ASID NY Metro Connects Designers and Consumers to Benefit Ronald McDonald House for Spring Spruce Up 2017

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The New York Metro Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has launched its Spring Spruce Up, benefitting Ronald McDonald House. Spring Spruce Up 2017, sponsored by Farrow & Ball paints and wallpaper, partners ASID interior designers in the New York area with homeowners, apartment dwellers, and others, whose space could use refreshing, renewing or revamping. Consultations will take place through June 20, 2017.

Consumers and residents have been offered a special rate for design consultations, with 100% of proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House New York and Ronald McDonald House Long Island. These two nonprofits provide a home away from home for families with children undergoing medical treatment in the area. As Matt Campo, President of Ronald McDonald House Long Island, put it, “whether it’s a home or a home away from home, we know and appreciate the power of design.”

Sign up will continue until all slot are filled. Interested consumers can visit www.asidnymetro.com for more information.

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Heimtextil Trade Fair: Trend Watch

By danielle

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The Heimtextil international trade fair for home and contract textiles wrapped up last week in Frankfurt Germany. As not only the most important global event for interior textiles, interior design and interior trends, it was the first trade fair of the year for its division. Heimtextil’s trend experts examined disciplines of technology, hospitality, transport, work and home and have made many new discoveries, setting up a year to look forward to!

Experts have decided that by looking at trends relating to sustainability, mindset and responsibility, the theme for this year’s Heimtextil trade fair to be adventure. In exploring adventure, the fair was set up in the form of a “Theme Park.” With this, visitors were able to carry out their own exploration and discovery of new products.

The fair attracted a total of 2963 exhibitors from 67 countries and growth was primarily driven by Brazil, China, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Russia, the USA and United Arab Emirates.  With the plethora of exhibitors there was a common thread and a few trends that emerged to keep an eye on.

Trend Watch 2017:

Trend towards more materiality

Kiss bare walls, cold floors and sterile-style living bye bye. Home textiles are making a comeback with the arrival of curtains, carpets and decorative cushions as the leading decorator of residential interior walls.

Trend towards sleeping as a lifestyle

In the past nutrition, mindfulness and fitness were the primary trends of lifestyle. No more, this year numerous bed segments were set up making sleep the newest lifestyle addition.

Trend towards digital printing

Digital printing brings about an idea of limitless. When the sky is the limit, who wouldn’t want an individualized product that can also be competitively manufactured.

Trend towards conservation and fair production

The integrated Speakers Corner at the fair spoke a lot about resource conservation and fair production conditions making this the buzzing topic of conversation.

For more trade news from the Heimtextil trade fair click here.

 

 

 

 

Salone del Mobile Milano Announces The Future of Workplace Design

By danielle

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This morning, we had the honor of attending the Salone del Mobile Milano press conference at Intesa Sanpaolo in NYC. Just two weeks into the start of the year, it was the perfect moment to announce their new concepts and the future of workplace design.

Salone’s new projects and installations are moving away from the old tradition of a hierarchal formal setting within the workplace. Instead, they plan to embrace the office as a place that fosters sharing, collaborating, creating and wellbeing.  With this in mind, a visionary project has been announced entitled, A Joyful Sense at Work which aims to breathe new life into contemporary office designs that encompass individuals’ needs, emotions and experiences.

Collaborating on this project are four internationally acclaimed architects, including US-based Primo Orpilla, that will boost energy levels and drive new integrative design concepts. Orpilla was on hand to discuss the concept and his visions for the evolution of the workspace. This installation is being created specifically for the biennial Workplace 3.0 show curated by the architect Christiana Cutrona.

With all that is evolving within workplace design, definitely be on the lookout for Salone del Mobile Milano this season. The show will take place in Milan from April 4-9.

 

Thrive Global Pops Up in SoHo

By danielle

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Arianna Huffington’s new company,Thrive Global has officially launched, shifting the tides of how we begin to think about our health and well being. The Thrive Global Pop Up Store was first organized in SoHo where live demonstrations and trials of the latest technologies can be explored and tested. This first store is just scratching the surface for what Thrive Global has planned in their journey to introduce a new pathway to productivity. Among the many categories of product and collaborations that include: body, mind, sleep tech, home and work, Humanscale showcases their mastered science of ergonomics in the workplace.

