| Sep 9, 2014 |
Playing favorites: A look at the best of the best from NY NOW
Boh staff
By Staff

Editors, retailers and designers spent five days last month at New York City’s semi-annual gift and home show scouring every corner to find the best new products and makers, many of which were making their debut. Below is a sampling of what discoveries made the biggest impressions from the summer edition of NY NOW.

John Douglas Eason, interior designer:

“Just when I was beginning to tire of the raw mineral stone trend, Brenda Houston has found fresh way to give it new life. The organic carving lends each piece a distinctive, handmade quality that is all their own.”

“Fresh shapes with fantastic murky black coloration and just a trace of a white outline make these handmade objects by Klein Reid Ceramics a class standout. Handsome and bold as a grouping, they also make a strong statement individually. I'm loving the right-on-time pop of gleam their new brass tops give this arrangement.”

“This golden metalicized cluster from furthurdesign took my breath away. This would look incredible over a breakfast table or in an entry hall. It's a smart and stylish new update to one of their standard light forms."

Architectural Digest’s Market Editors:

“Showing at NY NOW for the first time, Georg Jensen displayed its sculptural Supernova collection of trays, bowls, and candleholders, available in stainless steel or porcelain.”

Ann Gish’s lyrical Flourish bedding, made of linen embroidered with a slight ombré effect, was inspired by intricate ironwork and is available in a duvet, Euro sham, throw, and decorative pillow.”

“A sophisticated take on classic chinoiserie, Bongenre’s Dame Chinoise tableware is crafted of ultra durable melamine. The set, which includes dinner and dessert plates, tumblers, and a serving platter, will add whimsical style to alfresco dining.”

Kathryn McCoy Design uses the natural beauty of selenite to create an eye-catching mirror.”

Marisa Marcantonio, Stylebeat Blog:

Fort Standard’s stone candle sconce is functional and beautiful. It’s available in black or white marble and provides illuminating candlelight while adding sculptural allure. A removable candlestick insert turns the back into a candlestick giving the piece dual functionality. Made in Brooklyn, these pieces have a modernism and classicism that I love.”

“I was so excited to see the Australia-based company Walter G at the Gift Show. I follow them on Instagram as @stylebeatblog, and watched their journey from home to the Javits booth unfold. Their beautiful hand-blocked Indian textiles have interesting modernized patterns in great colors, making them a fresh company to watch.”

“I was stopped in my tracks at the work of Brooklyn-based ceramicist Forrest Lewinger. His designs in the handmade section feature thin walled ceramics in easy to use bowls and vases, with interesting geometric shapes and patterns in matte and shiny glazes. My favorite piece? The matte Yves Klein blue bordered bowl with lustrous tortoiseshell patterned base. His clean, unfussy designs are meant to be used but stunning to look at.”

Cat Dash, Lonny Market Editor:

“At winter market, River Song—which started as a jewelry brand and has recently ventured into home decor—soft launched a couple of blankets that stopped me dead in my tracks. This season they were back with a full range including throw pillows and rugs. They're 100 percent wool and made in Mexico. The neutral-bright contrast feels really fresh, and I love the pared down, simple pattern.”

“All of Robert Siegel's porcelain designs are completely handmade and one-of-a-kind. At NY NOW this season, he introduced his Beaux collection, which is embellished with shiny gold bands—lending a luxe vibe to his goods.”

“It's no secret that I'm a fan of all things Cold Picnic, so when I heard they'd be debuting rugs at the show, I rushed to see them in person. They're like oversize, less shaggy versions of the brand's signature wall hangings.”

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