Archive for April, 2009

Tony Duquette—An Enchanted Vision in the Baker, Knapp & Tubbs Showroom

By nancy

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Fashion Group International hosted a presentation in the Baker, Knapp & Tubbs showroom at 200 Lexington Ave. celebrating the extraordinary style and achievements of design legend Tony Duquette.  The presentation was given by California designer Hutton Wilkinson, lifelong friend and business partner of the late Duquette, and president of the Anthony and Elizabeth Duquette Foundation. Wilkinson also signed copies of the recently released “Tony Duquette: Inspirations & Achievements” which he co-wrote with noted design journalist Wendy Goodman.  

Duquette achieved international prominence through a variety of artistic projects which showcased his multi-disciplinary genius and talent. A larger than life icon of the 20th century art world, Duquette was a true Renaissance Man who earned kudos in interior, furniture, jewelry, stage and costume design projects. His expertise was sought after by renowned design professionals, inspired by his unique vision, refreshing disregard for convention and lavish baroque mystique. His too gorgeous and clever to be kitschy Hollywood look catapulted him to an illustrious 40 year career filled with world-wide recognition and fame.

With the Baker creative team, Wilkinson designed the Selected Works by Tony Duquette Collection. This must-see 19 piece assortment of select reproductions includes furniture, lighting and accessories with drama and personality to spare.  From the Sunburst Torchere to the Elsie Tabouret, each expertly handcrafted piece has a rich and unique history, which will fascinate design afficianados and novices alike.  Duquette’s inimitably elegant more is more style is worth exploring while its on display at the Baker showroom in NYC.

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Publicolor, Publicolor, Publicolor Number One

By danielle

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My thanks to the New York Design Center for the invitation to Publicolor’s Stir, Splatter + Roll celebration at Martin Luther King Junior High School in NYC.  For those unfamiliar with the Publicolor, it is a not-for-profit organization that uses “color, collaboration, design and the painting process to re-engage students in their education, schools and communities: to ultimately transform them into productive members of the workforce.” On Tuesday, the brightest stars, from honoree Mary Boone to fashion designer Michael Kors to NYC Mayor Bloomberg, battled the rain to show their support of this amazing organization. And the Publicolor kids were there too – welcoming us at the door, sharing their experiences and…painting, of course!  They didn’t call the event “stir, splatter + roll” for nothing.  In fact, there were 25 different tabletops that needed some color in their lives.  So before the dinner, we all suited up in our Tyvek jumpsuits and painted! Needless to say, it was an evening to remember.  

To all of our readers, we hope that you will visit the Publicolor website (which is very creative and fun) and show your support too. 

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Fashion Designer Michael Kors, Publicolor Founder Ruth Shuman and 2009 Publicolor Honoree Mary Boone

Fashion Designer Michael Kors, Publicolor Founder Ruth Shuman and 2009 Publicolor Honoree Mary Boone

A colorful shot of NYC Mayor Bloomberg

A colorful shot of NYC Mayor Bloomberg

 

Alana Moskowitz of the NYDC in action

Alana Moskowitz of the NYDC in action

 

The festive and colorful dinner table

The festive and colorful dinner table

 

Students sharing heartfelt stories of how Publicolor has made a difference in their lives

Students sharing heartfelt stories of how Publicolor has made a difference in their lives

 

Colorful + Festive

Colorful + Festive

As Good as DESERT GOLD

By alexandra

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On Friday, April 17th Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs and Levi’s brand will kick off DESERT GOLD,  a fun filled weekend of outdoor happenings in conjunction with the Coachella Music Festival. 

Evening dance parties, pool-side concerts and Levi’s Pop-Up shop (featuring limited edition Ace x Levi’s T-shirts from Joshua Tree artists) are just a few of the weekend’s special activities and attractions.  Some of Ace’s favorite bands, including The Cave Singers, Justin Power and Y La Bamba are also sure to be a big draw.  Saturday will be an especially exciting night as Ace will reveal the new Sonic Youth Album, The Internal.

During the festivities, guests can cool off from the hot desert heat with Ace’s spiked sno cones  or indulge in special morning cocktails at the Amigo Room.  King’s Highway will be offering brunch specials as well.

Sounds like a pretty cool weekend despite the hot desert climate!

Check back soon for post-revelry highlights and photos.

Introducing socialdesigner.com

By hawley

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So you’ve always wanted to design something meaningful and wearable (come on, who didn’t think last summer’s ubiquitous “I’m Not a Plastic Bag Tote” wasn’t a great idea?). Okay, so you’re not Anya Hindmarch but you still want to tell the world about your cause. This is where socialdesigner.com comes in—an online, ongoing design competition and marketplace. The site holds competitions to create and design products such as tees and totes to promote various causes. Visitors to the site can vote for their favorites, and the winning designs are available for sale. Purchases of the socially responsible and environmentally friendly goods go to support organizations such as American Cancer Society, UNESCO, SPCA, and many others. The contests will be held weekly–this week’s is inspired by world peace. At socialdesigner.com it doesn’t matter whether you design by trade, wish you did, or just want to make a difference. So go get your design on, and start making Anya look like an amateur.

