Both the Council and Diesel booths at ICFF included furniture pieces that featured very up-to-the minute wood finishes. They are were all refreshingly out of the ordinary and elevated the simple shapes that they were used on to something special.
The "Periodic Table" by Council (photo 1, above) is made from rough hewn, very substantial pieces of wood and is done up with a really gorgeous metallic finish. Somewhere in between a platinum and a gold with a bit of a pewter feel, it manages to somehow be totally over the top and the ultimate neutral/basic - we can imagine this finish working with nearly ANY color as well as other metals. The juxtaposition of such a luxe finish with the very simple and rough treatment of the basic material makes for a very compelling design.
Diesel was showing pieces from their partnership with Moroso and Foscarini at the booth. We snapped pics of what they are calling "over dyed" furniture in two color finishes - one dark and one variegated.
The dark finish (photo 2, above) was almost black but had a definite shot of super dark blue in the mix and appropriately was titled "Indigo". It is a nice alternative to a flat black - a rich but not fussy finish.
The other one, a weathered gray (photos 3 & 4, above), had tons of visual interest. Variations of blues and grays came through, and as it is a rubbed on finish, depending on the grain of the wood used, two chairs of the same design could end up looking quite different from each other, lending more of a "patterned" feel to the pieces.
Any of these finishes would take full advantage of the shift to a more gray-based neutral palette for the home - they'd fit right in in the rooms we've been seeing that feature blues and grays - from super light and ethereal to stormy darks.
(Images: Janel Laban)