Photography by Paul Hermes

Beautiful photography by Paul Hermes, talented professional photographer from Melbourne, Australia.

Photography by Tommaso Bonaventura

Tommaso Bonaventura was born in Rome in 1969. He’s a professional photographer since 1992; his reportages have been published on the most important international magazines. His work about the great Christian pilgrimages in Europe (“Pilgrims”, Gribaudo editions, 2005) won the first prize at World Press Photo 2005, category Arts and Entertainment. Since 2007 he often travels through China, documenting the transformations and contradiction of this new drive behind the world wide economy. In 2010 he wins the first prize at Sony World Photography Awards, portraits category. He joined contrasto in 1996.

Fashion Photography by Andreas Kock

Photography, conceptual visuals, fashion and, not least, women soon took overhand. As a photographer, Andreas Kock instantly developed his own trademark idiom, based on qualities such as high energy, rich color and intense interaction with his models, with the rare capacity of creating images with ”stopping power” and sometimes an element of provocation. Andreas stages both his individual images and his fashion stories very carefully, meticulous in every detail, always based on a strong conceptual idea, often inspired by art, cinematography, sex and by women in themselves. Chinese film, and director Wong Kar-Wai in particular, are among his most important references. Of photographer colleagues, Andreas is an admirer of classic master Richard Avedon and of Philip-Lorca diCorcia, the great trendsetter of the late nineties. As his style of direction is highly personal, Andreas prefers to work with the same models over longer periods of time. Recently, Andreas Kock has worked extensively with high profile editorials for magazines such as Russian Vogue, Arena, Bon, Plaza, Glamour, Tush and NK Stil, and commercially for brands the likes of Åhlens, JC, Don Donna, H&M, Kia Motors, MQ and Saab.

NYIGF 2011: A Few of My Favorite Things

While there was no new vendor at the NYIGF that knocked me off my feet, there were a lot of great new products and a lot fun colors.  The new backgammon table from oomph, above, is already a hot ticket item.  It doesn't come with a top but interior designer Elizabeth Bauer suggested covering it with a glass or clear plexi top so it can serve double duty as a dining table.  Don't forget that while all the vendors are wholesale, they will also sell to designers.  Just make sure to ask if there is a minimum.  You can usually find a list of retails stockists on their websites if you can't purchase directly.

Jonathan Adler colorful dresser.

This console from Lamshop comes in 16 colors and a few different sizes. 

Colorful tables at Bungalow 5.

Chelsea Textiles started with the Gustavian furniture and has branched out into mid-century and lacquered tables that I absolutely love!   

More colorful tables at Worlds Away.

Spring green at Bungalow 5.

Love this chair and pillows from Jonathan Adler.

Loved this seating arrangement at Festoni.

Fun pillows from Room Service.

Middle Kingdom is one of my all time favorite vendors!

The packaging is just as fabulous as the soaps from Claus Porto

Love the leather and ostrich mirrors at Made Goods.

It was winter outside but spring inside the Two's Company booth.

Chic designs at Waylande Gregory.

Always pretty pillows at Judy Ross.

Graphic print chairs from Seletti.

Patterned pillows from Dransfield & Ross.

Loved this artistic pillow from Dransfield & Ross.

More colorful vases from Middle Kingdom.

Liberty print and patterned pillows from Julian Mejia.

Natural Curiosities is my new favorite art booth. 

Love these Liberty print tissue holders from Julian Mejia.

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic