The 2009 installment of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair opened this morning at the Javits Center in New York, and Core's intrepid team of bloggers, photographers, videographers and assorted design nerds stormed the floor shortly thereafter.
Initial impressions include some of the same observations from Milan and, on a smaller scale, Brooklyn: a bit more restraint than in previous years, a stripped-down (some would say dulled-down) aesthetic, and a propensity for attaching "eco" to everything from kitchens to wall coverings to kiddie furniture. There are some unexpected flashes of brilliance in among the usual suspects, as always, making the process a rewarding one, for us as well as you (we hope).
Expect heaps of content in the next few days, both from the Fair itself and from the numerous offsites throughout the city. As in previous years, all posts will be collected on a single EZ-reference page--see link below. In addition, we'll be tweeting impressions from the floor: follow @Core77 to stay in the loop.
More images after the jump.
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