ICFF 2010 Favorite: Studio Dunn.

 We almost missed Studio Dunn entirely! We started out the afternoon on the opposite end of the show space and by the 5:00 p.m. closing time we were only half way through. Thankfully, we sped up and rushed through the second-half of the exhibits, where we happened upon Studio Dunn.

The New England-based studio was founded by Asher Dunn (a graduate of RISD) and an offshoot of Keeseh Studio, which is a Rhode Island-based commuity woodworking studio. Studio Dunn strives to be environmentally concious by minimizing waste and using solid American hardwoods sourced from sustainable forests. We were immediately struck by the craftmanship that goes into each piece. The shapes are mindful of midcentury Dutch design but ultimately evoke a decidely modern appeal — something we saw across the board at this year’s ICFF.  If accolades are any indication as to a design studio’s industry appeal, Studio Dunn’s trajectory looks promising — this year it won the ICFF Editors Award for Best New Designer.

ICFF 2010 Favorite: Deborah Bowness wallpaper.


Deborah Bowness’s Trompe l’oeil-esque hand printed wallpaper hit our chic spot. The petite Brit has been designing wallpaper for seven years. Ms. Bowness starts with a digital image,  then screen prints or digitally prints her designs, which are offered in drops or in kits — individual pieces that can be arranged to create a unique scenes on your wall. Her images evoke a modern sensibility, influenced by mid-century aesthetics. Her collections include, “Frocks” — a collage of dresses; “Utility” — selections of chairs, lamps, books, and drawers; “Flora & Fauna” — flowers, etc.; “Books” — stacks and stacks of books; and “Illusions of Grandeur” — distorted and faded patterns. We chatted briefly with designer, who informed us that she’s soon launching her Web shop, which will very much imitate her workspace. We can’t wait!!

ICFF 2010 favorite: Brinca Dada.



When we spotted the Brinca Dada booth from across the convention hall aisle, and we immediately abandoned our planned trajectory to check out the miniature house perched atop a table. Since there were so many people gathered around, Brinca Dada founder Douglas Rollins (super nice guy) gave us a tour!The Emerson dollhouse is the first in the Brinca Dada line (with a townhouse and miniature furniture line to follow very soon).

Not only is the entire house made of non-toxic and lead-free wood stains and paints, but its six rooms — living room, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom, and child’s bedroom — are powered by solar panels! And yes, they really work! The Emerson also features mitered-glass corners, two fireplaces, sliding glass doors, and recessed LED lights. Let me tell you, The Emerson beats the pants off the second-hand Fisher Price dollhouse that I exhaustively played with as a kid.

ICFF: Saturday evening.

Later that evening after a nap and some delicious homemade turkey burgers (Thanks, Rich!) we headed to Greene Street for the Poetic License show at Moss. We arrived late to a packed gallery but managed to enjoy ourselves and pick out our favorite pieces.

Afterwards it was back up to Chelsea’s Milk Gallery to catch the much-anticipated launch of Dune‘s newest collection Enamored, which featured new works by Karim Rashid, Harry Allen, Richard Shemetov, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Jozeph Forakis, and Carlos Gastelum. The collection is quite futuristic, featuring space-age shapes and bright flourescent hues — certainly not for everyone, but then not everyone can afford to outfit their home with furniture that isn’t mass produced. We threw in the towel around 11:00 p.m., walking back by Chelsea Market where we started our day.

ICFF: Saturday at the Javits.

After the art installation, we were off to take in ICFF 2010 at the Javits Center. We milled about for three hours, chatting with designers, vendors, and oogling over all of the amazing pieces, it was a blast. I’ve included some photos below of my favorite sights so that you can see what we liked, but I’ll be writing more about these later.

Molo‘s Booth, which won the Booth Award for the 2010 ICFF EDITORS AWARDS

ICFF: Saturday afternoon.

Saturday was absolutely gorgeous in NYC. We started our day with a quick brunch at 202 — I had the hammy, eggy, cheesy sandwich, an excellent choice after the Wallpaper* Brazil launch — and a quick stop at the Chelsea Market where my friend Matt purchased the tiniest and cutest cup of coffee we’d ever seen. Next, we strolled along part of the High Line, which was gorgeous and filled with meticulously placed wildflowers and greenery but very narrow and cramped. It’s not a place where one can “lay out” and enjoy the sunshine, more of a pass through en route to somewhere more pressing.

Photographs from Make Yourself At Home.

We descended the High Line and caught an art installation by 7Eleven Gallery called Make Yourself At Home — it runs through June 6th. The gallery was transformed into a multiroom home, each room dressed by various artists using objects they’d created. It was perhaps one of the creepiest yet most resourceful art installations I’ve seen since Ryan and I went to the Meth Lab at Deitch Projects last summer. There was a square, miniature “mattress” turned into a fountain, a little animatronic boy contructed or more accurately deconstruted from what seemed like the face of a Teddie Ruxpin doll, and an ethereal woman sleeping in a mesh/glass enclosed case, very much in the vein of Snow White.

ICFF: Friday evening, Part II.

All photos by Patrick McMullan

Our final stop of Friday evening was Brazilian furniture store Espasso for Wallpaper* magazine’s launch of its June issue Born in Brazil /Nascida no Brasil. The magazine recently set up its South American headquarters in Rio and São Paulo, just in time to be at the forefront of Brazil’s entry onto the world stage — it’s hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

The  Brazil issue features three covers, one with Brazilan model Ana Beatriz Barros posing on top of the Emiliano hotel in São Paulo, another featuring a bronzed beauty and shot on top of the Fassano in Rio, and finally a limited edition cover designed by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. The two-story loft space was packed with Brazil’s leading designers, models, and invited guests, with gorgeous pieces of Brazilian-designed furniture scattered throughout.

We treated ourselves to Wallpaper’s special mix of Caprinhas, which were topped off with Chile peppers. While standing at the bar we met blogger Bobby Solomon of Kitsune Nior fame, who was also in town for ICFF. As the night died down, Matt, Bobby, and I decided it was time to eat, so we cabbed it over to Delicastessen for a quick bite. The food was pretty good, we opted for the special — soft shell crab sandwich — and some mac and cheese. Conveniently after we finished eating and were paying our bill, I noticed three tiny shadows running around below the tables — MICE!! There were mice running around. You’ve got to be kidding.

After recovering from what we’d just witnessed, Bobby treated us to a night cap (Thanks, Bobby!) — cucumber mint martinis — at the Mercer, and then we called it a night.