IFDA Take A Seat Hits NYC Tonight

By Lucy


Today’s post comes from Design-Calendar special guest, Rachele!

Join the annual Take a Seat Auction Gala tonight, May 27, and you will have a chance to buy a beautiful chair and at the same time, support Habitat for Humanity NYC.

Take A Seat is an ongoing project of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), and it promotes talent within the design community fulfilling our mission to service others. Rescued and recreated chairs made by some of New York City’s leading design professionals have been displayed at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and now will be auctioned off at IFDA’s 3rd Annual Charity Auction with Michael Tavano as master of ceremonies.

We hope some of you will be there to support this fantastic cause!


By alessandra



NYCxDESIGN wouldn’t be complete without an Italian touch! This morning, the famous Italian kitchen brand Scavolini hosted “American Architects meet Italian Design” as part of International Design Appointments: a special breakfast series with lectures and talks.

James Biber of Biber Architects, the lead architect of the USA Pavilion at EXPO Milano 2015, was the guest of honor and presented his contemporary and technologically advanced project for the EXPO, American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet, which was designed in collaboration with dlandstudio (landscape design), Thinc Design (exhibit design), and Pentagram (graphic design), in addition to a team of experts, collaborators, and facilitators.

James Biber with Francesco Farina, CEO of Scavolini, for Interni Magazine at the American Architects meet Italian Design event.

James Biber on the role of architecture during Expos throughout history.

If breakfast isn’t your thing, we recommend trying Ed’s Lobster Bar at 222 Lafayette Street.



By danielle



AD15_evite_01Monday night (May 18) marks the annual Opening Night at the Architects and Designers Building. This trade-only event is co-hosted by Interior Design. There will be 37 showrooms, including leading brands such as Smeg USA, Miele, Listone Giordano wood floors and the debutant Cosentino Surface, all under the same roof with hundreds of products and auction items on every floor to benefit DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. We suggest starting at the top and working your way down. And bring your fitbits to log in all those stairs/steps!



Please be sure to RSVP.



Monday 18th May

From 5 to 8 pm



A&D Building

150 East 58th Street

New York


Where to eat: While you can snack on just about every floor, if you are still hungry try Sandro’s incredible Italian cuisine.


Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2015

By cody


It’s that time of year again! Today marked the opening of the 43rd annual Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. This event is a must-see for all design and real estate enthusiasts. This year, a hand-selected group of 22 designers and architects were asked to transform the historical Arthur Sachs Mansion, located on the Upper East Side. The mansion, built in 1909 by the legendary Buchman & Fox architectural firm, boasts a limestone façade in Beaux-Arts style. The townhouse was recently put on the market for $35 million – which will buy you five floors of masterly designed décor, a pool, garden, elevator and a nice view of Andy Warhol’s old digs across the street. Arthur Sachs, son of Goldman Sachs partner Samuel Sachs, lived in the house for 10 years before building a larger mansion a few blocks away. Shortly after, the French-inspired townhouse was purchased by Lewis Brown Gawtry, a wealthy banker and prominent figure in various North American energy companies. His family would throw lavish parties in the mansion including the wedding of his daughter, Olive, to Robert Wallace Tilney.  In 1944, Dr. Gerald O’Brien bought the house, where he allegedly treated the infamous mobster, Frank Costello. Full of history, this mansion is a perfect choice for the Kips Bay exhibition.

Arthur Sachs Mansion

Beginning in 1973, the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse fundraiser was created to help the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. The money raised is donated to New York City after-school and enrichment programs. The foundation currently reaches over 10,000 children at 10 locations throughout the Bronx. It ensures that under-privileged young people are given educational and developmental opportunities and realize their potential and importance.

This year’s designers include: Alan Tanksley, Inc.; Bennett Leifer Interiors; Branca; Cathy Kincaid Interiors; Christopher Peacock; Clive Christian; David Phoenix Inc.; Drake Design Associates; Gail Green Interiors; Greener by Design; Home Works; Janice Parker Landscape Architects; Mark D. Sikes Inc.; McMillen Inc.; Michael Herold Design; Paul + Martha; Pavarini Design; Philip Mitchell Design; Ronald Bricke & Associates, Inc.; Rottet Studio; Thom Filicia Inc.; and Tilton Fenwick. They spent eight weeks renovating and restoring the mansion. This elegant stunner will definitely be a great source for design inspiration (and will have us checking our back pockets for that $35 million). Visitors can also look forward to fantastic décor from Ascot CeramicheBeacon Hill, The Shade Store, Kravet, DacorAKDO, 1stDibs, and more!

Ascot_Kips Bay

Gail Green Interiors’ homage to Keith Haring using tiles from Ascot Ceramiche’s “Game of Fifteen” collection. Photo: Lucea Spinelli Photography



It will be open to the public seven days a week from May 14th – June 11th. For more information go to: http://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/index.htm.

