Show preview: ICFF and NY Design Week

Show preview: ICFF and NY Design Week

This weekend the International Contemporary Furniture Fair takes Manhattan. Here are a few things – from the likes of Artek, Blu Dot, Herman Miller and Relative Space’s Danish or Don’t show – that we’re looking forward to.

ICFF, which takes place May 19 to 22 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, features an international range of manufacturers, from Copenhagen’s &Tradition to Vancouver’s Bensen, as well as local brands and designers, such as Trove, and Rich, Brilliant Willing. New York Design Week spans the whole city, and includes offsite extravaganzas like Wanted Design and Relative Space’s Danish or Don’t. Here are our top picks in product launches and events to check out:

1. Artek

Harri Koskinen dubbed his series of chairs and tables Lento, or “Flight,” to capture its sense of airiness and buoyancy. For 2012, Koskinen adds a new lounge chair and table to the lightweight wooden collection, which is scaled for both residential and public use.

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2. Bisazza Bagno

Marcel Wanders is behind a new collection for Bisazzo Bagno – a fusion of sleek minimalism and rococo ornament. The collection includes glossy oblong sinks and tubs, mirrors both simple and baroque, boxy cabinetry, and even a showerhead disguised as a chandelier.

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3. Blu Dot

The Scamp Table – a wire table with a glass or marble top – debuts at this year’s ICFF. But Blu Dot is bringing back a classic as well: the Real Good chair (made famous by the Real Good Experiment) was first produced in a stunning limited-edition copper version for ICFF 2009, and now returns for 2012.

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4. Matthew Hilton

Matthew Hilton presents new sizes for existing storage pieces, but the collection’s standout is a new product for 2012, the Horizon Coffee Table. An open-ended volume enclosed in solid wood provides ample storage atop four turned brass legs, while a series of slots admit light and add visual interest.

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5. Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler’s collection for 2012 has a decidedly Mediterranean flavour, with accessories referencing nautical motifs and colours drawn from an Aegean palette. Even furniture gets in on the game, like this retro-ready Okura kidney table, whose top boasts 12 luscious coats of orange laquer.

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6. Herman Miller

Outside the Javits Center, Herman Miller will introduce its new collection in a 560 square-metre pop-up space designed by Bassam Fellows. Located at 68 Wooster in the heart of SoHo, the shop will be open May 9 through July 1, with a collection that includes new fits and finishes and an expansion of Eames Aluminum Group Outdoor.

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7. Danish or Don’t

Relative Space’s NoHo showroom at 2 Bond St. hosts Danish or Don’t, featuring the Copenhagen supergroup KiBiSi, whose ranks include Lars Larsen, Bjarke Ingels and Jens Martin Skibsted. Expect a broad range of designs spanning accessories, cycles, and furniture – like the Ingels-designed Brick sofa, whose stacked cushions were inspired by masonry.

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8. Nouvelle Vague

Located in Chelsea’s Terminal Building, Wanted Design brings together a diverse group of brands and indie designers from Ligne Roset and Design Within Reach to Joe Doucet and David Trubridge. A highlight at this year’s show is Nouvelle Vague, an exhibit-within-an-exhibit of Parisian firms including NOCC’s Hypertrophy Chair and Siamese Coffee Table – subtly anthropomorphised pieces whose magazine-rack arm and additional table top add to both character and function.

ICFF takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from May 19 to 22; New York Design Week takes place in various venues around the city. 

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