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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.

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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 Friday night fun: Fornasetti at Barneys and vanilla wafer ice cream bars.

Last evening was the first night at ICFF, and we headed to Barney’s for the Fornesseti show first. The 9th Floor was filled with gorgeous ceramics, pillows, and dresses patterned with the designer’s iconic motifs — we even spotted Simon Doonan milling about with his monogrammed “S.D.” Goyard bag.


Later it was downtown to the Diez + Diez show, where we discovered the greatest ice cream treats ever! Parked in front of the venue was Hearts Challenger, a NYC-based ice cream truck that specializes in international ice cream selections. We chose the vanilla wafer bar — a cake cone wafer filled with vanilla ice cream and chocolate. Heaven!

@ICFF 2010!

ICFF 2010 here we come! We’ll be reporting back (and hopefully tweeting throughout) with all of the exciting new objects and designs that stop us in our tracks at this year’s furniture fair. Stay tuned!