Can you dig it? Bathrooms of the ’70s

By cody


Throwback Thursday to the “far out” bathroom interiors of the 1970’s.  The Hansgrohe Aquademie in Schiltach, Germany, is hosting an exhibition entitled, “The Seventies Bathroom in Europe, Asia and South America.” The exhibition compares bathrooms from different continents and analyzes the social, economic and political factors in Europe, Asia and South America during this era that influenced bathroom design.

The display was developed by Indonesian architect Budi Pradono and Roman Passarge, Manager of the Hansgrohe Aquademie, in conjunction with Mathias Klotz, curator from Chile. Arkas Förstner is responsible for the bathroom’s design.

The 1970’s was a groovy decade for Hansgrohe.  The Sixty Shower set, designed by Baum, was released in 1970 and became the first product designed by a designer to appear on the market. It came in orange, black and white.  In 1974, Esslinger Design created the Tri-bel handshower for Hansgrohe. This product was the first of its kind to have three different jet types. It was available in blue, red, white, brown and yellow. Hansgrohe’s team in Black Forest won their first design award for these products, setting the standards for a successful award-winning future.

The exhibition will be on display through April 3, 2016.



Margaret Russell Live-sculpted Tomorrow at MAD!

By cody


Architectural Digest’s Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell will be live-sculpted at the Museum of Arts and Design tomorrow.   What does live-sculpting entail? Master portrait sculptor Michael Evert, a longtime collaborator of New York-based designer Ralph Pucci, will create a bust of Margaret Russell in front of museum guests. It will probably resemble one of these.   This event is in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin. Ralph Pucci is well known for his innovative approach to the statuesque form of the mannequin. His interpretations of mannequins go far beyond what we are used to seeing – they are dynamic, often playful and they reflect major cultural trends of the past three decades.

This is not only a chance to see the fabulous Margaret Russell, but also an opportunity to observe the incredibly talented Michael Evert in action and visit this fascinating exhibit that crosses the boundaries between design, art and fashion.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 6:00 PM

Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

2nd Floor Galleries, MAD

Photo Credit: Eric Scott


Partially Finished Mannequin Head Revealing Fiberglass Structure, 2014 Collection of Ralph Pucci; Photo by Antoine Bootz


Courtesy of Museum of Arts and Design


Sculptor Michael Evert in His Studio, With Mannequin Mold From Left: Model, Diane Von Furstenberg, Model 1, Model 2, 2014 Collection of Ralph Pucci


Courtesy of Museum of Arts and Design





NYNow is Now!

By danielle


It’s time for NY NOW® ! The Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift is heating up the Javits Center this week. “Gift” has been newly added to the show’s tagline and will also be the largest of four sections in the Lifestyle Collection.


The summer market will feature the largest to date edition of Artisan Resource®, on top of a record 632 new exhibiting companies that will be part of the 2,800 companies exhibiting over 100,000 products across multiple categories.artisan resource

From tabletop to homeware to general giftware, this trade show covers it all for Home, Lifestyle, and Handmade collections.


In addition to product sourcing opportunities, market attendees can take advantage of a comprehensive suite of seminars and events. Leading industry experts will dissect practically every aspect of business operations — social media marketing, visual merchandising, tax preparation, demographics analysis, importing advice — and share savvy, actionable strategies.

TODAY (August 17) look out for sessions on material and color trends, brand story-telling, spa retailing and selling to Millennials. The New York Chapter of International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) will host “A Visual Journey: An Exploration of Trends in Color and Material,” presented by Stacy Garcia; Susan Szenasy of METROPOLIS will explore product sales through provenance marketing in “Selling Sustainability through Provenance”; and strategies for expanding a spa retail business will be shared in seminar hosted by the Day Spa Association; and Claire Johnson, managing editor of Giftware News, will present “Generation Y Not? Engaging Millennials In Your Store’s Marketing Strategy.”

On tap for Tuesday, August 18, Fashion Group International will deliver “New Gifting Experience,” discussing the latest in gifting for today’s discriminating consumer; “Blogging for Business 101: Everything You Need to Know and Why” will discuss using a blog to build business; and Gift Shop will present “How to Hire, Manage and Retain Millennial Employees.”

