What You Need to Know About ICFF NYC 2017


Mark your calendars for the largest show of its kind, the 2017 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at Javits Center. We’ve put together your must-see showrooms and events for the 29th Annual ICFF show, highly noted as NYC’s launchpad for the thriving May design scene.


The First SoHo Design District Collective Booth

Booth: #2879

The SoHo Design District is known to be the innovative design and architecture hub for experiences and brands. This year for ICFF 2017, SoHo has commissioned creative firm b-havior to design its first booth to showcase its 26 member showrooms at ICFF. This talented collective exhibition will feature new flooring, lighting, furniture, décor accessories, and more from Artemide, Blu Dot, Blackbody, Cappellini, Cassina, FLOR, Flos, Flou, FontanaArte, Foscarini, Fritz Hansen, Gandia Blasco, GAN, Ingo Maurer, Kartell, Lasvit Inc., Luceplan, Moroso, Nanimarquina, Poltrona Frau, and Stepevi. The new members featured include: Driade, Hastens, Lee Broom, Original BTC, Rich Brilliant Willing, Studio Anise/Rolf Benz, The Rug Company, Toscoquattro and Valcucine.

Prototype Designs Displayed by Sauder Boutique  

Booth: #1457

Product design continues to evolve with consumers’ ever-changing style preference and lifestyle behaviors. Inspired by this evolution, the new Sauder Boutique Collection presents a modern Work Table, Storage Cart and Dixon Dowell Short and Tall Stools in a new finish to address the functional yet beautiful needs for working consumers’ space style and budget. “As more consumers are working from home in a multipurpose or shared space, there’s a definite need for home office furniture with elevated style and design,” says Shawn Sowers, principle design director for Sauder.

Sauder Boutique ICFF 2017

Photo via Furniture World Magazine


Booth: #105

You must stop by the cool kid’s Milk Stand, courtesy of design publication Design Milk. Special for the shop and exhibition, editor Jaime Derringer has curated handpicked goods from a variety of brands, including Brooklyn-based jewelers Beroep. This year launched with the new ICFF Gallery, a space dedicated to highlighting art-based design.


Booth: #2043

Toronto-based lighting design company, Nanoleaf, has turned it up a notch and upgraded their custom modular smart LED lights to…drum roll please…sync with your music. With a simple voice command or touch of a button, the Aurora Rhythm panel will brighten up a room represent the melody with rainbows of colors. “We see the Aurora as the ultimate tool for self-expression,” says Nanoleaf CEO and co-founder Gimmy Chu.



Art of Bath Gallery

Booth: #309

Bath and kitchen specialist, Graff, is bringing art to the bathroom with the “Art of Bath Gallery”, inspired by the beautiful masterpieces and reinterpretations of tradition and classicism in the contemporary form. Five iconic artworks, illustrated by photographer Vincent Calmel, will be juxtaposed with the Graff’s award-winning collections.



Philippe Malouin

Times: May 19 to 23, from 11am EST –  5 pm EST

Location: WeWork’s Bryant Park office (54 W. 40th St.)

The talented Stockholm-based design company, Hem in collaboration with London-based designer Philippe Malouin (whose work includes furnishings for the Ace hotels and Aesop’s HQ) will be stationed here presenting their installation “Study for Screens.”

Register here.

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Sight Unseen Offsite

Location: 100 Ave of the Americas

Enjoy avant-garde works curated by design editorsJill Singer and Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, showcasing new pieces from five American and Norwegian design studios, and other rising talent.  Don’t miss the debut of Sight Unseen Presents, a series highlighting partnerships with local restaurants and retailers.

Pre-Register to save time here.

Sight Unseen Offsite

Peter Bohler

Rebecca Atwood

Booth: #877

Luxurious and relaxed home textiles by one of Ivy’s favorite textile and embroidery designers!

Sunday, May 21

Across Perspectives: Design Futures

Time: 11am – 2pm EST

Moderator: Suzanne Slesin

A panel of industry insiders who will discuss design trends, and industry pain points and strengths. POINTED LEAF PRESS publisher, Suzanne Slesin, will moderate the conversation between Scott Sanders, Jade Dressler, Ellen Fisher, Ingrid Abramovitz, Rio Hamilton and Chad Oppenheim.

