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June 5th, 2012

Fun & Fabulous Design

The 2012 ICFF show took place just over 2 weeks ago in NYC, unfortunately I had to be in LA and I missed all the fun and fabulous design. Since I couldn’t make the show I decided to ask my design partner in crime and super stylish friend Joan Ezesky to give me her thoughts on the show. Joan didn’t disappoint! Enjoy her review of the show part 1, part 2 will run next week.

Joan, you are allowed in the show earlier than most attendees can you give us an idea of what you see behind the scenes?

Over the past 3 ICFF shows, I have had the privilege of getting a pseudo preview / behind the scenes peak at the exhibitor installs leading up to the anticipated ICFF opening day. Feasting my eyes on bits and pieces of what are to become trends and possible icons in the design world. The adrenaline rush for first time pathfinders, to the calm seasoned vanguards – all working away towards opening morning.

What are the coolest things you saw on the ICFF show floor?

Humanscale presented a new, neat lighting concept at this year’s ICFF. The lighting operates via wireless power with a hidden transmitter and with no batteries or visible wires aiding in their function. Form, function and technology beautifully integrated. 


I loved the “Best in Tools for Everyday Life” booth, featuring products by designers-in-residence at Northumbria University in the UK. Residents have set out to "investigate the language of task-focused objects". The One Ton Bag shown here is Danny Duquemin-Sheil's thesis project; each one is made from recycled delivery sacks used to haul construction materials. (This booth was Awarded Editors Award for best in show Accessories)


I was also impressed with the Carnegie booth, they are a leading manufacturer and innovator of textiles in North America. Their booth was a complex construction with folded pieces of the fabric. 



Last but not least the Walltech Wallcover Source ‘paper drapes’ made me smile.



About Joan Ezesky


Joan Ezesky has a natural passion for all things style. Inspiration and creativity are the two most important tools a person can have when they are developing a space. As a design graduate from Ryerson’s Fashion program, some of Joan’s past projects include working as a style associate with Janette Ewen on the 2007, 2008, and 2009 National Home Show’s Dream Home, and “Inside the Box with Ty Pennington" on W Network and most recently as part of the interiors Dream Team on the R-House Dream Home for the 2012 National Home Show.

With extensive experience in project management, retail display and event planning, Joan’s many educational accomplishments also includes culinary endeavors (George Brown Culinary Arts). All this is of great benefit to her private clients who desire functional design for entertainment and social gathering, as well as creating warm and inviting spaces. Her specialized skills and diplomacy make working with Joan not just a great learning experience, but a true pleasure to all who work with her.

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Janette Ewen has been one of Canada’s leading décor and lifestyle experts for more than a decade, passing on her passion for design and fashion to avid fans through magazines, newspapers and television.

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