ICFF May 20-23, 2018 at The Javits Center

Posted: March 13, 2019 in design, gifts, NYC Art Shows, Uncategorized
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The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is a global design platform for North America that exhibits the best and latest furniture, carpets, lighting, wall coverings, textiles and kitchen products, with  over 900 exhibitors and more than 38,000 consumers from all over the globe.

With so many cool artifacts and designers to choose from, I had to pick not only the best but also the most unique products that made the biggest impression on me.

I was first drawn to a giant Ursa Major cardboard bear sculpture. It was created by a company called Grand Image They put together custom installation pieces made for the show. The company  is a multi-disciplinary studio of designers, artists and fabricators. They provide design products with a focus on hospitality and healthcare for multi-family residential and corporate environments. Grand Image  is a company that creates unique art collections for all your projects.

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Grand Image

Next is a French design company, No Taste For Bad. They were located in a huge room  with unique furniture designs and drawings.
The designer, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, was there in person to show his latest creations. He was commissioned to devise a poetic stenographic concept emphasizing the excellence of French art de vivre. He has always possessed a cross-cutting vision and has never believed in boundaries between fashion, art, architecture and design. His creative passion embraces pop culture in his work. He gave a talk and held a press conference that was one of the main highlights of the show.

 Jean -Charles  De Castelbajac – No Taste For Bad

And then there is the student design competition. Each year Wilsonart sponsors a semester where  students are challenged to create a unique chair using Wilsonart laminate, where the winning chair and runners up are displayed at the ICFF Wilsonart booth #2211.
And so, this year Kincaid Pearson’s chair, titled Holey Blue, was the one that I thought was the best of all the student chairs. His piece is an abstract representation of being in the woods in the evening when the tree branches create a silhouette reaching across the night sky.
His chair is an environment that surrounds the sitter, recreating the sense of being isolated as one gets to walk alone in the woods. Kincaid’s chair creates dark poetry!

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Kincaid Pearson

And, lastly, two sisters, Camila and Veronica Burbano, have created a company called Insolitio. They have designed very colorful and creative chairs. One in particular was inspired by a colorful plant in the amazon called heliconia. These chairs seem to look also like a silhouette of a bird. They can be used for a living room or as a statement for the home or commercial spaces. The canvas fabric is very resistant and comes in a
variety of prints and colors.

Camila and Veronica Burbano – Insolitio

And so, the ICFF show might be considered a huge commercial furniture show, but its main purpose is to showcase some of the most creative aspects of designers worldwide!

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