Right at Home: Decor goes global at the NY Now show

The Progress-Index - At Home - - HOME DECOR - By Kim Cook

NEW YORK — To­day, home dec­o­rat­ing can be a game of cu­ra­to­rial dis­cov­ery. It’s fun to find an ar­ti­san-forged wall hook, a uniquely carved stool, a cool con­tem­po­rary art piece or a hand-painted table­cloth, each from some far-flung cor­ner of the world.

The NY Now show is one place where re­tail­ers can find goods like those all in one place, and chances are you’ll see many of them in stores in a few months.

The whole­sale-only mar­ket, which re­cently con­cluded its bian­nual fair at the Jav­its Cen­ter in Man­hat­tan, of­fers in­ter­na­tional buy­ers — large re­tail chains, mu­seum gift shops, gift cat­a­logs, in­de­pen­dent shop­keep­ers — an op­por­tu­nity to one-stop shop for ev­ery­thing from gourmet house­wares to bed­ding to fur­ni­ture. De­sign­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers from around the world set up booths.

A new and grow­ing com­po­nent is Ar­ti­san Re­source, an area at the fair where buy­ers can source and dis­cuss op­por­tu­ni­ties with fledg­ling crafts­peo­ple and im­porters.

The NY Now show makes it clear that glob­al­ized de­sign is alive and thriv­ing.

Decades ago you might have done a whole room with a Ja­panese flair, or a Moroccan vibe. Not now.

“The new look of global isn’t one sin­gle coun­try,” says Tom Mirabile of Life­time Brands, a Gar­den City, New York, com­pany that makes and mar­kets house­hold prod­ucts. “It’s a cul­tural mashup. You could call it neoglobal, or geo-hy­brid. We’re em­brac­ing this style be­cause it makes us feel worldly and well-trav­eled.” Some show high­lights:

Made Goods had a so­phis­ti­cated

col­lec­tion of faux sha­green (sharkskin) items in­clud­ing a stool wrapped with a band of brass, and a slim side ta­ble. The Co­rina pen­dant shade was a cylin­der wound of fibers from the Philip­pine Nito vine. Burnt wood en­cased in resin cre­ated a strik­ing base for the Viet­namese Eskor lamp. And also from Viet Nam, an over­size tor­toise-shell mo­tif graced a ce­ramic stool glazed in ei­ther a crack­led gold or black pearl fin­ish. The Lexi side ta­ble fea­tured an elab­o­rate In­dian mo­saic print us­ing camel bone in­laid in gray or white resin, for a piece that was fem­i­nine with­out be­ing fussy. (www.made­goods.com )

At Pi­geon & Poo­dle, there were table­top and bath ac­ces­sories made from honed onyx; wa­ter hy­acinth; wave-pat­terned resin; and a graphic, black-and-white-veined Nero mar­ble. (www.pi­geo­nand­poo­dle.com )

Ayadeena, a women’s craft col­lec­tive in Jor­dan, was founded by Hanan Jaber Sa­hawneh. Her child­hood cross-stitch­ing hobby even­tu­ally led her to fund this ini­tia­tive to help im­prove the lives of un­der­priv­i­leged, un­e­d­u­cated yet tal­ented women who are re­stricted from the work­place by fam­ily obli­ga­tions or cul­tural mores. The group was a show award fi­nal­ist for its In­dian silk and French cot­ton Deema pil­low, in­tri­cately hand-sewn in a Mid­dle Eastern print. (www.ayadeena.com )

Mod­ern art met an­cient craft in Bridge for Africa’s dis­play of col­or­ful Lavu­misa bas­kets from Swaziland, wo­ven out of in­dige­nous grasses into pop art swirls. (www.bridge­forafrica.org )

Lon­don de­signer Donna Wil­son showed her new col­lec­tion of win­some, an­i­mal-print din­ner­ware and soft toys. Her bone china and melamine plates and cups fea­tured il­lus­tra­tions of friendly bears, wolves and foxes gam­bol­ing among trop­i­cal fruits. (www.donnawilson.com )

Ya­mazaki, a Ja­panese house­wares com­pany, had well-de­signed home-stor­age so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing a white, wo­ven-steel bas­ket with wood han­dles; sleek, wood-ve­neer jew­elry and gad­get hold­ers; and an um­brella stand made of laser-cut me­tal evok­ing a bird’s nest. (www.theya­mazaki. com )


In this photo pro­vided by Made Goods, a faux sha­green (shark skin) clads a chic dresser crafted in Viet­nam. Au­gust’s NY Now gift and de­sign show in­cluded decor with a worldly vibe.

MADE GOODS VIA AP This photo pro­vided by Made Goods shows a Co­rina chan­de­lier that is crafted from wound Philip­pine Nito fiber. The or­ganic roots of the piece add to its sculp­tural, mod­ern vibe. Au­gust’s NY Now gift and de­sign show in­cluded decor...

MADE GOODS VIA AP This photo pro­vided by Made Goods shows an over­sized tor­toise shell mo­tif that sets the stage for a ce­ramic stool that is fin­ished in crack­led gold or black pearl, made in Viet­nam. Au­gust’s NY Now gift and de­sign show in­cluded decor...

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