Reed Krakoff: Best of ICFF

The Coach Fashion Guru Plays Favorites at North America's Biggest Contemporary Furniture Fair

Reed Krakoff indulged his private passion for design objects at New York's annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair to curate a personal "Best of" list for NOWNESS. The Executive Creative Director of Coach, who also helms his own eponymous womenswear line, has filled his Upper East Side townhouse with museum-worthy pieces spanning Louis XVI Guildwood chairs to Ron Arad's contemporary stainless steel models. “It’s a question of, 'Is it inspiring and is it serving a function in an original and beautiful way?’” he says of his buying benchmark. With that in mind, Krakoff compiled his standouts from the trade conclave for home design.

Flat Impact by the University of Oregon
A conceptual approach but a meaningful concept. These designers are obviously engaged with the practicalities of shipping and construction. All the furniture packs flat, and it appears there’s no hardware. I like that it all looks raw; I like the integrity of that.

W101 Lamp by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Wästberg
This lamp, is made out of, what—paper? I’m not entirely sure how they’re keeping the paper from burning, with the heat of the light; there’s some kind of laminate, I guess, and the LEDs are relatively cool. But wow, I really like this.

Ply by CW Keller
This is laser-cut plywood—a material Eames pioneered—and they’re doing 3D modeling with it, which would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. This play with materials is one of the most interesting things happening in design right now.


Fresh Air Dining Chair by Richard Schultz

Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve almost certainly seen Richard Shultz's work. He designed some of the most iconic outdoor furniture, and this must be his first new collection in decades. This fresh take on the Windsor chair is great.

STEP Ladder, by Karl Malmvall for Design House
To me, this ladder speaks to the fact that good design has come to permeate the everyday. This is a useful household object—my wife has one, in fact—and it’s been executed in a fresh, appealing way.

Reclaimed Cypress & Stainless Steel Table by Amuneal
Cypress with some kind of stainless steel finish? Beautiful. The company is fantastic. I used them to make the vitrines for my store. They do incredible custom fabrications.

Zenith Chandelier by Philippe Starck for Baccarat
Starck really goes for it. Something like this is not for everyday use; it’s unapologetically special and maybe even over the top. But here’s why Starck’s a genius: black crystal is such an obvious thing to do, but he was the first person to go there.

Pendant Beat Lights by Tom Dixon
I love these lights—they're modern, yet have a timeless quality. Tom Dixon is one of the great high-low designers. He’ll do esoteric things, beautiful limited-edition work, and then he’ll turn around and make something totally accessible.

To read about the teenage innovators that made their ICFF debut with a radical rethink of classroom design, click here.

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