A colleague and I visited the gift fair on Friday to do some research for work. I have to say, it was quite overwhelming! First of all, I wanted to shop for myself, not work. Secondly, I wanted a scooter or something so that I could get through the Javits Center a little more easily. We were expecting so much inspiration and although there were a lot of amazingly talented artists and designers, I really think our eyes just glazed over and felt extremely tired by the end of it. A big trend that we noticed and were not surprised about was about being eco-friendly and putting a strong focus on organic products and design. This was prevalent the moment you walked in the door, where they featured 'green' designers and products. We also gathered the sense of an intention put on quality and homespun craft and vendors made a point to sell their products as multifunctional. For example, a booth that was a collective of individual artists from Brooklyn presented pieces that not only were beautiful and thoughtful, they were also re-interpretations of or reinvented materials.
This ring that can be produced in Black Oxidized Brass, Sterling Silver, Gold Plated Brass and SLS Nylo is one ring that is three different ring sized holes, making it possible to be worn by three different people or on three different fingers. Along with having the flexibility it also is beautiful!
Another product that was designed by an artist of the same collective, Steph Mantis was the collection of Animal Butt Magnets! I'm definitely covitting these, not only are they cute and strange they hold a sense of nostalgia - I think I remember begging my father to buy the zoo animal multi-pack at the natural history museum decades ago. But seriously - no pun intended - isn't this such a fun idea!
My other favorite find of the day were the original pieces designed and created by Joe Cariati of Joe Cariati Glass Company. His work has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and even on television. His selling point, is that he makes contemporary, individual glass pieces in the venetian style. Although he has partnered with companies to create other pieces, he famous for his glass decanters.
I especially love his use of vibrant and rich colors but at the show, I swooned over his newer collection of matt black decanters - those unfortunately, I do not have photos of. Check out Joe on Open House NYC - he's a totally cool person to boot! Joe Cariati featured on Open House NBC
Lastly, I of course had to list the other objects and products that I really wanted to gift to myself:
This awesome coffee mug by Suck UK
I once read somewhere that Ralph Lauren has a pantone chip that the assistants use to match the level of milkiness as per how he likes his coffee - this is a less extreme version on that.
This Teddy Bear lamp, also by Suck UK
Can you imagine that in a kids bedroom, how cute!
The hexagonal trays by Johnathon Adler
candles by Voluspa with their impeccable packaging
The metallic pillows at John Robshaw
and everything by John Derian!
For more talk and information about the Gift Fair, visit Apartment Therapy, they have some extensive coverage.