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From newcomers established talents including Pelle and Luca Nichetto to newcomers Chapel Petrassi and Studio Ini, these 20 designers, artists and creatives shone with new furniture and lighting launches – and immersive installations – at NYCxDesign.
Chapel Petrassi is the brainchild of Marie-Charlotte Bassi and Diego Petroso. The duo’s Gaby coffee table – made of wood clad in gold-mirror aluminum – comes with a variety of iridescent tops. It was a jolt of sunshine inside the Javits Center, where it was displayed at ICFF Studio, the annual showcase devoted to young talent and supported by Bernhardt Design.
Federica Elmo‘s Ondamarmo – part of the display at Matter – is a captivating marble table with a rainbow stain. It has a campy Memphis feel – and is undeniably beautiful.
The Monolith series sees designer Rodrigo Bravo experimenting with a stone particular to his native Chile. The material’s pigmentation ranges widely, but Bravo devoted his showing at Matter to its burgundy and cream tones, brought to life in vessels that are hand-machined in various shapes and functions.
The Canadian contingent at ICFF was formidable, with Molo, Bensen, Andlight and Ben Barber among those showing impressive new collections. Relatively newer to the scene is Jeff Martin, who showed the kooky Cymatic Sconce, made with a pink blown-glass bulb on a carved-wood base.
For two years running, A/D/O by MINI in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighbourhood has commissioned an installation for its courtyard. This time, Studio Ini, led by Nassia Inglessis, created Urban Imprint. The platform consists of a ground layer and a canopy built with interlocking rubber-concrete modules.
These horizontal surfaces are connected by a stainless-steel spring and pulley system – when you step onto the floor, the springs cause it to dip below your feet, and activate the pulleys to lift the canopy into a cupola above your head.
New to New York, the multi-disciplinary artist and designer Gustavo Barroso, or Studio Junto, exhibited pieces inspired by construction site materials – and even incorporating such elements as orange fencing as harnesses for his hanging planters. His was one of 20 storefront spaces on Canal Street given over to designers by the short-term rental program operated by Wallplay.