Each year the ICFF invites design schools worldwide to submit student projects for juried review, selecting the best submissions for display at the fair. This year six schools had work on display; ArtFuture, Konstfact, Maryland Institute College of Art, Parson The New School for Design, Pratt Institute and Yale.
The work explored a range of subjects and themes and included housewares, toys and lighting in addition to furniture. Shown above are Neon Candlesticks, by Catherine Merrick, part of Pratt's "Empathy for Culture" project. The piece is inspired by the neon signage from Merrick's hometown of Las Vegas. More pics after the jump.
Above, the Pratt booth (a collaboration with Herman Miller), and a set of acrylic color wheels, designed by Nina Damario, as a kinetic toy to teach the basics of color theory.
A student discusses the Yale School of Architecture's booth with a show visitor. The title of the installation is The Chair as Crucible, where students explored various essentials of architecture through the form of a chair. At bottom is one Felix Raspall Galli's two-person conversation loveseat rendered in wood.
The Button Table, by Olga Prozorova, is part of the ArtFuture Design School installation. This piece explores scale, using the traditional Russian form of the mattryoska as the legs, and thread, of a table-sized button.
The Nucs are a bath toy in the form of a family. Kids will be delighted as they fill each character with water and watch them pee the liquid out through gender-specific openings. Part of the Flow exhibit from students at Parsons.
Also from Parsons, the (very crowd-pleasing) Caterpillar Stool from Hyeonnil Jeong:
And Aria McManus's ingenious Sit.e.scape fire-escape seating: