New York In Focus: Part 1

07 Oct New York In Focus: Part 1

New York totally turned it on whilst hosting the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) during May.

The inaugural event, now in its 26th year, sees over 600 exhibitors from all points of the globe and displays contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors.

On the back of Salone del Mobile in Milan, ICFF and its related offsite events throughout the city, such as Wanted Design, Sight Unseen and numerous product events at flagship showrooms, is a global forum for the launch of new products, by both established and new designers. It is also where the industry turns to identify interior trends for the coming year, influencing product design, colours and styling.

The latest themes and trends that featured most prominently at this year’s Fair include:

  • Soft, curved shapes and organic forms in sofas, chairs and in motifs
  • Perfect proportions and classic lines with lots of movement
  • Splayed legs on all furniture types, tables, sideboards etc
  • Extensive use of solid timbers with distinctive grains
  • Materials mostly in timber, metal, bronze, copper, brass (both dull and shiny forms), powder-coated steel (mostly for outdoor applications) and marble. Glass as a primary material in furniture, did not feature.
  • Textiles were a mix of bold textured colours blended with earthy and natural tones.

Designers such as Ross Lovegrove and Luca Nichetto, who design for multiple European furniture houses, each shared their insights, inspirations and hopes for the future, in a week that saw me running full-speed and yet still craving for more.

A closer look at some of the designers

Tom Dixon

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See more at the Tom Dixon website.

Tom Dixon showcased new furniture, lighting and accessories under the theme of the CLUB. The conventional Gentleman’s club was reworked into a contemporary version of the historic British members club – a modern day home-away- from-home, a plush and cultured haven where pleasure and work collide.

The PIVOT collection, also featured, is a series of drawn and sharply upholstered silhouettes, consisting of a high-back chair, a low-back chair and a bar stool – all made with internal metal frame, moulded foam upholstery and rotating die-cast aluminium base.

Wren & Cooper

nsi_ny-design-week2014_02Wren & Cooper were the first of the US based designers to catch my eye. The duo are makers of graphic, minimal, hardwood furniture. Based in Pennsylvania (USA), their crafted furniture reflects attention to small details: how it feels to touch the top of a chair back or run your hand along a table, the sound a door makes as it clicks shut, the shape of a handle. Only boards that are the right size and colour for each piece are chosen, and carefully put together using traditional joinery methods.

Close attention is paid to the edges and surfaces, using the best hardware available or sometimes making their own. Each furniture piece is built using locally sourced, FSC certified sustainable domestic hardwoods.

As longevity is an important aspect of sustainability, and products are built to last a lifetime or more. Almost all parts of the production are in house so that quality is monitored and fine details are consistently improved.

See more at the Wren & Cooper website.

Wren & Cooper

nsi_ny-design-week2014_02Wren & Cooper were the first of the US based designers to catch my eye. The duo are makers of graphic, minimal, hardwood furniture. Based in Pennsylvania (USA), their crafted furniture reflects attention to small details: how it feels to touch the top of a chair back or run your hand along a table, the sound a door makes as it clicks shut, the shape of a handle. Only boards that are the right size and colour for each piece are chosen, and carefully put together using traditional joinery methods.

Close attention is paid to the edges and surfaces, using the best hardware available or sometimes making their own. Each furniture piece is built using locally sourced, FSC certified sustainable domestic hardwoods.

As longevity is an important aspect of sustainability, and products are built to last a lifetime or more. Almost all parts of the production are in house so that quality is monitored and fine details are consistently improved.

See more at the Wren & Cooper website.

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Luca Nichetto for De La Espada

nsi_ny-design-week2014_06The Luca Nichetto brand, designed by the Italian-Swedish, Luca Nichetto Design Studio and produced by the Portuguese, De La Espada, welcomed two new products under this title during New York Design Week. The 50/50 collection is a modern take on Italian furniture design.

STANLEY SOFA, with its exposed timber frame and generous upholstery celebrates expert craft and superior comfort.

