ICFF Press Release


ICFF Talks Line-Up to Feature a Veritable Who’s Who in Architecture and Design

Topics to include detailed look at trends and the intersection of architecture and design, definitions and technologies and successful collaborations

New York, N.Y. (April 7, 2016) ­­– Among the remarkable educational programming held at ICFF®, taking place this year on May 14-17, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City, the ICFF Talks series brings most innovative ideas, thinkers and practicioners to the stage for exploration and discussion. The 2016 line up of topics and speakers has just been announced:


Talks schedule on Saturday, May 14:

Design Trends: A Multi-Perspective View of the Year Ahead

ICFF brings together a powerhouse group of the top design trend experts in America to share their own perspectives on the most important design trends for the coming twelve months. Featuring Trend Gary Inman, Vice-President of Hospitality at Baskervill, Virginia Langley, Graphic and Textile Designer, Sara Ledterman, Editor-in-chief of Adorno Magazine and moderated by Design Trend Expert and Founder of Design Life Network, Bill Indursky.

Designing for Small Spaces

In many cosmopolitan cities such as New York and Paris, space is limited, even in high-end buildings. Join Erika Heet, Editor in Chief, Interiors Magazine and a panel of esteemed designers to explore how to maximize every inch of space in any project.

 Design: The Architecture of Storytelling

Design naturally revolves around a creative narrative, which is conveyed by a team of collaborators joining in to help tell a story. This discussion will cover some of the most pivotal partnerships in the design and architecture worlds, including the 125 Greenwich Street project and Snarkitecture collaboration.


Talks schedule on Sunday, May 15:

Collective Innovation: Embracing Collaboration in (Home Furnishing) Design

IKEA – a company that produces 2,000 new products every year along with maintaining and improving its existing 10,000 products – recently opened up to a more collaborative design process. Collaboration offers many benefits. Co-creation is a together thing, it gives energy. And a more open environment can lead to new ways of working and finding new technical solutions. Join moderator Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy, Mikael Ydholm, Head of Research at IKEA Group and a panel of experts as they discuss the importance of collective creativity in design. Additionally, the panelists will share learnings to inspire others to explore a more collaborative process.

Friends with Benefits

Julie Taraska, Products Editor, Architectural Record, has a conversation with a group of people who over the course of close to a decade, have all had the opportunity to work and play together. Harry and Claudia Washington have designed for Council and Bernhardt, while twice inviting Derek Chen to participate in Contempo, El Salvador’s biennial design conference – and this year, with Brad Ascalon debuting his newest design and first with Council, the Engage sofa collection, six years after Ascalon’s own commercial collaboration with Bernhardt. The group will discuss their own careers and their combined endeavors with respect to how relationships play vital roles in a sustainable and more fulfilling career in the world of design and manufacturing.

Designing for the Modern Lifestyle: The Intersection of Technology and Design in the Kitchen & Bath

The 2016 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) K+B Insiders, consisting of both up-and-coming and established influencers from the design and building industries, will discuss the influence of technology on kitchen and bath design. The interactive, moderated dialogue will cover the latest in integrated design trends, high-tech appliances, how technology empowers design, and how it influences the psychology of two of the most importance spaces in the home.

Talks schedule on Monday, May 16:

Designing Retail Stores for Today’s Savvy Shopper

Join moderator Alison Embrey Medina, executive editor of design:retail magazine, along with a panel of first-class luxury retailers as they discuss the latest retail design trends, the challenges and immediacy of stores today, and how today’s digital-savvy customer influences the design of retail stores for the future.

Defining Luxury for Today

From contemporary interiors to ecofriendly solutions, luxury may not look the same as it did a decade ago in hospitality. But one thing is for sure: luxury for today’s traveler is all about authentic experience. HD sits down with some of the best in class, who are creating these unforgettable moments.

Products and Buildings: How Can Architects Successfully Design Both?

Architects from Sottsass to Graves have created beautiful industrial products. But with each field’s materials, production technologies, and customer bases becoming increasingly specialized, can architects easily transition to furniture, lighting, and textile design—or are they in for a shock? What are the opportunities for those looking to apply their design vision to different scales and mediums? This panel will feature architects and manufacturers discussing the process, pitfalls, and potential payoffs of shifting to product design.

Talks schedule on Tuesday, May 17:

Architectural Interiors Today

What separates interior architecture from interior design? Join Matt Shaw, Senior Editor, The Architects Newspaper and a panel of architects at the top of their game, as they discuss their experience manipulating volume, texture, structure, and materials to create inspirational spaces that bridge the gap between architecture and interiors.

Designing with Soul – Everything You Need to Know About Working with Artisanal Brands

In today’s climate where even toothpaste can be considered artisanal, what does that word really mean, and what value does it actually bring to a design project? A diverse panel of designers from hand crafted brands will candidly discuss the process of working directly with a small manufacturer. The panelists will dispel common myths and explore exactly what to look for and what to avoid in order to derive the absolute best from the partnership.

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About ICFF

ICFF® is the premier North American global Design showcase for interior furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, kitchen and bath and fabricators, attracting more than 700 exhibitors and 32,000 attendees from around the world. The 28th annual ICFF is scheduled for May 14-17, 2016, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Visit www.icff.com for more information.

The first annual ICFF Miami® will debut on October 5 & 6, 2016, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, presenting hundreds of leading brands and addressing every facet of better interiors for residential, hospitality, commercial and high end retail. Visit www.icffmiami.com for more information.

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ICFF is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows in the United States, producing more than 50 trade shows and over 100 face-to-face events in total, including conferences, summits and other events. Emerald Expositions connects more than 335,000 sellers and buyers each year and operates within the U.S. in 10 end markets (Gift, Home, General Merchandise and Manufacturing; Sports & Apparel; Design; Jewelry, Luxury & Antiques; E-Commerce; Creative Services; Licensing; Healthcare; Military; and Food).


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Heather Wood

Marketing Manager