All That Glitters Is Gold At BDNY 2016

By Becca Sass

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The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY – This November, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center opened its many glass doors for its annual Boutique Design New York trade fair (BDNY). Now in its seventh year of success, over 7,000 interior designers, architects, purchasing executives and hospitality owners enjoyed the gusto and energy of the trade fair which boasted a focused selection of statement-making design products for hotels, restaurants, spas and casinos. The stunning visual spaces created by the exhibitors within the main arena staged a stimulating conversation between manufacturers and industry visionaries.

Each space solicited contemplation of an array of design elements, coming together effortlessly in a remarkable collaboration between major design firms and exhibiting products. Through an immense application of colors in fabrics coupled with an intelligent use of lighting, product sponsors, and designers conjured an airy grace. A special theme that we particularly enjoyed was the shimmery gold hues as displayed in a variety of products on display in the booths. Delightful variations of gold were peppered across the show floor and took shape in mirrors, sconces, stylish faucets, and more. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite glimmering, gilded design pieces.

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2016 DIFFA National Grant Reception: An Evening of Giving

By Becca Sass

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Whether in the design community or beyond, we think it is critical to support the many organizations that are doing so much good in our communities. Next week, one such organization, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), is hosting a cocktail reception to announce its 2016 grantees. Representatives from Planned Parenthood of NYC, Alpha Workshops, God’s Love We Deliver, and 23 other organizations dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS will gather at the event to formally accept the grants.

Tickets benefit DIFFA and are available at: www.diffa.org/grantreception

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Tuesday, November 15
6 – 9 pm
CURRENT at Chelsea Piers
23rd Street West Side Highway
New York, NY

 

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Internationally Acclaimed Designer Shozo Toyohisa and Kaneka OLED Wrap Brilliant 2-Day Lighting Exhibition Showcasing Design, Technology and Imagination

By Katherine Smythe

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For two straight days, starting November 1st, a soft buzz filled the seventh floor of the prestigious Museum of Arts and Design (New York City) as a steady flow of industry professionals, design enthusiasts and members of the public patiently waited to step inside one of two illuminated enclosures.

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Visitors slipped white paper booties over their shoes in eager preparation for this unique presentation. Once seated inside the pristine enclosures, they saw the striking display of OLED panels by Kaneka Corporation, a leading technology-driven chemical manufacturer headquartered in Japan. In a matter of moments, the panels awashed the space in a stunningly smooth, soft light. Visitors remained fixated on the display in anticipation of its playful shifts in brightness which featured a wide spectrum of white light.

This engaging exhibition showcased the unique capabilities of Kaneka OLED technology through the imaginative lens of renowned Japanese lighting designer, Shozo Toyohisa (pictured below).

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OLED Technology produces beautiful, diffuse lighting. Toyohisa, the experienced lighting designer with a background in industrial design, envisioned many applications for OLED which offers ease of use, precise color consistency and flexibility. Whether used in displays for retail or hospitality settings, or as fixtures in residential interiors, OLED is an eco-friendly lighting choice.

For those who were unable to experience OLED Technology in person, either at the opening party on November 1st or during public visiting hours on November 2nd, they can expect additional collections of products by Kaneka OLED, including the official launch of Kaneka Luce set for release in early 2017.

 

SHoP Architects to Receive Design Miami/’s Design Visionary Award

By Christopher Farrell

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Each year, venerable design festival Design Miami/ presents its Design Visionary Award to an individual or group that has significantly impacted the wide world of design. Leading up to the fair, this year’s award – presented by luxury Italian watchmaker Officine Panerai – was bestowed upon New York City-based SHoP Architects. As the winners, SHoP has designed an entrance plaza for the fair, entitled Flotsam & Jetsam. The plaza explores the contemporary position of the city of Miami, alluding to the city’s beachside environment while speaking to its recent emergence as a center of creativity, art, and design. SHoP’s plaza will make extensive use of 3D printing technology, which it is committed to realizing on a larger, more structural scale. By using 3D printing in this context, SHoP intends to display how revolutionary building technology can work in tandem with the vibrant contemporary culture of Miami. After Design Miami/, Flotsam & Jetsam will be moved to the Miami Design District’s Jungle Plaza where it will host cultural programming in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

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SHoP Architects is currently working on several high profile projects. In Brooklyn, the firm’s plans for a 1,000+ foot tall residential tower at 9 DeKalb Avenue (Brooklyn’s tallest) promises to reshape the Brooklyn skyline and contribute to the ongoing vertical expansion of the borough. Also in New York City, SHoP is working on a master plan for the redesign of LaGuardia Airport, a new esplanade along the East River in Lower Manhattan, and residential and mixed use buildings throughout the city. SHoP’s ambitious program has been lauded for its positive contributions to New York’s urban landscape and recognized for its great dexterity in crafting spaces with a range of purposes that exceed the needs of their users and exist in harmony with their environment.

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In winning the Design Visionary Award – now in its third year – SHoP joins previous illustrious winners Yves Behar (2015) and Peter Marino (2014). SHoP’s presence at Design Miami/ gives the firm the opportunity to introduce its groundbreaking work to the dynamic metropolis of Miami and to contribute to the ongoing cultural renaissance of the city. Design Miami/ is a premier venue for design that brings designers, curators, collectors, and design enthusiasts together alongside Art Basel’s Miami fair in December and Art Basel in June.

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November 30 – December 4

Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Beach, Florida

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

By Christopher Farrell

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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.

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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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David Adjaye in Conversation with Spencer Bailey

Wednesday, October 19, 7:30 PM

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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.

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Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture

Grynasz Studio To Showcase European Design Trends at Tokyo Design Week

By Katie Bone

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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 Culture.pl, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Celebrating the Elle Decor Grand Hotel opening in Milan

By barbara

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(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.

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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.

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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”.

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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

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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 http://nycxdesign.com/.

4 Tips For Navigating designjunction #djkx

By danielle

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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.

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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.

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

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

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WANDERS’ WONDER

By barbara

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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.

 

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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!

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