Has the ICFF has found it's mojo again? The trade show that serves as the anchor for New York's design festival took a noticeable hit after the 2008 economic collapse, many designers either stopped exhibiting, scaled back or presented at a competing satellite show leaving the furniture fair light on for talent and press-worthy design. This year saw a number of new designers exhibiting for the first time, overall delivered a higher standard of work and attendance was strong. For some reason, probably shipping logistics, there is still a disproportional amount of lighting, objects and wall furnishings compared to large scale furniture pieces but companies like Moooi did their best to bring a taste Milan to the Javits Centre and Shimna showcased their stunning 13ft long table with intersecting pylons.
Bernhardt design who have helped launch numerous emerging designers with their ICFF Studio partnership celebrated their 125th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, designer Frederick McSwain created a series of family tree wall sculptures inspired by the growth rings found in the cross section of a tree trunk. Chicago-based designer Felicia Ferrone launched her debut furniture collection bravely opting for white carpet in the booth, London-based Cycloc returned after a brief hiatus with some brand new wall mounting fixtures and accessories for bicycles, and Artek picked up an ICFF Editors Award with their multifunctional task chair 'Rival' designed by Konstantin Grcic.
Tom Dixon's booth was beautifully designed from a branding perspective, and Uhuru's beacon style booth was a super efficient use of space with divided sections to present each of their product lines. Checkout our gallery for more highlights and we suggest adding the ICFF back on your list of must see exhibitions next year.