Getting Ready for the 15th Annual Architectural Digest Design Show

By emma


2016 is an important year for the Architectural Digest Design Show, as it marks the 15th anniversary of this celebration of all things design. From March 17th to 20th, exhibitors (both big names and small), sponsors, media and the public and will head over to New York City’s Piers 92 and 94 to enjoy what is sure to be a memorable event. Here at Design-Calendar, we are very excited. Since there are still a few months until the show, we’ve been getting a taste of what’s to come by checking out some of the 2016 exhibitors on Pinterest and Instagram.

The Trends

There are definitely already some noticeable trends within this year’s exhibitors, especially those in the MADE section, which celebrates independent design. We are loving the trend of suspension lighting which will be featured by studios such as immerLit, a Massachusetts based studio that designs custom porcelain hanging lights. The translucent porcelain creates a warm indoor atmosphere. In the FURNISH section of the event keep your eyes peeled for Niche Modern, a New York company that specializes in crafting modern hand blown glass lighting and chandeliers.

Niche Modern

Niche Modern

This year’s show will also bring a lot of designs that feature the classic combo of good old black and white. Many designers use black and white along with a bright contrasting color. This can be seen in the work of New York City based children’ design company, Kinder Modern, in their innovative hexagonal rug below.

Kinder Modern

Kinder Modern

A to B Studio, who will be launching his first collection at the showalso made a unique black and white creation that features a pop of color with their nub side table. Both designs are minimal but bold because of their interesting use of color. Bernard Figueroa goes for more traditional black and white in many of his modern and elegant lamp designs where he blends different materials to create cohesive pieces that are one of a kind. These are just a few examples of the modern usages of a traditional color palette that will be on display at the show.

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A to B Studio

Dining by Design

Another aspect of the show to look out for is Dining by Designa charity event that brings together local and international designers to create dining installations to raise funds for DIFFA‘s work fighting HIV/AIDS.  These incredible installations make for a surreal dining experience for those who buy tickets to dine at the installations. Last year’s tables included everything from luxurious ceramics to decor made from recycled water bottles, displaying the variety of talents present at the show. Dining by Design brings together the design world for a common cause and is an essential aspect of the AD Design Show.

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Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest

Rethinking NYC’s Edges

By Melissa


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Photo: Sam Lahoz

The Energetic City Forum: Rethinking NYC’s Edges

On Tuesday, January 26th, the BRIC House will host a multidisciplinary panel where Design Trust Project Partners and Fellows will highlight their efforts to reimagine physical, social, and cultural assets and public space in NYC’s five boroughs. Specifically, the program will explore connections and differences between two recently completed projects: Laying the Groundwork, design guidelines for ground-floor retail and community spaces in future mixed-use affordable housing developments and The World’s Park, a community design school where Queens residents developed proposals to improve the access and circulation of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The forum will also discuss two projects that are about to commence, Opening the Edge and Future Culture.

Not only is this a great way to learn about how we can activate and redefine the city’s public space in our own communities, but attendees are also eligible for a 1.5 AIA LU | HSW continuing education credits.

To read more, click here.
To attend, click here.

Event Details:
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Bric House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn,  NY 11217


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By Shawn Hogan
The countdown to DIFFA‘s exciting Dining By Design (DBD), March 17-21 at Pier 92, has officially begun, and we hear it’s shaping up to be another fabulous edition!

It’s one of our favorite events of the year, because we can enjoy incredible design, while supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS. Though DBD isn’t until March, you can get a dose of DIFFA magic this week at their kick off party, tomorrow, January 20th. It will be held 6-8pm at the Henredon showroom at the New York Design Center (1st floor).

Join DIFFA supporters, including designers and sponsors, for cocktails and discussion about how to get involved with Dining by Design. This is a fantastic moment to learn more about the great work that DIFFA does and how to get involved.

DIFFA is still seeking sponsors for Dining By Design! If you are interested or know of any potential sponsors or designers please help spread the word. For more information on sponsorship, click here. To RSVP to the DBD kick-off party, click here.

Stay tuned for more exciting Dining by Design news by following DIFFA on Facebook (@diffanational), Twitter (@diffanational), Pinterest (@diffa), and Instagram (@diffanational). The official Dining By Design hashtag is #DBD2016.



