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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







DARKROOM.

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In December 2009, DARKROOM opened its doors in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood, and in just one month’s time it’s gained distinction for seamlessly blending high design and high fashion in a curated shop setting. But then could you expect anything less from founders Rhonda Drakeford and Lulu Roper-Caldbeck, two women with design- and fashion-heavy resumes? Drakeford attended Central St. Martins and went on to found Multistorey design consultancy with fellow classmate Harry Woodrow; while Caldbeck was instrumental in turning Camilla Staerk’s line Staerk into an internationally recognized brand — clearly, these ladies have a trained eye for style. In 2007 they partnered with illustrator Marcus James and started Themselves textiles. And just two years later Drakeford and Caldbeck formed DARKROOM.

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The concept store — a modern black and white space that comes to life through the use of carefully placed primary-colored pedestals designed by Frank of London — sells hand-selected items such as Staerk, Saskia Diez, and Moooi, alongside its own designs. In the near future, the owners plan to host bi-monthly art and sculpture exhibits.

Until you can stop in to shop, check out DARKROOM’s Web site, which represents a select offering of products available at the store but come February 2010 will be a fully operational e-boutique.

10 Swedish Designers.

I find the patterns on these four canvas bags inspiring. But perhaps more inspirational is the story behind the designers — 10 Swedish Designers — who have been producing graphic textiles since 1970. Aiming to preserve Swedish design history, 10 Swedish Designers archived, photographed, and scanned all of their textiles (more than 700 patterns), making them digitally accessible to the public vis a vis the group’s Web site. Quite a great example of a company that has transitioned nicely into the Internet-age.