Something crafty's stirring in the heart of New York City...
BY DEE IVA
Premier American design fair ICFF kicks off today in New York City, hosting more than 600 exhibitors from across the globe. Companies as diverse as Nanimarquina, Artek and Iacoli & McAllister will be strutting their stuff at the Jacob K Javits Center and we're glad to see that Brit talent will also be represented by the likes of Heal's, Deborah Bowness and Forbes & Lomax, many showing for the first time.
But if you're looking for something a little more offbeat, head over to The Standard, East Village where Dublin upstarts Makers & Brothers, helmed by siblings Jonathan and Mark Legge, have set up shop in a tin shed in the grounds of the hotel. On display will be a selection of simple, beautiful and slightly quirky accessories from Irish designers but the main attraction is a daily workshop where Irish maker James Carroll will be hand-carving kooky wooden spoons from locally sourced timber. No two will be alike as each one will have its own distinct character. Whatever you do, don't put them in the dishwasher…
ICFF runs from 17-20 May 2014 icff.com. For city-wide fringe events see NYCxDesign, 9-20 May nycxdesign.com
TOP: A selection of spoons by James Carroll for Makers & Brothers
ABOVE RIGHT: The original shed in Dublin which will be recreated at The Standard, East Village during ICFF
Pictures by Richard Gilligan/Makers & Brothers