Manhattan turns into a massive design party this weekend when the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) opens at the Javits Center on Saturday. Nearly 600 exhibitors from 40 countries are displaying contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors. Special features include ICFF Studio, which focuses on up-and-coming designers; projects by students from ArtFuture, Konstfack, MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and YSOA (Yale School of Architecture); the designboom Mart with inexpensive objects; an opening night party at MoMA; and a series of panels, talks, and conferences.
ICFF is open to trade and press Saturday through Monday and to the public on Tuesday, May 18. Beyond the fair, design showrooms in SoHo, the Meat Market, and the Decoration & Design Building on the Upper East Side are hosting openings and events over the next several days. Check out Metropolis’s guide to the five days of fun, beginning tonight. Click through below for a photo gallery of highlights.