Have breakfast at La Sirena by Mario Batali (just happened to be in the hotel)
Enjoy the decor and compare it to many other hotel restaurants: it’s nice but not groundbreaking.
Meet longtime friend Marco (designer) at the Chelsea Market
Walk the High Line while catching up
Head to design fair Wanted Design for a lecture with Alberto Alessi (as in over 100 year old Italian Design company Alessi) together with his nephew Carlo Alberto Gasparini, professors Tom Kovac, Reiner Zettl, architect Hernan Diaz Alonso and moderator Editor of Metropolis Magazine Susan Szenasy about the Future of Design.
Take away: Companies need to embrace technology together with skill to produce art and poetry through design.
Walk through Wanted Design
Highlights: New furniture for kids by Nursery Works, Kinder Modern and Oeuf. Table top pieces: French ceramics by Maison Sarah Lavoine, glass pieces by Nordic designer Lars Beller Fjetland and Marble catch all pieces by Retegui.
Hop in an Uber to design fair Sight Unseen OFFSITE at the beautiful Grace building.
Initial reaction: the Grace was a great venue with gorgeous views of Bryant Park.
Highlights: Norway x New York, Mast together with Calico Wallpaper, Bower, the Furnishing Utopia exhibition, Object & Totem, Bloc Studios and so many more. Overall there were great lighting pieces and ceramics.
Hop in a cab to Soho
Get off at Spring St to find lunch
Eat at Lovely Day
Walk over to design stores Alessi and Morosso.
See designer Patricia Urquiola at Morosso and be totally star struck.
Walk over to Canal Street to see the group show at Good Colony
Miss a lecture by Rafael de Cardenas
Meet founder and curator of Good Colony Jean Lin
Learn about Good Colony’s new collaboration with nordic textile company Febrik
Walk pass Opening Ceremony to window shop
Continue on to Matter
Ogle Matter made light pieces that resemble midcentury modern sunshades
Walk north to Future Perfect on Great Jones St
Check out the exhibition of works by Christopher Stuart and Ladies & Gentleman Studio with John Hogan.
Walk over to the Village for a drink at The Half Pint
Order hot toddy, fried calamari and coffee
Talk shop with Marco on everything we saw, the industrial design world, trade shows, future projects and potential collaborations
Take notes on to-dos
Call it a night

Day 2
Breakfast again at La Sirena this time order better: Duck egg with Polenta, yes!
Check out of hotel
Leave carry on at front desk
Head over to trade show ICFF
Begin to walk the hallways
Head over to lecture on the second floor Designing Retail Stores for Today’s Savvy Shopper with Harry Cunningham from Vera Bradley, Adam Carmichael with the Saks group and Diana M. Bernal, luxe brands.
Take away: Brick and mortar is now about telling a brand story and consumer experience. Focus on materials that age well
Continue walking though ICFF to find a phone charger
Hangout at the Design Milk Lounge designed by Bower and Flor to charge phone and check map for exhibitors.
Walk up and down the hallways for the next couple hours
Purchase a crappy turkey sandwich - eat it, drink water
Continue walking up and down hallways
See new collections by Muuto, Rich Brilliant and Willing, Bernhardt Design, Egg CollectivePiet Boon, Tom Dixon and many, many others.
Get back to the hotel
Realize you still have an hour before you actually have to head to airport
Walk over to the Vitra store check out Kaari Collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Artek
Pick up a free coffee and cookie in the Vitra store lobby
Realize you still have 30 minutes to spare
Head over to Rebecca Taylor in the Meatpacking and make an impulsive purchase you’ll never regret.
Make it to the airport
Eat whatever they have at the Centurion Lounge
Sort through photos of all the awesome pieces you want to use in future projects
Don't miss your flight

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