An Afternoon at NYIGF

By kristin

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Last Thursday marked the end of the New York International Gift Fair, which brought thousands of design-driven home, gift, and lifestyle resources into one convenient place for buyers and browsers. Over 2,500 exhibitors blanketed the Jacob Javits Center and Piers 92 & 94 and with only one afternoon to see what’s new, I mainly concentrated on the Accent on Design section.

While searching for my pick for the show’s “Bloggers’ Choice” Awards, I couldn’t help but feel like a big kid. From an alarm clock that runs away and hides until you get out of bed (the Clocky) to gravity-defying inverted planters (the very cool Sky Planter by Boskke), it was hard to find a product that wasn’t playful, whimsical or cheeky.

Mihoko Ouchi from the. (no, that is not a typo)

The Recession Line of cards from 9SpotMonk

The aisles were also checkered with colorful and quirky textiles for aprons, bags, oven mits and more, such as the new lines from Dwell Studio, Kitsch’n Glam and funktion.

Funky and ruffly aprons hung from clotheslines in the funktion booth

Regardless of what the companies were selling, they were all heavily focused on sustainability…

Finland-based Verso Design showcased a new line of recycled felt offerings including colorful trivets and containers.

DBA introduced a game-changing biodegradable pen called “98” that is 98% recyclable, made at a wind-powered facility and uses ecological ink.

Wembé caught my attention with a collection of natural and organic soaps, handmade in Paraguay with locally grown plants, fruit and essential oils.

Yerba Mate blend from Wembé

Being drawn to designers who revolutionize everyday items (think: James Dyson), my favorite product from the show was theBRELLI. Combining high design with sustainability, theBRELLI has the chic look of an Asian parasol with a flat, circular canopy and bamboo frame but is also completely biodegradable and resistant to 40mph winds. You can finally kiss that single-serving cheap nylon umbrella goodbye.

Brelli Founder & Designer Pam Zonsius sportig the brand new sunBRELLI, which blocks 99% of UVA/UVB rays

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