New York rediscovers its ferment again this year, and becomes the main stage for contemporary design. The destination is Javits Center in Manhattan, where from 15 to 17 May 2022 over 300 exhibitors from 25 countries reveal their idea of living in one of the most important US trade fairs: ICFF- International Contemporary Furniture Fair, which for the last two years has coexisted with WantedDesign Manhattan.
An invitation to explore the new trends suggested by established brands and designers, but also to take a real voyage inside the experimentation set in motion by up-and-coming younger voices. From contract to hospitality to residential, the sectors of furnishings, lighting, kitchens, bath fixtures, coverings, outdoor furniture and textiles speak a language of avant-garde and sustainable design.
The relationship between man and the environment is explored in Oasis, an installation with an evocative name, inspired by natural landscapes and elements. Designed by Float Studio (sponsors: Gabriel North America, Mohawk Group and Normann Copenhagen), this is an intimate place in which to linger, to recharge your devices and to indulge in a moment of reflection. It is also the stage for an intense program of talks involving design stars and innovators, including Paola Antonelli with her latest publication Design Emergency, and the debut of the Power Couples Series with Höweler + Yoon, Yabu Pushelberg and Friends & Founders.
From the future design generation to the announcement of the winners of ECO Solidarity, the program of talks – sponsored by Mercato Place and American Standard – will also take the Main Stage designed by Rodolfo Agrella with the support of Midgard, Turf Design and Be Original Americas. Among the most important design honors, the ICFF Editors Awards are back, revealing the best projects subdivided into 12 categories, selected by a jury of sector journalists, while the Interiors Awards will be presented on 17 May with a ceremony at Gotham Hall in Manhattan.
At WantedDesign Manhattan – founded by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat – among the interactive and immersive installations created by Turf Design, Mohawk Group, Visual Magnetics, Ressource + Rezina, 3M, Precious Woods, the protagonists of Wanted Interiors (sponsor: Ultrafabrics), one outstanding presence is that of the multidisciplinary project ECO Solidarity. With the collaboration of the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and Studio Rygalik, with WantedDesign, the project focuses on urgent issues, and the real contemporary challenge: ecology, sustainability, climate change and the circular economy are explored through the works of 9 design studios from various European countries.
American creativity is investigated in the Look Book with a careful selection of studios, including Anony, Brave Matter, Ian Love Design, Mary Ratcliffe Studio, Simon Johns and Sten Studio, while the visions of 46 emerging voices from 13 countries around the world are narrated in Launch Pad, sponsored by American Standard, with the media partner Design Milk. On view: prototypes and experiments selected by an exceptional jury (including Giulio Cappellini). The rising stars? Carlos Barba, AR+TE, ARTL, Muar Diseno, Ian C. Adler, Only One Yes, Particle, Super Vision Studio, TaskShade, Studio Yellow Dot.