Here Are 5 Trends That We Spotted During ICFF and NYC x Design 2019

Graypants hanging pendant lights made of cardboard at ICFF 2019
credit: Ariane Moore

Every May, for two weeks, New York hosts a celebration of design across all five boroughs of the city. This annual event also known as NYC x Design, attracts thousands of design lovers from around the world to experience events, panels, exhibitions, installations, product launches, and trade shows such as ICFF, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. This year I gave my FOMO a rest and hopped on a plane to join in on the fun. After filling up my calendar with as many events as I could manage, walking countless steps, and snapping endless photos, I began to notice that certain trends were more popular than others. Scroll on to see what ideas stood out from the design crowd.

Curved Silhouettes

curved floor lamps by Eny Lee Parker at ICFF 2019
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Eny Lee Parker
curved cabinet by Hachi Collections at ICFF 2019
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Hachi Collections
curved bench with wooden frame by Christine Xiang at ICFF 2019
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Christine Xiang

Show us your curves! From furniture to lighting, shapely silhouettes by designers — such as Eny Lee Parker, Hachi Collections, and Christine Xiang — were literally everywhere I turned. This idea isn't anything new, curved furniture has been trending for awhile now, but it doesn't look like it's going anywhere anytime soon either. And I for one am not mad about it.

Vibrant Colors

colorful barstools by Munna at ICFF 2019
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Munna
colorful stacking chairs by Emeco at ICFF 2019
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Emeco
colorful pendant lights by Niche at ICFF 2019
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Niche

Vibrant colors are in full bloom right now and it's easy to see why. Not sure if this is a result of the Pantone color of the year, or the increasingly warmer weather, but everywhere I turned brands like Munna, Emeco, and Niche have received the message loud and clear.

Textured Surfaces

floating console cabinet with carved detailing by Simon Johns Design at Wanted Design 2019
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Simon Johns Design
wool felt wall divider by WoOL Amsterdam at ICFF 2019
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WoOL Amsterdam
Graypants hanging pendant lights made of cardboard at ICFF 2019
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The idea of layering texture is also an oldie but goodie; however, I'm not talking about adding a few woven baskets, knit blankets, or macrame wall hangings to your living room. By using a little innovation and some out-of-the-box thinking, brands like Simon Johns Design, WoOL Amsterdam, and Graypants are creating truly unique designs that are rich in texture and full of personality.

Glamorous Fringe

ottoman with fringe tassel by Munna ICFF 2019
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Munna
hanging chair with fringe tassel and ottoman with fringe tassel by Studio Marta Manente Design at ICFF 2019
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Studio Marta Manente

You're probably used to seeing tasseled decor in beautifully layered bohemian digs, but I'm loving the more art deco-inspired, glamorous fringe, too. And brands like Munna and Studio Marta Manente have the look down pat. Can we talk about that hanging chair? Ooh la la!

Cane Detailing

accent chair with cane back by Wentz at ICFF 2019
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Wentz
TON chair with velvet seat and cane back at ICFF 2019
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TON

Caned furniture is a classic look that will probably always be on-trend (at least I hope so!), but I love how brands are using the timeless detail in new and fresh ways. Brazilian designer Guilherme Wentz opted for a larger scale cane pattern for the back of his lounge chair, while TON gave an iconic bentwood frame with cane back a mini blush-hued makeover.


Ariane Moore

Ariane Moore

Ariane Moore is an Editor at Hunker. After earning her B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design, she enjoyed working on a variety of projects ranging from residential to hospitality at award winning design firms in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She also served as Design Editor at Natural Child World magazine.