Schools Chosen to Exhibit at ICFF 2016


Dozens of universities, colleges, art and technical schools from across the nation applied for the chance to exhibit during NYCxDESIGN week at ICFF®, being held May 14-17, 2016 in  New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The pool of submissions highlight the best from undergraduate and graduate student programs, and feature innovative, forward-thinking theories driving tomorrow’s design practices, and meeting today’s design challenges. But 13 submissions stood out from among the rest.

“The exhibitions chosen for this year’s ICFF Schools program showcase what’s new and what’s next from design futurists currently enrolled in the top design programs,” said Kevin O’Keefe, ICFF Event Director. “We are proud to welcome these esteemed institutions to exhibit at ICFF 2016.”

The following institutions were chosen to participate in the 2016 ICFF Schools program. Each school was chosen for its innovative and distinct studio portfolio theme:

Fashion Institute of Technology with: A Sense of Space…A Sense of Place

Kean University will present: Empathy + Aesthetics + Economy

Parsons School of Design with: How = What: Process and Experimentation

Pratt Institute will feature work from its Post Digital program

New Jersey Institute of Technology will address: The Contemporary 21st Century Lifestyle

Rhode Island School of Design presents: The Narrative of Making

Rochester Institute of Technology will present its Metaproject

Savannah College of Art and Design presents: Reaching Out

School of Art Institute of Chicago will present: SAIC AND CB2

South Dakota State University will present: Reggio Inspired Furniture Design

Syracuse University with its: Chair Practicum

University of Illinois at Chicago addresses: Reading Room: How Do You Read Design?

University of Iowa Studio Arts will feature work from its 3D Design Program

Each week leading up to the show, ICFF will spotlight one or two of the programs chosen to exhibit. Spotlights will highlight the research, collaborations, product design and in-the-field testing as well as faculty and student commentary and more, going into each exhibition at ICFF 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 28th annual ICFF is scheduled for May 14-17, 2016, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Visit for more information.

The first annual ICFF Miami® will debut on October 5 & 6, 2016, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, presenting hundreds of leading brands and addressing every facet of better interiors for residential, hospitality, commercial and high end retail. Visit for more information.

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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 include Hospitality Design, Contract, design:retail and K+BB.