Once again, the British are out in force at ICFF. Several of these talented young designers are here searching for--and richly deserving of--a U.S. distributor, while a few are already selling direct to consumers online. To my mind, standouts among the Brits include:
Baraka's gorgeous Arabic-printed bone china
I love these surfaces, which are modern renderings of century-old calligraphy, but I love these depths even more: baraka means blessings, and Baraka's products are "designed for the purpose of bringing meaning to our way of life." The messages these plates convey--Sustain, Family, Praise, "Ask and it will be given," and many more--help us reflect on our good fortune and on the connections between us.
Cycloc's fun and functional bike storage
Cycloc encourages feedback on their bike storage solution.
Duffy London's bespoke wallpaper and interior lighting
These lights are covered with washable fabric, and, in addition to the Duffy London designs pictured, customers can send in their own images and order directly through the Duffy London site. Prices start at $35 for mini prints and go up past $3000 for a back-lit Perspex table.
As a felt fan, I was happy to see that, though the trend has crested, designers are still making use of the material.
Tracy Kendall's 2D and 3D wallpaper
I snapped this pic of Tracy Kendall's wallpaper especially for those of you taking The Cure, but she has a wide range of museum-quality designs.