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2024’s ICFF Highlights: Design Trends

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While social media and technology have made trends somewhat erratic and unpredictable, the 2024 ICFF trade show during NYCxDESIGN, including its WANTED subsection and the Launch Pad initiative, has positioned a few recurring themes as critical to the advancement of design. Noteworthy makers, emerging talent, and exceptional student designers are making audiences acutely aware that cross-cultural collaboration, collectibility, and serious sustainable design are here to stay. Let’s delve into the highlights of the ICFF Main Showcase, which exhibited remarkable pieces that reflect these themes and the influence of multidisciplinary design studios.

ICFF Main Showcase Highlights:

The artisans behind the modern African design brand Arkivio expand their Ibis Collection, inspired by the Zulu word “isibopha,” which means “binds us.” The collection includes new pendant and floor lighting, as well as standing and wall mirrors, fusing hand-rolled solid brass forms, braided rope, and diffused light sources to create stunning, jewelry-like pieces for the home.

Bert Furnari introduces his Café Set, a collection of organic-retro-futuristic home furnishings. This set features playful designs with abstract shapes and colors, near tone-on-tone colorways, fluffy seat cushions, and a removable center board for easy cleanup of spills.

Cyrc pioneers post-industrial plastic recycling and circular design with their Houf Collection. Available in four silhouettes, these vessels emulate visual warmth through texture and color, serving as seating, tables, and planters. This collection underscores the sustainable ethos embraced by multidisciplinary design studios.

Enigmatic lighting design studio d’Armes adds two poetic pieces to their repertoire with 1979, designed by Will Choui, and Doppler, designed by Florian Martin. These pendant lights integrate form and function, celebrating utility and contemporary design, and setting themselves up as future nostalgic pieces.

Robert Sukrachand, the Thai-American designer behind Pern Baan, synthesizes personal narratives and craft from across physical and cultural boundaries. The Parchment Side Tables by Art Resources mark a significant moment for accessibility to historical styles like Thai Art Deco.

ICFF WANTED Highlights:

Lauren Goodman’s sculptural furniture studio uses discarded objects and renewable materials to create unique collectible designs. The Fresh Catch series utilizes abandoned lobster traps, showcasing the potential of upcycled materials.

Ian Love’s work celebrates the rawness of aging and diseased wood, creating furniture, lighting fixtures, and artwork with an undeniable soul, connecting with viewers on a primordial level.

LAUNCH PAD Highlights:

Black Oveja studio from Córdoba practices sustainable production of textiles using 100% organic wool. Their UCO Wall Art, inspired by natural fractal systems and soils from Valle de Uco in Argentina, exemplifies their commitment to nature.

This collaborative effort between Fisch Inc. and Ditto Forms showcases the transformative capacity of waste. The Camada daybed, made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, highlights the benefits of local manufacturing and sustainable materials

Aijing Tang of Toughcookie Studio pays homage to the Memphis movement with geometric designs and saccharine hues. Her work subverts traditional masculine shapes, presenting new ways to structure and colorize seating with a feminine sensibility.

Yining Ge’s furniture designs explore the temporal nature of design, materiality, and graphic silhouettes. The Void Bench and Ground Cabinet echo powerful structural systems of ancient stone monuments and are preserved through traditional charring techniques.

The 2024 ICFF showcased the profound impact of multidisciplinary design studios on contemporary design, emphasizing sustainability, collaboration, and innovation. For more insights and updates, follow Joseph Sgambati III on Instagram and LinkedIn.

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