Best of New York 2014: What We Saw and Loved

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Yabu Pushelberg's Rational x Intuitive show on Wooster highlighted new pieces, including the Blink collection of credenzas, screens, tables and soft seating bearing the cheeky insignia of hands and winks.
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Yabu Pushelberg rockin' big party, complete with taco stand, on Wooster, where DJs and design conoscenti mingled around, while George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg posed for some snaps.
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NASZ, the Polish contingent at WantedDesign, was curated by designers Tomek and Gosia Rygalik and showed off these politically charged banners featuring police cars and the F-word.
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Celebrating the ongoing romance between design and food, Brooklyn-based photographer Henry Hargreaves created wild, edible art, for Poliform's newly renovated showroom in the A& D building. (Yes, that's a toast portrait of Jean-Marie Massaud.)
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Italian brand Seletti brought three new furniture lines, including Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba's Sending Animals, to ICFF; at WantedDesign, it displayed the Manhattan-inspired Inception line of dish trays by Luca Nichetto.
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Digital mag Site Unseen's Offsite show drew such notable guests as Ambra Medda, formerly of Design Miami and currently of the web site L'ArcoBaleno, seen here perusing Field Experiments' kites, banners and woven baskets inspired by their research into craftsmanship in Bali, Indonesia.
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Also at Sight Unseen Offsite, archi-art collaborative Snarkitecture contributed an architectural camouflage pattern for Print All Over Me - a service that offers blank canvases, including home accessories and clothing, for custom printing.
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Umbra's Shift line includes Philippe Malouin's Hanger chairs and MSDS's Planter collection; also at ICFF, Oskar Zieta brought his new 3+ furniture line, as well as the Fidu stools that made him famous.
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Danielle Trofe's Mush-Lume lamps, made from mushrooms, was shown in WantedDesign's Launch Pad section.
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Nimble, a scooter with the capacity for 300 pounds, was also a Launch Pad exhibitor at WantedDesign. Its designers tested it out by delivering design newsletters around town.
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Alessi displayed the results of recent research and workshops with young designers at WantedDesign, including a collaboration with the Italian company Italcementi that produced these tactile concrete bowls.
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Bernhardt Design returned to WantedDesign to stage another of its wonderful collaborations. This time the North Carolina manufacturer worked with Brooklyn textile artists Dani Song and Makoto Kishino on new upholstery fabrics for its sumptuous seating.
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Possibly the most stylish booth at WantedDesign was that of 13&9, an interdisciplinary collaboration between architects Innocad and fashion designer Anastasia Su based in Graz, Austria, that debuted its Geometric collection of foldable purses.
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Lighting was the big event on the show floor at ICFF. Top performers included two local acts: Matter-Made 's Discus (left), designed by Jamie Gray, comes in two disc sizes, in multiple finishes and in a range of floor, wall-mounted and hanging versions; Rich Brilliant Willing s Mori hanging LED lanterns come in four sizes, all with webbed skin over wire frames.
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Foscarini's SoHo showroom was revamped by Ferruccio Laviani, who reimagined the lighting brand's 12 new lamps in translucent banners.
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Italian natural stone company Antolini made a powerful impression on the ICFF show floor with a forest of stone obelisks.
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Bensen has evolved the successful U Turn tub chair into the U sofa. The compact and composed sofa looks like another winner for Vancouver designer and manufacturer Niels Bendsten.
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British bike storage system Cycloc showed its stylish system for stashing two-wheelers at ICFF looking to turn up North American distributors. For the time being, the colourful mounts are available online.
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Modular was a big trend in coverings, as seen in the Aperiodix concrete wall tiling system by Oso Industries at ICFF and Marxz Rosado's La Mantilla parquet floor coverings at WantedDesign.
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At ICFF, Quebec ceramist Pascal Girardin displayed a massive floral chandelier that had debuted at January’s Interior Design Show in Toronto. The thermo-formed sculpture was created in Dupont Corian’s Illumination Series at the invitation of curator Rachel Gotlieb.
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Stools by Ash Allen; the Australian studio won the ICFF Studio award, sponsored by Bernhardt Design.
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United Nude founder Rem D. Koolhaas, whose U.K.-based company has been marrying architecture to women’s footwear with designs by Zaha Hadid, contributed his take on the ultimate fetish, the Highrise Shoes. They were shown at WantedDesign by fashion accessories brand Nooka and created by 3D printing company i.materialise.
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Moroso celebrated its the latest additions to its M'Afrique collection with a party in its SoHo showroom that was attended by such luminaries as Sebastian Herkner.
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Ross Lovegrove’s latest contribution to Bernhardt Design’s seating collection is a sculptural walnut guest chair called Anne. It honours the 125-year-old company’s founder, Anne Bernhardt, and is based on the American courthouse chair, although Lovegrove’s version takes lyrical license.
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Toronto's Castor showed off its Black Metal line of lighting and accessories at Intro/NY, a group show put on by designjunction in downtown.
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The 9/11 Museum also opened to the public last week. Thousands of visitors have already experienced the building, designed by Snøhetta and Davis Brody Bond, with exhibits by Thinc.

Here are our favourite moments from last week’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair and the events happening around the Big Apple – where thousands converged to check out the hottest new furniture, lighting, finishes and more.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair this year boasted 100 extra exhibitors, so the Jacob K Javits Convention Center was brimming with even more furniture, floor and wall coverings, and home accessories – both from local designers and international brands – than ever.

Among the standouts, Umbra launched its Shift line with the help of a stable of talents, including Philippe Malouin, Harry Allen, MSDS and Fugitive Glue. And Bernhardt Design celebrated its 120th anniversary in style, with a collection by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Ross Lovegrove and more that played homage to the classic lines that has established the brand as a major purveyor of American modern furniture.

At WantedDesign, Bernhardt also debuted its collaboration with Brooklyn textile designers Dani Song and Makoto Kishino. The intimate installation was one of the standouts at this ever-more-popular event, which took place for the fourth consecutive year in The Tunnel – a former railroad freight terminal, and then nightclub. The show abounded with great design, including group shows of Polish and Mexican work, and the Launch Pad section and competition devoted to prototypes, where Elish Wallop won for her transformable light fixtures.

Elsewhere around town, shows like Site Unseen Offsite, Intro/NY, and Yabu Pushelberg’s Rational x Intuitive party celebrated the city’s energy and the design world’s optimism – with lots of colour, pattern and pomp thrown in for good measure.

Compiled by Elizabeth Pagliacolo and Nelda Rodger

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