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Attendance and exhibitor count up at ICFF

The 26th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, held May 17-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, drew 629 exhibitors and 31,421 attendees, according to the producer.

The number of exhibitors represented an 18 percent increase over last year’s show. Attendance increased 6 percent.

“The leading North American venue for global design and luxury, the ICFF continues to expand markedly as European and other far-flung suppliers cross oceans and continents to connect with the fair’s still-growing audience of design professionals: the architects, interior designers, and developers who are at the forefront of the burgeoning U.S. market for design,” producer George Little Management said in a statement.

“Further confirming the ICFF’s position as the North American center of gravity for the global design trade were the 10 international contingents in attendance. The British European Design Group, which celebrated its 20th anniversary at the ICFF, continues to be one of the fair’s largest foreign exhibitors: more than 30 participating companies bulked up this year’s contingent. Yet another sign of the hot-as-a-pepper-pot international design market was the return of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, Design Philippines, after a 13-year absence, with a delegation of 15 companies, the Philippine furnishings industry made a substantial presence on the show floor. Also making forceful statements were contingents from the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Brazilian Furniture, Ceramics of Italy, Furniture New York, The Furniture Society, Inside Norway, Interiors from Spain, Portugal Brands.”

Next year’s ICFF is scheduled for May 16-19.

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