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ICFF : Hidden gems

At this past International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), there were some great new and returning vendors.  Many, once you spoke to them, shared hidden gem products that might not have been so obvious on a first quick walk-through.  Here are our favorite hidden gems.


Bust, ceramic, 2017

One of our favorite ceramic art and installation firms, Pascale Giradin based in Montreal, Canada,  did not disappoint.  Founder Pascale has been exploring some new ideas in form and in print.  Our favorite of these was her artistic ceramic busts.  The company does a great deal of commercial installations, especially for retail and restaurant commission and she showed a new, novel minimal approach to a ceramic tile mural.  Look also out for their new magazine called Drift.



found marble slab mirror

The talented duo of A Space came with some fresh furnishings building off their ‘found object made luxe’ approach to design.  New at ICFF was a found broken marble slab mirror.



Heron Stool


New to ICFF was Skyler Morgan, a custom furniture builder and design house from Atlanta.  The company showed their own original designs: minimal, modern and completely chic.  Designers complain about not being able to find good stools and Skylar Morgan had some of the most interesting.  Notice the smart detail plates on the pieces.



New York City-based Matthew Studios, showed off their quartz crystal hardware collection, some of our favorite pieces in their catalog.



Two of our favorite ceramic lighting designers from upstate New York, Stone and Sawyer, launched a new custom shop on their website which allows users to select the colors and details of the designs.  Custom colors can also be arranged.  Their work is super elegant and incredibly modern.



Souda, is right on trend with everything they do.  The young hip Brooklynites are plugged in and introduced these cool layered side tables, something that was definitely in the air, as several studio makers introduced similar pieces.



Metal furniture that recalls Topher’s past woodwork history

Custom metal fabricator and wood-worker, Topher Gent of Providence, Rhode Island produces commission work but has been introducing his own designs.  At the show for the first time, he premiered to the New York crowd his indoor-outdoor benches and tables made of thick plate metal that has been finished in his signature lacquer.




Scale lounge

An exciting new voice on the home furnishing scene, artist and educator Annie Evelyn presented her bean bag chairs with unexpected twists.  One, covered in paper flowers to in the artist’s words “preserve the memory of the sitter” when they sit and crush the flowers.  The other like a disco-ball gone mad, covered in hand-stitched metal sequin like shapes.  The metal bean bag was deceivingly comfortable even with the metal scales.






Canadian-based Scanwest was in search of interesting doors but could not find them—inspiring the designer/woodworker to create his own—launching his new company.  The exciting doors are worth a look and are a surprisingly affordable option, being produced in Canada.  Chose from his selection or design your own.



A staple of High Point and also appearing at ICFF, Pierre-Emmanuel creates some of the most interesting home accessories.  Part man cave, part steampunk dream, his nature and scientific items are original.  This season’s new items introduce beetle art and thick lucite boxes of “nothing”.



French architect and designer, Reda Amalou, shows great furnishings and accessories for the home.  The work is always luxe and oh so French featuring clean lines, luxury materials and hand craftsmanship like adding eggshell to surfaces and lacquer.



Bijou Bijou by Laurence Brabant, 2017

Past & Future by Piet Hein Eeek, 2017

The luxury lighting house Veronese, since 1931, works with various designers to create modern illuminating expressions.  One fresh collaboration was to re-purpose an entire cache of traditional chandeliers into new modern lighting with Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek.  The result of the collaboration was some of our favorite products from the ICFF show.  Optional tiers and pieces, design for your space.  For those interested in a more minimal expression try Bijou Bijou by Laurence Brabant, 2017.



One of our favorite textile designers and makers, Louise Gray showed some new minimalist textiles.   Worth exploring their website.



The French love their shagreen, and at Ginger Brown they make some of the nicest examples.  Their boxes are some of our favorites.



Brazil furniture makers Sollos create interesting wood furnishings.  Here are some of our favorites.



Created by two interior designers who couldn’t find items for their hotel and other design projects, this family owned company is based in Florida and produces in Guatemala.  With a mission to show that Guatemala has top craftsman and amazing pricing, the two enlisted their entire family to help run the company.  At ICFF the team offered several interesting designs but our favorite was the affordable and customizable solid wood side tables.  Select any color lacquer for the table stripes.

About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.

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