Pictured: "Joyful Glassware" by Irina Flore.
EXPLORING THE LATEST IN CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
The ICFF, or International Contemporary Furniture Fair, is an annual trade show that features hundreds of the interior design world’s newest and brightest collections — a forecast into the near future of design aesthetics. The founders of Elysian Collective found themselves in the sprawl of the exhibitions in search of the rare and beautiful and were pleased to have found it.
During this year's ICFF event showcase, the expansive Javits Center became a microcosm of high art and design teeming with interior enthusiasts as they scanned the gallery displays. The ELYSIAN COLLECTIVE team was thrilled to be amongst those attending, and eager to be on the hunt for exquisite new pieces to add to our ever-changing collection of works. Between the earthy textiles, crafted wood, vibrant glassware, and avant-garde art, the show connects people through a mutual appreciation for exceptional creation, provenance, and beauty. Designers hailing from all over the world offer their global perspectives through their distinctive work, and there is a visceral sense of who they are spoken through design.
We were positively overwhelmed with inspiration at the myriad of collections at ICFF, with a select few emerging designers sparking our intrigue with their innovative ideas and exquisite craftsmanship.
"We've returned home after the show energized and looking forward to collaborations with these up-and-coming designers to bring their artistry to our Collective"
Stay tuned for future collections and product drops featuring intriguing works from our top picks highlighted below. We would love to hear your thoughts, feel free to share your favorites with us in the comment section below!
"Snug" by Erika Cross.
Erika Cross’s perspective on her work is driven by a desire to innovate and exalt everyday objects with a utilitarian focus. She works with a variety of mediums from Carrara and Marquina marble to Yupo paper. Pictured above is "Snug," which is described by the studio as “a dialectical discourse between two different materials, juxtapose into a single vessel.” Serving the need for usage and sensibility, it is a striking and functional tabletop piece that embodies the vision of Erika Cross in its intentional simplicity.
"Iyo Rug" by Studio Ayumia.
Sisters Ayumi and Miya are the creatives that comprise Studio Ayumiya, and their path to design is inspiring and illuminating. Ayumi is a furniture and object designer by trade, while Miya is a Michelin star cook turned art studio director. Though their backgrounds are varied, they come together in perfect synchronicity to produce both textile and glass design that draws inspiration from their family heritage. Their rug designs were taken from their grandmother’s heirlooms, including her signature glasses and a signature broach.
"The Reader Side Tables" by Piscina.
Brooklyn-based studio and showroom Piscina incorporates inventive sculpture to everyday environments. The studio was founded by Cuban American artist Natalie Shook, whose creativity is exemplified through Piscina’s dynamic catalog of furniture, objects, and jewelry. Piscina’s playful and modular designs stood out to us, as they appear to reimagine function and naturalize a home with its signature earth tones and architectural shapes.
"Joyful Glassware" by Irina Flore.
Irina Flore is an award-winning designer who puts the process of creation in the highest regard. Irina Flore’s design practice utilizes both traditional techniques and new technology in the crafting of everyday art objects. The works are statement pieces for the home that appear and function extraordinarily. We stumbled upon the artist’s drinkware set at the ICFF, as it sat colorfully and joyfully on its display.
FORMA ROSA STUDIO
The "Wave Form Lamp" Collection by Forma Rosa Studio.
Forma Rosa Studio encapsulates what it means to envision nature in unique forms. The designers, both hailing from the U.S. and Peru, pull from their respective natural environments to digitally design and tactfully execute an individual design piece. What caught our eye was the Wave Form Lamps, which were “developed with digital precision and hand crafted by artisans in Peru and Brooklyn,” and come in different sizes, glazes, and visual textures.
Jamie and Michael remain constantly on the hunt for intriguing artists who share their appreciation for the evocative power of design and seek to evoke deep emotional connections through their work. The ICFF and WantedDesign shows presented a wealth of fascinating design, signifying a renaissance of creation and creativity after the brutal years of the pandemic. Our team is eager to collaborate with these artists to bring their work to future collections.
If you are interested in collaboration, reach out to our design team - they would love to hear from you! Contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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