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Once Upon A Time, I was married to an Interior Designer. He was very much from the "Less Is More" school of modern design, and held any other kind of architecture or decorating in great contempt. For him, everything had to be sleek, modern, and uncluttered to be worth bothering with. And though he is long gone from my life, his taste in design definitely rubbed off on me.

Though 10 years have passed, I still feel the same excitement and great enthusiasm that I did that very first time I attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. This annual event that takes place each May, and attracts the best and brightest designers, architects and furniture manufacturers both big and small, from all around the world.

The ICFF consists of a stellar roster of more than 600 designers, manufacturers, and representatives of contemporary furnishing companies from 25 countries. There is inventive design from Spain to Italy to Brooklyn, designers from Philippe Starck (Ian Schrager Hotels, Hansgrohe faucet) to Marcel Wanders (Knotted Chair for Droog Design) to Canada’s Stephanie Forsythe (Molo Cloud Softlights), and intriguing items from inventive bathroom fixtures to witty sofas, chairs and accessories.

If your home, office or favorite space needs something of a redo (look around, be honest!)- think stylish, sleek, witty and fun. In other words think modern!


Arhaus Merritt Twig Tables     

1. Arhaus Merritt Twig Tables

The term “Recycled'' is an understatement when it comes to these witty tables. They are constructed of twigs and branches gathered along the picturesque beaches of Java, Indonesia, which are then bundled and nailed together to create the shape.A simple glass protects the table top, and a carnauba wax topcoat gives the piece its golden glow. The Merritt collection is an exclusive Arhaus design. (End Table $399)

Dorothy Draper Door Chest

2. Dorothy Door Chest with Mirrors

Old World craftsmanship meets New World flair with this Dorothy Draper designed door chest with mirrors. Two, wide doors open to reveal one tray drawer and one adjustable shelf behind each door. Pieces are made to order, with Draper’s signature bright, floral patterns lining the inside. ($11,250)

3. Shawn Littrell Aline Chair & Ottoman

Designer Shawn Littrell’s Aline collection is a contemporary look at tufted upholstery, combining Victorian opulence with linear minimalism. Individual battens stack together on an engineered spine, bunching together for mass and arrayed outward to create the form.
(Chair $1900,
Ottoman $850)









George Sacaris Metallic Stump     

4. Faux Bois by George Sacaris

Faux bois is a French term for the imitation of wood in various media, and  has raised this practice to an artform. His stump tables are made from hand-formed aluminum, without patterns, ensuring that each piece is entirely unique. Great for indoor and outdoor use. (Stump side table $2,460)

5. Molo Cloud Softlights




When young Canadian
architect Stephanie Forsythe
talks about paper, she’s not referring to trees. Instead, her undulating overhead canopy of soft luminous forms are made of Tyvek©, a non-woven polyethylene material that’s 100% recyclable. Group cloud mobiles, or cloud pendants lighting, create vast cloudscapes flowing in a unique topography, tailored to the individual space they are shaping. The hollow cloud forms are internally lit by LED light, making the sculptural three dimensional forms mysteriously radiant when viewed from any direction. (small, medium or large $420-4,100 depending on size)








 6. Bloom Chair by Kenneth Cobonpue

With hundreds of fine-running stitches radiating from its center, the Bloom Chair brings the organic brilliance of a summer garden into your home. ($2,285-$2,810)

 Bloom Chair

7. The Free Ribbon Vent Free 3ft Fireplace by Spark Modern Fires

As the old adage states, “Less is more,” and Spark Modern Fires proves it with its Free ribbon Vent free fireplace. With 95% heat efficiency, no need for a chimney or flue, and freedom of placement in your home (seriously, these things can go anywhere), you could turn a meat locker into a trendy living area. ($4,400)


RS Foosball table     

8. RS#2

Although they tend to inhabit college dorms and frat houses, RS is proving that the game of foosball can be played anywhere. A sturdy steel (or stainless steel if you want to pay a bit more) framework and polyester paint finish allow the RS#2 to reside indoors or outdoors. But it’s the details that make the difference, such as the rubber-soled levellers, or the ashtrays and glass-holders for the four players. (Steel painted $3,525, Stainless steel $4,762-5062)

9. Wilkhahn Office Chair ON with Trimension

Wilkhahn has devoted decades to developing office chairs that encourage our natural desire to keep our bodies moving and healthy. After five years’ development, the beautifully designed and supremely functional ON has set a new milestone with its fluid combination of natural, three-dimensional movement and relaxation that rouses both mind and body.  ($848)

     Wilkhahn ON chair




10. Cambia by Legato Studio

It’s a table. No, it’s a work station. No, it’s a bench. Legato Studio’s Cambia transforms with ease into all three. Made from sustainable materials (Plybo, 100% renewable laminated bamboo), the Cambia is a simple and modern solution to furnishing a small space. ($12,000)









11. Mark And Efe

According to the designers, New York-based Mark Goetz and Istanbul’s Efe Buluc, the Bulldozer Lounge presents "a new visual language characterized by bold industrially produced elements connected in innovative ways. “This is the first piece born of a philosophy that magnifies human imagination and creativity rather than deriving inspiration from nature," they claim. The chair is surprisingly comfortable despite its industrial appearance. The red knobs allow for adjustment of the attached parts, and is made of aluminum with neoprene "upholstery". (In its prototype stage, Bulldozer Lounge can be made-to-order for $12,000)










12. Flux Chair

Flux is what happens when good design meets flexibility. Taking its cue from the lines of origami, Flux Chair goes from flat to chair in only ten seconds. Weighing in at only 10.6 pounds, Flux Chairs are light enough to carry around and strong enough to support up to 352 pounds. ($199) / Issue 123 - June 2018
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