AIANY Announces New Executive Director of the Center for Architecture Ben Prosky!

By lexy


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AIANY will kick off 2016 by welcoming a new team member, Benjamin Prosky, as Executive Director of the Center for Architecture, New York. In his most recent role as Assistant Dean of Communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Prosky oversaw events, publications, multimedia content and special projects for five years. With AIANY’s mission of informing and involving New Yorkers in the architecture of the city, Prosky’s educational background is the perfect fit.

Including his time at Harvard GSD, Prosky brings 15 years of valuable experience in the architecture field, both domestic and international, to the table – specifically in urban studies and planning. A fluent French-speaker, he studied at the Institut français d’architecture (IFA) in Paris and served as Head of Public Programs at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA). Here in New York, he spent six years as Director of Special Events and External Affairs at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) attesting to a strong knowledge of the city’s architecture scene. His strong and lengthy resume does not end there – Prosky was also one of the four co-founders of Architizer, and has collaborated on special projects with the Venice Biennale and Design Miami as well as helped re-launch the Wheelwright Prize. With this exciting new addition to the team, we’re looking forward to seeing what’s to come from AIANY as we head into 2016.

Ben Prosky will be officially welcomed at the AIANY 2016 Board Inaugural on Tuesday, December 15 at 6pm.



Custom That Cares: Robert Allen Teams Up with Dwell with Dignity for Online Auction

By samantha


After being beautifully displayed in showrooms around the nation, Robert Allen’s Custom Made Easy: Designer Series is up for auction. Benefiting Dwell with Dignity, the auction’s proceeds will support the charity’s mission in establishing higher standard’s of living for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.

One-of-a-kind pieces, crafted using the newly introduced Robert Allen Custom Upholstered Chairs and Sofa Collection and sophisticated flair from ten different design markets, are now available for bid. Some of our favorites include the Karlie Chair by Theodore & Company, the Tate Chair by Jan Showers, and the Clare Sofa by Gordon Dunning.

The auction will be online ( ) through November 23rd, allowing designers and consumers alike to participate in this worthy cause.

A few of our favorites:

The Karlie Chair. Image Courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Karlie Chair. Image Courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Tate Chair. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Tate Chair. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Clare Sofa. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Clare Sofa. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

Winners to be Announced, Robert Allen & NYSID Student Holiday House Competition

By samantha


Drumroll please…the winners of the Robert Allen and NYSID Student Holiday House Competition will be announced this Monday, November 16th. Three design experts, Drew McGurkin, Alexa Hampton, and Thom Filici, will weigh in on the visions of eight NYSID seniors. The winning design, crafted by a student with the guidance of an NYSID mentor, and beautiful Robert Allen product, will have the honor of their design being installed in the 2016 Showhouse. Festivities are located at The Academy Mansion and will begin at 6PM.

Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

DIFFA’s Thanks for Giving Cocktail Party, Just Around the Corner!

By samantha


DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its annual Thanks for Giving Cocktail Party next week. Held at the Herman Miller Showroom, the event benefits DIFFA’s grant making initiatives for HIV/AIDS services and prevention. The foundation will also recognize its valiant supporters, along with its 2015 grantees, all of whom have made a positive impact in the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to delicious appetizers, and cocktails, the evening will also feature a silent auction. Festive items for bid include handcrafted jewelry from Cynthia Gale, Cavillinni pillows from Edelman Leather, and luxury linens from Sferra.

Give back, have fun, and kick off the holiday season the right way—with DIFFA, on November 18th, from 6-9PM. Tickets are available for $75.

Image provided by DIFFA.

Image provided by DIFFA.









Date: November 18th, 2015

Time: 6-9PM


Herman Miller Showroom: 1177 Avenue of the Americas,

17th Floor NY, NY

Cost: $75 Ticket

For more information about DIFFA and its annual Thanks for Giving Celebration, visit or follow DIFFANational on social media. Join the conversation and follow event updates by following #ThanksforgivingNYC and #DIFFAGivesThx

DIEM: Talks Design Symposium

By samantha


4 Cheers for 4 years: West Hollywood Design District’s popular DIEM: Talks Design symposium is back! An annual design destination, this year’s event aims to capture the attention of design leaders through panels, interactive discussions, and keynote presentations that seek to illuminate the future of the design community in West Hollywood.

