New York - IFDA Selects rolled into town once again with the opening of the NY NOW show at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which ran February 4-8, 2017. Volunteer judges and board members from the New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA NY), all major players in the design field, were on hand to walk the floor of this expansive home, lifestyle and gift show and choose Best In Show in various categories.
Here, the winners share their inspirations:
- Art -Tunisian Handicraft: Achraf Baccouch, a stylist, designer and interior architect based in Tunisia, won in this category for his armchair hand-painted with an image of Meryl Streep.
- Furniture- Michael Aram: The handcrafted, polished aluminum Café Table from Michael Aram's Enchanted Forest Collection couldn't go unnoticed. Said Aram, "What I enjoy about these furniture pieces is that in a way they are 'slices' of nature, small vignettes of the forest."
- Gourmet Housewares- Sophistiplate: This Italian-made disposable paper dinnerware with patented shapes and curated sets elevate any table. The culinary arts and hospitality with the underlying principle of "no fuss" inspired this father-and-son team to found the company in 2016.
- Green Sensibility- Peterman's Boards & Bowls: This upcycled wood collection of kitchenware and tabletop speaks green. Almost all the wood they use is from locally fallen trees in Western Massachusetts, such as maple, cherry or black walnut. All their items are food-safe. Products featured at left include bottle stoppers and salad tossers.
- Innovative Booth Design- Chilewich: Innovation in textile design has defined Chilewich, which has produced fabrics for numerous applications. The booth was open, clean, modern, yet comprehensive, displaying the breadth and depth of their offerings.
- Lighting- Latif Mecikukic Design: Mecikukic credits his years of experience and expertise with his ability to create unique designs that ultimately define the sophisticated rooms they grace.
- Tabletop- Tina Frey Designs: Tina Frey hand-sculpts her designs in San Francisco with an emphasis on simplicity and function. All pieces are handmade of food-safe, lead-free resin.
- Textiles- Thompson Street Studio: Textile designer Kiva Motnyk founded the company in 2014 and works in collaboration with a growing team of artists, designers and artisans. The pieces are handmade in the SoHo studio out of natural and hand-selected found materials.
- Wallcoverings-Wallshoppe: Designs by the decorator, shop owner and author Nathan Turner were on display, among other offerings, in clever "selfie booths" at the show. A favorite of the judges, his Kiss My A** wallpaper. The papers are produced locally in the U.S. of 100% non-toxic materials with no PVC.