Meet the 2015 ICFF Studio Finalists
Around the world, ICFF is well known for being the showcase for emerging artisans and craftspeople to share their contemporary furniture, lighting, and home furnishing designs. The exhibition, held yearly at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, is a veritable breeding ground of collaboration and fresh, new design. It is here that manufacturers find their newest talents, that craftspeople showcase their best concepts, and the public discovers their newest loves.
A popular facet of ICFF for a decade, the ICFF Studio program exhibits the works of talented young designers, spotlighting a single, exemplary design in a pristine gallery-like environment. The program, designed in collaboration with Bernhardt Design, is a launching pad of sorts, propelling the careers of ambitious designers, designers like Nolen Niu, GamFratesi, Brad Ascalon, and Magnus Long. This year's class, selected by a jury of respected industry professionals from concepts submitted from around the world, is made up of eleven extraordinary designers, representing the United States, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and Canada.
Let's meet the ICFF Studio class of 2015 & their submissions.
David Vu | Round Dining Table
Ridgewood, NY // A designer and crafts-person, Vu studied photography and sculpture before turning prop construction after finding his fascination was with the objects themselves. With a desire to replace those things of poor design and construction, Vu designs and creates a wide variety of goods, from furniture and homewares to leather goods and bags.
Fahmida Lam | Thor Daybed
Brooklyn, NY // Dedicated to designing contemporary and timeless home furnishings, Lam left her economics and finance guided career path, pursuing a Master of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. Also a graduate of the Emerging Designer Program at Thos. Moser, a collaboration with Dwell Magazine and City Modern New York, Lam went on to create products like the FLC Lounge Chair, recognized as a 2014 Best of Year Honoree by Interior Design Magazine.
Funi Ding | Flow Table
Arcadia, California // A graduate of California's Art Center College of Design, Ding's works encompass fluid lines, floating forms, and striking minimalism.
Hanna Kruse | Tarvos Kore Collection
Offenbach, Germany // Named by Elle Decoration UK as a "Name to Watch" in 2014, Kruse took the design world by storm. Influenced by the patterns of Kenzo and timeless style of Chanel as well as her family background (her grandfather studied at the Bauhaus), her contemporary furnishings and interior accessories have been the receipt of many international awards as well as the subject of publications like Wallpaper*, Marie Claire Maison, and Monocle.
Hines Fischer | Minun Stool
New York, New York // Simple Things Done Well. The design mantra of Fischer has resulted in his creation of timeless and fundamentally elegant furnishings that showcase a purity of form and honesty of construction. Influenced by his time at Carnegie Mellon University, the Royal College of Arts in Copenhagen, and the Art Center College of Design in California, Fischer's concepts blend subtle colors, natural materials, and simple connections in order to stress humility and the human experience.
Hui Ling Cheng | Tui Chair
Pasadena, California // Cheng brings a contemporary update to the traditional Chinese chair.
Jonah Wilcox-Healey | Copenhagen Chair
Brooklyn, New York // Finding inspiration in the pure materials and forms of Japanese and Scandinavian design, Willcox-Healey is, in his own words, "a simple person who enjoys taking pictures and working with his hands". The result being works that tell their own story "about a strong investigation process of material, form, manufacturing techniques, and imagination".
Jordan Tomnuk | Divide Lighting Series
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada // With the purpose of creating products that last, Tomnuk Design, the Canadian design collaborative of Jordan Tomnuk and Denis Limitovski, set out to create unique designs that embodied innovation, questioned convention, improved functionality, and indicated an observation of environment. With works ranging from household goods to public art commissions, Tomnuk makes quality, lasting design the heart of their company.
Jordi López-Aguiló | Gradient Bookshelf
Valencia, Spain // Having collaborated with likes of Bruno Mader Paris and Ibos et Vitart Paris, architect and designer López-Aguiló has been accumulating international awards since 2006. Keeping a central focus on spatial and product design, the works of his firm Kutarq, rely on methodical material and formal research in the pursuit of timeless, simple, and innovative furniture, lighting, and interior designs.
Laura Yeh | Lattice Chair
New York, New York // An upcoming graduate of the Parsons School of Design, product designer Yeh brings to life clean and thoughtful ideals (as well as the love of anything pastel) in the form of interior furnishings, decorative home accessories, and children's toys, not to mention the inspired design of consumer packaging.
Tamer Nakisci | Relax Porcelain Collection
Istanbul, Turkey // Named as one of Europe's 100 Young Creative Talents by the European Union, this Nokia Benelux Design Award Winner finds inspiration in his play with ideas, forms, emotions, and materials, resulting in designs that embody new scenarios and highlight the physical and emotional interactions between the human, spaces, and objects. Nakisci, with works varying the gamut of product design to installations, has also been the recipient of two Red Dot & iF Product Design Awards.
27th Annual ICFF | May 16-19 | New York, New York
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