ICFF 2012 Report: 10 Designers to Watch

From ombré bookshelves with moving components to geometric outdoor shading and light fixtures made of Velcro, designers at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) showcased plenty of eye-catching and innovative layouts. While their creations may not make it to the local retailer in the near future, these designers are worth keeping an eye on.

1. Walltech

Would you tell what’s at first glance? Figuring out that these colorful and ombré wooden pieces would be the Korean company Walltech’s take on the modern bookshelf.

The bookshelves are made of fundamental wire grids, supported by a steel framework. Colorful painted wooden pegs are placed in every square and may be removed or corrected as needed to make the desired amount of shelving.

2. California College of the Arts and Wilsonart

California College of the Arts (CCA) students worked with Wilsonart to make unique chairs from Wilsonart laminate, inspired by California. Student Kaii Tu’s Torrey seat was inspired by the shapes of this windswept pines on the California coast. And Tu created this shape using computer-aided layout — a tribute to Silicon Valley.

CCA pupil Jeni Tu’s Linea seat takes its bold shape and color from the Los Angeles landscape. The curving shape echoes the endless overpasses and iconic architecture of that city, although the red is a clever nod to the always-present red taillights on the freeway.

3. Weplight

Argentina company Weplight revealed a new assortment of stunning wooden lighting. Its designers have worked together with the company’s own flexible timber veneer since 2001, allowing them to produce these elegantly curved fixtures.

4. Christopher Roy, Why Not Bespoke

Christopher Roy’s Why Not Bespoke line has roots in traditional Amish furniture. Inspired by the utilitarian designs of those pieces, Roy works with Amish craftspeople to acquire the shapes, pieces and forms for his more modern pieces.

5. Eastvold Furniture

Custom choices for handmade pieces were plentiful at the ICFF this year. Eastvold Furniture in Minnesota offered the opportunity to choose the inside and leg colors of this new credenza.

Eastvold’s Elko Credenza is made of walnut, white oak or bamboo and comes with six base color choices.

6. Pratt Institute and Carnegie Fabrics

Pupils from the Pratt Institute worked with Carnegie’s new Xorel woven fabrics to design an intricate, hand-folded structure. The piece is created completely from squares of Xorel, folded in precisely the same pattern to make a three-dimensional geometric shape. Each bit is shaded blue in the middle, just barely visible from the interior.

7. Symbol Audio

Symbol Audio made its debut at the ICFF this year. Its stunning pieces possess a timeless but modern look that has captured the hearts of audiophiles and layout lovers alike. The Modern Record Console has all of the classic style of a midcentury hi-fi games together with all the comforts of the 21st century. A built-in turntable; a converter for iPod, iPhone, or iPad; and an incredible sound system are housed within this hand-crafted bamboo and walnut bit.

The Tabletop Hifi is a more accessible piece from Symbol Audio that delivers the same high-quality layout, and it’s offered in a variety of shades and finishes. A conventional speaker design allows it to provide an incredible level of audio for such a small bit. Cables from the back make it effortless to hook up to a beloved electronic or analog device.

8. Rachel O’Neill

These wild light fixtures look as though they’re made of piles of folded ribbon, but Northern Irish designer Rachel O’Neill accomplishes this look with yards and yards of Velcro. The Velcro is hand dyed, carefully folded and put around an aluminum framework to make these daring bursts of light.

9. Humanscale

Humanscale is known primarily for its revolutionary office furniture but wished to present a more playful side of the business at its ICFF stall this year. Emphasizing the technology side of its goods, it generated a new wireless light system. The tasteful rings light up when they are hanging from the brass wall hooks but turn off as soon as they are removed.

10. Iacoli & McAllister

Well known for its simple but daring lighting, Iacoli & McAllister brought several new fixtures to the ICFF this year, such as the Cinque. Shown in brass, this pendant plays with light and shadow within an eye-catching geometric form.

Several new objects debuted at the ICFF as well. This table displays just a few, such as hexagon-shape paperweights, a brass sage-burning pyramid and hexagonal jar openers.

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Natural Cabin Style in California

Color consultant Nancy Pepper relocated from Los Angeles to Ojai, California, after lunch with a Buddy turned into a property-scouting Experience. After viewing five other homes, six turned out to be her lucky number: a silent home surrounded by nature and stunning views of the Topa Topa Mountains. “My personal style is heavily influenced by character, and if I could live anywhere it would be from the woods,” Pepper says.

