ICFF 2009 Wrap Up

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So sorry for the delay readers! We know you have been patiently waiting for all ICFF happenings. The mood of the show notably melancholy this year. With way fewer Europeans represented, the fair seemed much smaller to us (what, no Normann Copenhagen? where was Danish Crafts?) . It was evident the economy kept designers away. While we did see some new designs, we also felt like we saw a lot of the same stuff. Usually, Design Boom Mart is packed with fresh, new exhibitors marketing their wares but we noticed there were quite a few designers who presented last year with the same designs.

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Kikkerland’s tribute to Andy Warhol used a unique and altruistic way to display their latest products. All the cans will be donated to a food bank after the event. Go Kikkerland!

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Nope you can’t shoot this hoop. The colored crystal basket ball hoop is for decorative use only.

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We really loved the Acrila Chairs but our pictures were horrible! So, we pulled this pic off their website so you can fully appreciate their beauty~! We’ll be posting more on their pieces very soon. But here is just a nibble. ;>

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Cabinet by Fernando and Huberto Campagna for Edra.

We were excited to see our new pioneering friend Alfred Brodmann, whom we met at the Finnish Designers party at the top of the Hotel Gansevoort the night before. He was there exhibiting his new innovative redesign on an old classic. The Brodmann Blade is a ping pong paddle that’s worn like a glove! People were clamoring to give the new paddle a try. To discover more about Alfred’s pioneering product, Brodmann Blades please visit his website.

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Also, in attendance at the Finnish Design party, was Karim Rashid and his wife wearing all silver (guess that’s his new fav hue). 😛

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Cipria Sofa by Fernando and Huberto Campagna for Edra

Despite the lack of radical new designs at ICFF, we had a fabulous time. We had loads of fun  trawling the exhibitors booths this year with our “fair mate” Shannon from Modern Urban Baby. Shannon made some fantastic discoveries for the preschool set so be sure to visit MUB to read all about them.

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Plastic Iron Book Ends by Maarten De Ceulaer.

Overall, ICFF was a fantastic opportunity to do a pulse check on the industry, mingle and catch up with old (and new) friends. We look forward to presenting you with some of the designs we liked at the fair.

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