Archive for March, 2009

And the winner is…

By hawley

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The jury has decided and the winners of the IESNYC 2009 “Audible Light” Student Design Competition have been announced. Students from many related disciplines including lighting, architecture, interior design, art, product design, etc., participated in the competition. Participants were required to create a lighting work that was able to express a certain sound without actually using an auditory component. With fifty-five original entries, choosing a winner was a tough call.

The first place award of $3,000 cash and a trip to the Professional Lighting Designer’s Association (PLDA) sponsored workshop in Europe went to Hye Yeun Lee of Parsons for her “Subway Sound”. An interior design student, her project was inspired by her daily subway ride, resulting in a work that captures the subway experience of speeding lights and screeching trains.

The second place award of $1500 went to Parsons School of Design’s Ching-Yu Lin for his lighting project “Hey! It’s a Party”, an interactive lighting design that looks like turntable. The Lighting Design student’s project responds to touch if you spin the records, resulting in light patterns that mimic rhythm and music.

Team duo Young Taek Oh and Sukmo Koo, an Interactive Telecommunications major at NYU and Industrial Design student at Pratt Institute, respectively, claimed the third place award of $1000. Their project was entitled “Make It Rain-Rain Box”, designed to imitate the sound of raindrops with light. Honorable mentions and winners of a free trip to GE’s “Lighting Institute” were given to Kacie Stigliano for “Rhythms” and Sungbin Ma for “The Sound of Glitz”, both Lighting Design students at Parsons.

It was an inspiring and, (dare we say?), brilliant variety of submissions for the 2009 competition. We can expect great things to come of these bright young designers.

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First place winner Hye Yeun Lee’s “Subway Sound”

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Second place winner Ching-Yu Lin’s “Hey! It’s a Party”

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Third place winner Young Taek Oh & Sukmo Koo’s “Make It Rain-Rain Box”

Meeting of the Design Minds at Ceramica Magnifica!

By alexandra

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Tuesday night we headed over to 7 West 34th street to see the Ceramica Magnifica! exhibit, showcasing 49 highly unique ceramic pieces that pay homage to Este, Italy- a town renowned for its ceramics since ancient times.  We sipped on delicious prosecco as we perused ceramic works by the likes of Krizia, Adam Tihany, Ottavio Missoni, Giuliana de Camerino, Alessandro Mendini, Matteo Thun, David Palterer, Alison Sky, and Michele DeLucchi (to name a few).  The pieces ranged from the clever and playful to the inventive and ethereal.

The highlight of the night was a lively panel discussion entitled “The Intersection of Art, Design and Craft: Rethinking Tradition.”  The participants included acclaimed multi-media artist and designer, Federica Marangoni; Italian graphic artist & designer Massimo Vignelli; former muse to Andy Warhol and student of Salvador Dali, Ultra Violet and celebrated architect and professor James Wines.  The discussion was moderated by Judith S. Schwartz Ph.D., critic, author and NYU professor.

The engaging dialogue ranged from speaking about ceramics in the Biblical sense- Ultra Violet noted that clay is a recurring element in the scriptures, to how it plays a part in the composition of everything from tennis rackets, to knives, to fire engines- even artificial hips!   

The panelists also spoke about art and design in a broader sense.  Federica Marangoni explored the idea of artistic vision and felt that most artists today lack a unique aesthetic.  Vivacious personality Massimo Vignelli shook things up with his comments about how the economic meltdown marked an end of an era and an end to original artistic thought, as art has become more about money making than art for art’s sake.  James Wines explained how he believes ceramics are all about life, and as an architect he heralds ceramic material as a great sustainable resource.  To that end the moderator added that adobe clay is extremely long lasting and requires little energy to make (it is not fired in a kiln).  All in all, it was a highly informative and interesting meeting of the design minds.

The exhibit will be open to the public March 28 & 29 (during the Architectural Digest Home Design Show).  We highly recommend it !          