No Sleep Til BKLYN: A Call for Applicants for BKLYN DESIGNS 2016

By emma


After relauching in 2015 with record-breaking attendance and a new location, BKLYN DESIGNS is gearing up for another successful event in 2016 during NYCxDESIGN, a citywide celebration of design. BKLYN DESIGNS is now accepting applications from both emerging talent and established brands in Brooklyn.

The vibrant show will feature exhibitions across a range of categories including furniture, lighting, textiles, art, surfaces, accessories and design & architectural services. Top corporate sponsors and design institutions such as Pratt have already committed to support the event, which is historically the first design show dedicated exclusively to Brooklyn talent.

A jury of design industry leaders and journalists will review submissions on a rolling basis and the first round of applicants has already been juried in. Interested designers can apply for exhibitor space or a table at the BKLYN BUYS marketplace by clicking here. There is a 15 percent discount for all Pratt partners, students and alumni, and a 10 percent discount for designers who are sole proprietors and have been in business for less than one year.

The 2016 event will be May 6-8 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint.


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Calling All Young Designers: A Chance to Showcase Your Existing Prototypes at ICFF

By Melissa


Every year, Bernhardt Design and Emerald Expositions team up for the scholarship program ICFF Studio to support young and upcoming designers, connecting winners with a diverse array of manufacturers and clients at ICFF, North America’s premier platform for contemporary design. 

ICFF Studio has fostered the careers for a number of past participants including well-known designers Brad Ascalon, Viable London, Chris Adamick, and Nolen Niu, and this year, up to 12 designers will be selected from the pool of applicants. Entries are judged on the design aesthetics, ability to be economically mass produced, maketability, and commercial viability. To be eligible to enter the competition, the designer must have a working prototype that is not currently in commercial production.

Winners are awarded a $1000 AMEX card and will display their work in their own booth at ICFF in New York City’s Javits Center from May 14–17, 2016.

Competition Deadline: January 31st, 2016. To submit, click here.


Image courtesy of ICFF.


2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Call for Entries

By Melissa


The 2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is now open for submissions through January 15th. Now in its 26th year, the annual awards program, presented by the Italian Association of Ceramics and the Italian Trade Commission, recognizes the work of top North American architects and designers who create exceptional spaces using Italian ceramic and porcelain tile.

The competition is open to domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2011 and January 2016, and a winner is chosen for each of the following categories: institutional, residential, and commercial/hospitality. From home kitchens to corporate offices to tile-clad facades, Ceramics of Italy is looking for all types and scales of projects featuring Italian tile.

A panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality, sustainability, and aesthetic appeal. The winning architect in each category receives a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie 2016 as part of a delegation of design and lifestyle journalists. In addition, a check for $4000 will be presented during the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference at Coverings 2016 in Chicago. The winning contractor/distributor team receives a check for $1000.

Submissions must be completed no later than January 15, 2016, and winners will be notified in March. The winners will officially be announced at the Ceramics of Italy Press Conference at Coverings, held April 18-21, 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. To submit, click here.

2015 winners include:

2015 / Residential Winner
DKOR Interiors
Location: Aventura, FL
Tiles: Atlas Concorde
Contractor: Amazon Construction
Distributor: Atlas Concorde
Photography: Alexia Fodre – Fotoworks



2015 / Institutional Winner
Shinberg.Levinas Architects
Location: Washington, D.C.
Tiles: Lea Ceramiche
Contractor: Jud Tile
Distributor: Atlantic

Carlos Rosario Public Charter School, Shilberg Levinas Architects


2015 / Commercial Winner
RSP Architects
Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Tiles: Ceramiche Caesar, Casamood, Provenza
Contractor: Grazzini Brothers & Company
Distributor: Tile By Design & RBC
Photography: Lara Swimmer – Fotoworks

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To view winners dating back to 1994, click here.


Impermanence: Architectural League Prize 2016

By samantha


Armed with a goal and a theme, the Architectural League of New York has announced the details of their annual competition. Seeking submissions from young architects and design visionaries, the League will recognize a project that encompasses this year’s theme—impermanence. The ideas of time, complexity, and variability should also be integrated into projects. Complete or incomplete projects are eligible for consideration by both the league’s hand-selected jury and the Young Architects & Designers Committee.

