Last week the International Contemporary Furniture Fair was here once again, and we were there scoping out the latest and greatest interior design finds for our clients here in Manhattan. Here are some of our old reliable favorites, and some new finds we’re excited about:
- Timorous Beasties wool voile collection: I’ve been a huge fan of their wallcoverings and fabrics as you know, but I can see using these ready made panels as an alternative to traditional draperies – well, anywhere!
almost Missoni-like, don’t you think?
- David D’Imperio Lighting: I fell in love a few years ago with one of their fixtures, and they keep coming out with better and better things. Love the new introductions.
- Infinity Drain: I am always trying to come up with a graceful way of detailing this necessary evil, but these guys have already done it for me!
- Trove: Another old favorite for me, we like to use these guys in lobbies, hotels and residences here in the New York City. Their new patterns are great, but it’s their manufacturing process and what they’re printing on that has me interested.
Called “StoneGround,” the new line is produced by grinding down marble and limestone into a fine powder. Non-toxic resin acts as the base to which the powder bonds, by way of a sprayer that can produce a variety of colors, patterns, and designs. The final product is about 80 percent calcium carbonate (mineral powder) and 20 percent resin. There’s no actual paper used to create StoneGround, and the production process requires 20 to 30% less ink than regular wallpaper. Trove co-founder Randall Buck calls it a “tree-free solution.” Tree free and PVC free!
- 3M: Known for their shading systems and window films, these guys have introduced some exciting architectural products we can see using on our Hospitality and Retail design projects.
-Khouri Guzman Bunce Limited: Their fuchsia sofa really stole the show and has been on every design blog (including this one!) as a best of show.
- Hearth Cabinet: Finally a ventless fireplace that’s approved for use in NYC! It’s not the best looking, but with the right design around it, I think we could make it look spectacular.
This table, aptly named the folded felt table is designed by Li-Rong Liao. It is a result of her thesis experiment with different folding profiles to find balance between structure and aesthetics. We think she’s achieved it beautifully.
- Somnium Beds: Snapped a few of these for a client of ours on the Upper West Side. We like the new technology and eco-design.
- MK Collection: Designer Melissa Kirkpatrick’s collection of “lyrical and livable” fine fabrics, rugs, and wallcoverings.
- Africa Now: Ok, I’m a sucker for hand-made and one-of-a-kind, but when it’s for a good cause it’s even better. AfricaNow! is an innovative collaboration of modern home decor and accessories celebrating the fusion of African art and life. I can honestly say I don’t always love everything, but this year there were a couple of things I liked. Particularly this textile collection from Aissa Dione.
Did you go to the show? Please share your favorites!