Best way(s) to get there:

58 East 66th Street – Between Madison and Park
New York City, 10065

6 Train at 68th St./Hunter College  OR  F Train at 63rd St./Lexington Ave

Madison Avenue & E 66th St. Stop – M1, M3, M4
Madison Avenue & E 67th St. Stop – M66
Fifth Avenue & E 67th St. –  Stop M72
Fifth Avenue & E 65th St. Stop – M1, M2-LTD, M3, M4

There are numerous parking garages available nearby. Including Manhattan Parking Group and Prime Parking Systems.

Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday evenings: until 8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Admission $35 – This includes Journal


Looking for a great place to eat? We recommend Match 65 (only one block away!) for some delicious French food.

29 East 65th Street – Between Madison and Park


By danielle



If you love art and design, than there’s no better time to be in New York City! Taking place from May 14 to 17, the fourth edition of Frieze New York will return to Randall’s Island Park and join the NYCxDESIGN program of events.

Over the four days, more than 190 art dealers from all around the world will exhibit their works in one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs.



Nearly 200 contemporary galleries will participate, 30% of which are based in New York. Some of our favorites include: the Pace Gallery, which is planning a presentation of new drawings by Richard Tuttle; the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, who will show works from several artists and the Andrea Rosen Gallery, in which the artist Michael St. John is curating a show titled “My Way”.

The fair will be divided in two main parts – “Focus” and “Frame”. In the “Focus” section, galleries have been selected on the basis of a proposed solo stand or curated project, specifically conceived for the fair. Those participating in Focus will have opened in or after 2003 and debut works not previously seen within an art fair context. “Frame” is a section dedicated to galleries established less than eight years ago. Galleries have been selected on the basis of a proposed solo presentation. Frame allows visitors and collectors to see work by artists who have not previously benefitted from an international platform to show their work.

The fair will once again host the Frieze Talks, a daily program of keynote lectures and discussions, including a talk-show type panel hosted by the irreverent comedian Casey Jane Ellison featuring writer Karley Sciortino and artist Leilah Weinraub. The Frieze Education Program will give access high school students and children from underserved communities across all five boroughs access to arts programs, with a combination of workshops and tours for school groups. Participants leading the workshops include artists Urs Fischer and Julie Mehretu, Triple Canopy, Cleopatra’s the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and Material for the Arts (MFTA). Frieze Sounds is programmed and curated by Cecilia Alemani and presented with BMW. This year’s program brings together three artists that work in the space between sound, installation and performance. The three commissions all explore avant-garde composition, incorporating archive elements that use collage as a starting point. Frieze Sounds will be premiered in the VIP cars at Frieze New York. The works will also be accessible via a listening station inside the fair and streamed online at friezeprojectsny.org.


As in previous editions, the fair will takes place under a large tent on Randall’s Island, in upper Manhattan’s East River, which can be easily reached by Bus ($8 round-trip), running from outside the Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets approximately every 10 minutes, or by Ferry ($19 round-trip), running from the 35th Street Ferry Dock on the East River every 30 minutes.

The Frieze Art Fair will also offer an incredible choice of eating and drinking options, including some of New York’s most loved eateries, such as Frankie Spuntino Restaurant, Court Street Grocers and Parlor Coffee.


Opening Days

Wednesday, May 13: Invitation-only Preview

Thursday, May 14  11am – 7pm

Friday, May 15       11am – 7pm

Saturday, May 16  11am – 7pm

Sunday, May 17    11am – 6pm



By danielle


unnamedThere’s only a few hours left until the 2015 Alpha Awards!

2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of the New York City-based non-profit The Alpha Workshops, an organization that provides creative HIV-positive individuals with training and employment in the decorative arts.

This year over 350 influential New Yorkers will come together in an effort to raise awareness and funding in support of The Alpha Workshops’ $300,000 benefit goal.

If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, there’s still time!

And fear not – if you can’t make it to the live auction, you can access it online (https://www.501auctions.com/alphaawards), from Tuesday, April 28 through Tuesday, May 12 until 8:00 PM.

Murano Venetian Glass, Enrique Garcel Table, trips to Mexico and the possibility of hosting a cocktail party for your friends at the home of Jamie Drake are only few of the items up for grabs.

Time is money in this frenetic neighborhood but Delmonico’s on the 56 Beaver Street is always worth the time (and the money!).



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Program begins at 6:45 p.m.



The Broad Street Ballroom

41 Broad Street (Between Beaver St. & Exchange Pl.)

New York City


For more information: http://alphaworkshops.org

Viva Las Vegas! HD Expo 2015

By Lucy


There’s plenty abuzz in NYC, but our minds are currently set on Sin City, where the annual HD Expo will take place later this week! Some of our favorite brands will be showing in Vegas, debuting new lines of textiles, tile, and more. Here are a few of our top picks:

Robert Allen Contract – (booth 4017) Robert Allen Contract will debut their latest collaboration with esteemed hospitality designer Kirk Nix: The Penthouse Collection.

Royal Botania – (booth 3623) Belgian design at its best will be on display. Products from the outdoor furnishings manufacturer will be part of the Flanders Investment & Trade booth.

And for all you 80s babies out there, be sure to check out the HD Expo Opening Night Party on Wednesday (http://registration.experientevent.com/showhde151/default.aspx?flowcode=attendee)! This shindig at the House of Blues will feature all of your favorite retro tunes…scrunchies and oversized cell phones encouraged!

