Of the Earth . . . My take on the 2013 Int’l Contemporary Furniture Fair

Each year interior designers and related vendors gather in NYC for the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair). This year’s show, held  at the NYC Javitz Center,  was a creative feast. Furniture, lighting, flooring and so many other product vendors came to the show with the most thoughful and inspiring products for interiors in years.

The overarching movement in luxury interior furnishings continued on the path of melding of industrial design, mid-century modernism and organic styling. Woods and metals showed hand-rubbed finishes and warm, rich patinas versus factory slick finishes. The most beautiful objects conveyed the essence of being tied to the earth and created by hands. The look was generally minimal, but highly refined and warm, and earthy. 

Here are a few of my favorite examples:

Click here for Ralph Lauren’s fundraising dining table for DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids). 

Light fixtures/Mobiles [right] that hover, glow, and sway like clouds as the air moves. They remind me of Alexander Calder!

Click here for the Caesarstone space, designed to evoke a stone garden. They created a sea of cocktail tables made by reshaping leftover sink and stove countertop cutouts in natural colors and mounting them on dark metal bases, 3-5 per table.

This movement in interior design continues on the path we love…minimal, organic, warm and luxurious design.