The consensus: This year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is right on point. (The show runs through May 22.) Spread out across New York’s massive Jacob J. Javits Convention Center was booth after booth of refreshing designs made with aesthetic and function (and, in many cases, the environment) in mind. Materials, colors, and shapes created a common story along the aisles of wares. We could think of no better way to spend a rainy NYC day.
Orange Eames typeface and graphic patterns make these cardboard storage boxes by AMAC (above) too pretty to hide away (and perfect for an over-closet open storage).
Sleek lines, playful colors (including glossy-white), and indoor/outdoor use … this foosball table by RS (above) is sure to please all. To continue with all-white glamour, let’s gawk over this new tub by Wet Style (below), which combines a matte finish outside with a glossy interior to create a perfectly inviting oasis.
I couldn’t resist the charm of copper — first with a grouping of candleholders by artisan Gregg Hessel at Bespoke Global (above), and then, with these must-have (for people who, like us, love tea) Japanese caddies by Kaikado (below).
This blown-glass “April Vase” by Tsé & Tsé associées (above) is an instant centerpiece for easy summer entertaining. Structure and style combine in these planters by Phase Design (below), which are vaguely reminiscent of a four-poster bed, for your garden.
Yes, there were mirrors galore, but these versions — the petit hand mirror with wrapped handle by Grain (above) and the wall-mounted mirror with leather accents by Palo Samko (below) — will have you looking at them (and not yourself).
Color, color, color! Kohler teamed up with Jonathan Adler to collaborate on a line of cast-iron sinks (above). Just plain fantastic (especially the Palermo Blue, Greenwhich Green, and Vapour Orange). The color-fest continues with Fermob outdoor furniture in a rainbow of hues. What’s not to love.
Natural wood grain was another common thread at ICFF. Standouts include a personalized stool by Volk Furniture (above) that strikes a balance of earthy and whimsical with style, and this high-tech desk by Manulution (below), which is a hub for work and music (as the desk doubles as a dock with speakers).
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