Photography by Glen Jackson Taylor for Core77
Taking place twice a year, the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) is somewhat overwhelming in scale and this year they sold out of exhibition space forcing young design collectives AmDc, Join, and the A+ show into the lobby for the first time. We spent most of our time at the Accent on Design exhibition hall and while it seemed the large design houses were saving their new product launches for January 2012, many of the smaller independents had new things to share.
NYIGF organizers reported good sales from exhibitors despite the recent economic downgrade, and there was a noticeably stronger international presence this year. Trends included the abundant use of bamboo in kitchenware, chalkboard paint both on products and exhibition stands, and absolutely no shortage of the one-liner gift items.
Top 7 FavoritesArena Self Draining Dish Rack (Joseph Joseph)
Growlight (Carmen Salazar)
mrTEDI (Annika Jermyn)
Hamla Cups (HAPPYsthlm)
Vintage Swiss Army Flashlight (1950-90) (Ameico)
CARGA Bags (Mauro Bianucci)
Mailbox (Pascal Charmolu)
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