We take a look at some of the new furniture and products that were shown at the 2011 International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
We had no idea what whimsical, colorful surprises were in store for us this year at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Splashes of lime, magenta and teal dotted the convention center landscape, making up the color scheme of the moment for carpets, pillows, and wall decorations. We spotted almost an entire zoo of animals, from Yuki Matsuoka’s massive cardboard giraffe statue, to Katherine Ladd’s playful stuffed lion and cow cushions. Retro-themed ipad and ipod docks that looked like fifties TVs and radios stood out against the multitude of modern, streamlined furniture. Designs from larger Scandinavian firms like Wästberg and Artek may have stolen all of the Editors’ Awards, but hidden gems from lesser-known designers made our day. Here’s a selection of our favorite entries.
Made from linen, these Marimekko-ish pillows were super cute. Katherine Ladd was inspired by her travels to West Africa to create Claude the Lion and other pillows decorated with traditional West African imagery.
Plumen is a stylish version of the compact florescent light bulb.
These bespoke rugs by Anita Bell for Escape Landscape Rug Designs are inspired by the landscape of the surrounding areas of each client's home. Their three-dimensional quality gave each rug almost a land-art feel. Bell says that the point of her rugs is to help people "reconnect with nature."
Weplights are made from wood and leather.
This was the first of a big trend at ICFF: modern gadgets in a retro, wooden, old-time-y case. BKNYdesign turns an iPad or an iPhone into a hokey Ye Olde TV.
Tuffets were a big theme—it seemed like every other booth had a squishy pillow to stack or sit on. These pillows from Joo Design had hard tops to write on or to eat of off.
Deborah Bowness's frame wallpaper is hand-printed in England and creates a trompe l'oeil frame for the image of your choice.
From CP Lighting, these custom aluminum trees are wired with waterproof LED lights and can be used indoors or out.
This Setee Rocker, made of walnut and powder-coated steel, is made by Brad Reed Nelson (sitting on the bench) at Board By Design.
A graduating industrial design student at the Rochester Institute of Technology created this space-age personal grooming apparatus for Metaproject 01, a competition that called for creative uses of laminate.
This eco-friendly indoor panel from 3form is made from 80% pre-consumer recycled material.
Winner of an ICFF editors' award, this washable wall paper by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek bears an uncanny resemblance to antique, weathered wood.
Created by students at the University of Oregon, these chairs can be completely flattened for easy, waste-free shipping.
Canadian design studio Molo created a cavern of unbleached, recyclable paper out of expandable panels that connect with magnets.
The spring collection of lace curtains from Scottish textile company Timorous Beasties was inspired by bamboo forests, cherry blossoms, and bonsai trees.
We admired this streamlined, yet roomy rattan seating pod, designed by Indonesian furniture maker Kenneth Cobonpue.
All of the intricate, filigree buildings in Lladró Atelier's new collection Metropolis are functional household objects like mirrors, lamps, and vases.
Fanned, laser-cut layers, like the ones that make up these statues designed by Yuki Matsuoka for d-torso, seemed to be a popular design feature at the fair.
Furniture designer George Sacaris created benches and tables of all sizes that look like sleeker versions of tree stumps.
This picnic table from Legato Studio, folds upright into a bench with room for storage underneath.
Shawn Littrell's bright, minimalistic Aline chair is the designer's modern take on tufted upholstery.