Nancy Nowacek

The ICFF Newsstand

Harry Allen’s Newsstand for the ICFF’s international media sponsors (Abitare, Domus, Frame, Interi, Intramuros, and Wallpaper*) cuts a friendly, if not curious, figure amid this year’s exhibitor booths. Constructed from Styrofoam insulation panels and colored painter’s tape, the igloo-like form comments subtly on the extreme packing and shipping measures many exhibitors must take for their products to arrive at the…

Art and Parcel

Walking into FLOWmarket, a white-curtained grocery offering shelfulls of “Holistic Thinking” and “Inner Calm,” is like wandering into the wrong movie theatre and staying to figure out the story. Maybe it’s the cynic in us, maybe it’s our environmental packaging phobia, but by labelling otherwise empty packages with titles such as “Empathy,” the Danish designer, Mads Hagstrom, is commodifying consumerism…

Cooking Up an Expansion

The news that minimalist Jasper Morrison has developed a line of cookware for Alessi seems unusual, if not perplexing. In the United States “Alessi” calls to mind tiny people, like the little red man steeping your tea or the green one holding your toothbrush—or it evokes architecture turned high-end tea set. But with Morrison’s consumer line Pots&Pans, the 85-year-old Italian…

Go Ahead and Throw Stones

Unlike her previous pieces—chair-sized pompoms and the fantastical wool cushion/carpet—Denmark-based Pernelle Fagerlund’s Textile Stones operate on a more intimate scale, but remain as innovative and playful in form and technique. Presented by Danish Crafts CC10 jubilee collection at this year’s ICFF, each of the homemade, eye-catching, and varying shaped work suggests egg-sacs of a cuddly prehistoric creature more than they…

Portal to Fame

A new hotel in Madrid—featuring a roster of big names—serves as a kind of interior design theme park.

The Voting Booth Project: Where Art and Democracy Meet?

In hopes of finding midday solace and a moment of relief from election anxiety, I recently visited The Voting Booth Project, an exhibit of Votomatic booths customized by four dozen artists and graphic designers. I went to the politically left-leaning show, which is being staged at New York’s Parson’s School of Design through December 5, expecting encouragement (Keep calling the…