ICFF 2014

Show-stealing lighting at the Javits Center, plus five

Six things that inspired me at the 2014 International Contemporary Furniture Fair:

  1. The crowds were hopeful. This year’s show was well-attended and resulted in plenty of chatter about design and its future.
  2. Lighting stole the show. From the otherworldly shapes of MOLO, the beautifully constructed pieces by Roll & Hill, the fantastic display by Tom Dixonto the elegant modernism of Sonneman, lighting was the highlight of the show for me. On a related note, brass & bronze are the new aluminums. They are everywhere… so don’t rush to demo those brass fixtures in the 1950s lobby yet; they are HOT.
  3. Moss grew everywhere. Everyone is getting mossy these days it seems. I saw plenty of multicolored, dried-up, moss-covered walls that require zero maintenance or upkeep, not even water. Companies like Polar Moos are leading the way on this trend as a way to bring the outside in without the maintenance hassles.
  4. Who needs paint when you have wallpaper? Some of the most eye popping and innovative products came in the form of wallpaper. Dutch company NLXL sells an ultra-real series of wallpaper products emulating aged Brooklyn tins, scrapwood and concrete. Brooklyn-based Flavor Paper introduced a new line inspired by Andy Warhol prints: both iconic and rare images. I know most of us shun the idea of “fake” materials, but there is something truly beautiful about these paper products.
  5. Favorites did well. Vitra had a great presence at the show, as did Bernhardt and Fritz Hansen. Other personal favorites like moooi,  EMECO and MOLO also showed well. Some new finds include Atelier Vierkant’s interior-exterior shapes, Easy Drain sleek drain extrusions, and the Polish group Zieta, with its tool kit-inspired furniture for the millennial office.
  6. Meeting an icon. I attended a private tour of the Cappellini, Cassina, and Poltrona Frau showrooms in lower Manhattan. The Cappellini tour was capped by a personal presentation by Giulio Cappellini, a true icon of modern design who is still going strong and taking chances. A true inspiration to us all.

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