Earlier this month was the (still unofficial) New York Design Week, surrounding the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Jacob Javits center in NYC. I spent just about every waking moment ingesting as much design as the city could offer... from the trade show floor to Soho and Noho and back again!
I spotted a few Character Approved trends this year, not to mention a lot of really great design. Check out some of my favorites below:
We loved the colorful Kohler booth showcasing--what else?--the new Jonathan Adler collection. The cast iron sink collection will be available in four "happy chic" colors: Greenwich Green, Palermo Blue, Annapolis Navy, and Piccadilly Yellow.
Another huge trend this year was marble, but used in modern ways. These wire-base tables from Blu Dot were a perfect example of how to do the modern marble trend right.
Herman Miller teamed up with Cranbrook Academy of Art students to create works that promote rest and concentration in the workplace. I know, you're probably thinking the same thing as me: "Is that actually possible?" Yes! These designs really did make me want to take a rest, but the problem then becomes getting back to work!
Symbol Audio, a brand company, new makes handcrafted modern audio HIFI consoles and vinyl LP storage cabinets.
NY wallpaper company Flavor Paper launched a great line of wallpaper designed to look like toile but upon closer inspection you'll see scenes from Brooklyn.
In the Noho Design District at The Future Perfect, designer Lindsey Adelman showed a series of gorgeous hand-blown glass lamps with giant gold industrial clamps, glass stalactites, and mushroom-inspired candlesticks.
Newcomers Urbio launched their modular wall tiles, magnetized to hold movable storage containers perfect for wall gardens, supplies, or tools.
Designer Todd Bracher teamed up with 3M Architectural Markets on a mind-blowing installation at the off-site Wanted Design show. Believe it or not, there are only a handful of LEDs in this entire installation but the units are designed to reflect the light off of one another, minimizing the need for many bulbs.
NYC-based designers Brad Ascalon and Frederick McSwain (AM) launched a new collection of objects made from solid aluminum for Santa Barbara company Neal Feay Styudio, in a series of exhibitions around the city. The patterns in the metal created the illusion of being lightweight.
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