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This blog allows you to peek behind the scenes of our design process; see the images, products, and events that inspire and motivate us. We are happily biased towards interior design topics with a sustainable undertone. With our international backgrounds, we definitely embrace a global perspective and influence. We hope you are inspired and sometimes provoked by our postings and we look forward to reading and responding to your comments!

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New York International Gift Fair Part 1

Spent half the day at the NYIGF at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC yesterday, barely getting through 20% of the show. A daunting task to say the least to cover the many buildings filled with an extra-ordinary number of manufacturers all jostling for attention, primarily from buyers.  The energy was great though and the spirits high.  Not even a small fire that broke out Saturday night claiming two booths and inventory could dampen spirits.
evidence of fire on a neighbouring booth
the booth re-building
Alas, by the time I left the exhibit, there was little evidence of said fire as the booths were almost 100% re-built.  I will return on either Tuesday or Wednesday to gather more info and say hi to folks I know that are showing.  In the meantime, here are a few of my favourites from the show:

1. Cerno Group had a stand out sconce that was both ambient and task lighting... ingenious!
as ambient 
as task. See video demo on their site www.cernogroup.com
2. The stunning Icarus pendant from Artecnica
3. Caleb Simon "happy kiss" pendants...the name says it all :)
Table Top
1. Ink Dish...the images say it all.
tattoo artist inspired, collaborated, and designed...
the result!
www.inkdish.com for more awesome designs!
2. Chilewich - my images don't do these beauties nearly enough justice but the small/delicate pieces and the organic quality of the place settings definitely screamed big and bold at me.

tiny delicate tea cups with "saucers" that can act as cup covers 
tiny serving spoons for your condiments made of wood...I die! www.chilewich.com
3. Design House Stockholm - representing several brands these ceramics by Gustaf Nordenskiold stood out for me with their delicately painted interiors. Don't be fooled by the shape, it is actually quite ergonomic:
1. Props to Hammocks & High Tea for their daring and color appropriate spring collection...and it's all ORGANIC and ECO-FRIENDLY!  Now you know green can be vibrant too.  Designer Karen in her booth:
2. Cococozy - beautiful bold and so soft.
The throws were my favourites! 
images courtesy of www.cococozy.com
3. pi'lo - everything about this brand was ingenious! I cannot get enough of it and honestly am now excited to do another nursery...
a tooth fairy pocket pi'lo!
check out the awesome brand www.pilo.ca
The sky planter from Boskke - perfect for all the urban landscape projects we will be tackling this summer!  You read right - we do small to mid-size urban landscapes:
That's it for now.  Look out for our post on our final round up later this week.



  1. Wow...so fun to see what caught your attention at the show. I was at Pier 94 and spotted non of this, so it's great to see what captured your attention. I too did a post (well, two) on the show.

  2. I love seeing you feature many of my blog friends!! Found your fabulous site through Coco

    The Icarus Pendant is amazing.

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