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ICFF Sub-trend: Convertible Furniture

Here is my second ICFF recap from this year. The first was a round up of some of my favorites, now I'd like to share a few items that have a common design thread of space saving, convertible furniture. 

1- Convertible Pool Tables

First on my list is a pool table that converts into an elegant dining table by simply adding a cover. Perfectly stylish way for eating a meal, then simply slide off and play! This one by Belgium company Fusion Tables is streamlined and contemporary, and I just love their use of new color instead of the same old green felt. 

(Fusion Tables)

Vision Billiards, formerly Balic Billiards and part of Bilijardai products, offers handmade and premium billiard tables. They too offer a line of contemporary convertable tables which they brought to the show, but they also offer some of the most unique custom table designs I've seen! Check out their website for some examples. 

(Vision Billiards at the show) 

 

2- Umbra Folding Chairs

I love the flexibility (foldability?) of these chairs - and what a great way to get them out of the way when not using them? So simple and fun. Not available through their website yet but check back soon I'm sure! www.umbra.com

 

3- Riveli Shelving

I remember seeing these at the show last year and like how many options they've come out with since. What really clicked with me this year was that the back side was a magnetic blackboard, which would make these shelves perfect for a kitchen or foyer.

The whiteboard is a good idea too.

And I especially love the graphic print options when closed, these make for a great retail option, like the photo above. For more information check out their website www.lakeandwells.com 

4- Sliding horizontal columns

And lastly these interested sliding horizontal columns that can again serve as a graphic background, but can then be pulled out several feet and turned into a light fixture (shown above) or a seat or climbing wall (shown below). 

I remember this booth was from one of the student section, but unfortunately can't remember which one! I will update the information when I find it, but in the meantime if anyone knows who's this is please leave a comment below! 

And that's a wrap! What do you think of some of these design concepts? Would love to know in your comments below. 

Cheers, 

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ICFF 2014 Favorites

I enjoyed yet another year at ICFF (Interrnational Contemporary Furniture Fair) checking out all the new products & concepts! There is always so much to share after going to a show like this, and I have several follow up posts planned. I'd like to start with a few of my favorites though. I think I appreciate most of these for their unique take on a concept or just the whimsy of the idea. So here is product round up numero uno!

1- Jewel Encrusted Sinks

Aren't these all beauties?? You would almost never even know a sink was there. Like this shell one below.

 

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

Design for Kids

Oh summer, why do you always go too fast? I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer before the weather cools and kids (both old and young) head back to school. I was originally thinking of posting about back to school, but instead I thought it would be more fun to post about design for kids!

Cool Kids

These first few are designs I saw at the ICFF this past spring. I really liked these storage units that create a Dutch city skyline. So adorable and colorful! These are a pretty generous size and can house clothes, books, or toys.

This is Dutch (or Kast van een Huis)

And then this adorable Bunny LED light / toy / decor for a kids room. So adorable and fun, it would make any scary monsters under the bed move out for good. Based off a children's book character created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna.

Miffy (or Nijntje)

And sometimes a rocking horse just needs an upgrade, just like this zany zebra pattern!

Zebra Roc

fatboy

The ultimate for kid & teenage lounging. They take the deflated and old-school bean bag chair to a new level. These fatboys come in contemporary colors, patterns, and even hold their tailored shape (instead of always being a round-ish blob).

Fatboy Junior (orange & silver)

How fun would a family room be with fatboys all over the floor, similar to this?

(source)

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.

Handmade Hardware : ICFF

The hardware is often used as the jewelry of the room, as I talked about in this post. These designs are very industrial and sculptural at once. Combining the hard metal with custom shapes and hand carved details and you get something very personal indeed!

I have included links to each of the products below but for some reason they aren't showing up in their normal green and are gray instead. So if you'd like to know more info just hover your mouse over the italicized words below each picture and you'll find the links there.


Olson Kundig Architects

Another integrated design: Peek sliding door pull


Phillip Watts Design

This company from across the pond designs and manufactures custom hardware and various commission works. For their full portfolio you can take a look through their website here:http://www.philipwattsdesign.com/  Here are a few of my favorites, starting with these porthole designs. 

