Architects in Their Own Words: The Top 3 Architecture Talks of Archtober

By Christopher Farrell


New York’s month long architecture fest – the aptly named Archtober – is well underway again. As in previous years, this year’s schedule includes a host of architect lectures and discussions that provide unparalleled insight into the ideas and approaches of the field’s leading minds. Here’s our picks for three brilliant speakers from this year’s programming that you should be sure to check out in the coming weeks.

David Chipperfield AIA Lecture 

Monday, October 17, 6:00-8:00PM

AIANY Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place

New York, NY 10012

The work of British-born architect David Chipperfield and his firm spans the globe – the firm has four offices managing current projects in New York, Stockholm, London, and Seoul – and encompasses a wide range of different building types. The firm has gained significant praise and renown for museum and art institution projects, including the stunningly geometric Museo Jumex in Mexico City and the reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin, which brilliantly combines old and new structures. David Chipperfield will deliver the 10th annual Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture at the AIA’s Andrew Berman designed Center for Architecture space. He will discuss the firms many museum projects, addressing his approach and the challenges at hand, including the changing role of the museum.


Museo Jumex, Mexico City


Deborah Berke Lecture

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 PM

NYSID Auditorium

170 East 70th Street

New York, NY 10021

Deborah Berke will speak at the New York School of Interior Design on her work and her role in the design world. Berke is the dean of the Yale School of Architecture and the founder of the eminent architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners. Berke and her firm have completed many significant projects including the 21c Museum Hotels, the interiors of the attention grabbing 432 Park Avenue condominium, and stunning private homes throughout the U.S. She is also the author of a new book, House Rules: An Architect’s Guide to Modern Life, which explores her approach to residential projects and was published by Rizzoli earlier this year.

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Interior of 432 Park Avenue, New York, NY

David Adjaye in Conversation with Spencer Bailey

Wednesday, October 19, 7:30 PM


1395 Lexington Ave

New York, NY 10128

As Archtober continues to attract a wide range of dynamic and arts oriented institutions to its roster of events, the 92nd Street Y will play host to Tanzania-born architect David Adjaye, who has gained significant attention for his firm’s design of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington DC. Adjaye will discuss the visually complex and historically meaningful project as well as other work his firm has recently completed with Spencer Bailey, Surface magazine’s editor-in-chief.


Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture

Grynasz Studio To Showcase European Design Trends at Tokyo Design Week

By Katie Bone


Warsaw-based Grynasz Studio, is getting ready to present their exhibit “Elements” at Tokyo Design Week in Meiji-Jingu Gaien Mae from November 2-7th. Organized in cooperation with, Elements will provide a narrative for emerging trends as explored by the multidisciplinary team of designers at Grynasz, working in collaboration with major European design companies and manufacturers. From collections of bowls, coffee cups, and spoons, to poufs and seats, the designs will showcase innovative ways of thinking about the products we use in day to day life and how they can be transformed to enhance their function.

The SLOW seat designed for MEESH, blends Polish woodworking technology with the traditions and experiences of Portuguese craftspeople, resulting in a compact piece of furniture that lends itself both as a storage container as well as a place to sit.

SLOW seat created for MEESH

SLOW is complimented by CORAL, a simple and elegant pouf inspired by organic structures and subaqueous colors, that inspires users to relax and slow down – a recent trend in the design world as the new concept of luxury appeals to comfort and wellness.

CORAL pouf from MEESH

CORAL pouf created for MEESH

NERO and MIODOWNIK, both 3D printed by Infinitech in stainless steel, look to the past to create thoughtful solutions to the simple act of drinking coffee or tea. Inspired by the Italian tradition of serving espresso in a heated vessel, NERO is designed to retain warmth for an extended period of time. Referencing the form of a honeycomb, MIODOWNIK is a honey spoon designed to prevent drips as the honey is transported from the jar to the cup.

