The show at Javits is over and the parties have all ended. The popularity of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and NY Design Week have grown steadily over the past few years. I’ve been going to the show for ten years now and I’ve seen it change a lot. While ICFF is clearly supposed to be about furniture, it says so in the name, last year there were a flood of new and innovative materials that took the spolight. This year furniture seemed to come back if in a timid way.
We saw lots of inspiring geometric shapes, more restraint with color and pattern, and a trend towards more Scandinavian inspired aesthetics. There’s some really exciting design coming from American companies of all sizes. We particularly liked Bernhardt’s new Global Collection and that they brought back the Design Studio featuring a new batch of talented young designers. Blu Dot and DucDuc impressed us with their originality.
There were tons of offsite events this year. Most with the exception of Moss were more hype than substance. Moss transformed the original store at 146 Greene St into a showroom for Italian furniture maker Moroso and American textile producer Maharam. We’ll miss the old shop but look forward to what Moss comes up with next.
We’ve put together two inspirational photo galleries from the weekend. One from the ICFF show floor at Javits. The other a collection from the offsite design week events we visited.