Programs @ ICFF

Saturday, May 17, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Konstantin Grcic with Brooke Stoddard

Brooke Stoddard parses the design process with Konstantin Grcic, whose latest beautifully provocative exploration into the relationship of form, function, and materials is the Myto chair for Plank. As Grcic notes, “BASF commissioned me to design an application/product using Ultradur® High Speed, its next generation plastic. Its characteristics led to Myto, a cantilevered chair conceived for monoblock plastic injection molding.” Based in Munich and trained in the United Kingdom, Grcic has created award-winning products for Cappellini, Flos, Iitala, Montina, SCP, and others.

Sunday, May 18, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Louise Campbell with Sam Grawe

Sam Grawe, Dwell editor in chief, and Louise Campbell, of Copenhagen-based Studio/Louise Campbell, discuss Campbell’s work. Anglo-Danish and educated in both countries, Campbell opened her design atelier in 1996. An experimentalist with a sense of humor, a social conscience, and a client list that includes Louis Poulsen, Zanotta, Royal Copenhagen, and The Danish Ministry of Culture, Campbell tackles the problems of everyday objects and situations, as well as materials and manufacturing processes.

Sunday, May 18, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Ultra Materials: How Materials Innovation is Changing the World

Materials science is transformative. Smart substances, intelligent interfaces, and sensory surfaces are redefining our environment and changing our lives. Each successive generation of materials embodies new properties and potentialities limited only by the imagination and the ability of designers and manufacturers to harness the possibilities. Ultra Materials: How Materials Innovation is Changing the World, Material ConneXion, Inc.’s recent publication, documents the current state of the material world through groundbreaking products and interviews with designers. Join the book’s contributors as they elaborate on just how cutting-edge materials affect design today and life tomorrow.

Monday, May 19, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Design Entrepreneurs: Make Good and Prosper

The annual, all-day Metropolis Conference at ICFF. Click here for the full line-up!

Tuesday, May 20, 11:00 a.m.-noon
SeaChange: Reversing the Tide

In Sea Change: Reversing the Tide, Roger Payne, a MacArthur and Albert Schweitzer award-winning whale biologist and founder of Ocean Alliance, and Lisa Harrow, a celebrated Australian-born actress, former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and author, use the poetry of Shakespeare, Shelley, Robert Frost, Wendell Berry and others to dramatize man’s role the planet’s ecological health. Sponsored by Stone Source and Florim.

ICFF Theater

At the ICFF, everything is by design. That includes the ICFF Theater, which is nothing if not a stage for the latest in dramatic solutions. This year, the interior features Link, PearsonLloyd’s new light-weight modular space shaper made of high-performance expanded
polypropylene, a material commonly used in packaging and the automotive industry. The elegant components fit together in a snap for purely decorative purposes or for temporary structures. As for seating, star billing goes to the Bouroullec brothers’ Magis Steelwood chair, an assemblage of steel and wood designed for ultimate comfort–and happy sitting for three acts, plus. Here’s to the human dramedy.

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