NERO espresso cup printed in stainless steel

NERO espresso cup 3D printed in stainless steel

MIODOWNIK honey spoon 3D printed in stainless steel

Made in cooperation with the Karolina Porcelain Tableware Factory, the CZAJ collection is a family of tea cups, coffee cups and bowls. They’re designed to be stacked and easily stored, while the funnel-like opening at the top makes them easy to fill and prevents spillage.

The CZAJ collection

The CZAJ collection

Each of these elegantly simple designs can be seen at Tokyo Design Week from November 2-7th.


Celebrating the Elle Decor Grand Hotel opening in Milan

By barbara



(Milan, Oct. 5, 2016) A warm fall night was the setting of the beautiful opening of the Elle Decor Grand Hotel exhibition in Milan.

The party was packed and the crowd spilled out into the street of the extraordinary entrance of Palazzo Morando.


Room #11, Accueil - a large lamp that acts as an illuminated wall, by Piero Lissoni. Ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo

Room #11, Accueil – a large lamp that acts as an illuminated wall, by Piero Lissoni. Ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo


The courtyard of the Elle Decor Grand Hotel

The courtyard of the Elle Decor Grand Hotel

Elle Decor asked two exceptional international designers – Piero Lissoni and Patricia Urquiola – to interpret the installation-exhibition hotel.

The designers worked on two different sections of the exhibition; Piero Lissoni, focused his creativity on Hotel Particulier, the reception area and spaces for socializing, and Patricia Urquiola expressed her talent on Stanzas, bedrooms and private areas of the hotel.


Piero Lissoni says he “designed a hotel that was not a hotel, but more an aristocratic hostel, by simply changing how the spaces looked and using the signature style of the Italian architects active between the 16th and the 17th centuries”.

Palazzo Morandi, a magnificent 17th century buildings in Milan, probably inspired the designer to conceive unique spaces like the Bibliothèque or the Fumoir halls, where a mix of iconic pieces of design like the Taccia and the Toio lamp by Castiglioni brothers or the LC3 by Le Corbusier match with contemporary chairs like the M16 by DePadova.

Room #22 by Patricia Urquiola, ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo

Room #22 by Patricia Urquiola, ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo

Patricia Urquiola believes the Stanzas project is all about emotions and memories. She says “For me the room is always a private, personal limit, inferring isolation and protection. It hence my horizon of affectionate intimacy with Milan: ‘Vico and Maddalena’ introduced me to the Shakers; Ponti, Albini, Caccia Dominioni…; the brief sojourn of Charlotte Perriand at the Triennale…; and the Fiorucci, Memphis and so many courtyards in a cultural, bold Milan”.

Fabrizio Pignoloni of Dotdotdot meets with Barbara Musso of Novità Italia

Fabrizio Pignoloni of Dotdotdot meets with Barbara Musso of Novità Italia

We are personally very proud to have met once again with the Dotdotdot team that coordinated the project installation. We have been knowing them since the beginning of their career and every time we see them in action they manage to surprise us!


NYCEDC Announces NYCxDESIGN 2017 Dates

By danielle


New Yok City’s celebration of global design will run from May 3-24, 2017


NYC design industry is a major economic driver of the City’s economy generating over $500 million in City tax revenue annually

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-12-02-41-pmNew York, NY – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced that NYCxDESIGN 2017 will run from May 3rd – 24th.  The fifth annual celebration of global design will increase from two to three weeks for 2017.  The extended program for 2017 will allow for expanded programming in venues throughout the City with more details to be released later this year.

NYCxDESIGN 2016 featured over 500 events throughout the five boroughs including the Design Pavilion at Astor Place Plaza and the first annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, presented by Interior Design magazine and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Awardees consisted of companies and design leaders who excelled in design fields such as urban design, fashion, architecture, technology, public space projects and more. For a full list of this year’s winners, visit 2016 NYCxDESIGN Awardees.

