ICFF, as we all know, is a lot like IKEA. You're kind of excited at first, but because you've been there before, you anticipate dizziness and nausea three-quarters of the way in. Despite the cool-sickness, we got through it all and managed to pluck a few gems for a shout-out.
Mary Anne Williams' Illu Stration line includes the richly textured 100% wool felt Cappelletti carpet (top left) carpet/wall panel. * Blu Dot's booth is always hard to miss with all that shiny metal coated in pop colors, but an army of Real Good chairs (top right), the newest design addition, took center stage (powder-coated, perforated, very Blu Dot). * Emulate made it back this year with a new illuminated 9-volt tribute: Philippe Stark's Miss K (2nd row, left). And like the others in the series, it was unmistakable--think Vitra miniatures that actually do something! * Niche Modern tacked on two new designs, Turret and Minaret (2nd row, right), to their colorful line of hand-blown glass lamps. * Qubus, a Prague-based design studio, displayed Maxim Velcovsky's peculiar solution for taper candles: insert them into the top of a small child's head--a porcelain head, that is--named Little Joseph (3rd row, left). * Thai design startup Ango showed off a truly unique lighting collection that makes use of actual silkworm cocoons for diffusion (third row, right). (At first they looked like packing peanuts.) Over in the Spanish Design section, Luzifer Lamps featured woven veneer Link lamps (bottom left) by Ray Power. * It was tough leaving the fair without remembering Corian's booth, especially since the massive, curvaceous booth, itself, was the counter top company's main attraction (bottom right). Peepholes allowed passerbys to take a voyeuristic pause to observe the action inside.
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