Natural motifs at NY now.
SEA AND PLANT LIFE, NATURAL AND MIXED MATERIALS WERE ALL STRONG THE MES AT THE NY Now show held earlier this year.
Ocean themes, crustaceans and other sea life were spotted everywhere on dinnerware (Caskata, Golden Rabbit, Abbiamo Tutto and Gien, among others). Meanwhile, the concept of biophilia, or a human yearning to connect with the natural world, was evident in a few plant-oriented introductions. Sagaform highlighted its Mini Greenhouse Planter, which won the Best of Show award from NY Now, while Opiary drew attention with its structural forms that incorporate living plants.
Cement and concrete are the materials of the moment, and in the right design hands (Umbra's jewelry box and bath set, Seletti's wall clock and champagne bucket) they are a great option for inside the home or out. And a material as basic as wax generated second looks with Ameico's Tallow Candle, an ail-in-one candle and candle holder made from a single piece of paraffin.
Portland, Ore.-based Pigeon Toe, which has combined porcelain with silicone in its serveware and decor, and porcelain with a woven basketweave in its pendants and carafes, has now added brass elements to other porcelain pieces.
City maps and street plans remain popular. Not Neutral added Seattle, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Cape Town to its City Plates collection and has introduced the Garden Plate series, featuring New York City's Central Park.
Finally, the varietal-specific stemware concept has migrated to the coffee and tea segment, where mugs and to-go cups, such as those by Not Neutral and NY Now first-timer Joco, respectively, have been designed to not only enhance the coffee or tea-drinking experience, but also the skill of the barista making the drink.
BY ALLISON ZISKO
Caption: Above: Nantucket by Caskata caskata.com
Caption: Right: Tallow candles from Ameico ameico.com
Caption: Joco's to-go cups jococups.com
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|Publication:||HFN Home Furnishings News|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2015|
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