Highlights from the Amazing Kips Bay Decorator Show House

By lexy

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Did you make it over to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015? We visited the gorgeous Arthur Sachs Mansion on the Upper East Side and the thoughtfully and expertly designed rooms did not disappoint – in fact, they were even more striking than we could have envisioned! Each room of the 5 story home embodied its own unique character, making the experience of walking the house truly exciting, never knowing what would be around the next intricately decorated corner – from a classically elegant bedroom by Cathy Kincaid Interiors, charmingly dubbed “The Princess and the Pea,” to a contemporary art inspired bathroom featuring the work of Keith Haring in Ceramiche Ascot tile designed by Gail Green Interiors. A striking spiral staircase at the center of the home featured walls adorned with a gallery of amazing artwork in a variety of styles transporting the viewer into a world of beauty and luxury. Below are some photographic highlights of this magnificent display of premier design – we already cannot wait until next year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

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Designed by Christopher Peacock 

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Designed by Tilton Fenwick

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Designed by Gail Green Interiors

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Designed by Alessandra Branca

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Designed by Cathy Kincaid Interiors

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Designed by Rottet Studio

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Designed by Philip Mitchell Design 

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Designed by Bennett Leifer

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Designed by Mark D. Sikes

INTRODUCING ARCHITECT-US: A GAME CHANGING PLATFORM FOR HIRING INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTS

By Lydia

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This Thursday, the Center for Architecture will open its doors to celebrate the launch of Architect-US, an innovative new tool for the architecture community linking international architects with U.S.-based firms. Architect-US sponsors young architecture and engineering professionals from Europe, South America, Asia, and the Middle East, as they pursue internships and jobs with American architecture firms. This endeavor will help to create a truly global architecture community, breaking down bureaucratic barriers and setting the stage for inspiring creative collaborations across borders.

As part of the U.S. Government’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, Architect-US offers U.S. firms the ability to connect with international designers and markets, offering structured, on-site training for up to 18 months. Candidates, ages 20-35, are selected through an intensive process that evaluates portfolios, communication skills, academic backgrounds, and fundamental compatibility with participating host firms. Architect-US thus provides access to top-notch international talents to offer US-based firms a global architectural perspective.

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Celebrating this new model of networked international practice, Architect-US will draw together participants from a new exhibition at the Center for Architecture on emerging Spanish architects, Emerging Talent Models of International Practice: Flourishing Spanish Architecture, along with top architectural firm leaders for the June 25 event. Speakers will include Kenneth Drucker (HOK Design Principal), Claire Weisz (WXY Principal) and Gustavo Rodriguez (FXFOWLE Principal) to discuss the need for platforms that encourage cross-pollination and global dialogues in architecture.

While you’re at The Center, take some time to explore the exhibit on Spain’s exciting new class of emerging architects who have been making headlines including: Andrés Jaque, winner of the 2015 MoMA PS1 YAP competition for COSMO, a moveable installation constructed out of irrigation components that is engineered to purify 3,000 gallons of water in four days; Fake Industries Agricultural Agonism, a finalist in the Guggenheim Helsinki competition; and Izaskun Chinchilla Architects, whose Organic Growth pavilion was selected as a winner in the 2015 City of Dreams competition on Governor’s Island.

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Join us for an eye-opening evening as we celebrate architecture from all over the world (and get 1.5 AIA CES credits in the process)!

When: June 25, 2015 (6-9PM)

Where: The Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY)

Price: Free

 

FORT STANDARD SAMPLE SALE

By alessandra

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Get ready for a Saturday shop-day!

This Saturday, June 27, Fort Standard is hosting its first studio sale ever.

Join them in Redhook for a free beer and to shop samples of their collection, prototypes and one-offs at unbelievable prices!

 

CALENDAR

Saturday June 27th

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 

LOCATION

Fort Standard at Merchant Stores Building

175 Van Dyke Street #325B

Brooklyn, NY

 

If a beer wasn’t enough, we recommend you the mouth-watering Brooklyn Crab, at 24 Reed Street.

THE FUTURE PERFECT

By alessandra

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Any plans for tonight in NYC?

Tonight, June 24, The Future Perfect will host an opening event to introduce exclusive works from some of our favorite artists.

Join them for a drink and celebrate the newest lighting from Michael Anastassiades, as well as furniture from Luca Nichetto and neri&hu for De La Espada.

 

Some background on the designers …

MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES

Michael Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design. He creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect. Anastassiades’ work is featured in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Craft Council in London, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, and the MAK in Vienna.

