Color Invasion 2014 – You’re late! For a Very Important Date!

By yvonne


“It’s always tea-time.” –The Hatter

Step into the fantasy world of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at this year’s Color Invasion, an annual theme party benefiting International Interior Design Association New York Chapter (IIDA NY) student activities and Design Awards Programs.

They will also be supporting The Pajama Program and providing a dropbox for new, unwrapped pajamas and books to individuals from infant to age 18. The program serves to help children and teenagers who have been abused, neglected, or living in poverty, and give them an opportunity to enjoy something as simple as clean pajamas. So, please be sure to bring a gift to help support this is wonderful cause!

Don’t be late for this very important date! Fall down the rabbit hole and come join the tea party – costumes are encouraged!

Color Invasion 2014 – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Waterfront Tunnel
hosted at a new location this year!
269 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Thursday, October 16th 2014 – 7PM-11PM

Purchase tickets HERE.


IFDA Chapters Take A Seat For Charity

By jacqui


On the heels of IFDA New York’s Take A Bow event, five other IFDA Chapters across the country are holding their Take A Seat charity auction galas over the next two weeks—in Philadelphia (October 10) Scottsdale, Boca Raton (both October 11), Washington DC (October 15), and San Francisco (October 16). Each event will benefit local charities devoted to the theme of “Helping Heroes At Home” by auctioning off upcycled chair artworks by creative design industry professionals in the local area. Visit Take A Seat for information on the initiative and links to each event.

Chair designed by interior designer Aleksander Alembert, which will be auctioned at IFDA Florida's Take A Seat gala. Cuban Impressionist painter Andres Conde painted the image for the back of the chair, which itself is a 1900 Rococo original.  Both Aleksander and Andres reside in Miami.  The chair is at $20,000.

Above: Chair by interior designer Aleksander Alembert, which will be auctioned at IFDA Florida’s Take A Seat gala at Boca Raton Museum of Art on Saturday October 11. Cuban Impressionist painter Andres Conde painted the image for the back of the chair, which itself is a 1900 Rococo original. Both Aleksander and Andres reside in Miami. The chair is at $20,000.

IFDA NY Takes a Bow

By danielle


The NY Chapter of the International Furniture and Design Association (IFDA) kicked off the month by honoring its 2014 Take a Seat chair designers — inviting them to take a bow.

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While the event was held at the Axor Design Studio in the Meatpacking, attendees had the opportunity to Skype with five other IFDA chapters including Boca Raton, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, San Francisco and Washington D.C who were opening up their own Take aSeat exhibitions that evening. The collaborative spirit didn’t end there as many from the NY crowd signed up to participate in IFDA’s first Habitat for Humanity NYC build.

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They also presented a check for $10,000 to the non-profit organization.

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Archtober & Open House NY Unlock the City

By jacqui


You say October, I say Archtober. Across New York City, a month-long festival of architecture comprising exhibitions, panels, and tours both on land and water is taking place—all in celebration of the city’s built environment in its myriad forms. A feature of the program is the architect-led Building of the Day series, which offers rare access to the interiors and grounds of 31 of the most intriguing structures and spaces in the five boroughs, from the offices of creative enablers Kickstarter to Post-Disaster Urban Interim Housing in Brooklyn. Speaking of open access, the 12th annual Open House New York Weekend will open many, many doors across the city this Saturday, October 11th and Sunday the 12th, with hundreds of sites and tours packed into two days, including a series curated by Interior Design magazine. It’s New York City unlocked!



By kristin


Last week we traveled to the epicenter of tile innovation for the 32nd edition of Cersaie. Held every year in Bologna, Italy in the Emilia Romagna region (where 3/4 of Italy’s ceramic tile production originates), the fair is the tile industry’s equivalent of the Milan Furniture Fair, where companies launch exciting new products for all manner of indoor and outdoor surfacing.


Toyo Ito delivered the keynote speech as part of the show’s Building, Dwelling, Thinking program. He was the sixth consecutive Pritzker prize winner to speak at Cersaie, attracting a crowd of over 1,000 architecture fans.


With Italian culture deep-rooted in design and architecture, it came as no surprise to see prominent figures such as Alessandro and Francesco Mendini, Robert Dawson and Jean Marie Massaud launching new tile collections with Italian manufacturers.


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In terms of trends, playful graphics were everywhere – from comic book illustrations to pop art and cultural references.

"Identity" by Ornamenta

“Identity” by Ornamenta

Hexagons made a huge comeback but with a modern twist – from textural overlays and three dimensional surfaces to micro and macro sizes.


“Details” by Tagina

The art of storytelling was also in full swing with brands reinterpreting historical patterns or taking inspirational cues from ancient myths.


“Fossil” designed by Kasia Zareba, winner of Refin’s Create Your Own Tile competition



Duravit Design Week + #Starck25

By Lucy


2014 marks Duravit and Philippe Starck’s 25th year of collaboration, and they’re celebrating this silver anniversary at Duravit’s annual Design Week! This Monday (October 6) from 6-8:30 PM, Metropolis Associate Editor Avinash Rajagopal and Duravit USA President Tim Schroeder will speak on a panel at DNYC discussing The Next Frontier of Technology in the Bathroom and how Duravit + Starck has played a unique role in shaping this evolution. The winner Duravit’s Designer Dream Bath competition will also be announced at the event! We can’t wait enjoy a fun night of design next week…hope to see you there!
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MADE Is Turning 8

By gillian zwengler


On September 16, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show threw an early birthday party for MADE at the Gilded Lily, an underground bar and nightclub in Chelsea. A fitting venue for a design-conscious crowd, the entirety of the space is surrounded by gold, cushioned seats and in the center, a massive chandelier hung from the ceiling, which created a mysterious, lighting effect throughout.


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re[Framing] Provincetown

By Lucy


The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is celebrating its centennial this year, and they’re transforming the community into an interactive art exhibit to mark the occasion. re[Framing] Provincetown: Animating History through Sharing fuses the past and the present, placing Provincetown artworks at their subject points and juxtaposing them with empty frames. The contrast between seeing the art and artist’s original viewpoint showcases the town’s beauty as well as its importance in the North American artistic world. Dispersed throughout the city in 25 locations, the project, conceived and curated by TsAO & McKOWN, also encourages viewer interaction. The empty frame practically begs to be filled with personal and social interactions, an ideal arrangement for appreciating 100-year-old art in today’s modern world.

re[Framing] Provincetown will be up through October 19. If you’re around New England, be sure to stop through and share your new Provincetown memories and experiences via #reframingptown!

photos courtesy of TsAO & McKOWN

photos courtesy of TsAO & McKOWN

On Now: Detroit Design City

By alexandra


Once known for its booming auto industry, Detroit is now home to a growing design community that supports the local economy and is helping to revitalize the area. The fourth annual celebration, which runs through September 28th, is the brainchild of The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), which connects Detroit’s creative talent to global markets, advocates for policies and programs that support the local design and manufacturing of consumer products, and promotes Detroit’s design and creative talent. The work of hundreds of designers and creative practitioners from the region will be on display for visitors.


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Spin Ceramics US Opening

By yvonne


Last week, Spin Ceramics, a porcelain and stoneware company from Shanghai, successfully celebrated the opening of their flagship store in the SoHo district of New York City. Located on Crosby Street, the grand opening also marks their debut into the US.

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12 Faces vase set designed by Tong Wei.

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