ICFF + WANTEDDESIGN Manhattan Announce New Features, Experiences, & Programming For May 2023

Daniel Quintanilla

New York, NY (May 18, 2023)

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and WantedDesign Manhattan announce programming, events, new spaces, and experiences taking place at New York’s Javits Center on May 21-23. With its emphasis on original and sustainable design, ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan bring together over 400 established and emerging design brands from more than 30 countries. Complementing the exhibitors are new show floor features and special exhibits to enrich the visitor experience.

“In our first year as Brand Directors of both ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan, we are thrilled to build on the excitement and robust attendance from last year’s show to bring fresh and inspiring programming and new design spaces to the Javits Center,” said Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, co-founders of WantedDesign and Brand Directors for ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan. “Having this new role allows us to create a more cohesive floorplan to enhance the visitor experience. We are bringing design from both established and emerging brands from around the world, including new country pavilions and a special American Design exhibit called The Crossroads, to continue to position ICFF as the premier contemporary design fair in North America.”

For the three days of the fair, nearly 100 design stars, changemakers, and emerging talent will take center stage as they participate in the ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks on the mainstage, as well as in The Oasis x Material Bank space, with a lineup of panel sessions, keynote presentations, and intimate talks that examine the future of residential and commercial design. 

The highlights of the Talks include design leaders and innovators such as Snøhetta, Patricia Urquiola, DavidRockwell, Young Huh, Sasha Bikoff, Giulio Cappellini, John Edelman, Simone Vingerhoets, and 2022 Designer of the Year Kia Weatherspoon, among many others who will be the ones to watch this year.

Key topics include a trend presentation from WGSN on the shifts that will shape our industry in 2024, take a peek at the out-of-the-box thinking that drives the work of Snøhetta, a diversity in design panel hosted by Paul Clemence, Be Original Americas brings top-notch speakers to discuss innovation and original design, a talk on the metaverse and interior design with Surface magazine, the ever-popular and inspiring Emerging Designer Showcase presented with Clevergives young designers a chance to pitch the experts, Look Book Live presented with Dezeen, Cindy Allen of Interior Design magazine moderates a discussion on designing with the next generation presented with Haworth, a conversation and book signing with designer Vicente Wolf, ECO Solidarity is back for its second year, and lastly David Rockwell speaks, with co-curator of The Crossroads Pei-Ru Keh of Wallpaper*, about the spirit of American Design.

SPECIAL FEATURE: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2023

“One of the first decisions we took as brand directors of both fairs was to put a spotlight on American Design and to provide a point of view and a panorama on the more established and emerging design scene. We have been thinking of new ways to plan the show floor and create a different format to showcase products. For The Crossroads, we had a chance to partner with Rockwell Group, knowing how much David Rockwell and his team share our passion for supporting and collaborating with American studios. This space will translate how much the collaborative approach means to us and to everyone involved in the making of it. We are very happy to share this new feature which we think will be a wonderful surprise for visitors and we hope to develop this further in the upcoming years,” said Hainaut and Pijoulat.

“The Crossroads celebrates the union of two great American design shows: ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan. For the installation, we wanted to explore the notion of duality and contradiction in American design—the strengths that are inherent in the established and the emerging; the merging of technology with hand-craftsmanship; the need for practicality to go hand-in-hand with fantasy. I think American designers are constantly trying to meld those worlds,” stated David Rockwell, Founder and President, Rockwell Group.

[NEW] At the Crossroads of American Design: Celebrating the Established and the Emerging

Like the inherent duality within the United States itself, the American design landscape has evolved from providing practical, industrial design-led solutions to creating more artistic, fantasy-driven pieces that are rich in narrative. In the last two decades, American designers have increasingly incorporated provenance, materiality, texture, and color in their work, embracing diversity and disruption in both methodology and aesthetics to respond to the social issues facing the world today. From the established to the emerging, The Crossroads offers a snapshot of American design in its many shapes and forms. United by entrepreneurship, individuality, and a love of making, this showcase of designers and studios from across the country kick-starts a conversation about what American design can mean, at the junction of the city’s two major design fairs – ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan – newly under the same leadership for the first time.

