The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, where designers gather to show off their latest and greatest to buyers and journalists, is a sign of what's to come in the world of modern housewares. On the horizon: rich materials, like gold and marble, used in new, unexpected ways, for a look that's clean but luxurious. Shown above:
1 & 2. The humble mortar and pestle goes glam with a traditional shape, re-imagined in wood and glass by Norwegian designer Sara Gressberg.
3. Lately I can't get enough of velvet upholstery, and this clean-lined sofa from Sandback really hit the spot. It's even more beautiful in person — almost exactly the color of the dress Scarlett O'Hara made from her mother's curtains.
4 & 5. This is the Rudi light from Roll & Hill. I love the cord detailing at the top.
6. A sleek marble sink with a concealed drain from AF New York.
7. In the hands of designer Payton Turner of Flat Vernacular Wallpapers, metallics keep a traditional print from being too cutesy.
8 & 9. Swallows, captured in different phases of flight, make an elegant way to mark the time. New from Haoshi Design.
10. A shiny table and a rich wooden chair are natural partners at Autobahn.
11. This concrete tape dispenser from Japanese designer Tatsuya Akita is glamorous and modern, with a pleasing heft.
12 & 13. The scamp table from Blu Dot comes in many color combinations, but the copper wires/marble top is my favorite.
14. This little gold heart vase from The New English would look lovely with or without flowers.
15. A marble and lucite table from Ztem Stone Creations.
16 & 17. I loved this table from Groundwork — it's marble with a modern feel. The butterfly joints rendered in marble are a fun detail.
18. A rattan-handled tea service: modern with a touch of old-world kitsch, from British designer Nick Munro.
19. This design reminds me a bit of the Sputnik chandeliers suddenly cropping up all over, but this is a bit of a cleaner take. From Apparatus.
20. At Guild Nines, a George Nelson-esque bench gets updated with gold legs.
21 & 22. The Work Lamp by Design House Stockholm is available in either silver or gold.
23. From John Housman, a dining chair that pairs lucite and wood.
24 & 25. Marble and wood 'Duplex' table from Phase Design. Yellow coffee table book and bird not included (as far as I know).
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(Images: Nancy Mitchell)