The Fashion Institute of Technology, or FIT in New York City is a haven for designers; not only of the fashion industry but for the interior design field. Interior designers and furniture designers all over the country, and even the world, flock to the world famous epicenter of the fashion industry to perfect their budding geniuses and commiserate with up and coming crème de la crème fellow protégées in further honing in their artistic yet functional skills.
The creativity shows. In recent years, furniture design has taken on a minimalistic, do it yourself form over function mentality. The heavy furniture designs of yesteryear are truly passé. Not only are they too heavy to move, they are massively obnoxious. Times have truly changed. First, most homes have been subsequently downsized in recent generations. With the high price of heating fuels, smaller families and smaller homes are in, unless you are planning to live off the grid. Secondly, changing residences is no longer a once in a lifetime activity.
Modern furniture designers accentuate technically light and strong decorative pieces that are both portable and attractive, a piece of art that doubles as a useful asset in the home. The new look more often times than not, celebrates an avante garde, nose thumbing appeal in the Art Deco inspired tone. Slim but comfortable, measured to match and earth tones plus pizzazz are other important features that match the new age in furniture design.
Wood is hot, and one of the latest trends in New York City furniture design is taking the old wood from demolished buildings and constructing something entirely different with it. Eco-building is very in - nothing is allowed to be wasted. The old precious materials of the past have an essence of something magical and mysterious that will not be recreated anytime soon in our new / improved semi-synthetic lifestyle.
Many wood designers have fled the NYC hype to catch a more meditative pace in upstate New York or in the peace of nearby Connecticut. Other have chosen to remain, leading hermit like existences to catch their own personal inspirational rhythm of recycle, create, build and design.
Some of the hottest names in NYC wood furniture designers include City Joinery, a firm known for the complexity behind the simplicity. The wood-linked furniture is a complex puzzle of joinery that is hard not to appreciate. Moreover, the finished look is deceiving - much like the effortless swan pedaling like mad beneath the smooth lake surface.