Led by the event’s curators, Mallery Roberts Morgan and Frances Anderton, the symposium’s theme, ‘Future Is Now,’ will be explored in depth through six original programs.

All fields of design will be touched upon, offering perspective on the decorative arts, fashion, architecture, and the fine arts. Sessions include a panel titled, ‘Is LA Losing Its Cool As It Becomes Cool,’ which will provide thoughts on LA’s unique design culture and the effect of outside influences. Changing tastes will then be considered in ‘Taste in Flux: What is Luxury to the Country’s Biggest Demographic,’ by panelists Katherine Ross, Christian Lemieux, and Eric Vecchione.

Dog Day Afternoon’ will continue the discussion amongst attendees and panelists relating to the design, canines, and how they act as influential pairing. ‘Forever Glam’ looks to incorporate fashion, design, and aging into the day’s sessions, along with ‘Tales of The City,’ featuring panelists Rick Corsini, Kathleen Sullivan, Timme, and Barbara Bestor.

Why Art’ will help draw the day to a close, followed by the symposium’s Closing Night Party.

Image provided by the West Hollywood Design District.

Image provided by the West Hollywood Design District.

Learn from the best at this year’s DIEM: Talks Design, ‘Future Is Now!’

Date: Friday, November 13th, 2015

Time: 10AM-6PM

Location: West Hollywood Design District showrooms located at the intersections of Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard


Annual Holiday House Opens Tonight with Gala Festivities

By Lucy


It’s party time! Tonight’s the night— the highly anticipated NYC Holiday House opens this evening.

To kick off the 8th annual Holiday House, Traditional Home will host an Opening Gala with proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Holiday House was founded in 2008 by Iris Dankner to raise breast cancer awareness in the design industry. Iris is a breast cancer survivor, and has made it her mission to raise funds for breast cancer research and women who need help fighting this disease.

Holiday House is only open through December 2, so be sure to plan your visit today!

More info:

India’s Architecture: An Exhibition & Discussion with Steve McCurry

By samantha


A celebration of life, passion, and culture, Steve McCurry’s photographic construction of India’s past thirty years is set to open on November 18th at the Rubin Museum. In its first museum presentation, McCurry’s work aims to capture the spirit of India and the minds of museum guests. Co-organized by the International Center of Photography, the exhibition will begin with a discussion led by Steve McCurry, and National Geographic President and CEO, Gary Knell. The dynamic cultural influencers will provide a retrospective on the impacts that have resulted from McCurry’s work.

Unexpected moments of spiritual life, ordinary people, the Indian railroad, and India’s monsoon season are just a few of the journeys that will don the museum’s walls. Complimented by appropriately styled Himalayan Art, and curated by Lia Zaaloff and Christopher Phillips, McCurry’s journey is one to see.

Be a part of the conversation on November 18th at the Rubin Museum. Tickets from $22-25.

…Or take a stop by from November 18th until April 4th, 2016.

Photography provided by the Rubin Museum.

Image provided by the Rubin Museum.

Time: 7-8:30PM


Rubin Museum

150 W 17th St

NY, NY 10011


By lexy


One of the things we love most about our industry is the propensity to come together to celebrate in the spirit of amazing design – and in the case of Color Invasion 2015, an amazing cause. Now in its 13th year, IIDA NY’s annual festive fundraiser – aptly themed “color” and with no detail left unconsidered – attracted over 1,000 design industry professionals, students and friends on October 29th. A portion of the proceeds from the event went towards The Pajama Program – a program devoted to providing pajamas and books to children in need.

