NEW YORK–The International Contemporary Furniture Fair showed the fun and the functional this week, featuring products for all types of spaces and surfaces. It ends today.
Area rugs companies were an important part of the ICFF mix. Surya debuted as an exhibitor and showed a selection of its product categories, including handknotted and hide-on-hair rugs, pillows, lamps and furniture. Emma Gardner returned to ICFF to debut Metamorphosis, five handknotted designs made of wool and silk. The playful KinderGround modular carpet line debuted as well.
Among the highlights was the Lana line from Pablo. A prototype, Lana is an LED light source that has a magnetic attachment that allows it to be used as a table or floor lamp, or a wall fixture or pendant. The LED light can be turned on to 50 percent light or 100 percent. The company is showing the product with a shade made of recycled water bottles on the exterior and a felt interior, but Pablo is exploring different shades and sizes.
The Furniture Society displayed designs from its Furniture NeXt competition, where legendary furniture designer Vladimir Kagan chose eight designers from among nearly 100 entries. The exhibit included three students and five professionals. Among the pieces was Trends in Water Use, a table that is based on both the Colorado River as well as the statistics of water consumption over the past 50 years, designed by Adrien Segal.
Sonder Mill, a new online marketplace for handcrafted furniture and lighting that launched this past Saturday, brought six of its designers to the show, including Robert Palumbo of Streetwood. Palumbo takes discarded pallets off the street and crafts them into furniture and other wood items in Brooklyn.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Yrjö Kukkapuro’s Karuselli chair, Artek reissued the design, based on the shape of the human body, in red, black and white.
London designer Toby Sanders debuted his Beach Ball Lights, which can be displayed singularly or in groups, or as table lamps.
Italian company Seletti showed Sending Animals, a collection of animal-shaped crate furniture.