Each year, ICFF brings together innovators and top designers from around the world to participate in ICFF Talks. This year’s line-up, held May 16-19, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, includes topics on innovation in materials, the rise of connectivity in design, new design approaches in color and style for residential, hospitality, contract and luxury retail environments. This article depicts the best design projects of the ICFF’s speakers of the 2015 edition.
“ICFF Talks were designed to stimulate the creative conversation between designers, brands and industry leaders,” says Kevin O’Keefe, ICFF Event Director. “Always varied and timely, this year’s talks touch on what inspires, how inspiration is applied in materials and how both combine with color, texture, and style to achieve stunning results across the design channels and in a fast developing new market.”
1. A decade of launching design careers: A Reflection with Bernhardt Design
The first day of ICFF will have the speech of the Bernhardt Design.
Bernhardt Furniture Company is a family-owned American manufacturer and has recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. To mark this occasion, Bernhardt Design wanted to honor the company’s heritage of fine wood-working and upholstery craftsmanship with a new collection of products that underscore this artistry. Designers Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Ross Lovegrove and Jephson Robb draw inspiration from three different traditional furniture archetypes and recreate them for today’s world. New York artist Frederick McSwain completed the celebration by paying tribute to generations of craftsmen and artisans with a series of original artwork.
2. Fine Art- Decorative Art: A Cross Pollination with Studio Printworks and Kiki Smith
For seven years the New York based wallpaper firm Studio Printworks has collaborated with some of the world’s great contemporary artists to create fine art wallpaper. These artists include Kiki Smith, Rob Wynne, Michele Oka Doner, Mark Fox, Shahzia Sikander, assume vivid astro focus, Christopher Makos, Paul Solberg and others.
This private residence has a wallpaper designed by the creative Studio Printworks.
3. Design Intelligence presented by Laufen
To understand the process of bathroom design involves not only the properties of the materials used, but also the production processes and know-how of the manufacturer. Join Marc Viardot, Director of Marketing and Products for Laufen, and internationally acclaimed architect and designer, Roberto Palomba will discuss this topic as they explore the intelligent integration of people, materials and production processes so that high-quality, emotional and functional bathroom spaces arise.
Recently, the brand oppened its first flagship store in partnership with Kartell.
Kartell by Laufen is the name and the store is located in the heart of Milan’s Brera district, at Via Pontaccio 10.
A signal to the international market that it is here to stay, the Kartell by Laufen catalogue comprises a full range of furnishings, accessories, sanitary ware and other bathroom fittings designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba.
4. Evolution; Designing tables by CKR with Cleasson Koivisto Rune
The office’s design work spans from jewelry to large buildings – and over 30 unique tables. Represented in Sweden, Japan, France, Germany, USA and Uruguay, their architectural language has been called ‘the epitome of the aesthetics of the new millennium’ (Paola Antonelli, Design Curator at MoMA). Their furniture and product designs have been produced in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, England, Italy, USA and Japan. Claesson Koivisto Rune are the subject of five biographical publications, and their works appear in some 130 design/architecture books. Balanced, surprising, robust, light, iconic, architectural, extruded, striped and fundraising, the table is a non-static static. Join CKR in this lively discussion on table design.
The new gallery building creates a ‘hamlet’ with the adjacent old farmhouses and the owners’ house, together representing three centuries of building tradition. Positioned on top of an artificial hill, as a buffer to the site’s moist soil, the base of the building follows the hill’s topology. The resulting series of curves at the building’s base, combined with mirroring curves in the rooflines, makes the planar facades seem curved – a bit like ‘cinemascope’ screens.
5. Brazil: A Fresh Perspective
Join Lauro Andrade, founder of DW – São Paulo Design Weekend, and three of Brazil’s leading designers, brothers Sergio and Jack Fahrer of São Paulo, and Costa of Rio de Janeiro, and Carlos Junqueira, founder of ESPASSO, the NYC showroom specializing in modern and contemporary Brazilian furniture, as they discuss the latest Brazilian design trends, the international design market, and how culture and sustainability are influencing design.
The duo, Sergio and Jack Fahrer, are responsible for the furnishing of the Comedorias Sesc, a famous food restaurant, in Brazil.
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