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Jun 04 2018

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Celebrating Emerging Talent

ICFF and Bernhardt Design have announced the winners of the 13th-annual ICFF Studio. Every year, Bernhardt Design partners with ICFF to invite emerging designers and new talents to submit their unique concepts and innovative designs for evaluation by a jury of some of the industry’s top professionals. The finalists and their work were presented to the design industry in a special exhibition at ICFF.

“We receive entries from across North America and throughout the world that continually blow us away for their thoughtfulness, creativity and technique,” said Coleman Gutshall, director of global strategy for Bernhardt Design. “ICFF Studio helps propel many of these exciting new designers to international acclaim and rewarding careers.”

The ICFF Studio 2018 winners are:

1. Cecilia Zhang – Discrete Shelf / Stool – Bergen, Norway

2. Chenchen Fan – Lavida Chair – Toronto, Canada

3. Jialun Xiong – Back Kaleidoscope – Pasadena, Calif.


4. Sasipat Leelachart – Sensi Chair – Bangkok, China

5. Nupur Haridas – Snug – Los Angeles

6. Kelly Kim – Mokum – San Francisco, Calif.

7. Haeun Kim – Fog Table – Los Angeles

8. Adam Markowitz – Assegai – Melbourne, Australia


9. Christian Golden – Stackable Wooden Rocker No. 1 – Columbus, Ohio

10. Yeling Guo – Nostalgia – Pasadena, Calif.

 11. Huan Pei – Froz – Pasadena, Calif.

To enter the competition, a designer must have been in the industry five years or more and have a working prototype that is not in commercial production. Submissions are evaluated and judged on design aesthetics, the ability to be economically mass produced, marketability and commercial viability.

May 30 2018

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On the Road in New York


The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is known as the North American platform for luxury international design, showcasing the latest in exclusive interiors and high-end furniture. However, it’s much more than furniture. Naturally, I wanted to hone in on the latest and greatest for the kitchen and bath.


I found lots of beautiful plumbing fixture booths featuring all types of sculptural freestanding tubs and faucets in the widest variety of metal finishes ever! Admittedly, the innovative furniture was the star of the show with an emphasis on bentwood – furniture literally made of bended wood – designs and mid-century modern styling. I also loved the international aspect, and one of my favorite sections was the Hand Made in Germany booth. There was a lot of Bauhaus-inspired design, and I especially loved a minimalist work center.

Another show, Wanted Design, was happening right down the street in the Terminal Stores at the same time. The venue was old warehouse chic, and there was a global focus here as well.


Wanted Design was also the venue for Modenus Talks, sponsored by LIXIL and hosted by Modenus and Design Milk. This regular series of talks is held in different locations, usually in conjunction with trade events. They are always so informative and relevant. The one we attended was “Sustaining the Sustainable Home,” moderated by Modenus Media CEO Veronika Miller and featuring materials expert Grace Jeffers.

It’s always great to have more knowledge about the materials I am specifying and to educate the public about safety and sourcing. Do you know the number one thing you can do to reduce pollution in the home? I’ll tell you because you’ll never guess: it’s removing your shoes at the front door. Your shoes track in not only dirt but also carbon monoxide! Honestly, even though some really relevant information was shared, it was also very scary.

All in all it was a great trip, topped off by a birthday dinner courtesy of my dear sister and brother-in-law at Shuka in the Village. What an amazing feast! Executive chef Ayesha Nurdjaja has a knack for flavorful combinations that feel Middle Eastern to me and are described as Eastern Mediterranean. The service was top notch too, even though it was packed for a Tuesday evening. Maybe everyone knew it was my birthday… back to work now, but at least I have some great memories to savor.

May 25 2018

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Have a Seat in the Forest

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The Maine College of Art students explored wood, trees and the forest in the 14th Wilsonart Challenges Student Chair Design Competition. The chairs were designed around the concept of standing in the forest and being alone with a tree. The theme of this year’s competition focuses on the importance of Maine’s timber industry and Wilsonart’s commitment to educate design professionals about responsibly sourced wood.

The winning chair – “Tool for Translation” by Joseph Goodwin (above) – was designed around the idea of a chainsaw becoming the chair through flowing curves and geometry.

The following is his description of his chair:

As a cultural icon, the chainsaw is perhaps more fraught with contradictions than any other everyday object. The power tool is representative of competing ideologies, disparate politics and contentious debate. By translating these complexities into a refined, simplistic chair form, Goodwin attempts to draw our attention to the irony of being not one or the other, but both simultaneously. The universal language of geometry can mediate the divide between opposing viewpoints and can be a catalyst for constructive dialog. The chainsaw represents the threshold where a tree’s life ends, and a chair’s life begins.