 

LUCA NICHETTO

Luca Nichetto was born in 1976 in Venice, where he studied at the Art Institute. He began his professional career in 1999 by designing his first projects in Murano glass for Salviati. In 2006 he launched his own design firm, Nichetto&Partners, which specializes in industrial design and offers its services as a design consultancy. Over the course of his career, Nichetto has been awarded a number of international prizes, including the Gran Design Award (2008), the Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture’s Good Design Award (2008), the IF Product Design Award (2008) and the Elle Decoration International Design Awards’ (EDIDA) Designer of the Year award in the Young Designer Talent category (2009). Today, Nichetto collaborates with a wide variety of Italian and international companies, including Arflex, Bosa, Casamania, De La Espada, Discipline, Established & Sons, Fornasarig, Foscarini, Fratelli Guzzini, Glass, Globo, Italesse, La Chance, King’s, Kristalia, One Nordic Furniture Company, Salviati, Skitsch, Skultuna e Zero.

 

NERI&HU

Founded in 2004 by partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri&Hu Design and Research Officeis an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China with an additional office in London, UK. Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services. Currently working on projects in many countries, Neri&Hu is composed of multi-cultural staff who speak over 30 different languages.  The diversity of the team reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a new paradigm in architecture.

Be sure to RSVP!

 

CALENDAR

Wednesday June 24th from 6:00-8:00 PM

 

LOCATION

The Future Perfect

55 Great Jones Street

New York City, 10012

Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition Call for Entries

By danielle

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WANTED: Phenomenal projects featuring Hansgrohe and/or Axor products.

Hansgrohe/Axor is now accepting entries to its second annual Das Design Competition, once again calling upon U.S. architects and designers to submit exceptional projects that incorporate Hansgrohe and/or Axor products.

Entries will be judged by a jury of media and design professionals. The winner in each category (Residential, Commercial, Hospitality) will receive a $2000 product credit and a trip to New York City to attend an awards ceremony and VIP event in October.

Entry is free and can be done completely online at www.dasdsigncomp.com. Submission deadline is August 14, 2015.

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Stone Source + ORNAMENTA Launch Pop Art Inspired Collection

By lexy

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On Wednesday June 3rd, ORNAMENTA – a manufacturer of ceramic + porcelain tile based out of Sassuolo, Italy – celebrated the launch of their collection ARTWORK at Stone Source’s beautiful New York showroom designed by Gensler. Stone Source, a design-driven distributor of stone and tile, will be the exclusive US provider of these creative, vibrant tiles.

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The ARTWORK collection reinterprets traditional materials in a pop art style – a prominent design trend – as a tribute to Andy Warhol. Brick and marble-looks are designed in an exaggerated fashion, creating a caricature of the original material that is both inventive and aesthetically appealing.

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At the bustling launch party, the Brick and Marble decors in various eye-catching colorways lined the walls complimented by live painting and a spin art station, also featuring brightly colored, playful designs. For more information on the collection, visit ORNAMENTA’s website.

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NEOCON 2015

By alessandra

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Summer is coming and the countdown to Neocon 2015 is on! This year will mark the 47th edition as America’s largest exposition for commercial interiors. The three-day fair will take place at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago from June 15 to 17 and will feature an incredible lineup including six new must-see showrooms and more than 100 new exhibitors on floors 7 & 8. The exhibition will be complemented by educational programming, over 100 accredited seminars, and three incredible keynote presentations.

 

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To help navigate the Mart, be sure to download the 2015 NeoCon at the App Store and Google Play. It is available on all platforms and usable in airplane mode. The app let’s you – search & locate exhibitors, utilize interactive floor plans, find best routes, create schedules, upload photos, access social media, search speakers and programming, receive show and schedule updates and more.

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With only two weeks to go before show time, we highly encourage you to start planning! On the hunt for NEW, than we suggest checking out these six must-see new showrooms:

WATSON (suite 10-155):

In time for NeoCon, Watson will open the door to its new Design Studio, which will showcase new collections alongside iconic designs from its portfolio. Designed by Gary Lee Partners, the Design Studio will serve as much more than a showroom. It will provide a space for engagement and learning with the local design community. In terms of products, Watson will be launching Bahn – a furniture system designed for dynamic office environments that promotes heads down focus and team interaction.

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STIR (suite 10-67A):

Stir sees its new permanent presence at the Merchandise Mart as an important and strategic investment that reinforces the company’s commitment to creating products for the contract furniture industry. Stir’s space will feature the company’s newest desk, the Stir Kinetic Desk M1.

 

3FORM (suite 10-142):

3form, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, sustainable building materials that meet architectural challenges, will open its new showroom with a brilliant display of new products including Woods, Metallics, Wall Systems and Full Circle. At NeoCon, 3form will reveal a never-before-seen array of interlayers designed to capture the spirit of metallic looks in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Copper.

 

SENATOR INTERNATIONAL (10-146):

Senator, globally renowned for its innovative, ergonomically designed workplace solutions, will introduce an array of exclusive pieces created by world-leading designers in its new permanent showroom. New products from its Settings concept, including: Chemistry, Ad-Lib Work Lounge, Ad-Lib Scholar and Freeflex will be on display.

 

CONCERTEX (10-103):

Concertex’s first permanent showroom at the Merchandise Mart will showcase the brands extensive product line ranging from textiles, wallcoverings, faux leathers and leather tiles. Designed with IA Interior Architects, the showroom highlights its focus on material innovation and design-centric style. Concertex, known for its innovative and nature friendly wallcoverings, textiles, faux leathers and faux leather tiles, will be launching several new collections at NeoCon.

