All eyes on sustainable design at this year's ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan. The event, one of the most established in the world and a point of reference for North America, hosts over 400 companies in the sector, both emerging and established, from over 30 countries.
In addition to the novelties on display, the three days of the fair will host a rich schedule of events, round tables and talks aimed at exploring the direction that the sector is taking, both in the residential and commercial fields. To do this, nearly 100 prominent personalities will be the protagonists, including changemakers and emerging talents who will populate different areas of the fair, from the main stage to the Oasis x Material Bank space.
"It's our first year as brand director of ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan. We are thrilled to offer fresh and inspiring programming, which certainly drew on the strong participation seen in the last edition", said declared Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, co-founder of WantedDesign and brand director for ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan.
“We worked on proposing more coherent spaces that would improve the visitor experience. In addition to the numerous brands, both established and emerging, from all over the world, this year there will be new national pavilions and a special exhibition on American design called The Crossroads. An indication that confirms how we wish to continue to affirm ICFF as the reference contemporary design fair in North America.
Naturally, ample space will be dedicated to the trends and future developments for 2024, proposed by WGSN.
Among the speakers not to be missed, then: the illuminating vision of Snøhetta, a panel on the theme of design and diversity hosted by Paul Clemence , the round table Be Original Americas, which will explore the themes of innovation and original design, a talk on the metaverse and interior design hosted by the magazine Surface.
Finally, the always stimulating Emerging Designer Showcase presented with Clever, the talk moderated by Cindy Allen with Haworth, the intervention by the designer Vicente Wolf, the return of ECO Solidarity, and David Rockwell's insight into the philosophy of American design.
“One of the first decisions we made as brand director of both shows was to shine a spotlight on American design and provide an overview of emerging design. We have thought of new ways to plan the exhibition space and create a different format to showcase the products.
For The Crossroads, we had the opportunity to partner with Rockwell Group, knowing how much David Rockwell and his team share our passion for supporting and collaborating with American studios.
This space will translate how much the collaborative approach means to us and to all those involved in its realization," said Hainaut and Pijoulat.
ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2023: the news
At the Crossroads of American Design: Celebrating the Established and the Emerging
Like the duality inherent in the DNA of the United States itself, the American design landscape has evolved from providing practical solutions, driven by industrial design, to the creation of more artistic pieces rich in narrative. From established to emerging, The Crossroads offers a snapshot of American design in its many forms.
The Crossroads is the new heart of both fairs this year.
Creative director David Rockwell and his company Rockwell Group, and editor/co-curator Pei-Ru Keh have created a playful and engaging environment in homage to two pillars of America: the great outdoors and the American home, which simultaneously recall the interaction of contrasts between the works and objects on display.
Among the most awaited innovations of this year are certainly the new spaces.
The organization has announced a new Welcome Area, designed by Moooi and dedicated to hospitality, it will also be a place to present the brand's new collection, introduced by the well-known designer Nika Zupanc.
The restaurant area is also one of the novelties: this year visitors and exhibitors will be able to take advantage of the gastronomic experience inspired by New York and its eclecticism. The restaurant area is sponsored by Mecho Shade and furnished in collaboration with Be Original Americas and its members Chilewich, Anglepoise, Heller, Kartell, Herman Miller and Knoll.
To relax, there will then be a lounge area created by Oasis x Material Bank: here, there will also be space to attend a review of more intimate round tables, in one space furnished by Normann Copenhagen, FilzFelt and Kasthall.
WDM Café x Caesarstone: Also new, it will be a place where attendees can meet and network, with support from Heller, Fyrn, Tala, Turf and Mohawk.
Wanted Interiors: Participants include Turf, Heller and a selection of international studios in interactive and immersive installations. The Lounge, designed by Rodolfo Agrella, is sponsored by David Weeks Studio, Kasthall, USM and Ligne Roset, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Togo, designed by Michel Ducaroy.
For the third consecutive year, the fair is collaborating with Rodolfo Agrella, of the Rodolfo Agrella Design Studio (RADS) to bring the design vision to life. In addition to the general look and feel of WantedDesign Manhattan, the WantedDesign Manhattan lounge and café, and the ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks stage, Agrella is expanding his portfolio to include art direction for the Oasis space and restaurant area.