NYC’s The Tunnel on the Waterfront – a beautiful, elongated space with an exposed brick arcade, also serving as the home of WantedDesign NYC – lent itself perfectly to this year’s theme as the tunnel was transformed into a spectrum of color: white, red, orange, yellow, green, indigo violet, blue and black. IIDA NY’s Color Invasion Committee co-chairs Brian Bates of Geiger International and Juliette Poussot of Gensler led the masterful creation of a series of “rooms” divided solely by a colored sheen created via lighting; even with no physical barrier, the divide between each conceptual space was apparent with a full scheme of color-specific installations, performers, food and drinks.

From 4-legged stilt-walkers, donning a full body of green foliage, to break dancers, to fabric dancers, the theatrical element of the party was not only entertaining, but set a truly vibrant energy. That, on top of the delicious bites served by Neuman’s Kitchen, and an energetic music line-up by DJ Phillip Kimball (of course incorporating color-themed songs) gave the celebration all of the components needed to provide a creatively stimulating, fun experience for all. New to this year’s Color Invasion was an Instagram competition titled “Where Did Indi-Go Room” where guests were encouraged to post their best Color Invasion images for the chance to win prizes from the show’s sponsors – at this dynamic event with photo ops galore, the inclusion of a social media initiative was the perfect addition. We captured some of our own shots of the color-filled scene, below. We look forward to seeing what next year’s interior design bash has in store!

















It’s Not Too Late To Learn to Weave! Sign Up for Suzanne Tick’s Lap Loom Weaving Workshop (Marfa, TX)

By lexy


Looking to explore a new creative medium? With the rise of adult coloring books, among other accessible art forms, it’s clear that many people crave an artistic outlet – which can seem difficult to attain for those who work outside the fine arts. Luckily, it’s not too late to take it a step further and learn the beautiful art form of weaving, as beginners are welcomed to attend a series of classes, coming up in November, led by talented artist Suzanne Tick at Marfa, Texas’ contemporary art museum, The Chinati Foundation.

Suzanne Tick’s work in textiles has been exhibited in museums worldwide, from the MoMA to Art Basel, and she is the founder Suzanne Tick Inc. which specializes in materials brand strategy, product design, development and direction for commercial interiors. In her class, Suzanne will instruct students to weave with a variety of non-traditional materials using lap looms. In fact, the pieces created in the class can have a very personal touch, as participants are encouraged to bring any “weaveable” material to the class from old clothing, to rubber bands, and even horse hair.

WhereThe Chinati Foundation, Art Lab – 1 Cavalry Row, Marfa, TX


  • November 7 (Saturday) – 10am-4pm
  • November 8 (Sunday) – 10am-4pm
  • November 10 (Tuesday) – 5:30-7:30pm
  • November 11 (Wednesday) – 5:30-7:30pm

Price: $100 (covers classes + materials)

Registration: Contact Michael Roch at 932.729.4362 /

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Just A Few of Our Favorite Things

By samantha


Archtober celebrations and fun collaborations,

WantedDesign and posting online,

Going to SoHo and learning all the brilliantly designed logos…

…these are a few of our favorite things…. And they’re all coming together to end Archtober with a bang!

This coming Friday and Saturday, October 30th-31st, The SoHo Design District and WantedDesign will play host to the Instagram Design Hunt. Attendees will explore 13 of SoHo’s sophisticated design showrooms, while being tasked with finding, photographing, and posting a selected product at each showroom on Instagram. Through the utilization of hashtags in each post, participants will have the potential of connecting further with each showroom’s products, by being entered to win an assortment of design-savy prizes.

Stop by and discover why New York’s top design showrooms call SoHo home from 11-9PM on Friday and 11-5 on Saturday.

Image courtesy of the Soho Design District & WantedDesign

Image courtesy of the Soho Design District & WantedDesign

Date: October 30th & 31st, 2015

Time: Friday, 6-9PM; Saturday, 11AM-5PM

Location: Participating Showrooms in SoHo






Fritz Hansen

Ingo Maurer

Ligne Roset


Modular Lighting Instruments




USAL Lighting

RSVP here:

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