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NYC DESIGN WEEK WRAP UP
Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On May 20, 2005 @ 8:01 pm In Events,News | 2 Comments
Design week is over and here’s my belated wrap-up:
ICFF and Soho parties were fun, but my favorite part of NYC Design week was the whole Joint Venture  thingy in Williamsburg with The Future Perfect, Living Spaces, CITIZEN:Citizen and A Little Green. Even though I really can’t concentrate on design very well when surrounded by people and alcohol, I saw quite a few unique things at these shows that I didn’t see anywhere else. Unfortunately, my photographs of the events were less than fabulous, because I was trying to carry around a slushy that I got at the door of The Future Perfect.
A lovely sparkly chandelier downstairs in the American Dollhouse exhibit at The Future Perfect 
ICFF was fun in an Olympic village sort of way. I liked the geographical organization of the whole thing, and the nationalistic pride that was on full display at each country’s trade board booth. In the Danish section I saw this elegant expanding table by Skagerak Denmark  ? the expanding table  being somewhat of a mini-trend this year.
Charles Lazor’s Flatpak house  was on full display at ICFF, outfitted with Blu Dot furniture to match.
In the theme of decorative mirrors, Tord Boontje + Artechnica  had these cute mirror cut-outs in a variety of illustrative designs.
Over in the British Isles section of ICFF, fellow Central Saint Martins grad Rachel Kelly was showing off her Interactive Wallpaper :
Rachel Kelly’s Interactive Wallpaper , which involves creating your own custom wallpaper using a selection of various patterns and stickers, is not to be confused with Dario Buzzini’s  more high-tech, computer mediated Interactive Wallpaper.
Ianonne:Sanderson  was showing this beautiful backlit bamboo cabinet.
Ianonne:Sanderson also has a “red line cabinet” which is made from reclaimed douglas fir floorboards from the philadelphia academy of music. How cool is that?
I also saw this lovely table at the Ianonne:Sanderson booth. I really like the combination of white plastic and textured Kirei board. In fact, I was so taken with the Kirei board, that I had to track down the Kirei people to learn more about it. For more information about Kirei, click here 
Natura  was showing off their large scale photo-realistic wall-murals at the furniture fair. Painter Mr. Gaillard, will come to your house or apartment, survey the scene, and then personally custom-design and hand-paint a serene nature scene for your wall.
Molo’s folding paper Softwall was the hit of ICFF, taking awards and showing up at 3 or 4 different boothes.
The Swedish Glasklasen , made by Form Nasielksy, was one of my favorite discoveries at ICFF.
In the same Swedish trade booth, I saw another lovely chandelier, called Kristall , made by Lyx.
In the Canadian section I came across Montreal-based brother and sister design duo Periphere , showing off their lovely Uno Chair and Iceberg table.
Also representing the Canadians was Brent Comber , a Vancouver-based designer who makes innovative organic furniture from fallen Alder branches.
Douglas Homer’s thumb puzzle table  caught my eye with its op-art aesthetic and modular design. (You can move the tile around like a Rubick’s cube to form different different designs, and there is hidden storage underneath the tiles.)
ICFF’s spatial arrangement by nationality (together with all the flags and nationality-themed exhibitions) made the whole convention feel a bit like the Design Olympics. So I’m going to pretend that I was asked to be a judge of this particular Design Olympics, and give out the following awards:
GOLD to Austrian Xpand System , for the Xpanding Table in the “Why hasn’t anyone come up with this idea before”category
SILVER to Swedish Form Nasielsky , for the Glasklasen Wine Glass Chandelier in the “Why hasn’t anyone come up with this idea before” category
GOLD to German Ingo Maurer , for the LED Glass Table in the “Oooh-Aaaah” Category
GOLD to American duo Molo , for the softwall in the “Form+Function” Category
GOLD to Dutch Tord Boontje , for Transglass in the “Friend of the Earth” Category
GOLD to Dutch Tord Boontje , for Transglass in the “Friend de la Popolo” Category
Looking forward to next year…
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/05/20/nyc-design-week-wrap-upnyc-design-week-wrap-up/
 Joint Venture: http://www.jointventuredesigns.com/
 The Future Perfect: http://www.thefutureperfect.com/
 Touch Design: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_86.php
 Glasklasen: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_56.php
 Salgadgo and Bettencourt’s Scrapile Table: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_19.php
 Skagerak Denmark: http://www.skagerak-denmark.com/gb/furniture/cat279.asp
 expanding table: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_53.php
 Charles Lazor’s Flatpak house: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_2.php
 Tord Boontje + Artechnica: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_50.php
 Interactive Wallpaper: http://www.interactivewallpaper.co.uk/
 Dario Buzzini’s: http://www.engadget.com/entry/8546655008821855/
 Ianonne:Sanderson: http://i-sdesign.com/
 click here: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_79.php
 Natura: http://www.naturadesignsolutions.com/index1.html
 Glasklasen: http://www.nasielsky.se/
 Kristall: http://www.lyx.com/products_kristall.html
 Periphere: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_136.php
 Brent Comber: http://www.inhabitat.com/pivot/entry.php?id=57
 thumb puzzle table: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_128.php
 German Ingo Maurer: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_48.php
 American duo Molo: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_54.php
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