Author: Debra Pickrel

A Sturdy Resin Chair

When it comes to design, Martha Sturdy follows her gut instincts. “My work is driven by art and sculpture,” she says. “I’m a sculptor first, so concept comes first with my designs.” Sturdy’s linear, orange resin dining chair gleaned a…

Milos Sofa: ‘Made to Marry the Body’

The elegant demeanor of designer Hughes N’Cho-Allépot is as smooth and chic as his new Milos Sofa. “My sofa is made to marry the body,” he says. “It’s easy to put your arm up on the back, and it fits…

Nelson’s Reissued Swag Leg Desk

Herman Miller for the Home celebrates its 10th anniversary at this year’s ICFF. One of the latest pieces to join its collection of classic design products is a reissue of George Nelson’s 1955 Swag Leg desk. The piece has a…

Shelving Inspired by the Tour De France

Is that an oversized bicycle wheel I see at Booth 664? No, it’s a shelving unit. But it turns out my first impression wasn’t far off: according to its manufacturer, Gyford Productions LLC, the piece was inspired by the Tour…

A Delirious Dining Table

Emmanuel Cobbet says “Delire” translates from French as “delirium or frenzy,” and that’s just the feeling his sleek, surfboard-shaped dining table evokes. A follow-up to the firm’s more linear “DeLight” table, Delire has a brightly dotted surface pattern, the idea…

Textiles Inspired By Television

“Static Screen” is a 100% polyester, fine-knit translucent fabric with a mesmerizing, ethereal quality. It can work as an overlay or stand on its own. Knoll’s Suzanne Tick explains that the fabric “is actually static screen imagery from Channel 2.…

A Secretary with Polish

Eric Jourdan completes his Hyannis Port storage line for Ligne Roset with several sleek pieces bearing the line’s signature, bull-nose back corners. The secretary is a stand-out, featuring a pull-down door that opens to reveal two drawers with an adjustable…

A Chair Customized for Indoors and Out

At first glance, the Balou Chair looks like it’s intended to sit in your living room, not out in the elements. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll see that its textural, airy design is not created from stained rattan…

Auto-Pilot: A Sinuous, Practical Desk

Material Furniture’s “Knock-Down/Drag-Out” line premiered at the 2003 ICFF, and the company’s sinuous Auto-Pilot Desk is a fresh addition to this very practical collection. Christopher Douglas designed the Auto-Pilot with room in mind. “I couldn’t find a good full-sized desk…

Angela Adams’s Tribute to Baba

Walk into Angela Adams’s ICFF booth and you are surrounded by an organic design environment with a decidedly modern twist. Adams’s new Signature collection Baba Carpet is a formal and elegant addition to her naturalistic design aesthetic, which was nurtured…

Marketing Sustainability to Industrial Designers

“Regulations in Europe and Japan mandate greener products, and, if the U.S. does not design its products to be in step with these regulations, they will not compete in the global marketplace,” says Jacquelyn Ottman, president of J. Ottman Consulting,…

Metropolis Makes an Entrance at Exit Art

It’s Monday night…time to make a toast to ICFF 2003. Where? Exit Art one of New York’s hottest exhibit spaces and current site of the Exit Biennial, “The Reconstruction”. The party was produced by Truck and Metropolis, cocktails by Bombay…

Mid-Century Italian Design

The Metropolis team was lured across the street from USM by the Gio Ponti chair in Brian Kish’s gallery. “The collection is Italian mid-century, but by Milanese architects. We offer an edited version of the most significant forms and types,”…

The USM Showroom

The Metropolis team visited the showroom of Swiss modular furniture company USM for a cocktail with marketing manager Ana Bilski.