There's a je ne sais quoi about New York City in the spring that makes you fall in love.
You can fall in love with the skyline, people on the train, even cute babies pushed in strollers under blooming blossoms. With all the happenings in May for NYCxDESIGN, we graciously accepted all the city had to offer.
Showroom openings brimmed with inspiration and wine. Not only showcasing furniture, but modern art and multidisciplinary design perspectives from around the world. So we curated what we found to be the best and brightest!
1. Antolini Italy Design Antonio Facco
Like a maze of subdued sparkle, Antonio Facco's exhibition booth at ICFF was set up with walls and walls of marble. He explains that, "when you see a block of raw marble close to a very precious refined sheet that, in a such globalized world, you can be reminded of the beauty and the honesty of some materials that nature itself offers, leaving you the task to discover and decline them."
We couldn't agree more.
Oasiq is passionate about our experience of outdoor living. As Californians we appreciate the sentiment and detail. Their furniture is functional, aesthetically pleasing and reflects simple sophistication — inspired by nature
3. Mary Wallis
It girl, and darling of ICFF, Mary Wallis, is as fun to be around as she is talented. Joined up with powerhouse Lindsay Adelman Studio, their booth was playfully elegant, featuring custom samples and a pyramid-shaped pile of brass shavings. With a dynamic background in both genetics and ancient Chinese painting, each piece is an insight to her perspective of design. Our favorite was a luxurious twist of the signature Edie Chandelier with slats of hand-cut marble and brushed brass hardware.
4. Roros Tweed
Røros Tweed has been weaving high quality wool products since 1940, building on a local tradition that goes back centuries. Catching our eye was their selected wool from Norwegian sheep, and a collaboration with Scandinavia’s top designers and textile artists. Giboulèe (their collection above) is the French word for the strong March rain in France. Inga's latest design is a bicolor pattern with a diagonal rhythm. It shows thick drops falling, pushed by a strong wind, from one side of the blanket to the other.
5. Bec Brittain
Welcome to the jungle. The only thing missing at Bec Brittain's SHY light display was a python. She uses the spare beauty of thin LED tubes to define the edges of its shape; in this way the function of the piece is created by its form and vice-versa. The modular hardware can be reconfigured in a myriad of different ways, taking new shapes according to what the space demands. The New York based lighting and product designer's love of luxurious materials, intuitive forms and forward-thinking technology shows incredibly in her collections.
6. Alex P. White
With a nod to the geometric elegance and somewhat playful interiors similar to the movie Beatle Juice, Alex P. White stunned us again at Sight Unseen Offsite. He is a true artist of multiple disciplines. His work has been published in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Cultured, Details Magazine, Dwell, German AD, French AD, and Elle Decor. Besides his work with kelly behun |STUDIO, White is the cofounder of SKOTE, a collaboration with artist Jill Pangallo and MALONE, a curatorial project with artist Strauss Bourque LaFrance. White has shown his solo and collaborative works, including furniture, installation, performance and video in museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces across the US.
7. UNITED NUDE
We stopped in for an opening in NOHO dedicated to the conversation between 3D printing and the architectural design of footwear. A select group of 5 of the worlds leading architects and designers explored and challenged the 3D printing technology by designing high heels. Our favorite (bottom left) was designed by Ilabo Ross Lovegrove, product designer, for UNITED NUDE. The Re-Inventing Shoes project is about exploring and pushing the boundaries of this rapidly developing technology by creating shoes with the largest amount of sculptural freedom with an environmental win.
8. Scala Luxury
We stopped dead in our tracks while breezing through ICFF at the Scala Luxury booth. Their mix of luxurious brass and natural animal fiber is a whimsical and dignified experience. Scala creates uniquely designed, luxurious and opulent furnishings utilizing exotic materials. They also offer custom design furniture pieces — perfect for our clients looking for a more bespoke touch to the interiors of their home.
9. Kossi Aguessy
MAD museum offered a fantastic exhibit "Pathmakers" that we rode down to Columbus Circle to visit. The wind whipped around us while we opened the doors to the underrated Museum of Arts and Design and on our way to the 4th floor, we stumbled upon the permanent collection from Kossi Aguessy in the Global Africa Project exhibition (Useless Chair, the Soissons porcelain floor lamp, and the 3some vase). Born in Lomé, Togo, Aguessy studied Industrial and Interior design in the United Kingdom, at the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. He has collaborated with the StarkNetwork in Paris before establishing his self-named studio in Paris, France, while assuming in the other hand the Art Direction function for the London based Pan-African television channel Vox. Aguessey appears to be quite an integral designer specializing in African expression. We will definitely be keeping our eye on his new works!
While at the MAD museum we were captivated once we made it the exhibit, Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today. Artist included Vivian Beer, Toshiko Takaezu, Ruth Asawa, Sheila Hicks and dozens of women across the globe celebrating women designers and the conversation between the overlapping nature of masculinity and femininity in a radical, yet subtle way. The important contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture was crucial. In the 1950s and 60s, an era when painting, sculpture, and architecture were dominated by men, women had considerable impact in alternative materials such as textiles, ceramics, and metals. Largely unexamined in major art historical surveys, either due to their gender or choice of materials, these pioneering women achieved success and international recognition, establishing a model of professional identity for future generations of women.
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