The winner will be announced in June 2016. A prize of $2,000 will be awarded, alongside the honor of presenting the project through a lecture, digital media presentation, and an exhibition.

To be considered, see more here.


Image courtesy of the Architectural League of New York.

Image courtesy of the Architectural League of New York.

LA Designers Houzz University Workshop

By Melissa


On December 10th, a wide variety of industry professionals from architects and interior designers, to general contractors and wallcovering specialists, came together to learn how to build a more effective Houzz page, and how to utilize the site to maximize potential. For those who don’t know, Houzz is “a platform for remodeling and design, with the aim to bring homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community.” With more than 35 million users across the country and around the world, the site allows users to get inspired, discover products, and collaborate with the right architect, designer, or contractor.

The LA Designers Houzz University workshop, held in partnership with and hosted by LA Furniture, provided attendees with an interactive presentation leaving them with a well-written description of their business, correctly categorized and uploaded photos of their work, and a grasp on how to use Ideabooks to effectively communicate with clients. Notable attendees included Montgomery Ross and Associates, Inc., Foundation Technology, and Emanuel Morez Inc.

Are you an architect, designer, or contractor or thinking of remodeling? Set up your Houzz account here.





Young & Able Holiday Pop-Up

By Melissa


Holiday pop-ups are the perfect opportunity to support local businesses and entrepreneurs. Young & Able, a group of 30 Brooklyn-based, women-owned businesses, is comprised of emerging artists and designers. Their work features handmade products on a small scale with locally sourced materials, and through January 3, 2016 from 12 – 7 pm you can visit their holiday pop-up located at 2 Rivington Street.

The small shop is filled with sophisticated and intricate pieces including Turkish-inspired hand-woven jewelry by LESH. Other notable products are Heart & Noble’s 3D printed mathematical yet delicate designs and Don’t Worry Baby’s lasting objects that encourage mindful consumption.

With the following code, you can receive a 10% discount: yapopup15

For more information and a full list of vendors, click here.

If you like what you see and want to learn how to make these products yourself, the artists and designers of Young & Able also teach classes, which also make a great holiday gift!


Grand Central Terminal’s Free Holiday Wrap-Up Event

By Melissa



The month of December kicked off with Design Miami and Interior Design’s Hall of Fame, and has been non-stop ever since. With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we found something to make your life a little easier.

This holiday season, Grand Central Terminal is offering shoppers complimentary gift wrapping in the Shuttle Passage at their first-ever Holiday Wrap-Up event. On Thursday, December 17th from 12 pm – 8 pm, shoppers who present proof of purchase from The Shops at Grand Central can get up to five of their purchases wrapped in custom gift-wrap featuring the iconic Zodiac ceiling of the Main Concourse. In addition, shoppers who present proof of $150 or more in combined purchases can receive a free, limited-edition Grand Central gift.

Joining the holiday spirit, a handful of stores in The Shops at Grand Central are participating in the Holiday Wrap-Up event by offering promotions on December 17th, including discounts, special appearances, free gifts, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. See some highlights of what you can snag and get wrapped below:

  • The Art of Shaving – Shoppers will receive 10% off the entire store and a free welcome kit with any purchase over $125.
  • Jacques Torres Chocolate – Jacques Torres himself will be serving hot chocolate and chocolate samples to guests on Dec. 17 from 5 pm to p m. Shoppers will receive 10% off their purchases.
  • LittleMissMatched – Shoppers will receive a free gift with a minimum $75 purchase, and 25% off total full price purchase when mentioning the Grand Central Terminal ad, among other deals.
  • Aveda – Customers can make appointments for several different experiences at the Grand Central store, including a personalized deluxe mini facial with an Aveda-trained esthetician, a holiday makeup tutorial, and a “quick holiday hair” touch-up.
  • Central Watch – This Grand Central staple is hosting a party featuring the new collections from Tissot, Wenger Watch, and Wolf Watch Winders and Boxes. Guests can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine with entry. RSVP to required for entry.
  • Moleskine – Italian sax player Gioel Severini will play jazz for shoppers from 5 pm to 7 pm. Shoppers will receive 10% off almost the entire store and a gift with purchase during the jazz event.

For a full list of of deals and participating vendors, click here.

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