Prismatic colour has been infiltrating furniture design for some time now. But at NYCxDesign, pastel hues permeated the most impervious of materials. At the Matter showroom, Federica Elmo’s Ondamarmo table boasted an uneven multichromatic finish that seemed airbrushed onto its Carrara surface. A standout from the young designers at ICFF Studio, Chapel Petrassi’s polished aluminum Gaby tables feature tops that morph in hue from pastel green to red or light blue to rose. Even in more practical realms, bold colour was embraced: Witness Kast Concrete Basins’ latest sinks in a range of eye-popping shades.
Here, in living colour, are four favourite examples:
For her Memphis-evoking marble table, shown at Matter, Federica Elmo developed a 3D inkjet printing process that uses liquid paint. The result is ethereal. mattermatters.com
Chapel Petrassi (Marie-Charlotte Bassi and Diego Petroso) dazzled at ICFF Studio with this vibrant coffee table. Handcrafted in Italy, it has a wood base clad in golden-mirror aluminum. chapelpetrassi.com
British brand Kast Concrete Basins presented its new collection – Iva, Luna and Otto – in a spectrum of 28 colours that play up the sinks’ horizontal, vertical and diagonal fluting. kastconcretebasins.com
Roughly chopped firewood was the starting point for these stools that Rickard Whittingham designed for Tools for Everyday Life, a project from the Northumbria School of Design, shown at ICFF. Matte milk paint – in a palette inspired by workshop machinery – “somewhat tames” the Creepies, according to Whittingham. toolsforeverydaylife.com
At ICFF and beyond, classic materials – wood, concrete, marble – were reimagined in rainbow hues.