Jill Fehrenbacher

ICFF 2009: Highlights from the Contemporary Furniture Fair!

by , 05/18/09

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We came, we saw… and now we’d like to share with you our favorite green designs from this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair. This annual furniture fair takes place every year in NYC in May, and is always a great place to spot brilliant new designs and emerging trends in the design world. This year’s show was smaller than usual (due to the soggy economy no doubt), but that made the stellar designs from this year’s show stand out even more.

My favorite booth at the show had to be Pratt’s Design For a Dollar booth, which showcased a number of truly inventive student designs – all made for under $1. I’ve always been a fan of Pratt, but this year the design college upped the ante in innovation, truly proving that Pratt is where it’s at in terms of design education.

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, prattsweaterlampThis stunning ‘Sleeve’ lamp by Sara Ebert is made from a sweater sleeve and an apple juice bottle – how awesome is that?

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, prattdollarmagstoolsThe best use for all those design magazines? stools!

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, prattorangecandlesBeautiful candles made from orange peels and soy – they smell great.

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, recycledbagladyCrafty designer Lana Williams makes handbags from recycled plastic bags!

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, ikeapalmlampIKEA wowed us with their super cheap, well crafted takes on high-end design, like this palm frond lamp.

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, daisuketoothpicklampDaisuke Hiraiwa’s toothpick lamp got a lot of attention.


sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, greypantzlampiesGrayPants’ cardboard lamps elicited oohs and aahs from inspired onlookers.

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, parobabysealbotPARO robo seal pup was severe cuteness overload- these things are apparently for sick and elderly people who can’t take care of living pets but still want furry companionship. Studies show that pets (and PAROS) help lift the spirits and help people recover from illness.

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, interpfurndancewowYes, there was an interpretative dance troupe paying dancing homage to kneeling chairs – true awesomeness!


sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, metropwindmillsMetropolis asked visitors to write their “Blue Sky Hopes” on a piece of paper that can be cut and folded into a pinwheel to post on the wall next to their 2009 Next Generation Winners.

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, metropoliswindpowerThe winners of this year’s Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition unveiled an ingenious plan to convert power line towers into wind turbines.

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, showercurtaingreenwarrior1Elisabeth Buecher’s “My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior” project transforms from a colorful curtain into….

sustainable design, green design, icff 2009, international contemporary furniture fair, new york design week, eco friendly furnishings, showercurtaingreenwarrior2A wall of inflatable spikes that enforce shorter showers!

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3 Comments

  1. stevenmatt October 7, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Brilliant, Pratt. I love it. Good job to everyone involved. We need more inspiration for innovation using the sustainable materials we have and with less money. I wrote about it here: http://bit.ly/3M7gH1

  2. rajesh75chn May 19, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Wonder furniture designs!

  3. JimmyJones May 19, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Oh wow, that is so cool!

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