In recent years, trends in the workplace have shifted towards more movement at work. As the pioneer of this approach to improving both efficiency and comfort, Humanscale recognizes the importance of an active environment to foster health, wellbeing and productivity.

Just in time for the new year, the pop up shop runs until January 15. Here, individuals can meander through the incredibly Zen space lined with many gadgets that offer the opportunity to truly reflect on what actions you are taking to avoid burnout, relieve stress and live a more joyful, mindful life. If you can’t make it to this event, the ecommerce site has all of the products here. Be on the look out for more stores popping up around the globe!

 

 

Designs to keep an eye on as KBIS 2017 kicks off

By danielle

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In the world’s largest international trade event, The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), showcases the latest selection of appliances and trends that are upcoming within the kitchen and bath industry. In addition to products, KBIS offers various opportunities to learn and grow within the industry through presentations, interactive events, unlimited networking, and much more.

It’s going on now at the Orange County Convention Center in sunny Orlando, FL.

Of the 500+ leading brands there are several to definitely keep your eye on.

Last year’s highly talked about and publicized product was La Cornue’s vintage-styled stove. Though La Cornue received much attention last year, they are set to not disappoint this year either with their vibrant turquoise color.

Innovative designs and colored cabinetry are both set to be a huge trend this year-Wellborn Cabinet offers both. Utilizing ordinary colors Wellborn Cabinet presents the opportunity to take a colorful approach to in design.

Wilsonart offers innovative twists in engineering with quartz, wood, and other surfaces. In an oversized wood clock installation atop a seamless edge cabinet, Wilsonart is so to turn heads.

Though kicking off only yesterday, DXV Luxury’s showroom is featured greatly amongst social media already. The white with a bit of gold, and a subtle pop of color creatively come together to create a tasteful experience.

Thermador continues to present not only attractive, but also seriously technologically advanced appliances. This year, Thermador presents a built-in wine preservation system alongside an advanced refrigerating system.

Metrie is known for their “beginning in finishings”. Through a vast array of trim, crown molding, and much more, spaces are transformed to an exact desired expression with intricate designs.

In a tunnel of color, Grohe presents an opportunity to add color to a kitchen through a limited edition bright colored hose. Created as a silicone cover, even installation covers can be swapped out.
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We dare you to not drool over these insta-worthy kitchens and baths!

Monica Castiglioni Opens First US Store in Brooklyn

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A new shop from Milanese designer Monica Castiglioni opens its doors on Court Street in Brooklyn just in time for holiday shopping, giving New Yorkers access to her striking, sculptural line of jewelry and accessories. The 1000 square foot retail store, gallery and event space is located in the historic neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

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The daughter of Achille Castiglioni, a renowned Italian industrial designer, Monica is a jewelry artist, photographer, sculptor and graphic designer. Embracing an aesthetic that is both sculptural and organic, much of Castiglioni’s work is solid bronze and is cast in NY and Italy, using a lost-wax technique. Other materials include silver, felt, Pyrex and 3D printed nylon. Often the organic shapes that manifest in her work are representative of flower pistils, a source of inspiration for Castiglioni who is drawn to the juxtaposition of order and chaos represented in the flower’s biology. Fine craftsmanship and a deep understanding of proportion and materiality are evident in her broad range of work, which is collected by tastemakers across the globe.

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Castiglioni splits her time between New York and her native Milan, where she opened the first shop dedicated to her own work in 2010. With select pieces available at design stores across the US, including at the Cooper Hewitt and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the opening of the Brooklyn showroom provides a first opportunity for New Yorkers to see her full collection in one place and to purchase in person. With hundreds of styles and shapes on display, shoppers will have the chance to create personalized and distinctive jewelry “sculptures”.

 

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Visitors to the shop will be the first to discover her new collection of 3D printed nylon pieces in an array of new colors and forms. Prices begin at $70. They will also have a chance to experience a wide range of innovative lighting, creating by another Italian icon of design – Davide Groppi. Table and ceiling fixtures featured will include: TetATet, UnMetro, Masai, Miss 1, Mira R, Dot and X Bulb Soraa.

