ICFF Favourites Part 3: Flexibility and Furnishings

One of the main trends that we discovered at the recent ICFF in NYC was the flexibility that a lot of the products offered.  Pieces often offered customizable solutions after the client purchases the product. For e.g., the Shuffle end table by Ameico, the bench by Myungseo Kang, and the bassinet/rocker by Koo all transform depending on aesthetic or purpose.  Regardless of whether these pieces are well suited for kids rooms, the concept of modifiable design is very compelling to us.  We even saw a few light fixtures (see Part 1 of this series) that offered the option of future modification by owner.
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Packaging concerns:  Apparently designers and clients alike have started to "talk" about shipping costs, especially when products are shipped assembled.  By reducing packaging we are definitely benefitting the environment with less paper and stuffing, increased product per shipment, and less weight.  We are also adding to the owner’s appreciation by encouraging physical activity and stimulating brain activity J The eDesk by d.e.Sellers and their myriad of folding items, and the SheetSeat by ICFF Studio designer, Ufuk Keskin are forward thinking examples of flexibility and packaging.
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Another wonderful trend is the combination of wood and metal.  As you know wood is especially dear to me, even more so when its recycled. Combining it with natural metal, as opposed to polished, brushed or whatever, really creates an understated edgy expression.  See these gorgeous product pieces by Tod Von Mertens from New Hampshire. Perfect for a couple’s space don’t you think!
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And metal alone is not a trend but organic shapes made from one singular sheet is a different story.  We absolutely loved the chairs by British designer Deon Ludeman Design from the Uk.  The model versions were a hit (and all sold out) while the orchid seat prototype below was our favorite.  The continuous, sinuous, flexible and springy nature of the Slinky coffee table by BRC Designs was pure fun. I can only see specifying this for a client with a great sense of humor though.
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Green has become the norm and designers tend to not "throw" the term around anymore as everything we think about has to have some environmental consciousness behind it.  Our thoughts are now green.  But I had to mention these re-purposed/up-cycled leather belts turned tiles by Ting, which made their debut a few years back, but still managed to impress me.  My curiousity is still peaked though regarding this endless supply of used belts?
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The remaining items were just beautiful for beauty’s sake or just plain fun:

1. End tables by Plywood office & 2. Loop Sofa by Arper
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3. Antler handlebars by BiKing & 4. Media Unit by the Bomb Factory Furniture
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5. The Ledge, Emergency Cocktail Station, and Credenza by Urbancase
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6. The pouf and ottoman by Ronel Jordan Textiles sold by Amaridian
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All in all we had a great time walking the showroom floor, sourcing both product and inspiration.  Hope you too are equally inspired. Til next time!