Conference

ICFF Talks

2017 ICFF Miami Talks Schedule 

ICFF sets the stage for a remarkable education component with its series of ICFF Talks. 


Talks Schedule: Tuesday, October 3

Bringing Back the Historic neighborhood of Little River; design inspiration from Miami’s history.

Moderator: Lina Hargrett, Art and Design Historian

11:00 – 12:00 pm

A panel discussion with Ashley Melisse Abess Partner at MVW Partners, real estate development company and Johnny Laderer, Creative Director at the Center for Subtropical Affairs and Algae Miami.


Design and Vision: Miami Architect Rene Gonzalez in Conversation

Rene Gonzalez, Architect

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Rene Gonzalez, one of Miami’s most celebrated architects, will discuss his recent award-winning hospitality, retail and residential projects. In conversation with Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki, Gonzalez will describe his design vision for creating beautiful architecture and interiors that reflect the Miami context.


Art & Architecture: Blurring the lines

Moderator: Andre Kikoski, and Suchi Reddy

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Two prominent and award winning New York architects discuss blurring the boundaries of art and architecture in projects as diverse as The Wright in the Guggenheim Museum to a Collectors home at One Madison Park, to luxury retail experiences at Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, and Henri Bendel.


Architecture – Designing a first line of furniture

Moderator: Max Strang

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Strang Architecture with offices in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Sarasota is designing The Sarasota Series, their first line of furniture for Icon, the company that manufactures Wendell Castle’s furniture. Because Strang is a Florida-based architecture practice, Max proposed a line of outdoor furniture. Icon liked the idea and Strang is designing the line, currently working on the engineering drawings. The name Sarasota Series, refers to the city of Sarasota, a hotbed of modern Florida design. The design of the tables in the line are informed by the design of Strang’s houses. Strang will have a prototype by October for the panel.


Talks Schedule: Wednesday, October 4

Design has to run deeper than just a pretty room

Moderator: Katie Gutierrez

11:30 – 12:30 pm

Katie graduated from the University of Florida with her masters degree in Architecture and worked for one of Miami’s oldest architecture firms, MCHarry, before starting her interior design firm, Errez Design, in 2009. Join Katie as she describes the designer’s role runs deeper than just making a pretty room we raise the value of the industry as a whole. Build a more profitable business by developing deeper relationships with your clients and designing more authentically beautiful rooms.


National Kitchen & Bath Association Panel: Leaders make more than followers

1:30 – 2:30 pm 

Veteran panelists Karl Champley, Australian award winning master builder, Alberto Villalobos designer and design firm principal, and HGTV “Design Star” Jennifer Bertrand address the essential steps and strengths vital in transitioning to a design leader.


Investing in Art for decor

Moderator: Mona Trantor, Gallerist

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Join Gallerist Mona Tranter of Miami based Tranter- Sinni Gallery and learn about the best strategies for successful investment in art for your clients or yourself. Mona will review current market trends, artists on the rise, and methods to select art to build real value in designing décor space.