We’re especially excited for the second annual Blogger Block Party (TODAY from noon – 8PM), and the show’s new #NYNOW social media lounge sponsored by HGTV Magazine.

New Mobile App for Travel: Hopper

By cody


With fall events quickly approaching such as Maison & Objet (September 4-8 in Paris, France), Cersaie (September 28-October 2 in Bologna, Italy) and BDNY (November 8-9 in NYC), it’s time to start planning my travel. If you are like me, you have tried every trick in the book to find the best flight deal. I’ve heard many theories of when flights are at their lowest, the most popular one being “Tuesday after 3:00PM” – which I’m still skeptical about.   But now, there is a new mobile app that will track the fares for you and let you know when to pull the trigger. Hopper, otherwise known as my new best friend, will give you advice and predictions about when you should book your flight. Similar to any Expedia or Travelocity booking site, you will set the parameters of your trip (departing airport, destination, dates) and throughout that process the app lets you know which departing and returning days are cheaper. You can then set the flight for tracking, where the app will then follow it and notify you when it hits its cheapest fare. There is also a column that shows you all of the airline fares available at the moment you check the app. Thank you Hopper for creating a useful tool that will help me schedule my travel for…more design events!


For a test trip to Bologna, the app asked me to choose my travel dates. Hopper color codes the calendar based on when the cheapest fares will be.



After selecting my dates, Hopper provides me with advice and predictions for when I should book my flight.



Hopper also lets me know if there is a cheaper destination airport for my flight.



The app then provides me with the current fares from multiple airlines.




New Book on Arizona’s Master of Modernism: Michael P. Johnson

By lexy


Take a transportive journey through the life and work of Arizona-based architect Michael P. Johnson in a new book, Michael P. Johnson: The Unshakeable Search for Architectureby esteemed architecture critic Louise Noelle. This beautifully written book (with text in both Spanish and English) supplemented by over 70 pages rich with images and floor plans, explores the architect’s unique style and take on architecture.

Drawing influence from the social, political, and economic climate of the ‘60s, as well as minimalist art, Johnson’s work is truly modern, characterized by simple, clean, unmodulated surfaces created using industrial materials. Johnson believes that the viewer’s attention should be focused on a building’s actual presence within its surroundings, and he works with a clear focus to combat the over-adornment of architecture in pursuit of profundity. In his work, the meaning is intrinsically present in the physical act of experiencing a building.

Perhaps it is best to use the eloquent words from Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa’s foreword to the book to express this idea: “Mature works of architecture are processes and worlds rather than objects, and they speak of life rather than design…Michael Johnson’s search has been a patient personal exploration, which has laid the solid foundations for the maturely unwavering focus of his buildings. ”

As the creator of some of the most distinctive modern structures in Arizona, Johnson considers the surrounding landscape in all of his work – an important element with Arizona’s particularly striking nature. He uses geometric volumes to juxtapose the natural setting. Like many modern masters, he requires full control of the interior design of his projects to ensure harmony between the interior and exterior of a space – a clear labor of love. His masterful body of work has earned him numerous accolades including the Ceramics Tiles of Italy Legend Award in 2008.

On Thursday, August 13 at 6:30pm at DWR Scottsdale Studio, Michael P. Johnson alongside his longtime friend and colleague, architect Edward M. Jones, will share a presentation on Johnson’s life and work, followed by a discussion and book signing. Copies of the book may be purchased at the event and refreshments will be served.

Ellsworth Residence 


Ellsworth Residence



Bradley Residence 




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Bradley Residence4






DIFFA’s Picnic By Design 2015

By cody


Almost one week until DIFFA’s Picnic By Design! The 4th annual fundraising event will take place on August 5th at Ramscale Studio from 6:00-9:00PM. This unique picnic will feature stations of delicious food from beloved NYC establishments, along with cocktails and wine. A group of talented designers will create elaborate picnic baskets following a theme of their choice and these creations will be available for bidding throughout the night. Proceeds from ticket and basket sales will help support DIFFA in its fight against HIV/AIDS.

