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ICFF Expands, Sets Agenda for Market

This spring’s ICFF will feature expanded exhibition space, inspired programing, education through ASID and a pavilion to spotlight new talent.

The market, set for May 14-17 will take pace at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York.

“The ICFF exhibition floor has grown by 30 percent over 2015, as the Fair welcomes some 150 new brands on two floors at the Javits Center in May,” said Kevin O’Keefe, ICFF event director. “Expect to discover what’s outstanding and what’s next in furniture, lighting, wall coverings, surfaces, kitchen and bath. Be introduced to emerging designers from around the world, a doubled Luxe Interiors + Design feature and the enlarged Italian Lifestyles Fair, Ho.MI New York. Come and be inspired.”

The market has added 30,000 square feet to the event.

With an additional 10,000 square feet, the Luxe Interiors + Design pavilion returns for its second year, showing a curated mix of transitional and classic contemporary design brands from around the world.  

The Ho.MI New York Lifestyles pavilion also returns for a second year. Bringing more than 100 Italian designers and brands, Ho.MI Milano plays host to an expanded footprint of 12,000 square feet.

The Milk Stand by Design Milk is back, with an expanded presence featuring a variety of emerging artists and designers from across the U.S. Included in the pavilion, Designers & Books will present the hot list of new design book releases, as well as book signings and meet the author days.

ICFF Global Emerging Designers program will bring together undiscovered industry talent from more than 20 countries including France, Japan, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Austria, the Philippines, Spain and the New York Furniture Society.

The best of the best exhibiting at design fairs from around the world will be featured in a Best of Design Week pavilion, including exhibitors from Tokyo Design Week, Barcelona Design Week and more.

Each year, ICFF convenes industry journalists and editors, inviting them to scout and select the winners in a variety of categories. The ICFF Editors’ Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 15.

New in 2016, Interior Design magazine and ICFF present a global design competition in New York City - the first annual NYCxDESIGN Awards. It is an open and inclusive program celebrating the outstanding achievement across major areas of design—from architecture to interiors, from products to collectibles, from craft to technology. The NYCxDesign Awards will be the connector that pulls together and rewards excellence in design achievement from the more than 500 events that comprise New York City’s showcase of global design. Submissions open to all fairs, exhibitors, and design firms until April 13. Winners will be announced May 14 at 6 p.m. at the MoMA. Additional information is available online.

Aspiring designers from all over the world compete to be one of the 10 chosen participants in the ICFF Studio presented by Bernhardt Design. These designers will be showcased to the architects, designers, developers, retailers, press and manufacturers. 

The ICFF education partner, the American Society of Interior Designers will offer CEU-approved programming for design professionals. The tracks will include four sessions for designers on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, with Student Day programming on Monday, May 16, and consumer programming on Tuesday, May 17. Positioned on the show floor, the ASID at ICFF education series will bring together thought leaders and industry experts to present insightful content. Registration will open February 29 online.

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