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ICFF, WantedDesign Announce Seminar Lineup

ICFF and WantedDesign will take place at the Javits Center in NY November 14-15, 2021.

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ICFF, Wanted Design Education Lineup
ICFF and WantedDesign have announced its November seminar lineup

The International Contemporary Furnishings Fair (ICFF) and WantedDesign Manhattan, a trade event for high-end North American studios and international emerging designers, have announced the latest topics and speakers for the new co-branded, ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks stage.

This edition is the first in-person and co-located show that ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan has produced since the partnership was announced in 2019. As one of the main destinations during NYCxDESIGN’s Annual Design Festival (November 11-18), ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan welcome iconic names in the industry to the Talks stage to provide fresh perspectives through panel sessions, keynote presentations and intimate conversations.

The Talks Main Stage (Space 3059) is the location for eight of the 12 sessions and was designed in collaboration with Turf Design and with the support of Procédés Chenel, and Be Original Americas and its members Herman Miller, Knoll, Blu Dot, Bend Goods and Ethnicraft.

Four sessions will take place in the Oasis, by Float Studio (Space 3035), designed exclusively for ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan. This is a place where visitors can recharge and catch their breath in the middle of the high-energy atmosphere of the fairs. With a simple design, a heavy emphasis on greenery and a topography that mimics natural landscapes, it’s an environment that feels separate but welcoming with plenty of seating and curtained pods that allow visitors to recharge both their phones with accessible ports and their minds via guided-meditation headphones. Sponsors include: Gabriel North America; Gestalt New York with Friends & Founders, Ornäs, and Mazō; Lambert & Fils; Surfacing Solution; Talk Carpet/Ege; Tune Studio; and WildLeafDesign.

Talks Schedule

Sunday, November 14, 2021

10:30am: Global Forecast: Pushing the Boundaries of Creativity
Location: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks Stage | Space 3059

Peclers Paris shares its 2023 outlook with inspiration on environments, design, and home— based on Peclers’ research and insight across design, fashion, beauty, sociology, and trend forecasting. Peclers deciphers the major societal and cultural changes transforming consumer shifts, preferences, and lifestyles. A group of design innovators weighs in on the forecast.
Forecast and Moderator | Nicole Lannan,
Business Development Manager, East Coast, Peclers Paris 
Cheryl Durst, Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA
Nanette Milner, Senior Associate | Director, Rockwell Group
Carolyn Ames Noble, Founder, Ames Design Collective, and Collaborator, TURF

11:30am: ICFF Talks Podcast | Friends & Founders with Meghan Dwyer
Location: Oasis, by Float Studio | Space 3035

ICFF associate content editor Meghan Dwyer sits down with Ida and Rasmus Hildebrand to discuss their passion for architecture and great design, and how it drives the creativity and ethos of their Copenhagen studio Friends & Founders.
Ida Linea Hildebrand, Creative Director and Co-founder, Friends & Founders
Rasmus Hildebrand, CEO and Co-founder, Friends & Founders
ICFF Podcast Host | Meghan Dwyer, Associate Content Editor, ICFF

12:00pm: WantedDesign Emerging Designers Showcase
Location: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks Stage | Space 3059

Discover the next generation of designers as they pitch their ideas to design experts. WantedDesign Manhattan hosts a live Emerging Designer Showcase to spotlight selected outstanding emerging designers, part of the Launch Pad 2021. Supported by American Standard, the Showcase is led by Clever host Amy Devers with design industry pros onstage — an opportunity for the top young designers to present their projects and themselves to the industry.
Rodolfo Agrella, Designer and Creative Director, Rodolfo Agrella Design Studio
Anishka Clarke, Interior Design Director, Ishka Designs Inc.
Jean-Jacques l'Henaff, Leader, LIXIL Global Design Americas
Moderator | Amy Devers, Host | Producer, Clever

1:30pm: The Hospitality Reach
Location: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks Stage | Space 3059

The incredibly broad influence of hospitality design extends across typologies—blurring boundaries in commercial, residential, wellness, and more. Discuss what’s trending and what’s timeless with adept design and community changemakers.
Eran Chen, Founding Principal and Executive Director, ODA
Michi Jigarjian, Partner and Chief Social Impact Officer, 7G Group
Lauren Rottet, Founding Principal and President, Rottet Studio
Moderator | Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design
magazine, and SVP Design Group, Emerald

2:30pm: Wellness + Healthy Materials
Location: Oasis, by Float Studio | Space 3035

Sustainability is at the forefront of the design and furnishings industry, but it's not only about making environmentally responsible choices. As much as the Earth's health is dependent on humanity's health, humanity's health is dependent on the Earth; we must do all we can to protect both. From research to implementation, design experts explore design innovation and next-gen materials that can impact human and environmental health.
Claire McGovern, Founder, Rhyme Studio
Robin Wilson, Founder, Robin Wilson Home
Jonsara Ruth, Design Director, Healthy Materials Lab | Associate Professor, Interior Design, Parsons School of Design | The New School
Moderator | Laurence Carr, Founder and CEO, Laurence Carr Inc.

