During Design Week 2017: ICFF (the 30th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair) designers flocked in from around the globe. See Hobnob’s best picks from the exemplary designer furniture and accessories from the show.
For four days architects, interior designers, and all those who love design come to view more than 750 exhibitors, from big brands to the latest ideas from design schools. We had a ball walking around seeing all the new creations. Noticed: there were some very unexpected new wallpaper concepts that delighted us, more gorgeous glassware from Fferrone, colorful sconces, and a glamour-minimalist vibe that pulsed through the show. Here are the items that really caught my eye.
Abnormals Anonymous Loved the playfulness of Mr. Blow wallpaper, part of the collection of quirky animals, and whimsical abstract patterns. Papers are printed with eco-friendly inks, on paper, mylar, type II vinyl, or textured papers (a new recycled material). abnormalsanonymous.com
Blackbody is a brand devoted to OLED lighting applications, which uses crystals to create light without heat. Their showroom in Soho and booths always feature an amazing installation of their product. In the photo: Girls pose in front of the oversized Lucky Eye S Wall Lamp and Mirror by Aldo Cibic and Tommaso Cora; lighting above is part of the Rain series, which can be customized to your space from 37 to 137 lights with finish in classical (white painted brass), brass, glass, copper, chrome and black nickel. Just magical. blackbody.fr
FFerrone Felicia Ferrone’s latest deluxe glassware is called the Sofia Collection, which features hollow vertically striped stems made of boroscilicate glass, that feel as light as air, along with Talise, the most elegant vessel for encasing a water filter. She is seen lying on her latest furniture offering, a Block Daybed with polished stainless steel headrest. On the wall is the Edgewater Mirror with a built-in carrara marble shelf. fferronedesign.com
Josh South and Janey Speers created the colorful Odds & Sods vessels, designed to encourage the curation of your bits and bobs. toolsforeverydaylife.com
Koncept This company had many clever items to add illumination to your life. The Gravy LED Wall Sconce resembles a makeup compact, whose light intensity can be dimmed, and the front shade can be lowered and raised for different effects. Available hard wired, or with cord. The sconce comes in a wide selection of fun finishes: felt, chrome, wood veneers, and painted finishes to match your interior spaces perfectly. For illumination in the outdoors, grab a Mr. Go. Just plug in to charge, and carry along, or hang from a tree. koncept.com
District Eight Those with mid-century sensibilities will totally dig this sophisticated ping-pong table made of reclaimed hardwood taken from colonial buildings in Saigon, set on a cast iron base, and accessorized with a suede net. Also, works as a trim dining table, when games are not in demand. districteight.com
Phillip Jeffries This 3D-mylar wallpaper definitely caught my eye. Glam up a space in Alhambra, here in Arabesque Pearl, which has a base of shimmery metallic mylar, topped with abstract squares, resembling glass tile. Also available in a gorgeous dark blue, limestone, silver, and gold. phillipjeffries.com
Refaeli Ma The Leira chair, is a luxiourious study with plush cushioning over leather wrapped wood. Ergonomically kind, it has an adjustable back support, and could become your go-to space for curling up and coccooning. refaelima.com
Matthew Studios Add a bit of whimsy and individuality to your cabinets with knobs and pulls from Matthew Studios. Made with rock crystals, polished metals, shells, they will be a topic of conversation for sure. matthewstudiosny.com
Sticks + Stones One way to enjoy the great outdoors. These polished-cement firepits come with matching surrounds that have movable wooden seating which slide along its axis. Shown is the Social Circle, which is also comes in more traditional rectangular configurations. sticks-and-stones.ca
Focus Fireplaces Classic forms from the 60s and beyond, these totally groovy fireplaces stand the test of time. Makes me wish I had a loft, or ski house. focus-fireplaces.com
Sidonie Studio A clever, minimalist collection which appears to be three dimensional, but is in reality a digital rendition of folded and woven papers, some with little pops of color. Shown is Plane, part of the Unfolded line, based on the origami sequence of the Plane. Made to order by artist and designer Sidonie Loiseleux, seen in the photo. sidoniestudio.com
Sandback As a circle-lover, these multi-sized tables immediately piqued my interest. Acclaimed and award winning artist Peter Sandback presents his new installation of drum tables in pretty pink lacquered maple bases, in addition to its nine other colors. Tops available in exotic and domestic woods, some with star-like inlaid nail patterns. Very finely crafted. petersandback.com
Trueing Probably one of my favorite objects on site, I nearly swooned upon spotting this lamp. Janus Table Lamp’s simple, yet elegant form holds a glass disk which swivels, allowing an adjustment of the lighting which comes from the surrounding LED halo. The glass panel is available in different colors, my fave was the copper-pink base with green glass. Just striking. www.trueing.co
Xiaotong Wang Together, a set of chairs for two people made of wool felt and plywood. Can be positioned facing each other or side by side, or you decide.
Merenda Wallpaper A quirky hand with inviting and wonderfully colored patterns. Sarah Merenda is seen in front of her design, Trade Routes, an abstract collage of treated papers. merendawallpaper.com