Dazzling exhibits and events survey contemporary design’s current best and brightest.
ASID at the ICFF
No Designer Left Behind: In keeping with the ICFF’s long commitment to post-graduate design education, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) ups the ante on professional continuing education during the ICFF’s four days in May. What’s the curriculum all about? And is it essential to the core? No question. During the run of the show the ASID has scheduled a must-attend menu of Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC)/Continuing Education Unit (CEU)-approved programming and an array of educational sessions. Liberal arts? You bet. And creative ones, too.
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.
HYLAND’s Top Designers & Textiles
Christopher Hyland, textile maven and editor in chief and publisher of HYLAND, has curated an intriguing display for the ICFF – a collection of fabrics based on the kind of extreme editorial challenge that brings out the creative best in designers. What would that be, exactly? Nine top professionals choosing the single most important fabric that each has ever worked with, or would most like to use ever. Who and whose are they? Ellie Cullman opts for one from Romo. Geoffrey Bradfield takes a SKU from Zimmer & Rohde. Guillaume Gentet chooses a Savel design. Jamie Drake selects a Jim Thompson textile. Juan Pablo Molyneux eyes a fabric from Rogers & Goffigon. Noha Hassan goes for a KnollTextiles. Robert Passal goes to Quadrille. Samuel Botero picks one from Donghia. Stephen Bastone culls one from Christopher Hyland. Talk about editing to the essentials.
ICFF Public Day
Tuesday, May 20, 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 20.
Tickets may be purchased in advance and onsite (by credit card only). Tickets are nonrefundable.
Fabric and Fabrication: The ICFF Presents Textiles with PhilaU
Science. Beauty. Technology. Material. Fiber. Surface. Hand. Function. Form. Such is the language of textiles. If any institution speaks the textile tongue with ease and elegance, it’s Philadelphia University's (PhilaU) Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce – Textile Design and The Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging. That’s why PhilaU has accepted an invitation from the ICFF this year. With a selection carefully culled from its vast fabric holdings, PhilaU’s display explores the history and range of the material world. It also offers insight into the latest innovations in production and fabrication, to the participation of companies that include Expand Systems, Lamb Knitting Machine Corporation, Mimaki, Shima Seiki, and Supply55. Each has agreed to install and operate its highly specialized equipment – everything from digital printers (multiple surface types: textile and non-textile) to computerized knitting machines – to demonstrate the future of fabric in action.
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 ICFF 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.
ICFF OpeningNight Party
Saturday, May 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, Design and Architecture Galleries
11 West 53rd Street
New York City