This Week in Interior Design: 19 May 2015

The latest, most happening, and up-to-date news in interior, furniture, and graphic design, art, architecture, real estate, and everything in between

Updated on June 06, 2017 9:06 am

Camille Besinga

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Highlights from the 27th Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICCF)

The ICFF is considered North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design, and according to its website, “annually lures those in determined pursuit of design’s timely truths and latest trends to an encyclopaedic exhibition of up-to-the-moment offerings, as well as a series of fascinating, fun, edifying programs, and a packed schedule of exhibits and features.” It opened at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 16, with 165,000 net square feet of the centre abuzz with more than 32,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers. At 10 a.m. today, NYC time, the ICFF will open to the general public.

Through Dwell, we were able to get a glimpse of what the ICFF has to offer the world. It’s a great look into what’s new in design, and what trends have surfaced and appear to have staying power this year and beyond.

Copper was and still is big this year, as were mirrors. Alice Tacheny combined both with this beautiful copper mirror.

Inject a little whimsy into your furniture choices, but make sure they’re sturdy and of high quality, like these Walnut Chess Piece stools by Anna Karlin.

Electrical plugs, while necessary, often mar the look of a beautiful space. Not anymore, with Bocci’s 22 Series of stealthy electrical, cable, USB, and phone outlets.

Ombre walls, anyone? Calico received a 2015 ICFF Editors’ Award for these gradient-style wallcoverings.

The Smart Water line of kitchen and bath fixtures from Dornbracht uses electronics to help regulate flow and temperature.

This year’s Best Designer, Pepe Heykoop for Tiny Miracles Creations, created these paper covers for vases and feature a geometric motif, which rang strong throughout ICFF.

Also from this year’s metallic trend, brass made an appearance at the ICFF, including in this Pacific dresser made of bleached ash and detailed brass drawer pulls and legs by Volk.

Want people to regard your manuscript as truth? Type it in Baskerville.

In an experiment that ran on The New York Times, 45,000 readers were asked survey questions that measured if they were optimists or pessimists. In reality, the survey was meant to check whether certain typefaces a statement was written in had any impact on a reader’s willingness to agree with that statement. Errol Morris, a filmmaker and author, ran the survey and published its results in a two-part essay called “Hear, All Ye People: Hearken, O Earth!” 

Morris discovered that the typeface Baskerville, a 250-year-old serif originally designed by John Baskerville, was statistically more likely to influence the minds of readers than Computer Modern, Georgia, Helvetica, Comic Sans, or Trebuchet. Read all about his experiment in this interview between the author and Fastcodesign.

Go on a design-inspired trip to this Southeast Asian neighbour

Artellano 11 in Pasay City, Metro Manila

The Henry Hotel, Pasay City, Metro Manila

Ayala Museum in Makati City, Metro Manila

Blackbird Nielson Tower in Makati City, Metro Manila

Kenneth Cobonpue Showroom in Makati City, Metro Manila

Open House at LRI in Makati City, Metro Manila

Silverlens Gallery in Makati City, Metro Manila

W17 Warehouse in Makati City, Metro Manila

Manila, Philippines—often overlooked as a travel destination, oftentimes just simply a stopover to many of the archipelagic-nation’s world-renowned beaches. But lately, it has been gaining attention from the world over for its renewed focus in art and design. 

“The art scene is vibrant, and furniture design—which has always been the Philippines’ forte—is being taken to the next level by some exceptional local talent,” says Dwell. Included in Dwell’s list of 9 places to visit in Manila are The Henry Hotel and Artellano 11 in Pasay; W17 Warehouse, Ayala Museum, LRI, Blackbird Nielsen Tower, Kenneth Cobonpue studio, and Silverlens Gallery, all in Makati; and Intramuros in Manila.

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