Posts tagged with "ICFF":

Placeholder Alt Text

ICFF Walkabout: Spirits Flying High by Ingo Maurer

The scene at Ingo Maurer was a tad more subdued than the rest of Green Street last Monday night. Could it be because Maurer's work has a such tactile quality that the space feels more like an art gallery? Showroom hoppers didn't make an immediate bee line to the bar. How could you when the first thing you see  on entering is the arresting vision of "Spirits Flying High".  The undulating sheet of light looks a flying carpet about to blow out the door. On closer inspection the 87 inch by 50 inch hanging light fixture is composed of more than 100 LED strips wrapped in a warm milky colored silicon. Don't ask, the special commission piece is not for sale.
Placeholder Alt Text

ICFF Walkabout: Wearable Maps

One item that caught our eye at ICFF wasn't furniture at all. Every city has certain geographic quirks that people come to identify with a place--Manhattan's rigid grid, the radial boulevards of Paris--even when viewing a two-dimensional version of it. You Are Here, a collection from Israeli jewelry designer Talia Wiener, was inspired by just such a concept. Each pendant or brooch incorporates part of the urban fabric of  Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, New York City, San Francisco, Barcelona, or London. According to Wiener, her designs play with the notion that there is a certain location-oriented secret shared by a city's residents while also proclaiming their membership in "a broader, ever-growing urban tribe."
Placeholder Alt Text

ICFF Studio: Bernhardt Mentors The Design Stars of Tomorrow

ICFF wraps up today and, as usual, reviews of the fair seem mixed. Professional but boring! Too safe! Appropriately sober! Practical and market-friendly! Reheated Eames! Now in its sixth year, the ICFF Studio, sponsored by Bernhardt, offers a snap shot of where young designers are looking. Most skewed toward the market-ready, while one designer went in a conceptual direction. The young Dutch designer Andreas Kowalewski's Clamp Chairs certainly look showroom bound (above). Norwegians Angell Wyller Aarseth showed a table, mirror, and the handsome Handle Me Cookware (below), which won an editor's award. Germany's Gabriella Asztalos designed the Hug Chair (below), which looks tailor-made for a Boom Years nightclub or hotel lobby. It's glamorous and a little silly, but does it make sense in today's chastened economic environment? Californians Jiyoun Shin and Kevin Sethapun showed very polished designs for stools. Shin's Eclipse Bar Stool (shown below left) and Sethapun's Arch Stool (below right) are appealing and market-ready, but are they memorable?       Shawn Littrell's Aline Chair and Ottoman (below) is inviting and fun. The cheery chair's designer is from Los Angeles, and the pieces seem to reflect a sunny sensibility. Dutchman Niel's de Greef's ZzZen Chair (below) is presumably meant to evoke a smooth stone and induce rest. Zorine Pooladian, also from California, offered the Aira and Beat Rocking Stools (below). Junggi Sung's handsome Ember Lamp (below) is mixes the tactile with the luminous. Finally, New Yorker Patrick Martinez offered the downloadable Click Lamp (below), a screensaver of a light that produces real illumination, and the Blush Lamp, a hovering spot of light that emerged (was projected?) from an invisible source on the white wall. It was one of the few moments at the fair where people stopped, looked, scratched their heads, and--for a moment--pondered the limits of design itself.

Dancing on Cobblestones

Last Friday, we hosted a party with Architizer at the Dom Showroom on Crosby Street. Valcucine was showing off its latest wares as part of ICFF, including a special line called in glass, with pieces by Thom Mayne, Alessandro Mendini, Steven Holl, and Winka Dubbeldam, who was in attendance with fellow architect-about-town Jonathan Marvel. Other notables included Charles Renfro and photographer Adam Friedberg, plus a few delightful bottles of scotch and duck sliders by Savoy's Peter Hoffman, making for the delightful evening.

