The International Contemporary Furniture Fair was in New York City last week and I made a beeline over to the Jacob Javits Center to see what was the latest and the greatest in interior design from around the world.
This year’s show seemed tremendous and I almost ran out of steam before I managed to see all of the exhibitors. One thing you can count on is that you are bound to find at least one new product or furnishing that suits your dezign fancy, and that always makes it worth the effort to attend the show.
I find it particularly valuable that different countries will sponsor various smaller companies that make and sell unusual products. Take for example the Beach Ball Lights above. How darling would they be in a house at the beach or in a child’s room or a playroom? They come from a company in England and I think they are crazy/wonderful! AND, no, they are NOT real beach balls but made out of resin.
The pictures above show some of my favorite discoveries at this year’s show. Here are a few others:
Sublime is a wonderful company that makes unusual finishes on acrylic and then creates all sorts of furniture out of the acrylic panels by combining them with wood, metal and other materials. I’ve been a fan of theirs for years and thought this coffee table really took the prize for creativity and beauty.
Totally hand made, and with LED lighting, this chandelier was one of the most interesting one’s I saw at the show. The hand blown glass globes are exquisite and the total design concept is contemporary design at it’s best. Josh Neretin is the design spirit behind Bouyant, his boutique lighting company, which, BTW, only produces a very small line, but each one is a stunner!
This lovely creation straight from Paris designer, Gilles Caffier caught my eye and I was instantly in love. The pierced stoneware lamp base stands quite tall and I love the juxtaposition of the small lamp shade…très chic! This elegant French beauty, and some of the other lamps in the collection, are definite selections for future projects.
You might have seen similar metal furnishings in your travels, but these by Tom Faulkner are the real McCoy. The craftsmanship is superb and each piece is beautifully executed and designed with exceptional proportions. All of the pieces in the catalogues are eye catching and chic. Incidentally, they are all handmade in England. No need to worry about shipping, as the company ships over to the US all of the time. Need I say more?
Move over track light, here is a brand new way to light up a room with acrylic rods electrified with LED lights and then snazzy red wiring connecting them to each other and to the wall. Yes, they plug in. And, they are sold in pairs or three’s and the red wiring is all part of the design. Thank you nondesigns for coming up with such a clever lighting solution.
If you want to enhance your walls in an unusual way than you should take a look at the Studio Job wallpaper’s being produced by NLXL . The designs originated in the archives of Studio Job…a fabulously famous contemporary design firm in the Netherlands…and they comprise, par none, one of the most unique and artistic lines I have seen in a long time.
NLXL also produces some fantastic papers that simulate real wall finishes, like concrete, old wood walls and the like, which were designed by Piet Hein Eekare called Scrapwood Wallpaper 2. Trust me, you won’t believe how realistic they are. Everything is digitally printed and easy to install. The rep said I could do it myself, but I doubt it, and wouldn’t suggest it to you either. Forget about art on your walls…just install some of these gorgeous papers and go from there!
Another London import is the company Philip Watts Design. They produce some of the most stunning over sized door pulls in unusual shapes and patterns that I have seen recently. I’m a real hardware nut, and think a small touch like this on a door can raise the bar for any door or cabinet.
That’s all folks…not that there weren’t lots of other great products, but these were the ones that stood out for me this time around.
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!