The winter edition of the New York International Gift Fair kicked the year off with some fresh new kitchenware, lot's of eco-friendly toys, vintage type, jewelry, and bird motifs—seriously, we weren't the only one's making Portlandia jokes.
In the Accent on Design section, Black+Blum dropped three new products, Core-friends House Industries partnered with AMAC to launch a brand new range of their classic plastic boxes, neo-utility introduced the quirky Chick-a-Dee smoke detector, boutique wallpaper firm Carvern presented their "I See You" googly eyes print inviting the visitors to draw directly onto the wallpaper, and Taipei-based Bitplay entertained us with their interactive "BANG!" lamp.
Design collectives American Design Club (AmDC) and Join set up shop in the Javits Center foyer again presenting objects, jewelery, accessories, and stationary from a curated selection of independent young designers. R&L Goods caught our attention with their recycled leather wallets made from finely ground scraps of leather which would otherwise be discarded, the finished material is 90% post industrial waste combined with natural rubber. As far as finding original gift items with integrity, these booths were killing it!