The State of Furniture Design

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 19, 2009

This weekend saw the International Contemporary Furniture Fair roll into New York City, along with satellite shows that were held all over the city. As you might expect, it was a smaller event than in previous years, and honestly I wasn’t entirely overwhelmed by what I saw. Much of the expected, not so much genuinely startling invention. In the video above, I talk to a few of the exhibitors, including Maurice Blanks from Blu Dot and Tracey Kelly from Ikea — along with the show organizer, Phil Robinson, who was putting a brave face on things. You’ll also see my very favorite item from the show, a chest of drawers apparently designed to drive its owner completely crazy — or at least force her to reconsider the obsessive need to have all drawers firmly shut at the same time.

 

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