design shows

icff 2007: part two

by Grace Bonney

today is my second day of icff coverage- i thought i could get it into two days but i’m going to have to do a third day on friday- i don’t want to run everything off the page so stay tuned on friday for surtex and the last day of icff. what follows below are more highlights from the show and well as some additional projects from designers we talked about on monday. i’ll be doing more in-depth coverage of some of these icff artists over the new few weeks so stay tuned for that. hope you enjoy everything- and, as always, if you’d like to skip this and go straight to full-sized photo slideshow just click here to do so. (owl lamp above by designer rick lee)

this beautiful horn chandelier from ochre was the first piece i saw at the show- it would be such a gorgeous addition to a dramatic dining room.

most everyone i talked to at the show fell hard for this little noguchi lamp- it wasn’t a new piece but it had such a sweetness about it.

lace votives at the juju booth.

i loved this piece- you just stick in a piece of toast and the “zuze” machine prints/toasts a pattern on the bread line by line. designed by inseq design.

beautiful new wallpaper from palace papers.

new shelving from areaware

i loved the way the ercole booth draped these small chandeliers on a mirror. such a nice touch…

draw on your wallpaper with rollout‘s custom wallpaper.

colorful botanical lighting from noodle.

additional pieces from risd’s seriously kick-butt exhibition in conjunction with swarovski- “lawn kitsch” lawn chair by alex spain-strombom, a “winged chandelier” by kallie weinkle, crystal-studded arm chair by james lear.

i was beyond thrilled to meet the lovely ladies of loyal loot collective. i’ve been a fan of theirs for a few years now so i couldn’t resist buying some of their log bowls at the desigboom mart. the wooden decorative collars were cool, too. i noticed david keeps of the LA Times eyeing them…

the winners of umbra’s pratt competition…

i’m desp. trying to find info on this booth. for some reason i can’t find my card for it– these wallpaper patterns from soon design are made up of photographs of women, but from afar they just look like geometric patterns. so cool.

more risd work: ann adams’ “amorphous lamps” and alex spain-stromborn’s silk and crystal piece.

i’m a sucker for a fabric sandwich. this fun little guy and the beautiful table and stools were from thout design.

new work from timorous beasties.

chair from mike and maaike.

new furniture from autobahn– i loved the little gold basket side table.

beautiful powder-coated aluminum stools from designer jonathan nesci of hale furniture.

one of the best kids’ pieces at the show- a convertible high chair by age design. you can flip the piece around 360 degrees and it becomes either a high chair or a “big kid” seat.

as always, kstudio showed some really lovely work at icff. i loved shelly’s new “people” dolls and the two-sided pillows with images of people and pets. such a nice progression in her work- and of course the stitching and color choices were impeccable.

i love love loved the embroidered detail on this bedding from flou.

let me preface this by saying i think this is a seriously scary couch, but it was too crazy not to post. it just screams “I AM A GIANT ORANGE VELVETY SQUIGGLY SOFA!” (from edra)

lovely button/light installation that was part of the house creatures booth (a project by the faculty of design and art at the free university of bozen in italy).

beautiful woodworking from hida japan.

i loved this twised wooden lighting and the pretty fuschia chair from essenze.

“three” tripod lighting from hans and franz.

crystal drop lighting from refer + staer.

i love a big chunky gem- these resin paperweight/sculptures were from designer john torreano.

i’m a big chrissy angliker fan so i was psyched to see her updated “peace button”. this one requires a bit more dedication though- you’re meant to sew it onto your shirt or bag or use it as a subsitute button for clothing. very cool.

very, very cool hand-painted jewelry from bethan laura wood of wood uk.

“snow tree” netted lighting from suhyun hwang.

lovely new modern birdhouses from jed crystal– always one of my favorites at the show.

i love the play on this baroque style mirror, but updated with a corkboard finish. from designer julian mayor.

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  • Yowza! SO much amazing stuff, you must ahve had a ball Grace. Great pictures and lovely choices.

  • I’ve just run across your blog and had to comment on all of the amazing photos. My fav is the embroidered bedding and the orange squiggly sofa. Awesome.

    Toni :)

  • Thanks so much for all the effort you put into sharing with us! Hugely appreciated.

  • Wow some brilliant pieces here. Love the amorphous lamps. Question. How much overlap is there between the show in Milan and this one in NY. Wondering for example if Jaime Hayon was in both or only one in Milan? k

  • Gosh. So many wonderful things to ooh and aah over! I agree, those highchairs and the owl lamp are awesome!

  • thanks you so much for those! I discovered so many designers I love! Very inspiring

  • thanks guys, glad you liked it.

    as for milan overlap- i’d say about 40% overlaps- but it tends to be some of the most memorable furniture that overlaps, so it felt like more. but there was plenty to see that didn’t feel like milan, so that was good ;)


  • good god, this is a cool site.

    i love all the fun, simple, and very thoughtful items. amazing.

  • thank you for all the pictures!
    I’m exhausted just to watch the photos, so I can guess what you are :)

  • the link you posted for thout design – took me to a page that locked me in, wouldn’t let me off, and started to transfer info from adclick and other spyware sites. Please remove your link!! (yes, I realize this is an old post, but hey, I found it so someone else may.)