New & Notable is a cultural catchall that highlights interesting new products and projects from our brilliantly creative members of The List. With new releases, events, and goings-on, the below moments indicate the power they have to move the needle in so many realms, including architecture, design, fashion, and art. With NYCxDesign having come and gone, we look back at the product debuts from our List members.
What Our List Members Launched at ICFF/WantedDesign
Biodegradable furniture from Model No., IED alumna Matteo Congiu shows ceramics made from culinary waste, a new frontier for Ornare, and more from our List members.BY JENNA ADRIAN-DIAZ June 13, 2023
The lighting and furniture designer’s dual-discipline expertise was on full display with the kinetic porcelain ellipse screen; its brass accents catch and project light while its geometric porcelain cones create a mesmerizing sculptural installation.
As the face of 3D-printed furniture made from plant resin, Model No.’s collection of statement furnishings is a welcome sight for those seeking environmentally conscious pieces fit to complement modern interiors. The collection includes the polygonal Esker chair and coordinating ottoman, the biodegradable Bolster chair, BioBench, and Prowl Studio-designed Gather table.
With support from IED, Ines Balbas and Matteo Congiu—two alumni of the Milan-based design school—presented innovations from their emerging studios. Balbas showcased her Selo collection, which transforms culinary waste like eggshells into transfixing ceramic lamps while Congiu’s studio OTQ displayed his minimalist line of cork furniture.
Inspired by the geometry of a fragmented I-beam found on the street two decades ago, the lighting designer tapped his studio team to bring his newest industrial fixture to life. The Hi-Beam floor lamp stands 12 feet tall with a welded base. To the untrained eye, the lumaire could appear to be precariously balanced or even a work of found-object design, but is in fact handcrafted and designed to the exacting standards of Weeks and his team.
A leader in bespoke storage solutions and accessories, Ornare’s aptly named Timeless Collection uses rich upholstery, leather accents, and wood to exquisite effect by showcasing sumptuous solutions for wardrobe, bar, and vanity storage. The resulting jewel-box atmosphere can even extend to one’s workspace with the brand’s first desk, which rounds out the collection by elevating crucial but functional touchstones of any home.
The digitally driven furniture studio helmed by John Vieweg made its ICFF debut in 2022 with his Relief collection and amorphic Glove sofa. Fashion designer Isabel Deng and Juju Studio founder Jing Ju were both so taken with the inherent glamor they saw in the Glove sofa’s sinuous form that they commissioned Vieweg to collaborate with Ju on an iterative custom version for Miss Circle, Deng’s new downtown boutique and showroom. The vibrant red upholstery intentionally evokes the vision of a red carpet, which Deng envisioned as “ a backdrop for the real stars of the store, the people and clothing.”