International Contemporary Furniture Fair – ICFF, New York

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I recently applied to show some of my furniture designs at the ICFF in New York from May 16th – 19th. The ICFF is North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design. Above is a mockup of what my 10′ x 5′ booth could look like. If selected to exhibit I plan to loop videos of the fabrication process of the Bow Spring Chairs and the gridshell light system that I am developing.

For the four-day duration of the Fair, 165,000 net square feet (15,300 net square meters) of the Javits Center will be abuzz with more than 32,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers. On Tuesday, May 19, the ICFF opens its doors to the general public, as well.

More than 700 exhibitors from all points of the globe will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors. This remarkable throng of exhibitors creates an unparalleled opportunity to view a broad yet highly focused selection of the world’s finest, most innovative, and original avant-garde home and contract products side-by-side, under one roof.

Bow Spring Chair featured on ArchDaily

The Bow Spring Chair that I recently designed as part of a furniture workshop at MIT was recently featured on the Spanish-speaking section of ArchDaily. I have also recently opened a store on Etsy.com where you can buy the Bow Spring Chair directly. There will be new additions to the store in the coming weeks, so keep checking back.

Archdaily Bow Spring

 

Bow Spring Chair

The bow spring chair was designed and fabricated as part of a furniture making workshop at MIT. I was interested in how the arms and legs of the chair could work in unison as a type of double bow spring structure – becoming extremely strong under direct loading, yet flexible and responsive to the shifting load of the user.

The legs and arms of the chair are made from 1/8” steam bent, glue laminated strips of ash secured at each end by folded steel shoes. CNC milled MDF formwork was required for the glue lamination of the legs and the seat of the chair. The steel shoes are made from sheet steel heated with a rosebud torch to enable the tight U-shaped geometry.

The side profile of the chair is extremely light consisting of three swooping lines – the two lines of the bow, and the single line of the chair itself. The legs/arms of the chair are flexible enough to respond to the movements of the user creating a very comfortable seat. The seat is fixed to the rear cross beam but can slide over the front beam allowing for a greater range movement. The clean lines of the swooping chair are maintained by fixing the cross beams to the underside of the bows.

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