ICFF AFTER HOURS-AROUND TOWN

By alexandra

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With so much to see at the show, we must admit we were a bit overwhelmed by all the extracurricular happenings surrounding design week.  So hard to choose where to go! Some of the d-c team ended up party hopping across Meatpacking, NoHo and a few places in between, which were bustling with activity every night of the special design-devoted week.  We had a blast mingling and seeing the latest from emerging designers and established brands alike.

Some highlights:

At an early pre-ICFF breakfast in Meatpacking, we got a sneak peek of “Cork Design Innovators in the XXI century,” an exhibit which featured original furniture and accessories crafted in Portuguese Cork.  Ana Mestre, co-founder of the Corque Design Brand spoke about her interesting new products, all crafted from one of the world’s finest eco-efficient materials.   We were also treated to some traditional Portuguese fare.

Craig Kellog with founder Ana Mestre

We then headed over to NoHo for the Sight Unseen Pop-Up Shop. As pop-up shops and even pop-up restaurants become more and more a part of the NYC culture, we just had to focus our attention on this temporary store in Sight Unseen’s first ever pop-up show, which filled the ground floor of the Great Jones Lumber Building and featured an eccentric and mostly handmade selection of wares by up and coming talents in art, design and fashion. One of our favorites was the installation of the burst and bubble floor lights by Lindsey Adelman.

A lighting design by Lindsey Adelman

Also at the Great Jones Lumber Building Uhuru launched its third “local materials” line, constructed from reclaimed wood taken from the deck of the decommissioned USS North Carolina, one of the most decorated battleships in   U.S. naval history. The series consists of six limited-edition pieces, and Uhuru will produce only ten of each design due to the finite availability of the decking.  The full line was on display on the second floor of the building.

Some pieces from the War Craft line

Further west, the Vitra showroom kicked off NY Design Week with a VIP party to toast the Tip Ton collection from designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. The duo gave a presentation to partygoers and signed copies of their book, The Design Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.  We marveled at their new gravity-defying chairs and perused the beautiful coffee table tome, which was for sale at the event.

The new Tip Ton chairs

Nearby and a few days later at Poleci, a cute boutique on Gansevoort street, we were inspired and delighted by the cool Lego-like LEDs from Leucos USA brand Luxit, who used the event as their official launch for the product. The adorable new lights were displayed in and around Poleci’s gorgeous clothes. Two larger than life Great JJs from the Leucos USA brand ITRE, also fit right in the space. We walked away inspired by the cool Italian lighting designs and with a shopping bag containing a dress we simply couldn’t do without…ooops!

The Great JJ by ITRE on display in the store window

Luxit's new LED TOP FOUR decorated the boutique

After Poleci we walked over to Spice Market Square, where poetry was in motion as Belgian furniture manufacturer Royal Botania partnered with its NY showroom D’Apostrophe, for the last evening of their “Design CAN Fight Hunger” initiative, an outdoor installation and food drive to benefit City Harvest. The installation by architect and D’Apostrophe founder Francis D’Haene was based on his dining concept for DIFFA’s Dining by Design. It was decorated with words from Arthur Rimbaud’s “Hunger” poem written in graffiti.  Can donors and supporters were rewarded with complimentary coffee and delicious brownies from Le Pain Quotidien, who was another partner in the event to fight hunger. The event generated 200 lbs of food, enough to help feed 200 people for a day!

The Installation by Francis D'Haene

A City Harvest volunteer

Further uptown the BMW and Dwell party and presentation of the future of transportation was well under way. When two heavyweights like this come together you know you are in for something special. They put together a very impressive program of experts and opinionators and asked them to debate the changing transportation landscape in US cities and how greener solutions can reverse generations of environmental abuse to ensure our urban environments survive and thrive for generations to come. The stellar cast of speakers included: Sam Grawe, EIC Dwell Media; Benoit Jacob, head of design BMW i; and Mitchell Joachim, co-founder Planetary ONE & Terreform ONE.

We “Finnish”ed up at the “New Finnish Design: Scenarios” area organized by the Finnish Cultural Institute and the Finnish Consulate. Curated by award-winning interior architect and furniture designer Sari Anttonen, the exhibit showcased the latest products from Finish designers and manufacturers.  The space even included a fun pop-up shop on the second floor, which offered goodies for purchase.

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