ICFF 2015

By danielle




NYCxDESIGN isn’t complete with ICFF. Now under the leadership of Emerald Expositions, the 27th International Contemporary Furniture Fair will be held from May 16 to 19 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

ICFF 2015 will be a hotspot for the newest trends in contemporary furniture, lighting, seating, carpet and outdoor furniture, materials and the latest topics in modern design, decoration and contemporary art.


The four-day fair covers 165,000 square feet of show-floor and features more than 700 exhibitors from all around the world. Handcrafted objects from Grain, furniture from Boca do Lobo, the futuristic storage for vinyl record collectors from Wax Rax, amazing lighting sculptures from Lasvit, Italian furniture from Francesco della Femina, bath fixtures from Duravit are just a few of the products on our radar. We can’t wait to see which exhibitors are selected for the annual ICFF Editors Awards.

In terms of programming, ICFF Talks, the show’s educational series, brings together a stellar cast covering a range of current topics. ICFF Studio, a partnership between the Fair and Bernhardt Design, is a juried platform for young designers to showcase prototypes to manufacturers. The Studio has helped to launch the careers of a number of today’s stars.

New major additions to the Fair in 2015 include HO.MI The Italian Lifestyle Event, presenting some 150 leading and emerging luxury furniture, lighting and interior accessories providers from Italy, and Luxe. interiors + design, the Luxury Interiors showcase, featuring the leading brands in the high end interiors space.


The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York City, 11th Avenue at 38th Street can be easily reached by car or by subway, taking the A/C/E trains to Penn Station.

While it is hard to find a good spot to eat near the Convention Center, Hell’s Kitchen is very close. The neighborhood offers a diverse collection of restaurants. Totto Ramen, one of the best Ramen restaurant in New York City, is always worth the trip.


Saturday, May 16

and Sunday, May 17

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 18

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


Trade and General Public

Tuesday, May 19

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Culture.PL Makes Graphic Statement at WantedDesign

By Lucy


Following their WantedDesign debut in 2014, our friends from Poland are back! Culture.PL will present at 2015’s show, this time with a focus on graphic design in the exhibit InsideOut. With three parts — hand-made, hand-produced, and hand-thought — the exhibit showcases the breadth of Polish design, displaying the starting point, the process, and the final result of these incredible pieces.

The show will also mark the US debut of Culture.PL’s new book VeryGraphic: Polish Designers of the 20th Century. This comprehensive history of Polish graphic design features the country’s achievements in posters, books and covers, typography, logos, packaging, and more. To celebrate the book’s launch, its editor Jacek Mrowczyk will join InsideOut curator Agata Syzdlowska for the panel Inside Polish Graphic Design at WantedDesign on Sunday, May 17 from 10:30-11:30 AM. Senior Curator for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Ellen Lupton will moderate the discussion, and following, there will a book signing and Polish goodies (!!) back at the InsideOut space. We’ve also heard rumors of a poster giveaway…either way, this dynamic exhibit is on our hit list for NYC Design Week! We’ll see you there!

WantedDesign Manhattan
May 15-18 2015
Terminal Stores (269 11th Ave) New York, NY


By danielle



Collective design, which celebrates design innovation and thinking is holding its third annual fair, from May 13 to 17. Attendees will enjoy selected works from a global roster of established and emerging galleries; have the chance to meet its founder, architect Steven Learner, and mingle with a passionate group of designers, architects and gallerists.

The fair features New York’s most exciting voices as well as established and emerging galleries from across the world’s creative capitals, including Madrid, Milan and Stockholm, among others.


j-lohmannOver all five days, 29 exhibitors, including Kinder Modern, Nicholas Kilner, Vance Trimbler and Garrido Gallery from Spain, will show their work in a fair that is more than a commercial platform; it’s an opportunity to explore the significance of design across creative disciplines and everyday life.



In 2015, the fair will present an exciting program of curator-led tours, a series of Collective Conversations with leaders from the design community and special installations, such as the suspended lights that play with intensely reflective surfaces, ultra-light LEDS and the color gold by the internationally acclaimed lighting designer Ingo Maurer or the site-specific installation that expresses artist Isamu Noguchi’s distinctive spatial concepts and signature sculptural forms.


This year the event will be held in a new and unexpected location in Skylight Clarkson Sq, 550 Washington Street, between West Houston and Spring Streets and can be reached easily by car or by subway; the closest subway stations are the 1 train at Houston Street and the C/E trains at Spring Street.

MAY 13-17, 2015

Fair Hours:

Wednesday, May 13, 11am-8pm

Thursday, May 14, 11am-8pm

Friday, May 15, 11am-9pm

Saturday, May 16, 11am-8pm

Sunday, May 17, 11am-5pm

Bounded by Soho, Tribeca and the West Village, Hudson Square exhibits a medley of characteristics borrowed from its surrounding neighborhoods and The Ear Inn, one of the oldest bars in New York City, said to have been established in 1817 and built by George Washington’s aide, always worth the trip.

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