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ICFF Furniture

You would think that with the fair being named "International Contemporary Furniture Fair" I would have been posting contemporary furniture this entire time, instead of design for kids, bath fixtures (here and here), lighting (here and here), outdoor furniture, flooring, hardware, and materials. But the vast amount of design worthy of sharing is massive. I hope you've enjoyed seeing what's new so far and can find some inspiration for your future product selections. In this post I will highlight a few of my favorite furniture pieces from the show.

Bend

The metal furniture from LA based design studio has been making headlines in design magazines - it fits well into the current geometric trend and offers a nice colorful alternative to the iconic Bertoia side chair.

The Lucy Chair

Coffee Table

Long horn trophy head

New Colony Furniture

I was so excited to find these at the fair not only because I think they look great, but I love the concept! I had a similar idea in college where I made a stool out of wooden dowels attached to a rubber sheet, but I will say Annie Evelyn's execution is so much much better. I'll have to find an old picture of mine to share. Looking back at college projects can be a bit like looking at pictures of yourself with bangs, braces, and humongous coke-bottle glasses during the 80's. It's a tough phase and you eventually get through it, meanwhile the potential (idea in this case) is there all along. ha!

Anyway, she has expanded the idea past "squishy sticks" as she calls it and has also used wood, cement, and even Swarovski crystals in interesting ways.

 
Squishy Sticks

LEFT  | Scotty
RIGHT |  Reclaimed & Cracked

Bright Ideas from ICFF: Part 2 of 2

It's been a busy week wrapping up projects and "thinking" about packing for our vacation (although I haven't actually started packing yet :) We are excited for a little time off! Before I go I wanted to send out my second post about lighting from the ICFF. (first one here). There's some really great ideas, what do you think?! You can click on the titles of each section for links to learn more. 

David D'Imperio Lighting

Very eye catching designs with lots of pattern and geometry. My hands down favorite was the entire linear suspension line. So unique and beautiful. Technical and fluid at the same time, all around a great design.

Crystalmeth faceted design

Ozone

I also liked this drum pendant design

Diadema

Serip Organic Lighting

Portugal based lighting designs, organic here meaning looking natural (not made with "organic" materials) with it's branch-like tentacles grabbing onto glass droplets. Together this creates a very sculptural & unique lighting fixture.

Aqua

Nenufar

Bespoke Global

Well with a name like and a website full of interesting and unique projects it sounds like they can make anything custom. Here are two of my favorite lighting designs they had.

Tubular Light

Virus Lights

Bright Ideas from ICFF: Part 1 of 2

Where is the time going?!? I can't believe tomorrow will be August already! I have spent the past few weeks organizing the last bit of ICFF information I collected and so I'm ready to send out my last few product round ups! I wanted to send lighting next since I've been thinking about a few design projects that involve lighting. It's always great to see what new stuff is out there! Here is the first post of two.

Apparatus

Vintage aged brass, etched glass, porcelain, one of a kind. I like the clustered look of the light below.

Cloud

The open and minimal look of this one.

Highwire

And the teardrop shaped bulbs on this one...

Triad with exclusive matte white bulbs and hand cast porcelain

Marset

Barcelona based design firm has come up with a line of outdoor lighting with innovative combinations of materials, like the Txl lamp below. I like that you can bring the inside "out" with these, they look like normal living room lamps.

Txl outdoor lighting

I like the combination of materials in this floating shade concept.

Mercer table lamp

And this lamp is designed to play with light and shadow with it's narrow slits.

Artwork on Display @ 1600 Penn

Earlier this week we shared a picture on our facebook page showing a chandelier that is currently decorating the White House. Today we'd like to take a look at some of the art that has been on loan over the past few years. It was amazing to read about how much impact these artwork decisions could have on an artists life - such as in one case increasing the artwork's value up to 300%! Not too shabby.

Sometimes presidents are praised and/or criticized for their choices (naturally), especially if the art was chosen for any political implications. The Obamas preferences tend towards modern art and they, along with their selected designer Michael Smith (!) made a wish list of about 40 artists. From there the list was narrowed down and here are a few images of my personal favorites.  Check out these links for more information (wsj) (nytimes). And check out the Google Art Project for an interactive tour!!