(Photos: UnBeige, DFC)
Today’s installment of covetables discovered at the recent New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF)’s Accent on Design division is heavy on the whimsy. Even the most recession-ravaged gift buyer couldn’t walk by DFC‘s Mexican fiesta of a NYIGF booth without smiling. Welcoming visitors to the maximalist world of design duo Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua (proud purveyors of “pretty things, big things, bright things, and shiny things”) was this four-foot-tall fiberglass bear, whose hand-painted coat doubles as a blackboard. Think of it as a customizable Jeff Koons sculpture—and unlike Koons, DFC also offers a more economically priced version: the smiling bear’s head alone (as well as a penguin version). More of a Damien Hirst fan? DFC’s new spring line, inspired by the idea of treasures from a mythical land called Mushi Mushi, also includes ceramic skulls hand-glazed in a range of ice cream hues. As for those flocked animals pictured at far left, “They’re harvested from the Mushi Mushi glitter farm,” explained Moxham with a sparkle in his eye.
Previously on UnBeige: