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NewspaperWood Cabinets by Studio Vij5

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Milan Furniture Fair 2014, Sustainability
NewspaperWood Cabinets by Studio Vij5

Dutch design brand Vij5 has introduced a collection of cabinets partly comprised of NewspaperWood, a composite material they helped develop in 2011 with designer Mieke Meijer. Reversing the wood-to-paper process, NewspaperWood is born of layers of newspapers, which, when rolled and sliced, expose patterning akin to that of wood rings. — Continue reading

A Multicolored Acapulco Chair from NODO

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2014
A Multicolored Acapulco Chair from NODO

The challenge of reinterpreting a tried and true design lies in offering up something original, and Brooklyn-based, Mexican multi-disciplinary design studio NODO has done just that with their version of the winsome Acapulco Chair. A bohemian-happy patio chair that emerged in the 50s in the Mexican resort city after which — Continue reading

Avram Rusu Studio Redefines the Sputnik

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2014
Avram Rusu Studio Redefines the Sputnik

At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) this month, Mid-Century design buffs familiar with the many variations of Sputnik—the starburst-like pendant light that came of age during America’s Space Race—will have stopped at least twice to view the lighting models presented by Avram Rusu Studio. The New York design studio, — Continue reading

The ‘FollowMe’ Portable LED Lamp from Marset

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2014
The ‘FollowMe’ Portable LED Lamp from Marset

Spanish brand Marset has introduced a portable, chargeable LED lamp that holds up to 20 hours of stored power once fully charged. Aimed specifically at areas, both indoors and out, where power outlets aren’t readily accessible, designer Inma Bermúdez’ FollowMe, which is expected to be available later this summer, is — Continue reading

Quirk & Rescue’s Wallpaper Optics

Categories: Art + Graphics, ICFF 2014, Modern Decor + Objects
Quirk & Rescue’s Wallpaper Optics

When a dash of retro-centric flair is called for, optically dizzying wallpapers from Quirk & Rescue may offer a solution or two. The London design studio, who we discovered at ICFF this year, specializes in a range of home products which count typography and graphic design among its influences, along — Continue reading

Cloud Chandeliers by Apparatus Studio

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2014
Cloud Chandeliers by Apparatus Studio

Examples of great design are plentiful enough, but show-stoppers are harder to come by. A show-stopper, by any definition, this past week at ICFF, was the Cloud chandelier by New York design studio Apparatus. The duo behind Apparatus—Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson—have managed to parlay their love of vintage details — Continue reading

KinderGROUND Modular Carpeting

Categories: ICFF 2014, Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects
KinderGROUND Modular Carpeting

At ICFF this past week, we were duly wowed by the striking designs presented by kinderGROUND, the Manhattan-based modular carpeting studio whose products are “designed for children, yet loved by all ages.” And little wonder, considering the graphically sophisticated, yet child-friendly, flooring options kinderGROUND offers. Employing three basic shapes—hexagon, diamond, — Continue reading

ICFF Preview: Urban Wall Coverings by ConcreteWall

Categories: ICFF 2014
ICFF Preview: Urban Wall Coverings by ConcreteWall

Thanks to Instagram obsessives, loft dwellers, and the growing mainstream popularity of street artists, urban details—grimy brick walls, graffiti tags, exposed concrete—have gradually worked their way into our esthetic consciousness. ConcreteWall, makers of bespoke wall coverings, are among the recent brands to capitalize on faux grittiness, with a range of — Continue reading

David Trubridge Debuts New Lights in Frankfurt

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Light+Building 2014, Trade Shows
David Trubridge Debuts New Lights in Frankfurt

Visitors lucky enough to be attending this week’s Light+Building design fair in Frankfurt will get an enlightening eyeful of David Trubridge. The New Zealand-based designer will be launching two new lighting designs amidst a characteristically sumptuous booth installation anchored by a giant site-specific illuminated “tree.” Trubridge’s two new launches (pictured — Continue reading

Maison et Objet: Faceted Stationery for Lexon

Categories: Maison et Objet 2014, Modern Decor + Objects, Trade Shows
Maison et Objet: Faceted Stationery for Lexon