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BOSS DESIGN (310):

Boss Design, the UK’s market leading manufacturer of high quality office seating, upholstery and tables, will be bringing its latest offerings to the third floor of the Merchandise Mart. After moving production to a newly acquired factory in High Point, NC, the brand is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the North American market with its new Chicago showroom.

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NeoCon’s conference program is like no other as organizers strive to deliver top-notch speakers and forward-thinking topics. Here’s a preview of the 2015 keynote presenters:

 

PATRICIA URQUIOLA

Sponsored by Haworth, Inc.

Presented by IIDA

Monday, June 15, 8:00AM

Patricia Urquiola, designer and architect, was born in Oviedo, Spain. She now lives and works in Milan where she runs Studio Urquiola. Her work is widely known to be playful and poetic, yet pragmatic and functional and the effect is a powerful reminder of the past and exploration into the now.

 

JASON SILVA

Sponsored by OFS Brands

Presented by ASID

Tuesday, June 16, 8:00AM

Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries. He is the creator of “Shots of Awe,” a short film series of “trailers for the mind” and from 2005 to 2011 was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content.

 

MARTIN LESJAK AND ANASTASIJA SUGIC

Sponsored by Mohawk Group

Presented by AIA Chicago

Wednesday, June 17, 11:00AM

Born in Banja Luka, Bosnia in 1984, Anastasija Sugic, arrived in Graz initially with plans to study medicine. While Sugic finished requirements for her degree in 2012, she had already made a name for herself as an independent fashion designer. Her brand ANASTASIA creates designs and products that are not only aesthetically pleasing but that are also compatible with the human body’s form.

 

SHOW HOURS

Monday, June 15 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 16 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, June 17 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

 

SEMINAR HOURS

Monday, June 15 | 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 16 | 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, June 17 | 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

 

KEYNOTE TIMES

Monday, June 15 | 8 AM

Tuesday, June 16 | 8 AM

Wednesday, June 17 | 11 AM

 

Be sure to register by June 12!

ICFF HIGHLIGHTS

By alessandra

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As Virgil said, “time passes irrevocably” and it seems another ICFF has just flown by. With a whole new second floor to explore featuring HO.MI New York, the LUXE Interiors + Design Pavilion, a curated pop-up shop from Design Milk – the four days certainly went by fast as we tried to soak up all that the show had to offer! According to our fitbits, we walked over 12,000 steps on Saturday alone. With over 700 exhibitors from more than 30 countries (such as Brazil, China, France, Egypt and South Africa), the show lived up to its “international” name with aisle after aisle of contemporary and avant-garde flooring, furniture, seating and lighting. Here are a few of our favorites…

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Above: Kenneth Cobonpue has definitely fulfilled its aim of bringing back romance into design in this incredible Limbo Trapeze chandelier and has bridged the gap between product and sculpture.

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Above: The beautiful and colorful ceramics from Figgjo Norway, the Norwegian porcelain manufacturer for the professional kitchen since 1941 which has introduced Figgjo Brem, a set of new and vibrant deep plates.

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Above: Trend alert! We have this thing with floors and spotted the coolest Keith Haring collection tiles by Ceramics of Italy manufacturer Ascot Ceramiche. (#selfeet) These tiles can also be seen in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. If you haven’t be there yet, be sure to check out the bathroom designed by Gail Green.

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Above: Røros Tweed took home an ICFF Editor’s Choice Award for Best Textiles. Made of 100% Norwegian wool, Mikkel blankets pre-launched at the show and will make their European launch during the Nordic Design Fair in Oslo at the end of May.

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Above: The Rival chair, a universal chair suited for homes, public spaces and offices, designed by the award-winning Konstantin Grcic stood tall at the Artek booth. It was developed using a mix of solid birch for the legs and a laminated birch for the arms.

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Above: Duravit has paired with its longtime collaborator Philippe Starck for a new sophisticated collection inspired by the elegance of New England: Cape Cod, which according to Duravit USA president Tim Schroeder, “is more than just a collection, it’s a state of mind and an approach to bathroom design”.

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Above: Above all, lighting was the star of the show! M2L presented this contemporary and hypnotic collection by Italian company Lumina.

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Above: We love the hand assembled and meticulously finished lighting by Apparatus, composed by the creative duo Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson.

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Above: The Shimna Stacks, a futuristic storage collection, perfectly represent the company’s mission to combine traditional methods and materials with contemporary ideas.

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Above: Generations of design collide with Sam and Jory Probber, grandson and son of Harvey Probber, and Micheal and Matt Manes, President and Vice President of M2L.

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Above: A few of our favorites from the Design Milk pop up shop.

IFDA Take A Seat Hits NYC Tonight

By Lucy

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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!

AMERICAN ARCHITECTS MEET ITALIAN DESIGN

By alessandra

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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.

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

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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.

 

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