 

 

  "Ceramic remains" by Ignazio Moncada

"Ceramic remains" by Ignazio Moncada

 

 

"Piatti dal Bestiaro" by Krizia

"Piatti dal Bestiaro" by Krizia

 

 

"Vaso e Coppa" by Ettore Mocchetti

"Vaso e Coppa" by Ettore Mocchetti

 

"Vasi a Sfere" by Alessandro Mendini

"Vasi a Sfere" by Alessandro Mendini

Jean Marc Gady’s “French Cancan” Lighting Exhibition

By hawley

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Gallery R’Pure of NYC is presenting Jean Marc Gady’s “French Cancan”, an exhibition of lighting that will run through May 19th. The opening for the exhibition will be held this Wednesday, March 25th from 5:00 until 9:00 (5:00 – 6:00 for press only). Gallery R’Pure will showcase the “French Cancan” Lighting, featured in a scenography also done by the designer, which will include Gady’s “Gourmet” Plate and “A.M.O.” Vase. Set with a video projection and music, the exhibition should be something to please both designers and connoisseurs. 

Gady is the founder and director of the Jean-Marc Gady Interior and Product Design Creative Agency, where he is known for his well-rounded and wide-ranging design skills. He has worked in interior and product design, scenography and visual merchandising for brands such as Louis VuittonMoët & Chandon, Apple, and Baccarat

With such a varied resume, its no surprise that attendees are expected to be from all walks of the art-design world; including collectors, architects, fashion and interior designers, and more. When you’ve had your fill of design and discussion, quench your thirst with a sip of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne. We look forward to toasting to another great addition to the design world!

Gallery R’Pure, 3 east 19th street, New York.
The exhibit will run from March 25th until May 19th, 2009 (including ICFF days)

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Jean Marc Gady's French Cancan Lighting

 

Karim Rashid at MAD Museum

By kristin

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Award-winning designer, prolific creator, and international superstar, Karim Rashid, will be at the MAD Museum in New York this Wednesday, March 25th (6:30pm) to share his thoughts on innovation and contemporary design. This talk is part of the Totally Rad: Karim Rashid Does Radiators exhibition, which is currently on view at the Museum of Arts & Design.

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Photo: Randy Krisp

 

DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN 2009

By danielle

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On March 26th, Design Industries Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) will launch its 12th national tour of the seminal event Dining by Design in New York to raise money for AIDS service organizations across the country. Over the course of five days, renowned designers, budding creatives and culinary luminaries will join forces to bring you scintillating 3-dimensional dining installations topped with delectable treats. Returning to the show is the popular Student Design Initiative, which launched in 2008.  Last year’s display, which included installations from FIT, NYU, Parsons, Pratt and SVA were both imaginative and inspirational.  We cannot wait to see what’s in store this year.  In the meantime, here’s some shots from ’08 to get you in the mood.

For the first time, this year’s Big Apple show also coincides with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Luckily, they’ve made it extremely easy to see both shows. In addition to sharing the same pier, discounted joint tickets will be available. 

Here is a look at this week’s Dining By Design schedule:

PUBLIC TABLE VIEWING
Thursday, March 26, Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 
10:00AM—6:00PM
$10
View the amazing installations. Open to the public. 
($25 includes admission to Architectural Digest Home Design Show)

COCKTAILS BY DESIGN
Thursday, March 26; 6:00—10:00PM
$150
This party sets the stage for Monday night’s gala as designers and guests mingle and preview the installations. 

TABLE HOP & TASTE
Sunday, March 29; 12:00—5:00PM
$50
Sip Castello di Gabbiano wines paired with tastes from New York’s top restaurants and gourmet food purveyors as you view the amazing installations. Open to the public. 
($60 includes admission to Architectural Digest Home Design Show)

GALA DINNER
Monday, March 30; 6:30—11:00PM
Designed table of ten $10,000
Individual seats at club tables $500
Cocktails and table hopping, followed by a seated dinner, dancing, dessert, and silent auction. 

