Robert Allen Launches New Website

By Lucy

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Robert Allen has done some spring cleaning and released a fresh new website: www.robertallendesign.com. The cleanly designed site features a crisp white background, which serves as the perfect backdrop for a rotating display of their new collections on the homepage, and also includes an intuitive new search that allows designers to search by such useful categories as color family, yardage, availability, and scale. My personal favorite feature? A color bar on top of each page that allows you to search quickly and easily from Robert Allen’s innumerable proprietary colors. So if you’re looking for a break, go over and give the site a whirl! (but don’t blame me when you’re still playing on it in 4 hours ;) )

 

Design + Dining for a Cause: DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2015

By aziz adib

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Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) will once again bring together a talented group of designers to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year, the 18th annual DINING BY DESIGN (DBD) event will be record-breaking, with participation expanding to the 30,000 square foot space at Pier 92 – co-located with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94. And like always, the two shows offer a double dose of design as one ticket gets attendees full access to both events.

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Each year, DIFFA’s DBD transforms raw space into a magnificent showcase, with over-the-top dining environments in support of the cause. The stunning setting plays host to a public viewing, as well as an ever-popular cocktail party and gala dinner. This years exhibit will feature over 50 outstanding dining installations and centerpiece tables by Benjamin Moore & Cosentino designed by Tyler Wisler; Hickory Chair; Roche Bobois Paris; Ralph Lauren Home; Beacon Hill designed by Corey Damon Jenkins; Anthropologie; Kravet Inc. designed by Hunt Slonem; New York Design Center designed by Marks & Frantz; Arteriors Home; Calvin Klein Home; Echo Design; ESSIE by Robert Verdi; Horchow; M Moser; Moen; Rockwell Group; Spin Ceramics designed by Kitty Hawks; Stacy Garcia New York; Hermès of Paris; and many more. There will also be tables from leading New York City design schools.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) 17th Annual Dining By Design New York Gala

Johanna Osburn, executive director at DIFFA, remarks, “We are excited that DINING BY DESIGN is back and bigger than ever this year. Whether it is our longtime DIFFA benefactors or designers and brands that are joining us for the first time, the demand to participate has been off the charts. Beyond making this year’s DBD one for the books, we hope that this uptick in support is an indicator of increased awareness. HIV/AIDS is still a critical issue, which affects the lives of many. It is our goal to convey that message while offering a thought-provoking and memorable design experience that helps raise much needed funds.”

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) 17th Annual Dining By Design New York Gala

Since 1984, DIFFA has grown as one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Its resources are used to help raise awareness and grant funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS by providing treatment and direct care to those affected by the disease. Based in New York City, with chapters and partners across the nation, DIFFA has provided more than $40 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations around the globe. For more, visit www.diffa.org.

DIFFA will be hosting COCKTAILS BY DESIGN on Thursday, March 19th from 7:00-9:00 PM.

All tickets include full admission to the AD Home Design Show! For more information on the Design Show, click here.

As a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our readers, you can get 20% off on your tickets using code: GONYC.

 

What: DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN

Where: Pier 92

Date: March 19th – March 22nd, 2015

 

2015 AD Home Design Show Kicks Off This Thursday!

By aziz adib

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The AD Home Design Show is just a few days away, and we cannot contain our excitement! For fourteen years, it has showcased the best in the home design and luxury markets. The four-day event will exhibit over 400 premium brands, covering a range of categories, including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, carpets, electronics, ceramics, stone & tile, wall coverings, lighting, outdoor products and much more! This year, the Jenn-Air Master Class Theater is the place to be for inspiring, engaging and on-trend talks from today’s thought-leaders.

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Thursday’s trade and media day programming, organized by Architectural Digest, will include sessions on “American Made from the Inside Out” (Noon) and “The Art & Science of Sourcing the Kitchen” (2-3PM). The seminars will come to a close with a keynote presentation by editor-in-chief Margaret Russell (4-5PM). She will speak on “Socializing Your Brand” alongside designers Alessandra Branca and Alex Papachristidis.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014

The New York Times will take over the theater from Friday to Sunday, kicking off their program on Friday with David Rockwell, who will take the stage with design writer Tim McKeough to talk about “Designing with a Mission.” The session will be followed by a tour to DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN (co-located at Pier 92) and a walk thru of the 50+ awe-inspiring table vignettes. On Saturday morning, HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan & Drew Scott, will be on hand to talk about flipping houses, buying & renovation tips, and much more! Finally, the one-and-only Martha Stewart will close out the weekend with a conversation with Christophe Pourny on “The Furniture Bible.”

