13/02/2023 - Excitement is building for the upcoming International Contemporary Furniture Fair - ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan, a 'show within the show' dedicated to high-end North American studios and emerging international designers.
Taking place at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center May 21-23, 2023, this will be the first edition of the fair under new leadership. Emerald, the owner and producer of the shows, recently promoted Kevin Gaffney to Group Vice President of Emerald's Design Group and co-founders of WantedDesign, Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, to Brand Directors for ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan.
The leadership team has defined a new vision for ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan, including a more cohesive and interactive event, better visitor experiences, and cutting-edge design. The May event will also include an edited floorplan, reorganized by theme and categories, and featuring newly designed spaces to meet, lounge, and eat, such as the media lounge, a welcome area, a new restaurant, and a pavilion that showcases American design.
"ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan are known for original design and innovation in the residential, contract, and hospitality markets," said Hainaut and Pijoulat. "We're looking forward to expanding on that reputation to include a strong focus on sharing best practices, educating the community and the next wave of designers, enhancing the role of design for the future, and creating an incredible experience for our attendees."
Known around the world as the "hub for NYCxDESIGN, NYC's design festival," and "the place for international conversation," ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan will showcase what's new in design from up-and-coming and established brands, including furniture, lighting, kitchen and bath, textiles, seating, wall coverings, carpet and flooring, accessories, and materials.
"There is tremendous interest and enthusiasm for international brands, especially from Europe, to exhibit at the fair this year," said Kevin Gaffney. "The diverse mix of more than 300 exhibitors from more than 20 countries will include a new country pavilion from Morocco, joining pavilions for Brazil, Norway, New Zealand, Romania, Portugal, and more."
"We see strong potential in expanding Launch Pad featuring emerging designers and Look Book highlighting North American design. In addition, we believe New York City is the perfect meeting point for the Americas. As such, we will create a special spotlight on American design to allow attendees to discover a complete design landscape of the US across ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan, from small studios to established brands. It's an exciting time to attend the fair as the globe's most important design ideas are on display in New York," said Hainaut and Pijoulat.
WantedDesign Manhattan will again tap into the expertise of designer Rodolfo Agrella to create the look and feel for the fair, including Wanted Interiors and the Lounge, as well as the ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks stage. This year, Agrella will also design the Oasis space and the new show-floor restaurant.
New in 2023, DIFFA's DIFFA by Design (DBD) fundraiser, a celebration of inspired design, cocktails, and community, will be co-located with ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan at the Javits Center. For four decades, DIFFA has harnessed the design industry's resources and talent to create legendary programs and events like DIFFA BY DESIGN in support of its mission to raise awareness and funds for organizations providing treatment, education, and assistance for people impacted by HIV/AIDS, homelessness, hunger, and mental health issues.
For more information about ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan and to register, please visit icff.com.
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