Young designers impress at ICFF

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credit: Lloyd Alter

Designboom Mart

Whenever I hit the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) I run to the rear of the hall to find the Designboom Mart and the student work, which is always among the most interesting (and crowded) parts of the show. Not this year; I got to the back and they were nowhere to be found. Instead they were off in a big Butler barn of a building in North Javits. While there was a lot of room, it was quiet and missed the vibe of past years.

The Designboom Mart had a very clever and cheap lighting system: a giant snake of a fluorescent fixture, bare bulbs hanging just by the wires and the snap-on end caps. It's designed by Takeshi Miyakawa, who was arrested last year for "planting false bombs."