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.