ICFF Recap: Persistence of Memory

  • The Guggenheim is among the miniature architectural plaster sculptures by Britain's Chisel & Mouse.

  • The dimmable Submariner table light by Neil Conley was part of the debut collection shown at ICFF by young British designers in the Tools for Everyday Life project.

  • Ombre-colored bench by Britain heritage brand Ercole.

  • Beautifully crafted interlocking stools by Portuguese joinery firm Wewood.

  • Part of the collection by the El Salvadorean collective known as the Carrot Concept, hosted by BernhardtDesign and shown offsite at Wanted Design.

  • Mouth-blown glass baseball bat

  • Borosilicate storage jars from Global Kangaroo.

  • Gold-plated porcelain light fixtures and LED bulbs, both from Nud.

  • The new pop colors of the Lucy chair by L.A.'s own Bend.

  • Thick felt MacBook Air cases by Korean design house ElevenPlus. We've been using one with our iPad Mini and love it.

  • Cork boxes for table top or wall.

  • This sexy golden corner mirror by Assembly Design involves bronze mirrored planes with a contrasting bleach ash frame.

  • Among our favorites by the Seattle design duo known as Ladies & Gentleman, the Aura Pendant.

  • Mirror by Patrick Kim, part of the new designer showcase presented by Jawbone called NoHo Next.

  • Twig Table by Chad Wright for San Francisco-based Council Inc.

  • We covet the chair and desk-cum-vanity that is part of the collaboration between De La Spada and the Shanghai-based multi-disciplinary practice, Neri&Hu. Retailer The Future Perfect co-hosted the launch in the Meatpacking District.

So much to see, and in so little time. Extended as the weekend was for us in New York, hitting everything we wanted to see during the design fair anchored by ICFF required a measure of fortitude, strategy, wit and equal parts caffeine and cocktails. Only two of our four fast and furious days were spent at the Javits Convention Center, where the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (a.k.a. ICFF) takes place twice yearly. We also hit satellite installations, evening showcases and whatever shops we could squeeze in as we cabbed it from one corner of Manhattan to another.

The haze of it all finally lifted, these are a few—and we do mean a very few—of our favorite things from our adventure, stuff that stands out two weeks later in Andy and my memory and, some, that will invariably make their way into A+R. So stay tuned!

Stay tuned here, too, for more highlights from ICFF weekend. We’d also love to know what you think, so don’t be shy.

(All photos snapped, by the way, with my new Sony DSC-RX100. It was an early birthday gift from Andy, who surprised me by having it shipped to the hotel. OK, so I was still working out the functions that weekend. So expect improvements with future postings.)

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