A last look at ICFF

Our July issue includes a feature on Westchester furniture designer Ethan Abramson.

The follow-up to our initial 2014 profile was prompted by our catching up with him in late May at ICFF, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in Manhattan.

And before we close the book – figuratively at least – on this year’s edition of the prestigious furniture, décor and art event held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, we thought we’d offer this final installment of our spotlight on designers, companies and products that caught our eye as we wandered among more than 750 exhibitors from around the world:

  • We were dazzled by NONOS, the dynamic sculptures of women from the studio of Austrian sisters Franziska and Mercedes Welte and featured in the new ICFF Gallery space. Nonos.at.
  • We were drawn to the sparkle of Great Neck, New York’s Bijou, which features luxury wallcoverings and decorative textiles. Bijoucoverings.com.
  • We loved the drama of Stikwood’s booth, a clever cabin of sorts from which the Sacramento, California-based firm promoted “the world’s first peek and stik reclaimed and sustainable wood planking.” Stikwood.com.
  • We were drawn to the nostalgic – and decidedly artistic – approach to handmade wallpaper from Brooklyn’s Grow House Grow. Growhousegrow.com.
  • We were impressed by our mini tour of the best of Seattle design, thanks to the city’s collaborative showcase featuring, for example, the new office collection from Urban Hardwoods. Urbanhardwoods.com.
  • We stepped back in time with Veronese, a Parisian company that celebrates both the tradition and innovation of Murano glass artisans. Veronese.fr.
  • We were tickled to see the international debut of nau, an Australian contemporary design group. naudesign.com.au.
  • We admired the stunning examples of handmade porcelain, decorated with 22-karat gold or platinum, from New York’s own Daniel Levy. Daniellevyporcelain.com.
  • And, finally, we delighted in the sheer beauty of a single, singular piece of furniture – the “in these arms” cabinet from Portland, Oregon-based company marrow. It was graceful and both vaguely retro and very of the moment. A highlight indeed. Marrow.design.

For more, visit icff.com.

– Mary Shustack

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