Why I’m a Member of Furniture New York

As a New Yorker I have the thought from time to time that I’m sure all of you occasionally have, “Why do I live here considering all that we have to put up with.” You can list some very real compromises we make to live here but in the end for an equally long list of reasons we’re not leaving.
The main reason is financial. I cannot do the kind of work that I do in another city. I need to be close to my clients, my suppliers, talented employees. The second reason is community, I like having people around (mostly). I get inspired and more creative, I see what not to do, and when I need help or feel like complaining I am glad I live here.
This is why I am a member of Furniture New York. Yes part of it is financial, discounts on shows and great contacts and exposure, but the community of designers is what is most important to me. I need to see the work friends and to have them see my efforts. I need to keep inspired and creative, and for that I need both New York and my community of New Yorkers.

Jared Goss Presents the work of Emile Jacques Ruhlmann

For those of us who love the work of this Art Deco master this chance to hear the presentation of Jared Goss is an exciting event. Furniture New York will host the event at the Design Center at 200 Lexington Ave on the evening of Tuesday June 26. The event starts at six and should finish near eight.
Jared Goss is a curator of modern art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is one of the curators responsible for the Met’s 2004 exhibit of “Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco” and is an expert on his work.
This event is an open event and Furniture New York and the Design Center welcome all of those who wish to attend what promises to be a memorable and enlightening evening.

Mistaken Arrest of Member of the Design Community

The detail are not yet fully clear but what is know is that Takeshi Miyakawa, a member of the furniture and design community has been arrested for his art installation. He placed LEDs in plastic I Heart NY bags and hung them in New York to coincide with design week and was charged with “placing a false bomb”. You can read the whole story in the Times here

From what I have read in the Times and knowing Takeshi personally I feel that an injustice has been done and that part of the role of those in the design community is to look out for each other. To that end we would like to gather as much information as possible about this on our message boards and discuss what we can do to help. Please help right this wrong
Latest update as of May 25
Takashi has been released “ROR” after many days in jail during which he was not interviewed about the activities which led to his arrest. At a hearing on wednesday the lawyer for the defence used this lact of interview to ask for his release. This is not the end of the matter, far from it, takashi is facing charges of six felonies and multiple misdemeanors. He was to be held until a hearing on the 21st of June. A month in jail for as a result of a simple understanding? Felony charges for promoting design week? It is not the purpose of this website to get too political, but rather to support designers in their work. We will keep you updated, and please use the boards, make phone calls to your representatives, and do what you can to fix this.

Congratulations to the winners of the ICFF group booth contest

Furniture New York members submitted their work to a panel of other members who are currently participating in the ICFF. This jury of their peers judged the works on design and craftsmanship, to choose the best work to represent FNY at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair to be held at the Javits Center, May 19-22. The group booth looks to be a good one this year as the final results are in.

Furniture New York Group Booth #2440
Dates & More Information
Michael Mchale Designs will be showing a Tribeca Banqueting Chandelier Profile

Peter Harrison and Lavassa will present a pair of Ziz Zag Redux chairs Profile


Fire and Water will be represented by the CycLED chandelier Profile



May Furniture is showing a coffee table and tray in walnut Profile


Noble Goods will be showing a Creature Table Profile

Congratulations to the winners of this years contest.  See you at the Javits Center  ICFF Booth #2440

Eleven Reasons (and counting) Why You Should Buy Furnishings in New York


You are building a relationship with a local craftsperson. There may come a time when you have a job which is very custom or so small that is going to be nearly impossible to track down someone to do it. If you have built a relationship with a local craftsperson you understand their abilities and often they will be willing to take on odd or small jobs which others would not.

You are keeping to money local. New York may seem like a large community but the amount spent on furnishings is also large and by keeping that money here you are helping the local economy. Otherwise that money is very likely to leave not only the state but the country as well.

You are a patron of the arts. The decorative arts have long traditions and as a client you are a patron of the craftspeople, helping to maintain the knowledge and art for future New Yorkers. Recently I heard that many homes in Puerto Rico which had ornate exterior ironwork and castings were being restored but that the local techniques had died out and the shops had closed leaving the clients to settle for poor imported versions of the decorations they once had.

You can see things as they are being built. How bright is that blue? Does it match with the tile? Will my odd collection fit in the drawer? With a local designer you can get real answers to these questions and very often make changes to avert what would have been a disaster with an out of town designer.

You eliminate a lot of wasteful steps. Shipping of finished pieces great distances is always nerve racking as well as expensive and wasteful. Buying local saves miles of bubble wrap, crating materials and fuel as well as saving your sense of calm.

You know what the ingredients are. Items made here are made from only approved and tested materials. You know the paints and glazes are lead free. You know the dyes are nontoxic. If an item says it is green certified you have a way to check on the sourcing of that product.

You can talk directly to the designer or builder of your piece. You may have a picture in your head of exactly what you want but if your designer can’t understand that vision the craftsperson won’t be able to create it. Meeting face to face, discussing samples and finishes, sketching things out or mocking them up will be your best chance of communicating your vision, and you seeing when the designer “get’s it”.

We can make anything. The best craftspeople in the world come to New York to work for the most exacting clients. The skillset that most designers and craftspeople bring with them to The City is incredible and when you add in the networks we have built between us we can build anything you could possibly dream up.

That New York cache. A New York makers mark carries an unexplainable value. Perhaps it the the tradition of leading design or the aspiration to be in the heart of things, but a piece made in New York carries a bit of the city with it always.

New York has access to the finest materials and suppliers. A design market as big as New York can support the very highest end importers and suppliers. Whether it’s parchment, veneer, marble or huge slabs of exotic woods the very best are sent here.

New York is a city with a long design history which is on the cutting edge of design. This means that whether you are looking for a traditional piece or something truly new we can design it here. What’s more we can integrate the newest technologies and materials within the tradition of design.