Pepper helps her clients discover their personal color palettes according to the four seasons. While designing her own home, she used her own colours as a source of inspiration. Being an”autumn with a bit of winter,” Pepper chose abundant, vibrant hues; heavy textures; and natural components, giving her Ojai abode a cabin-inspired style.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Nancy Pepper and her two mini Labradoodles
Location: Ojai, California
Size: 2,800 square feet; two bedrooms, 2 baths, studio workplace
That is intriguing: Famous potter Otto Heino’s studio and former residence is right up the road.

Shannon Malone

Natural materials such as wood and stone reflect Pepper’s love of nature and her desire to bring the outside into her dining room design.

Pepper matched her dining room table, found at Wachters in Ojai, with Paris bistro seats from Ojai interior designer Elizabeth Alexander.

Shannon Malone

Pepper chose earthy hues of red, orange, pink and teal as the main color palette for her home, and they function in harmony with her nature-inspired decor.

Shannon Malone

Unique mixed-media artworks such as this bit by Trevor Norris, titled Diagonal Down, mix in with the colours of the home.

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Aiming to make the home feel like a cabin, Pepper designed with actual logs from Oregon, brought down by a former neighbor. She used both unfinished and finished pieces, such as this log column in the kitchen, to provide contrast and texture. The kitchen cabinets are made from recycled Douglas fir.

Shannon Malone

Knowing that Pepper likes to take advantage of recycled items, a friend bought a box of old railroad spikes for her. After much contemplation about how to incorporate them in the plan, Pepper decided to use them as handles for her kitchen drawers and cabinets.

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Pepper’s orange and green countertops are a bold color choice, but they are among the favorite features of the home. Orange is one of the favorite colors. “It makes me happy to look at it,” says Pepper. The cheerful hue is ubiquitous throughout the home, extending even to the orange trees out.

Countertops: Caesarstone

Shannon Malone

Pepper brings out her vibrant countertops’ full potential by displaying matching decorative accents such as glass bell peppers and glassware.

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The wood liner and the bottoms of this kitchen island are also made from logs from Oregon. Pepper stained the logs to give them a more finished look as well as more durability in a kitchen setting.

The sides of the island are lined with wood in the home’s former hardwood flooring. Pepper’s builder discovered 100-year-old pipes via an orange orchard from Santa Paula, California, to use as a footrest.

Bar stools: Cowhide Western Furniture

Shannon Malone

Pepper had an oddly shaped piece of wood left over in the Oregon delivery and could not let it go to waste. She watched it as a chance for another one-of-a-kind bit for her home and had her contractor craft it in this rustic table.

Shannon Malone

For Pepper, designing is all about doing what you enjoy. Her home has an eclectic feel, with items from other styles and time periods. She has collected various pieces through time, such as this chair that she has had since the’60s, and also this dining table made out of an antique door, which still has its original hinges and keyhole.

The chair blends perfectly with the teal vases and kilim rug draped over the dining table.

Shannon Malone

It required Pepper two and a half years to pick the final design of her living space. When she first bought the house, the living room sat in which the dining area is currently, and the dining area was a little extension off the kitchen. Together with the intent of opening up the room to generate a more societal set up, Pepper swapped the two spaces and extended the home outward, making a sizable, spacious living space.

The inviting sectional sofa is by designer Elizabeth Alexander, using needlepoint cushions made by Pepper.

Shannon Malone

Alexander initially suggested that Pepper place a seating area in the front of the fireplace, but Pepper discovered that she loved the open and spacious feel of this space. She states,”It’s a fantastic spot to do yoga.”

Pepper’s design philosophy is “make it bulletproof.” She desired low-maintenance flooring that could stand up to her two dogs’ lively antics. She chose materials that could suit her love of texture and character: a stunning slate for the living room and kitchen, and pine hardwood flooring for the rest of the home.

Table and chairs: Elizabeth Alexander Interior Design, Ojai

Shannon Malone

The outdoors makes its way into the master bedroom via the stone fireplace, pine floors and ornamental ferns. Pepper added splashes of color to the neutral tones with rugs in Oaxaca, Mexico, gathered through the last few years plus a subtle green wall hue.

Shannon Malone

Among Pepper’s favorite pieces, which she’s had for several decades, is her calla lily bed, designed by Suzanne Geismar.

