At the 28th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) over 35,000 attendees walked the show over the course of four days. This year the show expanded to a second floor that housed ICFF Schools, the Design Milk Pop-Up stand, Tokyo Design Week, Ho.MI Italian brands and Luxe Interiors to provide an interesting mix of custom and luxury interior objects with the experimental prototypes of students and emerging designers.
Our editors appreciated the return of the gilded age—ornate statement pieces for plush interiors glittered and gleamed on the tradeshow floor including Pelle's flowery sconces, Larose Guyon's chain-link chandeliers and Apparatus Studio's dramatic and masculine pendants. Lighting designers are starting to hit their stride, embracing the technological freedom of LEDs and OLEDs—we loved CoCa's Platypus OLED adjustable lamps, Luke Lamp Co's rope pendants and Jason Krugman Studio's sculptural LED chandeliers. Outdoor furniture finally gets its due attention—we look forward to a summer season on well-designed, functional furniture designed specifically for outdoor use.
This year's student work was outstanding as well—beyond the exploratory works of schools like Parsons and Philadelphia University, the industry collaborations from RISD x Kikkerland x Container Store, RIT x Poppin and SAIC x CB2 all resulted in student-designed products entering into the retail market.