Chair Design is in Full Drive at ICFF in New York City


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Made from car and bicycle parts by The ReCycler, a two-person team based in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, known for their one-of-a-kind creations.

Made from car and bicycle parts by The ReCycler, a two-person team based in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, known for their one-of-a-kind creations.

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.

  • Adger Smith

    Unique Designs !!! But the second last design made by Dirk Vander Kooij is really awesome. Just really loved it. Thanks for sharing such a nice post. I would also wanted to share some information about leading orthopaedic chair manufacturers in United Kingdom

  • Anani

    Really liking the foldable chairs in the second photo. The red chair has very unique design; with some comfy cushions, it could be a nice lounge chair. The rest are equally as innovative :)

  • Crystal Holt

    That red chair is sick! That black chair is too but could have been photographed better. Beautiful work.

  • Morgan D

    Love to see these original works! I think a unique chair can bring so much to a room or space. The HorganBecket pieces are my favorite. I love the beautiful wood with the pop of color, gorgeous!!

  • Rachel Morrell

    I’m loving these posts about chairs! I think they are so over seen when really they can be used as a statement piece! We are on the constant search for new bar stools and really haven’t been able to pick any to purchase. We’ve been looking on as well but it’s difficult to find a set like we need. I’m thinking we should re think what kind of chairs we want and go for something bolder! thanks for the inspiration!