Brand Spotlights (draft)

Brand Spotlights


Durable yet stylish, the chairs made at San Francisco furniture studio Fyrn are comfortable and fashioned from honest materials. Co-founded by Ros Broughton and David Charne in 2012, Fyrn debuted the collection Stemn four years later, and will launch a series of nested tables at ICFF 2020. Here, Charne discusses family, sustainability, and the allure of timelessness.

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Scandinavian Spaces

In Sweden, the art of leading a healthy, fulfilling life is nurtured by the philosophy of lagom, translating to “not too little, not too much, just right.” This balanced approach is what inspired Texas State University interior design students Shelbie Metzler and Erin Elorreaga, winners of a design competition to develop and help install an eye-catching destination booth for Scandinavian Spaces at this year’s ICFF.

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Anna Gratia

Closets, utilitarian in nature, are typically an overlooked component of interior design schemes, but the ones dreamed up at Anna Gratia Studia exude a particular gravitas. The Brooklyn, New York-based firm, which also tackles kitchens, doors, bathroom vanities, tiles, and plumbing fixtures – and conveniently handles all design services, remodels, deliveries, and installations – has a knack for closets in particular, whether it’s of the wardrobe, storage-saving built-in, or commodious walk-in variety.

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Efficient, functional, and minimalist are words often used to describe the furniture made by Stockholm-based Massproductions, but the company, inspired by the sophisticated simplicity of clean-edged modernism, embraces a more holistic approach to industrial production, fusing the concepts of building and design along the way.

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Very Good & Proper (VG&P)

During the 2009 edition of London Design Festival, local design studio Very Good & Proper (VG&P) unveiled its signature range of furnishings made for the British restaurant chain, Canteen. Soon, VG&P’s appeal transcended the hospitality market, its products organically finding homes in workplace and residential settings.

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Pablo Designs

In 1993, Venezuelan-born Pablo Pardo, an alum of the University of Cincinnati’s industrial design program, founded the lighting company Pablo. Piccola, a whimsical, tilted leather-based table lamp, was the first product he turned out in his San Francisco studio, setting the standard for future collections.

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Well before Russell Pinch began as Terence Conran’s design assistant in the mid-1990s, later becoming a senior product designer at the Conran Group and working on the re-design of the Concorde, he had a reverence for craft. Growing up, much time was spent in his father John’s workshop, helping the designer and silversmith tackle projects ranging from furniture to sculpture to ice cream molds for large confectioneries.

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The long flourishing Czech design scene is rooted in craftsmanship, and although it’s synonymous with such glass and lighting powerhouses as Lasvit, Preciosa, Bomma, and Brokis, it’s TON that stands out for functional, sustainable, ergonomic wood furniture that deftly meshes tradition and innovation.

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