Metropolis Conference Schedule Now Online

Hard to believe but true: It’s already time to start making plans for this year’s ICFF, the nation’s premier trade show for contemporary furniture, which takes place each May in New York’s lovely Javits Center. This year, the four-day fair begins Saturday, May 15; and, as in years past, ICFF Monday will feature a day-long conference organized by your humble servants here at Metropolis.

The 2010 theme is Design Entrepreneurs: What’s Next, with leaders from a range of design disciplines talking about how they’re reinventing their businesses and remaining creative (and socially-conscious) in the new economy. The speakers will include Valerie Fletcher on universal design; Foster + Partners’ Jürgen Häpp on the Abu Dhabi zero-carbon ecotopia Masdar City; WORKac’s Dan Wood on his firm’s Edible Schoolyard in Brooklyn; Yves Béhar on a line of student-designed solar-cell products; this year’s Next Generation honorees on their brilliantly simple fixes for the design environment; and several others. Click here for the full conference schedule.

This year’s conference is sponsored by the American Society of Interior Designers, Dornbracht, and Interiors from Spain. For video of last’s year’s Metropolis Conference at ICFF, click on over to our Multimedia site–or check out the one-minute teaser below.

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