ICFF: one designer's view


An annual destination KR+H's Paul Reidt always looks forward to is the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC. Visiting ICFF last week, Paul brought back the good news that this year's ICFF was "more vibrant with more exhibitors and with an air of optimism not present last year." As Interior Design magazine said in their online story, "If New York's 2014 design week happenings are any indicator, the industry is out of the red."

CONNECTION: THE MAKER AND THE MARKETPLACE

"Woven in with the big exhibitions by large companies were the young, dreamy artisans showing their work. Some were completely unknown artists putting their work out there. I talked with a lot of them. They designed it, they made it, and this connection between the maker and the marketplace goes beyond simply a product and makes the show very interesting." -Paul Reidt

LIGHTING SPOTLIGHT

There was, Paul noticed, a preponderance of lighting at ICFF..."evidence of the rich design environment for lighting now with advancements in LED technology." The New York Times writer Julie Lasky took note of the lighting as well in her article, "Grabbing the Spotlight." To read her fun article and see a great slide show of furniture and lighting at ICFF, click here.

Lighting had the spotlight at ICFF.

Lighting had the spotlight at ICFF.

STEAMPUNK / MACHINE AGE

There were exhibits testifying to the fact that imaginations are still captivated by the machine age; and as Paul says, "American manufacturing when it was still completely sure of itself."

Paul told me our friends at Amuneal Manufacturing Corp. had an exquisite booth. I then discovered online that Amuneal was awarded Best Booth at ICFF for the second year in a row. Amuneal is made up of innovative designers, engineers, fabricators, and fine artists. They fabricate designs by architects and designers as well as creating their own designs.

l to r: Amanuel Manufacturing Corp. was awarded Best Booth at ICFF and their shelving system.

l to r: Amanuel Manufacturing Corp. was awarded Best Booth at ICFF and their shelving system.

12th Avenue Iron, a company of ten metals artists and craftsmen, exhibited the Tom Kundig Collection. The architect Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig Architects, designed these pieces of hardware that were fabricated by 12th Avenue Iron.

The Tom Kundig Collection exhibited by 12th Avenue Iron.

The Tom Kundig Collection exhibited by 12th Avenue Iron.

THE REFINERY: THE INDUSTRIAL AESTHETIC CONTINUES

After many inspiring hours of exploring ICFF, Paul hung his hat at the Refinery, a boutique hotel in the garment district. In the hotel's design, its gothic building's industrial past is remembered. Paul's room included a writing desk with a surface of distressed oak and a base reminiscent of an early 1900s sewing machine. The desk was designed and made by Get Back, Inc., creators of vintage American industrial furniture.

Writing desk by Get Back, Inc., in the Refinery Hotel, NYC.

Writing desk by Get Back, Inc., in the Refinery Hotel, NYC.