Merging Culture and Commerce at ICFF 

The 35th edition of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) was held at the Javits Center in New York City from May 19-21, with more than 450 emerging and established brands representing 35 countries.   Brand directors Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat emphasized a redesign with color-coded spaces on the show floor. Paired with diverse programming, their curated approach drew 13,000 attendees to the fair. “We implemented key elements, merging commerce and culture with a focus on design,” said Hainaut. “We stayed creative in our focus on building and re-establishing this event to be at the forefront of the international scene.”  Pilar Olaverri, a designer based in New York, showed her Cabuya collection as part of the WANTED Launch Pad platform. The illuminated sculptures are hand-fabricated using LED lights. Rather than craft typical static fixtures on a base, she wanted to capture the fluidity of  falling lines that emulate a sketch. …