Design Intros Delighted at NYCxDesign

Several first-time ICFF exhibitors brought their handmade products to the trade
May 26, 2017HFN Staff

jef designs at ICFFJef Design debuted its newest lighting line
NEW YORK—Design enthusiasts had an eyeful this month, as the city was the spot for the annual NYCxDesign design event, which included ICFF and WantedDesign, and took place at locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Besides a range of striking design, many introductions were handmade and customizable, or modernized traditional looks.

At ICFF, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center last week, several first-time exhibitors brought their handmade products to the trade. Fyrn, for example, produces customizable, easy-to-assemble chairs in California. The line was tested in restaurants, “the most abusive environment we could find,” said founder Ros Broughton.

Left chair at WantedDesignLeft’s couch, made in the Eames tradition
While Broughton comes from a long history of furniture making, as his family has been involved since the early 1900s, he has modernized the chair making process. Fyrn chairs can be sent assembled, or flat packed for easy assembly. The flat packed version is packed in three stages, he said, to optimize the end-user experience. “We don’t want to take that for granted.” Chairs are offered in standard, counter and bar sizes, as well as backless versions. Other options include the wood and bracket finishes, and fabric or leather choices. End and coffee tables will also join the line soon, he said.

Fyrn chair at ICFFFyrn makes easy-to-assemble chairs
Another first timer to ICFF, Jef Designs debuted its newest lighting line offering “warm modernism,” said Joe Futschik, who designs the pieces in Portland (the line is made in Santa Cruz, Calif.). The 11 patterns combine geometric looks layered with digital woodgrain on linen, and offered in several colorways. The linen “adds a soft texture to the room,” Futschik said, while the wood look adds a “hardness.” The line included pendants, table lamps and ADA wall sconces.

Guadecor at ICFFMelamine tabletop made with 50 percent bamboo debuted at 502 Home
A group of companies exhibited at ICFF as GuadDecor showcased ceramics, table linens, rugs and textiles from Guatemalan artisans. The ceramics from 502 Home, for example, use three types of clay for “a great weight and hand; it also excepts color very well,” said Matthew Esposito of 502 Home. Besides using indigenous women’s communities to produce the products, many of the items had an eco-friendly bent. Melamine tabletop from 502 Home, for example, is made of 50 percent bamboo, while some textile products used recycled denim or recycled plastic bags. Everything but the melamine is handmade, he said.

Peter Sandback, an artist who handmakes his line in New Hampshire, expanded his drum table offerings. The nail inlay drum tables are offered in 12-, 18- and 28-inch diameters, four varieties of wood tops and 12 base colors—though custom colors and heights are also available. Rug manufacturer Warp & Weft debuted its Twilight line, which used 40 shades of wool to achieve a smooth gradation of color in the handknotted patterns.

Bordbar returned to the U.S. market, and highlighted its line of airline trolleys, which can be used at the office, gym, home and other places. The movable trolleys are customizable, as a range of shelving and compartments are offered, so they can serve as a wine bar or a coffee station, for example. The line uses both recycled trolleys used by airlines, as well as new ones.

Warp and Weft at ICFFWarp & Weft’s Twilight rug uses 40 shades of wool
At the WantedDesign show in Chelsea, a Mexican furniture company called Left featured its bent-wood furniture designs that pay homage to the iconic Eames chair but utilize modern manufacturing methods. Layers of bendable plywood are pressed into a mold, rather than bent by steam as in the old style, and then veneered. New chairs have two thin layers of fiberglass between the wood for added strength. The furniture collection is designed to accommodate the way people live and use their furniture. The swooping sides of the wood and leather couch, for instance, provide a space to lay one’s head while watching Netflix or resting a cup of coffee, said Victor Aleman, head of design. When viewed straight on, the design resembles a pair of lips. The Maria coffee table is comprised of woven plywood strips meant to resemble loops of braided hair; the result is a lightweight and beautiful piece that because of the design has built-in strength and structural integrity. The collection of 42 pieces also includes stackable lightweight chairs designed with small spaces in mind, Aleman said. The company, which has been around for several years, is looking for an American distributor.

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