3:00pm: Form, Function, Disruption
Location: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks Stage | Space 3059

As a catalyst that improves lives, examine disruptive design—starting with the real-life story of Local Motors and the University of Tennessee. As astute universities establish multi-disciplinary teams to act on global problems, it means thinking big to solve for clean air and water, health and wellness, social justice, and decarbonization. Explore the powerful, visionary partnerships design needs now.
Rana Abudayyeh, Assistant Professor, Robin Klehr Avia Professor of Interior Architecture, College of Architecture + Design, University of Tennessee of Tennessee
Jordan Goldstein, Principal and Global Director of Design, Gensler
Scott Poole, FAIA, Dean Emeritus and Professor, College of Architecture + Design, University
James Richard Rose, Distinguished Lecturer, College of Architecture + Design, University of Tennessee
Johnny Scotello, Director Technical Product, Local Motors
Moderator | Phil Robinson, Show Director, ICFF

4:00pm: Be Original Americas Mentor Program
Location: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks | Space 3059


Monday, November 15, 2021

10:30am: A Visionary Future at Any Scale
Location: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks Stage | Space 3059

Explore the interconnected future of people and planet where holistic ideas are a vehicle for change. Designer Dror Benshetrit shares his vision of Dror’s Supernature Labs–focused on experimentation, research, development, and invention of new ways to build better with nature and like nature. Dror and Axel Clissen then dive deeply into comprehensive design innovation and systems at every scale.
Dror Benshetrit, Founder, Designer, Futurist, Studio Dror
Moderator | Axel Clissen, Founder and CEO, Socle

11:30am: Designing Oasis, by Float Studio
Location: Oasis, by Float Studio | Space 3035

Hear from the exceptional creative team at Float Studio about their ICFF space Oasis, by Float Studio. They share the inspiration and intent behind this setting of simplicity, where visitors can connect to nature and recharge—a quiet place to take a breather or have an intimate conversation.
Brad Sherman, Founder, Float Studio
Nina Etnier, Founder, Float Studio
Sophia Chen, Designer, Float Studio
Moderator | Phil Robinson, Show Director, ICFF

12:00pm: Luxury + Design
Location: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks Stage | Space 3059

With their proprietary, in-depth research on luxury kitchens, NKBA shares current market shifts, trends and inspiration driving residential design. In an interactive session, learn the latest data on design direction and consumer preferences—from technology to aesthetics—with trends commentary by leading-edge architects and designers.
Brendan Flanigan, Brendan Flanigan Interiors
David Friedman, Co-founder of WealthQuotient
Moderator | Pamela McNally, VP of Marketplace, NKBA
Presented in partnership with NKBA

1:30pm: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks | Ini Archibong
Location: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks Stage | Space 3059

At the forefront of a generation, Ini Archibong applies his creative vision across art, design, sports, technology, music, hospitality, and luxury for global clients and brands including Hermès, Knoll, de Sede, Bernhardt Design, Sé, Vacheron Constantin, and Logitech. His Pavilion of the African Diaspora at the London Design Biennale sets him on a course for further dialogue on and understanding of diasporic influences previously unexplored.
Ini Archibong in conversation with Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design magazine and SVP Design Group, Emerald

2:30pm: #INSPO – Is Social Media creating a Sameness in Design?
Location: Oasis, by Float Studio | Space 3035

The rise of social media has fundamentally changed the way designers work. From how design concepts are generated (Pinterest look and feel), to where designers pay the most attention (the Instagrammable moments), the pervasiveness of curated and beguiling images are leading to a whole different endgame for designers. The question is thus posed: what is our responsibility as designers and does social media lead to a “sameness” in design? How does and should social
media affect the design process, and what’s the way forward from our current state?
Diana Budds, Senior Story Producer, Curbed.com
Todd Capron, Consultant, West Elm
Alexandria Davis, Associate, IA Interior Architects
Moderator | John Capobianco, Principal and Design Director, New York, IA Interior Architects

3:00pm: Food + Design
Location: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks Stage | Space 3059

With the goal of memorable, impactful food and design, Pinch Food Design reinvents experiences through boundlessly creative “food furniture” and cuisine with an unwavering commitment to challenge, innovate, and inspire.
Bob Spiegel, Co-owner and Chef, Pinch Food Design
TJ Girard, Co-owner and Creative Director, Pinch Food Design
Moderator | Phil Robinson, Show Director, ICFF

4:00pm: Be Original Americas Mentor Program
Location: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks | Space 3059

Additional details about the ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks can be found on icff.com

Sunday, November 14 & Monday, November 15, 10am-5pm
Registration is open to trade professionals. The badge will allow you access to additional hospitality design resources at Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Detailed program schedule to follow. For additional information or to register, visit
Please note the Javits Center requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission to the convention center in accordance with New York State and City guidelines. Full health and safety requirements for ICFF can be found here.
ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan will return to the Javits Center May 14-16, 2022.

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