ICFF NYC 2016: What’s New and What’s Next

ICFFICFF NYC 2016, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, centerpiece of NYCxDESIGN/Design Week, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design, took place from May 14th to the 17th, at the Javits Center in Hell’s Kitchen. This year the fair was attended by 33,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers. ICFF has, in its nearly thirty years of existence, come to be renowned the world over as a spectacular presentation of high-end design, as well as a showcase for emerging voices in the A+D world.

For this year, the ICFF exhibition floor was expanded by 30%, from 2015, and the Fair featured exhibitions of over 150 new brands on two floors and over 165,000 net square feet. In addition to which there were panel discussions, including Design Trends: A Multi-Perspective View of the Year Ahead, moderated by Bill Indursky, founder of Design Life Network; and the prestigious ICFF Editors Awards, awarded to the best of the year’s design in 11 categories by a panel of judges which this year included Spencer Bailey of Surface Magazine, David Dick-Agnew of Azure, Amanda Dameron of Dwell, Annie Block of Interior Design, and Paul Makovsky of Metropolis.

See some of our favorite moments from the show:

An evening to honor the recipients of the 2015 Carrara Residency Merit Award

For the past 5 years, ABC Worldwide Stone, in cooperation with New York Academy of Art, has sponsored a stone sculpting Artist Residency in Carrara, Italy, as part of its ongoing commitment to promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Based at Corsanini Studios, located at the foothills of Apuan Alps, the Carrara Residency exposes students to the global art world, helps cultivate lifelong relationships, and hone their craft in an immersive environment.

On April 20th, The Carrara Residency celebration and unveiling was held at ABC Stone’s Brooklyn showroom and warehouse to honor the 2015 recipients of the Merit Award, Marco Palli and Joshua Henderson.

Trained in Civil Engineering and Business administration, Marco Palli has always seen the world in a mathematical way. A multidisciplinary artist, Marco found his way to sculpture after pursuing in-depth explorations into music and literature. Palli describes his creative process as “Meditating about happiness.” At this year’s celebration, Marco unveiled his sculpture Transparent to transcendence, which he characterizes as a conceptual self-portrait. “The piece revisits my own culture,” he says, “exposes my roots as a Catholic man who has perhaps lost his own identity.”

Joshua Henderson was born in 1986 as one of seven siblings, in a small town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. After studying art at Southern Utah University, and receiving his BFA in 2013, he attended the New York Academy of Art, where he received an MFA with a focus on sculpture. He is a two-time recipient of the Carrara Residency Merit Award. 1st Witness, which was unveiled at the celebration, is part of a series of ten stone carvings which he describes as, “expressing the two-sided nature of things that brings us comfort.”

Other esteemed artists on view included Barry X Ball, Stephen Shaheen, Barbara Segal, Michael Kukla, and Alasdair Thomson.

We would like to thank Wild Dogs International (www.wilddogsinternational.com) for the spectacular projections and lighting they provided, the band ZS (www.zzzsss.com) for the stellar performance and DJ set, Elliot Goldstein (www.elliotgoldstein.net) for perfectly capturing the festivities with immense style and aplomb, and our amazing wine sponsor for the second year running, Maison Belle Clare (www.maisonbelleclaire.com).

Get the Look: A Modern Kitchen featuring ABC Stone Architectural Digest

Kashmir White

Designer Elissa Cullman used brushed-nickel accents and modern appliances to elevate the kitchen of a 1920s New York penthouse. She also used ABC Stone’s Kashmir White Granite. Click here for the complete slideshow and to learn what other materials Ms. Cullman relied on to create this top notch design…

Open House New York Launch Party

Over the course of two days each October, OHNY Weekend opens up hundreds of buildings and sites across the five boroughs for tours and talks. OHNY Weekend celebrates the best of New York architecture and engages the public in a conversation about the importance of design, planning, and preservation to the future of the city.

ABC was there to help celebrate and support this wonderful organization and their mission to inform, educate and inspire. For more information or to get involved, please visit: http://www.ohny.org/

ABC Stone Proudly Presents APS for ABC


ABC Stone is pleased to present APS for ABC, a collaboration between celebrated Italian architect and designer, Antonio Pio Saracino and ABC Stone. APS for ABC will include an extraordinary range of limited edition functional art furnishings in natural stone, designed for and available through ABC and select art galleries.

By connecting the worlds of art and design, Saracino has successfully created products which are a fusion of form and function. Each unique piece in the collection will be limited to a production of 12 individually stamped and numbered units.

All designs in the APS collection will explore the relationship between the natural and the man-made world. By employing new technologies, sustainable principals, and creative thinking, Saracino pursues innovative design on every scale.

The inaugural piece from the collection, Mineral Table, is made of the world’s purest Blue de Savioe marble and is being featured as part of designLAb, Pacific Design Center’s cutting edge art and design exhibition, now on view through August 2016. The remaining pieces in the collection will be introduced throughout 2016 as part of ABC’s functional art focused White Box Studio coming in January.

ABC and Saracino have collaborated previously on Saracino’s large scale figurative sculpture, HERO, inspired by Michelangelo’s David. HERO is a gift from Italy to the United States, donated by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The 13-foot high statue fabricated in Vermont Danby Marble is positioned in the public plaza at Three Bryant Park and will remain on view indefinitely, creating a new landmark in the center of Manhattan.

Saracino has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and has designed buildings, monuments and products in a variety of industries. Saracino’s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Art and Design, New York and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Email Lyndsey at abcworldwidestone.com with inquiries.