ICFF Talks

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.

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