Archive for August, 2009

Product Runway Volume 2 – Tonight at 7!

By danielle

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We all know Project Runway, but are you familiar with PRODUCT RUNWAY?  Well if not, you should be.  It’s part runway fashion show, part theatrical production and part indulgence for guests.

Tonight at the Seattle Center Exhibit Hall, 18 leading interior designers, architects, and students will flaunt their creativity by sending couture garments crafted from a diverse range of interior materials and finishes down the runway. Innovative teams from regional firms will design and construct their creations using everything from carpet to lighting – as they compete for prizes and bragging rights!

Tonight at 7pm!
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Photo: http://www.productrunway.com/about.html

Photo: http://www.productrunway.com/about.html

Sustainable Suite Design Competition

By danielle

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Only five more days til the Sustainable Suite Design Competition’s application deadline.  Sponsored by three industry powerhouses: USGBC, ASID and NEWH, it was developed to help drive green design practices within the hotel industry. This competition provides a platform for student and professional teams from around the world to present their approach to green hotel room interior design.

Entries are due by August 31, 2009, and judging will be completed by October 1, 2009.  The winning design will be built as a model guest room to be presented as an educational display for the design industry, hotel owners and brands, and corporate travel executives. Additionally the winning team and design will be profiled in Hospitality Design, ASID ICON, and the NEWH Magazine.  The winning design team must commit to producing construction documents within six-weeks of award notification for model room fabrication. The Sustainable Suite will be unveiled at HDExpo in Las Vegas, NV in May 2010.

Click here for more info and to download an application.

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Joseph on Wright at DWR

By danielle

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This Thursday, Design Within Reach is hosting a presentation by award-winning architect and designer Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA. Joseph is president of Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture (www.wejarchitecture.com), which she founded in 1996. Among the firm’s many projects are the boutique hotel and restaurant in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The Inn at Price Tower has been recognized for its inventive use of design in a historic setting. Joseph’s firm also recently completed a series of exhibition designs at the Museum of Art and Design in New York and collaborated with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the exhibition installation for Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward.

Joseph will speak about her design philosophy and her experience working on both the Price Tower and the Guggenheim exhibit.  It’s a great opportunity to see and hear what went into creating the multi-media exhibit,which brings together 64 of Wright’s projects, including privately commissioned residences, civic and government buildings, religious and performance spaces, as well as unrealized urban mega-structures.

The evening’s event will also celebrate the addition of the Frank Lloyd Wright Recliner and Sofa to DWR’s collection. These two pieces are the result of DWR’s collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Wright originally designed the Sofa and Recliner in 1912 for the William B. Greene House in Illinois. The Sofa and Recliner are available exclusively through Design Within Reach and are on display in the East 62nd Street Studio.

In addition to the intellectual stimulation, DWR will be serving up some gastronomical treats as well. Refreshments will be provided by the restaurant and a wine bar by Pudding Stones (puddingstoneswinebar.com), with wine specifically selected from their cellar.

When: Thursday, August 27, 7-9pm
Where: DWR East 62nd Street Studio, NYC

RSVP by August 25 to E62nd@dwr.com.

Ligne Roset: 15% off for 15 days

By kristin

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With 100% Design and Maison & Objet just around the corner, our wish list for home decor items is getting longer by the day. Luckily, our favorite French furniture designers at Ligne Roset are sympathetic to our needs and are kicking off the fall season with an unprecedented sales event. For 15 days starting September 12th, all showroom items are 15% off. And with more than 200 exclusive stores across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, design lovers everywhere can take full advantage of this rare opportunity! Maybe now that 1950’s Archi armchair will finally be mine!

Photo courtesy of Ligne Roset

Photo courtesy of Ligne Roset

7 W New York Gift & Home Textiles Market Week

By alexandra

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After making a few rounds at the Javits Center, we popped over to 7 W New York to check out the Gift and Home Textiles Market. There, we found a great number of noteworthy products as we showroom-hopped and noticed three overall trends: ecofriendly; made in the USA; and items that give back to a cause.

Hula dancers in the lobby kicking off the 7 W Hawaiian Luau

Hula dancers in the lobby kicking off the 7 W Hawaiian Luau

Our first stop was MoMo Panache, part of Creative Gifts International. In addition to the wide variety of colorful glassware and gifts, we discovered stylish, surprisingly machine-washable silk aprons adorned with jewels. One hundred fifty of these “My Favorite Hostess” aprons were donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Later MoMo Panache founder Helen James signed and sold her best selling glasses – all of the proceeds giving back to a great cause.

"My Favorite Hostess" apron

"My Favorite Hostess" apron

Momo Panache founder Helen James signs glasses to raise money for Susan G.Komen for the Cure

Momo Panache founder Helen James signs glasses to raise money for Susan G.Komen for the Cure

We then headed over to EcoArts where we discovered gorgeous, responsibly-made artisanal products from Brazil. EcoArts’ offerings are produced by hand, which meets the quality standards demanded by the international market, respects the environment and creates income for Brazilian communities.

A hanging design by artisan José Gerald de Silva of Sao Joao

A hanging design by artisan José Gerald de Silva of Sao Joao

A recycled iron piece crafted by Joao Neto of Prados

A recycled iron piece crafted by Joao Neto of Prados

Next, we checked out the offerings at Silk’n Dreams in Gallery on Six where we discovered silk charmeuse pillowcases, neck pillows and blankets that have a myriad of benefits like reducing wrinkles and preventing hair damage. The “Made in the USA” collection also includes a special eye mask design of which 20% of the purchase price goes to breast cancer research.

