Although young designers typically opt to exhibit at the hipper satellite shows instead of the Javits Center, the ICFF is an institution nonetheless, andnew-kid-on-the-block Asher Israelow was one of this year's standouts. Like fellow Brooklynite/ICFF exhibitor/RISD alum Brian Volk-Zimmerman, Israelow creates beautiful bespoke wood furniture, albeit with a more rustic feel. Each piece is elegant and expertly crafted... not to mention quite comfortable.
Like Volk's dresser, the coffee table features brass inlays, though the 'Starry Night'-like pattern is rather more overtly decorative than the filled pinhole knots
Israelow's synthesis of formal refinement and emphasis on traditional materials at once belies and suggests that he studied architecture as opposed to furniture design. Yet his strong sense of interior space clearly informs his work, and he clearly has a gift for bringing a contemporary approach to a classic aesthetic.