What to look for at ICFFMay 5th, 2010
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) takes place May 15-18 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. More than 500 national and international exhibitors will be displaying the finest and most creative home and contract products from around the world. Over the years, the show has grown to encompass the latest in contemporary kitchen and bath products, as well as the best in contemporary furniture. Here are a few notable products and showrooms that you should keep an eye out for.
LAUFEN, one of the leading manufacturers of luxury bathroom products, will be showing their mimo, Lb3, and ILBAGNOALESSI dOt collections at ICFF in booth 1147.
The mimo collection was the winner of the 2009 red dot award, which is given to honor the year’s outstanding design quality and trendsetters. It has been called the “Mini Cooper of the bathroom fleet” and features modestly-sized sinks, toilets, vanities and a small bathtub. Mimo is uniquely retro and hip; it comes in black and white, or pink with graphic prints.
Mimo is also a mindful collection. Its compact size saves space without sacrificing comfort and it features eco-friendly materials, including furniture made from recycled materials and toilets that are WaterSense labeled.
The Lb3 collection of sinks is based on three styles: modern, classic and design. The “modern” collection of sinks [pictured] features linear, clean contours, and is a tribute to both modern and Bauhaus styles. Lb3 also features a wide array of wall-mount and floor standing toilets, wood-encased freestanding bathtubs and simple, yet elegant vanities.
The use of black is a recent trend in bathroom architecture and interior design. LAUFEN takes this concept and brings high fashion into this space with their ILBAGNOALESSI dOt collection that features hip black matte ceramic pieces. LAUFEN’s award-winning TamTam washbasin is an exquisite piece characterized by an asymmetrical shape and a smooth, leather-inspired texture. Images provided by: laufen.com/usa
Hastings Tile & Bath
During Opening Night at the A&D Building in New York City (taking place May 17, 2010 6-9 pm), Hastings Tile & Bath will be debuting Italian tile manufacturer Ceramica Bardelli’s iconic Fornasetti designs on ceramic tile. The tiles, designed by famous Italian artist and interior decorator Piero Fornasetti, capture the artist’s unique sense of wit and whimsy.
Hastings, a leader in European tile and bath products, will be showing multiple new bath and tile product lines this year in their showroom. Among the products being shown will be the Vola FS3 shower – the new freestanding shower by the classic Vola line of products. Hastings will be exhibiting at booth 1420G with Tagina Ceramiche D’Arte S.P.A. during the show. Images provided by Hastings Tile & Bath
Alpha Workshops, based in New York, is the only non-profit organization in the United States that trains and employs people living with HIV/AIDS to work in decorative arts. This year you will be able to find them at ICFF at booth #2463.
Alpha Workshops is a great resource for interior designers and they specialize in hand-painted wall coverings, custom painting, gilding and finishing. Their work can be seen throughout the Gracie Mansion, the mayor of New York’s official residence, and many other prominent homes and businesses throughout the New York metropolitan area. For more information visit their website at: alphaworkshops.org
Watermark, the leading manufacturer of decorative fixtures and bathroom accessories, will be having an open house at their new BIG Showroom (Boutique Interior Group) designed by world-renowned architectural design studio, Clodagh. The open house will be taking place on May 13 from 1pm to 7pm at 20 West 22nd Street, New York, NY.
Watermark is a Brooklyn-based manufacturer whose work is very much inspired by the history and spirit of Brooklyn. They have collaborated with other leading manufacturers serving the design and construction communities to form BIG (Boutique Interior Group). BIG’s partners include Watermark Designs, Benchmark Furniture, Evans & Paul, Apple Valley Kitchens and LG Hausys. The BIG showroom features product displays from each partner as well as an extended-stay model room that includes a full kitchen, guest room and luxury bath suite created by Clodagh. Images provided by watermark-designs.com