Fairs & Showhouses
The David Rasmussen Furniture Design display was one of my favorites at the New York International Gift Fair. They were featuring their Wud tables, plates and martini glasses in the At Home section of the NYIGF. Their display of contrasting wood products highlighted with vibrant colors immediately caught our attention. The Danish modern design of the WUD series serves as eye catching, functional table art. The plates are formed from a solid piece of wood and finished with a food-safe oil that will keep them maintenance free for years to come. The collection is available in both walnut and maple with the options for light blue, dark blue, lime green or yellow rims. The martini glasses are so creative and original in their design, they truly stand out amongst all else.
The David Rasmussen Furniture Design Studio is based in Carbondale, Colorado and he is one of the few designers who also continues to handcraft his truly elegant and detailed work. The furniture and other creations that David makes are built to last. Clearly this is a man who is passionate about designing and producing his creations. I really adore David’s Curve A Linear series as well, it blends beautifully with the styling of the Wud Collection. Although it was not premiered at the NYIGF, I felt the two just belong together, so I have included a few additional pictures.
Posted by KarenShearer at 29 January, 2013
We attended the NYIGF this weekend and have some great new products to introduce to you. Personally, I have been looking for some outdoor furniture for this summer and I was pleased to see the minimalist contemporary designs from Fermob. Fermob has a lot going for them. Their products are extremely durable and have an Anti-UV powder coating to make certain the color will last as long as the structure and there are actually 24 different colors to choose from. Everything from basic black or white to bright shades of orange, green and yellow. Just their Luxembourg collection alone has such versatile components that it will work well in any sized space, from that tiny apartment balcony to a large patio or pool area. The item in the collection that interested me most was the new Rocking Chair. In my opinion, the chair really rounds out the collection by adding that, ‘just lean back and relax element’. The rocker takes the extremely functional and versatile series to another level of comfort. The rocking chair is made from an aluminum tube frame with the backrest, seat and armrests made of extruded-aluminium slats, which are curved to perfectly fit your form. I could certainly enjoy spending my summer reclining in this rocking chair while catching a bit of sunshine.
Posted by KarenShearer at 28 January, 2013
Ambiente 2013, Messe Frankfurt’s international trade fair is just over the horizon. Located in Frankfurt, Germany, the fair opens on February 15th and runs untill the 19th. There are a total of 27 design halls that include 4,500 different exhibits. Ambiente is the largest showcase for original products and designs in the area of consumer goods. The three main themes of exhibition are Dining, Living, and Giving and each provides comprehensive coverage of the new products in these areas. The latest designs for everything in your home from tableware, home furnishings, gifts and even the kitchen sink. Ambiente includes demonstrations, trend displays and also hosts many award ceremonies that will represent the best of 2013. Ambiente Trends 2013 ”Welcome to the Jungle” also echoes the theme we have been hearing from other sources of design for 2013, Tranquility, Well-Being and Peace, rather the opposite of what seems to be our collective experience in the world these days. These themes are focused on, at least somewhat through the lens of Nature. Here is just a sneak peak of a few of the exhibitions in store for us at Ambiente.
Posted by KarenShearer at 24 January, 2013
January is a very exciting time in the contemporary design world. It packed full of design trade shows that will formally introduce the latest and greatest designs from the designers we know and love to aspiring newcomers. These exhibits will showcase the most innovative and inspiring creations and set the tone for the upcoming year.
Starting today is imm cologne, the international furnishing show! Imm cologne is the first interior design show of this year and is only held once a year in the German city of Cologne. It draws both exhibitors, buyers and trend setters from all over the world and includes many of the major brands. The Living Interiors event, which premiered in 2012, is included at imm cologne. It features products and designs for bathrooms, furniture, flooring, wallcoverings and lighting that represent holistic interior and furnishing concepts. Living Kitchen, another main event, presents that latest ideas and innovations for kitchen furniture and built-in appliances to sinks, fixtures, worktops, lighting and accessories. Basically, the full range of kitchen designs and products. Imm Cologne and LivingKitchen will together include include 1,200 companies from 50 countries and is billed as “the N° 1 business platform” for the international interior design sector.
