BY: Betina Crione Guest Writer for World Liberty TV

North America’s leading platform for international design returns in May. Register now to gain access to the meeting point for industry innovators and the center of design discovery.

Dr Abbey at Diffa Red Carpet

With originality and sustainability as our two guiding pillars, we’ve curated a Fair filled with brands and products that represent the future of design.

ICFF will be co-located with WantedDesign Manhattan and its signature programs like Look Book and Launch Pad featuring what’s new, fresh and upcoming in design. We will also be co-located with LightFair 2023, providing even more opportunity for design exploration.


Why Attend? You’ll be among 10,000 attendees seeing over 400 brands from 25 countries. Experience the latest in design trends across the top categories in design. Furniture, Seating,Carpets and Flooring, Light Fixtures, Outdoor Furniture, Wall Coverings, Accessories, Textiles Kitchens and Bathrooms.

Dr Abbey at Live Wild Booth

DIFFAis thrilled to announce that DIFFABY DESIGN (DBD)—one of the design industry’s most celebrated fundraisers—is returning with an exciting new home at ICFF +WantedDesign Manhattan, May 21–23 during NYCxDesign.

Brazil Design & Industry

DIFFA’s signature event promises to be spectacular—local and international brands and designers are already signing up to create extraordinary installations in support of DIFFA’s mission to raise awareness and funds for organizations providing treatment, education, and assistance for people impacted by HIV/AIDS, homelessness, hunger, and mental health issues.

Dr Abbey at SVA Design for Diffa

The new venue will bring a large audience of qualified international and national design industry leaders—driving awareness and most importantly, funding for the organization’s grantees.

“DIFFA’s DIFFA BY DESIGN has long been an iconic fixture on the design calendar,” says Dawn Roberson, Executive Director at DIFFA.

Dr Abbey with Motor Bike Design

Designers are given the opportunity to showcase uninhibited creativity—an awe-inspiring gift for attendees who are able to immerse themselves into a macrocosm of design for good.

 The event has raised funds for scores of organizations throughout the years, such as God’s Love We Deliver, Housing Works, Planned Parenthood of Greater NY, and GMHC, to name just a few.


We look forward to seeing what thought-provoking, mesmerizing installations our ultra-talented roster of new and returning participants will dream up. We are so appreciative of the support from our new partners at Emerald and ICFF + Wanted Design Manhattan.”

“The DIFFA Board of Trustees are thrilled to have a new home for DIFFA by Designin partnership with ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan trade shows this year at the Javits Center.

Dr Abbey with Courtney McLeod Principal Right Meets Left

In addition to bringing a charity component to these prestigious shows, DIFFA will be showcasing innovative creations from the best and brightest designers and brands in 2023, which we are excited to share with an international audience.

We look forward to continuing to make a DIFFArence in the lives of the communities we exist to serve…truly embracing our tagline this year of design that makes a DIFFArence!”–Cindy Allen, Editor Chief, Interior Design; Chair, DIFFA.

Dr Abbey at Handicraft from Morocco Booth Enjoying Tea & Desserts

The immersive installations will be on view to ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan badge holders during all three days of the show, which is open to trade professionals Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 22 and to both trade as well as consumers on Tuesday, May 23. There will be a ticketed entrance for consumers/non-badge holders for a donation of $20 and a number of features including talks, and a ticketed cocktail event on Monday, May 22.

ABOUT DIFFA : DIFFA Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS grants funds to organizations providing treatment, education, and assistance for people impacted by HIV/AIDS, homelessness, hunger, and mental health issues.

Proceeds for DIFFA Projects

For four decades, DIFFA has created legendary programs and events that highlight a cause that has significantly impacted the industry. As times change and we face a new set of challenges, DIFFA answers the community’s needs by expanding our mission to include funding for those with food and housing insecurities and to support mental wellbeing Harnessing the design industry’s resources and creativity to respond to critical health issues and build a healthier, robust, and inclusive community.

Odile Hainaut Co-Founder of WantedDesign Manhattan welcoming guests at the opening of show

Making a DIFFA-rence! DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community, DIFFA has granted more than $50 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide.

One of many seminars

Including Alpha Workshops, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Housing Works, God’s Love We Deliver, Bailey House, SAGE, Health, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, among many others.

Wall Studio Exhibiting

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