Shannon Malone

Wood paneling and a slate bathtub make the master toilet feel straight out of a cabin deep in the woods. The window overlooks the stunning backdrop of Pepper’s landscaping and the surrounding mountains.

Shannon Malone

The bed in Pepper’s guest area initially belonged to one of her sons, who decided that it belonged in his mother’s home because of its wooden columns and cabinlike style. Pepper contrasts the natural components with bright bursts of color.

Shannon Malone

Pepper’s bright and airy home studio is where she’s her color consulting with clients. She sits them down on the stool and analyzes their hair, skin and eyes to find a suitable color palette. She consults on makeup, clothing as well as home decor. The studio is full of color swatches as well as planks for each palette, such as the autumn board exhibited here.

Shannon Malone

Pepper uses a white background for her studio so that she can begin with a blank background when consulting with her clients.

Shannon Malone

The selected colors extend to the patio overlooking the pool and gardens.

Shannon Malone

The garden is full of hardscaping, which Pepper broke up to include more greens and gardening area. The region is used often for family parties and enjoying sunshine by the pool.

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Guest Picks: 20 Modern Quilts for Kids

Now the holidays are over, it’s time to freshen up things around the home. January is a superb time to take advantage of many White Sales and replace the kids’ bedding to get a bright beginning to the new year. Here are a few of my favourite contemporary vases for children. — Elaina from Fun Finds for Mom


Modern Baby Quilt Half & Half Herb by B Perrino Quilts – $125

This neutral quilt will be ideal in a modern nursery, especially if your little guy’s name starts with an O.


Equilateral Triangles Crib Quilt by Carson Converse Studio – $360

This Equilateral Triangles Crib Quilt by Carson Converse is really two quilts in one: glowing triangles on one side and lemony stripes onto the other.

Pottery Barn Kids

Dahlia Medallion Quilt, Pink – $179

My daughter would probably choose this one out of the bunch. Pink and flowers are two of the favorites.


Geometric Quilt, Bricks by B Perrino Quilts – $325

Barbara Perrino creates some really striking vases, such as this clean and simple”bricks” design.


Delft Quilt – $2,850

The gorgeous quilts made by FunQuilts are an investment, for certain, but the good news is that the company also sells quilt kits for people who possess the skills to generate their very own.


Zig Zag Chocolate Quilt

This comfy Zig Zag Chocolate Quilt by Dwell is made of 100 percent cotton.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

Run & Fall, Chocolate Queen Quilt

Chocolate brown and blue is one of my favourite color combinations, especially when paired in matters like this fun geometric quilt.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

Swirly Rose Appliqué Quilt

This quilt by Denyse Schmidt is named Swirly Rose, but it reminds me of freshly picked oranges. I could design a whole room .

Haptic Laboratory

New York City Soft-Map – $450

Look carefully and you’ll notice that Soft-Maps are quilted maps of towns and areas around the world, including New York, Paris, London, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. They’re perfect for the urban tot!

SUCH Designs

Wonky Small Homes Quilt Pattern – $10

This is a quilt pattern called”Wonky Little Houses” I love its playful appearance. It was created by my friend (and super gifted artist) Carrie Bloomston.


Quatrefoil Blossom Quilt – $220

This is absolute pinky perfection.


Baby Quilt Orange Boxes by B Perrino Quilts – $125

This is just another great quilt made by Barbara Perrino. It is named Orange Boxes, and it’s sized for a baby.

Serena & Lily

Ruched Quilt – $230

White happens to be my favorite color, so I wouldn’t mind having this unique Ruched Quilt from Serena & Lily in my bed. It is so refreshing!

The Land of Nod

Children Red & White Nautical Striped Quilt Bedding – $129

These bold white and red stripes are at home in a nautical-themed bedroom for children.


Equilateral Triangles Crib Quilt by Carson Converse Studio – $360

If you love Carson Converse’s quilt layouts but are not yet prepared to make the investment, have a look at his smaller stroller quilts and greeting cards also.


Circle Stitch Quilt – $184

This quilt has a genuine bohemian vibe with all its multicolored rings and circles.

The Land of Nod

Kids Dinosaur Bedding Comforter Set – $14

In case you have a dino lover, here is an enjoyable tower of dinosaurs onto a duvet from The Land of Nod. Additionally, there are a few great pillows for your upcoming paleontologist to snuggle up with also.

