Archive for March, 2008

I Want To Believe @ the Guggenheim

By danielle

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I’ve been to the Guggenheim several times in my career, but have to say that this exhibit by the acclaimed Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is up there as one of my ultimate favorites. From the moment I walked in to purchase my $18 ticket to the moment I left, I was blown away by the amazing site-specific installation. The entire time I couldn’t help but look up at the nine cars that occupy the central atrium of the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda. They are presented in cinematic progression to simulate a car bombing. Around every bend, there was a new art form to take in and admire – from his masterful gunpowder drawings and videos showing the outdoor related explosion events to clay sculptures that symbolize Chinese culture and history. On Cai’s website, he calls the installation a mid-career retrospective. On our site, we call it a must-see event. FYI: The exhibition runs until May 28, 2008.

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Designer Day @ 7W New York Goes German

By danielle

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Since we did not make it to Ambiente this year, we were so excited to have the show highlights brought to us. Thanks to style afficianado Melissa Feldman, a freelance writer for a whole slew of top design magazines, we were treated to a virtual tour of trends from Ambiente with a particular emphasis on the influx of Germanic influences in the world of entertainment, design and culture. Following the slideshow and the lively Q&A period, we shared a table with our pal Melissa and enjoyed some traditional German delicacies – my favorite of which was the potato pancake.

The next Designer Day is slated for June 10, 2008. This time the focus is on Scandinavia.

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AD Home Design Show

By danielle

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The AD Home Design Show opened its doors yesterday to the trade community for a special preview. The show runs through the weekend so if you haven’t made it to the west side yet, then hop in a cab (or the show’s free shuttle bus which picks up at the Marriott Marquis) and head for Pier 94. We saw our friends from Furniture New York, took a moment (or two) to listen to the music that played on Muon, KEF’s new state-of-the-art audio speakers designed by the legendary Ross Lovegrove, and wished that we had time to take advantage of the massage station. But we’re busy girls and had to make sure that we stuck to our schedule. Here are two other sections of the show that we particularly enjoyed:

AD 100 Pavilion – At the show we caught up with Arch Digest’s lovely and talented Susan Lobel. She worked with three distinguished designers – Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta and Joanne de Guardiola – to create a visually stunning show centerpiece. The four vignettes certainly succeeded in bringing the pages of the magazine to life.

MADE – A new gallery that features one-of-a-kind and limited-edition contemporary objects and furnishings. To get there, exit the registration area to the left, then look for the white floor.

The show covers 110,000 sq. ft, so make sure that to leave yourself enough time to see all the great new products and pavilions.

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