From budding names in the business, to big players we know and love year and after year, the 2011 New York International Gift Fair was buzzing with lots of amazing designers. There was tons to see and plenty to write about, so for now, check out my top five favorites. MIO A brilliant solution to those ghastly drop-tile ceilings, MIO's new FoldScape series features recycled cardboard modules that, once folded into a geometric form, bring an inexpensive and bold transformation to an otherwise unappealing room feature. Aviva Stanoff With their fabrics that celebrate nature, Aviva Stanoff's collection of textiles is handmade in Brooklyn by pressing real objects like blossoms, coral and feathers into fabric. No two fabrics are alike. Mad Mats Ecologically and socially responsible rugs designed for outside use. Mad Mats come in colorful geometric, floral and traditional designs that can be washed with a simple garden hose. IZOLA These charming canvas laundry bags by IZOLA come screen printed with useful advice, like the anatomy of a shirt and reminders to practice conservation. Coming in September. LinenMe In their Huckaback collection, LinenMe brings vintage French-style to the bathroom with these striped linen bathroom towels, available in several colors and striped motifs.
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