“New York is the most innovative city in the world and NYCxDESIGN is one way we are able to recognize, not only, design talent in the five boroughs, but also our world-renowned design schools and businesses that are leading the way. Design and innovation makes our city unique and moves our world forward,” Mayor de Blasio said.

NYCxDESIGN 2017 will be the biggest and best citywide celebration of global design since its inception five years ago, uniting New Yorkers and industry leaders in learning more about the power of design,” said NYCEDC Maria Torres-Springer.  “With over 50,000 designers employed at over 7,500 firms and generating over $500 million in City tax revenue, the City’s growing design sector plays a critical role in our economy and NYCEDC is proud to support its continued growth.”

“The New York City Council is excited to have NYCxDESIGN back for another year to help design communities from all over the world showcase some of the most innovative and diverse designs they have to offer,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.  “We want designers and manufacturers to be inspired by what this city has to offer and use New York City as their blank canvas to put their design in the spotlight. I want to thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation for their efforts to drive economic development through the attraction of more designers to the city.”

Missed last year’s celebration? Visit NYCEDC’s Flickr page for hi-resolution photos. To learn more about NYCxDESIGN and how you can be part of the action, visit

4 Tips For Navigating designjunction #djkx

By danielle



London can be pricey and popular this time of year. The team at designjunction has shared 4 simple ways to help maximize your time at this amazing fair.

Book in advance. Tickets are £12 standard advance or £15 on the door. Trade professionals arefree in advance and £15 on the door.


Print your badge. Prior planning means you can skip the queues and access all four areas as soon as you arrive. If you forget, there are printers onsite.


Download Junction. It’s the digital version of the event guide, which includes show highlights, exclusive interviews and the full exhibitor directory.


Check out Traces. The Traces app lets you discover KXCQ special offers and discounts from local creative businesses, restaurants, shops and hotels.



By barbara


Marcel Wanders' ceramic tile collection for Ceramica Bardelli

Marcel Wanders’ ceramic tile collection for Ceramica Bardelli


We have been invited to the Milanese preview of the latest collections of Ceramica Bardelli.

The exciting collaboration between the eclectic Dutch designer Marcel Wanders and Ceramica Bardelli has as a result two astonishing collections: Eve and Sofia hand painted tiles. Different layers of screen-printing make each tile unique and enhance a pattern with intriguing optical effects.

We love patterns and we fell in love with both the Sofia and Eve collections. Their unique designs encourage playing with the non-directional pattern to elaborate infinite layouts.


Marcel Wanders' Collection for Ceramica Bardelli

Marcel Wanders’ Collection for Ceramica Bardelli – Details


Countdown for Cersaie, the International exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, has started.


More news to come.


Stay tuned!

Diffa’s Picnic by Design Fundraiser Returns to NYC

By Cornelia Holzbauer


Up for a picnic? Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is hosting its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser on September 7, Picnic By Design® at the Mercantile Annex in Midtown! Guests will have the chance to bid on beautifully designed picnic baskets, created by renowned New York City tastemakers.

Picnic By Design 2016

Diffa’s Picnic by Design®

Picnic by Design combines high-end design, food and a fun atmosphere at a beautiful venue. Dawn Roberson, Director of Special Events at DIFFA, notes, “This event grows each year and continues to serve as a platform for young and emerging designers to raise awareness for the cause while celebrating epic design.”

DIFFA’s Mission: Combat HIV/AIDS

DIFFA’s mission is to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The charity organization was founded in 1984 and has since grown into one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS Service and education in the country. So far, DIFFA has granted more than $41 million to nonprofit organizations combating HIV/AIDS across the United States. Picnic By Design® is just one of its popular events raising awareness and funds for a serious cause, while engaging designers and showcasing their work.

