Last month we took our annual excursion to ICFF, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, at the Jacob Javitz Center to get our fix of global design.

We scoped the aisles to see what was new and found that most of the categories, like lighting, hardware and bathroom/kitchen fixtures were mostly an evolution of what we saw last year. What ended up really catching my attention was outdoor furniture, particularly from Europe and South America. Their whimsical designs and color palettes are distinctively different, and I think, quite refreshing. Even though my personal color choices are every shade of gray, I think a lot of these pieces make for a fun and colorful terrace in the city, garden in Brooklyn, or poolside in The Hamptons.

My personal favorites were all from a company out of Spain – Kettal (pictured above)A family business established in 1964, they work with important names in the international design scene, and all of their furniture is made in their own factory in a small coastal town near Barcelona.

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