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014

We can’t wait to see what the MADE designers have in store this year (their work is always incredibly inspiring) and eat our way through the reFRESH section! From product launches, theater programming and special events, the show is a must-attend for the industry’s top professionals and discerning consumers.

 

What: The Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Where: Pier 92 & 94

Date: March 19th – March 22nd, 2015

Tickets:

Pre-registration online is free to design trade.

On-site trade tickets: $30.

General Admission is $30 online and $40 at the door.

As a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our readers, you can get 20% off on your tickets using code: GONYC.

Ticket includes full access to the exhibit hall, DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN table viewing (co-located at Pier 92), ADHDS Café + Lounge, Theater, and many more daily special events.

A portion of the proceeds of all ticket sales will benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

Web: www.ADHomeDesignShow.com

 

 

 

Maison&Objet Asia Welcomes International Design to Southeast Asia

By dekka

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From March 10 – 13, 2015MAISON&OBJET Asia will bring the best of Asia’s lifestyle and design communities together for its new international annual trade event for brands looking to expand to high-growth markets in the Asia-Pacific region. More widely known for its show in Paris, Maison&Objet continues to expand its success across the globe and into Southeast Asia’s most fashionable city: Singapore. The show has already attracted an incredible number of premiere design journalists, retailers, and exhibitors from around the globe. Held in conjunction with Singapore Design Week, the show will shine a spotlight on Asian design on an international platform.

During the three-day show, a number of distinguished members of the design community will present at the event’s Interior Design & Lifestyle SUMMIT, including 2014 ‘Designer of the Year’ partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri and Hu Design. Additional keynotes include Gabriel Chiave, creative director at Marcel Wanders, and Patrick Chia, designer and director of the Design Incubation Center at the National University of Singapore. Different panels, discussions, stories, presentations, and lectures will enrich the visitor experience and complement the stellar exhibitor list.

So what’s in store at M&O Asia? A LOT! But here’s a shortlist of some of our favorite ceramic and porcelain companies that are showing their trendsetting product lines (Stand F46 / H45):

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 Ceramica Fioranese “Urban Wood”: Made to look like reclaimed wood, this porcelain stoneware tile collection has the shabby chic feel of rustic wood while maintaining a modern composition of recycled materials.

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Rondine “ICON”:  Industrial yet soft, the look of concrete stone slabs adds a modern and sleek feel to spaces both commercial and residential.  Available in a large hexagonal shape, this tile gives an understated element of design to any room.

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SIMAS “Degradé”: Designed by Terri Pecora, Degradé is a ‘70s-style inspired line that exhibits soft angles, slim edges, and a trapezium form, to “downsize” sanitaryware and create a sense of space in a bathroom.

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MIPA “Puerto Rico”: This collection embraces the colors and decorative motifs of Puerto Rico – a rich culture that draws from ancient world influences – with a distinctly Caribbean color palette.

The New York Times Home & Garden Section Closes – A Great Loss for Design

By chris

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Yesterday morning marked the last time that we will all have the pleasure of reading the NY Times Home & Garden section over breakfast.  It is a ritual that will be sorely missed. We counted on Currents to keep us in the know with Rima’s deals and Elaine’s meticulously fact-checked stories on the latest product introductions, store openings, special sales, designer collaborations, etc.  Tim and Rima’s Shopping With was always inspiring and fun – presenting new local design talent and their favorite shopping sources. Noel, Julie, Penelope and Steven and all of the other wonderful contributors over the years delved deep into a quirky and unexpected range of design content that took readers all over the world – reporting trends even before they launched in Milan to alternative living approaches in the far corners of civilization.  Where will we find this content in the new lay of the land is still unclear, but there is no doubt that the design community and NY design-lovers deserve and need some dedicated space in the new order of things. We have heard that the Home coverage will land in  Real Estate, FashionStyle and Food – all great overlapping content areas — but PLEASE, powers-that-be at the NY Times, find a permanent home for some of our favorite go-to sources for information on new innovations and happenings in the design world. It means a lot to the global design industry and to the local New York consumers that came to the section for inspiration and help creating and maintaining their dream homes even if those homes were one-room walk-ups in the outer boroughs.

