Jill Fehrenbacher

ICFF 2006 - The Inhabitat Editors' Choice Awards

by , 05/25/06

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Now that New York Design week is officially over, we are finally getting a chance to breathe and start writing non-ICFF posts again. For those of you who are tired of hearing about furniture – this is good news for you. But before we get back to business as usual, we want to wrap up design week by sharing our overall impressions of ICFF 2006.


Word on the street was that this years trends were “playfulness” and “eco-chic” (see BusinessWeek’s writeup). While we are obviously fans of both, we find it a little ironic to see these being targeted as “design trends” of 2006, instead of just elements of good design. Of course, as it is every year, ICFF 2006 was filled with a lot of mediocre rehashings of the same old-same old that had to be waded through to get to the real gems. But there were enough inspiring moments to make walking up and down that green carpet all worth while.

Every year, ICFF gathers a bunch of design magazine editors to jury the “Editors Choice Awards.” Alas, Inhabitat editors were not included on this illustruous list, (what?!) so we are going to give out our own awards below. But first, the trends.

2006 Trends:

Design on steroids
Normal furniture made very, very large seemed to be a recurring theme:


Giant tea-cup hottub Dutchtub


Monolithic Design
– Design made from the sum of its parts
Lamps made from electrical cords, candlesticks made out of candles, etc


StudioMold Electric Cord Chandelier


Stallard Candle Candlesticks

INHABITAT 2006 EDITORS CHOICE AWARDS

Best in Show (we must concur with the other editors here):
Artenica & Molo


We can’t get enough of Tord Boontje


Or Molo

Most Innovative: NONDesigns


NONDesigns Topo Table


NONDesigns Water Lamp

Greenest of the Green:


The Green6 of course


Brent Comber’s reclaimed wood furniture


Iannone:Sanderson Kirei and bamboo furniture


Pretty Shiny Award:


Lite Brite Neon


Cai-Lighting


Niche Modern

Most Arresting Booth: – Mads Hagstrom of FLOW

FLOW

Hipsterest Collection:Citizen:Citizen


Frederikson Stallard Candle


Frederikson Stallard Cross Brushes

Best Up-and-Comer: Matt Gagnon


We love Matt Gagnon

Best patterns: DForm & Tord Boontje


One of Dform’s gorgeous new patterns


Boontje Boontje Boontje

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3 Comments

  1. Inhabitat » Haute... November 16, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    [...] and the increasingly large numbers of designers participating, we felt it was time to apply our ‘editors-choice-awards’ model to HauteGREEN and give a shout-out to the designs that really stood out as shining examples [...]

  2. Inhabitat » MOLO ... May 12, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    [...] of Inhabitat, starting back when we first discovered them in 2005 at ICFF, all the way to the Inhabitat Editors Choice Award they won at last year’s design week. And now they’re adding another item to their [...]

  3. Inhabitat » HAUTE... April 2, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    [...] officially April now, so that means New York Design Week is right around the corner. The green design satellite show HauteGREEN debuted last year in [...]

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