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The Art of Tile

By danielle

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Who doesn’t admire the work of Jen Renzi?  She has a profound understanding of all aspects of design.  And now she’s talking about tile.  Her new book, “The Art of Tile,” hit the market on Wednesday.  It’s available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and various bookstores including the Met Museum and Thames & Hudson.  Together with photographer Ben Ritter, Renzi has created a comprehensive industry resource filled with over 2000 images and 30+ settings.  She shows beautiful tiles from around the world – from the ultra modern to the handmade traditional.  

 

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FEEL THE LOVE (IN MILAN)

By kristin

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With Milan Furniture Fair just on the horizon, the buzz about new products is getting louder by the day. Michael Cannell wrote a pretty funny (and telling!) article on Fast Company today about one exhibition in particular that’s making people’s blood boil. Get the full story on Love Design and it’s sure-to-please products here.

As Good as Candy

By alexandra

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Baccarat, the legendary French crystal manufacturer, recently launched the “Crystal Candy Set,” an aptly named collection designed by young visionary Jamie Hayon. The colorful and whimsical crystal confections that have names like “Harcourt Lolly,” “Bonbon Treasure,” and “Nuclear Pomegranate” were officially launched to the press at the Glasshouses in the award winning Chelsea Arts Tower last month. The spectacular space, which boasts floor to ceiling views of Manhattan, was the perfect venue for such a sweet and swanky affair.

Attendees were impressed by Hayon’s ability to meld the classic elegance, for which Baccarat is known, with a young and fresh vibe all his own. The pieces of the collection are decidedly exclusive. With only 25 numbered pieces of each design produced, these are sure to become the “it” collector’s item of the season.

The new collection

The new collection

     

Guests admire Hayon's creations

Guests admire Hayon's creations

 

 

 

 

"Nuclear Pomegranate"

"Nuclear Pomegranate"

"After Nine"

"After Nine"

ANDREW ROGERS REVEALS 10 YEARS OF GLOBAL LAND ART

By kristin

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For the past decade, larger-than-life Australian artist Andrew Rogers has literally been leaving his mark on the world. From Australia to Bolivia to Iceland, in 12 countries around the globe he has created a series of 32 stone sculptures (or “geoglyphs”) that could be mistaken for ancient ruins. In his first exhibition devoted to the entire Rhythms of Life project, White Box will present Andrew Rogers: Odysseys and Sitings (1998-2008) from April 8th – May 13th. Nearly 100 large-scale aerial and satellite photographs will be on display as well as a 40-minute film that documents the artist’s mystifying undertaking. This exhibition coincides with the release of his monograph, Andrew Rogers: geoglyphs, rhythms of life.

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The Gift, 2007, Cappadocia, Turkey, 60m x 60m. Courtesy Andrew Rogers.

Don’t miss the chance to speak with the artist directly at a gallery reception on Wednesday, April 22nd from 6 – 8pm.

Destination Milan

By danielle

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Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you news from the Milan Furniture Fair…starting with some must-see exhibitors.  First off, Palau – a Dutch furniture company known for its superior craftsmanship, timeless design and comfort. For Salone, they’ll be showing off their 2009 collection designed by Michiel Van Der Kley, Björn Mulder, Edward Van Vliet, Robert Bronwasser and Ward Huting.  Appropriately they’ll be launching their new pieces in the popular Zona Tortona (Via Voghera 11B) – a lively area outside of the fair that is known for its cool and cutting-edge product presentations. 

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Take back the city

By kristin

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Whenever someone mentions the word Italy, I can’t help but envision piazzas… old Italian men making idle chat on the steps of a public building while flocks of schoolchildren play tag around a fountain. Ok, that may be one example of a scene playing in my head, but in general, I think of a place where people are at the center of attention and develop a sense of community in the public domain.

This is the idea behind the inaugural Public Design Festival.

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Conceptualized by Italian company esterni, who has been churning out ideas, projects and proposals on urban design for the past 13 years, the festival will be filled with live installations, projects and workshops all focused on the use (and oftentimes neglect) of public spaces. It will hit Milan’s streets during Milan Design Week 2009, April 18th through April 26th, in the normally chaotic Piazza del Maggio. 

 

For the first time in Italy, Winfried Baumann will present his “Instant Solutions” including instant housing:

 

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and instant cooking…

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The festival will also host “duepercinque” – an exhibit aimed at re-discovering urban parking areas:

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Catch the opening party on Tuesday, April 21st from 9pm – 3am in the Piazza XXIV Maggio to kick off a week of social design and invention. 

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