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Everything You Need to Know about the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Every year, home and design industry professionals have a number of opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge by attending tradeshows and conferences. One event worth going to is the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The following synopsis gives insight on what can be expected from the global show.

What is the ICFF?

ICFFAn annual tradeshow, the ICFF welcomes home and interior design professionals to explore a range of products and services impacting the future of contemporary design. The event serves as a platform to share the latest trends, connect people in the industry, and cover other topical matters.

More than 750 exhibitors from around the world participate in the event. Their backgrounds, which cater to residential and commercial customers, range from home furnishings to carpet and flooring. Since the fair’s inception nearly 30 years ago, attendees have come as far as the Philippines to partake in the activities. Foreign advocates include the British European Design Group and Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

When and where will it take place?

The upcoming ICFF event occurs from May 21–24, 2017. Trade days take place the first three days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of May 23, when the show ends an hour earlier. On the final day, the fair opens its doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trade show attendees are still invited to come.

The event will be hosted at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, New York, at the intersection of 11th Avenue and 38th Street.

Who should attend?

The tradeshow is expected to host more than 33,000 attendees, including design professionals, such as interior designers, architects, and visual merchandisers, as well as furniture distributors, retailers, manufacturers, and developers. Vendors, which include companies that specialize in wall coverings, indoor and outdoor furniture, textiles, and lighting, will find the event crucial for building customer relationships. Editorial publications focused on furniture, home accessories, lighting, material, and textiles gain a valuable experience as well.

What special engagements take place?

The ICFF hosts ICFF Talks, an educational program that occurs throughout the event. Example past topics of discussion include “Design Trends: A Multi-Perspective View of the Year Ahead,” “Collective Innovation: Embracing Collaboration in (Home Furnishing) Design,” “Designing Retail Stores for Today’s Savvy Shopper,” and “Defining Luxury for Today.” Panels include executives from large home-interior publications as well as renowned furniture and textile experts.

In 2016, a collaboration with the American Society of Interior Designers gave attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education units through approved programming.  The six available sessions covered such applicable topics as business practices and the influence of design on people.

How can interested people register?

Those intending on going to the trade show can register online at While registration is not currently open, visitors can opt to receive notifications when it does open by filling out an online form. Individuals attending only on the day open to the public will need to register onsite upon arrival.

What fees can be expected?

eclectic living roomPublic day access requires a $60 ticket payment, which can be made only with a credit card. Tickets fees are nonrefundable. The same fee applies to trade show members who register at the event. More information regarding advance purchase of trade show tickets will be released at a future date. Manufacturers planning to come as a non-exhibiting party may do so for an advance ticket fee of $100. The price increases to $150 on the day of the event. Regardless of the type of ticket purchased, attendees bringing children will be charged an admission rate of $60.

Exhibitor booth space can be reserved at a rate of $51.50 per square foot. The smallest booth is 10 feet by 10 feet. Larger sizes are available, but they must be reserved in 10×10 increments. For premium exposure, such as a corner booth, exhibitors can expect and additional $200 fee. A limited number of islands are available as well. Sizes range from 10 feet by 20 feet to 30 feet by 30 feet, and pricing begins at $10,300.

Are there suggestions for hotels and transportation?

Yes. The website has a designated page providing attendees with access to onPeak, a service that helps customers search for reduced hotel rates in the vicinity of an event. A complimentary amenity, onPeak provides options for group rates as well.

Upon arrival, attendees may board the courtesy shuttle bus for a ride to their hotel. Not all hotels, such as the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel and W New York Union Square, receive the free service, so it is imperative to inquire prior to using the shuttle.