Located at the nexus of ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan, The Crossroads is the new heart and showpiece of both fairs this year. Creative Director David Rockwell and his firm Rockwell Group, and Editor/Co-Curator Pei-Ru Keh have created a playful and immersive environment in ode to two pillars of Americana – the great outdoors and the American home, which simultaneously nods to the interplay of contrasts amongst the works and objects on display. Divided into several spaces, which include a communal area anchored by Fort Standard’s oversized striped dining table, a gallery of objects highlighting the diversity in practice, origin and method of practitioners that straddle both form and function, and a casual configuration of stools made by the members of Lumber Club Marfa, a woodworking club of girls aged 7-14, the installation serves as a space for visitors to both discover and reflect on the breadth of American design. More information can be found here.

Creative Direction: David Rockwell and Rockwell Group

Editor/Co-Curator: Pei-Ru Keh

Partners: Bower, BZIPPY, Coil+Drift, Drop It Modern, Fort Standard, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Superflower

Contributors: Alexis Tingey, Bradley L. Bowers, David Weeks Studio, Grain, Liam Lee, Lumber Club Marfa, Nifemi Ogunro, Norman Teague Design Studio, Sophie Lou Jacobsen, and Sunshine Thacker/Love House


One of the bigger changes to the fair this year includes enhancing the event experience by creating new spaces for attendees to meet, lounge, and eat, on both the ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan show floors.

[NEW] Welcome x Moooi: Designed by Moooi, this new space will be a warm and welcoming area for all attendees of the fair. It features Nika Zupanc, the latest collection from Moooi, which will be placed front and center.

[NEW] Restaurant: Visitors and exhibitors will be able to purchase food from New York-inspired food stands, highlighting the diversity of the city. Designed by Rodolfo Agrella, the restaurant area is furnished in partnership with Be Original Americas and its members Chilewich, Anglepoise, Heller, Kartell, MillerKnoll, and Oasiq.

The Oasis x Material Bank: Returning this year, the Oasis space, sponsored by Material Bank, is where visitors can relax, meet, and listen to intimate panel discussions in a space furnished by Normann Copenhagen, FilzFelt, Ressource, and Kasthall. 

[NEW] WDM Café x Caesarstone: A place for attendees to meet and network, with the support of Heller, Fyrn, Tala, Turf,Ressource, and Mohawk. Designed by Rodolfo Agrella.

Wanted Interiors: This area invites visitors to discover products in a more immersive way with the Lounge, multi-brand presentations and storytelling installations. Participants include Turf, Heller, Ligne Roset, Hatsu, Ressource, David Weeks Studio, and a selection of international studios in interactive and immersive spaces. 

The WantedDesign Manhattan Lounge, designed by Rodolfo Agrella, is sponsored by David Weeks Studio, Kasthall, USM, Ressource, and Ligne Roset, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Togo, designed by Michel Ducaroy.

For the third consecutive year, the fair is collaborating with Rodolfo Agrella, from Rodolfo Agrella Design Studio (RADS) to bring the design vision to life. In addition to the overall look and feel for WantedDesign Manhattan, the WantedDesign Manhattan lounge and WDM Café x Caesarstone, and the ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks stage, Agrella is expanding his work to include Art Direction for The Oasis x Material Bank space and the Restaurant area. 

“Rodolfo Agrella translated the design of the different areas of ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan using the notion of conviviality, wellbeing, and optimism that are so important to us,” commented Hainaut and Pijoulat. “Thanks to excellent collaborative work between Rodolfo and our different partners, those spaces will not only provide an inspiring and unique experience to the visitors but also give the manufacturers an opportunity to showcase their products in the most beautiful way. Embracing and celebrating the uniqueness of our community with the creation of a bold and clean platform to foster friendship, connections, joy, and creativity through design nourished this collaboration with Rodolfo Agrella and is implemented across the show floor.”


The ICFF Editors Awards is open to all exhibitors and recognizes the top designs across 12 product categories plus the Best in Show award. Winners will be announced on May 22 at 5:00 p.m. on the ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks mainstage.

DIFFA by Design, a celebration of inspired design, cocktails, and community, will be co-located with ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan at the Javits Center this year. For four decades, DIFFA has harnessed the design industry’s resources and talent to create legendary programs and events like DIFFA by Design.


The Talks are open to everyone who registers and attends the fair and are located on both the Talks mainstage and The Oasis x Material Bank space. Full schedule here. The ICFF+WDM stage is sponsored by Turf and Natuzzi. The Oasis space is designed with the support of Normann Copenhagen, FilzFelt,Ressource, and Kasthall. Supporting brands include Alessi, American Standard, Haworth, Lutron, Mecho, and Pella.


