Our editors' favorite new designs from the annual two-week festival.
"It's rare to meet a young designer who captures your attention like soon-to-be Yale School of Architecture graduate Isaac Southard did mine at ICFF. His 19 Lines chair is simple on the surface, but look closely, and you can tell the kind of time he spent thinking about it—and making it. Isaac told me some fun stories about studying under the tutelage of Frank Gehry, and we both share a mutual appreciation for the work of Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works Architecture."
—Spencer Bailey, Editor-in-Chief
"The Mellow looks simple, but is actually an extremely complicated piece of furniture. The textile shell comes from the medial industry and requires only one continuous seam. Underneath are varying shapes and densities of memory foam, anchored to a series of cords via hand-carved wood buttons that recall traditional tufting. All of this rests on a maple base that allows the cords to be adjusted dynamically to change the shape and feel of the sofa."
—Stephen Pulvirent, Executive Digital Editor
Sight Unseen Offsite
"My boyfriend and I have an apartment full of plants. There's just something so much more inviting when you're surrounded by green. You can't help but smile. These planters by Saint Karen make fighting that impulse even harder."
—Nick Spain, Digital Strategist
Makers & Brothers Lemonade Stand Pop-Up at The Standard, East Village
"I love that Max Lamb simply stacked two lemons atop each other and decided that would be the perfect silhouette for a lemonade glass. It's silly and specific. No one asked for a lemonade glass, but here it is. And it's perfect."
—Lily Wan, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
"Much to my family's disappointment, I am not expecting. Though, I have run out of closet space for my shoes, and think this bassinet would make for a great spot to display a new pair of Aquazarra sandals. For those who use it for its intended purpose, the rocker thoughtfully changes into a love seat for when the baby grows up—which I have yet to do."
—Courtney Kenefick, Associate Fashion Editor
"This collaboration between Rockwell and the LED lighting specialists also contains a few more dramatic overhead fixtures, but it's the more understated Notch sconces that really caught my eye. Light comes out of the top and bottom of the powder coated steel frame and from the cube-shaped cut-out, and the interior is brushed brass, giving the LED light some warmth."
"Stephen's pieces on display at the Wanted Design fair really impressed me. There aren't many designers in Chicago, or even America, who are thinking about and creating work like his. His experimental yet practical pieces look more like they're coming out of the Eindhoven school than anything from the United States."
Sight Unseen Offsite
"At first I was drawn to Mmaterial's Cement Series by its colors—mutedly beachy in a way that makes the concrete seem almost light. After feeling the pieces, I was amazed by the milky smoothness of the concrete. Perfectly poured and seamless. I'd be curious to see designer Fernando Mastrangelo's process here."
"These bent steel stools look good individually, but are meant to be used in large quantities and can stack indefinitely. The steel frame comes in subtle colors like powder blue, opal green, creme, and grey, each paired with a matching wood top. When stacked, the stools' legs create a spiral pattern that gives the pile an architectural look. They're intensely functional, which is exactly why I find them so charming."
"Tom Dixon is a master of lighting, and his latest series, Curve, doesn't disappoint. These are definitely more for contract projects—bars, hotels, restaurants—than residential. If I were developing an edgy, retro but super-futuristic bar, I would definitely source these."