May is possibly New York City’s finest month. The chill is off, the days are long, parks and gardens fill with flowers—and new furniture blooms in store windows from Midtown to Soho. That’s be-cause for four days Javits becomes the center of gravity for the world’s design community as manufacturers, retailers, and designers gather for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, now in its 15th year. And when the day is officially over, fairgoers spill onto the streets to celebrate and socialize. These pages are a sneak peek at what you’ll see at ICFF 2003 (May 17-20), including Ron Arad’s Bad Tempered Chair for Vitra, Dave Simon’s Waterfall Table for Offi, Nanna Ditzel’s Hallingdal textile distributed by Maharam, Kasper Salto’s Ice chair for Fritz Hansen, Kenny Scharf’s Blobs laminate for Wilsonart, and Michael Cannamela’s Stretch Stool for 3 Square Design. We’re also featuring a prototype by one student from each of the four schools chosen to exhibit this year. On Monday, May 19, fair sponsor Metropolis will host a conference on the challenges faced by young designers on the path to success. Learn what it takes to design, make, and market a successful product. Speakers include Niels Diffrient, Angela Adams, Mike Kielhauer, Rob Forbes, Jennifer Carpenter, and Paul Makovsky.