11:00 a.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage

WGSN Global Trend Forecast

WGSN, the global authority on change, shares forecasts and analyses from one of its most important interiors reports: WGSN’s Big Ideas for 2024. This presentation covers the six major industry trends set to shape what consumers and businesses will need in 2024.
Angela Ringo, Senior Trend Forecaster & Editor, WGSN
Moderator: Laura Joralemon, Content Editor, ICFF

11:00 a.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank
ECO Solidarity, Part I
Since its foundation in 2020, the ECO Solidarity initiative has encouraged designers to redefine sustainability, focusing on public safety, health, well-being in public spaces, ecology, climate change, and the key objectives of SDG and the Green New Deal. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear the ECO Solidarity European designers share their insights and vision in two informative talks.

Archibald Godts, Studio Plastique

Dorian Cani, Founding Member of CollColl, Architect, City planner, CollColl

Goda Verikaitė, Co-founder / Spatial designer-researcher, Neo-futuristic Walks

Kamila Szatanowska, architect / artist / researcher, FALA

Andrea Nagyova, Representer, Terratico
Moderator: Deborah Wang, Artistic Director and Curator, DesignTO

12:00 p.m. | The Crossroads (Booth 936)

Dialogues at The Crossroads with Tiffany Jow

Place: How locale can help or hurt a designer’s practice

Sophie Lou Jacobsen

Chelsea Minola, Grain

Alexis Tingey

Bari Ziperstein, B ZIPPY

Moderator: Tiffany Jow, Untapped

12:30 p.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage
In Conversation: Snøhetta
From interiors, graphics, and architecture, to landscapes, and products, there isn’t anything Snøhetta doesn’t do. Dive into the firm’s defining projects and innovative approach.
Anne-Rachel Schiffmann, Director, Snøhetta 
Moderator: Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Senior Vice President, Design Group, Emerald

Presented with the support of Mecho

12:30 p.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank
Diversity in Design: A Discussion on Personal Identity, Inclusivity, and Creativity

How do we balance our professional and personal identities when they differ from the established—and widely accepted—social and cultural references of the design industry? What can ‘being different’ add to the creative process? The panelists will address this timely subject with valuable input from their own personal experiences and insights into the topic.

Signed copies of Jeanine and Bryan’s book, AphroChic: Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home, will be available for purchase following the discussion.

Ana Mengote Baluca, Chair, DEI Council, IDSA

Jeanine Hays, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AphroChic

Bryan Mason, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AphroChic

Yadiel Rivera-Díaz, Partner, Marvel
Moderator: Paul Clemence, Design Editor and Writer

Presented in partnership with IDSA.

1:30 p.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank
Design Re-Evolution 
A discussion into how the figure of the designer is evolving, in their relationships with business, to the idea of the design maker, and to the need to interact with new and increasingly high-performance technologies.
Gabriele Chiave, Designer

Karim Rashid, Designer

Moderator: Carlo Biasia, Special Projects Architect, Interni


2:00 p.m. | WantedDesign Manhattan Lounge
Design the Long Life You Love: Book Presentation & Signing with Ayse Birsel
The award-winning product designer, innovator, and life coach presents her latest book, Design the Long Life You Love.

Ayse Birsel, Author, Co-Founder, and Creative Director, Birsel + Seck

2:30 p.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage

Inspiring Innovation: Can Original Design be Taught?

This panel brings together a group of experts to explore this long-debated topic and offer insights and guidance for inspiring innovation and originality in the next generation.

John Edelman, President & CEO, Heller

John McPhee, Chief Executive Officer, Chilewich

Pablo Pardo, Owner, Pablo Design

Simone Vingerhoets, Senior Vice President, Ligne Roset USA

Moderator: Dennis Scully, Podcast Host & Contributor, Business of Home

Presented in partnership with Be Original Americas

2:45 p.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank
The Metaverse and Interior Design

Jaime Derringer, Founder, Design Milk

Colleen Newell, CEO and Creative Director, The INBTWN

John Vieweg, Creative Director, thehighkey

Moderator: Ryan Waddoups, Senior Editor, Surface

Presented in partnership with Surface Magazine

4:00 p.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage
WantedDesign Manhattan Emerging Designers Showcase

Discover the next generation of designers as WantedDesign Manhattan hosts a live Emerging Designers Showcase where rising talent pitches their ideas to design experts.

