The San Francisco-based furniture brand, Council, used ICFF to debut its 2012 collection, which included Eric Pfeiffer's award-winning Plank collection and the striking Twig chairs, by Chad Wright. The extended back on the Twig was apparently inspired by the form of the Golden Gate Bridge. It adds a subtle touch of interest to the simple chair, but practically speaking it provides a hook for hanging a bag or a jacket. They come in an array of bright colors just in time for summer.
However, the ICFF Editor's Award for Outdoor Furniture went to the Plank collection, a series of lounges, tables and stacking chairs made from Perrennial Wood, a new material that Council decided to work with after the manufacturer expressed an interest in collaborating on an outdoor collection. With their relaxed slatted seat and minimal frame, the Plank is a contemporary take on the traditional Adirondack chair. Pfeiffer describes it as ...restrained, almost utilitarian in its material use. Each piece boasts a simple curve in wood lightly resting on a powder coated rod base to create an expressive, inviting form. Perennial Wood is a beautiful, humble material providing unique aesthetics and performance characteristics not currently available for the outdoor market.