Eavesdrop NY 10

We know you love the gossip. AN aims to satisfy that itch in print, online, East Coast, West Coast, whatever, wherever, whenever. So here comes Eavesdrop to our blog so you can get it faster, feistier, anywhere you are. Plus, we will be posting Sara Hart’s online-only EAVESDROP ALERTs. But the real fun begins in the comments section, where you can lay on your own gossipy tidbits. And Sara will be sure to respond. For Whom the Buell Tolls There are some whispers coming from the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP. Our ears immediately perked up, because we never hear anything much from that stone corner of the academic groves. Founded in 1982, the center’s first director was Robert A.M. Stern, who was followed by Gwendolyn Wright, Richard Buford, Joan Ockman (who stepped down about a year ago), and Reinhold Martin, who currently holds the post. The whispers have it that Professor Martin is changing the center’s mild mission to a more politically left-leaning agenda. Some female members of the 12-person board of advisers are also miffed that he’s held boys-only dinners, like a recent bash with board members Peter Eisenman, Stern, and GSAPP Dean Mark Wigley. Could another Penguin Club be in the making? Furniture Fanfare? So, was this year’s ICFF a bust? It depends on whom you ask. One exhibitor told Eavesdrop that traffic to his high-profile booth was off 50 percent from last year, and noted a dearth of posses from the architectural giants. Not so, said PR maven Beth Dickstein. Her math suggests that while some huge manufacturers bowed out this year, there were more smaller exhibitors, and overall the quality of the goods was better. As sales and marketing consultant to the show’s producer, George Little Management, she admits that overall attendance was down about 12 percent. But, she cites numbers from major exhibitors—including Pablo, Chilewich, and Trove—who claim to have written big orders from big firms with big projects. And Make Ours a Double Here’s a twist on surviving the recession. Gensler associate Judy Cheung brought a new client called Flex Mussels to the firm. Her reward was getting laid off. Now she’s a bartender at the Gensler-designed Upper East Side eatery that specializes in the aforementioned bivalve. Her current gig sounds more gratifying. And more tough breaks: A loss on the left coast could be an opportunity for an enterprising museum in the East. Brooke Hodge, the much-admired curator of architecture and design at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, was laid off along with several other staffers, with senior curators taking a 5% pay cut. Another casualty of the institution’s weak finances was Hodge’s long-planned show on Morphosis, now cancelled. Eli Broad, not surprisingly, is also involved. To get his $30 million bailout, the museum has to make good on spending cuts while redirecting its focus to the permanent collection. Send frites and oyster shooters to eavesdrop@archpaper.com [This originally appeared in AN 10_06.03.2009 (NY)]
Placeholder Alt Text

ICFF: The Winners Are

Wrapping up a design-filled weekend of parties, openings, lectures, and events, this year’s ICFF did not disappoint. In fact, it left us up to our necks in piles of work that we have been neglecting from all that party hopping! Thankfully for us, a panel of U.S. and international editors sorted through all the furniture, lighting, and accessories at the Javits Center and selected their picks for the best-of-show at ICFF. Comprised of editors from AbitareArchitectural Record, Azure, Domus, Dwell, Interior Design, Interni, Intramuros, Metropolis, and Metropolitan Home, the prestigious ICFF Editors Award was bestowed on16 designers and manufactures, some of which you might remember from our very own ICFF Preview. The winners are:

Body of Work

Duravit

New Designer

Misewell

Craftsmanship

Jaime Hayon for Baccarat

Furniture

Council

Seating

Magis Spa

Carpet and Flooring

Gan/Gandia Blasco USA's Mangas Carpet by Patricia Urquiola

Lighting

Pablo

Outdoor Furniture

Vitra, Inc.'s Vegetal Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Materials

Coverings, Etc.'s Ecocoverings

Wall Coverings

Tracy Kendall Wallpaper

Accessories

ModKat's Litter Box

Textiles

Anne Kyyro Quinn

Kitchen and Bath

Matteo Thun for Rapsel spa

Multiple Production

IKEA's PS 2009

Design School

Pratt Institute

Booth

German Design Council (Rat fur Formgebung)

 

   
Placeholder Alt Text

A Standard Affair (VIDEO)

Last Thursday, AN hosted the kick-off event for Meatpacking District Design '09, a conversation between executive editor Julie V. Iovine and hotelier André Balazs at his latest creation, the Polshek Partnership-designed Standard, New York (which Julie wrote about back in February). If you couldn't make it, though, no sweat. For your vicarious pleasure, we've posted a highlight video, plus the full talk, both in video and audio formats--here at AN we're platform agnostic--plus a slew of photos of the party, the swanky new digs, and the now-in-bloom High Line. Highlights:
Full Length Interview:
Audio: Shared Space in the Public Realm: André Balazs & Julie V. Iovine