Whether you call it NYCxD, ICFF, Wanted, Design Week or something else, New York City in mid-May is the place to see what’s happening in furniture and product design. Here are the highlights from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Hello, Su! The latest launch from Emeco, the sleek and simple Su Stool (top photo) made its NYC debut at ICFF and the DWR SoHo Studio. A beautiful mix of Japanese simplicity and American craftsmanship, Su will be available at DWR in July. Also new from Emeco is the Broom Stool designed by Philippe Starck.
Richard Neutra designed individual pieces for the 200-plus structures he designed, but until now, these items were not available on the mass market. Working with Neutra's son and architectural partner, Dion Neutra, the German company VS is producing these exclusive editions, including the Boomerang Chair and Channel Heights Stool, both designed in 1942.
Fritz Hansen was showing its Ro Chair in leather alongside the Little Friend Adjustable-Height Table by Kasper Salto. Their showstopper was the return of the Drop Chair (below) by Arne Jacobsen, originally designed in 1958 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Unlike the Swan and Egg chairs, the Drop was never put into production – until now. The company is also relaunching Jacobsen's Grand Prix Chair with wooden legs.
Model 45 Chair and Desk by Finn Juhl. Photo by Gwendolyn Horton
The Danish manufacturer Onecollection is the only company that has the rights to produce authentic Finn Juhl furniture. Their relationship with the Juhl family began in 1998, when Hanne Wilhelm Hansen asked asked them to make a sofa designed by her late husband. This initial request led to producing other items from the Juhl archives, including the beautiful Finn Juhl Credenza.
Blending art and experience, the Authenticity Wall by 20 SCAD students consists of colorful beams that extend to create an informal conversation area. "The most authentic experiences tend to be based on curiosity, discovery and creation," says student Sharra Culp. The wall satisfies all three in that you wonder what it is, then touch it and discover that the panels move, and then use it to create a sculpture to a seating area.
In bringing a modern approach to cashmere, Oyuna Tserendorj is hoping to wake up a trade that "has long been shackled by the conservatism of traditional European design."
The Cherner Task Chair rolls out in red.
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.
Steel mesh stools by Australian designer Ash Allen were honored with the ICFF Studio Award, which gives the designer an opportunity to match a prototype product with potential manufacturers.
Did you attend ICFF or any of the Design Week shows? If so, what was your favorite find?