Peel the Big Apple to Its Core
Less than two weeks ago the Trendease Team was peeling the Big Apple down to its core in search of the latest designs and innovations. In this review we have not included the plethora of European designs and other international goodies that we have already spotted and brought to you in other features. That leaves us with a gallery rich with originality.
The ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) has been coined as “North America's premier annual showcase for contemporary design” and we could not agree more. Some stats for you: Over the ICFF's four-day duration, 145,000 square feet (13,500 square meters) of the Javits Center was host to 26,388 interior designers, architects, retailers, designers, manufacturers, representatives, distributors, and developers. Altogether, 535 exhibitors from around the world showcased modern furniture, floor coverings, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wallcoverings, accessories, textiles, plus kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors. Of those exhibitors, 310 were based in the U.S., 225 from beyond U.S. borders, and 171 first time presences at the Javits Center. While it was exciting to discover so many newbies, we did notice quite a few companies we are accustomed to seeing absent from the show.
Aside from the ever-so-popular rainbow of color that is splashed over an abundance of designs for the coming seasons, there was a specific color palette which jumped out at ICFF, which can be seen in images 1-6. Rich reds with cream and shades of white was also a reoccurring vision.
ICFF has wallpaper in spades. Our favorite is the new pattern from Trove featuring royalty from lesser known international families; feeling like it is just in time for the UK’s Diamond Jubilee! Watercolor won over hard-edged patterns and larger scale repeats continue to dominate, while trompe l'oeil welcomes a new kid on the block: Brooklyn tins from Paris’ merci.
Enough with the eye trickery. Real metal caught our eyes at the Virginia Tech stand where Matthew Wagner and Daniel Senning created an impressive prototype of a façade that can have multiple functions outside those of pure aesthetics: the petals can open in tune with the weather—sun, heat, wind—the sky is the limit!
Lights were all a twinkle at the show. The stop-in-your-tracks gorgeousness of Emerald Faerie’s chandelier did just that (and made us we wish we had the space—and the funds—to call such a piece our own. Office remodeling anyone???). More masculine, but just as snazzy were the chain fixtures from Gabriel Scott, marrying fashion with architecture.
Speaking architecture, Autoban had a pretty impressive stand to house its new collection, and molo has taken the trendy indigo hue to a whole new level.
Dark woods popped up in more booths than in previous exhibitions, and overall any wood goes today, including (gasp!) mixing and matching grains and stains.
Process, as noted in a precious article, was also a strong theme on the exhibition floor. BRC Designs has some new intriguing pieces, such as the zombie table and chair that literally are molded within the dirt and then unearthed when set. Another table and chair are physically shot at to leave bullet holes and evidence of ricochets. The copper duo not only makes a statement about the precious metals market, it also pays homage to one of the original screen savers with the snaking pipe (oh! did we just dates ourselves?).
We hope that you enjoy this gallery featuring the apples of our eyes, and as always, we look forward to seeing you on the circuit!
—The Trendease Team