Giulio Cappellini, Founder, Cappellini

Andrea Cesarman, Co-founder, Design Week Mexico

Jerry Helling, President, Bernhardt Design

Jean-Jacques L’hénaff, Leader, LIXIL Global Design, Americas

Jennifer Olshin, Founding Director & Partner, Friedman Benda

Kia Weatherspoon, President & Founder, Determined by Design

Ming-Li Chang, Founder/Designer, Ming-Li Design

Cassie Nozil Burkhardt

Shaunak Patel, Designer, Studio Waah

Tori Deetz, Founder, Good Growing

Madeline Isakson, Designer / Maker, Madeline Isakson

David Hwang, Designer, DAVID HWANG
Moderator: Amy Devers, Executive Producer & Host, Clever Podcast

Presented with media partners Clever and Design Milk with the support of American Standard


11:00 a.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage
Designer of the Year

A conversation with this year’s winner of the coveted honor, awarded and celebrated at the 2023 ICFF Interiors Awards.
The 2023 Designer of the Year
Moderator: Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Senior Vice President, Design Group, Emerald
Moderator: Jenn Tuetkin, Director of Development and Design, Pella Corporation
Presented with the support of the Luxury Division of Pella 

11:00 a.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank

New Builds: Innovations in Technology and Construction

Martin Voelkle, Partner, BIG

Moderator: Simon Keane-Cowell, Editor-in-Chief, Architonic

Presented in partnership with Architonic

12:00 p.m. | The Crossroads (Booth 936)

Dialogues at The Crossroads with Tiffany Jow

Technology: Reckoning with the tools of tomorrow

Bradley L. Bowers

Gregory Buntain, Fort Standard

John Sorensen-Jolink, Coil + Drift

Andrew Zuckerman, Superflower Studio

Moderator: Tiffany Jow, Untapped

12:30 p.m. | ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks Stage

Capturing the Spirit of American Design

Collaboration and entrepreneurship have long defined the multidisciplinary practice of architect David Rockwell. As a veteran of numerous industries, ranging from hospitality to cultural to residential and workplace to product and theater, David’s experience as a pioneering American designer has given him a unique perspective on how the American design landscape has grown. From forging new paths to continuing to create with passion, David and his 300 strong team at Rockwell Group continue to deliver the unexpected. Join us as he shares how he’s seen American design evolve and where the new guard can take things further.

David Rockwell, Founder & President, Rockwell Group

Pei-Ru Keh, Editor and Co-Curator, The Crossroads

12:30 p.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank

Architecture & Design or Design & Architecture?

As co-founder of both Austrian-based architectural office Innocad and product-design studio 13&9, Martin Lesjak offers his unique insights into working at the intersection of architecture and design. What does transdisciplinarity truly look like?

Martin Lesjak, CEO and Founding Partner, Innocad and 13&9

Moderator: Simon Keane-Cowell, Editor-in-Chief, Architonic

Presented in partnership with Architonic

1:30 p.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank

Design That Makes a Difference

Barry Richards, Principal and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group

Simon Keane-Cowell, Editor-in-Chief, Architonic

Presented in partnership with Architonic

2:30 p.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage

All Together Now: Designing for (and With!) the Next Generation 

A conversation on the power of mentorship and collaboration across generations. Join a world class product designer, an art director, and a star student and their advisor to discuss the dynamic relationship between emerging talent and seasoned professionals as they shape the future of design better together.

Patricia Urquiola, Founder, Studio Urquiola

Giulio Cappellini, Founder, Cappellini

Anais Missakian, Provost, Rhode Island School of Design

Bill Carroll, Graduate Student, Rhode Island School of Design
Moderator: Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design Magazine

Presented with the support of Haworth

2:45 p.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank

Anatomy of a Project

Chad Oppenheim, Founding Principal, Oppenheim Architecture

Simon Keane-Cowell, Editor-in-Chief, Architonic

Presented in partnership with Architonic

4:00 p.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage
Look Book Live

WantedDesign Manhattan launched Look Book in 2017 as a way for sophisticated North American studios, makers, and entrepreneurs to connect with interior designers and architects. Now, the Look Book creators take the stage for a lively exchange with A+D professionals.

Sebastián Ángeles, Director and Owner, Sebastián Ángeles

Caleb Ferris, Designer and Founder, Caleb Ferris

Tom Lerental, Founder and Creative Director, Tomma Bloom

Christian Lo, Founder, Anony

Moderator: Ben Dreith, US Editor, Dezeen

Presented with media partner Dezeen with the support of Turf.

