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Best of green design at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

More than 600 exhibitors came to this year’s show.

By Margaret Badore - Source: http://www.treehugger.com

Photo © Margaret Badore. Table and vases by Bien Hecho at the IFCC.

Photo © Margaret Badore. Table and vases by Bien Hecho at the IFCC.


The 26th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, known to insiders as the ICFF, opened Saturday at New York City’s Javits convention center. More than 600 exhibitors came to this year’s show.
Photo © Margaret Badore

Photo © Margaret Badore


Furniture by Bien Hecho

I asked John Randall how his company, Bien Hecho, sources its wood. “We do a lot of dumpster diving,” he answered, and I knew I was talking to the right person. They also work with resellers of reclaimed materials. One of the tables on display, a beautiful slice of natural wool, was salvage tree stump that was salvaged before it became wood chips.

The furniture is treated with water-based finishes and have contributed to LEED-certified projects.

Photo © Margaret Badore

Photo © Margaret Badore


Lights by Naomi Paul

These made-to-order lights are crocheted from cable waxed cotton. The collection is called Light/Shade by UK designer Naomi Paul. The yard is sourced from a family-owned textile mill in southern Italy, woven into cable in Yorkshire and colored with eco-friendly dyes. All the other components are sourced from the UK.

“At the end of its life it can be returned to its component parts,” Paul said, so that all the elements can be disassembled and recycled. Yet for her, design still comes first. “The sustainability aspect is more of a thread running through the work, so that it doesn’t impinge upon the design.”

Photo © Margaret Badore

Photo © Margaret Badore


Faucets by Watermark

Combining a DIY spirit with industrial chic, this Brooklyn manufacturer ICFF booth had a make-your-own station to highlight its custom faucet designs. Avi Able, president of Watermark, manned the station with good cheer.

Watermark Designs invests in both water saving features and environmentally safe manufacturing practices.

Photo © Margaret Badore

Photo © Margaret Badore


Lights by Sonneman

The circular form of the Corona light by Sonneman has an elegant simplicity, with its internally lit LED ring. As you can see, the Corona model is available in several different sizes.

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