ICFF New York Features School of Design Student, Faculty Work
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Design is one of 14 schools selected to exhibit at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) during NYCxDESIGN week May 14 to 17. It is the first time UIC Design is participating. The ICFF takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. "The exhibitions chosen for this year’s ICFF Schools program showcase what’s new and what’s next from design futurists currently enrolled in the top design programs," said Kevin O’Keefe, ICFF event director. "Being selected for ICFF underscores our commitment to providing one of the best design educations in the country," said Marcia Lausen, director of the UIC School of Design. "It provides opportunity to feature student work developed in the rich intellectual context of a leading public urban research institution.” The School of Design’s theme is “How Do You Read Design?” Relating the textual and the spatial, the exhibit features a collection of works with a distinctive play on the dimensions of design. At an intimate scale, arranged in vignettes, bookforms and objects demonstrate the connections and distinctions of graphic design and industrial design, Lausen explained. UIC faculty Felicia Ferrone, director of graduate studies and clinical assistant professor, industrial design; Ted Burdett, instructor, industrial design; and Sharon Oiga, associate professor, graphic design, solicited and curated the student work. Students selected to exhibit are also participating in the design and construction of the exhibition and will be in New York for the event. Other institutions selected to participate in ICFF include Parson’s School of Design, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.