Archive for November, 2008

NYDC’s Masquerade Ball – “Expect the Unexpected”

By danielle


With the cold winds blowing outside, we thought it would be the perfect time to share some sizzling shots of our favorite magazine editors, architects, designers and manufacturers incognito. Leave it to our industry to flaunt some of the most amazing and well-thought-out Halloween costumes. Just last month, over 600 top-notch professionals attended the New York Design Center’s Masquerade Ball. Three years running, this ball has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in our industry. We bet many are already planning their costumes for next year!

In addition to the festivities (which included a photo booth), the party raises money for the Alpha Workshops. Our sources tell us that this year over $80,000 was donated to the non-profit organization, which helps to train people living with HIV/AIDS for work in the field of decorative arts. Our top-hats are off to the team at the NYDC for another amazing night.

This year, twelve magazines participated as media sponsors (a first for the event). It’s great to see everyone coming together for such a worthy cause. Now it’s time to decide which pub had the best costume:

Middle: Town & Country’s Lauren Himmelstein, Kristen Knisley (waterworks) and Stefanie Rapp
Bottom: The clever gals of Veranda

Top: Behind the masks are the lovely ladies of Traditional Home
Middle Left: Architectural Digest came equipped with their Light Sabers
Bottom Left: The cast and crew of Cottages & Gardens
Right: NY Spaces looking sassy

Top Left: domino’s two dapper dudes and a lady in red
Top Right: House Beautiful’s wild bunch
Bottom: The Met Home/Elle Decor crew showing off their goods

Designers, manufacturers and even some PR pros got into the Halloween spirit and wowed us with their fabulous looks:
From Top to Bottom, Left to Right:
Hulsta-Rolf Benz-Studio
Guy Clark
Baker, Knapp and Tubbs
Matthew White, White Webb
Images & Details’ Beth Dempsey and staff
Pierre Frey
Susan Becher & team and designer Ondine Karady
Laura Kirar and Richard Frazier
Amy Lau’s Office


Top: Eugenia Santiesteban, Jim Druckman and Tori Mellott
Middle: NYDC’s Leah Blank, Alix Lerman, Jim Druckman and Alana Moskowitz
Bottom: Odegard

Photo Credit: Ira Fox/Michael Priest Photography and Paul Fittipaldi

Expansion of Material ConneXion Spells Good News for Designers

By danielle


While some mega corporations like Google are drastically downgrading their office space – undoubtedly a reflection of the dire state of our economy – we just got word that global materials consultancy, Material ConneXion, is currently expanding. Since they maintain the largest library of innovative and sustainable materials and processes in the world, in early 2009 the company will officially make 60 Madison Ave. its new home, which is about twice the size of its previous location in Chelsea. Reflecting a growing demand for sustainable materials, this exciting development provides a silver lining for those working in the design industry. “The right material choices can create healthier, less toxic, and more sustainable environments,” said Andrew H. Dent, PhD, Vice President, Library and Materials Research. “Everyday brings new developments in sustainable materials, which in turn broadens design possibilities.”

Guggenheim Gets a Facelift from MAPEI

By danielle


It was a surprisingly beautiful autumn night in Manhattan – reminiscent of what California would regard as proper weather for November. Subsequently, it was fitting for the Hollywood-style welcoming that awaited guests at the Guggenheim’s front doors Thursday night. The arts and architecture communities converged uptown to celebrate the museum’s collaboration with MAPEI – a leading producer of concrete restoration products – and the end result of an intensive four-year project to renovate to the landmark’s façade.

Photo credit: David Heald

Originally designed by architecture icon Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959, in recent years the Guggenheim Museum was beginning to show signs of age with cracks in the exterior – undoubtedly the result of nearly six decades of harsh New York winters. At the start of the restoration project, architectural conservation firm Integrated Conservation Resources (ICR) and structural engineering firm Robert Silman Associates, PC, went to work removing 12 layers of coatings applied over the years and mapping every crack in the exposed surface. After in-depth research and extensive testing, ICR recommended MAPEI products for the actual restoration of the building due to its single-source system and extensive resources.

The Guggenheim now joins MAPEI’s laundry list of historical landmarks renovated with MAPEI products including the Vatican, the Kremlin, the La Scala opera house and the Statue of Liberty.

We unfortunately missed the seminar on the restoration undertaking, but made it just in time to chat with MAPEI’s head honchos who flew over from Italy and some of the Guggenheim staff during the cocktail reception. We also got to take a peak at Theanyspacewhatever exhibit – a multi-media conglomerate of artists such as Liam Gillick and Jorge Pardo who use the exhibition environment as the focus of their work – as well as photographer Catherine Opie’s “Domestic” exhibit, which is a series of large-format photographs capturing the domestic environment of lesbian couples across the country.


Overall, it was an inspiring evening celebrating the rebirth of one of New York’s most treasured spaces.

TODA’s Launch Party for Mark Naden’s Funky Creations

By danielle


With so many launch parties constantly streaming our way, it’s hard to choose which ones to attend. However, TODA’s unveiling for Frighetto’s Pouf Pot and Bean chairs – the brainchild of designer and architect Mark Naden – on October 29th surely did not disappoint.

Situated in a great section of Tribeca, New York, we stopped by the new event space ROOM Studio to participate in a literal round of musical chairs. All of the new models were on display in an ingeniously designed layout, which was also the vision of Mark Naden – the versatile architect, designer and founder of The Office of Design and Architecture.

We first settled ourselves into the Bean chair – a cool concept focusing on bare-bones structure but which is still comfortable enough to be a lounge chair. It comes in a variety of finishes and fabrics, with a stool version now in the works. Then we moved onto the adaptable Pouf Pot, which can function as a stool or a chair and is available for both indoor and outdoor use. Undoubtedly a great conversation piece, we thought it could also double as a gorgeous sculpture.


By the end of the night, with our bellies full from tantalizing cocktails and h’ors d’oeuvres, we walked away decidedly wanting one of each of Naden’s designs for our own. Check them out yourselves at Domus Design Collection and keep your eyes peeled for more funky Naden creations!

Yes We Can!

By danielle



Photo Credit: BBC