Twice a year, the entire 544,000-square-foot Jacob K. Javits Center in New York is filled to the brim with a design enthusiast's dream: 2,800 booths showcasing the latest and most ingenious offerings in home and industrial design. A six-day trade event, the semi-annual New York International Gift Fair features the handiwork of designers who travel there from 85 different countries — allowing for a close-up look on brand-new or normally inaccessible examples of global design.
For the August edition, which started this weekend, perennial purveyor of "HappyChic" Jonathan Adler debuted new additions to his menagerie of tabletop accessories and beddings; Dutch design maven Marcel Wanders released new trays featuring his signature Baroque patterns for Italian postmodern kitchenware arbiter Alessi; Design House Stockholm presented its characteristically offbeatlight fixtures; and newcomers hailing from Japan to Seattle shared their work for the first time with the fair's international audience.
ARTINFO walked the floor of the Javits Center to bring you highlights from the event. And hurry, if you go Thursday afternoon, you can still catch the last dayof the fair.
To see our picks from the International Gift Fair, click "View Slideshow" above.