Author: Shonquis Moreno

Mibo Lamps from the UK

Several of Madeleine Rogers’ lampshades are named for English beach resorts: Leith, Hornsea, Selsey, and Winchelsea. The PVC shades hang from the ceiling or perch atop a stem as a table lamp. Leith is an abstract gray and black pattern…

Void and Nest from intoto

Joe Doucet has made a chair, ottoman, and table by building structure around form, creating a line of furniture that is “defined more by what is not there than by what is,” according to Doucet. Molded plywood faced with walnut…

Where Mesh and Plastic Meet

Emma Jeffs is interested in surfaces, materials, and printing techniques. These interests, which have evolved into custom window screens, room partitions, and installations, started with her introduction to photograms. Jeffs’s curtain-like designs are made of mesh fused together in a…

Getting Down with the Danish

Copenhagen-based Denmark.dk was inspired by old African seats to create the Low system. And it is just that: low to the ground. And laid-back. “Everyone gets very relaxed sitting on Low,” says Mikael Hoilund, who also designed the environment linking…

Virginia Tech Industrial Design Students

Virginia Tech’s industrial design booth at this year’s fair may have been smaller than those of its peers and perhaps more earnest than clever. But its cerebral approach earned it the Best Design School category in the ICFF Awards on…

Off on Tangent

MIO principal Jaime Salm, 24, hails from Colombia and cares about the environment. Last month, he and MIO collaborators launched Tangent three-dimensional wallpaper, molded from an alloy of pre- and post-consumer recycled newspaper and cardboard. Ground up and molded into…

Pushing Paper’s Limits at Tracy Kendall

While large companies like the U.S.-based Wolf-Gordon push the limits of industrially produced wallcoverings, it is the small independent artists like Tracy Kendall who are truly reinventing the form and doing so by hand. Last year’s “In the White Room”…

Special Japanese Boxes

The stackable, handmade, cylindrical boxes designed by Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki and crafted by Yoshimasa and Yoshinobu Shibata are exquisite examples of the country’s traditional craftwork (which is in danger of extinction for lack of younger practitioners). Made from Japanese…

Gloss by Bisazza

Bisazza’s big news is the opening of a New York City showroom at the end of June that will be designed by creative director Fabio Novembre. In the meantime, we must remain content with a new line of iridescent tiles…

Panelite’s Shimmery Skins

If you missed the ICFF panel discussion on materials yesterday (May 17), stop by the Panelite booth to ogle their latest honeycomb wall panels. Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture recently used these shimmery skins for the façade of the…

Dyad’s Ori Table

Ori means “folded cloth” or blanket in Japanese, and Douglas Fanning’s new coffee table captures the essence of the fabric, while still retaining a sleek form. The creased corners of the table dip downward, leaving the middle section to fold…

For the Love of Lolah

Lolah designers have reinvented the water cooler, and we’re left wondering why it took someone so long. The singular design by Christopher Deam and Peter Stathis resembles a chic floor lamp, while the austerity of the handblown crystal reservoir and…

Dform’s Wall Screens

Rhode Island School of Design-trained industrial designer James Dieter has been making wood laminate lamps in interlocking textures and patterns for some time. “Now, I’m basically taking the lamps and flattening them out,” says Dieter of the wall screens he…

At the Dornbracht Booth One Day Later

The morning that the doors opened on the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Dornbracht display coordinator Bruce Jones has changed from jeans and a T-shirt to a dark suit. Inside, the booth is a clean, uncluttered gray lined with the silver…

New Old Wallpaper from Twenty2

Brooklyn, NY-based husband and wife wallpaper designers, Kyra and Robertson Hartnett, offer a modern take on your old wall. The four patterns, called Maxwell Group, Acco Group, Columbia Heights, and Casa Mila, are hand-screened on vinyl paper or grasscloth made…

Wall Tattoos from Swarovski

Swarovski’s decadent new Austrian-crystal wall “tattoos” can be rubbed onto any surface: pillow, wall, curtain, or even onto the flanks of the sheer white walls at the company’s ICFF booth. Two flower patterns—one baroque and one Spartan—were designed by Tord…

Rampant Design from Parsons

Whether high- or low-tech, clever ideas ran rampant among the product prototypes presented by this year’s crop of Parsons School of Design seniors. Despite Parson’s claims to the contrary, we’re not certain that just anyone can be a designer. Here’s…

Ergonica’s Cardboard Chairs

Juan Carlos is riffing on cardboard. The Monterrey, Mexico, designer studied finance at Pepperdine before training in cardboard industrial design in Paris at Les Haines. His numbered and signed series of cardboard chairs (including a rocker) can all be placed…

Setting Up at Dornbracht Booth 708

Thirty-six hours before the doors open on the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, the convention floor is a frenzy of construction, littered with drills, cardboard boxes, and glossy glimpses of half-packed…