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ICFF Crossroads Space By David Rockwell Features Lamontage

The Crossroads space at ICFF 2024 focuses on American design with a showcase of designers and studios from across the country.

5/21/2024
Liora Manne created Super Bloom wall covering for ICFF's Crossroads display
Liora Manne's proprietary Lamontage wall and floor coverings are part of the David Rockwell Crossroads space
at ICFF 2024. Shown, Super Bloom wall mural


NEW YORK – Returning for the 2024 edition of ICFF, May 19-21, The Crossroads -- a collaboration between the ICFF brand directors, Rockwell Group and founder David Rockwell; and independent curator and editor Pei-Ru Keh -- offers a snapshot of American design in its many shapes and forms.

Created to kick start a conversation about what American design can mean, this year’s exhibition highlighted the way designers seek to preserve long-honored craft traditions together with how they push the boundaries of circularity to consciously re-think the legitimacy of material use.

Sustainability, in its complex and multifaceted form, served as the focal point of The Crossroads’ second iteration. It also focused on the different ways creative communities can make design more accessible to all, whether through more inclusive cultural representations or deeper community-wide engagement.

By considering the concept of sustainability in both a formal and ethical sense, The Crossroads sparked new ideas on how the American design community can make its way forward with respect, fellowship, and meaning.

Creative Direction for the space was a collaboration between David Rockwell and Rockwell Group with Editor/Co-Curator Pei-Ru Keh.
Also integral to the project were ICFF Brand Directors, Odile Hainaut & Claire Pijoulat, and Program Curato Tiffany Jow, editor-in-chief of the design journal Untapped. Lead Partners were Designtex and Skram.

Partners in The Crossroads were Loose Parts, Alexis & Ginger, Colony, Liora Manné, Okaterra, Office of Tangible Space, Talbot & Yoon. Contributors: Daniel Michalik, Elodie Blanchard, Kamilla Czegi, Like Minded Objects, Lichen, Madeline Isakson, MushLume Lighting, Sahra Jajarmikhayat, thehighkey.

DIALOGUES AT THE CROSSROADS


Liora Manne created a round floor covering, crafted of 94 percent recycled materials from her new RE series.
 
Each day of ICFF, The Crossroads designers hosted a lively informal discussion about the primary contexts from which their work arises. Through the lens of sustainability, the talks investigated issues that designers in the United States are problem-solving around, learning from, and overcoming—and how this impacts their output and the industry beyond.

Led by Untapped’s editor-in-chief, Tiffany Jow, each Dialogue focused on a different topic: community, endurance, and material innovation. Sunday, May 19's session was Community: How are designers sustaining the people their work touches?, Monday's discussion was Endurance: What does it mean to make an object that lasts? and Tuesday's session is titled Dialogue at the Crossroads: Material Innovation, which includes Liora Manne, founder of her eponymous New York textiles and flooring studio.
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