The whole Sprout team headed down to NYC for a design offsite to check out the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and WantedDesign 2016 to do some trend spotting, CMF research and see what the best furniture designers in the world are making. Running from May 14th to the 17th, the ICFF is the cornerstone of NYCxDESIGN and had more than 32,000 attendees this year.
With over 165,000 net square feet of exhibit space, the ICFF at the Javits Center has a little bit of everything. We saw 3D printed chairs and faucets, laser cut patterns and wallpapers, luxurious furniture and lighting. The major theme for many of the exhibitors seemed to be the idea of mixing materials and finishes to create objects that combine art with technology.
We’ve narrowed down a few of our favorite trends, artifacts, and photos, and sorted them for your viewing pleasure:
- Furniture – This is a furniture fair after all.
- Lighting – From large scale installations to portable lanterns, the ICFF has your luxury lighting needs covered.
- Texture and Pattern – As designers, getting to scope out cool patterns, fresh color palettes and creative uses of material is what it’s all about.
- Environmental Design – A lot of the booth design we saw was really on point.
Keep reading for some more detailed descriptions of the trends as well as some selected images.