Caribbean Designers Meet Success at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

The Love, Freedom, Flow: New Caribbean Design line that was launched at the recently held International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in New York met with both commercial and critical success.


Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is a regional trade and investment organisation of the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM). Caribbean Export’s mission is to increase the competitiveness of Caribbean countries by providing quality export development and trade and investment promotion services through effective programme execution and strategic alliances.

The collection which featured the work of fifteen regional companies saw leading names in the design industry from Italy, the USA, UK and Mexico showing an interest and discussions are underway for distribution agreements, orders and the showcasing of the collection in galleries. The collection covered the gamut of furnishings, from pieces of furniture to textiles and home accessories to lighting products.

The focus of the New Caribbean Design initiative is on producing regional hybrids that combine traditional craft with contemporary design. It is sponsored by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), TFO Canada, the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and the Authentic Jamaican Gift and Craft Cluster.

According to Veona Maloney, Caribbean Export’s Manager, Core Services, “More support will be needed from donors and stakeholders for the next phase of the initiative, which has already begun.”

And she expects the trend of positive feedback and concrete business opportunities to continue given the reviews from the industry’s press. The L.A. Times called the collection a ‘pleasant surprise.’ New York Daily said, “Caribbean objects never looked as good as they do in this perfectly conceived exhibit booth from New Caribbean Design…”

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