Bring the World of Design into Your Home: NY NOW

Disclaimer: this post does not contain any affiliated links and was not sponsored by anyone - our reviews, comments and preferences are purely based on what we observed and liked at the show.

Several times a year, the design world comes to New York, putting on an exciting show for designers to see new products, trends and get access to vendors they would perhaps not know about. At Maison KoduZen, we spent one day browsing the show rooms and wanted to give you a quick overview of what we thought was exciting/interesting. Most of our picks are obviously related to sustainable and eco-friendly designs, principle dear to our hearts as a design firm.

Decors & Accessories

Uashmama: Australia-based, this company makes all sorts of item out of paper (that also happens to be washable). Produced largely in Italy, where the concept was discovered by the founder of the company, we really appreciate the sleek look of most of their designs. Our top pick being this simple basket/bucket (pictured) that can be used for virtually anything. 

Grainwell: the story of these three sisters from Kentucky is as heart-warming as their wood designs, customized and made in their workshop. Our favorite? The subtle little city names to nail on your wall or simply display on a shelf (pictured).

Nude: Turkish-based designs, inspired by nature, Nude presents a fantastic, yet simple collection created by brilliant designers. The work of Erdem Akan in particular is really remarkable. The proof? This pretty jewelry stand, Blossom (pictured).

Left: Uashmama paper bucket - Center: Grainwell city name - Right: Jewelry stand by Erdem Akan for Nude

Left: Uashmama paper bucket - Center: Grainwell city name - Right: Jewelry stand by Erdem Akan for Nude

Plants and Flowers

Kulvase: Clever vases designed to keep your bouquets fresh longer, thanks to a neat technology embedded in the containers, keeping them (and the water) cool. Our favorite item being the Softness vase (pictured) - transparent, simple and elegant.

Floral Import: for its cute porcelain-made planters in all shapes and forms. We recommend in particular the Pebble collection for its simple lines (pictured).
 

For the Kitchen

Swedish Treasures: its product Wet-it (pictured), an eco-friendly, dishwasher-resistant alternative to a sponge comes into a great variety of colors and designs to brighten up your kitchen. 

For the Kids' room

HapticLab: the already famous Brooklyn-based design firm was presenting its beautiful kites and other quilts. We could NOT not list them :) Our picks: this beautiful sail boat kite and this great constellation quilt (both pictured).
 

Furniture

Roost: for those who do not know yet this Californian furniture company specialized in organic, sustainable designs, they had the most beautiful booth at the show (and amongst the largest - pictures were unfortunately prohibited) but check out their website for some great design inspiration.

Nested: great discovery for us on this edition of NY NOW, this South African furniture manufacturer with breathtaking contemporary woodworks. Our favorite: Pick up a Stick shelf (pictured) and the whimsical Bucket Stool (pictured) - another great concept of theirs (could not find it online), the stackable furniture decorated by the South African artist, Renée Rossouw.

Rugs

Fab Habitat: great collection of rugs from India, fair trade and eco-friendly. Our favorite is amongst the Zen collection with the Lucent rug (pictured).