ICFF introduced us to Matt Pauk and Paul Tang
, also known as Vincent Reardon
These young talents should take home the unofficial AT prize for innovative concept-driven furniture. As far as we can tell, none of the quirky pieces they showed at ICFF are in production yet -- but some of them should be.
VR's Cuppa Table, for instance. This is the ultimate in portable, customizable furniture. It's an origami-inspired flat-packed end table made of little more than aluminum poles and a single sheet of bendy polypropylene. With some minimal components it is easily broken down and packed into the small box pictured above. The best part though is that the single poly sheet (which makes up the two horizontal surfaces and a key vertical as well) can be custom-printed and swapped for another color or pattern whenever the mood strikes.
VR's space-saving Slot Sofa (which we filmed in action but for the moment can't upload because of some compression issues) combines a sofa and coffee table in one footprint. The clever design makes novel use of the spaces between the cushions as hiding places for the nearly-2D form of the coffee table. We'd love to see VR evolve this idea so that the sofa form is a little more relaxed and inviting.
VR's website is worth a perusal.