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American Society Of Interior Designers Showcases Programming, Awards At 2019 ICFF

In partnership with Emerald Expositions, ASID will bring “Design Impacts Lives” mission to leading trade show

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is headed to New York for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), May 19-22 at the Jacob K. Javits Center. ICFF is North America’s platform for global design, hosting more than 900 international exhibitors showcasing the latest news and innovations in luxury interior design. The show attracts approximately 38,000 design industry professionals annually. This year, ASID will provide rich education offerings and a new awards program as part of the Society’s partnership with Emerald Expositions, bringing custom, targeted activations to their extensive roster of design trade shows.

Explains Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, CEO, ASID, “ICFF is looked to industry wide for its boundary-pushing design trends and advances. It is a hotbed for new ideas and innovations. We’re excited for the opportunity to interact one-on-one throughout the show with its attendees, understand their needs and challenges in the industry, and demonstrate the multitude of ways design impacts lives.”

ASID will present a new awards program to shine light on ICFF’s top products. The ASID DESIGN IMPACT Awards will recognize innovative products that put people and the environment at the center of design intent. ASID and Emerald Expositions will feature the awards at all Emerald design-related shows in 2019. ASID will also offer tailored programming and education sessions throughout ICFF that speak to the event’s design-forward audience. Sessions include:

Aging in Place in an Urban Environment: New Design Solutions
Sunday, May 19 | 12-1 p.m.
How do we design housing to accommodate multiple generations with different needs, incorporating cutting-edge solutions for flexibility and accessibility? Learn how multi-family and community housing in urban environments is evolving to reflect new family structures and an aging population. Attendees will come away with practical ideas to help create flexible living spaces to fit and adapt to the current trends of universal and accessible design

Creating Purpose-Driven Spaces: What Does it Look Like to Leverage Design for Good?
Speaker: Meena Krenek, ASID, LEED BD+C
Monday, May 20 | 12 -1 p.m.
Human emotion is uniquely tied to human behavior. An individual’s emotional connection to a space, environment, or culture can provide a strong sense of belonging. This is valuable for developing engagement within spaces we design. As designers, we have the ability to impact behaviors through our design decisions. We must be mindful of this power as we seek a deeper meaning, experience, or contribution to society with our work. It’s important to continuously understand our audience and build spaces that represent a greater purpose and relationship to the activities that happen within, inspiring users and reaching their hearts and minds. In today’s world, everything is so highly competitive and constantly evolving that when designers create purpose-driven spaces, they develop a level of captivation and engagement with the environment which sets them apart.

Business Skills for Creatives: What You Need to Know About Contracts and Fees
Speaker: Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, NCIDQ, CID
Tuesday, May 21 | 12-1 p.m.
The contract between you and your client is a legal document, and plays a critical role in setting the tone and establishing yourself as a professional. Every contract includes a section on designer compensation, and we’ll show you how to effectively present your fee structure to reflect the true value of your design services, giving you guidelines and tips so that you can maximize profits. Gain insight and strategies to help you establish the right price point for your creative skills, services, and design vision - ensuring business profitability and success.

ASID members may receive complimentary registration to ICFF HERE. For more information on ASID programming at ICFF, please visit