As ICFF—or, for our acronym-resistant friends, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair—wraps up, the Fab team reflects on their favorite pieces from this year’s exhibition. Scroll on to see what rose to the top of our professional tastemaker’s lists!
Kast van een Huis Closets
The one thing at ICFF that made my heart jump was the Kast van een Huis, beautiful closets and storage units shaped like Dutch canal houses, from Cool Kids Company. I love them because they’re fun and cute, but also because they’re so functional. They look especially beautiful together, and I like that you can recreate a street in Amsterdam in miniature scale in your own house.
The new Index tables by Jonah Takagi for Council are quietly perfect. As usual with Jonah’s work, they’re simple yet strong—the proportions are considered, the muted color wash doesn’t hide the underlying grain of the wood, and they can be disassembled and shipped flat—a benefit to retailers and buyers alike.
I love this snake because it’s unlike anything I’ve seen in art and design recently. It’s both beautiful and dangerous, familiar and exotic. The colors are brilliant and the scale makes it more than just a decoration: It becomes a presence in the room. The application is something we’re used to seeing in museum exhibition graphics and it’s nice to see it brought into the home.
A change in attitude towards the way we view the exterior, use and furnish it, has resulted in an explosion of contemporary garden products entering the market. This series of planters by Collaboration has all the exclusivity and sophistication of an art gallery display, and will on view at The 23rd Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair ICFF show 14-17 May 2011.
A groundbreaking exhibition committed to displaying the fusion between craftsmanship and design, Wallpaper* Handmade this year will be inspired by the British multinational car manufacturer, Jaguar.
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