Highlights from ICFF and NYCxDesign Week

  • A key date for any design devotees’ calendar is NYCxDesign week (11-23 May) and at the cornerstone of this prominent week is the highly anticipated International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Giving us an exciting first glimpse into what we can expect in 2018 meant all eyes turned to the 30th edition of ICFF. Fresh off the ‘furniture and lighting runway’ came pieces that were visually arresting, original and innovative. From our favourite studios to design mavericks and wildly talented emerging artists, we scouted out some of the most captivating and collaborative NYCxDesign festival highlights to come crisp and juicy straight out of the big apple.

    CHUNK Collaboration by Anna Karlin and Fernando Mastrangelo

    CHUNK’ is a limited-edition collaboration between designer’s Anna Karlin and Fernando Mastrangelo. This beautiful collision of functional sculptures brings together the distinct aesthetic styles of each designer. Karlin’s iconic chess piece series is reimagined through Mastrangelo’s signature concrete casting technique to create this oversized, tactile and totally covetable collection.

    Aires Lighting Collaboration by Bec Brittain and John Hogan 

    If John Hogan is known for his glassblowing guile then Bec Brittain certainly matches it with her sculptural savoir-faire. Complementing one another both technically and aesthetically the Aires starlight system is one celestial collaboration where Brittain’s architectural scaffolding forms the constellation highlighting both the form of the glass and how it diffuses and refracts the light. On show during NYCxDesign.

    Isabella chair by Simon James x Resident

    NZ brand Resident hosted its first independent NYCxDesign show ‘Travelling without bags’ to launch its latest collection of furniture and lighting- including this Isabella chair by creative director and designer Simon James. An experiment in contrasting proportions, the ultra slim three-legged steel base provides robust support for the soft seat and rounded back cushion.

    Sia Chair by Tom Fereday  x NAU

    Following its debut at the ICFF last year, New Australian Design (aka NAU) returns to unveil new designs including the SIA chair by Tom Fereday. Named after its unique adjustable backrest, SIA (meaning movement) is a minimally shaped out of solid timber. It’s curved seat and articulated back contrasts against a slender steel frame, making it a conveniently stackable design. Available at Cult Design.

    Lens Flair Pendant by Lee Broom

    Never not having lightbulb moments, Lee Broom presents his Observatory collection at a solo exhibition as part of NYCxDesign. Inspired by telescopic lenses and the art of horizontal and vertical refractions, Lens Flair is a piece of two halves, seamlessly combining the solid and the transparent.

    Tableware by Schneid

    True to their aesthetic of using natural materials, striking colours and bold shapes comes Schneid’s latest collection of ceramic tableware. Exhibiting at ICFF Niklas & Julia Jessen of Schneid Studio craft all their beautiful pieces by applying traditional techniques and ensuring that each is made with a mindfulness that comes from small batch production. We’ll take one of each.

    Sister Chair by Tom Hancocks x Dowel Jones

    They say there’s a first time for everything. So, for the first time Australian design studio Dowel Jones have asked an ‘outsider’ to create their first ever upholstered collection – cue the Sister chair by New York designer Tom Hancocks. All part of their first showcase ‘Lobby’ during NYCxDesign, the immersive, multi-sensory installation sees a merging of space between the actual product and digital space – all the while listening to lobby music (hence the name) ‘Lobby’ is part of the Sight Unseen Offsite design trail.

    Park III Sconce Light by Workstead

    Workstead introduced their ‘Park’ collection of minimalist lighting during ICFF. Refining a pre-war, modernist aesthetic for a new development on Prospect Park in Brooklyn, each milk-hued porcelain sconce echoes the softened interior architectural forms developed for the building itself. Our pick? The elongated and elegant Park III shown here.

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