At ICFF this weekend, we spotted a bunch of new products designed for small spaces. (Which is kind of why we love ICFF by the way...how many trade shows are as compact in spirit and design as this one?) Anyway, here are our top picks from the apartment department.
- BeeColour by RS Barcelona: We've blogged Spanish company RS before (here and here) so we were excited to stop by their booth and see what's new. The BeeCoulour Stools looked great in person, and the hexagonal modules can be stacked to create a whole wall of spare seating. For information about purchase in the US, see RS' American distributor, Ford & Ching.
- The Ledge by Urbancase: Designed by Seattle-based Urbancase (aka designer Darin Montgomery), this smart looking system corrals cords and holds a laptop or turntable on a sliding shelf. There's also a built-in storage drawer. It comes in red powder-coated MDF ($1,300) or solid walnut ($1,500), and it mounts to the wall using a basic cleat system. Urbancase products are sold through Velocity Art & Design in Seattle.
- Emergency Cocktail Station by Urbancase: Also designed by Darin Montgomery, the Cocktail Station is another wall-mounted design that looks like an oversized first aid kit when folded up. Just pop down the hinged counter and you've got yourself an instant bar, with storage compartments for cocktail glasses, a shaker, and liquor.
- Porter Tray Table by Studio Domo: Based out of Tapei, Taiwan, Studio Domo creates simple forms using a modern palette of materials—ABS plastic, aluminum, chrome-plated metal. The Porter Tray Table is a C-shaped design that can slide up to a sofa or chair, and the top is removable if you need to use it as a serving platter. It's available in 3 colors from the SF MOMA museum store for $75.
- Sheetseat by Ufuk Keskin and Efecem Kutuk: Designed by New York-based Ufuk Keskin and Efecem Kutuk, this is a prototype for a folding chair that hangs on the wall (similar to Philippe Malouin's Hanger Chair). It's cut from a single piece of plywood and folds down to a thickness of three quarters of an inch.
- Duo Bookshelf by Ana Linares: Made of powdercoated steel, this wall-mounted design is so simple it seems obvious. It's available from Supermarket for $160.
- Aerialist Convertible Table by Objeti: This Cleveland-based design team is made up of two brothers—John and Joseph—who've just launched their own firm. (They also just won a Best New Designer Award at ICFF.) John handles the manufacturing and Joseph oversees the design. Their Aerialist Convertible Table is made of an aluminum frame with a tabletop that flips over to reveal seat cushions, so it doubles as seating. For more information, check out Objeti's site.
Photos: Sarah Coffey, RS Barcelona, Urbancase