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ICFF 2012: Brass Tactics

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Everywhere we looked on the show floor of ICFF, we saw our own faces reflected back. Brass, copper, gold and other shiny metallics seemed to swathe or pepper most surfaces, appearing everywhere from huge lighting installations to tiny drawer pulls. Paging Portlandia—we think we've found this year's bird-on-it motif. Tom Dixon, we are holding you personally responsible.

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  Part of the Tools for Everyday Life
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  Another component of the Tools for Everyday Life, this time by David Irwin for Swann Morton.
    Another component of the Tools for Everyday Life, this time by David Irwin for Swann Morton.
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  Brass-and-marble Hawley table by Brooklyn–based Egg Collective.
    Brass-and-marble Hawley table by Brooklyn–based Egg Collective.
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  Brooklyn's all-female Egg Collective exhibited this pendant (and also nabbed an ICFF Editors Award for best new booth).
    Brooklyn's all-female Egg Collective exhibited this pendant (and also nabbed an ICFF Editors Award for best new booth).
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  Soren Rose's valet for De La Espada features a brass rod to hang clothes. Read about the designer in our  story from the May 2012 issue.
    Soren Rose's valet for De La Espada features a brass rod to hang clothes. Read about the designer in our story from the May 2012 issue.
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  Autoban's new collection for De La Espada included these gold-plated Pill lamps. Though not brass, the objects are indicative of the warmed-toned metallics we saw throughout the fair. (Read more about the Turkish design duo here.)
    Autoban's new collection for De La Espada included these gold-plated Pill lamps. Though not brass, the objects are indicative of the warmed-toned metallics we saw throughout the fair. (Read more about the Turkish design duo here.)
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  Asher Israelow incorporated brass hardware in this adaptive reuse of a steamer trunk. He found the antique piece and outfitted it with new wheels, drawers, and brass hardware. "Designers were playing it safe with stainless steel and overusing the material," he told us on the show floor.
    Asher Israelow incorporated brass hardware in this adaptive reuse of a steamer trunk. He found the antique piece and outfitted it with new wheels, drawers, and brass hardware. "Designers were playing it safe with stainless steel and overusing the material," he told us on the show floor.
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  The Kelly chandelier by Gabriel Scott hangs off of a blackened steel base. If brass was the number one material trend, blackened steel was a close second in terms of metals. They described the piece as "jewelry for the home."
    The Kelly chandelier by Gabriel Scott hangs off of a blackened steel base. If brass was the number one material trend, blackened steel was a close second in terms of metals. They described the piece as "jewelry for the home."
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  A detail of the brass plates and chains.
    A detail of the brass plates and chains.
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  Lindsey Adelman Studio is a perennial favorite and their ICFF booth featured live lamp-making demonstrations. The components shown here are brass and manufactured in the USA.
    Lindsey Adelman Studio is a perennial favorite and their ICFF booth featured live lamp-making demonstrations. The components shown here are brass and manufactured in the USA.
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  Here's a shot of the demonstration space.
    Here's a shot of the demonstration space.
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  Japanese company Kaikado has been making these canisters since 1875 and is still run by the same family. If these strike your fancy, you can order them from Tortoise General Store.
    Japanese company Kaikado has been making these canisters since 1875 and is still run by the same family. If these strike your fancy, you can order them from Tortoise General Store.
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  Rich Brilliant Willing's Cask Milk Stool is made from brass, blackened steel, and oak.
    Rich Brilliant Willing's Cask Milk Stool is made from brass, blackened steel, and oak.
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  Steve Oh's LED Haven lamp comes in aluminum or brass (the latter shown here).
    Steve Oh's LED Haven lamp comes in aluminum or brass (the latter shown here).
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  The gold-plated Work Lamp by Design House Stockholm.
    The gold-plated Work Lamp by Design House Stockholm.
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  Lighting by New York's Apparatus Studio.
    Lighting by New York's Apparatus Studio.
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  Fire Tripod lamp, with a spun-brass shade, lathe-turned legs and brass feet, by Matthew Fairbank Design.
    Fire Tripod lamp, with a spun-brass shade, lathe-turned legs and brass feet, by Matthew Fairbank Design.
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  Pendant by Matthew Fairbank Design.
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  High boy dresser by Brooke Richard and Laura Watson of Brookline, Massachusetts–based Richard Watson.
    High boy dresser by Brooke Richard and Laura Watson of Brookline, Massachusetts–based Richard Watson.

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