Multi-Sector Education Mission to New York, NY


Craft Alliance will lead and conduct a Multi-Sector Education Mission to three New York based trade shows that are running concurrently at the Javits Convention Centre in New York, May 18-23, 2018. To qualify, project participants should be mid-career artists, makers and designers with experience in their respective fields. This project will be of interest to those makers working in furniture, home décor, lighting, design and related products. Please contact the project lead, Bernard Burton to discuss whether your products would suit this market.

The three trade shows; ICFF, NSS and Surtex are all related to the product design sector, including but not limited to; paper & stationery products, furniture, home décor, lighting, surface design, product design and art licensing for art reproduction.

Craft Alliance will lead a group of 6-8 craft, art and furniture producers in attending the upcoming trade shows in New York, NY. The purpose of this mission is to gather market intelligence information and participate in educational events & activities around core design sector events happening in New York during the month of May.  Craft Alliance currently has travel assistance funding for Nova Scotia Participants only, however, participants from other Atlantic provinces are welcome. Check local provincial funding sources to travel assistance funding.

Craft Alliance is working to develop an exhibition showcase opportunity for next year – May 2019, where participants from the 2018 mission, would exhibit their products in 2019 as part of a group showcase of products from Atlantic Canada. Participants must have export potential in these sectors to participate.

Conference Program(s)
New York City is host to a series of design focused industry events throughout the month of May which includes the trade shows noted above, along with other key design events like WANTED NYC Design and NYCxDesign .There are over 35 locations throughout New York, during this mission timeframe, to access design related programs, exhibitions, trade shows and events. NYCxDesign is the main filter for calendars and schedules for the various collaborations during the month of May. Craft Alliance will research and prepare schedules based on the 5 key events of this mission, then participants will be free to also identify other activity, based on the schedules online with the various partners.


The 30th annual ICFF NYC, North America’s platform for global design, will map the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, May 20-23, 2018. For the four-day duration of the Fair, the Javits Center will be abuzz with more than 36,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers. On Wednesday, May 23th, the ICFF opens its doors to the general public as well.

ICFF annually lures those in determined pursuit of design’s timely truths and latest trends to an encyclopedic exhibition of up-to-the-moment offerings, as well as a series of fascinating, fun, edifying programs and a packed schedule of exhibits and features.


Now in its 32nd year, is the global B2B marketplace for sourcing original art & design—where artists, art agents, designers, licensors, art agencies and global design studios connect with manufacturers and retailers to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable. Wall coverings, patterns, decorative accessories, bed linens, stationery, giftware, apparel and so much more…if it’s any product with a surface or textile design of any kind, there’s a good chance it originated at SURTEX.

Each year some thousands of buyers, licensees, manufacturers and retailers, with crossover attendance from the co-located National Stationery Show® and ICFF®, converge on the SURTEX show floor to buy or license the newest designs and patterns from approximately 200 exhibitors representing independent artists, agencies and global design studios – hundreds of trend-setting artists. It’s a veritable who’s who of manufacturers and retailers seeking first dibs on the best original art & design being created today.

National Stationery Show (NSS)

For more than 70 years, the NSS has been the place for all things paper – from greeting cards, custom invitations, gift wrap and journals, to lifestyle gifts – and everything in between. The NSS offers a streamlined, focused platform for meaningful business development.  The atmosphere is highly creative, yet very serious, attracting store owners and top buying executives from thousands of diverse businesses worldwide, and engaging exhibitors from designer-makers to well-established companies.   The NSS is also the launching pad for 200+ emerging, trend-leading businesses each year, a true discovery zone!

May 18, 2018
May 23, 2018
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Javits Convention Center
New York NY United States
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Bernard Burton
Craft Alliance Atlantic