Archive for September, 2009

Material ConneXion presents “Beyond the Surface” an exhibition by Forms+Surfaces

By alexandra

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We just got word of an exhibit we would definitely like to check out.  While the calendar is rapidly filling up this fall, we have all of next month to see it! From Thursday, October 1 through Friday, October 30, the cutting – edge global materials consultancy firm, Material ConneXion®, will present an exhibition of new products and inventive materials by Forms+Surfaces®, one of the world’s most advanced design and manufacturing resources.

Material ConneXion® Showroom

60 Madison Avenue, NYC

Exhibition Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm

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Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms & Inspires Innovation

By eva

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Tonight, The New School is hosting IDEO’s Tim Brown and BusinessWeek’s Bruce Nussbaum as they discuss the future of design and innovation. CEO and President of IDEO, Tim Brown’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo and the Design Museum in London. Bruce Nussbaum, an established design editor and blogger, was named by I.D. magazine as one of the “forty most influential people in design” and, in 2008, was a Finalist for the “Design Mind” National Design Award by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

The conversation will cover a variety of topics with a focus on the integration of design with the social sciences. This event will kick off a series of discussions hosted by the New School on the topic of design and ethnography. A book signing will immediately follow.

Parsons The New School for Design

560 Seventh Avenue

New York, NY

6- 8 PM

Tim Brown, CEO and President of IDEO

Tim Brown, CEO and President of IDEO

IFDA Design Dialogue: Global Trends for Tomorrow, Today

By alexandra

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Our friends over at the IFDA and New York Design Center have organized what looks to be a great discussion, which will take place tomorrow at the NYDC.  After traveling all over the word in hot pursuit of the latest trends, industry leaders will share their 2010 design predictions in a meeting of the minds. Discussing “what’s next” will be Hermine Mariaux, an expert in the field of branding and licensing who has developed home collections for the likes of Calvin Klein and Valentino; and Patricia Bouley, founder of Bouley Design Inc., whose designs can be found in NYC’s Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.

IFDA

To RSVP:

ifdany@verizon.net or 212.686.6020

Members $40; Guests $55; Student Members $25; Students $30

Pay by credit card or check.

Gessi Home Collection Presentations at Cersaie

By alexandra

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If you’re lucky enough to find yourself at Cersaie this year (we have some calendar girls over there) you might want to attend one of the presentations by award-winning Italian design firm, Gessi.  During these exciting shows they will be unveilng their collection of never-before-seen, avant-garde bathroom textiles.

GESSI HOME COLLECTION PRESENTATIONS

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September 29th  – October 2nd
Showtimes: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Gessi Lounge
Cersaie Fair Bologna – Stand C8B5

P.S.  We got a little sneak preview of one of their gorgeous new products also debuting at Cersaie: The Goccia Collection of streamlined basins and taps.

A Goccia Collection tap and basin

A Goccia Collection tap and basin

Calendar Girls Do London

By chris

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The Calendar Girls hit 100% Design this weekend. The weather was
gorgeous and the mood was upbeat across the city.

Our first comment for those wanting to attend 100% is be prepared to do
some schlepping.  The offsite exhibits are spread across London and when
we say spread – we mean spread.  Imagine making your way to all five NY
boroughs to see a show…and you’ve got  the idea.  Good thing we had a
healthy cab budget and an Oyster card for the London Underground.

We decided to focus most of our energy on the happenings outside of the
fair in the London Design Festival.  We kicked off our tour at the Borough
Market for the Food with Thought exhibit.  We were intrigued when we heard
that our friends at Loophouse and SALT had taken their great design
sensibilities to market – the food market that is.  With more than half a
million shoppers passing by each day, exhibit founders Lorraine Statham
(Loophouse) and June Swindell (SALT) had a built-in audience of curious
food-lovers.  We’re also keyed into the connection between food and design
-so the pieces on display felt playful and site-specific.  Food-inspired
creations included “Creek Pendant” lobster trap lighting by Tom Kirk, Pig
to Market textiles by Timorous Beasties,  “Tutti Frutti” Stools made from
recycled food crates by Kay + Stemmer, cheeky rugs entilted Apples and
Pears from Loophouse and textural textiles from Salt inspired by the iron
gridwork of the space and Tracy Kendall’s fabric take on cutlery.   They
raised awareness about the power of design to a new audience and brought a
well-received decorative element to the soaring market ceilings.  We hope
they can keep those pieces on display for a while!

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"Tutti Frutti" stools by Kay + Stemmer

"Tutti Frutti" stools by Kay + Stemmer

We then headed over to Brick Lane for the TENT exhibition.  The busy block
was buzzing with design-lovers en route to the TENT.  Our friends at the
British PR agency, PR-Girl set us up with passes and party tickets.  Some
of our favorite young designers on hand were TOBYhouse with his playful
lighting created with Beachballs and file folders: Alex MacMaster‘s
curvacious lighting and coffee tables; BOEX 3S Creative Solutions Pencil
Table (yes they are actually sharpened working pencils); Esther Coombs
delicate pen and ink decorated ceramics; Jon Male’s playful hoof coat
hangers, stools, cupboards and stools; and boulder-inspired fiberglass
chairs by designer Julian Mayor.

