ICFF Celebrates Increased Attendance at the 29th Edition of its Iconic North American Global Design Fair

ICFF®, North America’s largest and most prestigious design event for interiors, celebrated increased attendance at its recently concluded 29th edition.  This year, a significantly expanded ICFF took place all on one level of the Jacob K. Javits Center from May 21-24 and welcomed more than 300 new exhibitors and more than 500 returning brands. Plans are well underway for the not-to-be-missed 30th edition of ICFF, May 20-23, 2018.

“This year’s ICFF was bigger and better than ever,” said Kevin O’Keefe, ICFF show director. “The show being all one one floor gave a cohesive look and feel to the beautiful booth displays our brands created, and to the energy brought to the show floor by our loyal attendees.”

New for 2017, the ICFF Gallery was a huge draw for attendees, featuring a curated selection of paintings, sculptures and distinctive art and collectibles on the show floor from 16 brands. ICFF Gallery exhibitors presented designs ideal for luxury residential, boutique and hospitality environments.

ICFF once again recognized the best of design with its 2017 Editors’ Awards program. This year’s ICFF judging committee members were Annie Block of Interior Design, Melissa Feldman of Stroll Productions, Dan Howarth of Dezeen, Sheila Kim of Architizer and Paul Makovsky of Metropolis.  The judging committee spent day one of ICFF walking the show floor to hand select each winning product by type, style, application or theme. Twelve brands were recognized and received one of the coveted awards.

The Milk Stand also returned to ICFF, welcoming a group of designers and brands curated by Design Milk founder and editor, Jaime Derringer, and a well designed mix of décor items, jewelry and artwork, all cash-and-carry, at price points to fit an array of budgets.  The Milk Stand successfully drew focus to North American-based design with all of its featured designers rooted across the U.S. and Canada.

Beyond seeing incredible North American design talent at ICFF, attendees also discovered the latest offerings from leading global design brands. ICFF welcomed 10 international contingents to the show, including Interiors of Spain, Sindomoveis of Brazil, Luxe France, The Italian Trade Agency, Romania, Austria, Norway, GEM French Export Group, Design Philippines, and the British European Design Group. 

The ICFF Schools program brought an incredible display of student design talent to the show floor this year. Each participating school submitted a student design project; some schools set out to challenge the current status quo of present day design, while others looked to demonstrate the ability of design to increase well being. ICFF welcomed 14 schools to the show, including the University of Cincinnati and Pratt Institute, both of which were recipients of 2017 Editors’ Awards in the categories of overall school winner and wellness, respectively.

ICFF NYC 2017 continued its tradition of recognizing emerging designers with the 12th annual ICFF Studio, a collaboration with Bernhardt Design that provides a platform for undiscovered design professionals to present new prototypes to the global design community. Studio designers participated in a juried design competition with selected winners receiving a coveted spot within the ICFF Studio pavilion.

“I’m always inspired by the creativity and originality on display at ICFF Studio each year. And it’s even more inspiring to see participants go on to build exciting careers after Studio,” said Jerry Helling, president, Bernhardt Design.

“Thank you to the team at Bernhardt Design, our editors’ awards judges, Talks participants, and all of the incredible exhibitors and partners that have helped to establish ICFF as the must attend global design event in North America for close to 30 years,” added O’Keefe.

The 30th annual ICFF NYC will be held May 20-23, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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 800 exhibitors and nearly 35,000 attendees from around the world. The 30th annual ICFF® in New York is scheduled for May 20-23, 2018 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The second annual ICFF®Miami is scheduled for October 3-4, 2017. Visit www.icff.com for more information on ICFF NYC and www.icffmiami.com for details on ICFF Miami.

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ICFF is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.