The much-anticipated fourth season of Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac is upon us! In the kick-off episode, Tommy bangs – er, bends out a lamination chair using a jig he makes himself. The end result is a stylish, gravity-defying piece with surprising strength.
Tommy’s road trip takes him to the 2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, an annual showcase for contemporary design that draws representatives from all over the globe, from Argentina and Belgium to Taiwan and the U.K. The Fair umbrella covers not just contemporary furniture but also carpet & flooring, lighting, wall coverings and more. It’s a lot of avant-garde packed into 4 days.
Every year the ICFF Editors Awards Committee votes on winners across a number of categories, including Body of Work, Best New Designer, Craftsmanship, Furniture and a few others. It seems fitting to highlight two of those winners here, in the following categories:
The Chubby Chair.
Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij took home the prize for New Designer, thanks in no small part to his attention-grabbing “Chubby Series” of products which include the Chubby Chair and Chubby Coat Hanger, the former created by a continuous line of brightly-colored plastic extruded by a robotic arm. Retailing for around $400, the Chubby Chair is described on Vander Kooij’s website as being “precise like toothpaste” and “heavy like oak.” Other furniture pieces by the designer include the Flow series of rocking and dining chairs and saloon table as well as the Pulse low chair.
The ICFF Editors Awards for furniture went to ercol, an England-based company founded in 1920 by Italian immigrant Lucian Ercolani. ercol’s offerings span the gamut from living room chairs and sofas to dining room table sets, storage and display furniture and bedroom pieces. Check out the video below to learn more about their “Ercol Originals” line, which was designed in the 1950s by Ercolani himself.
Interested in attending next year’s ICFF? Check out their website for dates and locations.