RaeChild

Calligraphy and Design based in NYC

NYC Design Week

This past NYC weekend was a big deal for anyone interested in the world of interiors. The annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) was held once again at the Jacob K. Javits center on the West side of Manhattan in Hell's Kitchen. This fair features hundreds of booths with designers ranging from well known names such as Fritz Hansen to up and coming contenders like David Gaynor Design and Wren & Cooper - two first time exhibitors who I am proud to say I graduated with from Rhode Island School of Design's Furniture Department. It's exciting to see their tremendous work evolve into viable creative businesses. Simultaneous to the ICFF convention (which is only open for four days), NYCxDesign is a 12 day long celebration of design with events and shows held throughout the five boroughs. With so much going on, I focused on my own company, Herman Miller, and the exhibits they held in and around the Standard Hotel at the Southern base of the Highline showcasing this year's upcoming product launches.

 Baguette Table with Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chairs with Dowel Bases

Baguette Table with Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chairs with Dowel Bases

 Bolster Sofa with yet to be released Girard Pinwheel Ottoman

Bolster Sofa with yet to be released Girard Pinwheel Ottoman

The vast, wood paneled space of the Standard Room on the 3rd Floor featured swanky low couches and casual dining areas, all accented to perfection with smart, youthful props. I felt one cocktail/cigarette combo away from a Mad Men set, which is fitting considering the growing amount of post modern Herman Miller furniture featured on that show. Fast company wrote all about it here

 Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair with Eames Walnut Stool

Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair with Eames Walnut Stool

 Bevel Sofa and Maharam Pillows

Bevel Sofa and Maharam Pillows

 Bevel Sofa, Nelson Swag Desk and Mirra 2 Task Chair

Bevel Sofa, Nelson Swag Desk and Mirra 2 Task Chair

 Nelson X-Leg Table with Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs with Wire Base

Nelson X-Leg Table with Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs with Wire Base

 Tuxedo Sofa revamped with wooden legs

Tuxedo Sofa revamped with wooden legs

 Eames Molded Plastic Chairs, released in new seat and base colors

Eames Molded Plastic Chairs, released in new seat and base colors

The showroom extended onto the terrace where the company's growing portfolio of outdoor furniture was featured. The Eames Aluminum is one of my favorite indoor pieces, so I was happy to see it's outdoor cousin debut. 

 Eames Aluminum Group Chair with Nelson Pedestal Table, both for outdoors

Eames Aluminum Group Chair with Nelson Pedestal Table, both for outdoors

 Spun Chair by  Thomas Heatherwick - yes, it's a chair, and yes, it spins!

Spun Chair by Thomas Heatherwick - yes, it's a chair, and yes, it spins!

As if I hadn't already been spoiled with great design, they also set up an Alexander Girard pop up shop located just around the corner (at 446 West 14th Street) to feature archival pieces as well as reissues which will be produced in the fall. This more intimate show will be open until May 28th and is a "must see," if not for it's inspiring artifacts, unique color palette and 70's mexican music, then for the espresso bar, La Columbe, in the back serving complimentary cortados! Dwell magazine features more information here

A brief video for a taste of the music... it was wonderful!

 A look at Alexander Girard, Herman Miller's Textile Man

A look at Alexander Girard, Herman Miller's Textile Man

 Lots of great color and textures

Lots of great color and textures

 Espresso Bar and Gift Shop

Espresso Bar and Gift Shop

 A detail from an original 1972 print

A detail from an original 1972 print

 Girard's branding suite for Braniff Airlines

Girard's branding suite for Braniff Airlines

 The barista station complimented by Girard wallpaper

The barista station complimented by Girard wallpaper

 A cortado is equal parts espresso + milk (like a baby latte)

A cortado is equal parts espresso + milk (like a baby latte)

 An Eames Molded Fiberglass Shell on a wire base... yet to be released

An Eames Molded Fiberglass Shell on a wire base... yet to be released

 An original Girard silkscreen

An original Girard silkscreen

 One of Girard's decorative panels with four leaf clover

One of Girard's decorative panels with four leaf clover

I truly am a lucky gal to work at a company with such a tremendous design legacy. To be inspired everyday by unique stories, stunning visuals, and equally wonderful people is a humbling thing.