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The Fair
May 13, 2024

A new addition to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), Bespoke: The Art of Making will showcase the skill and expertise of high-end artisans. The feature, presented with design-industry resource AD PRO, will emphasize the unique techniques used to create beautiful handmade furnishings, textiles, and architectural finishes. It will highlight companies creating custom pieces and, through a series of activations, take visitors behind the scenes to learn more about the makers’ processes.

Pascale Girardin sculptures

Photo: Stephany Hildebrand

At the heart of the section will be the Bespoke Salon, designed by MA | Morris Adjmi Architects (ICFF Designer of the Year, 2023). With a layout inspired by a classic Parisian drawing room, the space will be framed by elegant partition walls that will separate it from the hustle and bustle of the Fair.

Inside, it will be outfitted with a selection of custom furnishings and accessories. A self-playing piano in an oxblood hue from Salon sponsor Steinway & Sons will add to the atmosphere, creating an auditory component to the sensory experience.

The Squama sideboard by ARCA Ebenisterie, whose contents are accessed through openings in the marquetry.

The Squama sideboard by Arca Ebenisterie, whose contents are accessed through openings in the marquetry

  • WonderGlass bricks

    WonderGlass bricks. Photo courtesy of WonderGlass.

  • TRAME generative-design works by Aranda/Lasch and Alexis Andre.

    TRAME works by Aranda/Lasch and Alexis Andre.

The Salon will host daily programming, with AD PRO arranging events in the morning and Bespoke exhibitors giving talks in the afternoon.

Companies exhibiting product in the Bespoke section include contributing sponsors Invisible Collection, Atelier Viollet, Steven LeprizéArca Ebenisterie, and Pascale Girardin. Also participating will be Annabel Karim Kassar, Ulgador, Neal Feay, TRAME (including TRAME x Martin Grasser), and Source Euro, which will present brands Flowstone, WonderGlass, and Pimar.

Discommon Concorde sculpture by Neal Feay at the Peninsula Hotel in London

Discommon Concorde sculpture by Neal Feay at the Peninsula Hotel in London

Ulgador armchairs. Photo credit: Betül Balkan

Ulgador armchairs. Photo credit: Betül Balkan

Events in the Bespoke Salon include presentations by TRAME and Steven Leprizé – Arca Ebenisterie on Sunday, May 19, at 3pm, and Pascale Girardin on Tuesday, May 21, at 3pm. Luca Nichetto will discuss the limited-edition Gran Nichetto Model B piano he designed for Steinway & Sons on Monday, May 20, at 4pm. Click here for a full schedule.

ICFF attendees also can receive 40% AD PRO Membership with the code ADPROICFF24. Click here to learn more.