At this week’s New York International Gift Fair, I saw “Baby Champagne,” live tattooing, dog portraiture, wheeled salt and pepper shakers, and “Sexy Robot Friends.” And this was all within the first five minutes of stepping inside Manhattan’s bustling Javits Center.
In total, I was at NYIGF — a biannual event that requires seriously sensible walking shoes and careful planning — for over two hours eyeballing the booths of nearly 3,000 exhibitors displaying their merch (not just gifts) to wholesale buyers and store owners. I think I only conquered ¼ of the show, mostly in the juried Accent on Design section.
Even though I couldn't buy anything myself (thank god), NYIGF is still the place to track emerging design trends from across the globe, ogle new products in over 400 product categories, mingle with designers, and get completely and utterly lost.
Here are a few of the many things that caught my barraged attention:
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