New York’s premier furniture fair 2013 – part 3

 

Last week I blogged (twice) about my visit to the ICFF, International Contemporary Furniture Fair in Manhattan. But, I have to say that the amount of stuff I saw and photographed deserves at least two, if not three more blog entries. Today I will show you what was, in my humble opinion, the best example of the new generation of collapsible furniture.

Monstrans, of Alexandria VA, is a furniture studio that devised several knockdown furniture designs. One of them is this folding chair that is made from bamboo plywood and metal hardware. 

Another maker of collapsible furniture is Folditure of New York, NY. Their patented chair and table designs involve jaw dropping "space-age" engineering. Take this chair, for instance, it can be hung in a closet and then when you open it up a panel slides up to become a back rest. A series of cables and other metal contraptions hold the chair in a delicate balance of tension and compression that allow it to be remarkably lean and elegant. 

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A gallery in Manhattan, Bespoke Global, showed some fancy furniture. Among them was a high-end line of newly reproduced Roorkhee chairs by Richard Wrightman. The Roorkhee is perhaps the most famous of all Campaign furniture. 

From Denver Colorado came Madelife. They showcased a line of flat-package furniture that are assembled via the tried and true mortise and tenon wedge joint, much like the ones you see in traditional construction of medieval trestle table rails.

I really liked the aluminum wedge that they came up with. It is a small detail, yet it accentuates the pieces' contemporary look. 

Chan Shu Wun is a fresh graduate of the University of Iowa in 3D design. In fact, he is so fresh that he decided to skip the graduation ceremony for the opportunity to present his line of knockdown furniture in at the ICFF. I think that his furniture are quite lovely. All the furniture parts are cut from Plywood and plastic sheets using a CNC router bit. The customer can assemble them at home with ease. The innovative aspect of Chan's design is in choosing the plastic parts to lock, secure, and tighten the plywood structure. The plastic is mushy enough to fit into the notches yet is plenty strong to squeeze in there and prevent the pieces from loosening up. 

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.