From May 15 to May 17 during ICFF, Wescover, the online marketplace for unique art and design sold directly from creators, hosted The Wescover Lounge. Appointed by creators and Wescover partners Fyrn, Seed Design, Hachi Collection, Model No and Jill Malek, the collaboratively styled space served as a hub for networking, learning and inspiration as well as a serene spot where show attendees could simply relax.
The lounge also hosted a series of presentations featuring Wescover creators, partners, designers and industry influencers, including, on Monday, May 16, “Maintaining Your Authentic Voice,” a discussion among panelists Sergio Mannino, Jill Malek and Wescover design ambassador Jeff Schlarb moderated by Kathryn Greene, associate editor of Hospitality Design.
“Wescover’s mission is to support independent makers and artisans,” said co-founder and CEO Rachely Esman. “Our Wescover Lounge at ICFF was our first official industry event. The show was very successful for us and a great example of how we are working to support our community of creators.”
“It was such a privilege to be part of the Wescover panel ‘Community, Connection, Collaboration and Creation,’” said Susan Knof of Knof Design. “It is so wonderful to finally connect in person and share the design opportunities and challenges we are all confronted with today. From sustainability to health and wellness and the global supply chain crisis, design is a collaborative process and challenges are better overcome together.”
Kelly Dunn, founder of Fathom Design Company, agreed. “It was an honor to be included in Wescover’s panel discussing how to thrive going forward in this rapidly changing industry, by way of interior designers collaborating with excellent artisans to create long-lasting pieces that tell meaningful stories,” she said. “The design industry is evolving for the better and we’re on the front lines, leading the way.”
“After nearly three decades of standing in a booth talking to ICFF about my work, it sure was nice to sit down on a stage for a talk with friends about the things we’ve learned along the way,” said Christopher Poehlmann of CP Lighting. “It always feels good to share some design love—sharing is caring, after all!”
Images by Gaia Squarci.