Archive for September, 2008

Pink Anziano Chair Launch

By danielle

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Although we typically report on events, this product launch supports a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. This year, in conjunction with breast cancer awareness month, Donghia is debuting a pink version of the iconic Anziano chair, designed in the 80’s by the brand’s founder, Angelo Donghia. We heard from a great source that we have Chuck Chewning, Donghia’s new creative director, to thank for the 2008 revival of this chair. All the proceeds originated by the sale of the chair, will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support breast cancer research. Angelo’s generosity resonates in this charitable deed, as does his creative spirit.

The revival of the Anziano chair is a tribute to Angelo Donghia’s times, of friend Halston, the years of Warhol’s Factory, of the legendary Studio 54, and the years in which Donghia ruled over the design industry with its outstanding manufacturing quality and taste.

The chair will be available in Donghia showrooms across the country, starting Oct. 16th to Dec. 21st, and retails for $500.

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Japan C – Trip 3

By danielle

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Felissimo is becoming our second home. Every week there is a new and exciting event that we just can’t miss. This time, we attended the launch of Design Japan Week. As usual, the townhouse was filled with creative and design-savvy guests – who always tend to gravitate towards the large and eclectic centerpiece. We wonder what will happen to it after the 11-week period? If you haven’t been there yet, we suggest you check it out and send us your best picture of the product globe.

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Icons of Design

By danielle

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On Monday night, LDB Interior Textiles, 7 W New York and the Home Fashion Products Association honored the talented work of Jamie Drake, B. Smith and Raymond Waites, three great “Icons of Design.” Jamie is known for his lush and vibrant design. According to him, Life is eclectic and design should reflect that.” B. Smith, a former fashion model turned restaurateur, TV host and author is widely regarded as an expert when it comes to casual but elegant living. We have to add a special note about her matching ring, earrings and necklace. The great bling is part of her new jewelry line. And, last but certainly not least, Raymond Waites, who was an absolute delight to meet, has a signature style that he calls a New Golden Age of Decoration.

The evening celebrated the role fashion-forward design has played in home textiles. The room was packed with innovative individuals – even some honorees and guests from last year’s party (including Eileen West and Adrienne Bradgon) dropped by for the event. It was the kick-off event for The New York Home Fashions Market, which runs from September 15-19 at 7W.

Another great event Wanda and Su – looking for to next time….

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The three delightful honorees pose for photos, mingle with the crowd and continue the tradition by signing the LDB Interiors sign.

A Night in New York

By danielle

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New York City is certainly the city that never sleeps. Last night, we set out to Felissimo for a short session called Product Placement (a new series of designer talks organized by Julie Taraska and Kimberly Oliver). Since the evening was all about Japan, we started with a saki and some delicious edamame and rice balls. Then we headed up the winding stairs, through the awesome Japan-C exhibition and to the 5th floor to listen to the wise and witty words of product designers: Masamichi Udagawa, Jeff Miller, Atsuyo et Akiko, Eric Chan and Hideaki Matsui as well as design buyer Kari Woldum. Each took us through their innovative thought and design process. Udagawa talked about a product near and dear to New Yorkers’ hearts – the speedy MetroCard machine, which he says was “designed for everyone.” We learned that he and his colleagues from Antenna Design even designed a few NYC subway cars. Afterwards, we couldn’t leave without sneaking through the crowd to talk to our friends Julie and Kimberly, Japan C’s dynamic duo Melissa and Tara as well as one of our favorite industrial designers, the talented Jeff Miller.

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As we are about to call it a night, grab a slice and head to Brooklyn, we were invited by the lovely Annie Block of Interior Design magazine to “pop into” Target’s Bullseye Bodega party. After all, it was just one block away. We also recruited Material ConneXion’s Sarah Natkins and were off for some chic designer deals. The place was packed, the cheesecake on a stick was delightful and to top it off – we saw Jerry Seinfeld. And we would have had a picture to prove it if technology didn’t fail us (see bottom left picture below).

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Hours later, we took the slow and steady F train back home and finally got our slice (or two). You gotta love New York.

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