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Spotting Trends at the Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York

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By Lisa Boone

Copper: Copper finishes continued to be a trend, the return of some sheen and sparkle to the post-recession decorating landscape. Top lighting designer Tom Dixon showed his Base Copper Lamp in table, floor and wall versions. Kaikado premiered a line of copper tea canisters, and Iacoli & McAllister’s copper chandelier was a showstopper.

Color: The bright mood at ICFF took its most literal forms in color palettes. The felt Bespoke Acoustic wall coverings by Anne Kyyro Quinn not only absorb sound but also arrest the eye. At the indie Wanted Design showcase, the Salvadoran design collective called the Carrot Concept as well as Markamoderna, won fans with bright outdoor seating and colorful textiles and accessories.

Levity: Whimsical designs prevailed. Charming bedside tables and book holders by Thing Industries took the form of wall-mounted birdhouses. At Wanted, Debra Folz showed oak stools braided with colorful leather spiral strips, and Sinje Ollen covered an Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair in hand-knitted, hand-dyed merino wool.

LEDs: The slow, inevitable march to energy-efficient lighting took more steps forward as designers found new ways of configuring tiny LEDs, including the Heracleum II, designed by Bertjan Pot for the Dutch group Moooi. At Luceplan in SoHo, the modular Synapse light designed by Francisco Gomez Paz can be constructed as a remote-controlled wall partition.

Gray woods: If it wasn’t official before, it is now: Gray wood is the new chocolate brown. Blu Dot was among the companies to show pieces in smoked ash.

©2013 Los Angeles Times
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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