About Ilene Shaw
About Our Team
An event production company
promoting great design and designers
Shaw & Co. Productions is a big-thinking, full-service production agency of highly visible, creative strategies, promotional campaigns and carefully curated experiential platforms for design brands and brands of all kinds.
We offer a suite of end-to-end services implementing events of all kinds to help promote our clients to the audiences they wish to address.
We are innovators in the fields of design and functional art, creating inspired marketing strategies for both trade and public awareness, and commercial and not-for-profit purposes.
As we are deeply grounded in the design industries, we also offer and utilize a wide net of talent which we bring to a broad range of industries.
Our productions include:
• public activations and experiential events
• film production
• trade and corporate events
• curated exhibitions
• conferences and seminars
• award and educational programs
• budget, schedule, and contract management
From concept to strategy to development to production and management, Shaw & Co. delivers on the the biggest ideas to the most minute details and marries all elements into a focused message for you and your firm.
Ilene Shaw, a functional art and design Industry visionary, founded Shaw & Co. ProductionsAn innovator in design, branding and execution of multi-million dollar international events and exhibitions, Shaw began her career as a product designer in the home furnishings industry. With a sharp critical eye and finger on the pulse of cultural industry developments, she recognized the need for effective new trade shows and conceived and developed a variety of such events. With proven lasting impact and longevity, these fairs continue to provide enormous opportunities for manufacturers, retailers, designers, and artists alike.
Shaw conceived and co-developed the ICFF: International Contemporary Furniture Fair; the premiere annual event in New York City that has influenced energetic satellite design activities citywide which led to the development of NYCxDESIGN, for which Shaw serves on the steering committee.
As NYCxDESIGN’s public hub, Shaw founded and produced Design Pavilion, a five-day cultural event which brings design and innovation to the public in an experiential way. With daily programming and interactive exhibits, Design Pavilion features well-established and emerging design talent, and opens the minds of attendees to the power of design.
In conjunction with Design Pavilion, NYC DESIGN TALKS offers inspiring topics by some of today’s most insightful design thinkers.
Shaw co-developed Accent on Design, a division of NY NOW, formerly the New York International Gift Fair. Accent is world-renowned as a wholesale source of cutting edge and design focused gifts and home furnishings. Also for NY NOW, Shaw leads its initiative Sustainability: Design for a Better World through exhibitions and a seminar series.
READ MOREAs a senior advisor, Shaw helped to spearhead the CODAawards, honoring the collaboration between design + art and celebrating global design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into architectural, interior and landscape spaces. Interior Design magazine is the CODAawards’ national media partner. Shaw produced The Studio Warehouse, a first-of-its-kind, three-week-long, up-scale gallery exhibition of functional artists and craftspeople in downtown Manhattan that attracted thousands of attendees. In addition to the wide variety of trade and retail art and design promotional events, Shaw has a diverse international clientele to whom she brings her marketing expertise, including such clients as Clodagh Design, where she directed licensing and communications. Shaw co-founded and is President of Operation Design, a not-for-profit that creates mentorships and creative programs between architects, designers and artists and New York City public schools. Shaw serves on the Board of Trustees for the DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. She is a member of the Events Committee representing the home design industry for Fashion Group International. She was Executive Director of the Worldesign Foundation, an Industrial Designers Society of America initiative advocating ‘design thinking’ pedagogy for grades K-12. She is a standing member of the Steering Committee for NYCxDesign, New York City’s annual citywide celebration of design, spanning all design disciplines. Shaw sits on the Board of FutureGreen, a forum focusing on the future of sustainable hospitality.
Devoted to the advocacy of good design
We assemble a seasoned team of leading talent with a wide range of expertise to ensure winning results. And to all our projects, we bring a gift for:
• creative thinking
• inventive problem solving
• cutting-edge technology
• proficient organization and management
Many professional partners collaborated on the work produced by Shaw & Co. and we gratefully acknowledge our brilliant staff and some of our most valued contributors over the years:
Harry Allen creative direction and design
Alexandra Ballensweig design
Stephen Belliveau graphic design
Chrissy Brennan administration
Brenda Collins administration
Patrick Duffy business development
Julie Flanders business development
Emanuela Frattini Magnusson architecture and design
M. Louis Goodman architecture and design
Bente Hanslien admin and operations
Bob Levine audio production
Brian Maloney PR and advertising
Pam Manela public relations
David Marin design and fabrication
Marianne McNamara project direction
Matthew Morris creative direction
Melissa Nettles graphic design and advertising
Falyn Onifather project management
Gail Rigelhaupt creative direction
Michael Robinson operations and merchandising
Nancy Thiel architecture and design
Corinne Trang food consultation
Alex Vlack video production