PSFK spotlights our top design pics from the 2011 International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
PSFK spent the last three days scouring the show floor of the Javits Center in NYC and we’ve selected a few of our highlights to kick off review coverage. Overall, this year’s show had a more understated tone and as you will see our selections represent design that is function-driven, use materials creatively and retain a timeless character. We’ll be publishing more in depth articles about these projects in the coming days in addition to other examples of good design that caught our eye during NY design week 2011. Bernhardt Design/aruliden/The School at Columbia University: Tools At School A collaborative project involving forty-five eight grade students who were asked to design the classroom of the future. Objeti 2011 Collection Cleveland, Ohio based furniture design company who’s designs offer a clean modern look with unique functional twists. The products are produced with the help of traditional Amish craftsman. Naber Concept Kitchen: Designed by KilianSchindler A featured pic in the Design Deutschland 2011 exhibition, this concept deconstructs the traditional elements of a kitchen to a minimum while retaining a high degree of function. Mod Products: Lou Concept Brooklyn-based Mod Products debuted a new split toilet seat concept for children. The seat opens three way meeting the different size needs of young children to adults and everyone in between. AMAC: Link Desk Organizer Inspired by a bicycle chain, this modular plastic desktop storage system is made in California. Areaware: Bow Bin Created by German designer Cordula Kehrer for Areaware, they are produced through a fair trade program with NGO Preda by the indigenous Aeta people of the Philippines using sustainably harvested ratan and reclaimed plastic bins. Mumo London-based textile company products soft goods using unconventional materials like fish skin. Jinsheng Wang The second audio sculpture work following up from the unique turntable zen garden and fountains from ICFF 2010. He created a functioning speaker system from tires sourced at tractor swap meets in Pennsylvania.