Designers: “Repeat Offenders” & “Newbies”

This year’s basket designers are, as always, an amazing group–including “repeat offenders” such as: Antoinette Loupe Interiors, MoDmade NY and VDA Designs as well as first-time participants: KWG Design, Mee Tran + Phuong Huyn, Stacy Garcia, FXFOWLE, Wills Design Associates, Stantec Architecture are just a few who will contribute their unique creative work. Media Sponsors include Interior Design and Modern Luxury Manhattan. Food and Beverages will be provided by Cliffton Dry, STK Restaurants, Canard Inc., and more.

Tickets & Sponsoring

Tickets are now available for an Early Bird Price of $125, increasing to $150 on August 25. Purchase them here. Want to become a sponsor? Inquire here. Find more information about DIFFA’s combat against HIV/AIDS and their successful fundraising programs here.

Event: DIFFA’s Annual Summer Fundraiser: Picnic by Design
Date: September 7, 2016

Time: 6 – 9pm EST
Location: Mercantile Annex, 517 West 37th Street, NYC

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The 2015 picnic basket my MoDmade NY was a work of art. Photo by Erik Bardin, courtesy of Interior Design.

Antoinette Loupe

VDA Designs, “Repeat Offender” at Picnic By Design®. Photo by Erik Bardin, Courtesy of Interior Design

Vanessa Deleon:VDA Designs

Antoinette Loupe’s contribution included a message from the heart in French. Photo by Erik Bardin, courtesy of Interior Design.

The Met Expands Programming on MetFriday

By danielle


The Met Expands Programming on MetFridays

This Summer with Live Performances, Featured Events, and Restaurant Specials

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MetFridays: New York’s Night Out is expanding this summer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the addition of thematic programming on July 22 at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters, and extended evening hours at The Met Cloisters through Labor Day.

On July 22, a concert will highlight MetFridays: Extreme Measures at The Met Fifth Avenue. That same evening at The Met Cloisters, the quartet Jazz and Honey will perform music from the 1930s, the decade in which The Cloisters was inaugurated.

Each of the three Met locations will have special MetFridays offerings this summer:


MetFridays at The Met Fifth Avenue


More than 5,000 years of art come alive at the Museum’s landmark building, The Met Fifth Avenue. On MetFridays, when this location is open until 9 p.m. on Friday nights throughout the year, visitors can enjoy a drink, music, and conversation with friends, or immerse themselves in a range of exhibitions and programs.

A full list of MetFridays: Pride programming and activities at The Met Fifth Avenue is available on The Met website.

MetFridays: Extreme Measures, on July 22, invites visitors to discover the power of objects large and small through interactive gallery chats, art making, music, and more. A concert by Bansuri flutist Jay Gandhi will take place in connection with the exhibition Divine Pleasures: Painting from India’s Rajput Courts—The Kronos Collections (June 14–September 12), and a special Drop-in Drawing session will feature live models wearing garments inspired by the exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (on view through August 14).

The Met Fifth Avenue offers food and drink specials every Friday evening as part of MetFridays. The Roof Garden Bar is presenting an artful cocktail menu inspired by The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) (on view through October 31, weather permitting), featuring one of their most popular offerings, the Red Barn Sangria. Throughout June, the Great Hall Balcony Bar will host a menu inspired by the exhibition Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (on view through July 17), drawing on the cuisine of the ancient city of Pergamon (now known as Bergama, in present-day Turkey), and featuring light appetizers-perfect for sharing with friends while enjoying a drink.

Museum Members can enjoy priority service at the new Members Rooftop Bar located on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, open every Friday and Saturday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. The Members Rooftop Bar, open only to Museum members, will feature a selection of summer cocktails and offer unparalleled views of the New York City skyline.

Other MetFridays activities occurring at The Met Fifth Avenue on a more regular basis include concerts by string quartet ETHEL and Friends on the Balcony Bar, Museum Highlights tours, Drop-in Drawing sessions, and The Observant Eye, in which visitors spend time investigating and discussing a particular work of art.

