Dazzling exhibits and events survey contemporary design’s current best and brightest.
The Good Life
A joint effort with Lars Müller Publishers, the exceptional Swiss firm renowned for sophisticated volumes on aspects of visual culture from design to fine art. The ICFF and Lars Müller Publishers together celebrate Jasper Morrison, the great British designer, in suitable style with the launch of the house’s latest, design-enhancing effort, Jasper Morrison: The Good Life. Both a photography exhibit and a book, Jasper Morrison: The Good Life documents the what and the how of a particular way of seeing – that is, the way the eye of the singular, multi-talented Morrison works. Interested in more than just casual insights into the distinctive design mind of Morrison? Don’t miss the opportunity to spend time with the impromptu snaps and more studied images that make up this unique book and remarkable companion exhibit.
designboom mart: home & travel
All protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, the analog and digital worlds still interact. And happily so when it comes to matters of design and the design marketplace, as the designboom mart demonstrates year-in-and-year-out. This collaborative effort between the ICFF and designboom, Europe’s leading design-related e-zine, annually stops traffic on the Javits Center floor. A true nexus of design culture and design commerce, the designboom mart makes the virtual tangible – and the better for it. The format is classic: the zine’s editors select the items for sale in a mesmerizing design bazaar that thrums with activity for the ICFF’s duration. This year, participating designers have focused on the idea of home and travel. Each will show one to three products, network, and sell their design souvenirs to help cover travel expenses. Stock is limited to 100 pieces maximum per stall; prices range from $10-$100.
Through Tuesday, May 20
57th Street at Fifth Avenue
Bergdorf Goodman puts the ICFF and design front and center in its 57th Street windows for the run of the show. This year, the grand emporium with the most glamorous windows in the world brings the ICFF to the heart of midtown – and the center of the retail world – once again. Watch out 57th Street: the ICFF is back, and the ICFF exhibitor products in Bergdorf Goodman’s windows gives the long-loved pastime of window shopping an inventive, eye-catching twist. Artek USA Inc., Bernhardt Design, Carlo Aiello, dlV Designs, Emeco, ercol, Flavor Paper, GABRIEL SCOTT, Marset USA, Mary Wallis, molo, Phase Design, Roll & Hill, LLC, Tom Dixon, Vitra, Vondom USA
Vodunuvo, an exhibit presented by Patty Johnson, furthers the ICFF’s exploration of new design territory – in this case, Haiti. Vodunuvo makes the case for Haiti as a dynamic, evolving culture with a critical place in the contemporary design marketplace by reexamining and transforming Haitian artifacts into products and objects that carry the island’s essential culture in a new form.
African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora
The ICFF is also broadening its boundaries to a new continent, with an unprecedented feature that explores the African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora. An initiative of the British European Design Group (BEDG), this exciting addition to the show celebrates the multi-disciplinary creative talent emerging from the African and African-Caribbean craft traditions includes multiple freestanding exhibits with craftspeople plying their particular artisan expertise.
ICFF Public Day
Tuesday, May 21, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Design is everywhere, and it’s here to stay. So, if you want to discover more about what’s new and what’s next, what’s in and what’s out, what’s hot and what’s not, make your way to the ICFF. That goes for your design savvy friends, too. Tweet them. Text them. E-mail them. Phone them. However you do it, just make sure you tell everyone in your social network that they are welcome to explore the ICFF on Tuesday, May 21.
Tickets may be purchased in advance and onsite (by credit card only). Tickets are nonrefundable.
Fab Call for Designers
Tuesday, May 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
ICFF OpeningNight Party
Saturday, May 17
The Museum of Modern Art,
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, Design and Architecture Galleries
Sponsored by TBD
11 West 53rd Street
New York City
Saturday, May 18-Tuesday, May 21
201 Park Avenue South
In celebration of the ICFF and W New York - Union Square‘s recent multi-million dollar renovation, the iconic, design-centric-nexus W New York - Union Square is hosting a fantastic installation by Wanda Barcelona, the remarkable Spanish design firm celebrated for magical paper and cardboard constructions and dreamy ephemeral environments. Located at a unique and historic New York City convergence point, W New York - Union Square is a pulsating point of contact where uptown and down, radical and established, Beaux Art-style architecture and 21st-century steel-and-glass design come together. To capture and reflect the hotel’s exceptional zeitgeist, the wunderkinder of Wanda Barcelona have conceived a fantasia on one of Spain’s truly iconic designs, one that, like the literal, metaphoric, and historic traffic patterns approaching Union Square Park, also flares out and converges: the fan. With support from Interiors from Spain, the marvelous fantasy will unfurl through the airspace of the hotel’s Welcome Desk and the Living Room windows that face Park Avenue South, energizing the interior and captivating all who see it.
Alongside Material Makers, The Architect’s Newspaper and Mode Collective launch DesignX, a series of concentrated workshops devoted to digital design and fabrication technology. The DesignX workshops – on the topics of parametric design, direct-to-fabrication, and web-based design apps – are bringing designers up to speed on the latest software and showing them how to use fabrication technology to bring their ideas to reality.