So, last week most of the HGTV.com editorial team headed to NYC to soak up four days of contemporary and ultra-modern design at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Liz, Briana, Camille, Farima and I all covered 145,000-square-feet of space and talked with hundreds of designers, retailers and manufacturers from all over the globe. It. Was. Exhausting. And so much fun! We met Jonathan Adler, bumped into our very own Jamie Durie (who turned us all into giggling fools) and picked up some incredible design trends that we can’t wait to share with you all. But with more than 500 exhibitors, we were bound to pass a few unique and odd pieces worth passing along, since we’re pretty sure you won’t be finding any of these in your local furniture shops. Of course we saw plenty of functional, innovative and clever furnishings, but these are purely design for design’s sake. Ready to see? Here we go!
A Structural Pavilion Created From Sustainable Fabric: I was completely and utterly mesmerized by this canopy that I noticed within the first few minutes of entering the conference on day one. Design students from Parsons The New School for Design took fabric off a chair and upcycled each piece to form this dreamy structure. Imagine installing this in your outdoor space and hiding from the sun with a good book. Sigh…
A Chandelier Made From Strands of Velcro: “Velcro: it’s not just for your KangaROOS shoes. It can also be your chandelier, and a beautiful one at that. These are custom made-to-order — the designer lives in Ireland but sells a lot in London and NYC, too.” — Liz Gray
Textured Wallpaper With Touchable Fringe: “When I first saw this wallpaper, I immediately thought of the flapper costume I wore a few years ago for Halloween. I can totally see it in a swanky bar in Las Vegas. Nevertheless, it was one of the most memorable pieces of the show for me.” — Farima Alavi
The Ultra-Contemporary Chair With a Mysterious Look: “When I rounded the corner and saw this chair, it gave me the creepy crawlies, like something small, dark and poisonous had infiltrated my personal space. But my reaction only makes sense when you learn the name: the Scorpio chair!” — Liz Gray
Embarakiya: The Human Floor Lamp: “While walking by this lamp, I thought to myself: ‘Where the heck is the music coming from?‘ Then I realized it was coming from the lamp man’s chest — so unexpected! What I loved most about it was that the designer incorporated his culture into the design by dressing the mannequin in traditional Kuwait clothing called dishdasha. It was great to get a little cultural lesson while at the show.” — Farima Alavi
Modern Studio Furniture … With a Twist: I know you’re looking at that chair on the right, but first let me talk about the one on the left. Inspired by the Windows 3D pipes screensaver (you know the one), BRC Designs created “The American Pipe Dream Collection” — an armchair and coffee table composed of half-inch copper piping that has been sautered together to create a maze-like appearance.
Now, the chair on the right. Where do I begin? Well, the collection is called “Risen in 30 Days,” so each piece of furniture is created by pouring concrete into holes in the ground for 30 days. During this time the underground furniture mold forms each unique piece as the concrete hardens. The pieces then “rise to life” and are stained to get that (seriously) creepy zombie look. So, don’t worry — that red hue is paint. Whew!
So, friends, have you come across any eyebrow-raising designs recently? Share them with us in the comments below!