New York Design Week: Our Top 30

Bernhardt Design impressed with its booth at ICFF, full of boldly upholstered seating by such designers as Monica Förster, Jessica Pell and Altherr Lievore Molina. bernhardtdesign.com
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Launching in fall 2013, the Circa flat panel LED fixture from Pablo comes in pendant wall and table versions, and also as a floor lamp with integrated USB charging port. pablodesigns.com
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Subway lines from cities in North America and Europe – including NYC, Brooklyn, Paris and London – adorn the Metro Cuff Series, created by Brooklyn design firm Design Hype. designhypeinc.com
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Metro Cuff Series, by Brooklyn design firm Design Hype. designhypeinc.com
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10% of proceeds from Neil Conley’s Submariner table lamp go to Oceana, a global marine conservation agency located in Washington, to help prevent sea-bed trawling. neilconley.co.uk
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The Dutch company Weltevree showed an outdoor pizza oven made of Corten steel. Their plastic joint, which enables simple 2 x4 constructions for such things as green houses and bunkies, is being considered as a future product. weltevree.us
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Spanish company RS’s You & Me ping pong table is coming soon to a DWR near you. Rs-barcelona.com
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Vancouver retailer-manufacturer Bensen showed off the Crossover tables and the U Turn seat (far left), among other new products, at ICFF. bensen.ca
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Copenhagen textile maker Private 02 04 showed a sumptuous array of monotone fabrics at ICFF. private0204.com
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Artecnica debuted Yorky, a playful silicone fixture in bright colours, designed by New York's Hlynur Atlason. artecnicainc.com
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Renowned graphic designer Milton Glaser created this eye-popping rug – called Shakespeare in Africa – as part of his new collection for Spanish manufacturer Nanimarquina. The line will only be available in North America. nanimarquina.com
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Panorámica, a collective of Mexican designers, displayed their accessories, made with wood, copper, glass and basalt at ICFF. wearepanoramica.com
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Furniture retailer The Future Perfect has begun manufacturing its own line, including the ultra-plush Kent sofa, by Jason Miller. shop.thefutureperfect.com
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The Essence of Things, an exhibit on emerging Norwegian design, at ICFF.
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Andreas Engesvik's Bunad blankets stood out at the Essence of Things exhibit. Inspired by Norwegian folk costumes, the textiles are woven from 100% pure new wool. mandal-veveri.no
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Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij was recognized as Best New Designer at ICFF, with his collection of extruded plastic furnishings, including the Chubby chair and the Satellite lamp, made from recycled refrigerators. dirkvanderkooij.nl
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Anne Kyyrö Quinn's vibrant bespoke wall coverings at ICFF. annekyyroquinn.com
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Iacoli and McAllister’s fetching metal and cord necklaces started out as an idea for utilizing the offcuts from their furniture and lighting products. iacolimcallister.com
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Vancouver-based Blu Bathworks’ Amanpuri solid surface bathtub, produced in Italy, features recessed shelving units. blubathworks.com
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New York's Rich Brilliant Willing showed Monocle, an LED sconce, at their booth, left; Formlabs, which 3D printed the fixture's acrylic lens, created a model of the light, along with other small pieces, at a nearby stand. richbrilliantwilling.com; formlabs.com
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Synapse light by Alexandra Denton takes its inspiration from the way our brains transmit info – shown as part of Stockholm’s Konstfack University exhibit at ICFF. alexandradenton.com
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Savage Chair by Jay Sae Jung Oh, presented at ICFF as part of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s exhibit on craft and research-based design, is made of jute meticulously affixed over plastic objects. saejungoh.com
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Founded in 2012 by the design firm Rux, Stickbulb is an NYC-based lighting manufacturer that produces variations of its thin, luminous line, in a variety of finishes and woods. stickbulb.com
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The Carrot Concept, a group show of El Salvador design curated by Harry + Claudia Washington and presented by Bernhardt Design at WantedDesign, was full of furniture, textiles and accessories in saturated colours, including the Metal Sheet chair by Marka Moderna. thecarrotconcept.com
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Also at WantedDesign, French crystal house Saint-Louis displayed Paola Navone's Hulotte pendants; and RISD showed off Tanya Aguiniga's Humpback Chair. saint-louis.com; aguinigadesign.com
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Nigeria-based El Anatsui’s largest work to date – Broken Bridge II, originally shown in Paris during the 2012 Triennale – has been installed on the High Line, where it will remain until summer. Measuring 11 by 48 metres, it is made of recycled pressed tin and mirrors.
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Broken Bridge II by El Anatsui.
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At Intro NY, an offsite group show that included Toronto's Castor and London's Very Good and Proper, Council presented the solid wood Divis bench by Mike & Maaike. councildesign.com
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Foscarini inaugurated its SoHo space in a big way, with a colourful installation made of shredded plastic bags by Italian artist Stefano Arienti. foscarini.com
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Barrique, a collection of furniture made out of disused wine barrels in San Patrignano – a community for recovering drug addicts located near Rimini – was displayed in the basement of Poltrona Frau’s SoHo showroom. Shown is Doc by Marc Sadler. poltronafrau.com; sanpatrignano.com
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Naoto Fukasawa’s Grand Papilio armchair and ottoman in natural abaca weave at the B&B Italia showroom on East 58th Street. bebitalia.com
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Artemide’s Greene Street location showcased the IN-EI collection of free-standing and suspended light fixtures, co-developed with Issey Miyake. artemide.net
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Alpi’s spectacular wood laminates were showcased in the sets of door handles created to mark the launch of the company’s new permanent showroom in the SoHo building at 100 Greene Street. alpiwood.com
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New York-based designer Gaetano Pesce joined the Azure-sponsored party in Alpi’s new showroom. alpiwood.com

Just back from New York, Azure editors have combed through hundreds of photos taken at ICFF, WantedDesign and all the other events happening around the city to create this slideshow of our top 30+ product designs, art installations and showroom parties from the week.

At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, big-name manufacturers and up-and-coming designer-makers shared the spotlight, presenting ingenious new products. Nanimarquina, the Spanish rug company, showed off a collection by none other than American graphics legend Milton Glaser; while Norwegian designer Andreas Engesvik won an ICFF Editors award for his Bunad blankets. Pablo, a San Francisco lighting manufacturer, debuted Circa, a flat-panel LED fixture, while Stickbulb, a smaller player out of New York, grabbed attention with its clever lights.

The biggest show offsite, WantedDesign, now in its third year, seems to be growing at an exponential pace. There, the group show Carrot Concept, curated by Harry and Claudia Washington and presented by Bernhardt Design, offered up brightly hued furnishings and fixtures from a motley array of El Salvador designers. Bold colours also shone at the Foscarini showroom, with its shredded plastic bag installation by Stefano Arienti. But the most surprising use of colour was by Alpi. At the launch of its SoHo showroom, an Azure-sponsored event, the Italian manufacturer of reconstituted wood products gave away vibrant door knobs together with Azure-made doortags.

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