Archive for July, 2009

A+ at The New York International Gift Fair

By danielle

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Today, the NYIGF announced that six emerging designers have been selected to participate in the “A+ The Young Designer’s Platform.”  This exhibit, curated by the American Design Club,  is part of the show’s popular “Accent on Design,” and places young up-an-coming talents alongside nearly 200 established contemporary design resources.  The modern mix includes: Jamie Iacoli of I&M Iacoli Mcallister; Hideaki Matsui of Social Entrepreneurship Network, Inc.; Colin O’Dowd; Mihoko Ouchi and Sherwood Forlee of the.; Gail Rigelhaupt of The Naked Stone; and Peter White of BYWHITE DESIGN.

The NYIGF takes hold of the Jacob K. Javits Center from August 16th – 20th.

iacoli & mcallister's mini-pedestals... available in 9 bold colors

iacoli & mcallister's mini-pedestals... available in 9 bold colors

The "Beat" coat rack by Colin O'Dowd

The "Beat" coat rack by Colin O'Dowd

MENASA Art

By nina

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Following the announcement of this year’s Abraaj Capital Art Prize winners, the Museum of Art and Design in New York is opening a fabulous exhibit on August 26th. The MAD Museum will showcase the award winners in an exhibit lasting until October 4th. It will be located in the Museum’s Design and Innovation Gallery, which seeks to draw attention to trends in emerging artists. The private equity company Abraaj Capital, which is located in Dubai, established the fellowship to gain exposure for artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA), This regions rich culture and long traditions strongly influenced the prize winners work, the Iran’s Nazgol Ansarinia, Algeria’s Zoulikha Bouabdellah and Tukey’s Kutlug Ataman. This exhibit promises to be diverse, exciting and like nothing you have seen before, it will definitely be worth the trip.

Museum of Art and Design

2 Columbus Circle

New York, NY

Open: August 26th to October 4th

www.madmuseum.org

Super Saturday

By nina

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This weekend is the 12th Super Saturday in the Hamptons, so if you’re anywhere nearby this is a must. One of our favorite designers, Kat Burki, is participating in this event. Select items from the luxurious Kat Burki collection will be featured at the “Rolls Royce of garage sales,” including the deliciously scented candles and lotions, lavish bed linens, robes and towels. The event is hosted by InStyle, Ariel Foxman and Donna Karan, with guests hosts Kelly Ripa and Blake Lively, and benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Dozens of other designers are also participating, both home and fashion, with up to 75% off, and there will also be a kids carnival, raffles and other exciting activities. Make sure to get your tickets, as this is a hugely popular event, attracting plenty of celebrity shoppers. Tickets start at $450 for adults, and keep in mind that all the profits benefit a great cause and you’re sure to find some major bargains!

Nova’s Ark Project
Water Mills, NY

Click here for information and tickets or call 212-759-2800

Kat Burki Kai Comforter

Kat Burki Kai Comforter

Everyone wants a first look at nydc

By kristin

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Both new and familiar faces flooded the halls of the New York Design Center last week for the building’s fifth annual “First Look” event. Designers, buyers, journalists and the like were treated to new product introductions on five of the building’s showroom floors from companies such as Gordon International, Tucker Robbins, and the Hightower Group, to name a few. In times like these, it was nice to see such a great turnout from the New York A&D community, rallying behind the spirit of great design.

Natalie Hartkopf (of the Hightower Group) and Sofia Galadza with independent designer Brad Ascalon next to his Martini collection in the Hightower showroom

Natalie Hartkopf and Sofia Galadza with independent designer Brad Ascalon next to his Martini table in the HighTower showroom

More from the HB Kitchen of the Year

By danielle

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Look who we spotted at Monday’s Opening of the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year with Ina Garten

Amy and Abby from House Beautiful

Amy Claire Preiser and Abby Tabak

Editors Samantha Emmerling and Orli Ben-Dor

Editors Samantha Emmerling and Orli Ben-Dor

Kate and Stephen Drucker

Editor-in-Chief Stephen Drucker and Publisher Kate Kelly Smith. She's reading a Proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg which states that July 20-24 is officially House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year Week.

Congrats to the Barefoot Contessa - the space was the perfect example of her signature style

Stephen congratulating Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa for transforming the space into her signature style.

Thierry Herbert of Royal Botania and Roberto

Thierry Herbert of Royal Botania and Robert Rufino of House Beautiful

We tuned into the Today Show this morning just in time to catch Al Roker in the HB kitchen.  He was talking with Sean Sullivan, director of special events at House Beautiful. about inexpensive summer kitchen gadgets.  They discussed were some pretty amazing products including the Trio Peeler, Stem Gem and the Red Square Colander. If you did not see the segment, be sure to watch it online.

A Stitch In Time With Nine Friends

By danielle

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Last week, a few lucky editors and I hopped on a 10:07am train and headed north for what would prove to be a very productive and peaceful day. Our destination? The Denyse Schmidt Studio in Bridgeport, CT.

I’ve always been a big fan of Denyse’s work so when the opportunity to attend one of her new Improvisational Quilting classes to learn her unique techniques was presented to us, I jumped at the chance.

My group ranged from the experienced (one editor was an avid quilter) to the novice. I fell somewhere in the middle (although my mother was a home economics teacher, my sewing skills are not as good as they should be). But despite the range in abilities, we all caught on pretty quickly and were off to create our masterpieces.

Before we arrived Denyse and her fellow instructor Richard Killeaney set up our stations and three brown paper bags – labeled small, medium and large, respectively. Denyse explained that the concept was to draw fabrics randomly from the bag – beginning with small. She chose two from the small, pieced them together (cutting off as little as possible to form a square or rectangle. She told us to stay away from an L-shape as they tended to cause more waste in the long-run) and then went to the sewing machine to stitch them together. Then it was back to the bag, drawing another swatch at random. Once our patches were big enough, we could graduate to the medium bag and finally to large.

For those that love perfection, this technique might take some getting used to. But the truth is, the beauty lies in the imperfection. Some pieces are big, some small, some solids, some wildly patterned and the finished product, with all its little nuances, is completely one-of-a-kind. Sometimes in the process, you might draw a fabric that is not your favorite.  But that’s the luck of the draw and, who knows, it might just turn out to be a little gem – the piece that ties the whole thing together.

At 4:13pm, we got back on the train for NYC with our two special blocks in hand.  Some chose to donate them (Denyse uses them to create quilts for charity) while others took them home as a memory (or perhaps to use them in a project).   The experience certainly had our creative spirits flying high and I would recommend it to groups of all ages and for any occasion – birthday party, bridal shower, etc.  The class is $350 per person (which includes lunch and materials) and it is worth every penny.

Step 1 - Draw fabric (at random!)

Step 1 - Draw fabric (at random!)

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Step 2 - Sew the pieces together

Stephanie selects her first piece

Stephanie selects her first piece

Richard, our instructor, and my fellow classmate Mary Stipe
Richard, our instructor, and my fellow classmate Mary Stipe
Denyse carefully arranged our blocks to show us what our quilt could look like. It's amazing how it all comes together so well.
Denyse carefully arranged our blocks to show us what our quilt could look like. It’s amazing how it all comes together so well.

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

By danielle

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It’s summer in the city and we’ve found a great way to celebrate the season.  Today, House Beautiful, in collaboration with the one-and-only Barefoot Contessa, will unveil the magazine’s second-annual “dream kitchen.” Located in the heart of NYC, in the famed Rockefeller Center, the “2009 Kitchen of the Year” is said to be the ultimate exploration of how today’s kitchen can nourish, excite and inspire.  This year’s presentation will offer a first-hand look at Garten’s unique design and lifestyle ideas.  An extension of the magazine’s expertise, it will literally bring the magazine’s pages to life with 1,000 square-feet of cutting-edge culinary design and an additional 1,000 square-feet of outdoor entertaining space.

The House Beautiful kitchen features innovative components from a host of partners, including KraftMaid Cabinetry, CaesarStone countertops, Viking appliances, Kohler’s faucet and sink, Glidden paints, Toshiba flat screen TVs, Cuisinart’s food processor, Sunbrella awnings and outdoor fabrics, Crate & Barrel outdoor furniture , tabletop and kitchen accessories, Lee Industries dining chairs, Restoration Hardware‘s dining table, Shaw flooring, Trex decking, Taster’s Choice coffee, Bertolli pasta sauces, Stacy’s Pita Chips, and Ziploc Evolve storage bags.

In addition, House Beautiful has cooked up a week-long feast of activities, ranging from tastings to tours to demonstrations.  Click here for a complete schedule of events.  Hope to see you there!

Where: Rockefeller Center, NYC
When: Open daily from Monday, July 20, through Friday, July 24 (2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. the rest of the week)

The scene in 2008...

The scene in 2008...

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Can't wait to see what they serve up this year?

It’s as Simple as Black and White

By nina

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What ever happened to the classic party themes, like black and white? Well if you’ve been wondering the same thing, here is an opportunity for just such an occasion. Blackman presents a Black and White Event launching Dornbracht’s Tara in black and white. Tara was originally designed by Sieger Design, and has now been reinvented in these bold colors. Guests will get a chance to meet Dornbracht USA’s President Jon Spector at the reception, where there will also be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. I am certain the event will be just as elegant as the Dornbracht designs.

P.S. Get into the spirit of the event and wear black or white and receive a special gift!

Blackman

85 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor

New York, NY

5 to 8 pm

RSVP: events@blackman.com

Tara in Black

Tara in Black

P.S.1’s Indigenous Courtyard

By kristin

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Tucked away in the often-forgotten area of Long Island City, Queens, stands the Museum of Modern Art’s younger exhibitionist sibling known as P.S.1. Since the art center became affiliated with the MoMA in 2001, the space has been dedicated to building its reputation as a true artistic laboratory, where the building’s spaces transform into site-specific art. One of the ways P.S.1 has done this is through its annual Young Architect’s Program, where emerging architects compete for the chance to transform P.S.1’s courtyard into their own personal architectural playground.
This past weekend I headed to P.S.1 to see what the esteemed team behind MOS created for the 10th anniversary of the competition program. I thought last year’s urban farm concept by the WORK Architecture Company would be hard to surpass since it’s lush landscape and flowing pools perfectly balanced the active Warm Up crowd. However, MOS’ “afterparty” structure proved to be a perfect example of this new conceptual movement of “dwelling design,” where climate management, spatial differentiation and efficient use of materials are used to craft an indigenous structure for the 21st century.

Reflecting the need to cut costs, MOS used a lightweight aluminum frame made from recyclable parts to support a series of tall hut-like chimneys with dark thatched skin. Fashioned after Bedouin tents, this layout allowed for climate control through an inexpensive and passive means. Cool air from the thermal mass of the courtyard’s shaded concrete walls and concrete water troughs located in the center of the structure were drawn up through a series of cooling chimneys by induction, creating a breeze. Additionally, the thick, weaved skin allowed some light and air to circulate but still produce enough shade to keep visitors cool.

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MOS’ “afterparty” landscape will be on view at P.S.1 until September 28th, 2009

By kristin

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