ICFF 2009: Japan by Design

ICFF 2009: Japan by Design

Gregory Han
May 20, 2009
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ICFF, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, is obviously primarily known as a trade showcase for designers and companies to reveal upcoming and current home furnishing designs. But possibly due to the recession this year's fair was more modest in size, opening up an adjoining section of the main hall at Javitts Center in New York for some new occupants from Japan...

Companies like Sanyo, Toto, Mikuni and Plus Minus Zero displayed several home electronic products including LED illuminated bathroom sinks, the technophile's throne of choice the Neorest toilet, the Misty Garden humidifier, Naoto Fukusawa's minimal air purifier, and even a few robotic toys that responded to touch, sound and movement (the robotic, emotive baby seals were particularly a crowd pleaser). Overall the Japan by Design section of the ICFF show was modest and sparsely populated, but we're hoping in the coming years the section remains dedicated to Japanese design since their products tend to be underrepresented in the US and European company/designer dominated show, alongside an increase in products that bridge the gap between home decor and home technology. Because as much as we love stylish chairs and tables, we equally love seeing home tech and appliances that compliment their non-powered brethren, whether they're from Japan or otherwise.

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