PSFK Interviews ICFF Designers: Shawn Littrell

PSFK Interviews ICFF Designers: Shawn Littrell
Arts & Culture

An American designer speaks about the importance of ICFF to a growing American design movement.

Stephanie Pottinger
  • 11 may 2011

This week, PSFK will be interviewing a variety of designers — both established and up-and coming, to give a preview of what to look forward to at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), taking place this Friday through Monday in NewYork. This year, the majority of designers will be displaying their work at the Jacob K. Javits center, and we’ve asked them to give us some insights into what they will bedisplaying, their design process, where to find them in the center, and which booths they’ll be checking out in their free time.

We asked Shawn Littrell to share some thoughts and images about his work and the work of others with us.

What are you preparing to show at this year’s ICFF?

I am showing a new lounge collection called Aline. It reinterprets the idea of the tufted sofa by simply aligning and stacking linear cushions together.

How would you briefly describe your design process?

I would say it is a balance of reflecting on the past and looking towards the future.

Have any recent design trends influenced your current work?

There has been so much happening in the world of design over the last few years that it’s hard to find a trend that isn’t influencing me or other designers. That is the nature of design right now. It’s called instant access and everyone has it. It’s just a matter of applying it to your own design process.

Who are the designers whose work you will definitely be checking out at the show?

If I may use the plural of designer, I am going to be checking out what Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are up to. They always strike the balance creating innovative designs that are also smart and appropriate for the companies that they work with. I’ll be stopping by Vitra as well.

Do you feel the ICFF show is evolving in a way which keeps pace with the design industry?

From the perspective of an American designer I see the ICFF evolving into a great venue for the incredible American design movement that is happening right now. American designers and design collectives have really made a big push at the ICFF in the last few years. I think a big reason for this is because GLM and Bernhardt Design have reached out to the American design community through the ICFF Studio, and the response has finally hit the tipping point.

Where will you be exhibiting during this year’s ICFF?

I’m showing at the ICFF Studio, booth 874.

Thanks, Shawn!

Shawn Littrell

As the culmination of all our ICFF coverage, PSFK will be hosting a Salon on the Future of Design featuring the editors of top design websites. The event will take place this Friday the 13th from 8:30 to 11am at Soho House.

Click here for details.


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