ICFF Preview: Assembly Design + New Friends’ US Chair

Two NYC studios' styles collide for a striking, limited-edition furniture collaboration

In anticipation of the second official NYCxDesign week and this weekend’s opening of ICFF, New York-based furniture studio Assembly Design paired up with textile innovators New Friends for a beautiful, limited-edition piece. The “US Chair” perfectly balances and combines the strengths of each studio. Drawing on Assembly’s penchant for traditional designs and methods reinterpreted through a modern perspective, founders Peter Oyler and Nora Mattingly started …

ICFF 2014 Preview: Wintercheck Factory

Furniture and lighting from the Brooklyn-based design-and-build brand

Since 2010 Brooklyn’s Wintercheck Factory has routinely rolled out new designs across apparel and homeware, to furniture and lighting. While the urge to design across all platforms is still alive and well, founder Kristen Wentrcek seems to be currently focusing on furniture, which will be on display at ICFF as part of NYCxDesign, running 17-20 May 2014. Divided into two sections—furniture designed by Wentrcek and …

Fab’s Next Life: Private Label

Backing young designers and releasing an extensive in-house collection

It’s been a wild ride since Fab first launched just under three years ago. After the flash-sale business model gave way to rapid expansion and subsequent shrinkage, pushing the brand identity through a couple questionable phases—and more importantly, individual’s hands—the design-minded outlet is back on solid ground. With an impressive line of private label furnishings designed in-house and by an ever-growing roster of emerging designers, …