On Monday, I dove into the New York International Gift Fair and focused my time on the Accent on Design section, which typically houses the best stuff for design and decor-minded folks. While the recession has definitely hit the design world, knocking down and out dozens upon dozens of small stores across the country that typically buy at this fair, the booths were full of energy, new ideas and hustle from both old and new companies alike. Here's what I liked.
>> Org Bedding - A new Italian company (part of a larger company) that makes completely organic, high-end bedding, I was taken with their stylish soft hues and the incredible softness of these beds. If organic needs a quality and style leader, I would put Org right up there. They will be sold in the US starting next month through ABC Home.
>> Ink Dish - These folks make fine ceramics out of other artists work. A novel concept, I was most taken with the tattoo artist who did plates and cups for them, named Paul Timman. These things rocked!
>> Aesthetic Movement - Keep Calm JUST WON'T STOP, and this company is responsible for getting this cute new application out to retailers in the US.
>> Dwell Studio - These folks, led by designer Christiane Lemieux, are breaking even further away from the bold geometrics that they made popular with some really beautiful, outlandish designs. These will be available in a few short months.
>> Alice Supply Company - I've seen them around before, but their booth was totally delicious and over the top. As the father of a 3 year old girl, I can see one of these in my future.
>> Chilewich - Meanwhile, Sandy Chilewich is breaking into bold geometric color in a very convincing way. These placemats called out to me from across the aisle. I can smell spring in the air and bet these will be very popular.
>> Brelli - How do you make a 100% biodegradable umbrella? I don't know, but at the rate my umbrellas get lost or break, I could use one. The folks make these stunningly designed umbrellas, which are conversation pieces as well as environmental statements.