Nick picks up his coffee and takes a short break from sawing and creating to talk with me. It's a nice sunny day in Laguna Canyon, and he's squinting up at me as I ask him the questions.
I begin by asking what he's most excited about for ICFF. As a designer, he naturally tells me that to see all the international talent converge in one place is his favorite part. "Just seeing the world's greatest design companies show their latest and greatest art pieces that are just really interesting, cool, and progressive is what I like."
Already suspecting what the answer will be, I ask if he is excited to go to New York. "Yeah, New York is always exciting, and this time of year we might get decent weather," he says with a nostalgic smile, likely remembering the chilly days of the last trip to a New York trade show.
Knowing that the Cerno men are always up for a good time, I inquire about Nick's intended work to play ratio. He responds telling me about the trade show after parties. "The parties that happen during ICFF are always great, and always a good opportunity to meet new people and see new products." He chuckles and continues, "some of the coolest designers and companies put a lot of their energy into the after party events, so that will be really fun. Will it be play or work? It will be both."
Considering this is the second year Cerno will be attending ICFF, I wonder about other designers that Nick is looking forward to seeing. He mentions Brendan Ravenhill, who was at a Laguna trade show with us a few weeks ago, and says that although he also makes lighting products, it is a "very very different type of product from ours," so he is excited to see what new designs Brendan will be bringing. He's also anticipating other big favorites that are regular exhibitors at ICFF, such as Pablo, who "seems to always show new stuff at ICFF."
As an added bonus question, Bret told me to ask Nick if he had taken his show clothes to the dry cleaners. With a long laugh, Nick tells me that he hasn't, but with only a week left before his departure, he will be sure to get on that.
Although I will not be attending ICFF, I am looking forward to seeing the pictures and hearing the stories that they will be returning with.