ICFF + Wanted Design, meeting of design and emerging creation, across the Atlantic, ended on May 17th. After two years disrupted by the health crisis, the return to a more “classic” edition was expected. Between inaugurations of new spaces, award ceremonies and design innovations focused on the environment, it’s time to take stock.
For this post-health-crisis 2022 edition, the ICFF + WantedDesign thought big, and in synergy, in a sharing of spaces. In fact, 378 exhibitors – including 107 new participants -, from 23 countries, were present at the two shows to present the latest design innovations. Furniture, materials, lighting, floor coverings and carpets, kitchen and bathroom, wall coverings, emerging talents, award ceremonies, talks… all the elements of a “return to normal” at an event were therefore present.
A 2022 edition focused on the environment
If the presentation of novelties was obviously required at both events, the management of Wanted Design wanted to register the event in an environmental and sustainable dynamic. Indeed, this edition was an opportunity to address issues such as sustainability, climate change or even political unrest and urban planning, particularly through the ECO Solidarition exhibition. This one, which presented the work of nine European design studios, notably won the prize for the best stand.
Many talks and award ceremonies
The event was also punctuated by numerous debates on the future of design, led by speakers such as Paola Antonelli, YabuPushelberg, Höweler+Yoon, Inside Norway: Meet the Makers as well as many emerging designers.
More broadly, the ICFF + WantedDesign was the occasion for the awarding of numerous prizes, namely:
42nd Annual Interiors Awards Designer of the Year Award goes to Kia Weatherspoon
The Launch Pad awarded Erika Cross in the field of furniture and Tianning Zhao in the field of lighting.
The new space dedicated to the exhibition of students from design schools around the world has made it possible to reward the Dust Chair of Bill Caroll from the RISD school (USA) as best student, while the BFA Design school – SVA Products of Design (United States) and their Re-Actors stand was awarded as the best school.
This edition was thus an opportunity to bring out young design talents, graduates or not, to animate broad debates on design, with an emphasis on environmental issues, now understood as intrinsic to the creative process.
See you next year, from May 21 to 23, 2023, for the next edition.