All this snow. And gray skies. It can bring on a smidge of the doldrums. So, I’m tapping into my promenade through last May’s ICFF (the International Contemporary Furniture Fair) to find some relief. It comes in the form of totally irreverent, highly colorful, tres-patterned chairs and sofas by Fama Living from Yecla, Murcia, Spain. Ah, yes… that hits the spot.
Katharina Eisenköck is an Austrian-born “designer maker” whose art pieces include both furniture and products. She describes her work as “Simplistic, maybe even minimalistic in a way. I like my objects to be close to something sculptural but at the same time they should be very functional.” Working with materials like leather and concrete, she creates soulful objects that while modern and typically hard edged, retain a sense of warmth.
If I was a big spender – which I’m not… but aspire to be – I’d re-design my entire dining room around a suite from The Cherner Chair Company. When I saw their crisply svelt (meaning: really quite small, but purposely so) collection of furniture at the International Contemporary Furniture Show, I was irretrievably smitten. As the story goes, “after listening to countless requests from fellow Architects to see his father’s designs reissued, Benjamin decided to join with his brother Thomas to form the Cherner Chair Company in 1999. Since then the Cherner Chair Company has brought back into production many of Norman Cherner’s most popular designs. Utilizing his original drawings and specifications, the reissued designs are manufactured with the same attention to detail found in the original hand made classics.” (As always, click to shop.)
Another favorite from this year’s ICFF in New York. I’ve had my eye on Iannone’s amazing furniture for a few years now, but with nightstands starting in the $1300 range, and armoires topping out around $4K, they’re a wee bit out of my reach today. Even so, they are beyond extraordinary and hopefully, one day, I’ll be a proud owner (a girl can dream, right?). Michael Iannone is the designer behind the Philadelphia-based brand, “dedicated to the creation of eco-friendly modern furniture”. His blend of graphic nature imagery, clean lines and sustainable / green materials creates bold statement pieces that are somehow both modern and homey. Photo links will take you directly to their website, however most of their range is available for retail sale on-line at 2Modern.
Thought I’d share a random assortment of some of my favorite finds from May’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC. As most brands sell primarily to the trade, the image link will take you right to the designer’s web site.
I thought we’d end the week with a glimpse at a few of the thoroughly modern chairs exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Show that I attended last week in NYC. (Most furnishings are to the trade only; click image to visit the website of the manufacturer/designer)
A Fab flash sale introduced me to the colorful concoctions of Shawna Robinson, the creative energy behind Happy Chair. Based in Charlotte, NC, Shawna gives new life to shabby furniture by blending fabric patterns and hip hues to produce exhilarating, one of a kind pieces. Due to the individual nature of these kicky chairs, the exact designs shown here may not be available for purchase; however, one click of the image and you’ll be transported to the Happy Chair website where you can see what’s in stock today. (You can also visit the Happy Chair Etsy shop!)
It’s a strange winter around these parts (Minnesotans can’t help talking about the weather, and I am no exception). Chilly, but not cold, with nary a dusting of snow – rather Dickensonian, actually. Which reminds me of January days spent in London, strolling down the Kings Road. Despite the fact there’s no convenient tube stop, I make the pilgrimage to Chelsea religiously, with one primary destination in mind: the Designers Guild shop. Designers Guild has been producing amazing textiles since 1970, when it was founded by Tricia Guild, a brilliant designer who possesses the most remarkable sensibility for mixing pattern and color I have ever seen. Enter the shop and you are greeted with an immersive abundance of light, color and pattern. Bold, innovative and softly modern, it is extraordinarily inspiring, especially to those of us who tend to err on the side of beige. Suddenly, you’d rather fancy a fushia sofa and it begins to seem reasonable to paint your walls a shade of peacock. Go on, then, give it a go…
A few strange bits of whimsy spotted at Maison et Object earlier this fall… Made of felt, spruce and sponge (which, quite frankly, not a lot of products can boast), these small cabinets and footstools were designed by KAMKAM, a design studio based in Seoul, Korea. The collection, called the “Dressed Up Furniture Series”, uses buttons and belts, brilliant colors and soft structures to blur the lines between furnishings and fashion.