The ICFF 2017 fair in New York City just closed its doors a few days ago, we take a look at our highlights in innovative and extraordinary lighting design.
For the four-day duration of the fair the latest in contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture and much more was presented at approximately 15,300 square meters of the Javits Center with more than 35,000 international visitors. This remarkable number of exhibitors provides an incomparable opportunity to see a wide, yet focused selection of original and innovative designs under one roof.
Christo Logan from “Two Parts” fascinated us with his ceramic lamps.
After his architecture studies and a decade in Columbia and the UC Berkeley, Christo decided to found “Two Parts”. In his design factory in Brooklyn, he started making designs for lamps that were to be produced using 3D printers, the latest LED technology and ceramics. Shortly after the start in the year 2016 he had already achieved first success. The four prestigious Good Design Award, the Blueprint Magazine’s Best Product Award, the Architectural Record’s Products Award and the Exhibitor Magazine’s Gold Award honored his designs.
At ICFF 2017 in New York, he was now awarded the “ICFF NYC 2017 Editors’ Award”, together with the artist Katie Shima, for the best booth at the fair. The successful presentation of the installation and lighting, which was equipped with a complex dynamic dimmer technology, captivated the visitors.
When we asked, what the inspiration for such an exceptional design was, Katie Shima explained to us that she wanted to symbolize the many electricity flows within a large city. And that’s what she did. Apparently chaotic and yet with a system, the lines and strings pull through the cave-like construction of the blue booth. The artist told us that they wanted to immerse the visitor in the installation to showcase the light fixtures.
“Phase” and “Geode” create interesting reflections on the walls due to their unusual shapes and are among our favorites of Two Parts.Click to tweet
The two lamps, like the other Two Parts designs, are dimmable as standard with modern LED technology, have a light intensity of 400 lumens and are available in a beautiful warm white light from 2700K to a slightly cooler light of 3500K. All products are available in seven different colors, such as white, black, orange. Even the cable and the canopy can be customized in color.
Graypants demonstrated flexibility with its new “Chronalights” lighting series.
The young company was founded in Seattle in 2008 by Seth Grizzle and Jon Junker and quickly gained popularity with its extraordinary lighting design. The American design duo originally achieved their breakthrough with its high-quality cardboard lamps – the “Scraplights”. They also showed them at Light+Building 2016, where we first met them.
With the “Chronalights”, Graypants are now taking a whole new path and show that they can also use other materials to set lighting design highlights.
The new series of lamps, presented for the first time at Salone del Mobile 2017, is only available in brass and as pendant versions, but offers a variety of configurations. The flat, plate-shaped lamp body can be suspended both vertically and horizontally. The “light plates” are available in diameters of 14 cm – 43 cm, which can be arranged in groups to create imposing light installations. It goes without saying that Graypants designed this series with harmonic LED light.
Minimalistic, functional lighting was presented at the booth of “Koncept”.
After years of manufacturing and industrial design experience, the founders decided to start a company. In 2002 they founded the label “Koncept”. The goal was to design and develop innovative products for everyone. The company has since developed a series of elegant LED lights and lighting elements.
Among the many novelties for ICFF 2017, the lamp “Mr. N Tall “immediately catched our eye.
The U-shaped design in its simple elegance is a real eye-catcher. Incomparably warm homogeneous LED light on the outer surfaces creates a comfortable atmosphere. With its 38 cm, the lamp is twice as high as its original predecessor, the “Mr. N” table lamp. The design is also infinitely dimmable. Another special feature of the lamp is the USB port, which can be used to charge electronic devices, such as a smartphone.
Especially clever was the new outdoor lighting design “Mr. GO!” by the American label.
The minimalist LED lamp is similar to the design of the “Mr. N” table variant but features a rechargeable battery, which holds up to 50 hours with the highest dimming level and ensures a moody, yet bright light in the garden. At full power, the battery still lasts five hours – there is nothing standing in the way of a cozy barbecue in the evening.
The lamp also has a USB port for connecting devices that can even fully charge the latest iPhone two times over. The housing is available in various color combinations with white.
Also two newcomers from Canada excited our interest at the ICFF 2017.
ANDLight was founded in Vancouver in 2013. The three founders see their goal in producing future-oriented, environmentally-conscious design through innovative production processes and marketing them internationally. Distributors in North America, Europe and Australia distribute the high quality items manufactured in Canada.
Among the novelties were new surfaces, colors as well as sizes of existing successful lamps, as well as new models, such as “Spotlight Volumes”.Click to tweet
Designer Lukas Peet had designed a similar suspension variant already in 2010 and was attending the finals of the “Pure Talents Contest” at Imm Cologne 2011. The now vertically hanging pendant lights consist of eight basic parts, which can be freely combined with each other. Each light casts light up and down.
A filigree cable holds the aluminum housing, the textile power cable gently swings upwards around the center. The table light design was completely redesigned. It is also available in many surfaces and is equipped with a stepless dimmer. The lamp emits its light by means of an LED light source.
The “Slab” design is available in new materials. The felt covers in white, gray, black and brown will surely find many customers.
The slim 15 mm thick LED light plate, which is tightly covered with the felt material, is a striking feature of this design. The rounded shapes of rectangles adapt harmoniously to many home situations. Additionally this lighting design has sound-absorbing abilities, which, especially in large installations can absorb the rapidly developing sound and improve the acoustics.
The Canadian label Hollis+Morris convinces with high-quality processing.
Their new wall lights reduce a circular design to the visual effect that the different materials of wood, metal and felt create together in the light. Hollis+Morris made their debut at ICFF in 2015, where they thrilled the design world with high-quality and thought-out furniture. Their focus on a few local handicraft companies, which produce their designs with utmost care, is one of their success factors.
Each “Rise Sconce” wall light can be assembled freely from the four wooden surfaces as well as the two metal finishes, copper and brass.
A very thin integrated 17.8 W strong 3000K bright LED panel brightens the carefully machined surfaces and creates a powerful indirect light. The imposing sizes of 43 cm and 53 cm make the wall lamps appear almost like sculptures on the placed walls and even when switched off they are admirable.
In short, the ICFF 2017 in New York was an impressive trade fair, which as an American trade show, of course, showed a lot of trends and styes for the local clientele.
However, a whole lot of innovative design ideas were also available for markets all over the world. Especially in the light segment, it is clear that the possibilities with LED technology are not at an end. Which lighting design highlights did you like best at ICFF 2017? Let us know your impressions in the comments.