When it comes to tradeshows, in this tumultuous time in the industry, the first question asked is always about foot traffic. To me, the question isn't "How was the attendance?" But "How was the design?" Was this a year of invention, inspiration and resourcefulness?
In the wake of ICFF the reviews are still streaming in. Attendance was good -- almost 23,000 in total, says show organizers. The design was good too. Not great, but good. American company Blu Dot stood out, touting both quality of design as well as quantity, with a bevy of well received introductions. Rhode Island-based newcomers Studio Dunn presented a well edited collection of taper legged wood pieces. Both won Editors Awards this year.
Another highlight took place outside of the show at downtown retail giant, ABC Carpet & Home. With an impossibly full schedule, ABC stepped up its Design Week activities to include everything from a shop launch at the new Conran Shop to an inspirational talk from Deepak Chopra. Israeli artist Tal R contributed a patchwork reinvention of Arne Jacobsen's iconic Egg Chair, which is scattered throughout the store and can be seen through the end of May.
USA Editor, Interiors