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Fair by Brad Ford: NYC’s Modern Craft Hub

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Fair by Brad Ford: NYC’s Modern Craft Hub

May 6, 2016

Interior designer Brad Ford is a ringleader of the modern crafts movement: After creating Field + Supply, an elevated maker’s fair that takes place every fall on a field in High Falls, New York, he set up Fair, his permanent showground in the New York Design Center on Lexington Avenue. Most of the artisans Ford represents are NYC- and Hudson Valley–based and make their work to order (meaning sizes and finishes are often open to discussion).

Ford’s sideline was inspired by craft shows in his hometown of Russellville, Arkansas. “As a kid I loved being surrounded by so many creative people. It was very social. As an adult, I longed for that experience and wanted to create a similar feeling but in a new, carefully curated context,” he told us—adding that Fair now offers a place to source refined handmade designs in the city. The showroom is open to the public as well as to the trade, and prices are available on request. Here’s a sampling of Ford’s finds.

AB6 Bed by Atlas Industries via Brad Ford's Fair | Remodelista

Above: Atlas Industries’ AB6 Bed is available in a range of woods, including walnut and white oak, and has drawers incorporated into the base.

Forchette Sconces by Materia Designs | Remodelista

Above: Brass Forchette Sconces by Materia Designs have graphite or porcelain shades and are also available as pendant lights and chandeliers. Go to American Gothic: A Hudson Valley House Reborn to see more by Materia.

 Series 01 lamp in brass with a leather shade by Adam-Otlewski via Brad Ford's Fair | Remodelista

Above: The Series 01 Desk Lamp by Adam Otlewski comes in tabletop and standing models and features a leather shade offered in six colors.

Jon-Giswold large knit merino blanket via Fair | Remodelista

Above: Jon Giswold designs merino blankets in an outsize knit pattern. This one is 70 inches long and 40 inches wide; custom sizes and colors are available.

The Commons smoky glassware via Fair | Remodelista

Above: Charleston design emporium The Commons will be holding a pop-up shop at Fair May 13 to 17. Their smoky glassware is designed in South Carolina and produced in North Carolina.

Joshua-Vogul-Black-Creek-Mercantile-wood-bowls-via-Fair-Remodelista

Above: Joshua Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. makes a range of bowls and other turned wood designs that are Remodelista staples. See our Required Reading post on his book, The Artful Wooden Spoon.

Michelle-Quan-ceramic-hanging-via-Fair-Remodelista

Above: An homage to the black-and-white cookie? Michele Quan’s Ceramic Hangings are suspended from a beveled walnut bar. (Earlier this week we were admiring her Ceramic Chains.)

Sawkille-chairs-and-penn-table-via-Fair-Remodelista

Above: Long-standing Remodelista favorite Sawkille of Rhinebeck, New York, makes modern heirlooms. Shown here, the Penn Table, Rainbow Side Chair, and Penn Side Chair in oxidized black walnut and cherry.

Calling all NYC-area readers: Fair is taking part in Collective Design, a downtown design fair, May 4-8.

Brad Ford is a member of the Remodelista Architect/Design Directory. Take a look at his NYC apartment here.

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