My name is Natalie and I have known Kristen and Geraldine for many years, first as a co-worker and fellow designer, then as a friend. When they invited me to help them with their first ever trade show (Surtex) I jumped at the chance!
In between helping Pattern Pod customers and running to the Apple Store for extra power cords (J), I took advantage of visiting ICFF in the pavilion next door, to see what the latest design trends were.
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair or ICFF is the centerpiece of NYCxDesign. Held at the Javits Center along with Surtex and the Stationary show, ICFF features innovative furniture, lighting, accessories, wallpaper, textiles, and kitchen and bath products for commercial and residential interiors, from around the world.
Below is a look at the products and colors that stuck out to me for their originality and freshness.
Katie Brown Designs
Part of the British European Design Group (BEDG) at ICFF, Katie Brown Designs is a textile design service and interior fabric design company that creates patterns from drawings and photos of urban landscapes and prints them on high-quality fabrics from Ireland. Using imagery that most would deem ugly, KB Designs transforms these hard-edged sources through intricate pattern, stunning color palettes and soft draping silks to create a beautiful piece of fabric for drapery, bedding, pillows and scarves . The current collection stems from the skeletal skyline of the shipyards in Katies’ home city of Belfast. I loved the results of the sometimes soft, always beautiful color combinations, contrasted with the jagged imagery on these wonderful fabrics.
Another entrant in the BEDG area, Nadia-Anne Ricketts from Beatwoven® creates fabrics reminicient of Klimt paintings by fusing sound/music and woven textiles thru software she developed. Pictured above, “DreaMelody” captures the essence of dreams, magic and fantasy using British iconic pop music ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ by The Beatles and ‘A Kinda Magic’ by Queen, to translate into its own trademark visual woven patterns. Woven on a silk warp using silk, wool and pure silver metallized yarns. The idea of interpreting music in textiles thru technology and the exquisite results Nadia has captured is truly magical. Encore!
Traditional textile patterns: Mandal Veveri and A Little Weather coverlets
Tying back into the Authenticity movement, traditional textile patterns were getting some respect at ICFF. Mandal Veveri modernized tweed by increasing the scale and re-coloring with modern color combinations. A similar exercise with muted colors was achieved by A Little Weather to their coverlet throws. Elsewhere in the show, time-honored dobby patterns were blown up and mixed with velvet and linen to give them a decidedly luxurious bent.
Color Trend: Blue
Indigo, Periwinkle, Navy, Cornflower, Turquoise, Slate, Denim, Aqua. Paired with neutrals, white or other colors in the blue family, Blue was very prevelent on wallcovering, rugs, textiles, and even hard surfaces.
Color Trend: Soft colors
After several years of bright, even neon colors on commercial and residential products , it was refreshing to see soft, even pastel colors at ICFF. Most notably on hard surface materials like wood, porcelain and paint, but also on textiles and wallcoverings.
Color Trend: White, Black, and Red or Yellow
Almost as a counterbalance to the soft color trend were products featured in the bold color combinations of White, Black and Red, or White, Black and Yellow. They were often seen on accessories or individual items that could be used in environments “for a splash of color”.
Material Trend: Wood
Wood was a favorite material at ICFF, especially looks that highlighted the beautiful grains of each species. Finishes were usually matte or raw. Often products were machined into simple silhouettes to highlight the beauty of the material. At times wood was paired with another materials such as marble or metal to create patterns reminiscent of nature.
What were some of your favorite products at ICFF?