Jennifer’s ICFF New York Snapshot

Few design conventions get my creative juices flowing as much as the annual New York International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). I attended the show May 20–23 with my design associate, Rula Al-Obaidi, to get a first-hand glimpse of the newest furniture lines and meet some up-and-coming vendors. For four days we wandered the massive Jacob K. Javits Convention Center — along with 36,000+ industry trade professionals — and soaked in “what’s best and what’s next” in furniture design.


The 2018 ICFF featured some exciting exhibits, including French design showcase “No Taste for Bad Taste;” the Handmade in Germany tour, featuring 180 small German galleries; Brazilian furniture design collection “Raiz Project;” and the Ceramics of Italy pavilion, an exhibit of advanced digital printing techniques that give porcelains the look and feel of marble, wood, concrete, or metal.


After an exhausting but creatively stimulating experience, I’m happy to report that brass finishes aren’t going anywhere, and you’ll likely be seeing globe lighting take over furniture stores across the U.S. I’m also loving my latest lighting discovery: unique and innovative rope lights from Luke Lamp Co.

Image Courtesy of Luke Lamp Co.

Because detailing every moment of my ICFF New York experience just might break my blog, I’ve complied a selection of images that I hope will inspire you to make some stylish interior design updates to your home.

We’ve Arrived


ICFF 2018 took place at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. ICFF is the flagship event of NYCxDesign, New York City’s annual celebration of design.

Happy to Be Here


I’m all smiles on the first day of our trip. I was feeling invigorated by the city’s energy and diverse neighborhoods. NYC has something interesting to look at and experience at every turn. I love the food (especially the large variety of vegan options). I’m also a history buff, and this city has a colorful past. From stories about the mob to the birth of hip-hop, NYC really has everything anyone could want, except silence.

Not So Fishy


I snapped this fish eye photo of me and Rula at the Ralph Pucci opening reception for ICFF.

Geometry At Its Best


This light exhibit at the Ralph Pucci opening reception caught my eye. The geometric shadows created by this installation are mesmerizing.

Sass Side Table


My favorite furniture piece of ICFF is this Sass side table by Souda. This bold statement piece features stacked wooden discs finished in black, white, or clear and is topped with honed Carrara marble.

But Really Though


I love these stickers from the Design Milk pop-up shop inside ICFF. I didn’t buy any, but they tell the shortened story of my life.

“Through the Looking Glass”


I spied this black wrought iron chair with luscious orange upholstery by French designer Elizabeth Garouste at Ralph Pucci. This chair is one of 48. I’m obsessed with chairs, and the lines of this one are fun and whimsical. It reminds me of something out of ”Alice in Wonderland.”

Stuck on You


This magnet light at the AD Waters booth was one of the many unique light fixtures I discovered during ICFF. Because the light is made of magnets, you can move it around on your furniture. You can put one side on the back part of a mirror and the other side on the front and adjust the light’s placement whenever you want.

Heavenly Bodies


We happened to be in New York right after the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala and had the good fortune to check out the “Heavenly Bodies” exhibit, which featured the work of designers who were raised Roman Catholic. This was my first time at the museum. I love fashion, and I wanted to see how the designers melded their designs with their religious influence.

Frida Your Mind


This dress from the “Heavenly Bodies” exhibit at The Met reminded me of Frida Kahlo, an artist I admire. The embroidery detail was outstanding, and I enjoyed the use of fresh flowers in the design of the garment.

Let Them Have Desks


I was obsessed with this mechanical desk by 17th century French designer Jean-Gotfritt Mercklein. No one makes furniture like this anymore, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I saw it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and learned that it was one of the first pieces ordered by Marie-Antoinette from her favorite cabinetmaker, Mercklein.

Super Surreal


This painting at The Met by Jean-Léon Gérôme of an African model dressed in an exquisite silk tunic has mind-blowing detail. It looks like a photograph.

Letterboard Love


This “quote me if I’m wrong sign” at the Kips Bay Decorator Design Show House got my attention right away. I had to take a photo of it because I used to say this all the time — back when I used to think I was never wrong.

Sexy Sitting Room


While at Kips Bay, Rula and I marveled at this sitting room decorated by contemporary American interior designer B. Andrew Torrey. It was our favorite room in the house. The aesthetic had a sexy quality to it, and we could see ourselves just hanging out there.

I Spy


Grand Central Station (pictured in the foreground) was about a 20-minute walk from our hotel. You can see the Chrysler building in the background.

Quite the Legacy


I find the interior of Legacy Records, designed by the incredibly talented Ken Fulk, inspirational. There is something beautiful and interesting to see from every single angle.

Winding Down


Rula and I paused at the end of a long day to enjoy a drink at the Public Hotel by hotelier Ian Schrager. We loved the rooftop bar and amazing sunset views of the city.

Rudy’s Bar & Grill


I couldn’t go to NYC and not snap a shot of Rudy’s Bar & Grill, a popular dive bar in the Midtown West neighborhood. I don’t eat there because the only item on the menu is hotdogs (free with drink purchase). I thought it was fun and super-random.

Time’s Square


I wanted to capture the buzz of Times Square at night. This shot was taken near our hotel and the Javits Convention Center.


We hope our trip was as inspiring to you as it was to us. With our creative juices flowing, we can’t wait to take on our next design project. If you’re looking for help, we’re here and ready to get started!


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