Maker Stories

Trade Show Round-Up

May 21, 2010

One of the best things about being a buyer for UncommonGoods is shopping at trade shows. This past week, we were at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, located on the west side of NYC, to check out some of the newest things on the market.

The first show we went to was the 22nd Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). It showcases the latest in innovative and high design for home décor.  Grace Bonney over at Design Sponge does a great job of defining some of the current trends we saw there.

And here are some of the people behind UncommonGoods that we got to catch up with at the show –

Meet Klaus and Chris!


They had a spectacular booth with wall sand art pieces, similar to the desktop sand art but in gigantic, custom-made sizes.

Sand art

sand art

We were pretty excited when they showed us something new that is a little more accessible than covering an entire wall with sand art—desktop sand art that tilts.

sand art

What is new and cool about it is that this allows you to recreate the sand art at different “speeds.” You can expect to find this in our assortment in July.

This is  Jamie Harris with his newest metallic glass creations.

jamie harris

He is an artist and designer of spectacular glass objects. His infusion sculptures were featured on our catalog cover in 2006.

And here is Brett from Mod Kat, who told us that Mod Kat Litter Boxes just won a 2010 Red Dot Design Award. Congrats Brett!

Mod Kat Litter Box

The Stationery Show
Moving on to the 64th Annual National Stationery Show, which is “the only tradeshow in the United States that focuses specifically on social stationery and related lifestyle products.”

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to see Jason Thompson , who we do a lot of  product collaborations with, such as the grandparent’s journal and A Year In My Life but here are Leah and Illira from Rag & Bone.

rag & bone

Stay tuned for more books from UncommonGoods and Rag & Bone: “Happily Ever After” and “A Celebration of a Life” will be completed this month and featured in our fall catalog.

One of the people who we count on to always have something unique, like this Japanese paper decorative tape,  is Nina!

Stationery Show

At the Stationery Show, she showed us this two toned chalk, made by the oldest chalk factory in Germany. Very cool!


And, of course, we always try to have a little fun at the show –  here is Josh, our home décor and desktop buyer reviewing a new title “ Lincoln in 3D” with Lisa from Chronicle Books.

stationery show

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