Proving that the market for desktop stationery remains strong is this suite of chunky, colorful utilitarian items the British designer Samuel Wilkinson created for Lexon, and introduced at Maison et Objet earlier this week. The Babylon collection of six injection molded plastic items—pen and holder; stapler; scissors; tape dispenser; and — Continue reading

Maison et Objet: Kyoto Sideboard by Colonel

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Maison et Objet 2014, Trade Shows
Maison et Objet: Kyoto Sideboard by Colonel

French brand Colonel has shown a new sideboard design, which it’s named Kyoto, at Maison et Object in Paris this week, a beautifully constructed piece that clearly shows its Japanese influence. “Kyoto is inspired by partitions found in the Ryokan, traditional Japanese inns. When they cross, doors form a set — Continue reading

Maison et Objet 2014: Kartell’s Bourgie Lamp Turns 10

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Maison et Objet 2014, Trade Shows
Maison et Objet 2014: Kartell’s Bourgie Lamp Turns 10

The Maison et Objet design fair kicked off in Paris last week, and Kartell unveiled something new for the occasion. In celebration of the 10th birthday of the Italian brand’s wild (and wildly successful) Bourgie Lamp, Kartell invited its team of 14 designers to reinterpret the lamp, a fanciful design — Continue reading

Maison et Objet Preview: Rocking Clock by Alessandro Zambelli

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Maison et Objet 2013, Trade Shows
Maison et Objet Preview: Rocking Clock by Alessandro Zambelli

Alessandro Zambelli has deisgned a ‘rocking’ clock for Italian brand Diamantini & Domeniconi that makes its debut at Maison et Objet in Paris later this week. Ipno, named for Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep, has an internal pendulum that moves back and forth to keep the clock, with its — Continue reading

Headliner

Categories: ICFF 2013, Modern Decor + Objects
Headliner

At 83, Milton Glaser still knows how to stay design-relevant. The only graphic designer to have ever been awarded a National Medal of Arts (in 2009), he was also making news at ICFF 2013 recently. The Barcelona carpet brand Nanimarquina launched a collection of 3 wool carpets designed by Glaser, — Continue reading

Cover Story

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2013
Cover Story

Hans Wegner’s instantly recognizable Shell chair, designed in 1963, turns 50 this year, and Carl Hansen & Son, the Danish manufacturer with exclusive rights to produce the chair, has found a way to celebrate the chair’s lasting influence in extravagant style. They’ve teamed up with textile maker Maharam to introduce a new — Continue reading

Trend Alert: Oversized Lighting

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2013
Trend Alert: Oversized Lighting

One of the more talked about lighting stories at ICFF 2013 last week was Tom Dixon’s giant laser-cut Punch Ball XL pendant globe, which hung at something like 6 ft in diameter suspended above his booth, keeping watch over the laser cutting equipment that gave birth to it. Technology notwithstanding, the truth — Continue reading

More from ICFF 2013

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2013, Modern Decor + Objects
More from ICFF 2013

ICFF 2013 may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’ve moved on. We still have, needless to say, lots more to say about the most important modern design gathering in North America—and plenty more to share with you. Here, a few more snapshots of new and exciting names, along with — Continue reading

Lukki Ones

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2013
Lukki Ones

Making its North American debut at ICFF 2013 was Lukki, a reissued furniture series by Artek that was introduced in Milan earlier this spring. The four tubular steel and birch plywood pieces that comprise the Lukki line—3 chairs and a stool—were designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara over a 6-year period, spanning 1951-1956, — Continue reading

Fine Shape

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2013
Fine Shape

If the 2013 ICFF handed out an award for the most photogenic (and most photographed) piece of furniture, it would surely have gone to Carlo Aiello’s jaw-dropping Parabola Chair. Already the winner of the 2013 ICFF Studio Award prior to arriving in New York for the trade show, this chrome-plated steel stunner — Continue reading

Pouf Positive

Categories: Art + Graphics, ICFF 2013, Modern Decor + Objects
Pouf Positive

When Andy Warhol decided to create exact replicas of Brillo scouring pad boxes, of all things, back in 1964, it’s safe to say he wasn’t envisioning anyone sitting on them. But somehow, we think Warhol would have appreciated Fab’s booth at ICFF 2013 this week, where Brillo Box Poufs, a — Continue reading