New from NYIGF

By danielle


We spent the better part of Sunday afternoon walking through the crowded isles of the New York International Gift Fair. The vibe was extremely positive; the show floor was filled with new introductions with tons of buyers snatching up the goods. It was a step in the right direction and, we hope, a sign of good things to come in 2010.

Fittingly, functionality, creativity and sustainability were three main themes that really stood out at the winter fair. We found Royalvkb’s jar tops, designed by Jorre van Ast, to be both smart and stylish. The screw caps can fit on any jar and give new life to something that might otherwise get tossed.

Made by Humans had lots of fun and quirky gadgets including Kaiju Photo Holders and Rubik’s cube clocks.

We loved Molla Space’s Love Grenade Coin Bank, Animal Shot Glasses and Flowing City Coasters.

Cardboarddesign was another on our list of favorites. They use recycled cardboard to create eco-friendly modern furniture and accessories. From vases to slinkies, they showed a number of new shapes and sizes at the show.

Neó, a first-time Accent on Design exhibitor, had quite a lot of traffic in their booth. Their baskets, bags and jewelry, hand woven out of neoprene yarn, made people stop and touch the products. We loved their products and the three lovely Italian ladies responsible for the designs!

Speaking of creative, the A+ ™ The Young Designers’ Platform was a great place to see emerging talent and brand-new products.  We had an opportunity to talk to Jung-Woo Lee from ekDesign in Seoul, Korea.  Her new Umbrella Handle was designed to hold a paper cup or coffee cup.  It’s just what we on-the-go New Yorkers need on a rainy day. She also introduced stacking rulers, leather rulers and a nail cap.

In terms of green design, we met an Australian designer, Marc Harrison, who is creating tabletop items and furniture out of a composite material he made from recycling macadamia nut shells. The beauty in Husque is that the final products do not fall far from the tree as they evoke the same look and lustre of the Australian nut.

Also noteworthy is a new paper called Terraskin. It is an elegant, durable (water and tear resistant) and completely tree-free paper made from minerals. And because it is a fiber-less material, it uses 20-30% less ink than conventional papers.

While we loved all of the products, we selected one of the aforementioned pieces as the recipient of our Blogger’s Choice Award.  Check back later today to see who it is!

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