by Kate Hensler Fogarty
Let Elizabeth Taylor and P. Diddy have their diamonds: an armload of crystal is what I'm craving. After a year spent in pursuit of the best and brightest glass designs for this, our fourth annual design issue, it's becoming clear that crystal is the most exciting medium around. Last summer's International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, ground zero for the world's hottest new products and designers, glittered with a wide array of wares in glass and and more specifically crystal, from functional to fabulous. And don't take my (arguably biased) word for it: Swarovski, not always considered the hippest of companies, beat out more than hundreds of exhibitors for the Editor's Award for Best Booth.