Kristin’s ICFF Picks

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Like Comic-Con for sci fi geeks or SXSW for audiophiles, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair is the design equivalent of a kid in a candy store. Every aisle of the Javits Center teemed with confections of various color, shape and proportion but the pieces I found myself drawn to this year featured playful (even whimsical) designs backed by some serious hand craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Having a chicken coop around the corner from my apartment, I couldn’t resist this uber-modern hen house in the BKLYN DESIGNS booth. The “Chicken Co-op”, designed by NYC-based architecture and design firm RAAD studio, is the epitome of urban chicken living with a loft-like layout and a solar-powered heating and cooling system. As their website states, it’s the “perfect oddball modernist addition to a city terrace or roof garden.” Indeed.

Preston Moeller used 65,000 rubberbands to create this curvy, candy-colored “Rubberband Chair” that was surprisingly comfortable! It won 1st place in the Appalachian State University Chair Competition and was part of the ISDA booth.

Of course, no one blends hand craftsmanship with high technology better than the Japanese and D-TORSO‘s booth was a perfect example. From a large-scale giraffe to a life-size paper robot, the booth was reminiscent of a hi-tech Toys-R-Us store.

Pushing the boundaries of interior design, Pennsylvania-based Art of Board used scraps from broken skateboard decks to create these colorful tile installations perfect for a retail store or kitchen backsplash.

As a follow-up to last year’s incredible water fountain turntables, this time Wang Jinsheng used salvaged tires and drum kit hardware to create the “Gypsy Wheel” audio system.

On display in the Vitra store and at the show, these partly joyful and partly grim-looking “Wooden Dolls” were designed by Alexander Girard, one of the decisive figures in post-war American design, in 1963. Originally intended for personal use, they were found in the Girard Estate and now belong to the Vitra Design Museum Collection.

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