From April 18-20, 2008, The Icehouse in downtown Phoenix transformed into a contemporary design Mecca. Companies representing national and international brands came together with local furniture retailers to showcase the best Phoenix has to offer in modern design.

The Phoenix Contemporary Design Fair (PCDF) kicked-off with a preview party for creative professionals on Friday evening. Several hundred interior designers and architects previewed living displays, sampled libations from Skyy 90, Hensley, Barefoot Wine and Dogfish Head, while nibbling on food provided by The Teeter House. Partygoers even cast a vote for their favorite furniture design in the independent furniture design contest.

On Saturday and Sunday, the public perused the three halls of furniture displays from companies such as Antoine Proulx, Roche-Bobois, Hinkley’s Lighting Factory, Thingz, Natural Territory, Center of Modern Design and many others.

PCDF veteran, Concrete Interior Design, impressed attendees with the shear tonnage of concrete in their display, which included a concrete platform bed.

Newcomer to the show, Trenz Group, created a display complete with mini rooms showing off their product lines of European kitchens, bathrooms and entertainment centers.

One of the highlights of PCDF was the furniture on display from independent furniture designers. Designers from all over the world answered the call for entries with over 100 entries from as far away as Thailand and Iran. The top 17 finalists displayed their designs at PCDF where a panel of judges selected a winner. Attendees were also encouraged to vote for their favorite in the People’s Choice award.

The Summit At Copper Square, Omega and kontakt magazine sponsored this third annual event.