OVERVIEW: As one of the most prestigious furniture fairs hosted in the Big Apple, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair saw the number of attendees increase by 6 per cent to over 35,000. It also welcomed more than 130 new exhibitors, growing its footprint by 30 per cent and floor space to two levels.

The fair’s forte lay in its well-designed pavilions that focused on a multitude of themes and points of interest. The HO.MI New York Lifestyles pavilion boasted elegant offerings by more than 50 Italian brands. The Milk Stand by Design Milk, an online design blog, brought together international designers and makers to showcase and sell their work. Luxe Interiors + Design featured more than 100 global luxury brands.

WHAT: International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
WHEN: May 16-17, 2016
WHERE: New York

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Science-fiction became reality at this year’s ICFF with the unveiling of a lounge chair made from biodegradable mushrooms. The Mushroom Chaise, created by Terreform ONE, is a beautiful statement piece that epitomises the meaning of eco-chic. Boasting clean, curved lines, the piece offers a glimpse into the future where eco-friendly furniture can be both beautiful and kind to the planet.

  • The opening night was celebrated in style at MoMA with the first NYCxDESIGN Awards, which celebrated excellence in design from all over the world. It also presented itself as an opportunity to discover New York’s creative community. Awards categories ranged from interior design to fabrics and wall coverings. The Best of Show: ICFF award was presented to Bernhardt Design for its sleek Mellow sofa, while the Best First Time Exhibitor award went to Coil + Drift. The night’s entertainment was headlined by Rough, a band set up by designer Tom Dixon and Bradford Shellhammer, trailblazer in the art and creative community.

  • ICFF hosted talks this year that touched upon a wide range of topics, from making a brand more digitalfriendly for online consumers and designing for small spaces without giving up on aesthetics, to upcoming trends for design and retail.