Come Hang with FilzFelt at ICFF
May 16, 2023
May 16, 2023
This year, we’re thrilled to return to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair from May 21-23, 2023! This time around, we've partnered with über-talented Rodolfo Agrella on a series of custom Hanging Panels that spotlight the endangered flora surrounding New York City. The panels will be located in the fair’s Oasis, a space where visitors can rest and recharge. And as a special treat, please stop by the space for Morning Matcha with FilzFelt on Monday, May 22 at 10am. Swing by to meet the designer behind the Hanging Panels and grab some sweets and matcha for a little show get-up-and-go!
New York-based Venezuelan designer and architect Rodolfo Agrella has built a diverse portfolio which has earned him international recognition. Case in point is his Shadow salad bowl with servers inspired by the shadow play of the foliage canopy of the tropical rainforest of Venezuela, which scooped the prestigious 2015 German Design Award. Through his playful experimental approach, Agrella unites bold sensual shapes and graphics with a deep grasp of colour and materials, translating his sensory memory from the tropics into an international language.
"For me, a sustainable project can be achieved by the quality of the design, its manufacturing process, and its function longevity, independent of the material in which it is fabricated."
Rodolfo combines the softness of wool felt and nature-inspired imagery to create a quiet and soothing atmosphere for the ICFF Oasis space as well as make a subtle nod to the message of sustainability, which is the design’s inspiration. Wanting to bring an array of natural elements to the design, Rodolfo took this nifty natural material in a deep shade of green and designed a series of custom Hanging Panels that depict eight endangered species.
We connected with Rodolfo about the evolution of the space, his love for natural materials, and what he and his team have planned for the year ahead!
“For the Oasis, we wanted to bring a natural component related to New York, filtered through a design lens. So we researched and selected various endangered flora from the state, studied their formal composition, and then dissected, illustrated, and rearranged them on a rigid grid composition to create huge botanical plaques per species.”