For all my fellow Gilmore Girls fans out there, I know what you’re thinking and yes this is a very upscale reenactment of the Stars Hollow yearly charity picnic basket auction. If you are feeling nostalgic and want to re-live the glorious days of 2002, this is definitely the event for you. Although Jess and Dean will not be in attendance, many of our favorite design industry superstars will be! For a fun twist this year, a panel of design experts will evaluate each basket and the winner will be featured on  The jury includes: Cindy Allen, chairman of DIFFA and editor-in-chief of Interior Design; Louise Vongerichten, head of development at the acclaimed Chef’s Club US; Christophe Rammant, president of EGE & Bolon; Stephanie Goto, principal of STEPHANIEGOTO and Barry Richards, principal and studio leader at Rockwell Group.


Attendees can expect to see an incredible assortment of baskets from an exciting list of designers including: Michele Alfano of MoDmade NY; Byron C. James-Rodrigues for House of Oasis; Kristen Ward Guerrero/Sargenti Architects; ARCHIVES id; Cheryl Umbles Interior Design; Nile Johnson Interior Design; Antoinette Loupe Interiors; Hollymount Ltd.; Christina Caughey/Cristina Mary Designs; Vanessa DeLeon of Vanessa DeLeon Associates; Carl Lana for Cliffton Dry; Elk Collective; CetraRuddy; Rixner Wright Interiors; Gensler; Urtensils; Courtney Sloane Design; and Mong/Tordorora.

Byron C. James for House of Oasis 2014

HollymountLtd 2014

Michele AlfanoMoDmade NY 2014

Picnic By Design 2014

Picnic By Design 2014

Sponsors include: EGE; Poggenpohl; Robert Allen; Quadrille; Kravet; Urtensils; and Hedgehouse, whose wares will be incorporated into the picnic baskets and throughout the event venue. The event is also sponsored by Interior Design and the New York Design Center. Offering a gourmet taste of NY, the picnic will feature food and spirits from FIKA; STK; Murray’s Cheese; Baked by Melissa; Kind; Cliffton Dry; Harlem Brewing; and Oyster Bay.

Taking Picnic by Design to another level, DIFFA is launching an exciting social media campaign around the event, encouraging people across the country to host their own picnics to raise awareness for DIFFA’s cause. Participants are invited to share snapshots of their gatherings using the hashtag #ShowUsYourPicnic. Users should also mention DIFFA or tag DIFFA in their posts (@DIFFAnational on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest @DIFFA). One lucky participant will win two complimentary tickets ($300 value) to Cocktails By Design in March 2016.

Tickets are now available at: The early bird ticket price is $125 and will increase to $150 the week prior to the event.

NYC Restaurant Week

By cody


NYC Restaurant Week, or “weeks,” we should say – runs from July 20th to August 14th and features prix-fixe dining specials at participating restaurants around the city.   Here are the details: The 3-course brunch/lunch price is set at $25, while dinner goes for $38. Drinks are not included and the deal is not valid on Saturdays. However, for my fellow foodies out there, this is the best week(s) ever. Those prices are a bargain compared to the typical bill at most of these restaurants. Besides the food, the D-C team is excited to tour the restaurant scene and see all of the amazing interiors! We have compiled a list below of some of the most awe-worthy restaurant designs in the area.

Grab those loose-fitting pants and get some grub at our top 5 design favorites:

1. Little Park

We highly recommend this Gachot Studios designed restaurant that features seasonal and organic menus. Staying with and earthy theme, Gachot sourced furniture and fabrics from local makers to create a bohemian mid-century aesthetic.   Tucked into the Smyth Hotel in the heart of Tribeca, Little Park is the product of award-winning Chefs Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom, and Josh Pickard. Hand-woven fabrics brighten the space, along with white oak floors and handcrafted tiles. Gachot wanted the restaurant’s design to keep traditional Tribeca character and chose Guastavino tiles for the fireplace that are often also found in many NYC landmarks. There is also a lovely four-panel frieze mural, designed by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Benedict that depicts scenes from Tribeca’s history.