Chocolate/Chambray Cabin Quilt – $180

These reversible Cabin Quilts from Serena & Lily would be the perfect basic pieces for layering with patterned bedding. The contrasting red stitch on this one is a wonderful touch.

Aqua Diamond Quilt – $180

This Aqua Diamond Quilt from Serena & Lily resembles pure luxury. Additionally, it comes in punch, lilac, pink and citrine.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

On and On Quilt

I think this orange, geometric”On and On” quilt by Denyse Schmidt would look great in a tween boy’s room.

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Show Leg

When you are furnishing a little area, concentrate your radar with legs that are exposed. Maintaining open space between floor and furnishings is a little design idea with big advantages; it may mean simply baring a bit’s stems instead of hiding them behind upholstery or bedding. Prior to purchasing your next sofa, bed or vanity, think about the aesthetic rewards of those leggy options.

Jarlath Mellett

By some criteria, this living area may be considered on the side. But contemporary furniture avoids entirely that feeling with exposed legs. Notice the way the armchair’s design is reflective of a typical sturdy build, yet when compared with the thin legs of these tables and sofa, it seems balanced instead of bulky.

Tim Cuppett Architects

A design that includes only furniture together with bare legs feels complicated and breezy. The eye can identify a constant path through the space, resulting in a open sensation even though the space is completely furnished.

Amy Lau Design

Furniture raised off the ground helps the eye concentrate on other different features — like an incredible city view.

Reaume Design & Construction

A four-poster bed can offer an atmosphere of luxury to a space but can also be visually demanding. Let it stand tall without the bulk by deciding on a design which features lengthy legs, and be sure that your bedding doesn’t fall under the framework.

Rachel Reider Interiors

The same goes for furnishing your eating area with a banquette. Instead of deciding on a built-in that extends to the ground, go with a freestanding bench raised on legs to provide a lot roomier appeal.

The Lettered Cottage

If you are dying for additional counter space in your small kitchen but dread a island will cramp your space, consider one with legs. You’ll achieve an excess work station without the visual volume.

The Sky is the Limit Style

An island on thighs also works nicely if you are attempting to fit an eating area in a bigger kitchen. Additional furnishings bulk up a space generally, but they’ll work if you decide on leggy pieces.

Celia James

Tight bathrooms enjoy a vanity . Mirrored paneling further opens up this little bathroom.

Show Us Your Legs

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Choose the Right Doorknob for the Job

Yes, I do know that doorknobs are not the sexiest topic of conversation. But trust me, they’re more important than many people can possibly imagine. Before remodeling our first floor (that sounds grand, but it is the size of a studio apartment), I could honestly say that doorknobs never crossed my mind. There were so many “big” decisions to make (paintvinyl, appliances) that I never even considered them.

Fast-forward a bit and there I am, in the greatest knob shop in the world (that is Jackson’s Hardware in San Rafael, California) with a knob nervous breakdown. Since it turns out, they make a massive gap, tipping the fashion of your home in 1 direction or another. The substances, the shapes, the endings, the rosettes — it is a whole lot to consider in.

In the long run, I learned a great deal of doorknob talk and a few good tips:

• Be sure all of the doorknobs in view of one other have the same color and finish.
• The shape of the rosette changes the expression of the entire door.
• Do not accidentally install privacy knobs (ones which lock) on your cupboard doors.
• You do not have to remodel the whole house to change out your doorknobs and make a big improvement.

That’s it. You are on your own. Go forth and select well. Here are some nice examples to help you with your travels.

Doorknobs – $110

That which we finally settled on: egg-shape sand-casted bronze in a silver patina finish with a contemporary, rectangular rosette. This style goes with our original 1941 doors and our contemporary remodel. Plus, they feel really nice in your hand.

Contemporary Knobs

Here’s a more contemporary version of the egg-shape knob. A round rosette keeps it looking sleek.

Lever handles are very popular in Europe, and in a way they make more sense physiologically (no wrist twisting). This black one having a rectangular rosette bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary, similar to this toilet. (Also, have a look at those cool rope pulls on the drawers)

Michael Robert Construction

This oval rosette, black finish and dual plate (knob and lock are separated) create a more traditional style for a more conventional door.

Carson Poetzl, Inc..

A stainless finish and one plate (knob and lock on the same rosette) provide this room and doorway a fresh, contemporary feel.


