01 Feb Everything Awesome You Missed at NY NOW
The standouts continue to explore the tactility of materials in new and interesting ways, typically with a pared-down aesthetic—geometric, sculptural, or both—that emphasizes form and function alike. Beyond Tom Dixon’s glistening booth, copper and brass remain popular and versatile in the hands of London-based Beyond Object, who exhibited the newly available Desktop Collection, and Christopher Gentner, whose Chicago-made brass products were among the noteworthy debuts. His counterpart Felicia Ferrone had a similarly strong showing, with new lighting, sconces, and glassware.
Meanwhile, Iittala’s new art collaborations (with Markku Salu, Anu Penttinen, and Aalto+Aalto) nicely complemented its imminently affordable tableware, showcasing the Finnish brand’s longstanding expertise in glass craftsmanship. Scandinavian kitchenware mainstay Stelton unveiled the handsome new Horizon design for Bernadotte & Kylberg’s Stockholm collection of cold-enamel-and-aluminum vessels.
Best known for their cast-concrete stools and ceramics, Brooklyn’s Souda has expanded their material palette to include marble, in the form of a new mirror and a mix-and-match tray. Similarly, Rebecca Finell has quickly made a name for herself following the launch of her eponymous brand, Finell, at NY Now in January 2014. From the debut collection of tableware to the origami-like bags, the Austin, Texas-based designer continues to evolve with the launch of the new stacking dinnerware, made from a blend of porcelain and bone china.
And among the countless coasters and trivets—understandably popular among independent designers—the ceramic mug+coaster by another Texas-based designer stood out. Best known for his “shoe pots,” Wyatt Little was one of the dozens of talented young designers in the jam-packed American Design Club booth; his new accordion-like coasters are paired with mugs with the same shape on the bottom such that they mesh together (either can be used on its own).