Archive for January, 2009

Nathan Thomas at DWR

By danielle

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Whether we would like to admit it or not, many of us were glued to the TV for Season 2 of Bravo’s Top Design. After all, who could resist watching Margaret Russell, Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler in action?!?!  And congratulations to the winner: Nathan Thomas, whose unique work set him apart from his competitors.  

Now if you’re feeling like you need a little more Top Design in your life these days, check out this latest challenge, cooked up by our friends at DWR.  

The brief?  They’ve asked Nathan Thomas to create a warm and welcoming personal work space using the items on hand at their Upper West Side location.

The twist? DWR will throw in a few curve ball pieces sourced from Housing Works. 

The result? See for yourself on February 12, 2009 from 7:30-9:00pm at DWR (341 Columbus Avenue, NYC).  You can meet Nathan, ask him a question or two and check out all the goods at DWR of course!  

 

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Season 2 Winner Nathan Thomas

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On Feb 12, we'll see how Nathan meets his latest challenge. For now, here's an example of A DWR work space set-up to get you thinking of the possibilities.

 

Interiors Awards

By danielle

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Although we are not early risers, each year we willingly sacrifice sleep in order to attend one of our favorite industry events: the Interiors Awards breakfast.  This year marks the 30th annual edition of the event (congrats to Contract for reaching this amazing milestone!)  We can’t wait to find out the winners – especially who will be bringing home the prestigious “Designer of the Year” award.  However, we do know that Wing Chao, Executive Vice President of Master Planning, Architecture and Design, Resort Development for Walt Disney Imagineering will be honored with Contract’s 2009 “Legend Award.”  Previous recipients include: Moira Moser of M Moser Associates (08) and HOK Chairman Bill Valentine (07).  

We’re also looking forward to:

  • Jennifer Busch as Emcee and her ever fabulous outfit!
  • A room full of the best minds in design 
  • The unique presentation of the awards
  • And finally….the frittata!!

The party starts this Friday at 7:30 am at Cipriani.  If you don’t have a ticket, we suggest you get one.  It’s worth every penny! 

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Return to Allmilmo

By hawley

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Design-Calendar is excited to share the news: Lothar C. Birkenfeld is returning to his prestigious position as CEO and President of the Allmilmo USA Corporation after eleven years. He originally held this position from 1975 until 1996 before moving on to become President of Poggenpohl U.S., Inc. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, he is credited with introducing the American market to European cabinetry and kitchen design in the early 1970s. Birkenfeld is an award-winning designer, and in 1982 he became the first non-US citizen to hold a Certified Kitchen Designer title by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). He then became one of the first Certified Bath Designers in 1990. In 2007, Birkenfeld was inducted into the NKBA Hall of Fame after eleven years at Poggenpohl. We are sure that Birkenfeld’s desire to deliver only the best to the design market will yield fantastic results for Allmilmo.

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Maison & Objet

By hawley

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While the upcoming NYIGF spurs interest in the US, the Maison & Objet show in Paris is more than worthy of attention. The show starts today and runs through January 27th.  The French show welcomes designers and visitors from around the world and is massively impressive in scale and detail. This year, Maison & Objet pays homage to German born designer and artist Karl Lagerfeld. His vivid style and freethinking expression is a perfect fit for the shows’ self-proclaimed influences. Organizers explain this year’s influence as the idea of home as a refuge- a place to express individual taste and take comfort in the positive energies released by self-expression.

On this note, one of the highlights includes Cuis’in Nature, a kitchen that grows its own fruits and vegetables. The innovative kitchen questions the relationship between who we are and what we eat and is the brainchild of Matali Crasset and Frederick e. Grasser-Hermé. Further questioning the curiosity of everyday living is Souper Fin, an exhibition curated by Philippe Di Méo of French tableware; its theme explores and underscores the natural affinity between fine cuisine and sensual eroticism, with videos by artist Sabine Pigalle. Talents á la Carte introduces six young designers and their fresh take on home design.

As much as we wish we could be there, we are extremely excited to see the newest products that come out of this amazing Parisian show!

Click here for more details.

 

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NYIGF

By hawley

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 The holidays may be over and spring is far away—but Design-Calendar is looking forward to the New York International Gift Fair. An industry staple, the NYIGF showcases the newest and greatest in the gift market with thousands of hand-picked exhibitors. We can’t resist the opportunity to peruse the exhibitions this year, housed in the Javits Center and Piers 90, 92, and 94, from Sunday, January 25 until Thursday January 29.

 

As if this isn’t enough, the NYIGF has been expanded and refined this winter to allow for the most successful show yet. Juried divisions such as Studio™ reveal the trendiest and most inventive merchandise while Accent on Design® serves as a platform for new designers and their original goods. Look out for the expansion to divisions such as EX·TRACTS® that offers personal care items and renovations in the divisions At Home and General Gift. Be sure to take note of the new Designer Maker designation that allows for attendees to easily identify artisans from production craft. And when you’re done browsing? Attend seminars by industry leaders, networking events in the city, dine stylishly (yet economically: its Restaurant Week!), or visit New York’s Museum of Art and Design admission-free courtesy of the NY Market.

