Live@ICFF, Editor’s Pick: Patty Johnson
This year Patty Johnson is showing designs from 10 Caribbean nations made by 20 different producers. The collection is defined by traditional materials and techniques, all of them socially and economically sustainable, but as usual Johnson has worked with the artisans to develop pieces that have broad appeal. There are objects made of tobacco leaves, leather, and coconut fiber, but the standout is Johnson’s own chair, produced by Liana Cane, a factory in Guyana that is devoted to renewable materials. The chair is made from kufa, “with properties similar to rattan,” according to Johnson, and finished in environmentally-friendly neon shades. They are displayed to great effect in a twisting tower just below the name of the collection: Love Freedom Flow.