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 17, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Brooke Stoddard: Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Ross Lovegrove, Jephson Robb, Jerry Helling
Good design? Good business? Legacy? Future? How do they intersect? Brooke Stoddard hosts a discussion of these always pressing questions with designers Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Ross Lovegrove, Jephson Robb, and Bernhardt Design president Jerry Helling.
Saturday, May 17, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Architizer: Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen
When it comes to material innovation, Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen, the duo that is Canada’s molo, know as well as anyone what it means to be innovative, green, and business savvy. Hear how they’ve brought the firm’s new product to market in a chat with Architizer's product editor, Janelle Zara.
Sunday, May 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Surface: Luca Nichetto
What’s modern now? And what will be modern next? Seems like the questions are predictable, and maybe even old hat. But when Surface presents industrial design polymath Luca Nichetto in discussion with Spencer Bailey, the modern design publication’s executive editor, hold onto your Panama. Surprising answers await.
Sunday, May 18, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Wallpaper*: Ali Tayar, Defne Koz, Gaye Cevikel
Turkish delight? Absolutely. And great global design, too. Who better to host that than Wallpaper*? Join Pei-Ru Keh, Wallpaper*'s New York editor, as she moderates a discussion on pioneering international design with Chicago-based industrial designer Defne Koz, whose pre-stateside resume includes studies at Domus Academy, a stint in the Sottsass office, and her own Milan studio; Ali Tayar, Turkish-born architect with clients worldwide; and Gaye Cevikel, founder and chief creative officer of Turkish brand GAIA&GINO and creative director of the Czech brand Verreum.
Monday, May 19, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Metropolis: Adam D. Tihany
Interested in hearing two true design experts discuss what makes iconic design? Metropolis hosts Adam D. Tihany, longtime whiz of hospitality design, in conversation with publisher and editor in chief Susan S. Szenasy, the industry’s intellectual center.
After the talk comes the book signings: Szenasy for Szenasy, Design Advocate, her recent volume of collected essays, and Tihany for his latest, Tihany: Iconic Hotel and Restaurant Interiors.
Monday, May 19, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum: Jack Lenor Larsen
If anyone in the design world qualifies as a living legend, it’s textile shaman Jack Lenor Larsen, one of the great design artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In conversation with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum deputy curatorial director, Matilda McQuaid, Larsen talks history, craft, production, fiber, culture, and beauty.
Monday, May 19, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
designboom: Oskar Zieta
designboom’s Anita Hackethal talks in depth with Oskar Zieta, the innovative, experimental Polish architect known for his path-breaking work in all-things metal – specifically sheet steel. From materials research and invention to revolutionary production processes, Zieta pursues the improvement of existing technologies and explores the viability of new forms in his studios in Switzerland and Poland. His products are in the collections of, among others, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Pinakothek der Moderne München, and Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich.
Tuesday, May 20, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Pantone: Engaging With Color – Color Trends for 2015 and Beyond
As vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, Laurie Pressman is a seer into and a scholar of the science and emotions of the spectrum. Here she presents her overview of our current color consciousness and forecasts the tonal typology ahead. With more than 20 years experience in product development and merchandising for the fashion and home furnishings markets, Pressman knows the black and white of color’s communicative power and the primary role it plays in consumer purchasing decisions and effective brand management.