Every May in New York City, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) comes to the City.
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is “North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design,” and this year it was held at the Javits Conference Center, where the rain was pouring down like it was a monsoon.
The ICFF hosts more than 500 exhibitors from over 30 countries in 10 categories, from accessories to wall coverings. More than 25,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, designers and more attended the four-day event.
I was excited to be among the giants of design and manufactures. Recycled and raw materials, like paper and cardboard, reclaimed woods, simple and traditional shapes refreshed by bold finishes and an attention for craft, were the trending themes for sustainable design.
2011 seemed to be a continuation of the popular themes of 2010′s exhibit.
The designers and manufactures from Spain were back with amazing styles, colors and ultra-hip, trend setting furnishings; the British were there in full swing to counter the Spanish (but it felt like a Spanish conquista), the bold and vibrant glaring styles in prints for wallpaper, textiles and ceramics.
Other U.S. and Japanese companies were there, but nothing really caught my eye. Metallic and neon paints made their way through as accents on light fixtures and reclaimed pieces.
All said and done, I love NYC and the ICFF. I also love the casual after-parties and the designer district of SOHO. A stroll through was well worth it. Next year’s ICFF will be held May 19-22, 2012.