ICFF: First Impressions

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I'm still catching my breath since returning back from NYC last night, but I thought I'd share some of my initial impressions of my first ICFF. It was a thrilling experience to visit New York to see the many works I've admired in print and online, with the opportunity to meet the actual people behind the designs themselves, alongside having our first meeting with all four AT city editors in attendance. Hundreds of booths, thousands of designers, hours of meetings and a countless amount of product to cover in the three days, all made for one hectic schedule after arriving on a redeye flight that arrived on Saturday morning.

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So let's begin with my favourite booth of the whole show: OryZa's product-filled booth was sure to entice colour-lovers like moths to a flame, its vibrancy a tantalizing beacon. Japanese designer Hirohito Saito's fiberglass chairs, stools, tables, vases and clocks are all about mouth watering candy colours, almost as if a gargantuan size of Skittle candies were indented and reshaped into furniture. Singapore-based Saito mentioned his works are only available in Europe currently (strangely, he doesn't yet have a website), but with hopes of introducing his line one day here. Regardless, seeing work like this is both inspiration and a reminder that the world of design is global, with so much that has yet to reach our shores.

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And how about some design celebrity sightings: lovely design maven and fellow blogger Grace Bonney of Design Sponge was entering the show just as we arrived at the registration section. And then almost immediately upon stepping onto the bedlam of our first day on the floor, we literally crossed paths with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's personality, Ty Pennington. He looked like he was in a bit of a hurry...so much so, we could only snap a photo of his back while he dashed away to the far end of the show. We also ran into familiar faces like Brad Cook from Show, one of our judges for this year's Smallest Coolest Contest, there to scour the show for more beautiful furnishings and wares for his Los Feliz shop. And we were ready to blame it on jet lag and fatigue when we thought we were seeing double, but soon realized we were just standing next to HGTV Design Star's dynamic duo, Teman and Teran Evans.

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[I have to head out to work right now, so I'm cutting this short, but promise more is to come!]

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