Well, I'm happy to report that I survived the 30th edition of ICFF, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, in New York and it did not disappoint. In fact, with over 900 exhibitors and more than 38,000 attendees, including yours truly, the show was bigger and better than ever. I took my time meandering down each and every hall of the Javits Center so that I could discover and explore all of the decor, furniture, lighting, and more that the brands, designers, and makers had to offer. It was a tough job, but eventually I was able to narrow down the list to 10 of the hottest brands you absolutely need to know.
In the Japanese culture the number eight represents "human enrichment and prosperity" so it's no wonder that the Brooklyn-based studio — whose company name and logo represents the lucky number — won an NYCxDesign Award. But in all seriousness, their designs also happen to be stunning, which doesn't hurt either.
Maybe you've heard of a little-known designer known as Sarah Sherman Samuel? Of course you have. Well, this powerhouse has done it again. This time she's partnered with Concrete Collaborative to launch an encaustic tile series that you can mix and match for an endless stream of oh-so-chic pattern possibilities.
Attention all ceramics lovers (raises both hands), let me introduce you to Wilcoxson Brooklyn Ceramics. One of the handfuls of designers and makers featured in the Milk Stand pop-up shop, this Brooklyn-based studio's handmade creations are simply delightful and surprisingly lightweight. No doubt every piece would make a great addition to your collection.
It's hard to believe that Niche was somewhat of a happy accident. Founder Jeremy Pyles was looking for the perfect pendant for his gift shop, and when he couldn't find it, he worked with a glass blower to create the fixture he envisioned. Today, a team of talented glass artisans thoughtfully create each stunning silhouette by hand in their Hudson Valley studio.
Atlanta-based furniture craftsman Skylar Morgan's modern designs stand out from the crowd; by creatively juxtaposing rustic, warm wood finishes with clean lines, he transforms simple pieces of furniture into sophisticated, yet functional, works of art.
This photo doesn't even begin to do this room divider justice. Handcrafted in Amsterdam, each oversize panel acts as an eye-catching, nature-inspired design moment or art installation. And since they're made from high-quality wool felt, the panels are soft to the touch and also help acoustics by absorbing sound. Now, that's what I call a win-win-win!
When tradition intersects with design and quality craftsmanship, you get Mexa. The brand is comprised of a team of creatives from Guadalajara, Mexico, who strive to reimagine everyday objects and infuse them with a sense of history and unique style perfect for your home.
Founded by designer Nicci Green, this Australian-based brand offers more than just swanky lighting. Each fixture is a beautifully handcrafted piece of art that's strong enough to stand on its own. With no signs of slowing down, Articolo has just opened a showroom in New York, and plans to open another brick and mortar soon in Paris. Hmm, maybe this is a sign that France should be my next stop?