Our Favorites From ICFF & WantedDesign 2022

Pipeline Chandelier and designer Caine Heintzman. Photo courtesy ANDlight.


May 20, 2022

For the 42nd time designers gathered at the Jacob Javits Center in New York to visit the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). For two days I walked the show. Here’s what stood out.

Pipeline Chandelier. Photo courtesy ANDLight.

Pipeline Chandelier by ANDLight

Designer Caine Heintzman’s Pipeline Chandelier is a clever take on their original Pipeline series. Caine designed a way to add a subtle connector to the original light, allowing it to become part of a larger modular system. The lights, which are assembled in their Vancouver studio, can now be customized in many different shapes and scales—from small residential applications to bold commercial project uses. “Everyone wants to be able to customize,” says Caine. andlight.ca

Mother wallpaper. Photo courtesy Leah Verwey / Thatcher.

Mother by Thatcher

Inspired by the mother of pearl lining of a mollusk chair, designer Avery Thatcher’s wild MOTHER wallpaper reflects light in interesting and surprising ways. “It’s completely interactive and unpredictable. It’s for the client that is open to interpretation and metamorphosis.” The paper is is made in the USA and is Climate Neutral-certified. thatcherstudio.com

The Oasis collection. Photo courtesy Rocky Mountain Hardware.

The Oasis Collection by Rocky Mountain Hardware & RAMSA

Rocky Mountain Hardware collaborated with Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) to create their new Oasis Collection. The process began at the beginning of the pandemic. Christian Nickum, who owns Rocky Mountain Hardware, reviewed most of the initial design virtually by looking at 3D models. “It was completely different,” he says. Lawrence Chabra, a designer and studio director at RAMSA, said he was initially inspired by looking at jewelry that “came out of the arts and crafts movement.” The new line, manufactured in Idaho, had to integrate seamlessly with other Rocky Mountain products, but Lawrence saw that as an opportunity. “Part of good design is working within limitations.” rockymountainhardware.com


Aether Chair. Photo courtesy of Lara Villa.

Aether Chair by Lara Villa

The ancient Greeks referred to a fifth element that filled the universe as aether. Designer Lara Villa created the Aether Chair as a way to physically embody this philosophical concept. “The chair represents the ephemeral feeling of light and color in natural phenomena into a tangible object,” she says. laravilla.com

Squiggle Mirror by CAM Design Co.

During the pandemic Chris Miano quit his commercial job to “commit to doing my own work.” The time spent in his New Jersey workshop led to a series of handcrafted pieces that balance beautiful craftsmanship and playful aesthetics. chrismiano.com

Aplo lamp. Photo courtesy Fermob.

Aplô Lamp by Fermob

Tristan Lohner designed Aplô, a battery powered light for Fermob. The light can change color temperature to match the setting and is designed to fit several ingenious mounts, including a wall bracket, magnetic base, and an adjustable suspension strap. fermob.com

Glove couch. Photo courtesy The High Key.

Glove Couch by The High Key

Designer John Vieweg began with a large block of foam then cut away with a hot knife until the Glove couch appeared. “The Relief collection is about carving away at materials. By softening hard edges, we discover the human qualities within,” he says. thehighkey.design

Iyo Rug by Ayu Mi Ya

Sisters Ayumi and Miya created the Iyo Rug as an homage to the signature eyeglasses their grandmother wore. “They were well made and just a little different.” The rugs are made to order and hand sewn in their Rhode Island studio. ayumiya.com

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