Full schedule of public hours at The Met Fifth Avenue


MetFridays at The Met Cloisters


Visitors can experience the wonders of medieval European art, architecture, and gardens at The Met Cloisters until 7:30 p.m. on Fridays through Labor Day. The Met Cloisters overlooks the majestic Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park and derives its name from the portions of five medieval cloisters that have been incorporated into its overall structure.

On Friday, August 26, at 6 p.m., The Met Cloisters will host a tastingof German white wines of the Mosel with importer Stephen Bitterolf, founder of vom Boden Fine Wines.

Jazz and Honey at The Met Cloisters will take place at 6 p.m. during the July 29 MetFridays. Trumpeter Alex Nguyen and his quartet will perform music from the 1930s, the decade when this jewel on the Hudson was designed, built, and opened to the public. Visitors will be able to taste the flavors of the summer season with a sampling of local honey and learn about the ancient practice of beekeeping.

The Trie Café at The Met Cloisters offers a thoughtful selection of wine and beer, chosen to complement the gardens and inspired by the Saint-Guilhem cloister. The heritage of all of the wine and beer selections can be traced to the medieval era.

Extended Summer Hours at The Met Cloisters are made possible by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Full schedule of public hours at The Met Cloisters


MetFridays at The Met Breuer


The Met Breuer extends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art program to the iconic building designed by Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue at 75th Street in Manhattan. On every Friday throughout the year, The Met Breuer is open until 9 p.m.

Exhibitions on view at The Met Breuer this summer are: Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible(through September 4) and diane arbus: in the beginning (July 12–November 27, 2016).

For more information on these exhibitions, please visit

Full schedule of public hours at The Met Breuer


MetFridays Hours

When: Every Friday evening

Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, open until 9 p.m.

                    The Met Breuer, open until 9 p.m.

                    The Met Cloisters, open until 7:30 p.m., May 27–September 5

NEW TALENT SPOTLIGHT: FIVE DESIGNERS TO WATCH: Presented By Metropolis In Partnership With Neocon

By danielle


At Neocon 2016, Metropolis debuted five new talents who are developing key designs for the future, in a curated installation.  An architectural adventure, a weaver, an artist, lighting makers and a pair of experimental neo-traditionalists—all formed part of this inaugural class. If you missed this group of innovators at the Mart read below for or recap and also check them out in the June issue of Metropolis June.

Photo Credit Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit Jessica Pierotti

 Pete Oyler, Nora Mattingly

Assembly Design is a studio that creates high quality furniture and objects with a forward-thinking aesthetic; employing both traditional and experimental techniques, our work is fresh, thoughtful, and made with care. Displaying L2, 2x Glass Vases, 2x Glass Bowls (Sm)

Photo Credit Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit Jessica Pierotti

Robert Zurn, Brenda Zurn

DAMM makes well crafted, original, hand- made objects and believes honest elemental materials and a thoughtful aesthetic speak for themselves. Displaying Theorem, Fovea, Myron, and Untitled

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

 Allison Newmeyer, Stewart Hicks

Design With Company is a Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer architectural adventure. Displaying New Talent installation design

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

 Dee Clements

Herron is a Textile Brand + Weaving Studio in Chicago that focuses on bold, graphic hand woven rugs, blankets, pillows and wall hangings by marrying an artistic process with ethical responsibility.
Displaying Primary + Secondary Rug, Sunset Blanket (Natural)

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti


Steven Haulenbeek is a multidisciplinary artist and designer concentrating in process-based, material-driven furniture and objects. Displaying Seed Bowls, Ice-Cast Bronze
Side Table, Ice-Cast Bronze Vessel

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

ASID NY Metro, Bloomingdale’s and Modern Luxury Manhattan “Summer Entertaining Soirée”

By danielle


ASID NY Metro, Bloomingdale’s and Modern Luxury Manhattan 
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Learn how to host the ultimate summer affair – from a lavish garden party to a beach house soirée. Join the city’s top designers as they bring their unique vision of summer entertaining to life.
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Thursday, June 23
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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including a luxe NYC staycation for two! 
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