I visited ICFF twice in the past three days. I did pretty well — casing the whole joint in two visits. AND I tucked in a visit to the Finnish Design showcase at the Chelsea Market on Friday morning. I saw EVERYONE. I met Patricia Urquiola, had Jonathan Adler chide me for "dressing like a grownup" (it was true), and chatted with a half dozen young designers that I'd never seen before who had great stuff. To kick it off, here are my top six picks.
So here are six designs/designers who really, really caught my eye and had something that hit my sweetspot for being both totally unique and possibly classic at the same time. These were my emotional showstoppers and I can't really explain much about how that happens. It just happens.
>> Oshibe by Tomomi Sayuda - Never seen this before: when you put eggs on stamens, Oshibe plays tender ambient sounds and lights up.
>> Liquid Lamp by Obovo of Japan - Wow. Maybe not for MY home (with a 3.5 year old), but these little lights were total showstoppers. They win the Provocative Award previously held by Suck UK's upside-down revolver flower vase.
>> Sheet Seat by Ufuk Keskin & Efecem Kutuk - Each seat is made out of exactly 1/5 of a piece of plywood. There is almost no waste. This seems like a perfect solution for extra chairs in the small space apartment.
>> Lamps by John Astbury, Bengt Brümmer and Karin Wallenbäck of Whatswhat Collective - Just love the simplicity and humor of these designs.
>> Kalahari Table by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Mabeo - Sweden comes to Africa. This dining table is my top pick for my dream dining table in my dream home. Available in Panga Panga wood, Mukwa wood or White Oak.
>> Pop-Up Wastebasket by MioCulture - You won't find this on their site or available quite yet, but it's coming. This basket is part of a series of pop-up baskets that elegantly rise from two dimensions into three.