ICFF: the fun, the whimsical and the wonderful.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) wrapped up this week in New York City, and the general feeling about the show is that it was a lot more fun than in recent years. Here are a few of the colorful, organic, amusing, beautiful and "that's cool" highlights.


Acoustic wall panels that make me wish I lived in a louder house. These custom designs are by Anne Kyyrö Quinn.


Evoking the charm of a picket fence (in a good way), is the Se7e Chair by Rahyja Afrange. The young architect recently spent a year studying furniture design in Denmark before returning to São Paulo-Brazil and establishing her own multidisciplinary studio. Her philosophy is “Live well, in lovely ambiances.”


The Oo Desk Lamp by Sverre Uhnger was one of the prototypes displayed in "The Essence of Things: New Design From Norway." To select the 18 designers featured, Metropolis editorial director Paul Makovsky traveled across the country in search of under-the-radar talent at schools and studios.

The Woods Glass Sculpture by Stokkeaustad and Andreas Engesvik.

“While the designs of Denmark, Finland and Sweden have come to dominate the global perception of ‘Scandinavian’ design, Norwegian designers are now claiming their rightful place within that rich tradition," says Makovsky. "Norwegian designers and manufacturers are gaining international acclaim for their emphasis on innovation, as well as their deep commitment to creating solutions for social needs.”


Lobmeyr is a sixth-generation family business known for their exceptional crystal. They designed the Starburst Chandelier in 1966 for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and they’ve recently collaborated with designers like Michael Anastassiades, whose Captured Light (above) was described as “poetically minimal” by The New York Times.


Calling all Ergomaniacs, this is the seat for you. I'm a huge fan of the ErgoErgo by Alan Heller, and at DWR headquarters we recently made the Ergo available for any employee who wants one. It's fun to sit on and it's good for you to boot.


The mirrored display platforms didn't do this chair any favors, and I assure you that the bent legs and awkward feet in this photo are an illusion. Designed by Jaime Haydon for Fritz Hansen, the chair is named Ro, which means "tranquility" in Danish.

Triangle Man Chair by Simon Ratti, University of Oregon.

Wilsonart sponsors an annual semester-long course where students are challenged to create a unique chair using Wilsonart laminate. This year's challenge was with the University of Oregon and the chairs were displayed at ICFF. The designer of the Triangle Man Chair (above) is Simon Ratti, who recently returned to school after a 10 year career in construction and woodworking. “A good carpenter is a good problem solver; he can find ways to fix mistakes and adapt to new or better solutions,” says Ratti.

Two-piece sculptural chair by Adam Horbinski, University of Oregon.

Derrida's Chair by Justin Mellott, University of Oregon.

Philosophy major Justin Mellott asks "what is a chair?" with the design of Derrida. When viewed in profile, the chair disappears. However, as you change perspective, the silhouette of a Louis style chair takes form, leaving you with two chairs to consider and a question to answer: "Is either chair real?"