A coast-to-coast look at the work of young American furniture designers from the 2011 ICFF.

The first initial of ICFF may stand for International but this year’s show was well represented by American design talent. We’ve selected five coast-to-coast examples of young designers who collectively represent a view of the current state of contemporary American furniture design. Their work results from a balanced consideration of function, craftsmanship, utility, and style.

Beverly Hills based Nolen Niu debuted several new pieces at the show. Among them was the Fold Bed designed to essentially ship flat. The panels that make up the frame clip together with no tools needed. Niu’s motivation to create the Fold Bed came after a survey of others on the market which all seemed complicated to assemble. Coordinating side tables with concealed drawers can be added. All of Nolen Niu’s furniture is made in America.

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