As the Apartment Therapy readers knew, even before the ICFF attendees (thanks to a quick sneak peek last week), Jonathan Adler & Kohler launched some wonderfully colorful sinks at the fair. They were even more vibrantly wonderful in person! But, that's not all we have to report from Mr. Adler...
Seeing Art of Board's wall tiles from across the room, I was drawn to their random color. Only when I got closer could I see that they appeared to be recycled out of something. And they are! Skate boards as wall tiles … from half pipe to kitchen backsplash.
You've got to love a company with a sense of humor and a love of color. From pillows named for grandmothers to the colorful new outdoor seating, Blu Dot's newest pieces at ICFF showed off both qualities.
Amy Helfand is an NYC-based artist who also makes absolutely beautiful rugs. We've been following her work for years and always enjoy checking in and chatting in person at ICFF. This year, one of the rugs shown at her booth had a bit of a twist...
Designers Crystal Ellis, Hillary Petrie and Stephanie Beamer
Based in Brooklyn, Egg Collective didn't have to travel far for their debut showing at ICFF, but their journey began years ago. The three designers met in school (architecture) in the Midwest and after graduation, went off to different cities to pursue work and life, always hoping to reconnect to work together. They recently made the moves necessary to start the collective and are forging ahead with their unique vision for the next phase of heirloom quality American furniture.
Congrats to Theo Richardson, Charles Brill and Alexander Williams of Rich, Brilliant & Willing — they're the official Best New Designer of ICFF 2011! The award can be a designer's big break — past winners have included people like Ronan Bouroullec, Barber & Osgerby, and Jeffrey Bernett. While RB&W have already received a lot of press and attention over the past year, the award brightens the spotlight on the Manhattan trio.
ICFF is often about clean lines, smooth finishes and minimal solutions and presentations, so it was an interesting shift to see so many pieces this year that embraced some heavy duty decorative detail. And not just surface-y printed on pattern, these were all about the texture and art of decorative embellishment — carving and inlay work.
Quirk doesn't have to equal candy colors or hit-you-over-the-head visual humor — often it's the sly motif, the unexpected flash of irreverance in an otherwise staid color story or pattern repeat, that makes a wallpaper pattern design interesting...as well as something you can live with longer.
Before Jeffrey Bernett worked for B&B Italia, Ligne Roset, Herman Miller, and Knoll, he was an unknown designer setting up his first-ever booth at ICFF and hoping someone would sign him. That year, he won "Best of Show" and a deal with Cappellini. Fifteen years to the date, other young hopefuls are in that same position, and Jeffrey's still coming back to the show to see what's new. That's the beauty of ICFF…