I LOVE NY DURING ICFF TIME

By danielle

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Last week was one for the record books – as NYC was transformed into the design mecca of the world. There was so much to see, we hit the Javits Center two days in a row. It seemed like it took us hours just to walk through the i Saloni Worldwide contingent – as we stopped to admire all of the modern designs and contemporary concepts fresh out of Italy. It is hard to put into words all the fabulous things we saw and did during the week – so we are doing it in true blog fashion – in PICTURES:

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Top: With its bright strips of tape, the Kartell booth was reminiscent of the Color Exhibit at the MoMA.
Middle Left: Colorado-based furniture designer Andrew Muggleton posed in front of his latest collection.
Lower Left: The ducduc booth was always buzzing with adorable kids and design-forward adults.
Right: Bi-Polar, one of the many outrageously creative chairs from the students at the School of Visual Arts. It is part of their MFA Designer as Author 2008 Chair Project.

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From i Saloni Worldwide to the Royal Danish Consulate General (Denmark) to the Austrian Trade Commission to the British European Design Group – this fair sure lives up to its international name.

SUNDAY, MAY 18 – THOUSANDS FLOCK TO THE HAPPENING MEATPACKING DISTRICT FOR HOT NEW DESIGNS, INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATIONS AND REFRESHING COCKTAILS

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M2L and CITY Magazine co-hosted a party to celebrate ICONIC FINDS: HOLLAND. Even the great-grandson of legendary designer Gerrit Rietveld (lower left) flew in for the occasion.

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VITRA knows about good design and how to throw a party!

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Congrats to the delightful Abe Gurko, Annie Washburn and the Meatpacking Initiative for pulling together more than 35 events and exhibits, the likes of which included work from Jeff Miller, Clodagh, Brodie Neill and HARDCORE New Finnish Design.

LATE NIGHT IN CHELSEA

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By this time our feet were hurting, luckily we had a friend with a jeep so we could make one more stop… the Chelsea Art Museum for the Botanist Orange 22/Surface party. We managed to get the drink of the night (made with 10 Cane rum, see the benches from the Blank Canvas Project (designed by Karim Rashid, Yves Behar, Joseph, Ricchio, Milton Glaser, Kahi Lee, Margo Chase and Massimo & Lella Vignelli) and even buy a video in the museum shop. Great way to end a great night!


MONDAY, MAY 19 – THE UPPER EAST SIDE IS FILLED WITH DESIGN AFICIONADOS FOR THE OPENING NIGHT AT THE A&D BUILDING CELEBRATION

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There were parties in just about every showroom including the building’s most recent additions: Sub-Zero/Wolf, GE Monogram Design Center and Smeg USA to name a few, as well as industry favorites Boffi and Poggenpohl. Our friends at Hastings hosted the Casamood Lounge, an exhibit showcasing their new collection of coordinating tile, grout, and paint.

THE NIGHT IS YOUNG – NEXT STOP SOHO

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Sicis, Bisazza, Kartell, USM – all of our favorites in walking distance – isn’t NYC great!

TUESDAY, MAY 20 – METROPOLITAN HOME CELEBRATES THE DESIGN 100

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Is it Paris or the Four Seasons Restaurant? One lucky person got to take home #12 of the top 100 – the Eiffel Tower brilliantly made with Legos.

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