design shows

icff 2008: part three

by Grace Bonney

i couldn’t resist this shot- we covered bart’s furniture from studio cochineal last week but his facial hair was seriously the talk of everyone i ran into.

i always have a big design crush on thomas paul. this time it was for creating a booth decoration (not for resale, sniff sniff) that was one of my favorites- his custom bikini chair cover was a fun way to introduce a line of textiles that are coming out soon. he’s also launching a line of prints (second photo) due out soon…

if i had to name a top three favorite booths of the show, mey and boaz kahn‘s would be one of them. based in israel, my and boaz exhibited at the designboom mart and showed these incredible ‘fragile’ accessories that are designed to be broken. it’s a fairly simple idea, but such a fun one to have as the central concept of a design. rather than worrying about breaking something and losing function, these objects must be broken in order to be functional. the top piece is a salt and pepper shaker that’s filled at either end and then snapped in half so you can pour the salt + pepper out. the second piece is a necklace that, when broken, will lay flat like a proper necklace. i could have sat at this booth, braking things, all day.

amuneal manufacturing thought of a really creative way to showcase their manufacturing and construction skills- they designed this 3-d model inspired by a scene from nature. all of the birds cast such incredible shadows around the space when lit from above. i wish i was able to capture the feel of this booth more accurately but it was such a welcoming space.

i loved this over-sized lamp from johnny swing. if i had a space large enough and modern enough for this (and the bank account to match) it would definitely be on my wish list.

judy ross always has a beautiful collection to debut at icff: this year she introduced beautiful embroidered aalto stool covers and a lovely series of textile room dividers.

my poorly organized bag-o-press kits is failing me right now and i can’t find the information on this soft stool- but it was part of the italian section and i’ll do my best to track down the name asap. i just thought the colors were fantastic- for the most part there was a lot of color at the show and the italians always know how to do color well.

new soft, sculptural pieces from canada’s molo design. their booths always have such an other-worldly quality to them- it felt like stepping into the clouds.

kristina was surprised that i liked these pieces, but i was totally into john beck steel‘s lighting. i have a soft spot for those antique filament bulbs so that combined with the mesh-wire on the outside had me from hello. i’d love to have a long line of them over a home bar or dining room. they cast the perfect mood-y light.

wallpaper design studio madison & grow was a big hit among most of the fair-goers i talked to- and rightfully so. designer teresa grow is an architectural color consultant and her expertise was instantly recognizable- the colors were very strongly matched and really stood out from a far. sadly the lighting was a little low in the booth so my shots don’t do them justic. you can click here for more on their work.

i loved the legs on this table from moooi– they had an almost comic-like feel to them but when paired with everything else at the booth they came across as super modern and cool.

new wallpaper and textile designs from timorous beasties.

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