A Silk'n Dreams sleep set

A Silk'n Dreams sleep set

Colonial Candle was celebrating their 100th anniversary when we stopped by. The all-American company was one of the first candle producers to be certified green in the state of North Carolina. The colorful display of candles included one of their newest in the scented variety: the festive cranberry cosmo candle, which smelled strikingly identical to the Sex in the City gals’ favorite cocktail.

Cranberry Cosmo candles

Cranberry Cosmo candles

The John Aspley Collection was also a big draw.  The refined collection of antiques, collectibles and handcrafted objects boasted many sustainable items like a sofa made out of old fishing boats and a table composed of old railway sleeper cars.

A sofa crafted from old fishing boats

A sofa crafted from old fishing boats

A sculpture carved from just one piece of teak

A sculpture carved from just one piece of teak

These are clearly just a handful of the vast array of offerings at the market. We spotted so many great items it would be impossible to feature them all!

highlights from the NYIGF’s Accent on Design

By kristin

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With hundreds of thousands of products to peruse, you can imagine the frustration involved with trying to provide comprehensive coverage of the New York International Gift Fair. From jewelry and handbags to home textiles and tabletop items, any product you can imagine that falls under “giftware” or “home product” is present at the Javits Center this week.

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Yesterday, I decided to meander through the Accent on Design section, which presented a juried collection of contemporary product lines across all categories. Here are a few exhibitors that caught my eye:

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Areaware (booth #3832) is a NYC-based company renowned for its cadre of unique design products that are decorative yet undeniably thought-provoking. From necklace pendants fashioned after unexpected and industrial objects (think: drill bits, cinder blocks, retainers) to wall hooks molded from the owner’s own hands, Areaware does an excellent job of redefining a person’s relationship with everyday objects.

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Vanishing Creatures (booth #3982) uses a person’s sweet tooth to promote conservation as well as responsible consumerism. Each candy box is filled with organic, hand-carved chocolates that resemble one of five highly endangered animals (elephant, gorilla, koala, hippo or polar bear). Not only is a portion of the proceeds donated to the World Society for the Protection of Animals, the packaging of the larger and smaller boxes can also be repurposed into a bird feeder and floating candleholder, respectively. Now that’s a gift that keeps giving!

sukie

It’s obvious we’d all choose to go completely paper-less if we could, but there are some things that can’t be converted into digital files (i.e. travel journals, school books, note pads, etc). Taking the guilt trip out of buying paper again, Sukie (booth #3763) is a British manufacturer of notebooks made from 100% recycled paper. They also offer a large textile collection including cushions, handkerchiefs, and book bags.

Cocktails at the Cooper Hewitt

By kristin

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Manhattan has its fair share of parks and open spaces, but how often do you get to enjoy a proper garden in the city – let alone one in a historic mansion? We’ve found the perfect way for you to ease into weekend mode at tonight’s last edition of “Cocktails at the Cooper Hewitt.” From 6-9pm, the terrace and garden will be open for you to enjoy summer cocktails and music by Ed Fuqua’s jazz trio. It’s also the perfect time to visit the museum if you haven’t caught the “Fashioning Felt” or “Shahzia Sikander Selects” exhibits on display for only a few more weeks.

The party is free for members or free with museum admission.

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Artists for Humanity (AFH) to Debut at NYIGF

By danielle

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Even though the city may be NYC’s bitter rivals in baseball (Go Yankees!), we have to acknowledge this admirable Boston-based non-profit youth art apprenticeship organization called Artists for Humanity (AFH). Making its national debut at the NYIGF next week, its mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing underprivileged youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts.  This summer, with the help of people like you and I, they employed 120 teens in creative studios.  The young designers will be at the Javits to present the brand new AFH collections for Home and Fashion including the AFH ReVISION “Round” table/stool made from reclaimed magazines, steel and eco-friendly resin, END-DANGER removable wall decals, I am, Nutritious and Earth Warrior t-shirts and more.  AFH is at booth #2351 – be sure to check it out!

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ReVision table created from reclaimed magazines, steel and eco-friendly resin

Shop at 7W

By danielle

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Gift and Home Textile Week starts this Friday at 7W New York with an exclusive Shop Early Day.  The building has planned a full range of activities including in-suite events, parties and buyers lunches throughout the 7-day show.  Highlights of this market will include a special International Buyers Day, a “Best of the Best” lobby display and the celebratory launch of a temporary Antiques & Interiors Design Gallery on the 8th Floor. This expansive new gallery will boast a mélange of distinctive, one of a kind pieces and gift ideas.  Also on the calendar is 7 W’s Hawaiian Luau, kicking off a special night of suite-to-suite shopping; an exclusive viewing at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in honor of Accent on Design’s 25th Anniversary (which 7W will co-sponsor) and Gifts & Decorative Accessories’ 58th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards, honoring the best and brightest in the industry.

Since the show runs concurrently with the NYIGF, 7W is offering a complimentary trolley to/from the Javits Center and a luxury limo service back and forth from Pier 94.

New Practices, New York 2008 – Urban A&O

By danielle

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The winners of the AIA NY chapter’s second annual New Practices, New York were announced this time last year. The competition’s aim was to “recognize and promote new, innovative and emerging architecture firms within New York City that have undertaken unique and commendable strategies – both in the projects they undertake and the practices they have established.” As a follow-up to this successful initiative, the 2008 grand prize winner will present a seminar in the Häfele New York Showroom.  This Thursday, Joe MacDonald, principal of the architectural firm Urban A&O will discuss “The Agency of Contraints.”   Among other projects, the firm is responsible for the design of the main entrance to the Johnson & Johnson Olympic Games Pavilion in Beijing.

The reception begins at 6:00pm and the lecture starts at 6:30pm. Click here to RSVP.

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