I’ve attended design events in Ontario for a number of years now. As much as the organizers try to change things, they are mostly the same events year after year with new offerings to entice those in the industry to attend. This year, I had the unique opportunity to fly to New York City to attend a design event that I’ve always wanted to go to. It’s the International Contempoary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Javits Centre.
To sum this event into one word is virtually impossible but if I had to, the only word that comes to mind is … AMAZING! I was literally a kid in a candy store! Was that even possible? I found myself getting even more and more excited at the thought of seeing and experiencing something new. And I did! The event truly did not disappoint.
I have to admit, there was a different almost worldly vibe as I overheard several people talking in Italian then switching briefly to English about how they flew in from Milan just for the event. It was exciting to be rubbing company with international interior designers at the same event.
The event showcased talented designers, local vendors and all were only too happy to talk to me about their products. I wanted to get as many samples and brochures as I could but I was limited in the amount of available space I had in my luggage. I only managed to bring back with me only a few high end wallpaper samples, some brouchures and catelogues. As for the rest of the product offerings, the only way to remember what I had experienced was to have a visual record.
Here are the moments that defined my ICFF experience: