Archive for May, 2009

An Inside Look at Eero Saarinen’s Interiors

By danielle

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Our friends at the New York Design Center are always on the go.  This June, they are joining forces with the Museum of the City of New York in an effort to raise money for the upcoming exhibition; Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.  This will be the third time the NYDC has worked with the Museum and they are excited to be a part of this insider’s look at Saarinen’s iconic interiors. The benefit event, which will be held on June 2 from 6:30-8:30PM, will include a panel discussion moderated by museum and exhibition curator Donald Albrecht.  Panelist’s include: Rosamond Fletcher, who will speak on the General Motors Technical Center outside Detroit; Alexandra Lange, who will discuss the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana; and Paul Makovsky, who will give his insight on the CBS Building in NYC.  The session will be followed by a cocktail reception.

It all leads up to the opening of the Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future exhibit – which is scheduled to be on display at the Museum from November 10 – January 31, 2009.  It is the first retrospective to explore the work of one of the most prolific, unorthodox and controversail masters of 20th-century architecture.  The exhibit examines the architect’s wide-ranging career from the 1930s through the early 1960s.

We think it sounds pretty amazing and so does the program planned for June 2.  That said, we encourage you to show your support for the Museum and the outstanding exhibitions it continually offers to New Yorkers and tourists alike.  Tickets for the event start at $100, with all proceeds going directly to help make the installation of the exhibition possible.  To purchase, click here or call 917.492.3321.

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Marimekko Moves to Miami

By danielle

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Miami’s Design District just got even hotter…thanks to the addition of the Finnish design house Marimekko.  Marimekko Miami relocated from South Beach to the Miami Design District.  It now occupies a 3,157 square foot minimally designed space that provides a clean canvas on which the company’s products can be showcased.  The new store now features a larger selection of fabrics, its new summer fashions and a new line of handbags.  Marimekko Miami is a full concept lifestyle showroom featuring the Finnish design houses iconic bold and classic designs.  The store carries women’s, men’s and children’s fashions, home accessories, towels, linens, cotton and upholstery fabrics, furniture and books.  

Cristina Dominguez, Owner Marimekko Miami

Cristina Dominguez, Owner Marimekko Miami

D-C’s First Annual ICFF Blogger’s Choice Awards

By danielle

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After 4 fun-filled days, 30+ parties and 500+ exhibits, we are ready to announce our first annual ICFF Blogger’s Choice Awards.  While the Javits may not make the list as Top Convention Center, the products, people and parties associated with ICFF certainly deserve recognition.   Here are our picks for the 2009 edition of the famed contemporary furniture fair:

Best in Show: Japan By Design

This show-within-a-show featured exhibits from 17 furniture manufacturers and more than 120 products.  The epitome of feng-shui, the space deviated from the typical grid-like structure of the surrounding area and offered a more free-flowing and zen-like environment.

Most Creative Display: Kikkerland Design

Designed by Jan Habraken for Kikkerland Design, the booth was made out of 2000 cans of soup – which we understand will now be donated to City Harvest.

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Most Sought After Bag: Tox Dixon

It don’t mean a thing, if you ain’t got that bling.  This copper-colored tote had everyone heading over to the Tom Dixon booth (as if anyone needed an excuse to see his exceptional new lights).   We were fortunate enough to get a hold of one early on in the week at a Dwell sponsored party at Soho Mews where pieces from Dixon’s 2009 Utility collection were scattered about the luxurious 4th floor penthouse.

Most Inspiring Conference: A Conversation with Michele De Lucchi and Paola Antonelli

So accomplished and yet so humble….his candid conversation about his life and philosophy with MoMA curator Paola Antonelli drew hundreds to the Metropolis Theater at ICFF.  He spoke about his mentor Ettore Sottsass and the development of the playful, colorful and sophisticated style that became known as Memphis.

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Best Party: Metropolitan Home’s Design 100

Last night’s party at the Four Season’s Restaurant was a veritable who’s who of the design industry.  Donna Warner, editor-in-chief Metropolitan Home, took a moment to honor the lovely and talented Eva Zeisel, who at 103 years of age, was in attendance.  David Rockwell’s interactive lighting installation added to the festive mood.

Best Dressed: Deborah Burns, chief brand officer Metropolitan Home at Design 100

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Favorite Off-Site Exhibit: Royal Botania’s Street Lounge

Like an oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the NYC streets, this exhibit of outdoor furniture helped to get us all in the summer mood.  Set up directly in front of Spice Market, at the intersection of 13th Street and 9th Avenue in the Meatpacking District, the exhibit featured pieces including the new Sunday loungers and the iconic KOKOON 3-person hammock.

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Most Thought-Provoking Exhibit: Indisposed

Congrats to Jen Renzi and Dan Rubinstein – the co-creators of this amazing exhibition which highlighted the twin dichotomies defining contemporary design: sustainability versus wastefulness, and preciousness versus mass production. Some of our favorite pieces included: Jeff Miller’s Bread Bird Feeder, a bird feeder made of stale bread; Carlos Salgado’s planters made from coffee grinds; and Suzanne Tick’s weaves, created out of leftover dry cleaners plastic bags and hangers.

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Felissimo Introduces Japan Brand Pop-Up Boutique

By hawley

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You asked for it, they’re giving it: the previous Japan Brand view-only exhibit that visited Tokyo, Paris, and then NYC in January 2009 is back, but this time the goods are for sale.  For two-weeks only, May 18th – 30th, Felissimo will host this pop-up boutique that boasts everything from home accessories, stationery, textiles, lacquer ware and more.  The products for sale have been hand picked by Japan’s Ministry of Export Trade for their beautiful quality.  With a serious and long-standing tradition of artisan craft, Japan is home to incredible mastery of many techniques which shows in the gleaming selection of home goods and fashion pieces.

Think you can’t afford such artistry?  Surprisingly affordable, the products start for as little as $7.50 for the Awaji Incense to the pricier portable tea room by Kinokuni Gobo Hitoma for $18,000.  And if you visit the first day, you will receive a free gift with your purchase!  The range offered is appealing too- from bold home accessories and colorful furniture to sweet dresses and jewelry.  Highlights include Kyoto Premium’s Ando pinch craft silk goods and jewelry, Bitowa containers, Satsuma Kiriko’s stunning glassware, and Monacca’s unique cedar wood briefcases.  If that’s not enough, Japonica’s soft and feminine apparel is sure to satisfy any design cravings.

Be sure to attend one of the fun events being hosted during the sale:

Sushi & sake demonstration with Tim Sullivan of Urban Sake

Thursday, May 21st from 6pm- 7:30pm

$20 admission

 

Floral Workshop with floral designer Eve Suter, followed by tea & biscuits

Saturday May 23rd & Friday May 29th from 2pm- 4pm

$20 admission

 

Felissimo Design House

10 W. 56th Street

New York City    

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Satsuma Kiriko’s glassware

 

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Monacca’s wooden briefcases

 

 

 

 

 

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Portable Tea Room by Kinokuni Gobo Hitoma

A Busy May for Uhuru

By danielle

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Check out what our friends at Uhuru are up to this month.  They may be based in Brooklyn but their stand-out designs will be all over the city this May: 

· 7th annual BKLYN DESIGNS, May 8-10, St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water St., Brooklyn (Dumbo); booth #24.
· 21st annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, May 16-19, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center; booth #1166.
· ROOM party, May 16 (7-9 pm), at Room’s Tribeca showroom, 182 Duane St #A (between Hudson & Greenwich). [www.roomonline.com, 212 226 1045, info@roomonline.com,]
· Eastern District Gallery opening and ICFF reception, May 17 (7-10 pm), 43 Bogart St., Brooklyn (Bushwick). [www.eastern-district.cominfo@eastern-district.com]
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Less Glam, More Design

By kristin

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Sustainability and quality are two words to summarize the 48th Milan Furniture Fair, held April 21-27. Financial crisis was pretty evident during the whole exhibition, but the austerity in exhibits, locations and cocktails (it’s the first time popcorn was offered as an aperitivo at Bulgari) focused the attention back on products. Yes, we needed a global crisis to enjoy design in its original meaning.  Innovation and research seems to be the renewed interest of designers and manufactures, who are now concentrating on eco-friendly materials and processing to help secure  the future of the planet and for our everyday life.  The message is clear: if you love sitting on that beautiful chair, sleeping on your favorite designer bed, showing your friends your awesome tabletop, first of all you need to survive. 


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A young design fan reads a poem in Richard Ginori's 1735 pavilion designed by Paola Navone.

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“House of furniture parts” by Studio Makkink & Bey

“House of furniture parts” by Studio Makkink & Bey

 

Kris Kabel for Droog

Kris Kabel for Droog

 

Lacrime di un pescatore ("fisherman’s tears") by Ingo Maurer

Lacrime di un pescatore ("fisherman’s tears") by Ingo Maurer

 

A young design fan explores Giacomo Sanna's Ceramica Coem tile installation

A young design fan explores Giacomo Sanna's Ceramica Coem tile installation

 

 

 

 

 

Chair by Paola Lenti

Chair by Paola Lenti

 

Fabio Novembre's polycarbonate table at the Kartell booth

Fabio Novembre's polycarbonate table at the Kartell booth

 

Patricia Urquiola and Beatrice Campagnol at Mutina

Patricia Urquiola and Beatrice Campagnol at Mutina

 

A beautiful light show directed by Sou Fujimoto to present LF-A, an ultra high performance sports concept car by Lexus, at Museo della Permanente

A beautiful light show directed by Sou Fujimoto to present LF-A, an ultra high performance sports concept car by Lexus, at Museo della Permanente

 

French designer Regis-R's “l’art d’accomoder les Regis-R restes" exhibit

French designer Regis-R's “l’art d’accomoder les Regis-R restes" exhibit

 

Fabio Di Liberto, Przemek Godycki and a friend at the Tokyo Fiber Senseware exhibition.

Fabio Di Liberto, Przemek Godycki and a friend at Tokyo Fiber/Senseware - an exhibit of the most innovative materials from Japan, presented in Milan through original projects.

 

Nendo's "Blown Fabric" project at the Tokyo Senseware exhibit

Nendo's "Blown Fabric" project at the Tokyo Fiber Senseware exhibit