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Floored At ICFF

Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope everyone can take some time to enjoy this last official weekend of summer. I can't believe how fast this summer has gone, I was just starting to get the hang of it.

As the weather starts changing we turn our attention from the beautiful outdoors to our inside environments. One way to make our rooms cozier is by adding an area rug. There are unlimited colors and patterns to suit just about any interior. One of my favorite things about them is you can change them according the the seasons... a sisal or flatweave during the summer then a plush wool carpet in the cooler weather. Such a small thing that makes a huge impact!It's visual, it's tactile, it's a great element of the room design.

I saw lots of beautiful carpets and rug designs at the ICFF this year. I really like the creative use of materials, silky accents, sculptural hand carved piles, and original patterns. Here are a few of my favorites, what do you think?

Designer Rugs

Based in Australia Designer Rugs creates various collaborations with designers and artists that have hand tufted piles that are carved for some luxurious volume.

Greg Natale - New Regency

Pavement Empire

Their collaborations with artists translate their art style into carpeting with unique patterns and design, like this one from Minnie Pwerle below.

Minnie Pwerle - Camp Sites

M&M Design

M&M Design International presented a colorful collaboration with artist Rai Alexandra. Her abstract expressionist style uses hand torn collage and assemblage. Looks like fun!

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.