ICFF x WantedDesign Manhattan show in New York this week featured over 300 established and emerging design brands from more than 25 countries at the Javits Convention Center. The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), is North America’s leading show for contemporary furnishing design, with an emphasis on original and sustainable products. WantedDesign Manhattan is dedicated to fostering international creative communities along with being a staunch supporter of emerging design in the U.S. The amalgamation of these entities created an amazing array of innovative and creative products for interior design projects.
Featured image: chair from The Luxury House
Beyond the innovative and functional qualities of many of the products in the ICFF x WantedDesign Manhattan show, they also had an artistic element that added to their beauty. These pieces could almost exist as solely pieces of art beyond their intended purposes. But isn’t that what great design should be? Bringing beauty and functionality seamlessly into everyday living.
The Inside Norway Booth at the show highlighted eight Norwegian brands that are leaders in manufacturing and interior design. At the core of these brands is a respect of Norwegian design heritage along with the aesthetics of the 1950s and ’60s which are translated into contemporary styles. Furniture brand Eikund brings modern ideas to market by going back to the past reintroducing classic Norwegian pieces that incorporate current manufacturing technologies. This includes using sustainably sourced wood with certified leather, textiles and other materials to create their beautiful pieces. Porcelain producer and green manufacturer Figgjo represents 80 years of tabletop art with contemporary designs that can be mixed and matched within their various collections. These products can be seen in some of the very best restaurants worldwide, designed to complement culinary creations in any setting. Dyfosit developed innovative support frames for furniture makers that gives the customer remarkable comfort and support. This is done with a smooth reclining movement that tilts to properly support the body while maximizing comfort levels in a more natural position.
The Oslo based brand Volver uses the rug as their canvas for beautiful art pieces that are at home on a wall as they are on the floor. They blend Scandinavian artistry with superb Indian and Chinese craftsmanship collaborating with the best Norwegian and international artists, architects and designers. Hadeland Glassverk continues the theme from other makers of bringing back the past in modern and contemporary designs. The old adage that great design is timeless rings true in their collection of exquisite glass and crystal lighting. Heymat’s functional products use sustainable materials to create statement mats for both indoor and outdoor. Brands Lundhs and Fram Olso rounds out this group of amazing artisans and craftspeople representing Norwegian design and heritage at its finest.