ICFF 2012 - Design Trends


New York City for DesignWeek and ICFF is always an inspiring trip. This year was no exception; we had a wonderful time exploring the great design events around the city. After taking a few days to recover and sort through our photos we identified a few of our favorite trends from this years events. 

Open Frame - An aesthetic that is described by its suggestion of form via outlines and repetition. We particularly enjoyed the the Tweet Outdoor Stool by Ji-In Kim, chairs and light fixtures created by BEND, and the Acapulco Chairs by innit.

Obvious Construction – By embracing the way in which parts of an piece come together many designs brought focus to this intriguing point of juncture. A few examples include the tables by Jones Falls Furniture, which incorporate slivers of red aluminium trim on each leg that break through the top surface forming distinct red right angles. And the playfully proportioned Drop stools by Objeti, which pay particular attention to the detail where the metal base intersects with the wood seat.

Reclaimed Industrial – The growing movement using reclaimed materials and industrial detailing was well established this year with lots of repurposed materials being used in controlled ways. At the Core77 Open Exhibition we enjoyed the Strap End Table by uhuru and later stumbled upon another uhuru gem, the Stitch Table at their 2012 preview in the Phaidon bookstore.

Sculptural Dimensional Patterns – Another established trend incorporating 3D patterns and form on planar surfaces keeps evolving every year. The most exciting work in this category was the wall divider and ceramic/porcelain tiles by Interlam and Kowa. The use of subtle textural patterns was featured on the felt Buzzicube by Buzzispace and carried over to a 2D interpretation on the Hot Mesh chair by Bludot with a familiar 3D hexagonal pattern.

We hope you enjoyed our favorite design trends from NYC DesignWeek. Stay tuned for an upcoming post summarizing some of the colors trends we observed at the show!