sharing great design with the world

About Us

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


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 the way to an official NYCxDESIGN design week initiative, for which Shaw now serves on its 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 and 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
and branding

Michael Robinson operations and merchandising

Nancy Thiel architecture and design

Corinne Trang food consultation

Alex Vlack video production


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