A cut-glass knob is so lovely. It may be simple and unobtrusively fairly, as it’s here.

Mustard Seed Interiors

A cut-glass knob could be more ornate when paired with a conventional rosette. Within this area, it helps establish the era and disposition.


Filmore Full Dummy Knob Set, Polished Brass – $93.77

A traditional beauty. Isn’t she lovely?

Ceramic knobs are old-fashioned and tend to look country cottage. However, if your style is eclectic, you are able to make them work in any setting.

A playful ceramic knob is the perfect lead-in for this colorful, contemporary nursery.


A classic barn manage pull.

Tuthill structure

Not so conventional handle pulls. The symmetry in this entryway is amazing. It’s always a good idea to look at the shapes enclosing a doorway when choosing knobs or handles.

Brennan + Company Architects

Sliding doors don’t need knobs that turn. This number-two pull is really clever.


Your exterior knob should fit your doorway and the facade of your property. Your house would pretty much have to be covered in ivy and include a library to get away with those center-mounted beauties.

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Your Décor?

I Have got a thing for Frank Sinatra. The voice, the design, the positive smile will always define his heritage. The song “New York, New York” pops into my mind every time I fly into JFK airport. One interesting fact about Ol’ Blue Eyes was that his love of the color orange. Frankie stated, “Orange is the happiest color” Maybe that’s why he was always smiling: He surrounded himself with orange inside his houses.

Orange is fun and sassy and generally unexpected. And there are lots of beautiful shades of this, such as rust, peach, coral and terra cotta. Most people despise this hue or adore it, but even one of the fans there’s sometimes compliments on how to use it. For ideas, see how these great designers include shades of orange in their projects.

Lauren Liess Interiors

Here is the simplest way to infuse orange into your area: White walls using fairly simple details meet orange dash. Wouldn’t you love coming home for this entry with this beautiful shade of pumpkin to greet you?

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Pangaea Interior Design

Textiles: Frame them hang them display them on a games console. Whichever way you choose, an orange cloth does its job by contrasting whatever surrounds it. Notice the contrast of this poppy orange against the modern shade of grey.

Willman Interiors / Gina Willman, ASID

Throw pillows are fast and simple and best of all synonymous. They’re a low-commitment way to bring orange into any mix. Notice how these burnt orange cushions feel earthy against the grass cloth, not punchy. This is why orange is so flexible: It may be neutral and daring.

J. Hirsch Interior Design, LLC

I believe this room is so elegant with its charcoal-tinged walls and curtains. When paired with a stunning and dark neutral such as charcoal, this cherry crimson is playful and sophisticated. The appearance works because it is not a contrived palette; it is bold and courageous while keeping the stately feel of the furniture and piano.

For People design

The use of orange in this area is so straightforward, it is silly. These designers are so clever. Orange throws, smartly placed under cushions. Call it a day. These are
the particulars that make a room simple, practical and memorable.

For People design

I believe this bedroom is dreamy and shows how many colours set perfectly with orange. Did you see how many different shades of blue and green look right at home with all the orange wall? With orange you can really experiment with color. Trust me, it moves with everything.

Charmean Neithart Interiors

Lampshades are a perfect way to add a little bit of orange. Here I used the timeless mixture of black and orange to add some playfulness for this mainly neutral area. The pattern on the lampshade is an extra layer of detail that makes this orange even more appealing.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

I believe that the soft orange onto the rear of this desk chair is brilliant. It makes the space.

Brown is still another color that matches perfectly with orange. Notice how this shade of orange feels daring and modern amid flat stripes, a geometric pillow layout and white furniture.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

A fantastic way to use orange would be in a rug. This yummy shade of orange seems particularly modern in a geometric pattern. This type of flooring pattern will always look crisp against a solid-color sofa or sofa.


Among my favorite shades of orange, this rust hue looks clean and inviting with all the color replicated in the oversized artwork and fabrics. Try replicating a shade of orange from fabrics on your artwork. This can be more of a controlled appearance, intentional and curated.

Fiorella Design

This chamber skillfully uses orange to emphasize twin markets with open shelving and accessories. Illuminated markets are a fairly simple factor to include. Not quite an accent wall, but they still provide contrast for a special collection or artwork piece.

Allow me to know what you believe in the Comments section while I go track down some pie — yes, pumpkin.

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