ICFF, which showcases contemporary furnishing design, and WantedDesign Manhattan, a trade event for high-end North American studios and international emerging designers, return to the Javits Center on November 14-15, 2021. Together these two trade fairs will bring over 300 established and emerging design brands from more than 25 countries, all featuring product for residential, contract and hospitality spaces. The exhibitors will showcase the finest and most creative design-driven furniture, lighting, kitchen and bath, textiles, seating, wallcoverings, carpet and flooring, accessories and materials. This edition is the first in-person and co-located show that ICFF+WantedDesign Manhattan have produced since the partnership was announced in 2019, providing an important moment for the design industry to reconnect and source products and ideas.
“While November is a different time of year for ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan, it’s exciting to finally come together again to see each other and to experience the products our industry has been creating behind the curtain over the last two plus years. The November special edition is the kickoff to an even bigger industry celebration in May 2022,” said Phil Robinson, Show Director, ICFF. “We’re excited to co-locate our show with ICFF, embark on the next chapter for WantedDesign Manhattan and bring the fair experience to a new level,” said WantedDesign co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat. “We were happy to partner with ICFF for the CLOSEUP events which started in 2020 and thrilled to transition to in-person events this fall. We continue to be committed to supporting North American high-end design studios and to be instrumental in the growth of emerging designers. We look forward to reuniting with the exhibitors and attendees in November.”
ICFF+WantedDesign Manhattan will showcase what’s new in design from both established and emerging global brands in a safe atmosphere. Their fresh takes on design and their respected voices continue to be the go-to for the A&D community. Part of the new approach includes a refreshed look for icff.com offering a year-round resource for design news, projects, products and inspiration, and the ICFF Podcast featuring leaders in the design industry. WantedDesign Manhattan tapped into designer Rodolfo Agrella to create the look and feel for the show within the show, as well as the ICFF+WantedDesign Manhattan Talks stage. This experience provides a much-needed and not-to-be missed opportunity to have in-person
conversations, discover new products, and make new connections.
FEATURES + SPECIAL EXHIBITS: ICFF
ICFF continues its 15-year partnership with Bernhardt Design to bring the next generation of emerging talent to the forefront through the juried ICFF Studio competition. This November, ICFF Studio will present the work of three winning designers from 2020, who were unable to exhibit when the fair was cancelled: Jose Bared; Conor Coghlan; and Joel Rojas.
Oasis, by Float Studio
For the first time at ICFF, Float Studio will reveal Oasis where visitors can connect to nature and recharge: a quiet place to catch your breath or to have a more intimate, unbranded conversation. The design itself is simple, with a heavy emphasis on greenery, dotting a topography that mimics natural landscapes. It’s an environment that feels separate but welcoming with plenty of seating, including curtained pods that allow visitors to recharge both their phones with accessible ports and their minds via guided-meditation headphones. Sponsors include: Gabriel North America; Gestalt New York with Friends & Founders, Ornäs, and Mazō; Lambert & Fils; Talk Carpet/Ege.
ICFF+WantedDesign Manhattan will be adjacent to Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and all ICFF badges will provide access to this show. BDNY is the leading trade fair and conference for hospitality’s boutique and lifestyle design community. It brings designers, architects, purchasing agents, hoteliers, owners and developers together with inventive manufacturers of design elements for hospitality interiors for a highly curated experience.
FEATURES + SPECIAL EXHIBITS: WANTEDDESIGN MANHATTAN
Look Book is a dedicated program for high-end North American designers, makers, and studios that serves as an in-person portfolio, allowing members of the A&D community to connect directly with designers and makers to source custom pieces for their next project.
A selection of 2021 participants include: Nina Cho (the 2020 winner of American Design Honors), Simon Johns, Bowen Liu, Ian Love Design, Indo-, and Lorekform.
Presented with media partner Design Milk and sponsor American Standard, Launch Pad is an outstanding international platform for emerging designers that introduces new concepts and showcases prototypes of furniture, home accessories, and lighting. A renowned jury will select one winner from each of the Furniture/Accessories and Lighting categories.
Lead by: Jaime Derringer, Design Milk; Giulio Cappellini, Cappellini; Andrea Cesarman, Design
Week Mexico; Crystal Ellis, Egg Collective; Jean-Jacques L'hénaff, LIXIL Global Design, AMERICAS
Lead by: Jaime Derringer, Design Milk; Anishka Clark, Ishka Designs; Jean-Jacques L'hénaff,
LIXIL Global Design, AMERICAS; Rosie Li, Rosie Li Studio; Shant Madjarian, Juniper; David
Obel Rosenkvist, Louis Poulsen
NEW ICFF+WantedDesign Manhattan Talks
On one stage, both ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan will host conversations featuring content from the leaders in the industry. This focused lineup of panel sessions, keynote presentations and intimate conversations provides critical context for how to stay ahead in the residential and commercial design spheres. Additional details can be found on icff.com.
SHOW DATES & HOURS
Sunday, November 14 & Monday, November 15, 10AM-5PM
Registration is open to trade professionals. The badge will allow you access to additional hospitality design resources at Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Detailed program schedule to follow. For additional information or to register, visit icff.com.
Please note the Javits Center requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission to the convention center in accordance with New York State and City guidelines. Full health and safety requirements for ICFF can be found here. ICFF+WantedDesign Manhattan will return to the Javits Center May 14-16, 2022.