Archive for May, 2007

Meatpacking District Design Week

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Have we recovered yet? On Sunday, we hit party after party in NYC’s famed Meatpacking District. At Vitra, we show the one and only Karim Rashid in his hot pink suit as well as our friends Mason and Michael from Metropolis. We also snacked on some oyster-shaped Godiva chocolates for Dror Benshetrit’s cocktail reception at Yigal Azrouel and enjoyed the city skyline at Trak-Kit.

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Exclustve introduction to SPLASH Collection Hosted by – M2l, Rifra & Della Valle Bernheimer Architects

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We kicked off our busy week with a visit to 245 TENTH sales gallery. We were dazzled by the new SPLASH collection by designers Della Valle and Bernheimer and set our week in motion with the most delicious guava bellinis!

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HauteGreen

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We hopped a cab to W 19th street to get a look at the best in sustainable design and let’s just say it was haute (with a capital H)! Props to Kimberly Oliver, Bart Bettencourt and Rebecca Silver for putting together one heck of an exhibition. The party was so “haute” the line to get in wrapped around the corner and people just didn’t want to leave when the lights flickered at the end of the night. We’re proud to say we opened and yes closed the party.

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Thank you Bart Bettencourt, co-organizer of HauteGREEN and president of Bettencourt Green Building Supplies for your continued commitment to sustainable design.

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The curated exhibition featured over 70 eco-friendly pieces, selected from a pool of 241 submissions from across the US and 20 other countries around the world.

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Although this may look like the photo taken of some of the Uhuru team during the DWR party – look closer – this time the crew is enjoying their favorite local brew – Brooklyn Lager. The design+build furniture company, who uses materials that have been reclaimed, recycled, repurposed and reused, was selected to display not 1, not 2, but 3 new pieces of work.

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The Dynamic Duo – Longoland! Joshua Longo and Jill Carbonneau

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Matter in Manhattan

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Jamie Gray – our favorite Park Slope friend (and daily dose domino blogger) is now making a splash in the big city. Scores of leading editors, designers, architects and fashion gurus turned out for the opening of his meticuously curated store, Matter. The new place is located at 405 Broome Street between Lafayette & Centre and will be open late throughout the ICFF weekend (12-8PM daily).

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Jamie Gray celebrates the opening of Matter with friends.

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The party drew a packed house – so we took it to the streets (or rather, just outside the door).

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Julie Taraska, editor Home Magazine; Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller Design and Dan Yeffet, JellyLab Studio.

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Sofia Galadza, editor, Contract Magazine, Paul Makovsky, editorial director, Metropolis Magazine, Kimberly Oliver, AmericanSuccessMachinery and Cristina Covello, Covelloressor (who designed two of the cool chairs at the store).

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The award for the best dressed goes to Kee Edwards, the talent behind Loup Charmant, a sweet collection of 100% organic intimates and apparal.

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Dutch designers Rolf Voorhuis, Palau and Edward Van Vliet, SEVV.

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Katie Woolsey, O at Home and Kimberly Oliver, AmericanSuccessMachinery – and wait, who is that fun-loving editor in the background?

A lovely little luncheon with House Beautiful & Ina Garten

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What better way to spend a beautiful Wednesday afternoon than on the 44th floor of the Hearst Building with the one and only Ina Garten. Congrats to editor Stephen Drucker and the entire House Beautiful staff for a great event. We just loved the Q&A session – Ina has quite the vibrant personality. And the food, prepared from recipes straight out of Ina’s very own cookbooks including “Barefoot contessa at home” – was beyond delicious. I was so inspired I got home and opened up my autographed cookbook to try my hands at one of the dishes. Just as Ina promised – it came out exactly how the picture looked and tasted yummy too.

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BKLYN Designs Celebrates 5 Years

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To me, BKLYN Designs is a lot more than just a well curated exhibition of contemporary furnishings – its a chance to celebrate the true creative culture that is alive and booming in the borough. From the thriving DUMBO neighborhood in which the show takes place to the friendship and common threads that are evident amongst the exhibitors, there is a sense of community unlike any other. For three beautiful days this weekend, the cobble-stone streets were filled with trade, press, consumers and of course trendy families pushing their Bugaboo, Graco or Peg-Pérego strollers. With camera in hand, I hit the show running. Here’s a look at the some of my favorite moments:

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Design junkies Chris Kraig and Chip Cordelli. These two Brooklynites were like kids in a candy store – they just couldn’t get enough. Here they are showing off their new s.w.a.g from exhibitor FunkinFunction, a scrap-bin sister company to Daniel Moyer Design & Fabrication.

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Leaders in each of their respective fields: Linda O’Keeffe, director Design + Architecture, Metropolitan Home ; Mark Kessler, Interim President Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Ralph Pucci, the icon behind Ralph Pucci International.

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Cutting-edge products, cute BKLYN exhibitors, captivating lectures, cool parties and a contemporary setting – what more could a girl ask for?

No sleep til Brooklyn

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BKLYN Designers not only know how to rock it in the world of contemporary furnishings – they also know how to paaartyy! Immediately following the end of day 1 of BKLYN Designs, shuttle buses brought us a few short blocks away to the hip DWR Studio in Brooklyn Heights. We lounged out on Knoll chairs, sipped on some good ole Grolsch and Hanger One vodka and talked design, design and more design. Congrats to the 5 winning Pratt students – their work will be on display at the showroom for the next month. Be sure to check out the Grand Prize winner – the egg pants!!!

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Let’s hear it for the design savvy girls of Auster*Events (show producers) and Novità Communications.

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Our friends at Uhuru (o’ yes fans – they are the ones responsible for the Sakrua Table and Moo Chairs) kick back and relax with some Grolsch – brewed since 1615.

AIA takes San Antonio

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The famous Riverwalk is packed with architects – all of whom are walking around with their signature black and red AIA briefcases. Inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, there is a stunning tribute to 150 years of the AIA. The exhibit is called America’s Favorite Architecture and shows large scale panels of the top 150 iconic buildings. Can you guess which one topped the charts? The Big Apple’s Empire State Building takes the cake. Other favorites include: Sofitel Chicago Water Tower (#82), Walt Disney Concert Hall (#99) and the Museum of Modern Art in San Fran (#109).

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Check out www.favoritearchitecture.org to view all the buildings and create your own list of favorites.