High Design: Sourcing at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Each Spring I look forward to attending the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and this year was no exception. With over 500 exhibitors from around the world, ICFF is one of the best venues for spotting new trends in contemporary design. Visiting tends to be a little like an international sourcing trip, all conveniently housed in the Javits Convention Center.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to stroll through the booths. I was particularly taken with some of the lighting and smaller furnishings I saw. Below are a few of my favorite pieces:

I love these fun and modern feather lights from Vita. For each lamp, actual feathers are attached by hand to a paper core.

Pure femininity and architectural structure combine in this show-stopping, bronze chain-and-mesh Kelly Chandelier by Gabriel Scott. I like how timeless this piece looks; although it has a very modern feel, it could easily come from the Art Deco period, or even the 1980’s.

Fairtlough New York makes lovely handcrafted furniture. I adore this table, with its new take on clean lines and exotic skins.

Another favorite was this rustic, modern chest from Tucker Robbins. I’m consistently impressed with this company’s beautiful furniture line.

I also snapped these bold lanterns in the Tucker Robbins booth. Made of a rattan weave over rice paper, the lights feel very handmade yet sophisticated.

An unusual find were these sleek brass-and-stone cocktail tables by Dering Hall. Of course, on their own, they could also easily work as side tables.

I can’t wait to integrate some of these finds into future projects!


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