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icff 2009: the british are coming (& so is paige russell)

by Grace Bonney

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whew. to say that i’m already ready for the weekend would be a massive understatement. i managed to get ICFF done in one day (that’s gotta be some sort of record for me) but then spent all day and night editing through over 1200 pictures to find the best pictures of the best products. this year’s show didn’t necessarily blow me away with creativity and innovation, but in such a down economy it was nice to see many of my favorite designers and design studios still thriving. but first up today are the brits- my picks for ‘best in show‘. for me, their focus on interesting (and a lot of ‘found’) materials, texture and a slightly DIY attitude made them my favorite part of the show. out of the 6 hours i spent at icff, i spend 2 with just the british designers. yep, they were that good. [images above and below by the lovely ladies of miss print]

so today i’ll be covering my favorites from the british section (as well as a few extra international designers), and of course, since it’s sneak peek day, we have a fantastic sneak peek coming up at 2pm today. it’s a HUGE peek in terms of beautiful images so we’re going to let it stand alone today. so, be sure to check back for that at 1pm- it’s a must- see.

i also want to welcome designer and ceramicist paige russell to the d*s guest blog! i’m so thrilled to have paige’s thoughts on the site this week, so click here to check out her first 2 posts.… check back tomorrow for paige’s guest blog posts!

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