ICFF Calls for Emerging Design Professionals to Submit for 2016 Studio Competition


Applications Open Dec 1st

Up to 12 emerging design professionals have a chance to showcase their work for thousands of manufacturers, retailers and the media at the 28th annual ICFF in New York this May. In its 11th year, the ICFF Studio, a collaboration between Bernhardt Design and ICFF®, is a juried design competition, which encourages undiscovered designers to submit their prototypes for consideration by established industry professionals. The application opens Dec. 1.

To enter the competition, a designer must have a working prototype that is not in commercial production. Entries are judged on design aesthetics, ability to be economically mass produced, marketability and commercial viability. Selected winners will receive a space on the ICFF show floor.

“Our long-standing partnership with ICFF on the Studio program has been the catalyst for many of today’s iconic design names,” said Jerry Helling, president of Bernhardt Design. “We are proud that the program has evolved from simply connecting young, emerging designers with manufacturers, to creating opportunities that go beyond the show and lead to a successful career.”

Over the past decade, Studio has been a career catalyst for a number of past participants, including Brad Ascalon, Viable London, Chris Adamick and Nolen Niu. In addition, numerous publications have featured work presented at ICFF Studio, including Business Week, Fast Company, ID, Metropolis, The New York Times, Surface and Wallpaper.

More information and an application may be found at: icffstudio.com.

The deadline for entries is Jan. 31, 2016.

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 27thannual ICFF is scheduled for May 16-19, 2015, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Visit www.icff.com for more information.

About The Design Group™

The Design Group™, part of Emerald Expositions, is the media and event nexus for North America’s design industry. The Design Group comprises ICFF®, the Hospitality Design Expo®, GlobalShop® and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as well as major media platforms that includeHospitality Design, Contract, design:retail and K+BB.

About Bernhardt Design

Bernhardt Design was founded in 1980 by the 125-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company and continues to be a leader and innovator in furniture design and production. During the past 10 years, President Jerry Helling assembled an extraordinary creative team that has positioned Bernhardt Design as one of the leading international design companies. Bernhardt Design created and sponsors an annual interdisciplinary course with the world renowned Art Center College of Design, challenging students to create world-class designs for mass production. Bernhardt Design also sponsors the ICFF Studio, a scholarship program which provides emerging design talent exposure to manufacturers, retailers and the media. Most recently, Bernhardt Design created Tools at Schools, a collaborative partnership with creative consultancy Aruliden and The School at Columbia University where the project introduced design into the school’s 8th-grade curriculum.