Nau returns to ICFF in New York with new collections by Tom Fereday & Kate Stokes

Photography: Mike Baker Photography: Mike Baker

Following its international debut at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in 2017, Australian design brand NAU returns to ICFF 2018 to unveil new designs including the Jolly lighting range by Kate Stokes and the SIA chair by Tom Fereday.

From 20 – 23 May 2018 at ICFF in New York, Australian design brand NAU introduces two new collections alongside existing best-selling designs at Stand #1941. Once again designed by award winning Australian firm Design Office, the stand takes inspiration from the Australian landscape and palette, including photography by Brooke Holm, with natural cork, tan leather and local timbers complimented with brass, eucalyptus and burgundy tones.

Meet NAU designers including Adam Goodrum, Kate Stokes and Adam Cornish at the NAU Stand (#1941) from 12.00-3.00pm each day during ICFF, from 20 – 23 May 2018.

Arising from the desire to create a playful lighting collection, Jolly is an exploration of form and material. Translucent, hand-blown glass is juxtaposed against solid-coloured metal rods and shades to create a balance of material composition, while the asymmetric elfin-like form injects a cheerful sense of joy.

The collection includes a single rod pendant, double rod pendant and a compact wall light. Jolly is available in a refined palette of black, eucalyptus, burgundy and satin-polished brass, designed to complement the soft glow of the opal glass shades.

An advocate of ‘slow design’, Kate Stokes is fastidious in her pursuit of quality design through detail; finding joy in creating products with personality, designed to last a lifetime. Originally from Western Australia, Stokes studied Industrial Design at Curtin University in Perth before moving to Melbourne to start her own award-winning design studio, Coco Flip. Working from a studio within a collective warehouse space designed to support and promote small businesses in the heart of Melbourne’s creative district, Stokes is a passionate supporter of local industry through her designs, from material to production.

Photography: Mike Baker
Photography: Mike Baker

Named after its unique adjustable backrest, SIA, meaning movement, is a lightweight timber chair that is slender in design yet uncompromising in comfort. Shaped from solid natural timber, the curved seat and articulated back is contrasted by a minimal steel frame that supports the sculptural timber elements and allows for a convenient stackable design. While originally conceived for the dining room, the SIA chair is perfect for both commercial and residential applications.

The SIA chair is available with a black powdercoat frame, and the seat and backrest is made with solid timber in ash, black stained ash, oak, smoked oak or walnut.

Tom Fereday develops products based on the principle of honest design, conveying a design process that celebrates the materials and manufacturing processes behind furniture and products, to design from the inside out. By using the materials and environment as a positive design constraint, Fereday guides intelligent and thoughtful design outcomes that connects with people through natural materials, tactile finishes and unique designs, striving to create enduring designs that are meaningful to people and their environment. Born in Australia, Tom Fereday grew up in England studying at the Wimbledon School of Art before moving to Sydney to complete an honours in Industrial Design at the University of Technology Sydney, founding his sole practice in 2012.

Photography: Mike Baker
Photography: Mike Baker

In addition to unveiling the new Jolly and SIA collections at ICFF 2018, NAU also showcases best-selling designs from the existing collection for the first time ever outside of Australia. At NAU’s exhibition (Stand #1941), visitors can discover the Aran sofa by Adam Goodrum, a timelessly luxurious design which features a unique hand-stitched bolster detail. Goodrum’s Bilgola lightweight collection of outdoor furniture, inspired by modernist architecture on Sydney’s northern beaches, is also on show. Moreover, the utilitarian Strand collection by Adam Cornish is exhibited, including the Strand chair and Strand bistro table.