Author: Shonquis Moreno

The New Piazza

A boldly modern cultural center invigorates an ailing Italian town—and could serve as a model for the entire country.

Retail Gold

A Brazilian program pairing designers and artisans produces covetable crafts—and a precious source of income.

The Miima: Low’s Bulkier Brother

Mikael Hoilund is a busy man. An architect, he designed the Danish contingent’s ICFF booths this year and last; a furniture designer, he is half of studio Dnmark.dk, which created last year’s lauded Low seat. Hoilund’s latest work is the…

Sustainable Design from Pratt Students

After a few minutes at one of the two Pratt Institute booths, I notice a box of chocolates. Designed by Linda Hsiao, the chocolates resemble bodily organs (nose, ear, heart, lungs, brain) and are dyed disturbingly organic colors. They’re somewhat…

Gubi’s Lounge Chair

Drawing upon a German technique for molding 3-D veneers, Copenhagen-based Gubi has created a new member for its seating line: a lounge chair. Like the Gubi chair and stool, the lounger has a broad, clean, arcing shell, the lips of…

Convivial Tools from Cranbrook Students

This year, Cranbrook Academy of Art students of all disciplines were given the brief to develop “convivial tools”: objects that encourage others to live more creative, autonomous, and socially and environmentally constructive lives. The resulting work, which is highly conceptual,…

Parsons Students Design for Non-Profits

This year seniors at Parsons School of Design were asked to develop designs by working with New York-based non-profit organizations. The results, like last year’s, were cleverly light-hearted in the face of troubled subjects. Working with the Metropolitan Transit Authority,…

Molo’s Float Tea Lantern

The diminutive molo booth is filled with only two objects, both designed by Canadians Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen. Soft Wall is a tall accordion of soft-white paper that, once flattened into an inch-thick wad, has now been extended about…

A-V Storage Units, Style Included

Puerto Rican industrial designer Reynold Rodriguez has a gorgeous, innate sense of form. Like Athena sprouting from her father’s head, Rodriguez’s pieces seem to have burst from his mind fully formed (and well-dressed). With its radial corners, ovaloid sliding door,…

The Palo Chair: A Play on Space

Lauded at last year’s ICFF for their louvered 6-Panel Screen, Brooklyn-based 3square design returns with an angular take on a chair built around negative space. Interested in the idea of a continuous loop, designer Michael Cannamela plays with expectations by…

MioCultureLab’s Green Wallcoverings

MioCultureLab has followed up on its eco-friendly (if not entirely code-friendly) 3-D Tangent wallcovering with V2 wallpaper “tiles” made from 100% post- and pre-consumer wastepaper. This refined version is easy on the environment, the building code, and the eyes. The…

Two Modern Takes on a Chandelier

German-born, London-based designer Eva Menz is a romantic and idealist. Her 2004 collection includes two exquisite, modern chandeliers: “Free as a Bird” and “Money Can’t Buy Me Love.” “Money” turns the luxurious idea of a chandelier on its head, as…

Umbra Gets ‘Flocked’

Sounding vaguely obscene, Umbra’s motto this ICFF was “Get flocked!,” a message delivered to passers-by via a canary-yellow typeface. The catchphrase referred to how this year, Umbra’s usual products—lamps, chairs, tables, magazine racks—came coated with a synthetic film of either…