Location: 85 West Broadway on the corner of Chambers St.  Closest Subway stop: Chambers Street (1, 2, 3)

Courtesy of Little Park

Courtesy of Little Park

Courtesy of Little Park

Courtesy of Little Park

2. The Wright

It is no surprise that The Wright has received the 2010 James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design as well as received 20+ Zagat rating. Named after the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and designed by Andre Kikoski, this ultra contemporary space uses walnut and illuminated fiber-optics to create a dynamic and textural aesthetic. Located in the Guggenheim Museum, this restaurant was the perfect place to commission art from renowned British artist, Liam Gillick. The horizon produced by a factory once it had stopped producing views (2009), was designed specifically for The Wright and is constructed of horizontal planks of powder-coated aluminum, which adorn the walls and the ceiling.

Location: 1071 5th Ave Between 88th and 89th St.  Closest subway stop: 86th St. (4, 5, 6)

Photo - David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Photo – David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Photo-Jack Jeffries © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation_2

Photo -Jack Jeffries © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Photo – Jack Jeffries © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

3. Hakkasan

In the mood for Chinese? This Michelin star-winning restaurant is a must-see and a must-eat. The stunning space is designed by Christian Liaigre and features a Shanghai inspired décor that draws upon traditional Chinese motifs, while maintaining a dramatic modern look. All your senses will be awakened with the illusive lighting, scents, music and taste!

Location: 311 West 43rd St. Between 8th and 9th ave.  Closest subway stop: 42nd Street (A, C, E)

Courtesy of Hakkasan

Courtesy of Hakkasan

Courtesy of Hakkasan

4. Beauty & Essex

If you are on the Lower East Side you have to drop by this incredible restaurant designed by the geniuses at AvroKO Design studio. AvroKO’s goal was “to recreate historical events or places from the past, but with an updated, modern twist.” The product is pure glamour – a magnificent space that will have you looking around at the walls instead of your dinner date.   Custom lighting and a grand staircase are some highlights, along with gilded accents and furniture combos that might make you say, “How did they know those would work well together?!”

Location: 146 Essex St.  Between Stanton and Irvington St.  Closest subway stop: Delancey St. (F)

Photo – Michael Weber

Photo – Jason Lang

Photo – Michael Weber

5. Cherry Izakaya

For my fellow Brooklynites, Cherry Izakaya is becoming the new Williamsburg staple. Designed by hOme, the restaurant was inspired by Tokyo in the 1970s. Reclaimed wood was used throughout the space, along with hand-painted murals by local artists.   The murals were inspired by Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and they imitate historical Japanese folk tales and landscapes. The bar was constructed with gorgeous handmade tiles and a classic Pachinko machine sits in the foyer to add to the vintage feel.

Location: 138 N. 8th St. Between Berry St. and Bedford Ave. Closest subway stop: Bedford Ave (L)

Photo – Andrew Zimmer

Courtesy of Selectism

Courtesy of Selectism

Although this restaurant is not participating in Restaurant Week, we could not resist letting you know about this brand new French bistro on the Lower East Side. Les Enfant de Bohème, designed by Stéfan Jonot, is a non-pretentious, welcoming space that’s goal is to become part of the neighbor’s “routine.” The award-winning architecture studio Freecell Architecture, well known for their work on the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2012, collaborated on the design and space organization. Other features include a wall installation by French visual artist Jeanne Verdoux and Scottish architect and illustrator John Gibson. The installation is inspired by Verdoux’s sketchbook and drawing series New Yorkers on the Subway. Les Enfant de Bohème also has Lower East Side’s only Street Seat.   A new program developed by the Department of Transportaion, Street Seats expand seating into public spaces by temporarily removing two parking spaces. Marpillero Pollak (Linda Pollak) and Scalar Architecture (Julio Salcedo, Benjamin Prager, Carsten, Young) collaborated with Les Enfants de Bohème’s Cathy Lang Ho to create a public urban oasis using classic street materials including heavy timbers, metal railings and scaffolding and bright safety fencing. Make sure you check it out!

