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,
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.
more information on Ceramic Tiles of Italy, visit www.italytile.com.
Ceramic Tiles of Italy to show at ICFF
May 5, 2009