The International Contemporary Furniture Fair – ICFF 2018 – opens its doors on 20 May 2018 following, overlapping, and complementing NYCxDesign. Probably most of the design industry leaders playing on the international platform are already in New York or have planned their trip to New York to coincide with these events that are focused exclusively on the design and art industry. Just to say: there is so much going on in May with events all over the city. ICFF is America’s premier platform for global design in the interior space. And has been for the past 30 years. More than 900 exhibitors from 30 countries present their latest and greatest products in eleven categories ranging from furniture to materials, kitchen and bath, and all kinds of fine interiors, high-end luxury comprising carpets, floorings, textiles, and wall coverings etc.
Let’s toot our own horn for a minute: yes, we are there at the ‘What’s best and what’s next’ ICFF trade show at the Jacob K. Javtis Convention Center in New York City from 20 to 23 May 2018. Find us at booth #1979 where we display products from ‘spectrum of modernism’ ranging from minimalism to maximalism. If you have not been to Milan Fuorisalone last month then this is your chance to see PVD Ombre, Veil collection, Components faucet collection, Verdera voice lighted mirror, and the wonderful, playful Dutchmaster midnight floral sinks of the Artist Editions. You also don’t want to miss the fantastic KALLISTA Grid collection that was an immense hit at KBIS in January. ICFF is worth going to for much more than stopping by the Kohler, KALLISTA, Robern booth. The trade show offers each year over 35,000 industry professionals opportunities to learn about innovation, new technologies, and of course latest designs. The ‘Handmade in Germany World Tour’ exhibit with manufacturers, artisans, and designers’ products and VIA’s No taste for bad taste representing French design are giving visitors a glimpse of the design scene in Europe and its avant-garde trends. In addition, designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, developers, manufacturers, and design industry professionals can attend the ICFF Conference that is happening on the ICFF Talk Stage during the four days with an extensive program of industry leader panels. The list is too extensive to list here, but there are certainly a couple of talks that stand out and should not be missed:
- The impact of the internet on the interior design profession on 21 May at 4.30 p.m.
- Hospitality Trends on 22 May at 3.00 p.m.
A number of awards are given out during ICFF including ICFF Editors’ Awards which is the selection of the ‘best of the best’ innovation, unique designs, and products that top editors will spot during their walkthrough on 20 May 2018. The winners are revealed in the evening and a celebration takes place at the ICFF Talk stage. The NYCxDesign Awards ceremony at New Pier 17 precedes the ICFF Opening Party on 21 May. This seems to be the party to attend while you are in town, except if you are joining us for the first Pecha Kucha at the NYC Kohler Experience Center. For the first time, the Anna Hernandez / Luna Textile Education Fund Award is given to a female business owner who specializes in interior design or product design. This new award is supported by IIDA Foundation that has also sponsored the prize of USD 5,000. A new addition to the trade show is the ICFF Gallery. Bringing design and art together in one space seems a logical step. To complete good, contemporary, modern design with art pieces that fit seamlessly into the overall design concept and ideas enhance the outcome. In this space, designers, consultants, collectors, and art lovers can meet and find the perfect fit. Last but not least: as every year, ICFF holds a silent auction during the period of the show supported by exhibitors who have donated products. All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.