This weekend marked the 24th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, better known as ICFF. The fair serves as a place to get a sneak peek at unreleased home products, exciting new interior designs and creative concepts.
This was my first year attending, and as I made my way around the Jacob K Javits Center, I couldn’t help but feel both inspired and overwhelmed. Walking down the makeshift rows in the convention center felt similar to stepping into a museum. Replace the vintage vignette of George Washington’s bedroom with contemporary and carefully manicured home interiors, and you get the idea.
A clean and eclectic sofa by Sancal.
After five days of roaming (and I still didn’t see everything), a major theme began to emerge: Fusion.
Every booth was eclectic and timeless, a blend of ideas from many places. There were clean, minimalist couches tucked below ornate, scrawling mirrors. Bright neon hues contrasted raw, exposed woodgrain. Perfect geometric shapes sat beside imperfect organic pottery. Nothing drew entirely from one decade, one style, one technique or one box of materials—everything drew inspiration from everywhere, creating both a sense of nostalgia and a refreshing look forward.
Of course, design speaks best through imagery, and thankfully, I brought my camera. Here’s a look at the emerging trends and creative concepts that caught my eye at ICFF 2012:
Of course, I can’t help but begin with our Kohler booth. This year, we transformed an old shipping container into a bright and colorful pop-up display, highlighting the new KOHLER Colors Featuring Jonathan Adler. Inside the container, a selection of kitchen and bathroom sinks displayed the four new hues: Annapolis Navy, Greenwich Green, Piccadilly Yellow and Palermo Blue.
Outside the container, vintage cast iron baths became modern couches, giving fairgoers a place to rest and recharge their phones. Jonathan Adler stopped by Monday afternoon for a cocktail party, drawing quite the crowd of color-lovers.
Jonathan Adler’s own booth highlighted his latest collection of furniture and signature cheeky pottery.
The Innit booth truly embodies the idea of fusion prevalent throughout ICFF, featuring a collection of Mayan-inspired Acapulco chairs that blend a retro-modern aesthetic with bright neon hues for a look that’s entirely eclectic.
These lights from Nervous System may appear organic, drawing inspiration from how veins form in leaves, but are actually 3-D printed in nylon plastic.
Christopher Roy’s whimsical collection fuses several ideas into one: abacus-like details, Amish furniture techniques, and grommet-fastened pads that can be flipped or swapped for a customizable look.
Neoprene is no longer reserved for wetsuits–this synthetic rubber is making quite a spash in both the fashion and interiors world. Here, the brand Neó creates baskets, pillows and stools that are both durable and water-resistant.
Peter Glassford’s large wooden murals highlight a trend found throughout the fair: woodgrain and bright color.
1882 Ltd. takes a unique approach to ceramics, creating an eye-catching installation of building fronts and imperfect tableware cast in fine bone china.
This colorful piece of furniture from Cabinet Makers keeps the kitchen hidden. Lift up the lid and you’ll find a fully functional workspace, complete with stovetop, sink and our very own Kohler Karbon faucet.
Just like color, bright and bold patterns dominated the ICFF floor. House of Hackney (left) experimented with pattern-on-pattern wallpaper. Lladró (mid-left) decorated their porcelain figures with bold prints. Mio (mid-right) created custom cabinets with character. And upcycled furniture designer Yinka Llori (right) gave bright yellow tribal prints a modern makeover.
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