When furniture is art it rocks my world!

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC happened over the weekend.  I was fortunate to be there.  It was a place where interior design is at its cutting edge. Every item I saw was not only a highly functional piece of furniture or fixture but a piece of art.  When furniture and fixtures also function as art it rocks my world! Many of the pieces I saw come from people who are clearly innovators but still building their brand so their pricing is more accessible.  I’m glad to be able to catch them on their way up and talk about some pieces that really caught my eye. First is a chandelier from Studio Bel Vetro in Brockton, MA.  They make each piece by hand and specialize in blown glass, but incorporate other techniques such as casting, fusing, and cold fabrication.  The handmade quality is highly refined.  It’s evident in every piece. I was surprised when I saw the hand made wall paper from Lori Carroll & Associates but astounded to learn the material used was bark skin. Lori has never been bound by limitation and has an uncanny sense for balancing casual comfort and refinement.  Needless to say, she understands “green” and environmentally friendly products. This wall sconce is from Jeremy Cole.  It’s handmade out of porcelain. Jeremy’s ideology is to challenge the mediums of ceramic and light by exploring their relationship with flora and art. I am in awe of Jeremy’s work.  I only hope he can help explain to me how to change the light bulbs. A side table can be an underestimated piece of furniture in terms of stopping power, but not when it comes from Hellman-Chang. His Omni Side Table certainly stopped me. It was sleek, white and spectacularly lined with thousands of precious, loose and eye catching crystal.  It looked as much like a piece of sculpture as it did a side table. Speaking of sculpture, I’ll leave you (although I could go on and just might in another post with more) with this stunning, translucent porcelain lamp from Bespoke Global.  It’s hand formed and carved with an undulating hole and line decorative motif. All of the these pieces are important to me because they balance art and function perfectly and, when that occurs, it takes interior design to a next level and that makes me proud of what I do for my clients every day. For example of how I balance art and function, click here. Would you like to see more...
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