The Best Luxe Brands From the Fashion Week of Furniture
New York Design Week is a celebration of global design. As with fashion week, editors, designers, and industry mavens alike gather at events throughout the city to witness the latest and greatest in interior design and architecture. At the core of it all is ICFF—the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. While fashion editors may salivate over Chanel’s latest sequined creations, we home décor enthusiasts fawn over the new avant-garde designs in lighting. And this year’s ICFF did not disappoint.
We scoured the 165,000 square feet of the Javits Center and judiciously selected our favorite brands from more than 750 exhibitors. Ready to see the latest and greatest in contemporary furniture design? These are the 13 brands that caught our attention with their showstopping pieces. Ahead, prepare for lots of brass, powder-coated iron, and blush pink.
Coil + Drift won ICFF Editors’ Best New Designer Award, and it won ours, too. This young furniture brand hails from Brooklyn, and it features a range of well-crafted furniture and objects in simple shapes and quality materials like solid brass, white oak, and marble. Plus, founder John Sorensen-Jolink is entirely self-taught. How’s that for motivation?
Volk, another Brooklyn-based furniture company, is named after the designer’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Volk, who was a furniture maker in the 19th century. Brian Volk-Zimmerman discovered one of his wooden chairs in the family farmhouse and used it as inspiration for his handcrafted collection. We’re particularly fond of the St. Charles collection, which features marble with inset cork—an instant coaster.
Matter-Made showcased a beautiful collection of products, including painted glass mirrors, LED disc pendants, and painted plywood furniture. The brand’s blush typecast chair was particularly on-trend, thanks to Pantone’s color of the year. The manufacturer is based in Brooklyn and features designs from a range of small American designers.
Perhaps one of the most coolest products we came across was the Soho dining table by Asher Israelow displayed at Dmitriy & Co. Constructed of bleached oak, solid brass, and ebonized walnut, the most impressive aspect is the speckled brass tabletop that we were told represents a star chart. Each tabletop can be custom-made to illustrate a specific part of the sky, making for a very personal piece with an interesting story to tell guests at dinner.
Iacoli & McAllister never ceases to impress us. The furniture and lighting collection features simple lines and wire designs in blush pink, brass, marble, glass, and powder-coated aluminum. What’s not to love?
Rosie Li’s lighting is truly showstopping. Her 3-D Stella hexagon is made of a half-mirrored glass diffuser that creates the impression of infinite lighting. We also love her Bubbly collection, which is inspired by soap bubbles.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Juju Papers is a collection of wallpaper inspired by folk art from around the world. The collection features a series of organic shapes printed in metallic shades onto colored wipeable coated paper. The large-scale effect is stunning.
Though we are very familiar with Pelle’s bubble chandelier collection and its collaboration with West Elm, we were very impressed with the brand’s newest collection, which features a mix of modular LED lighting fixtures and a series of blossom sconces that are built out of cotton paper and held by a slender brass arc.
Simply put, we loved everything from Gubi’s booth. The Danish company featured iconic designs like Gio Ponti organic mirrors, GamFratesi tables, and Greta Grossman lighting. The company is on a mission to reissue overlooked designs from past decades and showcase upcoming designers. Perhaps the best aspect of the brand’s work is its namesake line, which features velvet seating in stunning shapes.
Montréal-based company Lambert & Fils is already a MyDomaine favorite, but the brand’s latest collection knocks it out of the park. Here, the signature orb light is hung with a suspension system of wires and anchors, creating an infinitely customizable look that reads Art Deco.
Another Danish company, &Tradition, features a library of furniture and lighting that spans from the 1930s to today. Iconic designs by the likes of Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton are reintroduced, while some younger designers are also prominently featured. One of our favorite collections, the palette table by Jaime Hayon, is available in a range of shapes, colors, and sizes.
This young New York–based collective was established by three female designers—Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie. Egg Collective’s designs are beautifully crafted and expertly detailed. Our favorite pieces include a brass credenza and a hand-blown glass chandelier.
MyDomaine favorite Apparatus Studio showcased a collection of tassel lighting made out of mold-blown glass cylinders that made us weak in the knees. Our go-to brand also reimagined circuit fixtures where glowing glass capsules were nested in brass shades. Ready to start decorating?