Design Fairs ICFF 19-22 May 2019 Javits Center, New York City, USA www.icff.com
New York’s high-end contemporary furniture fair is always rich with impressive rug design. Elisabeth Parker visited the show to find her top five collections and designs, with a focus on the diversity of what rugs can offer a client
LUCY TUPU New York City-based design studio Lucy Tupu’s latest collection, Family Jewels, includes a playful, yet elegant, carpet named after her great-aunt Edna. A diagonal swathe of faceted jewels adorns Edna in eleven rich colours on backgrounds of either emerald green, lavender, grey, black or coffee. Beryl, named after Tupu’s mother, has a softer palette and an overall design that reminds me of ribbed beads found in many cultures. Hand-tufted in China in delicate silk and New Zealand wool, the Family Jewels collection reflects Tupu’s warm personality, sophisticated taste and sense of whimsy.
01 Edna rug, Family Jewels Collection, Lucy Tupu
02 Rug from the Deconstrcuted Collection, French Accents
03 Shore A—Blue, Workshop/APD for Warp & Weft
04 Carioca Eureka Flower Abaca rug, Inigo Elizalde
05 Valloire Ivory Multi rug, Savoy Collection, Samad
FRENCH ACCENTS French Accents recently added some very striking and distinctive carpets to their Deconstruction collection. Influenced by, but not direct copies of, colour field paintings from the 1940s and 1950s, these hand-knotted carpets made in Pakistan appeal to those that like a mid-century aesthetic. Each has a webbed basket-weave ground that is partially covered in a simulation of dripping paint. The colourways are very engaging and, in some instances, use complementary colours, such as shades of blue with accents of orange, to great effect.