 

New York University's 2008 installation - Mentor: David Rockwell, Rockwell Group; Adminstrator: Shelly Sabel; Students: Joshua Schwartz, Thomas Bergeron, Gary Solomon, Travis J. Sawyer

New York University's 2008 installation - Mentor: David Rockwell, Rockwell Group; Adminstrator: Shelly Sabel; Students: Joshua Schwartz, Thomas Bergeron, Gary Solomon, Travis J. Sawyer

 

 

Parsons The New School for Design 2008 installation - Mentor: Jamie Drake, Drake Design Associates; Administrator: Thomas Morbitzer; Students: Paige Alix, Ariel Bronson, Elizabeth Bailey, Elizabeth Raftopoulos

Parsons The New School for Design 2008 installation - Mentor: Jamie Drake, Drake Design Associates; Administrator: Thomas Morbitzer; Students: Paige Alix, Ariel Bronson, Elizabeth Bailey, Elizabeth Raftopoulos

Pioneers in Design and Honor Awards

By danielle

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After closing its doors to the public more than 40 years ago, we’re happy to report the recent re-opening of the sunshine state’s legendary Fox Oakland Theater. Honoring the group responsible for reviving the neighborhood as well as a historic landmark, the Northern California chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) will pay homage to the Friends of the Oakland Fox as “Pioneers in Design” as well as a selection of local interior design icons. Don’t miss this event on March 25th from 5:30 to 9:00PM as hundreds of Bay Area designers converge in the new space to celebrate local excellence in design. Winners of the Honor Awards will be chosen from a bevy of projects in one of six categories including: Live, Work, Play, Shop, Serve, and Give. Tickets are $25 for students, $50 for IIDA members and $75 for non-members.

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7 W Presents: The Intersection of Art, Design and Craft: Rethinking Tradition

By danielle

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On the subject of art and design (which is near and dear to our hearts), 7 W New York will be kicking of the New York Design Festival on March 24th (5:30PM – 7:30PM) with a lively panel discussion led by renowned critic, curator, artist, author and educator Judith S. Schwartz. Joining her will be Massimo Vignelli, Federica Marangoni, James Wines, Armando Milani and UltraViolet- all artists/designers that took part in a design triennale in the Italian city of Este.  Their designs, which were crafted in ceramics in Medieval Este, are part of Ceramica Magnficia!, an expansive exhibition of inspiring ceramic pieces that will be on display in a gallery adjoining the lecture space.  Other featured designers include: Adam Tihany, Matteo Thun, Alison Sky, Krizia, Mendini, Missoni and Paola Navone.   The session will take place on the 8th floor of the building (RSVP: 646.778.3209.)  If you can’t make it to this event, the exhibit will be open to the public on the afternoons of March 28 & 29 and also by appointment.

Here’s a look at some of the pieces on display:

 

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Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet

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Vignelli

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Spring Clearance Sale at Karim Rashid SHOP

By danielle

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It’s almost here – Friday is the official start to the season that many of us have been waiting for all winter long.  It also marks the beginning of the spring clearance sale at the Karim Rashid SHOP.  The sale – which offers 50% off all goods, will run through April 1st.  Known for his whimsical colors, shapes and materials, Rashid has designed for such industry giants as Umbra, MethodAlessi, Ritzenhoff,  He has had some 2500 objects put into production to date. The shop carries a wide range of these pieces – from accessories to apparel to home furnishings – that all boast Rashid’s signature aesthetic.  

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“Design for a Living World”

By kristin

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We just got word that The Nature Conservancy will kick off their Design for a Living World traveling exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City on May 14th. Ten of the world’s leading industrial, fashion and furniture designers will showcase their beautifully-crafted objects made from sustainably grown and responsibly harvested materials “in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design.” Some of today’s hottest names in design will be participating including: award-winning industrial designer Yves Behar, environmentally-conscious jewelry designer Ted Muehling, Hella Jongerius and more. In addition, a prototype of the winning design from DESIGN 21’s “Going With the Grain” Challenge (a contest to design an object from a single sheet of FSC-certified wood) will be auctioned off in conjunction with the tour.

61-65 W 23rd Street Available for Lease

By danielle

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Want to be in the same building as the contemporary design and architecture magazine Metropolis? This 7,500 sq ft office space is clean, airy and open for the taking.  We stopped by during Metropolis’ screening of Brilliant Simplicity, a series of conversations with editor in chief Susan S. Szenasy on the pressing need for research on design, to check it out.  Although we’re not quite ready to move out of our beloved Brooklyn location, we hope some lucky group takes advantage of this convenient space.

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Converted Space

A conference room or private office

A conference room or private office

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Susan Szenasy and Kim Taylor

Susan Szenasy and Kim Taylor

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