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Jun062013

NYCxDesign/ ICFF: The Highlights

In contrast to last years show which was still heavily influenced by the DIY and reclaimed materials trends, I felt the standouts from this years show trended more towards a refined simplicity. I noticed a lot of subtle detailing particularly around the edges, whether they gently tapered to add a feeling of lightness or a slight bend or pull of the form.

I loved the simple organic caricature of “The Woods” by Andreas Engesvik and StokkeAustad part of the strong Norwegian showing at this years show.

On the textile front I already mentioned the impressive rugs from Tsar, but I was also really taken with Hiroko Takeda’s woven blends of silk and mohair. And although not a textile, I had a similar tactile response to the Greenform’s fiber cement. The unique blend of fiber somehow felt simultaneously artificial and natural.

And some final stragglers. Fritz Hansen's Favn, although not exactly new, it was a pleasure to finally see if it person. Mineheart's clever King Edison Pendant Light, with a chandelier suspended in a classic lightbulb form, definitely brought a smile to my face. And finally on the list of things I wish I could afford, these low back chairs by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Can't wait till next year!