We always love going to NYC and this years visit for ICFF was inspiring as always! Here are a few highlights!
We began our visit at SUITE NY’s beautifully appointed showroom with a breakfast and Q&A panel on “American Made” moderated by Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York Magazine. P`C member Smilow Furniture’s Judy Smilow, daughter of Mel Smilow who has reintroduced her father’s mid-century designs, sat on the Q & A panel and her stunning furniture was on display in the showroom.
One of our very favorite discoveries at the show was the accessory and lighting line KRIEST! Designer Kristin Victoria Barron has created a truly unique collection of material-driven small scale sculptures and lighting inspired by what she calls “the ‘aether element’, or dream world.”
Kristin’s designs beautifully complimented the booth of the fabulous Brooklyn based DLV, a P`C favorite for sure, who had some wonderful new pieces such as the gorgeous and oh so comfortable sofa and chair shown below!
Hiroko Takeda stunned us with her exquisite textiles and textile art! Imagine the possibilities!
We remember Tod Von Mertens from past years at ICFF and as always his steel and wood furniture designs caught our attention.
The Scandinavian furniture brand Skargaarden’s leisure furniture, as they call it, was definitely one we added to our source list. Their simple yet intricately designed seating is stocked in Vermont and sure to fit many of your outdoor and even indoor design needs.
Last but certainly not least we were intrigued by San Francisco based Peace Industry’s 100% lamb’s wool felt rugs which are entirely chemical free, reversible, have no backing, and do not require a rug pad. Melina Raissnia, co-owner with her husband Dodd, designs their unique rugs based on her work as a painter and graphic designer and they produce them in their own felt rug workshop in Turkey.
INTERESTING TIDBIT ON PEACE INDUSTRY: The term, peace industry, is generally used to refer to businesses that suffer during wartime, and thrive during peace. For Melina and Dodd their brand has come to represent the growing movement in business to actively seek ways of impacting society and the planet in a positive way. They see this movement as part of the larger global peace movement which is taking on social justice and environmental issues and responding with creative solutions.