I just returned from a fabulous NYC weekend and a great visit to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. It’s always fun to walk around ICFF and I really felt the need to get back to New York for a bit. A little dirt and smog is good for my soul, it seems. I’m totally recharged.
Here are some of my favourite finds from the show:
Tools at School
I love that Bernhardt Design paired up with studio Aruliden and 44 eighth grade students from The School at Columbia University to re-invent school desks and furniture. You’ve got to love New York, where else would you get that sort of opportunity as a 14 year old?
Rich Brilliant Willing
I fell for the Quart floor lamp by Rich Brilliant Willing. So sleek and compact. I’ve been looking for a floor lamp with a small base and this one definitely caught my eye.
Wästberg debuted some of their newest lights to the North American market at the show. Hard to narrow down my favourites, but the Van Severen floor lamp and table lamps by Claesson Koivisto Rune would certainly be up there.
BENSEN had their Radius table on display, which made me do a double take. Stunning. I love the thin profile and simple lines of this piece.
That BENSEN table would look seriously nice with Weplight’s Emilia pendant hanging overhead. Weplight is an Argentinian based lighting company that displayed some really beautiful pendants made out of various wood finishes. Customs sizes are available, but I had my eye on the 63″ diameter Emilia pendant in Ash.
While I’m at it, I’d add some of Wilkhahn‘s Chassis chairs to the mix (in black) – designed by Stefan Diez. As you might know by now, I have a thing for chairs. I also have young kids. Sadly the two don’t always (usually) mix. So I have a laundry list of pieces that I’d love to get sometime down the road, but for now, I have to be a tad practical. The Chassis has great lines, but also a surface that can withstand a meal with 3 year olds.
After the show, I took a stroll down to the meatpacking district for a walk along the Highline and a quick bite at The Standard. I was motivated after chatting with British designer Kirsten Jones who told me that her K:2 chairs were used at the hotel. These chairs are unique, beautifully made and really comfortable. Same goes for the Isola lounge chair which is also on my wish list.
It was a bit of a whirlwind visit, but has already got me thinking about when to return. It’s nice to only an hour flight away.