Location: 177 Henry Street. Between East Broadway and Madison St. Closest subway stop: East Broadway (F)

Courtesy of Les Enfants de Bohème

Courtesy of Les Enfants de Bohème



By Lydia


Allora! As we begin looking forward to fall, we are eagerly awaiting one of our favorite annual events: Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. From September 28-October 2, 2015 the city of Bologna, Italy will play host to 900 exhibitors from over 30 countries. Organized by Edi. Cer SpA and promoted by Confindustria Ceramica, Cersaie will take place in BolognaFiere, Bologna’s premier exhibition center. Here, vendors of tile, bathroom furnishings, specialty flooring, and more will display their wares to an expected 100,000 visitors.

As usual, this year’s Cersaie agenda doesn’t fail to excite. The event kicks off with the annual conference and seminar series, Building, Dwelling, Thinking, featuring leading speakers from the design and architecture community. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Pritzker Prize winner Glenn Murcutt, who is widely regarded as Australia’s most famous architect. Murcutt is noted for his simple yet high-functioning designs, and penchant for using raw materials that produce little environmental impact. This sustainability focus is kept consistent in Cersaie’s image this year; the 2015 exhibition poster designed by Italian industrial design students, Elena Del Prete and Giuglielmo Gennari, highlights the production process of raw materials from which ceramic is derived.


With the Emilia Romagna region as the Italian epicenter for tile manufacturing, it would be remiss to leave out the magnificent tiles displayed at Cersaie. The 2015 Tiling Town–an exhibition showing a variety of techniques–will be a must-see for the latest in tile installation and laying. In addition, leading global tile manufacturers including Marazzi, Florim and Sicis, will show their most recent collections.

We are also excited to see the Cer-Stile collective exhibition, created by Angelo Dall’Aglio and Davide Vercelli, which will be dedicated to creative renovations of typical Italian landscapes with the addition of commercial and hospitality spaces. Finally, one of our favorite exhibits, Cersaie Designs Your Home, will be back again this year, offering visitors the chance for a free consultation with an architect at the show. A little Italian design flair does every home good.

In conjunction with Cersaie, Bologna will produce the first ever Bologna Design Week (BDW), a city-wide design innovation event from September 30-October 3. The event will offer a networking platform for new and established designers, as well as a cultural itinerary to celebrate Bologna’s rich history in art, design, food and music. With a creative spotlight on the city, Bologna is sure to become a new Italian hub for all things design!


#OntheDC: firstLOOK at NYDC

By danielle


The 11th annual firstLOOK opens tomorrow. Held at the New York Design Center from 5:00-9:00PM, it offers a LOOK at the latest in contract interiors. Close to 30 showrooms including Andreu World, Dirtt Environmental Solutions, KI, Levine Calvano and Versteel will be participating. New products run the gamut, from architectural walls to systems furniture.

At 5:30, Interior Design‘s Cindy Allen will moderate a conversation with product visionaries Brad Ascalon, Jhane Barnes, Michael Vanderbyl and Ghislaine Vinas.





By alessandra



If you have not yet had the chance to see the newly renovated Cooper Hewitt museum, this is the perfect occasion! With two outstanding exhibitions on view this summer, the Cooper Hewitt has never been so exciting!



Provocations is the first museum exhibition to introduce the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio to an American audience. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, infrastructure and temporary structures, to large-scale architecture projects around the world.

On view from June 4, 2015 through January 3, 2016



Architect David Adjaye presents 14 West and Central African textiles from the museum’s permanent collection in the latest installment of the Selects series.

The London-based architect is acclaimed for this thoughtful, responsive design process, and for his global practice and approach; of Ghanaian descent, Adjaye combines the aesthetics of African and Islamic architecture with classically austere, modernist design. The exhibition he has curated brings focus to Cooper Hewitt’s collection of African textiles, including works from Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria, among other countries.

On view June 19, 2015 through February 14, 2016




2 East 91st Street

New York City


Looking for a place to eat? We recommend Paola’s Restaurant, its delicious and authentic Italian food is worth the trip!

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