I don’t know these guys but I like the mid-century vibe of their lights. They are at ICFF this year for the first time I think.
We’ve got our eye on a pair of Artek chairs for the new house…right now it’s just as eye an there is no way our wallets will stretch that far. Looks like they’ve paired with Missoni here. Will have to check out their stand at ICFF.
At the end of next week I will be in NY attending ICFF. Keen to see all the new work. ICFF is always fun. I’m a big fan of Amy Helfand’s rugs and was sad to hear she wont be at the hall but you can visit her studio to check out her new spring collection. Find directions to her Red Hook studio on her blog.
Better late than never. The New York Times finally jumps on the Milanese bandwagon. It was worth the wait. They corralled one of my most favourite photographers- Todd Selby to document 12 designers who are under 40 and made a splash at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair. Numbers always frame a story beautifully, don’t you think? We had covered a few of the designers in Belle – Sayaka Yamamoto and Boaz Cohen, BCXSY and Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, Raw-Edges. But there were faces I hadn’t seen before. It’s always interesting to connect a person to their design. I like Maarten De Ceulaer’s (above) stack of leather suitcases much more now that I’ve seen what he looks like. He’s a 25-year-old graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven. I saw the makeshift wardrobe at ICFF and was taken by its sculptural quality and its fine detailing. But seeing the designer and how young he is makes it even more impressive. Also one I will keep an eye on is Philippe Malouin. Ingenious shelving – it’s the …
I’d read about John Pomp – a Brooklyn-based glass designer – so I was eager to see his work and it didn’t disappoint. His new Infinity chandelier with its smoky two glass is very sexy. As is the work he did for the Royalton (above).
I was really impressed with design and manufacturing house Council. They clearly have a good eye. Their stand was a mix of pieces by big names like Arik Levy and designers I hadn’t heard of – like San Francisco-based One & Co (above: Jonah Becker, Claude Zellweger and Scott Croyle). One & Co’s luscious silver dipped Periodic table (below) and their graphic indoor/outdoor Drake chair were the stand outs for me. Council won the Editor’s Award for furniture. Well deserved. The Periodic table (above) and Drake chair (below) by One & Co.
There was an abundance of wallpaper at ICFF this year. Some of the best came out of the UK (Lizzie Allen’s phone box above). Here are a few of my favourites. A detail from Lizzie Allen’s London Gents paper (above) and her Changing the Guard (below). And more to come soon…my three year old needs help with a rabbit!
I’ve already given you a sneak peak of Lindsey Adelman’s lovely work but I couldn’t resist including more. There were an awful lot of glass globe pendants around. I’ll post more soon. But these ones from LA’s studio are particularly fine. Plus her booth at ICFF was just gorgeous. She’s used gold stickers to form a tree branch over the walls of an otherwise white booth. Very stylish. Unforunately the light is bad so you will have to forgive my photography. That’s Lindsey on the left in the black shirt. You can check here new site here.
OK – so I’ve now sifted through so much ICFF stuff my head is bursting. I’ve done my report for Belle and am now ready to start posting highlights here. The work of Washington, DC based designer Jonah Takagi (of Atelier Takagi) is extraordinary. I liked his clean aesthetic. Plus when we chatted about his work he seemed smart, articulate and a really nice guy. Good combination. The American Gothic table (below top) is his latest work. I was impressed with the whole lot of it so I’ve posted quite a few pieces.
Here’s a tiny taste of New York design week. I’ve spent the last few days walking, walking, walking and looking. And talking. There’s some beautiful work out there. I’m going to break it down roughly by country – which is how the fair was set up. I’ll start with the British and globe trot until I get back to the US. I think some of the most interesting work for me came from local US designers. I’ve seen most of the big guns and they’d already launched their new ranges in Milan. It was the smaller guys that were interesting here… British design collective Deadgood is a perfect example (pic of their stand above). Think Established & Sons when they first started out (minus the cash!) and you’ll get an idea of what they do. Designers Dan Ziglam and Elliot Brook are developing a British design brand. It includes quirky, beautifully crafted pieces like the Love Collection (below) – the heart emblem carried through from buttons on the back of an armchair to the timber …