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7th Heaven Design Party @ 200 Lex!

By sevan

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Start the weekend early with 7th Heaven—the design event that is taking over the 7th floor of New York Design Center for a magical evening of unique displays, crafted cocktails and heavenly culinary indulgences! It’s all going down tomorrow, so be sure to RSVP to get yourself on the celestial list.

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What: 7th Heaven Design Party
Where: New York Design Center, 200 Lexington, New York
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:00-9:00 PM
RSVP: events@transformhome.com / 212.584.9580

TrendSpotting: Unexpected Use of Material at NY Now

By dania

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So excited to be guest blogging for my dear friends at Design-CalendarWalking the aisles of the Javits Center for the winter edition of NY Now 2015, I was struck by how much unusual use of material I was seeing. That, coupled with a great range of interesting, amorphous shapes made for a real eye-catching show.

Some of my favorites in the Accent on Design section:

Love these charming vases and accessories by Elyse Graham, made from resin.

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The process is fascinating, here’s a video: http://www.elysegraham.com/process.html

Beyond Object’s desktop collection was hands down one of my favorites. This London-based design firm has the most elegant and interesting pieces for anyone who cares about all the small details (such as myself). A USB stick made from rose gold and a pencil sharpener made from a solid block of polished metal. Need I say more.

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Martini and Wine Glasses made from wood. By David Rassmussen Design, a great little company out of Colorado.

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Brooklyn-based design firm Souda always has something great going on. The Kawa series of dishes comes in a range of colors and finishes and such beautiful shapes.

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The husband and wife team who founded Oropopo, take inspiration from Native American, classic Western and New Mexican culture to create their fabulous laser-cut leather pieces.

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I love the new infuser by the Los Angeles company Sempli. The Incanter boasts the their unique trademark shape and spinning functionality.

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Last but not least, a personal favorite – Michele Varian. I’ve been drooling over the Nymph Wallpaper online for a while so seeing in person was great.   From a distance it has an abstract, Rorschach quality, up close it’s elegant, feminine and romantic.

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Four Questions for NY NOW Emerging Maker Summer Moore

By kristin

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It’s the first day of NY Now at the Javits Center, where thousands of designers will show their wares across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum. Out of the labyrinth of products and design objects, we’re excited for one section in particular: HANDMADE Emerging Makers. Opening tomorrow in Javits North, the space features a small, handpicked group of emerging craft designers and makers, who will debut their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted lines at the show. We sat down with one of the Emerging Makers, Summer Moore of the Brooklyn-based LESH, whose colorful and intricate, hand-woven jewelry pieces immediately caught our eye.

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Your background is primarily in photography and prop styling. When did you make the transition to textile and jewelry design?

I studied photography and through that I began assisting prop stylists and set designers on editorial and advertising shoots. The flexibility of being freelance allowed me to travel and work on personal projects when I wasn’t booked (which is a blessing and a curse as most freelancers know!) It was during a photography project in Peru that I first became fascinated with the local textiles, specifically antique pieces I’d seen throughout the Sacred Valley. I came back to New York and was constantly analyzing people’s fabrics wherever I went, trying to figure out how it was woven. I’d be on the subway staring at stranger’s clothes in detail. That’s when I decided to take a continuing education class at FIT to learn the basics of weaving. It was during this time that I learned my grandmother had been an avid weaver, and had one of her looms shipped to me from California. Unfortunately it’s more of an inspiration piece than a workable loom, but knowing that it’s in my heritage is motivating.

After a couple years of weaving from home, I took part in an artist residency in Cappadocia, Turkey, where I had focused time to work on designs I had been wanting to develop. It was an incredible experience, living in a small village and having a cave studio and terrace to dye materials and weave. From that point on I knew I needed a dedicated studio space back in NY,  and within a month of my return I found an amazing space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Having a studio has allowed me to be less distracted and more disciplined with my work, and I started treating it as a small business before it even was one.

 

What influences your designs or creative process?

