Each year, the ICFF sets the stage for a remarkable education component with its series of ICFF Talks. For this show, the line-up of presenters is more stellar than always. So is the bevy of partners.
Saturday, May 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Intramuros: Bruno Dussert-Vidalet, Thierry Gaugain
Intramuros editor in chief Chantal Hamaide illuminates the future-is-now state of environmentally friendly luminaires with Bruno Dussert-Vidalet of Blackbody, the French resource known for next-generation nanotechnology and ultra-engineered OLEDs, and Thierry Gaugain, the innovative French designer.
Saturday, May 18, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Globetrotting multi-tasker Leslie Williamson, photographer and author of Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers, gives a sneak peek of her soon-to-be-published next book, Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers, which goes inside the houses of some of the 20th century’s design Olympians.
Sunday, May 19, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Surface: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune
Surface editor in chief Dan Rubinstein chats with Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune, principals of their Stockholm-based multidiscipline firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, about their latest product design and architecture projects.
Sunday, May 19, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Dwell: Richard Hutten
Dwell editor in chief Amanda Dameron quizzes Richard Hutten, the maverick Dutch designer, on the current state of design and what he’s working on now, product design-wise.
Monday, May 20, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Metropolis: David Rockwell
Metropolis editor in chief Susan S. Szenasy talks with current Tony Award-nominee David Rockwell on his process and passion for set design and making room for Kinky Boots and other Broadway productions.
Monday, May 20, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Material ConneXion: Dirk Vander Kooij
Material ConneXion’s Dr. Andrew Dent confabs with Dutch wunderkind designer Dirk Vander Kooij about his unique approach to the interface among design, craft, production, and materials and the role generational technology can play in new product development.
Monday, May 20, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Bloomberg Businessweek: Tom Eich, IDEO
Bloomberg Businessweek creative director Richard Turley parses the current state of design, global and local, as well as design’s interdisciplinary, collaborative, and cross-cultural nature with Tom Eich, IDEO partner and head of the renowned firm’s New York office.
Tuesday, May 21, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum: Patty Johnson
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum curator Cynthia E. Smith, the museum’s socially responsible design specialist, talks the sustainable talk with Toronto-based Patty Johnson of Vodunuvo, who walks the sustainable walk creating new platforms for government funded, multi-year design programs in places like Haiti, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean as well as new products for manufacturers.