16 May 2011

ICFF 2011

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.

Koi Design
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.

8 Jul 2010

Vestibule: Furniture

We’ll need a bench, a mirror, and somewhere to put our keys in the front entrance. I’d be pretty excited to be greeted by any one of these pieces:

Below: Benches by Henry Built

Below: Barber and Osgerby bench

Below: Perry Bench from Room in NYC

Below: Photo by Roger Davies

Below: Argon bench designed by Arik Levy for Bernhardt Design

Below: Toronto-based Bookhou makes some really lovely products. I love the random lines on this steam bent ash wood bench

Below: Photo from Robert Stilin Interior Design

I love the BDDW Captain’s Mirror along with their Lake Drawer, as seen below. Pulltab Design also makes a great all-in-one option with their Entry Mirror. Bottom photo from J.Weiss Design.

Finally, this last photo barely shows a glimpse of the vestibule, but I do really like the wall-mounted drawer featured in the entrance.

26 Nov 2009

Take a seat

My husband and I are undertaking a new project; a sizeable project. We’ve decided to build a house. When we moved to Toronto from New York, we imagined we’d have a slew of places from which to choose. We’d been living in <1000 square feet and imagined unlimited options in Toronto. Not so. We looked for over a year and finally decided to take the plunge and build.

We’re just starting the process. My husband is excited to toil over plans and I’m dreaming of chairs and sofas. I have a thing for chairs. For some reason I’ve always had a thing for chairs. But, I’ve been somewhat nomadic for my adult life and have never felt the urge or need to accumulate.

I still want to keep things simple, and maybe that’s why I fell in love with the loft chair from Bernhardt Design as soon as I saw it. It’s sleek and simple. I love the lines. With our daughter running around at home with crayons in hand, I also love that there’s no upholstery or fuss. When I found out this chair was designed by student, Shelly Shelly, as part of a sponsored studio course at Art Center College of Design, I fell for it even more.