 

The shop is located at 268 Court Street in Brooklyn, convenient to the F and G trains at Bergen Street and a 15-minute walk from Borough Hall. For the month of December, the store will be open seven days a week from 11:00am-7:00pm. Starting January 2017, it will be open by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 11:00am – 7:00pm Wednesday through Sunday.

New Holiday Design Shop opens on Canal Street Market

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DESIGN SHOP, a new 2 week holiday shop at the new Canal Street Market consists of 7 east-coast based independent design studios, offering new products, limited edition pieces and special holiday gift items and runs until December 14.

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December 1st – 14th / 11am-8pm / 7 days a week
Canal Street Market / 265 Canal Street, NYC, 10013

All That Glitters Is Gold At BDNY 2016

By Becca Sass

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The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY – This November, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center opened its many glass doors for its annual Boutique Design New York trade fair (BDNY). Now in its seventh year of success, over 7,000 interior designers, architects, purchasing executives and hospitality owners enjoyed the gusto and energy of the trade fair which boasted a focused selection of statement-making design products for hotels, restaurants, spas and casinos. The stunning visual spaces created by the exhibitors within the main arena staged a stimulating conversation between manufacturers and industry visionaries.

Each space solicited contemplation of an array of design elements, coming together effortlessly in a remarkable collaboration between major design firms and exhibiting products. Through an immense application of colors in fabrics coupled with an intelligent use of lighting, product sponsors, and designers conjured an airy grace. A special theme that we particularly enjoyed was the shimmery gold hues as displayed in a variety of products on display in the booths. Delightful variations of gold were peppered across the show floor and took shape in mirrors, sconces, stylish faucets, and more. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite glimmering, gilded design pieces.

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2016 DIFFA National Grant Reception: An Evening of Giving

By Becca Sass

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Whether in the design community or beyond, we think it is critical to support the many organizations that are doing so much good in our communities. Next week, one such organization, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), is hosting a cocktail reception to announce its 2016 grantees. Representatives from Planned Parenthood of NYC, Alpha Workshops, God’s Love We Deliver, and 23 other organizations dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS will gather at the event to formally accept the grants.

Tickets benefit DIFFA and are available at: www.diffa.org/grantreception

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Tuesday, November 15
6 – 9 pm
CURRENT at Chelsea Piers
23rd Street West Side Highway
New York, NY

 

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Internationally Acclaimed Designer Shozo Toyohisa and Kaneka OLED Wrap Brilliant 2-Day Lighting Exhibition Showcasing Design, Technology and Imagination

By Katherine Smythe

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For two straight days, starting November 1st, a soft buzz filled the seventh floor of the prestigious Museum of Arts and Design (New York City) as a steady flow of industry professionals, design enthusiasts and members of the public patiently waited to step inside one of two illuminated enclosures.

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Visitors slipped white paper booties over their shoes in eager preparation for this unique presentation. Once seated inside the pristine enclosures, they saw the striking display of OLED panels by Kaneka Corporation, a leading technology-driven chemical manufacturer headquartered in Japan. In a matter of moments, the panels awashed the space in a stunningly smooth, soft light. Visitors remained fixated on the display in anticipation of its playful shifts in brightness which featured a wide spectrum of white light.

This engaging exhibition showcased the unique capabilities of Kaneka OLED technology through the imaginative lens of renowned Japanese lighting designer, Shozo Toyohisa (pictured below).

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OLED Technology produces beautiful, diffuse lighting. Toyohisa, the experienced lighting designer with a background in industrial design, envisioned many applications for OLED which offers ease of use, precise color consistency and flexibility. Whether used in displays for retail or hospitality settings, or as fixtures in residential interiors, OLED is an eco-friendly lighting choice.

For those who were unable to experience OLED Technology in person, either at the opening party on November 1st or during public visiting hours on November 2nd, they can expect additional collections of products by Kaneka OLED, including the official launch of Kaneka Luce set for release in early 2017.

 

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