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ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks

Inspiration from experts, architects, artists, designers, trendsetters, creatives, academics, and innovators alike headlined ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks in 2021.

Now, it’s your turn.

Apply to present a session, featured talk, hot topic, or conversation offering critical context, big ideas, thought leadership, and originality geared to practitioners across residential and commercial spheres at ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2022.

Your perspective, insight, and knowledge matter.

Please submit your ideas on or before January 7, 2022.

Submit a proposal


Take a look at the 2021 lineup:


November 14, 2021


Global Forecast: Pushing the Boundaries of Creativity

10:30 am | November 14
 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.

Nicole Lannan, Business Development Manager, East Coast, Peclers Paris
Cheryl Durst, Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA
Carolyn Ames Noble, Founder, Ames Design Collective and Collaborator, TURF
Nanette Milner, Senior Associate | Director, Rockwell Group


ICFF Talks Podcast | Friends & Founders with Meghan Dwyer

11:30 am | November 14
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
Hosted by Meghan Dwyer, Associate Content Editor, ICFF


Emerging Designers Showcase

Noon | November 14
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.

Amy Devers, Host | Producer, Clever
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


The Hospitality Reach

1:30 pm | November 14
 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
Moderated by Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design magazine, and SVP Design Group, Emerald


Wellness + Healthy Materials

2:30 pm | November 14
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.

Jonsara Ruth, Design Director, Healthy Materials Lab | Associate Professor, Interior Design, Parsons School of Design | The New School
Claire McGovern, Founder, Rhyme Studio
Robin Wilson, Founder, Robin Wilson Home
Moderated by Laurence Carr, Founder and CEO, Laurence Carr Inc.


Form, Function, Disruption

3:00 pm | November 14
 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.

Scott Poole, FAIA, Dean Emeritus and Professor, College of Architecture + Design, University of Tennessee
Jordan Goldstein, Principal and Global Director of Design, Gensler
Johnny Scotello, Director Technical Product, Local Motors
James Richard Rose, Distinguished Lecturer, College of Architecture + Design, University of Tennessee
Rana Abudayyeh, Assistant Professor, Robin Klehr Avia Professor of Interior Architecture, College of Architecture + Design, University of Tennessee
Moderated by Phil Robinson, Show Director, ICFF


November 15, 2021


A Visionary Future at Any Scale

10:30 am | November 15
 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, architect at Socle, then dive deeply into comprehensive design innovation and systems at every scale.

Dror Benshetrit, Founder, Designer, Futurist, Studio Dror & Supernature Labs
Moderated by Axel Clissen, Founder and CEO, Socle

Designing Oasis, by Float Studio

11:30 am | November 15
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
Moderated by Phil Robinson, Show Director, ICFF


Luxury + Design

Noon | November 15
 ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks Stage, Space 3059

Presented in partnership with NKBA

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


ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks | Ini Archibong

1:30 pm | November 15
 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


#INSPO—Is Social Media Creating a Sameness in Design?

2:30 pm | November 15
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?

Alexandria Davis, Designer, IA Interior Architects
Todd Capron, Consultant, West Elm
Diana Budds, Senior Story Producer,
Moderated by John Capobianco, Principal and Design Director, New York, IA Interior Architects


Food + Design

3:00 pm | November 15
 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
Moderated by Phil Robinson, Show Director, ICFF 

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