More than 25,000 design enthusiasts will descend upon New York City for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) May 16-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Considered as a platform for modern design and cutting-edge products for the home and contract markets, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will be in attendance with a mini-pavilion commissioned by Italian Trade Commission, and designed by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi.

De Lucchi’s vision for the Ceramic Tiles of Italy 3,500-square-foot booth includes 13 exhibits, two reception points, and an open space or passageway similar to a traditional Italian piazza.

The interior’s layout will feature colorful tiles hung from the trusses, creating a ceramic art installation that follows the contour of the main aisle. Modular tiles made to look like other natural materials including stone and wood will be used on the floor.

Thirteen individual exhibits, set up along the perimeter to recreate the environment of an Italian marketplace, will feature Italian ceramic companies such as: Del Conca, Impronta, Settecento, Refin, Lea, Etruria, Tagina, Sant'Agostino, Lord, Marazzi, Casalgrande Padana, Fap and Caesar.

Further, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will host a series of events at the show and around town. These events will include a kick-off reception with Michele De Lucchi on Saturday, May 16; a discussion between De Lucchi and Paola Antonelli of MoMA on Sunday, May 17in the ICFF Theater followed by a reception at the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Pavilion; and a book signing with design journalist Jen Renzi on Monday, May 18.

In addition, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will host a special satellite exhibit at 414 West 14th St in the Meatpacking District. The previously raw space will house the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition exhibit as well as displays from other architecturally oriented partners including Design Boom, iCrave and more.

For more information on Ceramic Tiles of Italy, visit www.italytile.com.