Happy New Year! 2004!
We appreciate all of your support for the year 2003! 
We hope to have another successful year in 2004 full of fun and inspiring events.
We send our best wishes to you for a joyous holiday 
season and a great new year!

2003 IDNF Event Overview

February 2-6: Gifu Craft-Handmade Exhibition
The fine products designed by the designers from the Gifu Artists in Residence program and manufactured in Gifu, Japan were presented at the Gifu Craft booth in the Handmade Division of the New York International Gift Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The products included beautiful paper napkins designed by Liza Niles and Sami Ruotsalainen, tableware designed by Camilla Groth and Miguel Calvo, paper lamps designed by Gaston Marticorena and many more. The booth itself was designed and tended by Miguel Calvo. The Gifu Craft booth brought a lot of interest in the well designed and well crafted products.

April 15: Spring*Fling-IDNF/Calty Party
IDNF board, members, family and friends gathered for a spring networking party sponsored by Calty-division of Toyota. Everyone celebrated the new season.

May 23: Jan Ken Pon-Jury
IDNF President Tucker Viemeister and Board Member Eric Chan visited Gifu City, Japan for the 2nd Gifu World Design Competition’s jury. Out of the 400 entries from 39 countries, the judges took three hours to choose the winners for the competition. Other judges present were Fumi Kimura, President of EDUCE, Hideki Nishiyama, Chairman of Oribe Design Center, Katsuhiko Hasegawa, President of Hasegawa Hamono, and Koji Oshika, Chairman of Gifu Creators’ Association. The $10,000 Grand Priz was awarded to Simon Lloyd from Australia for his “Felt Dish”.

Gifu AIR (Artist/Designer Residency Program) 
Another successful year for this great program!
January-March: SYLVIA NAGY
The fourth designer to attend the program from IDNF. This Hungarian born ceramic artist and designer with her own studio in New York is known for her organic and stylish designs. During her residency, Sylvia designed a 10-piece set tableware, "River," for Talk Ltd one of the prominent ceramic manufacturers of Tajimi City, Gifu. In February, her work received positive reactions when she exhibited her ceramic work at the Tokyo Gift Show.
Rhea who is president and design director for successful product design company, D.I.G.S., worked with a cutlery manufacturer and paper manufacturer during her stay in Gifu.
November-December: IRINA DAVIDOVICH
A designer and instructor who specializes in hand-made ceramics. Irina’s work was also exhibited in Gifu in New York 10 Designers. During her residency, she worked with a tableware import/export company and a porcelain manufacturer. She designed a teapot and cups for the American market and a set of dishes for the domestic market.