Furniture, lighting, kitchen, bathroom, textiles, seats, wall and floor coverings, rugs, accessories, materials… WantedDesign Manhattan and the ICFF, the most important design fairs in North America, are back from 15 to May 17 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. On the program: talks, award ceremonies, nearly 300 brands expected and more than twenty countries represented.
After two years disrupted by the health crisis, WantedDesign Manhattan and ICFF return in person to New York, on their usual spring dates. “It’s a good thing that the show can be held on the traditional spring dates. For many international brands, this will be their first show in North America since 2019,” said ICFF direct Phil Robinson.
Considered a major international meeting place for design, this new edition of WantedDesign Manhattan and ICFF will be an opportunity to present the 2022 novelties. For the scenography of key spaces such as Wanted Interiors and the Talks stage, the organization can count on the expertise of designer Rodolfo Agrella. “WantedDesign Manhattan is the meeting place for anyone wishing to discover new talents, new ideas and solutions in terms of design”, declare the co-founders of WantedDesign, Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat.
ICFF+WantedDesign Manhattan 2022, the program
ICFF Studio: this space will allow present the new generation of talent in the design world with, in particular, the ICFF Studio competition, organized in partnership with Bernhardt Design. Among the exhibitors: nine winners selected in 2020 plus six 2022 winners.
ICFF Editors Awards : a prize that will be awarded in 12 categories: Trades, New Designer, Furniture, Seating, Carpets and Flooring, Lighting, Outdoor Furniture, Materials, Wallcovering, Accessories, Kitchen and Bathroom as well as the best stand . The competition is open to all show participants. The award ceremony will take place on May 16 on the stage reserved for talks.
Oasis, by Float Studio : a place between calm and serenity in which visitors will have the opportunity to attend discussions focused on sustainable design, well-being and on projects with a significant social impact. This space is sponsored by Gabriel North America, Mohawk Group and Normann COPENHAGEN.
ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks : sponsored by Mercato Place and American Standard, with a scenography imagined by Rodolfo Agrella with the support of Turf Design Midgard Licht and Be Orginal Americas, these talks will take place according to a program fueled by round tables, presentations and conversations. The idea being to help develop a critical context concerning the evolution of residential and commercial design. Among the participants in these conversations are: Paola Antonelli, Yabu Pushelberg, the duo Höweler + Yoon, the studio Friends & Founders as well as a panel of emerging designers from WantedDesign Manhattan.
Launch Pad : In partnership with America Standard and the media Design Milk, the Launch Pad is a platform set up for emerging designers wishing to present new concepts and prototypes of furniture, decorative accessories and lighting. A jury of designers and manufacturers will also be mobilized to select the best of them among 46 participants.
Look Book : a program specifically dedicated to promoting North American design. Over 30 designers are expected, including Mary Ratcliffe, Brave Matter, Ian Love Design, Sten Studio and Anony, as well as new exhibitors like Malcolm Majer, Vulpe Works, Studio Ocho Cuartos, Cofield and Hamilton Holmes Woodworking and Design.
Wanted Interiors : within this space, sponsored by Ultrafabrics, brands such as Turf, Mohawk Group, 3M, Ressource + Rezina, Precious Woods and Visual Magnetics will be invited to present their materials through immersive and interactive presentations in order to demonstrate the importance of innovations in the development of spaces. At the same time, the multidisciplinary movement ECO Solidarity, strongly focused on ecology, climate change, fair and sustainable design, will take the opportunity to present nine European studios. The Lounge will also return with a unique indoor-outdoor concept. Partners include Ligne Roset, Bend Goods, Havwood, 3M and wakaNINE.
New for 2022: schools are exposed!
In order to best support the new generation of designers, WantedDesign Manhattan will open this year a new space specifically dedicated to the presentation of student projects from design schools around the world. An opportunity that will allow the emergence of discussions, proposals for possible partnerships and critical feedback from design professionals. Design Milk and Alessi, sponsors of the event, will be in charge of selecting the students they consider to be the most promising.
Information to remember
Dates: May 15 to 17, 2022
Opening hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May 15-16) and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (May 17)
Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York (USA)
Note that the show will open its doors to the general public on Tuesday, May 17.
More information on: https://icff.com