Modern luxury meets environmentally conscious design at ICFF 2016


More than 700 exhibitors displayed high-end luxury designs at the 2016 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City, and we toured the show floor to find the newest trends in home design.


This year’s dominant trends included sleek modernism, sloped sophistication, safari style and environmentally conscious indoor fire features.


For more than 15 years, we have specialized in the luxury home design industry and continue to support our clients at international trade shows such as ICFF. This unique opportunity has allowed us to identify what’s trending in the market and share them with our audience.

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Sloped Sophistication: A leading trend in wooden furniture is sloped sophistication, adding curved profiles commonly seen in modern designs to classic furniture pieces. Coffee table legs are looped in circles, as featured by KinoGuerin, and hanging chairs cocoon users for ultimate comfort, like the Hive Chair from Raw Studio. Practical use meets modern sensibility to establish this visually engaging trend.

Hive Chair from Raw Studio

Sleek Modernism: This trend is defined in metallic elements that put a twist on a classic aesthetic, such as Stardust from Walker Zanger, a mosaic tile waterjet-cut from lava stone and glazed to create a textured, handcrafted look.

Stardust collection by Walker Zanger

Designs inspired by Nature: Designs inspired by the beauty of nature are prominent in other products, such as the new Victoria + Albert Pescadero tub which features a rim designed to form a distinctive wave.

Pescadero bathtub by Victoria + Albert

Modern meets Technology: The stylish modern trend pairs with innovative technology in TOTO’s award-winning NEOREST 750H, an intelligent toilet that provides luxury relaxation, an advanced cleansing process and a cutting-edge flushing system.


Environmentally Conscious Design: Eco-friendly hearths brought a new element to the environmentally conscious movement, and HearthCabinet displayed its distinctive ventless fireplaces which use a safe, clean-burning, gel fuel cartridge system.

Ventless Fireplace by HearthCabinet

Safari-Themed Accessories: Exhibitors at ICFF revealed a stylish way to walk on the wild side with designs influenced by animals you may find on a safari; Sun Valley Bronze demonstrated this with gazelle-styled door pulls.

Gazelle Grip Handles by Sun Valley Bronze

FORSYTH put this trend on display with its signature zebra hide rugs.

Zebra Hide Rug from FORSYTH

Distinguished Lighting Features: Another unique and eye-catching product looks as if it came right out of a literary classic; Otto Sconce by Hubbardton Forge is a lighting feature resembling an undrawn bow. It symbolizes the conversion of potential energy into kinetic energy with the flip of a switch.

Otto Sconce by Hubbardton Forge

Over the past 28 years, ICFF has evolved from a furniture trade show to a premier showcase for contemporary design. It is one of the leading global design events for viewing the latest concepts and collections. To review this year’s most noteworthy trends from Merlot Marketing, visit our trendspotting blogs.



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