LINEN-CORD chair seats may date to ancient Egypt, and the now-iconic vinyl-rope Acapulco Chair might be bound to the 50’s. But at in 2012’s NYCxDesign festival, that thread was still unspooling. Everything from lighting fixtures to enjoy seats was crafted in raw cotton cable or vibrant polypropylene cable.
Some pieces at the shows represent an extension of the craft movement that’s yielded numerous hand-carved wooden spoons and macram headboards. With its pendant lights, for instance, Philippine company LIJA by That One Piece commemorated its country’s weaving custom. On iron frames bent into geometric shapes, its designers strung plant-based twine; the outcomes resemble eccentric, airborne looms. Guadalajara-based maker Mexa revealed chairs and love seats made by tying cotton cable into sun-ray patterns on metal frames.