By Marie Chan, CID, ASID, GREEN AP
Here are some design trends for the home and office spotted at the International Contemporary Furnishings Fair and NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition for commercial interiors.
HOME | OFFICE
The seat folds out into a chaise lounge. It has a grommet at the base for wire management and provides storage for a smart phone & tablet computer in the back pocket. It’s also offered in a 2-seater version for communal work.
Another furniture option for anyone wanting a quiet conversation in an open environment.
FLEXIBLE & CUSTOMIZABLE
Score shelving unit by Debra Folz can be ordered in 1 to 4 sections. Each section’s felt wool wrap is secured by magnets. They are available in a range of colors and can be easily rearranged or removed for cleaning.
Storage stools with whimsical pleated slipcovers. More fabric wizardry by Debra Folz. Please leave this to the pros and don’t try this at home!!
The Confetti collection from Avram Rusu Studio offers brass or stainless steel, a wide range of crystal, hand blown glass discs, semi-precious stone embellishments and other options.
The Kelly chandelier from Gabriel Scott is made of hundreds of chains in different weights and designs of brass or blackened gold.
Innit is joining the revival of the classic Acapulco chair. The breezy padless chairs come in rainbow hues.
RETRO | TECHNO | CRAFT
Furniture, lighting, textile and wallpaper designs are looking back to pre-industrial and early industrial forms or techniques for inspiration but updating them with 21st century technology and sensibilities.
Knitwear designer Sinje Ollen makes slipcovers for classic modern seating such as this Arne Jacobsen Swan chair. Italian Merino wool is first hand painted and then felted to create the palette and texture of the client’s choice.
These updated milk crates from ComboColab are made from 95% recycled plastic and turned into stools that can be used indoors and out.
Nervous System created a series of one-of-a-kind lamps modeled after leaf vein formation. Its Hyphae Lamps use a 3D printing process that minimizes waste. Each lamp is fabricated on demand. Just as in nature, where no two leaves have the same vein structure, every Hyphae Lamp develops organically so each one is unique.