Design – On May 21-23, ICFF – International Contemporary Furniture Fair, North America’s leading fair for contemporary furniture design, and the established creative platform WantedDesign Manhattan return to New York’s Javits Center [Map] with newly designed spaces, programming, events, and experiences. The fairs of the 11th edition of NYCxDESIGN bring together over 400 established and emerging design brands from more than 30 countries. We round up some of the highlights to look forward to.
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With a strong focus on original and certified design as well as on sustainability, ICFF – International Contemporary Furniture Fair presents American and international leading companies and brands ranging from furniture, lighting, carpet flooring, wall covering, accessories, and more. Czech lighting design company Lasvit debuts at the fair, and Tibetan rugs company Slow Tiger showcases new cheeky, colourful tiger-shaped carpets. BNF studio introduces Mr. Curve, a quirky family of hardwood furniture. Muundo’s unique, organic-shaped tables are individually handcrafted from a composition of minerals, lime, and mortar. Zachary presents unexpectedly light concrete furniture for indoor and outdoor use.
A special section is dedicated to international pavilions. Sustainable Nordic product designs parade at the curated Inside Norway platform and exhibition. Other participations include Morocco, Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Romania, and the United Kingdom.
WantedDesign Manhattan is the design platform committed to launching emerging talents worldwide. A special section features students’ work from international design schools such as CEDIM from Mexico City, Central Saint Martins in London, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute from the US, and more. The Launch Pad format showcases concepts and prototypes from independent designers. At the same time, the Look Book section focuses on high-end North American design studios, including Anony, Concrete Poetics, Daniel Shapiro, Mana Sagezara Design Lab, Nice Condo, Tomma Bloom, and more.
The debuting Wanted Interiors features interactive and immersive installations by Turf, Heller, and a selection of international studios. The Lounge, designed by Rodolfo Agrella, is sponsored by David Weeks Studio, Kasthall, USM, and Ligne Roset, celebrating the 50th anniversary of iconic Togo, designed by Michel Ducaroy.
The core of ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan is the new Crossroads section offering a snapshot of contemporary American design. Creative Director David Rockwell and his firm Group and Editor/Co-Curator Pei-Ru Keh have created a playful and immersive environment in an ode to two pillars of Americana: the great outdoors and the American home. On-show designs by BZIPPY, Drop It Modern, Lumber Club Marfa, Superflower, Coil+Drift, Fort Standard, Bower Studio, and Ladies & Gentlemen.
Moooi’s unexpected welcome
Dutch furniture manufacturer Moooi takes over the new welcoming space of the fairs. A warm setting features Nika Zupanc’s Knitty Lounge chair, the company’s latest collection, which will be placed front and center. [Read more…].
With a ticket to ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan, visitors at the Javits Center can also explore lightfair, dedicated to innovative lighting design solutions for architects, urban planners, and interior designers.
DIFFA by Design
Diffa by Design is a celebration of inspired design, cocktails, and community that make a difference. DIFFA has harnessed the design industry’s resources and talent for four decades to create mesmerizing installations with a mission: raising awareness and funds for treatment, education, and assistance for people impacted by HIV/AIDS, homelessness, hunger, and mental health issues.