Then on to Paris for Maison & Object! I think this might be our co-founder, Michelle‘s favorite show. Maison & Object focuses on home influences for Spring and Summer. This trade show features eight halls each with a different theme from home textiles, home decoration, accessories, to table ware and beyond. It is quite the impressive show. Not only will they will be presenting the 2013 Designers of the Year, but also have a wonderful array of events such as Talents à la Carte, The Museum Itinerary, The Furniture Itinerary and so much more. The Theme is “Vivant“, in English Living. This is so beautifully and eloquently described by them that I am certain I can not do it justice, but in the end it is design as “A manifesto for a better present, with the rallying cry: life to the hilt.” If you are looking for inspiration Maison & Object is in a word, breathtaking.
Overlapping with Maison & Object by a couple days, we also have Interiors UK 2013 being held in Birmingham. The modern design hall looks spectacular! It has stand out contemporary designers and an incredible line-up of speakers and presentations as well. They will be also presenting the much esteemed New Design Britain Awards. This trade show covers every aspect of interior design in five differently themed halls, including fabric, decor, flooring, lighting and more. Interiors UK will also be launching a community zone on their website which has truly become a thriving portal for interior designers and other design professionals.
Finally, back on this side of the pond and rounding out the month is Canada’s Design Fair the IDS (Interior Design Show). This show began back in 1999 and has been a hub for design professionals, consumers and media ever since. It is located inToronto and the show is a total design experience. It brings together some of the most innovative international and Canadian designers. It is a spectacular display of modern interior design creations and trends. They also have a designboom mart which brings young new designer’s products and prototypes to not only our attention, but to that of the interior design world. There is an amazing line-up of speakers and fantastic new interior designs for every area and everyone in your home. IDS has also partnered with ONEXONE Children’s Charity and Blu Dot for their charitable auction. Twenty Blu Dot Real Good Chairs will be up for bid by attendees.
So, this has been a quick little preparation for the things to come over the next several weeks. All of these design shows are amazing and we at ChicTip will do our best to sort through all of the great new products and prototypes to try to bring you as many of the highlights as we can. January 2013 is here and we are ready!
Posted by KarenShearer at 14 January, 2013
In the hospitality industry, the only thing that keeps steadily rising is the demand for hotels thus the increasing need for unique networking and sourcing platform that will help us get what we require. The Hotel Show is providing this where it gathers more than 15,500 hospitality personnel in-house for three days. This is the event where these professionals would do intensive networking, have industry awards and participate in conferences and hospitality functions.
In this event, you will see the rising global trend for hotels including its important appendages like – interior design, outdoor/resort experience, operating equipment/supplies, sustainability and technology, hospitality experiences and see the latest in hotel appliances.
Interior design for hotels means having furniture pieces, fittings, lighting scheme, wallpapers, flooring, décor and other important pieces that will make the hotel stand out from its competition. It is something that is irrevocably important considering that the design is what makes the hotel unique and with personal identity.
The rising global trend for hotels and its essentials is an important element in the Hotel Show where you will experience everything that’s latest and meet people not only from the hotel industry but those within the hospitality market as well whether locally, nationally or internationally.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 4 January, 2013
If you are a mid-century design enthusiast we have great news for you! You can now touch, feel and drool over (please, not literally), many of the most iconic mid-century furniture designs in a recently opened showroom in New York City.
If you ever wondered how it feels to sit on iconic chairs, such as the Wing or Papa Bear chair by Wegner, you can now schedule an appointment at the Carl Hansen showroom in Manhattan, which is located in the SoHo district of NYC.
Michelle and I were lucky enough to get an invite by the showroom staff for a private tour of some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture ever designed. This exclusive 6,000 square foot showroom has a gallery-like feel, exhibits all of the classics from Carl Hansen & Son, including the Wishbone Chair, the Wegner Easy Chair and more, as well as many other to-die-for pieces. Visitors experience the elegant design and world-class craftsmanship of Carl Hansen furniture and can be connected with authorized dealers such as Danish Design Store to purchase their ultra-stylish and timeless furniture.
The showroom is open to the public by appointment only. To make appointment call 212.626.6842.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 26 November, 2012
Last week it was London Design Festival that takes place every year in September. On thursday I went to see the Tent London with more than 40 furniture, lighting and interiors brands presenting new products and concepts at the Old Truman Brewery. From Diesel to Ligne Roset to a big section of designers from Taiwan and I must tell you it was an inspired day for me.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 24 September, 2012