District Eight experienced another positive show at the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS). Our latest designs were shown in a purpose built showroom styled into vignettes of living, bedroom, play and dining. This type of arrangement played a big part in successfully showcasing our work.
D8’s most recent pieces feature a merging of materials that has resulted in unique designs crafted using traditional techniques from concrete, steel and solid oak with highlights of brass becoming more prevalent. Solid oak juxtaposed with concrete and steel giving the furniture a modern natural beauty.
Our updated version of the Kahn Dining table inspired by bridge construction is a perfect piece to gather guests. Beautifully sculpted acid black concrete legs support a stainless steel frame with brass weld highlights, complimented with a glass top that allows the beauty of below to be seen by all. The whole look is completed with the Kahn stool now available in black solid surface with its signature concrete core and new frame finish of stainless steel.
A consistent favourite at IFFS, our industrial but contemporary styled ping-pong table was once again a main attraction! This piece is not only great for play but also multifunctional. No matter what your space is it can be incorporated as a game, meeting or dining table. The ping pong table previously only available in reclaimed wood is now available in smoked oak. Other games on show were our foosball and shuffleboard tables, these were in the public gamification area and allowed patrons to relax and enjoy some downtime.
Moving on from current to new and innovative. At the show this year we launched our Salk collection a feature in our dining and living vignettes. Drawing inspiration from the architectural form of the Salk Institute, we presented our latest merging of materials to create these distinctive designs.
The collection consists of the following pieces - desk, sofa, console, coffee tables and dining table. Each look was not just about Salk but also about integrating new collections with current pieces to create new and interesting arrangements. For instance, our dining vignette included the Salk expanding dining table with our existing Briggs school chairs. The table was in our latest wood finish of charred black with acid black concrete legs and the school chair matched perfectly in smoked oak with blackened steel.
The Salk sofa and larger scale square coffee table made an impact both in charred black with the collections signature sculpted concrete legs in acid black. The whole look was softened by the sofa fabric which is soft to touch and comes in 4 colours of graphite, shroom, willow and straw. In the same display was the Salk console table which like both coffee tables also includes concealed drawers allowing for additional storage.
The Kimbell table is a perfect example of D8’s merging of materials. This new piece is beautifully crafted with a solid oak top that features inlaid brushed brass. The legs are an iteration of the old farmhouse table however instead of classic turned legs of wood the Kimbell has sculpted concrete, hand carved wood and brass collars to finish the contemporary look. At the show we styled the table with our Stacking bench in smoked oak and Kink dining chair. Both are new to our portfolio for 2017 and come a combination of wood and leather finishes.
With more new designs to present IFFS is just the beginning of our trade shows for 2017. This year we will also be at High Point Market Spring and Fall along with our debut show at International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York.
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