Typically following Milan’s supersize furniture fair, the launches at N.Y.C.’s smaller International Contemporary Furniture Fair can echo the Italians. This year’s more eclectic mix of furnishings and materials, however, was more likely to be touted as green. - David Sokol

Drafty delicacy
By cutting and folding nonwoven cellulose into a variety of delicately geometric shapes, husband-and-wife designers Nir and Ada Simhon transform a two-dimensional sheet into a dynamic three-dimensional animated surface that wafts in the wake of passersby or shimmers in the breeze. ONON Surface, Guivataim, Israel. www.ononsurface.com


Second skin
Pritzker Prize–winning architect Jean Nouvel is the brains behind Skin, a seating collection named for its construction of star-incised leather suspended from a metal frame. The design is inspired by Nouvel’s Museè du Quay Branly in Paris. Molteni & C, Giussano, Italy. www.molteni.it



History al fresco
Richard Schultz Design strips bare the traditional wingback chair, and transforms it into the backyard-ready Wing Chair. The seat references its predecessor’s shape in perforated and folded aluminum. And with their broad backs placed into a circular or rectangular grouping, Wing Chairs provide users with a sense of enclosure. Richard Schultz, Palm, Penn. www.richardschultz.com



Made in the shade
The plastic laminate strips that comprise the canopy of the Ensombra umbrella rotate around a central axis, allowing patio dwellers to move the slats to control the amount of incoming sunshine. Gandia Blasco, Valencia, Spain. www.gandiablasco.com