De­sign world dreams brought to life

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I re­cently had the chance to go to New York City to at­tend the ICFF — In­ter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Fur­ni­ture Fair. This world-fa­mous event (North Amer­ica’s plat­form for global de­sign) is un­der­stood by de­sign­ers to be the place where trends are dis­cov­ered and set for years to come. This year’s ICFF was held at the mas­sive Ja­cob K. Jav­its con­ven­tion cen­tre and found 629 ex­hibitors from around the world show­ing ev­ery­thing from the new­est in tile, fabrics, wall­pa­pers, fur­ni­ture, and light­ing — a de­signer’s dream.

So what’s com­ing? It seems that we can look for­ward to bold colour, pat­tern and tex­ture — and I couldn’t be hap­pier. We’re also see­ing state­ment light­ing de­sign by smaller, bou­tique-style com­pa­nies that are go­ing to in­spire en­tire build­ings!

I could have spent days pe­rus­ing the aisles of the show, prob­a­bly see­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery time. How­ever, I only had a day, so I put on my most com­fort­able shoes, a styling out­fit, and headed out to con­quer ICFF 2014.

Al­though it was very hard to choose, I have nar­rowed down my top picks for you this month.

Ap­pa­ra­tus Stu­dio

Ap­pa­ra­tus Stu­dio, Cloud 2 (www.ap­pa­ra­tusstu­dio.com): One of the heavy-hit­ters at this year’s show, each glass orb is frosted by hand and three cen­tral light sources emit a soft glow that is refracted by each orb, cre­at­ing a light that is ethe­real. I...

Cal­ico Wall­pa­per

Cal­ico Wall­pa­per, Aurora, Ray (www.cal­i­cow­all­pa­per. com): Om­bre is king for fash­ion and de­sign and this wall­pa­per works magic on any wall. A gor­geous gra­da­tion of colour makes any drab wall fab­u­lous.

Gar­den Glory

Gold Dig­ger Hose with Black Rein­deer Wall­mount and Black Noz­zle (Gar­den Glory, DeLuxe Collection, gar­den­glory.se/en/shop): Who knew gar­den hoses could be sexy? This com­pany is mak­ing a state­ment with its be­spoke hoses and antler wallmounts. Com­ing in a...

Tom Fal­lon/Daniel Heath

Daniel Heath, High Wire Wall­pa­per (www.daniel­heath. co.uk): High Wire is a Bri­tish-based de­sign com­pany do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things with pat­tern. In­spired by Vic­to­ri­ana and the won­der of the cir­cus, these hand silkscreen­ed prints are made in East Lon­don...

Du­penny

Du­penny, Mixed Tile Wall­pa­per (www.du­penny.com): Based in Lon­don, Du­penny de­signs and pro­duces ex­quis­ite wall­pa­per, home­wares and fine ceram­ics with a re­fresh­ing twist. In­spi­ra­tion comes from all things cheeky. The mixed tile wall­pa­per caught my eye as...

Asher Israelow

Asher Israelow, Anamor­phic Con­sole (www.ash­eris­raelow.com): This is not your aver­age con­sole. Set­ting it­self apart from the rest is its at­ten­tion to de­tail, with the in­laid metal. Graphic in its de­sign, but sub­tle and un­der­stated, this piece will be a...

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