Big Apple’s citywide showcase of everything from rug weaving to lighting design.
This mesmeric ‘Nebulae’ rug is by Déjate Querer, part of the México Territorio Creativo exhibit at Wanted Design Manhattan. Each felt facet is hand-sewn into the pattern, the restrained tones making it all the more impactful.
With charming names like ‘Osprey’, ‘Oyster Catcher’ and ‘American Robin’, the new wallpapers shown by paper mills at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), combine the sheen of luxury with a splash of the accidental.
One of the most creatively stimulating stands at ICFF was that of New York-based Apparatus Studio, making its first expedition into furniture with Portal, a collection of tables (dining table pictured) that “feel modern with a taste of the ancient”. New lighting included this ‘Link’ porcelain pendant, a collaboration with ceramicist Alice Goldsmith.
The Balustrade vessels by Danish ceramicist Turi Heisselberg Pedersen were shown as part of J Lohmann Gallery’s stand at Collective Design, their organic forms and tonal play of colour making them a seductive grouping.
New York design studio Bower has embraced a playful approach. Its Contour side tables, shown at Sight Unseen Offsite in lacquered, moulded ply with tinted glass tops, are a great example of this, with their various configurations, both interconnecting and separate.
Fashion designer Rick Owens has been making furniture since 2007, and while most of his pieces have a brutalist beauty, the ‘Alchemy’ chair (right), shown on LMD/Studio’s stand at Collective Design, explores a more refined silhouette.
New York firm Matter has built its reputation on thoughtful collaborations and local manufacture, and these new additions to its in-house Matter Made collection tick both boxes. Philippe Malouin’s ‘Type Cast’ chair plays on an elegant geometry, while Ana Kraš’s table range (dining table pictured) is called Slon, meaning ‘elephant’ in her native Serbian.
‘Brasscloth’ was among the collection that won Calico Wallpaper best wall coverings in the 2015 ICFF editors’ awards. Inspired by dip-dyeing, it’s available in a series of iridescent, gradated hues (Midnight Blue Pictured). The combination of artisanal methods and digital technologies results in a pattern that’s entirely customisable, and non-repeating.
Fresh from a move from Seattle to New York, the duo behind Ladies & Gentlemen Studio haven’t lost any momentum. Their joyfully inquisitive approach to design results in carefully calibrated juxtapositions of form and material, such as the beautiful ‘Kazimir’ light (above), a collaboration with glass artist John Hogan exhibited at Sight Unseen Offsite.
Mary Wallis, who hails from Melbourne, showed her new lighting designs at ICFF under the banner of Lindsey Adelman Studio, with whom she’s been collaborating. The most striking of these, the ‘Edie’ chandelier (pictured below in white glass), is inspired by bird tail-feathers and has a sense of controlled disorder.
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