ICFF calls for emerging design professionals to submit for 2016 Studio Competition

Up to 12 emerging design professionals have a chance to showcase their work for thousands of manufacturers, retailers and the media at the 28th annual ICFF in New York this May. In its 11th year, the ICFF Studio, a collaboration between Bernhardt Design and ICFF, is a juried design competition, which encourages undiscovered designers to submit their prototypes for consideration by established industry professionals. The application opens Dec. 1.

To enter the competition, a designer must have a working prototype that is not in commercial production. Entries are judged on design aesthetics, ability to be economically mass produced, marketability and commercial viability. Selected winners will receive a space on the ICFF show floor.

“Our long-standing partnership with ICFF on the Studio program has been the catalyst for many of today’s iconic design names,” said Jerry Helling, president of Bernhardt Design. “We are proud that the program has evolved from simply connecting young, emerging designers with manufacturers, to creating opportunities that go beyond the show and lead to a successful career.”

Over the past decade, Studio has been a career catalyst for a number of past participants, including Brad Ascalon, Viable London, Chris Adamick and Nolen Niu. In addition, numerous publications have featured work presented at ICFF Studio, including Business Week, Fast Company, ID, Metropolis, The New York Times, Surface and Wallpaper.

More information and an application may be found at: icffstudio.com.

The deadline for entries is Jan. 31, 2016.

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