Going OFF the Beaten Path of Home Design

When we visited The International Contemporary Furniture Fair last year, we were disappointed by the cheesiness of many of the mainstream products. They’d looked so beautiful in photographs but were very different in person. We spent a good 3 hours wandering up and down the aisles learning some few unexpected lessons about shopping for housewares and furniture. Oh well.

Then we wandered down a long corridor to the Pavilion of student work. THERE we saw some really interesting things made by design students. What a relief: original ideas, good execution, sparks for our imagination, and some stuff we’d really love to take home.

Our favorite: the work of a glass artist who put beakers in a kiln and let them collapse slightly; there was no way to control their effect. We love to put our flowers in one of THOSE, with their inplicit message of LOSS OF CONTROL.

Dig these two very different chairs…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

…like nothing you’d see from big manufacturers…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

We were even inspired by the plywood simple displays: ideas for diy stands to use at home out of our favorite material.

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

This work reminded us of Creative Director Niels Strøyer Christophersen’s very good advice about buying furniture, that we read recently at Kinfolk

He’s discovered that slowly gathering your favorite pieces over time is essential to interior decorating. ‘Try to see it as a process: It’s all right to wait for the right object to come instead of going to a warehouse and buying all of your furniture. Create a nice little museum of beautiful memories.’

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