Made Away

Time: 12:30pm EST

Moderator: Nelda Rodger – Publisher Azure Magazine

This will be a discussion reflecting on the role that interior designers can play in driving public discourse paving the way for honoring cultural differences. Nelda Rodger of Azure Magazine in conversation with Enrico Bressan (Artecnica), Patty Johnson (Patty Johnson Design), Eero Koivisto (CKR), Marc Thorpe (Marc Thorpe Design), and Peter Mabeo (Mabeo Furniture) will discuss their experiences producing products overseas with other cultures and community initiatives, highlighting global design differences.

PROMOTING YOUR BRAND -Session 2: Getting Noticed in the Digital World (ASID Educational Programming, 2.0 CEU)

Time: 1pm EST

Building a digital presence to connect with potential clients is a necessity for business growth in this day and age. The secret is learning how to best represent yourself, and how to classify who your prospective clients are. Digital media consultant Carl Dellatore will lead a discussion with Adam Japko of ESTEEM MEDIA, a luxury brand strategy firm, and Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason from HGTV’s Sneak Peek With AphroChic. The panel will discuss their experiences in producing content that drives traffic to their websites and social media channels.

*Register online using promo code: ASIDICFF

The Creatives: Coloring Outside the Lines

Time: 2pm

Moderator: Rima Suqi, renowned journalist

Design these days is anything but traditional. Join actor Terry Crews, Grammy nominated singer Tift Merritt and Bernhardt Design’s Creative Director, Jerry Helling in conversation with Rima Suqi, renowned journalist, as they talk about the relationship between design and the various creative disciplines, pushing the boundaries of traditional art forms.

PROMOTING YOUR BRAND – Session 3: How Do You Get Published?! (ASID Educational Programming, 2.0 CEU)

Time: 3pm EST

Moderator: Glenn Gissler of GLENN GISSLER DESIGN, ASID NY Metro president
What’s the secret sauce to get published? Listen in on this fascinating discussion to learn what editors are looking for and how to connect with them. This talented panel, featuring Elizabeth Ralls of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, David Murphy of HouseBeautiful, Wendy Silverstein of WSA-PR, and Alan Tanksley of ALAN TANKSLEY INC., will share which publications are relevant for interior designers and how to best submit your work.

*Register online using promo code: ASIDICFF

Monday, May 22

Virtual Reality & The Future of Architecture

Time: 12:30pm

Moderator: Olivia Martin – Managing Editor of The Architects Newspaper

More and more, virtual reality is becoming a popular tool in the architecture and design industries, a vehicle to design, visualize and share ideated, in progress or finished work. The Architects Newspaper and the NYC Media Lab, along with architects and program designers will discuss what’s in store for the future of VR touching on the innovative intersection of technology and design.

S#*T DESIGNERS NEED TO KNOW – Session 6: Contracts (ASID Educational Programming, 1.5 CEU Credit)

Time: 3pm EST

*Register online using promo code: ASIDICFF

At the end of the day, interior design is a business. Whether interior designers like it or not, running a business requires dealing with the not-so-creative stuff, including contracts to protect themselves. Learn from leading design industry attorney, Alan Siegel, who served as the ASID’s general counsel for many years. Having worked with leading interior designers for many years, he has heard and seen it all.

Tuesday, May 23

Making it in New York City: The Benefits of Manufacturing Here

Time: 3:30pm EST

Moderator: Kinda Younes – Executive Director, ITAC (Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation)

In this panel, you will learn about Futureworks NYC, the advanced manufacturing network of programs and initiatives – financial incentives, and available industrial space and workshops all geared to helping manufacturers find success in one of the most dynamic cities in the world, New York City.

Wednesday, May 24

Celebrate Design Week With Interior Define

Time: 7pm – 10pm EST

Location: 68 Greene Street

RSVP REQUIRED: events@interiordefine.com

Join Maxwell Ryan (Founder, Apartment Therapy), Noa Santos (CEO, Homepolish),
and Rebecca Atwood (Textile Designer) at Interior Define’s new Soho Guideshop location. Cocktails and Tapas by Dean & Deluca.

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