The thing I found most interesting about these designs is they are DDA Compliant - which are requirements set in the UK for the Disability Discrimination Act. Imagine being in a wheelchair and not knowing what's behind the door before you open it? Some doors have a window on the top but these portholes allow easy and stylish views for everyone of all different ability levels. Some of their design also offer a perimeter handle that allow for easy opening anywhere. 

Sculptural Handrails & Handles

ICFF KITCHEN & BATH: Part 2

Phew it really feels like summer here in the northeast...  it's been kind of refreshing to look at all these water related designs! Here are some more beautiful fixtures and hardware design from the ICFF, as a follow up from my previous post.

Blu Bathworks

Now I remember some of the photos I lost during my computer transition.... I took photos of their booth during ICFF because I liked how they showcased their sinks with engravings and colors. These screen shots from their brochure and website will have to substitute!

Blu Bathworks ICFF booth 2013

Blu-stone bathtub with engraving along the sides.

Colorful lime green tub made from proprietary blu-stone

Rohl

Handcrafted sinks from Shaws of Darwen in partner with Rohl.

Rohl offers a line of water filtration options (for information on how it works click here), this one shown in an inca brass finish.

Graff

Headquartered in Milwaukee with locations throughout the world, they provide modern bath fixtures for the industry. I found it impressive that during manufacturing they created a zero discharge system and they recycle 100% of their brass and paper products so just about everything they create is either recycled or recovered. Bravo Graff!

Here is my favorite of their from the show - their new Ametis line. This is definitely a stand out design and I love the LED light around the toggle... so technical looking and not your typical bath fixture. I had a hard time finding more information (and pictures!) but I hope the LED changes with the water temperature. I photographed their catalog so apologies for not having the most clarity!

ICFF Recap: Materials

Well, while I couldn't attend the Milan Furniture Fair that happened earlier this year, I could go to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javits Center, NYC!! I look forward to that show every year and so I went on May 20th and have been trying ever since to organize the massive amount of information and inspiration I collected during my trip in! 

Travel

Since Javits is on the west side of Manhattan I took the ferry instead of the normal bridge & tunnel ;) This was one of the first nice days in May that was warm enough to sit on top without a jacket and enjoy the sun, just like this guy...  

This was also soon after the antenna with beacon was added to the Freedom Tower.  Progress on the build is coming along nicely and is scheduled to be open the end of 2013. 

The Booths...

Once I get into the show I have to pick a strategy for walking the isles so I don't miss anything! There is just so much to take in all at once so I usually go straight to one side and work my way across the entire floor. Phew! This year I started on the left and found one of my favorite booths right away. And good thing too because my camera battery died soon after. Many companies and designers put a lot of thought and money into their booths to help show their products in the best light. I really loved this booth from Grain Design for how simple it was! The blue paper shingles were a great idea and created a strong backdrop for their products. I loved the tables, textiles and lighting. It has a sort of nautical / water based feel to me and then I learned they are from Washington State. I could definitely see myself hanging out in a place like that! 

 

Materials

After leaving the fair this year there were so many things to think about but the few that kept circling through my mind had to do with the innovative use of materials. Many designers were taking sustainability to the next level of design and it's so exciting to new beautiful products that are good for the environment! Below are a few of my favorite material explorations, and then I could easily write another 6 posts talking about the actual product designs! 

Porcelain

(High Style Stone & Tile)

Why am I showing a wood floor as the first picture under porcelain? Well because it looks like wood but is not! Crazy, right?!? I saw many "porcelain wood floors" at ICFF and I think porcelain is finding it's way onto floors in big ways! I still can't believe it, I need to research this more but the look of wood grain is very impressive and natural looking. The pictures shown here are from High Style Stone & Tile. I'm sure it doesn't have the physical warmth of real wood, but the other benefits could be a very interesting application. 

(close up detail of the grain, I'm not lying when I say it is in fact porcelain!)

 

There were also very beautiful patterns in porcelain tiles. One was a collaboration with product designer Patricia Urquiola, which is a collection of patterns you can mix and match for an eclectic look.