Archive for December, 2007

Design Cares 07 – Home for the Holidays

By danielle

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The title of this event says it all – last night the design community showed their support by the hundreds or should I say thousands ($$)…. The Silent Auction Guide was 8-pages thick, filled with generous contributions from top-notch manufacturers including Alessi, Calvin Klein Home, Gracie, and Moroso to name a few. Guests were ready with checkbooks in hand to support this worthy cause (all proceeds will be given to Furnish a Future, a Partnership for the Homeless Program). When the bidding was over, the excitement and joy on the winners’ faces was simply priceless.

This marked the 6th year of the event, it was originally started by Metropolitan Home and the New York Design Center as a passionate response to those who suffered losses on September 11, and has been an overwhelming success since it began.

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Great friends, great fun, great design – all to benefit a great cause.

Pierre Paulin’s Birthday Bash

By danielle

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The French Embassy was full of ‘joie de vivre’ last night as iconic designer Pierre Paulin turned 80! M2L (one of the event sponsors and committed U.S. distributor of Paulin’s designs) lined the marble halls of the consulate with fantastic pieces including his orange slice, ribbon and tulip chairs. The clean modern pieces created a dramatic juxtaposition with the traditional Upper East Side manse. The pièce de résistance was his birthday cake, which was shaped like his famous mushroom chair. It was truly a magical evening, we could see the winter winds waving the French flag through the grand window while we sipped champagne and strolled around the marble halls in the presence of grand design… aaahhhh thank you Pierre!
In honor of Paulin’s 80th, a special exhibit, “Happy Birthday Pierre Paulin,” will be on view in New York at the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France until Jan. 25, 2008.

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(Top) Pierre Paulin makes a wish…
(L) Graphic Designer Giona Maiarelli of Maiarelli Studios
(R) Style Director Elaine Wrightman and designer Richard Wrightman

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(Top) Designer Colin Kappller, Heather Wagner and her husband
American Craft Magazine’s editor-in-chief Andrew Wagner
(R) Novità Communications Chris Abbate and Contract Magazine’s
Editor in Chief Jennifer Busch
(L) M2L’s Founder Michael Manes and his son Matt Manes

“T. Time” at Gallery R’Pure

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The creative crew at Gallery R’Pure hosted a champagne soiree on Thursday to present T. Time, the stunning pewter tea sets crafted in a refreshingly contemporary way by Sebastien Servaire and L’Orfevrerie d’Anjou. We were thrilled to discover this great gallery with it’s mix of well chosen pieces. It is a little Paris in New York – tres chic.There is no doubt that we will be keeping our eyes on this talented team!
You can visit Gallery R’ Pure at: 3 East 19th St. NYC

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Pascal Blandin, L’Orfevrerie d’Anjou’s Executive Manager, Sebastien
Servaire, R’Pure Studio’s Manager, Odile Hainaut, Gallery R’Pure’s
Manager, Laurent Hainaut, Raison Pure’s CEO.

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Raison Pure’s Laura Lorenzetti, Jeanette Palmer, and Matthew Okin
from Unilever