Design agency smallpond looked
to go big time for the inaugural NYCxDesign festival, entering the fray with the support of London's Designjunction. The new INTRO NY
show was modest in the best way possible, a showcase of smaller, mostly non-NYC design brands in a well-lit, street-level space in the heart of Little Italy (there was audible din from a parade two blocks over when I visited on Saturday morning).
If on-site retail—a curated neo-utility
pop-up shop—and refreshments seem to be par for the course at design shows these days, the backyard pop-up cafe was a nice touch (though I imagine it was rained out on Sunday).
The "Periodic" table by One & Co. was displayed front and center
In addition to furnishing the patio, San Francisco's Council
made a strong showing with products new and old. They've brought a handful of young designers into the fold since the brand debuted at ICFF in 2007, including Chad Wright, who was happy to discuss the "Twig" chair
that he designed for the brand.
The new "Index" series by Jonah Takagi for Council; Wright's "Twig" chair at rightThis stool by Castor was a personal favorite
The new Fresnel lamp, named for the lens withinDetail of the FresnelNew Zealand's ResidentVery Good & Proper was "founded in 2008 to design and make products for London's 'Great British food' restaurant, Canteen."
We first discovered Toronto's Castor
back in November of last year
, but we were glad to have a chance to see the work in person. Besides furniture and lighting, principals Kei Ng and Brian Richer also do interiors and architecture, as well as art and installations.