The Runners-Up
Holey Blue by Kincaid Pearson
“My chair is an abstract representation of being in the woods during the night and looking up at the sky. I wanted to create a design that is more pattern based and reflects the silhouettes of the tree branches reaching across the night sky. I was looking to give the sitter a sense of being isolated, a feeling that is like being in the woods.”

Oxide by Dan Trottier
The origin of “Oxide” stemmed from my finding a broken, plastic Adirondack chair in the forest. There was something so cyclical about a chair design that was inspired by mountains, mass produced and domesticated and then returned to nature to be reclaimed and decay. It was, by definition, feral. That word, feral, became integral to Oxide’s form. The idea of designing from a broken state and still honoring the dilapidation with intentionality. The form of the chair is skewed and precarious to convey a sense of unkempt abandon. The chair shades itself with different tones of slate, while one rusty element pierces through, suggesting the imminence of the oxidation process covering the entire mass is yet to come.”

 

L ‘Dor V ‘Dor (From Generation to Generation) by Naomi Russo
“The concept of this chair relates back to the woods and my family. As a tree falls over in the woods, that tree may not hit the ground but will rather be held up by the other trees surrounding it. The same applies for a line of generations. As one ancestor may pass, the following generations are there to remember them. That ancestor may have passed, but they are not forgotten. The seat that pierces through the center of the piece is an ode to that fallen tree or lost ancestor. They may have fallen, but they have not been forgotten and are still carried on through their legacy. This chair gives the sitter two options for places to sit within the piece. There is also the option to sit alone on the chair, or with someone else, while using the chair as a means to start a conversation.”

Ascend by Jason Haskell
“The concept behind Ascend was to figure out how to incorporate the feeling of physical movement, the uplifting sensation of having a seat higher than normal and also the emotion nature presents when you interact with it. The form of the chair when put together is supposed to represent a tree trunk, along with the different levels of seats to signify different heights of branches, each placed at a certain point that is suitable for any climber. The woodgrain on the outside of the form grabs the attention and sparks the idea that this is a tree-based object, along with the inside woodgrain that reassures that thought. With the red tops being the last element to the piece, this color is for seating arrangement – a small indication of where you can end up.”

Please, Sit by Daniel Iwasko
“This chair was created after an experience in the woods where I found myself sitting at the base of a tree with a guitar. I found that the roots formed a perfect backrest for me as I was sitting at the base of a tree. Sitting there on the ground was very comfortable, and I wanted to recreate that feeling.”

“A year ago in Montana, I was drawing chairs in my basement at night after work and now I am headed to ICFF to show my design,” said Goodwin. “The path between those points is insane and to say that I’m ecstatic would be an understatement. I’m so grateful to Grace and you all for allowing me the freedom to make such an unorthodox piece that will be a portfolio booster as well as a conversation starter for some difficult cultural and environmental issues we face. I hope that moving forward my piece might open the door for designers to think conceptually and metaphorically about the power furniture can have and how material choices can enhance content within not just sculpture but also design.”

Sep 26 2016

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Sneak Peek at ICFF Miami Products

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The first-annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair Miami will soon be upon us. Labeled North America’s platform for global design, the event will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center from Oct. 5-6.

ICFF Miami will play host to more than 3,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, distributors, facility managers, developers and manufacturers. The event will feature a variety of kitchen and bath, outdoor furniture, textiles, wall covering, flooring, lighting and furniture exhibitors in 25,000 square feet, and we wanted to showcase a few of those.

Louis Poulsen will be re-launching Lauritzen’s Radiohus pendant (above) under the name VL45 Radiohus Pendant. The Radiohus Pendant became Louis Poulsen’s best-selling lamp when it was first launched 80 years ago.

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Madeli USA will feature its newest collections – Cube, Metro (shown above), Soho, Retro and Urban – which have more drawer space and more color, handle and feet options.

Julien’s Fira fireclay sink collection (below) has the ability to turn into a workstation with American black walnut accessories. It features thin walls and a 10-in-deep bowl.

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The Chef Center system (below) from Franke features two versatile, anti-microbial compartments that can serve as a composter, wine bucket, storage bin, etc. It is available with an array of custom accessories, including a cutting board, colander, grid, mobile drainer board, strainer basket and Franke’s exclusive Roller Mat.

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Designer Doorware will showcase its new Monte Timber Collection (below), which consists of the Timber Quad, Timber Club and Timber Lanex door levers. The collection is made from solid brass and environmentally friendly sourced hardwood and is available in a choice of raw or five exterior/interior wood stains (oil, oak, teak, walnut and charcoal).

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