Color has a huge influence on my designs; I notice interesting color combinations constantly in my studio and daily life. Most of the shapes I weave came to me inherently through experimenting, but it’s been the process of making “mistakes”, and then using those effects in an intentional way that has probably influenced my work the most. I also go to as many exhibitions as possible, and can be inspired by colors in a painting or patterns in a print, and figure out how to translate that into weaving.

 

Where did the name LESH come from?

My grandmother’s maiden name was Lesh. I wanted to have it connect to her, as she was a huge creative influence on me as a child. I also liked that it was short and sweet.

 

You established your studio about a year ago. What have been the main challenges as a young designer and entrepreneur?

Funding a small business on my own has been the most challenging, but also very rewarding. I’ve had to balance the money earned through my freelance work with supporting myself and my studio. I never had a strict timeline on what to expect, I let it grow and unfold naturally, understanding that it takes time to get established and make a profit. Weaving and working with my hands is very therapeutic, and I feel lucky to have created something I love doing that can be a source of income. It can be stressful at times, but the joy that goes into it surpasses that.

 

Biennale Interieur – In Review

By chris

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For 46 years, the Biennale Interieur (located in the charming city of Kortrijk, Belgium) has been a destination for design-lovers seeking fresh ideas and innovative makers from Belgium and beyond.  It was our first time at the bi-annual show and we were frankly blown away.  The quality of the exhibition space/exhibitors and the thoughtful offsite exhibitions really made a walk down each aisle an exciting discovery. The show offered a well-curated experience between the main hall and the installations and exhibits located across town in the Buda Island district.  Organized and run by a non-profit organization, with sleek Audis ferrying attendees back and forth, the two days we had for the show, were not nearly enough time to soak it all in. We did our best by taking very short breaks in the charming onsite cafes (created by designers), monitoring our beer drinking (we even visited a Beer Temple) and keeping a brisk pace (our FitBit numbers were through the roof).

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One of our favorite areas was the special section celebrating outstanding Belgian designers and going back in time to show the rich talent that distinguishes the Belgian design scene.  This year the “Designer of the Year” award, a prestigious title given to one who exhibits unique and creative design in their industry, was given to Marina Bautier.  Marina is a native to Belgium, where she set up her own furniture design practice in 2002, until Lignet Roset discovered her work and fueled her international career in Milan.  At a cocktail in honor of the exhibit, we got to meet other Belgian design super stars, including Alain Bertau, the founder of Objekten and one of our faves, who was awarded this title in 2006.

In addition to thought-provoking exhibits, installations and cash and carry designs, the show line-up included cocktail and dance parties at all hours and all over town.  Our friends at Architonic went so far as to rent a decommissioned church for their annual disco event.  The venue was attached to an old school that was soon to be demolished.  The city allowed the show to take over the space to fill it with student design work as well as a fab pop-up restaurant.  We got coveted reservations for dinner on the long school-house tables. It was wonderful! Another after-hours hot ticket was to the Wünder party sponsored by Axor, Duravit, Delta Lighting, Casaus, Samsung and Barrisol and featuring installations, dancing and Belgian beers.. need we say more!

Additional culinary highlights included the home gelato makers on the show floor and some of the best gelato we have ever had… AND for free at a trade show to boot – fantastic chocolates and frites!!!

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Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015: DEADLINE EXTENDED

By molly lucas

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Have you heard the news? The submission deadline for the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has been extended to January 23, 2015. The hunt is on for the most original and imaginative spaces designed by North American architects and designers using Italian ceramic/porcelain tile for the chance to win $4,000 + a trip to Italy!

Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics, comprised of 150+ ceramic tile manufacturers), the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is the longest running contest of its kind. The 2015 edition is open to architects and designers based in North America who have used Italian ceramic or porcelain tile in their residentialinstitutional and commercial/hospitality projects compeleted in the past five years (January 2010 – January 2015). Projects can range from hotels and hospitals to offices and apartments —they want to see them all!

The competition is completely digital and FREE to enter! The winning architect or designer in each category will be awarded $4,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the tile contractor/distributor team who worked on each winning project.

…Need more convincing? Check out this 30-second video to get all the details:

…Need a little inspiration? Here are last year’s winners:

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The Plaza of the Armericas in Dallas, TX
Designed by Corgan Associates

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Morgan Hall, Temple University
Designed by MGA Partners

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355 Manfield Los Angeles, CA
Designed by D.I Group.

Click here to submit, or contact info@novitapr.com for more info.

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