International Contemporary Furniture Fair
The 24th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair begins Saturday at Manhattan's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue at 38th Street), and runs through Tuesday, when it opens to the public. The event is considered North America's most important modern design showcase, with more than 500 exhibitors from around the world.
Tokyo lamps, new from Milwaukee-based Misewell ($245 and $305), which uses local materials to create sustainable pieces. From misewell.com.
The Hitch mirror from Washington state-based Grain ($515): Partners Chelsea Green and James Minola designed the mirror after being inspired by the process of making hang tags. Available from graindesign.com.
The Broom Chair from Emeco ($195) is made from a mix of 75 percent reclaimed polypropylene and 15 percent reclaimed wood fibers salvaged from pre-consumer waste materials. Available in June from emeco.net.
The In Vino Vitae wine rack from Huntington-based Akke Functional Art ($6,000) is available as a custom order from akkefunctionalart.com.
Brooklyn-based designer Susan Woods of Aswoon takes abandoned upholstery springs and turns them into surprisingly comfortable seating. Info: Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., 212-872-8977 or through aswoon.com.
Bring a huge and functional piece of nature into your home, office or business with the iTree from KMKG Studio (starting at about $14,200, plus about $1,300 in shipping). The Contemporary Furniture Fair is currently the only place in the U.S. to see an iTree in person.
Among this year's fresh crop of emerging talent is Matthew Plumstead, whose Clip Tree valet takes its inspiration from vintage coat stands. Info: matthewplumstead.com.