Over the weekend, the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) opened at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York and at numerous parties around town. It's the time of year when top producers of modern furniture, furnishings, and accessories converge for a 4-day-long celebration. Crowds spill into the streets in Soho, Noho, and the Meatpacking District, sipping white wine and looking at the offerings, everything from more commercial pieces from large companies to artisan-produced one-offs. After the more "play it safe" vibe of last year, it was encouraging to see designers and stores embracing lots of color again. While in most cases it was fairly subdued, sometimes it went to the extreme. Come have a look at some of this year's finds!
Joseph Albers tables / Bernhardt chairs / Council Design screens
This pairing of color with wood immediately caught my eye. Although these stacking tables were designed in 1926-27, they looked completely fresh and contemporary. The same theme showed up at Bernhardt in a set of armchairs with multi-colored cushions. And a set barely-there room screens from Council design, in wood and lime-green metal, were appealing because of their lightness, both in material and palette.
Cassina chairs and sofas / Oskar Zieta stools at Moss
Bakelite lamps from Ameico / Jonathan Adler trays
The multi-color theme showed up everywhere. It was eye candy seeing a grouping of same piece, each in a different color. A set of love seats and armchairs at the Cassina showroom in Soho in pale blue, orange, yellow (and, yes, white) looked very sophisticated in these bright colors, which can be difficult to pull off. Even the metal frames came in contrasting colors! A grouping of "blown-up" metal stools at Moss in primaries plus green, white, and metallics made me think of a very progressive school room. Bowling ball lamps in bakelite (the material they were originally made from) and plastic trays from Jonathan Adler looked great on their own but even better next to one another.
Moroso / Trove opera house wallpaper / Panton lamps in Vitra showroom
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there was definitely a theme of more ornate and shimmery opulence, with metallics, black and white, off-whites, and grays. A vignette at Moroso, paired different textures and time periods to great effect. I even fell in love with a beautiful wallpaper from the New York company Trove. It's done in photographic style and shows patrons at the La Fenice opera house in Venice between acts. A small area would come alive with this wallpaper! And although they're not new, the giant gold-spiral lamps by Verner Panton at the Vitra showroom, which is quite minimal and neutral, really transformed the space.
Cappellini event and showroom / Moroso showroom
I couldn't help it! I was completely attracted to these bolder displays of color. On the left, the Cappellini showroom, with a white table and chair set by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. The red walls and floors, multicolor panels, and even the colorful guests made this an over-the-top place. On the right is another vignette at Moroso, pairing a gigantic orange couch with some throw pillows, in front of a graphic wall that packed a major punch.
For more information on show visit the ICFF website.