reopened Marylebone store in London; plus, a chat with Terence Conran's son Jasper, recently anointed head of the company.