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Cool Finds from ICFF 2010

Cool Finds from ICFF 2010

  • Neo-Metro

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    The 2010 Ebb Concept is designed with embedded LED lighting to add a new layer of customization to an already adaptable system. Ebb consists of industrial-gauge, recycled stainless steel sink, colorful resin tops, and a variety of installation options for small or grand spaces. Units are available in 24-, 36-, and 55-inch models, with pedestal or wall-mounted configurations, matching mirrors, and 11 resin colors from which to choose. www.neo-metro.com.

  • Ceramica Bardelli

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    Decorative tiles tend to be a little hokey, but some are actually pretty cool, such as the Fornasettiana collection, based on work by Italian painter, sculptor, and engraver Piero Fornasetti. The line features 12 decorative tiles that were created using the technique of hand-applied decalcomania. Tiles measure just about 8 inches by 8 inches and come with a matte or glossy finish. www.bardelli.it, www.hastingstilebath.com.

  • Anglepoise

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    No, this is not an art installation by Claes Oldenburg; it's the Giant1227. The unit is three times the size of the company's standard architect's desk lamp and has an aluminum base with castors for easy positioning. The unit is dimmable and is available in six colors. www.anglepoise.com.

  • Dornbracht

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    Bigger is better as far as the manufacturer is concerned, so it has added large-sized faucets to the Tara.Logic series. The wall-mounted units are now offered in five new sizes: a single-hole model (shown), originally intended for a guest bathroom has been increased to 6.25 inches for use in a master bathroom; a 6.75-inch version of the two-hole faucet is pared down for use with smaller sinks; and, a model with a cover plate now comes in a larger 10-inch size. The line comes in polished chrome and platinum matte. www.dornbracht.com.

  • Produzione Privata

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    These new lighting designs by architect and designer Michele de Lucchi represent a design direction based on the current trends. Because of new energy use standards and the growth of compact fluorescent lamps, the designer used sandblasted shades to hide the unattractive spirals. Distributed by Ameico, Spettrina (left) measures 7 inches in diameter and Spettra (right) measures 9.4 inches in diameter. www.produzioneprivata.it, www.ameico.com.

  • Ceramica Sant'Agostino

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    My Décor is a new collection of products that allow architects to become the creator of their tile installations. Giving the architect complete freedom, the company uses digital printing technology to transfer any image or graphics onto tile so that no patterns repeat. Shown here on a project by architects Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, the white body tiles are available in variety of sizes. www.ceramicasantagostino.it.

  • Oso Industries

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    The studio specializes in custom cast concrete architectural products that include countertops, sinks, shelves, furniture, and accessories. The Osomoto Big Boy sink reflects the firm's dedication to craft. Measuring 67 inches wide, the unit has an 8-inch-thick monolithically cast concrete top with an integral oval sink. Offered in a variety of colors, the sink sits atop a solid walnut base that is available in other species and colors and in sizes up to 85 inches and larger. www.osoindustries.com.

  • dform

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    Founded in 2001 by designer James Dieter, dform specializes in turning flat sheet materials into highly intricate architectural lighting and screens. Shown here in the basket saucer and spiral saucer, the lighting products—two of 12 styles—are made from birch or aspen and feature a silver or white metal finish. The basket fixture is available in sizes from 24 inches to 52 inches, and spiral comes in 24 inches and 42 inches. Custom materials, metal finishes, and canopies are available. www.dformdesign.com.

  • Kohler

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    Already known for modern designs, Kohler has unveiled its first low-profile minimalist faucet line called Loure, which includes lavatory faucets, shower components, and tub fillers. The line has a flat design and features Kohler's new UltraGlide valve, which results in a noticeably smooth functionality, the company says. Three finishes are available: polished chrome, vibrant brushed nickel, and vibrant polished nickel. www.kohler.com.

  • Appiani

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    Designed by Davide Pizzigoni for Appiani, the Tales of Water collection allows architects to express themselves in myriad ways. Shown here in Kanji, the products evoke an Asian theme. The line includes 18 designs in all ranging from metallic looks, botanical scenes, and other prints. www.appiani.it.

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    These three new designs—from left, Zinnia, Butterflies, and Viola—are the latest introductions to the manufacturer's handmade and hand painted lightweight resin fixtures. The London-based studio uses skilled workers in the Philippines to fabricate each fixture by hand using all natural materials so no two pieces are alike. Each new design is available in various configurations and sizes. www.taylighting.com.

  • Mockett

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    It's all about the details, and Mockett's flip-up grommets allow designers to provide practical solutions for an important part of daily life: electronic plugs. Satin aluminum pieces hide ugly looking outlets and data ports when they are unoccupied. With a push, the spring-loaded covers open for use. Many sizes and configurations are available. www.mockett.com.

  • Axor by Hansgrohe

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    Supremely in-demand architect and designer Patricia Urquiola has partnered with the luxury division of Hansgrohe to launch Axor Urquiola, a full line of products for the bath. The company says the line represents the convergence of previously distinct areas—bedroom and bathroom—so all the pieces complement each other, from faucets to washbasins, bathtubs, and accessories. Faucets and shower fixtures are available in chrome and polished nickel. www.axor.com.

One expects to find hip modern casework and other contemporary pieces at a show called the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, but the show also yields a surprisingly impressive collection of other architectural finds that design pros can love.  

Held every May in Manhattan, ICFF (as it's known to the design literati) is as far as you can get on the design extreme from the International Builders’ Show. A true international event in the spirit  (though nowhere near the scale) of Salone Internazionale del Mobile (the International Furniture Fair of Milan and the largest decoration trade fair in the world), ICFF attracts more than 550 exhibitors displaying everything from furniture, seating, carpet, flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath products.

Amid the deliberately weird student-designed products, avant-garde European pieces, and bizarre but cool art installations, designers and studios displayed appealing lighting, great hardware, impressive tile offerings, fantastic faucet design, and countertops offerings in an array of colors and materials.

Lighting, it seems, stole the spotlight (pun intended), and the L.A. Times agrees. "ICFF, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, opened over the weekend in New York, and the star of the show isn't actually furniture but the array of decorative accessories, wall decor and lighting," the paper declared in its May 17 coverage of the show.

But lighting was just part of the story. Faucet companies Kohler, Hansgrohe, and Dornbracht were present with new collections aimed at contemporary-minded souls. And tile manufacturers from Europe brought products that would appeal to the expected 24,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, designers, manufacturers, representatives, distributors, and developers. 

residential architect was there, and assembled this modest collection of products that caught our eye. We think they'll pique your curiosity, too. Enjoy them in our slideshow above.