from TheGoldenCalf.co on 5/16/2011
It's that time of year again when the International Contemporary Furniture Fair hits the Javits Center and lovers of great cutting edge industrial design hit the various in-store design parties taking place around town. On Saturday night, I decided to check out some of the festivities. My first stop was at Partners & Spade on Great Jones. This store is known for it's quirky collectibles which sometimes verge on the "one man's junk is another man's treasure" aesthetic. For ICFF, Andy Spade collaborated with the design team Rich Brilliant Willing to create the Rocket Lamp. Inspired by Spade's love for toy rockets and the miracle that is ebay, the team designed a fun table lamp that reminded me of both summer camp and the Cuban Missile Crisis. A big part of Rich Brilliant Willing's designs seem to be recycling found industrial parts and forms whether from the glass topper of an electrical pole or industrial storage containers. The designs looked great, especially next to other recyclables such as high school trophies, copies of Life Magazine, and a $30 matchbook from the defunct hot spot Coco Pazzo.
At the Break-Down: Design in Your Hands event at Bobby Berk Home Soho, guests voted on StyleFactory.com for their favorite prototype and the possibility for one lucky design to be produced. Part social media experiment part American Idol, the party had a manic vibe as voters ogled the designs as they sipped from martini glasses. You too can get in on the action as the voting continues till June 12th http://www.stylefactory.com/break-down. The possibility of a Donald Trump style "break it" vote didn't deter designer Mariane van Ooij who chatted up fans of her red pop-y Flatlamp. A more artsy-hipster crowd was at Matter, a cool minimalist store owned by Jaime Gray. On hand was David Boira a charming Catalan born designer whose mirror object built from copper parts was on display. Other Europeans were also out and about at the Stone Source party where the Italian designer Patricia Urquiola mingled with Lord and Lady Cavendish of Burlington Stone.
Late night scenesters headed to Gallery R'Pure for the Brokenoff Brokenoff exhibition and party. This event was a celebration of the designer Tobias Wong who died prematurely in 2010. Nine of his designer friends created works that pay homage to their beloved and influential friend. The happening crowd sampled David Weeks' temporary tattoo "There is something about giving into your desires" which references a collaboration between Wong and Jenny Holzer which resulted in Wong's permanent tattoo "Protect me from what I want". Both sentiments could be apt for this weekend’s high-end design love fest which by the evening's end made me rethink my desires for my own abode.
International Contemporary Furniture Fair parties