Ikea doesn't usually show at furniture fairs, but this year the Swedish home furnishings company made an exception at ICFF, to unveil a sprawling new line of ambitious designs. The so-called PS line is Ikea's flagship for co-branding with high-profile designers such as Hella Jongerius; it's also the launch pad for its most experimental pieces. When it arrives in stores this August, it'll be a truly huge offering, comprising 71 designs.
Of all the design we saw at ICFF, this is the only one that had several passers-by cooing, "We need this!"
The two designs by Takano Heartworks perfect objects you'd never think twice about: Walkers and canes. Here's Katsumi Takeno (no relation to Takano), one of the company's product planners, showing off the Carry-Na walker and the A.I. walking stick:
The British European Design Group--a trade organization--showed off its homegrown student talent at ICFF. Fast Company brought back video of a couple clever designs, and pictures of a few others. You might be amazed what you can do with a few toothpicks or sheet metal.
Three young graduates from the famed Royal College of Art in London caught our eye.