Ivy’s Guide to ICFF: May 2018


ICFF in New York City is a four-day affair celebrating global design at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This year marks the 30th annual ICFF NYC May 20-23, with more than 36,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers in attendance. Expect to be inspired by 900+ exhibitors from across the world featuring contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors.

Ivy will be taking over Booth 2921, designed by Ivy Design Firm Handin Browne. If you’re an Interior Designer not yet using Ivy, schedule your demo with Ivy in advance so we can walk you through the Ivy platform while you’re at ICFF. Register for your ICFF ticket here.

In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about ICFF to make the most out of your experience. We hope to see you there!

Ivy Designer Lounge (Booth # 2921)

Schedule your in-person demo with Ivy at Ivy Booth #2921, designed by Ivy Design Firm Handin Browne.

Inspiring Panels, Talks, and Events

Art x Design 

Sunday, May 20, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Speaker: Christine Minas (Founder of Christine Minas Art)

Moderator: Erika Heet (Editor in Chief of Interiors Magazine)

As modern and contemporary art takes on a larger role in the overall design program of commercial and residential projects, informed developers, architects and interior designers are increasingly partnering with specialized fine art consultants. Hear from a panel of experts, including an architect, designer and art consultant, on achieving a seamless integration of art and design. The panel will highlight actualized projects that exemplify the best in such collaborative partnerships and will also examine behind-the-scenes approaches.

Smart Business Ideas for Our Ever-Changing Industry

Monday, May 21, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Speakers: Andrea Pompei (Lead Designer & Architectural Specifier at ASH Interiors & Design LLC), Christopher Grubb
(President/Founder of Arch-Interiors Design Group)

Moderator: Chelsie Butler (Executive Editor of Kitchen & Bath Business)

With all the industry’s myriad of changes over the last decade, we need to stay relevant as designers to remain successful. This casual yet intimate discussion will address savvy ideas to keep yourself and your business ahead of the curve. It will touch on everything from properly setting fees, establishing meaningful relationships and communicating your value as a design professional.

New Technologies Shaping Interior Architecture and Design

Monday, May 21, 2018: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Speakers: Amanda Carroll (Interior Designer at Firmwide Leader and Gensler’s Technology Practice), Panelist
Anna Kenoff (Co-Founder of Morpholio Apps for Design), Toru Hasegawa (Architect and Developer, Co-Founder
Morpholio Apps for Creatives and Columbia University GSAPP Cloud Lab).

Moderator: Matt Shaw (Senior Editor of Architect’s Newspaper)

A futurist, interior designer, and product designer talk about designing with and for game changing technologies, sharing their experiences and expertise, and shedding light on how they stay out front of trends and shifts in how we work, live, play and communicate.

The impact of the Internet on the Interior Design Profession

Monday, May 21, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Speakers: Christianne Lemieux (Founder and CEO of The Inside), Joy Habian (VP of Marketing at THE DURST ORGANIZATION), MALENE BARNETT (DESIGN/CREATIVE DIRECTOR of MALENE B LLC).

Moderator: Kenne Shepherd (Principal of Kenne Shepherd Interior Design Architecture PLLC)

Internet retailers have disrupted both traditional retail and the practice of interior designers. Retailers who will survive and thrive in the future are those that most successfully adopt new business models that combine both brick and mortar retailing with Internet e-tailing. Successful Internet retailers are building brick and mortar stores and traditional retailers are adopting omni-channel retailing strategies and moving to the Internet. The Interior Design profession as we have known it is also undergoing a seismic transformation and will continue to do so changing the way we do business and serve our clients.


Monday, May 21, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The NYCxDESIGN Awards & Party is a highlight of NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design that attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. The NYCxDESIGN Awards honors outstanding products and projects in categories that span major areas of design, from architecture to interiors, from products to accessories, from craft to technology.

ICFF Opening Party

Monday, May 21, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Kick off the 30th edition of ICFF at the must-attend opening Party immediately following the NYCxDESIGN Awards. The Gala Party features open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment.

Making, marketing and selling design in a 24/7 world

Tuesday, May 22, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Speakers: Adam Kamens (CEO of Amuneal Manufacturing), Ignaz Gorischek (VP of CallisonRTKL), Mark De la Vega
(DLV Collection), and Tyler Hayes (BDDW).

In the contemporary landscape, marketing and selling design requires equal parts creativity, grit and patience. It is no longer enough to open a store and wait for customers to walk through the doors. Public relations, social media, online marketing, various sales channels, bricks and mortar showrooms/stores – some combination of all of these tactics are required to stand out among the competition and get the attention of potential clients. This conversation with several established and up-and-coming designers/makers – each with a very different approach to making and to production – will explore a variety of different strategies and approaches and discuss the costs, challenges, and potential pitfalls and upsides of each.

Color Theory

Wednesday, May 23, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Speakers: Anat Lechner (PhD, Co-Founder & CEO HUGEGROUP & Business Professor @ STERN, NYU),
Jo Hamilton (Jo Hamilton Interiors), Kim Vance (Founder & CEO of Whyte & Co.)


The Anna Hernandez/Luna Textiles Education Fund Award, presented by the IIDA Foundation

ICFF is hosting The Anna Hernandez/Luna Textiles Education Fund Award, presented by the IIDA Foundation at a gala reception on the floor of the Fair. This prestigious award was established to honor the memory of Anna Hernandez, the award-winning founder of Luna Textiles, and recognizes female business owners whose firms specialize in interior design or product design. The recipient of this inaugural award will receive $5,000 from the IIDA Foundation on Wednesday, May 23rd.

In an effort to create a major industry “give back” to support the great work being done to defeat Alzheimers- a worldwide epidemic touching the lives of all, ICFF will also be hosting a silent auction. All 900 ICFF exhibitors will have the chance to donate pieces to be auctioned off at the Fair with the proceeds directly benefiting the Education Fund and The Alzheimer’s Association.

The Milk Stand by Design Milk

Design Milk’s Cash + Carry Popup Shop is returning with a fresh roster of emerging designers from across the U.S. The Milk Stand, curated by Design Milk Founder and Executive Editor, Jaime Derringer, features a well designed array of décor items, jewelry and artwork, all cash-and-carry, at price points to fit a variety of budgets to the ICFF NYC show floor. This year’s vendors include LACE by Jenny Wu, Haptic Lab, Nervous System, Wood & Faulk, plus exclusive merch from Design Milk, and more. The 2018 Milk Stand is designed by California-based design studio Amigo Modern.

ICFF 2018

Photo by Jen Brister

Collective Concept @ICFF

With the fair’s move to March in 2018, Collective Design has partnered ICFF, to provide a platform for independent designers during NYCxDesign in May, thus the launch of Collective Concept @ ICFF. Inspired by the process-based explorations that have become a key part of their programming, a handful of established product designers are invited to share what they consider “inspirational” or “alternative” thinking with the audience, revealing a newly conceived product, a revolutionary technology, an unusual pairing of design talents or a unique material used in a thought-provoking way. Collective Design will select a curated group of designers to present in a dedicated section within the fair.