The 25th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) ends its run in New York City tomorrow but not without showcasing the latest and greatest in contemporary design. Taking place at New York City’s Javitz Center, this premier design event has grown to embrace cutting edge home wares, plumbing hardware and toys, from its original focus (although still prominent) on modern design in functional furniture. A Saturday afternoon at the ICFF had us really appreciating the interesting seating creations. Hey, what can we say? We’re suckers for cool chair design.
Australian designer Toby Nowland made eco-friendly creations from Kirei Board, a light but durable wood alternative produced from plastic scraps pressed together. His pieces are created flat and then assembled by folding and “buttoning” the sides together.
Folditure chairs are an exploration in innovation, durability and practicality. Designed by Alexander Gendell in Hoboken, New Jersey, chairs and tables are not only sturdy and useable, but with one swift click, they can be folded up and hung in your closet.
Oregon student-designer Katie Lee’s “6 Shades Of Grey” Triangle Chair is a winning submission in the 2013 WilsonArt Chair Challenge. The task challenged designers to incorporate WilsonArt laminate tiles into a comfortable, usable chair.
Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij is making waves in the design world with his manufacturing methods. Using 3D printing technology, Vander Kooij builds his chairs using materials stripped from old refrigerators among other sources.
Brooklyn’s HorganBecket is run by husband and wife team Gregory Horgan and Caycee Becket. The industrial designers focus on locally sourced materials to create their colorful, useable pieces.
We were awed by the small but powerful design teams that took over the Javitz Center during ICFF this weekend. So many of these companies consist of no more than one, two, or three people in a workshop, hammering away every day and night. The DIY drive is strong, and it’s always great to see when people recognize the importance and joy of following that pull to create.