In a statement released today, March 17, organizers of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair® (ICFF) noted: “The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to us. After closely monitoring the risk and impact of COVID-19, and after also speaking at length with members of the design community, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, which was scheduled for May 17-20, 2020 at the Javits Center in New York City has been officially cancelled.”
The statement pointed to such recent developments regarding COVID-19 including the declaration of a National State of Emergency by President Trump, the New York State of Emergency announced by Governor Cuomo and the New York City State of Emergency announced by Mayor de Blasio, the travel restrictions placed on foreign nationals traveling to the U.S., and the accelerating pace of confirmed cases worldwide and domestically. Further complications include quarantines, containment areas, and restrictions on large gatherings imposed by states and other government and public health authorities.
“These developments have made it impossible to effectively execute a May event that delivers the level of customer value our community expects,” the statement read. “Driven by our responsibility to ensure the best interests of the ICFF community, we made the decision to cancel ICFF 2020. The next ICFF is scheduled for May 2021.”
WantedDesign Manhattan, which was going to be held at the Javits Center alongside ICFF has announced the cancellation of its event as well as WantedDesign Brooklyn, which was also slated to be held in May.