4:00 p.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank

Creative Interior Solutions: A Conversation & Book Signing with Vicente Wolf

Join celebrated designer, Vicente Wolf, in conversation with Julie Lasky to present his fifth design book, Creative Interior Solutions, followed by a book signing with the author.

Vicente Wolf, Owner and Founder, Vicente Wolf Associates
Moderator: Julie Lasky, Design Writer and Editor

4:00 p.m. | The Crossroads (Booth 936)​

Meet the Designers with Pei-Ru Keh

5:00 p.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage
ICFF Editors Awards
Join us for The ICFF Editors Awards, one of the design industry’s premier accolades, to honor this year’s winners.

Odile Hainaut, Co-Brand Director, ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan

Claire Pijoulat, Co-Brand Director, ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan

Kevin McGhee, Sales Manager, ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan


11:00 a.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage

Reshaping Design: Tracking the Trends Influencing Kitchen and Bath

This highly interactive discussion, with insights and analytics from NKBA, will explore the cultural shifts that matter most to design—and how they are shaping kitchens and baths.
Pamela McNally, Senior Vice President, Marketing + Digital, NKBA | National Kitchen & Bath Association
Moderator: Suzie Williford, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Industry Relations, NKBA | National Kitchen & Bath Association
Presented in partnership with NKBA

11:00 a.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank
ECO Solidarity, Part II

In the second part of this series, join the ECO Solidarity European designers as they share their insights on and vision for sustainability, public safety, health, and well-being.

Flip Mirbauer, Balance in Motion

Pepe Peralta Guerrero, Architect-Designer, FOR

Victoria Yakusha, Designer, architect, founder, FAINA design

Angel Mombiedro, Founder / Designer, Armombiedro Studio

Moderator: Cynthia E. Smith, Curator, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

12:00 p.m. | The Crossroads (Booth 936)

Dialogues at The Crossroads with Tiffany Jow

Time: Design that speaks to the now

Dylan Davis, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Liam Lee

Nifemi Ogunro

Bree Scott, Drop It Modern

David Weeks, David Weeks Studio

Moderator: Tiffany Jow, Untapped

12:30 p.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage
Bright Ideas: Tips, Tricks & Trends for Working with Light & Color

Join industry leaders for a discussion on all things color, from current cravings and when and how to embrace “of the moment” hues, to the often-overlooked role that lighting plays in bringing materials and finishes to life within a space.

Sasha Bikoff, Founder and Principal, Sasha Bikoff Interior Design

Kathryn Chiarelli, Sales Leader for Residential Specification, Lutron

Jon Sherman, Founder and Creative Director, Flavor Paper

Young Huh, Owner, Young Huh Interior Design

Moderator: Kathryn Given, Senior Style and Market Editor, Luxe Interiors + Design

Presented with the support of Lutron

12:30 p.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank

From Waste to Wanted

Phillip Raub, CEO of Model No.

Bibi Seck, Co-founder of Birsel+Seck

Jean-François Fillaut, Co-founder of Espere and founder of Waste & Hope

Moderator: Annie Block, Executive Editor, Interior Design Magazine

1:30 p.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank
Ethical Design: Addressing Forced Labor
A conversation about the issues around enslaved workforce in the design industry.
Sharon Prince, Founder and CEO, Design for Freedom
Susie Teal, Partner, COOKFOX Architects
Moderator: Paul Clemence, Design Editor and Writer

2:30 p.m. | ICFF + WDM Talks Stage

Natuzzi Circle of Harmony: Design between Mediterranean Lifestyle and Comfortness

Jakob Lange, Architect and Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group

Nika Zupanc, CEO / designer, Nika Zupanc d.o.o.

Moderator: Pasquale Junior Natuzzi, Chief Brand Officer, Natuzzi Italia

Presented with the support of Natuzzi

3:30 p.m. | The Oasis x Material Bank

Material Bank Happy Hour

To support the idea of a cohesive Design Week, theNYCxDESIGN Festival returns to coincide with ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan from May 18-25, 2023.


Sunday, May 21: 10AM-6PM

Monday, May 22: 10AM-6PM 

Tuesday, May 23: 10AM-5PM 

Registration is open to trade professionals all three days and to the public on Tuesday, May 23. The badge will allow you access to both ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan. Qualified attendees receive free access to the co-located LightFair show floor on May 23rd. 

Press registration can be found here.

For more information about ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan and to register, please visit icff.com.

Daniel Quintanilla

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