As a jaded New York Designer, I ventured once again to the Javits Center to survey the goods at the 2014 International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Once there, my attitude quickly faded. The show was packed with innovative designs and enthusiastic makers. For decorative lighting, the push for the refinement of the industrial aesthetic continues. Walnut remains the furniture maker's go-to wood, and their pieces are more directly inspired by mid-century Danish design.  Upholstery and fabrics were scarce this year, leaving the responsibility of interior pattern to wall coverings, rugs and ceramic tiles. Wallcovering prints go refreshingly bigger and bolder still, tile design pushes further off of the wall with high-relief textures, and advances in rug-making technology allow designers to explore more expressive, painterly compositions.

My advice: 1) Get to the show. 2) Touch everything. -guaranteed to recharge your creative battery.

Garden Glory (Donso, Sweden)
Photo: Garden Glory (Donso, Sweden)