The LAUREL COFFEE and SIDE TABLES, merges geometric forms and contrasting materials to intriguing effect. Luca Nichetto showcased for multiple brands during Design Week, across multiple design shows and locations.

See more at the Luca Nichetto website.

Bernhardt Design

nsi_ny-design-week2014_07Bernhardt Furniture Company, a family-owned American manufacturer, is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2014. To mark this occasion, Bernhardt Design honoured the company’s heritage with a new collection of products that underscores this artistry.

With what was no doubt the largest presence at the ICFF, designers Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Ross Lovegrove and Jephson Robb drew inspiration from three different traditional furniture archetypes and recreated them for today’s world.

New York artist Frederick McSwain completed the celebration by paying tribute to generations of craftsmen and artisans with a series of original artwork. Each designer took time to walk the Fair and freely chatted with visitors. In the spirit of giving, Bernhardt Design also sponsors ICFF Studio, a scholarship program that gives deserving designers global exposure to manufacturers, retailers and the media and the stand was awash with enthusiastic young designers who were eager make their designs known.

See more at the Bernhardt Design website.

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Moroso

nsi_ny-design-week2014_10The BIKINI modular island sofa

Life in the living room has changed a lot recently: families and their kids are “chilling” with different activities: reading, downloading files, writing emails, gaming, chatting with friends, watching movies on a tablet, relaxing, talking, thinking, meditating…

The traditional mono direction-sofa facing the TV is starting to fade out. The easy to arrange bikini-sofa landscape invites the sitter to decide the best composition according to the space available and activities to be undertaken.

See more at the Moroso website.

Other products featured by Moroso

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Poggenpohl

Poggenpohl is one of the world’s leading luxury kitchen cabinet brands. Poggenpohl presented the latest trends in European kitchen design in contemporary and classic styles, including creative solutions for maximizing space and ergonomically-designed kitchens. Internal finishes are refined and extremely well thought out.

Poggenpohl offers over 70 cabinet fronts in a variety of finishes, such as: wood veneers, laminates, lacquers, acrylics, glass, metals and custom colours. Established in 1892, Poggenpohl manufactures custom made cabinetry in its factory in Herford, Germany and is available globally.

See more at the Poggenpohl website.

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Skram

nsi_ny-design-week2014_16Skram Furniture Company is based in North Carolina and was perhaps my pick of all the US-based mid-sized manufacturers, earning a domestic and international following for its approach to modern design – one that emphasizes sustainable practices, authentic materials and extraordinary workmanship.

nsi_ny-design-week2014_17Designer, Craftsman and Founder A. Jacob Marks informs me that all parts of the production process are completed onsite in the company’s own factory, with no outsourcing. This ensures the integrity of the products that leaves his Burlington factory and a level of detail found only in hand crafted pieces of this type.

See more at the Skram website.

Philippe Stark for Ceramica Sant’Agostino

nsi_ny-design-week2014_18Design Master Philippe Stark’s collaboration with Ceramica Sant’Agostino showcases the full measure of his inventiveness. FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE by S+ARCK, the innovative design-collection born from the encounter between the recognised technological know-how of Ceramica Sant’Agostino.

The creative genius of Philippe Starck, recently received the Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Product Categories | Products +Materials. The award ceremony took place at the evening Gala Event during New York Design Week.

I urge you to investigate the full collection – it is pure inspiration!

See more at the Ceramica Sant’Agostino website.

In Part Two of New York in Focus we go through our favourites in textiles, tableware, lighting, flooring and student work from up and coming product designers. Read Part Two >

About Linda Delaney and North Shore Interiors

Linda Delaney is the owner and manager of North Shore Interiors, a company that provides interior design, decorating, styling and project management services to Sydney’s lower north shore and greater Sydney metropolitan area.

Linda has been seen in Habitus, Inside Out, Grand Designs Australia and Money magazines. She is also a regular contributor for leading Australian interior design publications, Home Design and the annual Design & Decoration. Watch out for more of Linda’s work featured in the media.

Contact Linda at  Linda@nsinteriors.com.au or on 0432 716 558.

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