ICFF 2013

I attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair this year, held every year at the Jacob Javits Center. Apparently, the last time I attended ICFF was in 2011. You can view what interested me during ICFF 2011, here.

It was in 2011 that I first saw these corrugated pendants by Graypants. I like the idea and look of the fixtures. The light is filtered/obscured through the corrugation, which provides an ambient quality of lighting. The design makes it a great feature in a room, whether ganged in a group of three or more, or as a single unit. I can easily see these fixtures in a conference room of an upstart or earth friendly or tech company.

Corrugated pendant fixtures

Corrugated pendant fixtures

Compared with my last attendance of ICFF, my focus seemed to be on lighting fixtures, and less on furniture although there was one chair that stood out. A couple of materials and accessories also caught my attention.

Iacoli & McAllister designed these attractive geometric fixtures. I especially like the clustered boxed lights in copper plated frames and the way the light is intensified by the reflection of the polished finish. Very modern and a great feature over a highly lacquered black colored dining table – perhaps one that is elliptical in shape.

Cluster lighting

Cluster lighting

While walking up and down the aisles, this spherical shaped lighting fixture by moooi caught my eye. It reminded me of an allium flower. The fixture made me smile. The fixture is lit by peg-like light bulbs – kinda like twinkle lights wound into a ball but with intention. The black backdrop accentuated the brightness, making the fixture illuminate like a bright star.

Pendant lighting

Pendant lighting

Pendant lighting

I was surprised upon realizing I liked these decorative lighting fixtures by Serip (organic lighting). The fixtures are very ornate, and not something I would normally give a second glance at but as I began to walk away, my eyes stayed fixated on the organic lighting structures that either hugged the wall or suspended from above.

Serip: organic lighting

Serip: organic lighting

Serip: organic lighting

Serip: organic lighting

Serip: organic lighting

The chair that caught my attention as well as other attendees is the Parabola Chair. The web-like chair is designed by Carlo Aiello. The general structure is comprised of geometric shapes, a triangle and a square, which are slightly manipulated.

Parabola Chair

The two dimensional “square” has a wire-frame, which is then pulled back to create the seat as well as the rear leg support. The chair is fabricated with metal rods that are welded to the main “square” frame. I sat in the chair and thought it was comfortable – in the sense that I was only sitting in the chair for a few seconds. I’m not sure how well the chair will sit with me over a longer period of sitting in a hard net. What I did appreciate about the chair is it promoted an upright seating position as opposed to a chair for lounging – in my opinion.

Parabola Chair

Parabola Chair

Parabola Chair

Parabola Chair

A couple of finish materials stood out for me at ICFF, and those are the ceramic tiles by Stonepeak and the mosaic woods tiles by Materials, Inc. I thought these materials are exceptional because they are an interesting alternative to typical materials used in a given project or space. For instance, Stonepeak offers an alternative to stone with their ceramic tiles that are fabricated to look like stone without the associated cost. One of the Stonepeak reps informed me that high quality photos of stone slabs are captured, and then printed onto ceramic tiles. Some of the ceramic tiles are also fabricated with textures typical of stone. The faux stone ceramic tiles looked very convincing as stone especially when polished! It’s only when you look close up that you realize it’s not stone.

Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles

Wood is typically not used in areas like the kitchen or bathroom until now*. As I was finishing up my walk through of the booths at ICFF, I came upon these mosaic wood tiles by Materials, Inc. The sales rep explained the mosaic wood tiles were designed for application in wet areas. He added that the wood pieces are laminated to a resin back with mesh, which allows the mosaic wood pieces to be used as a wall and floor finish in wet areas. The resin backer helps to reduce movement of the wood pieces in wet locations. (Wood tends to expand and contract in humid and wet locations.) An epoxy based adhesive and grout is used to install the mosaic wood sheets, which also allows the wood pieces some flexibility.

Wood mosaic

The best booth at ICFF is Jan-Kath’s oriental rugs made by hand in Nepal and Turkey. The rugs are beautiful! The designs of the rugs are such that it appears to look like antique oriental rugs that have been worn away by centuries of foot traffic. Silk and wool are used to create these luxurious rugs. The areas of the rug that appear to worn away are knotted with silk because of its inherent sheen.

Rugs

Rugs

Rugs

Rugs

If you attended ICFF 2013 feel free to leave a comment. It can be your thoughts about the show. Perhaps there was something that you liked at the show that I should take a look? Looking forward to next year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and sharing my thoughts with you.

http://www.graypants.com/

http://iacolimcallister.com/

http://www.moooi.com/

http://www.serip.com.pt/

http://www.carloaiello.com/

http://www.stonepeakceramics.com/

http://www.materialsinconline.com/

http://www.jan-kath.de/

(*)This product may have been around before I learned about it during ICFF 2013.

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Zaha Hadid and Swarovski Crystals

I was in Soho and noticed Zaha Hadid’s name in the window of Swarovski Crystallized store. Intrigued, I went to see what Ms. Hadid designed for Swarovski. Bracelets. I generally like her designs and this is something I would consider getting but I think my wrist and fist would not compliment the elegant contours and shape of the bracelet. The Swarovski crystals appear to float delicately in the clear resin like champagne effervescence. 

Which color would you get?

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Design for Life with Philippe Starck

I just finished watching a new reality TV show broadcasted on BBC 2 called Design for Life, which features world renowned designer, Philippe Starck who is seeking new design talent in the UK.  Twelve contestants were personally selected by Philippe along with his wife, Jasmin, and a designer who works for Philippe (whose name I can not spell and can’t seem to find on the internet). Although I do not care much for reality shows in America, I did graviate to this one when I read a tweet from Abitare on Twitter announcing the show featuring Philippe Starck.

The format of Design for Life is like many other competition based reality TV shows. The contestants are put to the test, judged, and eliminated until one person remains and is crowned winner.

What interests me about this show is Mr. Starck’s explanation and discussion of how to approach design with fresh new ideas to solve current and everyday issues.

In the first episode, Mr. Starck assigned the contestants a task to buy two items based on 1 of 3 themes; ecology, function, or gender. Each item must be an example of a good design and a bad design based on the themes as outlined, or an example of a male product vs. a female product (for the gender theme).

Of the 12 contestants, only 1 contestant will win an opportunity of a life time to work with Philippe Starck at his Paris office for 6 months. And already 2 contestants have been booted off. I don’t know if each week will eliminate 2 contestants at a time but it’s worth a watch.

For those of you who do not have access to BBC2,  you can catch the first episode here. Or you can click my Vodpod widget on the sidebar.

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ICFF 2009 Pratt: Design for a Dollar

Per a request from a reader’s comment, I am posting Pratt’s participation in ICFF 2009.  I just want to clarify that the following material is from their brochure, which I picked up and scanned.  It was late in the day and they were packing up for the day when I came upon their booth and was not able to see everything or speak with all the students.

clear

efficient

endless

enterprising

fresh

honest

inventive

inviting

original

re-usable

refreshing

resourceful

strong

studious

upcycled