Best Home Furnishings and Lighting Design, ICFF 2016

Best Home Furnishings and Lighting Design, ICFF 2016

We’re fresh back from Design Week in New York City, where we attended a number of home furnishing and lighting shows, which center on the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). ICFF is one of the largest trade shows to showcase the best home furnishings and lighting design from around the world.

We checked out the latest modern home furnishing trends including furniture, lights, floor covering, wallcovering, and kitchen and bath fixtures. Many of the same themes that we saw last year of handmade, sustainable and collaborative design were still present – only more widespread. Hooray!

We also noticed a touch of luxury coming back into home furnishings with a strong focus on natural materials, organic shapes and texture. In addition, we were excited to see useful new technologies being integrated into furniture, kitchens and bath fixtures, as well as in lighting in a seamless and attractive way.

Every year a panel of expert editors from top home design publications are invited to choose their top picks from the show. Here are the ICFF Editors’ Awards for best home furnishings and lighting design:

Best Furniture Designs

Best Seating Design: Mellow by Océane Delain for Bernhardt Design

Mellow Sofa by Océane Delain for Bernhardt, ICFF 2016

Mellow Sofa by Océane Delain for Bernhardt Design

The Mellow sofa is sculptural, sustainable and incredibly comfortable sofa. Greenguard certified, this sofa is made from layers of memory foam that are buttoned to create modern tufted look. It incorporates a genius system of cords that allow you to adjust the firmness of the seat – a great combination of traditional and new seating technology!

Best Portable Design: Champ by Visibility for Matter Made

Champ Stacking Stool by Visibility for Matter-Made, ICFF 2016

Champ Stacking Stool by Visibility for Matter-Made

The Champ stacking stool is a smart and functional stool design, suitable for home or commercial use.  Used on its own, this stool is simple and straightforward – perfect for seating or as a side table. When stacked, the stools form a cool spiral sculpture!

Best Furniture System: RUN by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin for Emeco

RUN indoor-outdoor furniture from Emeco, ICFF 2016

RUN Furniture Collection by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin for Emeco

RUN is a collection of simple and interchangeable tables, benches and shelves. Emeco is a furniture manufacturer known for making goods that are “engineered to last” and RUN is a perfect new addition. Made of durable and sustainable materials these pieces can be used indoors and outdoors and are suitable for both home and workplace.

Best New Designer: Coil + Drift

Contemporary home furnishings and lighting designs by Coil + Drift, ICFF 2016

Contemporary furniture, lighting and home decor by Coil + Drift

Coil + Drift debuted at ICFF with a collection of contemporary furniture, lighting and home decor created by designer (and former dancer) John Sorensen-Jolink. His home furnishings were amongst our top picks as well for their thoughtful, well-crafted and modern designs.

Best Lighting Designs

There were loads of fantastic new LED lighting designs at ICFF this year. We’ll be sharing more for sure, but here are the Editors’ Awards for Lighting Design:

Best Lighting Design: Concentric by Rob Zinn for Marset

Concentric Wall Lights Lighting Design by Rob Zinn for Marset, ICFF 2016

Concentric Light Fixtures by Rob Zinn for Marset

These sculptural wall lights take their inspiration from the play of natural sunlight and color in aerodynamic airplane interiors. The fixture is available in three sizes and three different color combinations – neon, warm and cool.

Best Design for Social Good: LED Lighting Designs by Tala

Sustainable lighting design - Elva LED light bulbs by Tala, ICFF 2016

Sustainable LED Light Bulbs by UK lighting company Tala

What makes these LED lights standout is their compact design in a traditional blown glass bulb, so that they can be easily used in existing light fixtures – brilliant. In addition to casting a beautiful warm glow, Tala LED bulbs are dimmable, mercury free and long lasting. So, you can get the traditional look and color of an incandescent bulb in a sustainable form. Now there’s no reason not to go green!

Best Body of Work: Lighting Designs by Brendan Ravenhill Studio

Grain Pendant, Church Chandelier and ADA Sconce - lighting design by Brendan Ravenhill, ICFF 2016

Grain Pendant Light, Church Chandelier and ADA Sconce Collections by Brendan Ravenhill

Inspired by the work of modernist architects, these beautiful modern lights were a real standout for us too. All three are available in complete collections including multiple sizes, configurations and finishes.

Best Wallcovering

Waynetopia is an expansive digital wallpaper mural depicting an imaginary landscape inspired by 19th century landscape murals. Created by artist Wayne White in collaboration with Flavor Paper, the landscape includes humorous moments and text for which the artist is known for.

Waynetopia Wallpaper Mural by Wayne White for Flavor Paper, Best Wallcovering ICFF 2016

Waynetopia Digital Wallpaper Mural by American Artist Wayne White for Flavor Paper

Best Floor Covering

The Mid Century Modern Collection by Nasiri is comprised of beautiful handmade carpets from Turkey. The designs are inspired by mid century vintage patterns and colors in combination with traditional weaving techniques. Sustainable and durable, these flat weave carpets are available in 100% wool, 100% cotton or a cotton and goat hair blend.

Mid Century Modern Flat Weave Carpets by Nasiri, Best Floor Covering ICFF 2016

Mid Century Modern Flat Weave Carpet Collection by Nasiri

Best Kitchen and Bath Design

Mid combines the functions of a sauna, steam bath and shower into one comprehensive and compact freestanding unit – sleek, modern and easy-to-install!

Mid Sauna, Steam Bath and Shower System from Effegibi, ICFF 2016

Mid Contemporary Sauna, Steam Bath and Shower System by Giovanna Talocci for Effegibi

More to Come!

We’ll be sharing a more in-depth look at the top furniture, lighting, kitchen and bath trends on the blog in the coming weeks. Join us!

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Frankie Elmquist
Frankie Elmquist is an interior architect and our Home Design Specialist. She’s worked around the globe for some of the top design firms in the world and now she brings her expertise to you.

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