 

But wait – there’s more!  Complimentary shuttles will take you to 7W New York, 41 Madison and 230 Fifth for additional buying fun.


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Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition

By hawley

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Just a little more than two weeks remain until the February 6 submission deadline for the 16th annual Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition. Architects and interior designers can submit their creations that use this incredibly versatile and dramatic material to win great prizes. The variety and abundance of tile allows for infinite design possibilities, so we can’t wait to see what this year’s competition has in store. Competitors will be judged on categories of overall design, innovative use of tile, tile design, installation quality and the degree to which the use of tile enhances the setting.

Winners will be awarded a cash prize and a trip to Coverings, where their winning creations will be exhibited in the Italian pavilion. In addition, those chosen will be flown to Italy for CERSAIE 2009, a fantastic opportunity to see some of the world’s best and brightest tile and bathroom design. For convenience and in keeping with the eco friendly needs of today, the competition asks for digital submissions (although hard copies will be accepted).

Click here for more details.

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Japan Brand: Unfolding

By danielle

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This week, we are excited to share with you an unparalleled exhibition event coming up at the end of January. Felissimo Design House in Midtown Manhattan will be transformed into a rich showcase of Japanese craft traditions. From textiles to the culinary arts, Japan’s artisans have always demanded perfection and from this tradition now emerges the modern innovation of the Japan Brand: Unfolding exhibition, showing from January 25th through February 7th.

This two-week event will highlight contemporary products from 30 Japanese regions represented by their respected chamber of commerce. Each region’s artisanship reflects the practice of century-old craft combined with a new approach of contemporary expression. This showcase details the success of the evolution of Japanese design through laquerware, sideboards, hand woven textiles and more. Japan Brand: Unfolding will reveal how Japan is creating new traditions through the artistic mastery and expertise of old ones.

If you can’t wait til the 25th, we’ve got a sneak preview to tempt your cultural palette.

Arimatsu is the historical center for shibori, a Japanese tie–dyeing method that often uses indigo.

Arimatsu is the historical center for shibori, a Japanese tie–dyeing method that often uses indigo.

Tsubame’s now refined metal processing technique is said to have originated with Japanese steel and nail production.

Tsubame’s now refined metal processing technique is said to have originated with Japanese steel and nail production.

The fusion of woodworking and textile traditions and modern design are what define Yamagata-Koubou.

The fusion of woodworking and textile traditions and modern design are what define Yamagata-Koubou.

“In the Know”

By danielle

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Now that the new year is upon us, we’ve decided to give our blog some new features. Just like we do in eSPY, we’ll be selecting some of our favorite not-to-miss events (from trade shows, exhibits, seminars, etc) and sharing them with our loyal readers. For now, we are calling it “In the Know” – but we always love feedback from our friends. For our first selection, we’re taking it to London, England for the final days of “Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1975.” We thought this exhibit was especially fitting, given our current global situation. If you cannot make it to the exhibition, at least visit the V&A site – which offers a timeline of developments in design, art/film, architecture and politics from 1945-1975.

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In addition to its role in propaganda posters and film, it’s sometimes hard to imagine design as a political force in other realms such as architecture and furniture. The period from the end of WW II to the mid-70s was a time of immense political tension across the globe, which was not only represented by exceptional creativity of that era but also challenged by it. Running a retrospective exhibition about this historical time period through January 11th, the V&A Museum in London is the first to explore the international developments in the fields of art, design, architecture, and film in the context of the Cold War. You’ll recognize familiar names such as Charles Eames who broke new ground in product design by incorporating industrial materials used during the war or Le Corbusier whose architectural drawing of a mountainside cathedral closely and tellingly resembled a bunker. There were also lesser-known artists who built public monuments to capture the anguish and loss of its people. This exhibition tells a clear story that analyzing the art and design of an age is an important piece of fully understanding it.

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SICIS Holiday Party at “The Art Factory”

By danielle

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If you know SICIS and have caught a glimpse at their freestanding pin-up beauties completely crafted from mosaic tiles, then you can imagine what awaited us at the their holiday open house on December 9th. Their four-floor showroom in Soho was packed with hundreds of artists, designers and revelers taking a sneak peek at their newest tile creations while sampling authentic Italian cuisine and libations on every floor. Renowned for bringing the art of mosaic back to life, SICIS continually introduces cutting edge designs to the market and their latest collection, Hedonism, is no exception. With larger-than-life mosaics of black and white classic imagery, it definitely set a tone of creativity, mystery and an undeniable dab of sensuality. Guests stepped into a jewel-toned flowery wonderland on the ground floor, while partygoers upstairs danced anywhere they could and those in the basement gathered around a maze of floating mosaic collages. It was hard not to go into full sensory overload but the company’s staff kept the atmosphere fun and lighthearted. There’s a reason why they call it the “Art Factory.”

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