TOBYhouse

TOBYhouse

Light by Alex MacMaster

Light by Alex MacMaster

Esther Coombs

Esther Coombs

Jone Male

Jon Male

BOEX 3S Creative Solutions Pencil Table

BOEX 3S Creative Solutions Pencil Table

Close-up

Close-up

Allison Abbate settles into a Julian Mayor chair

Allison Abbate settles into a Julian Mayor chair

Allison Abbate with the artist/designer Julian Mayor

Allison Abbate with the designer Julian Mayor

Also new this year, was a TENT Digital section with interesting digital displays including digital birdcages.

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Digital Birdcage

Digital Birdcage

We followed our TENT party night with curry down on the block
at one of the many welcoming establishments.  All in a great first day at
the festival.

Dock

Next day we started off at Tom Dixon‘s dig for the Dock exhibitions and
brunch.  The Rug Company set up a tent to display their first
collaboration with Dixon, a new collection of rugs with geometric patterns
in rich shades of blue and green.  Dixon was on hand, enjoying the
atmosphere and food provided by the Dock Kitchen cafe.  We highly
recommend this little gem – which just opened  – and will now remain open
through the holidays.  We had the Fatoosh salad and Vietnamese sandwiches
– and they were divine.  Also fun, was a car-boot art fair with artists
selling their wares from their car-trunks.  But our favorite part was the
White House Exhibit.  Jam-packed with interesting work from young
designers, set in a stately old white-washed mansion, our favorites were
Massproduction by Chris Martin and Magnus Eleback; the Field, an art
installation by Dominic Wilcox using Terra Plana desert boots, lighting by
Nick Fraser; the Andy Light made with standard hardware store brackets
from Philippe Malouin; and lampshades made from the plastic bits left
behind at grocery store plastic bag dispensers by Monica Hughes.

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The Rug Compant tent

The Rug Company tent

White House Exhibit

White House Exhibit

The "Andy" light by Nick Fraser

The "Andy" light by Nick Fraser

Allison Abbate with Magnus Eleback

Allison Abbate with Magnus Eleback

"Field" by Dominic Wilcox

"Field" by Dominic Wilcox

Lampshade by Monica Hughes

Lampshade by Monica Hughes

Finally we made our way to the show.  We heard that is was much smaller
this year.  It seemed robust to us, with a healthy Designer Section.  We
were excited to see Royal Botania‘s Wave in the flesh – It will be making
its way to the States this year.

We focused in on surfacing and textiles.  We got to visit with our friend
Alistair McCalister from Timorous Beasties and see their colorful new
goodies.  Another favorite, Jocelyn Warner, introduced a lovely pattern of
botanical wallpapers.  Kanez Abdi showed her exotic collection of textiles
with materials like raffia and sequins.  She is currently collaborating
with kontextür, a US based company, on new shower curtains.  Finally, we
visited with our friends Ceramic Tiles of Italy and checked out tiles that
looked like cowhide, wood and textiles.

By then we were exhausted and it was time for a restorative cup of tea.

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Royal Botania's Wave

Royal Botania's Wave

Alistair McCalister from Timorous Beasties

Alistair McCalister from Timorous Beasties

Kaniez Abdi (look out for her designs for kontextür to hit the market soon)

Kaniez Abdi (look out for her designs for kontextür to hit the market soon)

One of the tiles on display at Ceramic Tiles of Italy

One of the tiles on display at Ceramic Tiles of Italy

100% proved to be an informative and festive experience.  We would highly
recommend it for a healthy dose of design inspiration.

Last Month for the Sowa Open Market

By hawley

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Its been around all summer- but we thought we should remind you: the SoWa market in South Boston is only open for four more Sundays!  The market, which is open to the public, hosts hundreds of vendors selling everything from unique art and locally designed clothing, to house wares and fresh produce.  As a perfect fall day activity, take the day to browse for that perfect vintage accessory or new piece of hand crafted furniture.  Check out the SoWa Open Studios at the market as well to view the latest artwork by the SoWa Artists. The selection and vendors change weekly, keeping the market fresh and vivid. I know how I’ll be spending my weekend, perusing the goods and enjoying the cool weather!

October 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10 am – 4 pm

Free admission & parking

Celebrating the Launch of Inhabitat NYC

By danielle

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Yesterday, we, and a few hundred other Inhabitat loyalists from the Big Apple, spent the evening shopping for sustainable household products at the Green Depot.  In honor of the launch of InhabitatNYC, the store was offering 10% off of all items.  We covered every inch of the store and have included photos of some things that we think are particularly interesting – everything from the SodaStream, which turns tap water into sparkling water, to Babylife’s Wee-Go Glass Bottle.  I was one of the lucky ones to win a raffle prize.  I took home a beautiful necklace from The Andean Collection.  Its mission is to bring great fashion forward designs, while creating a greener planet and providing a path out of poverty for artisans using fair trade principles.  My piece was made by Nancy Moran – she lives in Ilumán, Ecuador and hopes that one day she can meet the people that buy her jewelry.

The Garbino by Karim Rashid
The Garbino by Karim Rashid
SodaStream
SodaStream
Babylife's Wee-Go Glass Bottle

Babylife's Wee-Go Glass Bottle

Cloud Forest Choker from The Andean Collection

Cloud Forest Choker from The Andean Collection

How Does Passion Feel Way Beyond the Moon

By danielle

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Like you, the title of the art/photography exhibit caught our attention immediately.  On display at STK in the Meatpacking District, it featured paintings from Brendan Murphy and the dynamic photography of Amber Arbucci.  Both artists’ works incorporates elements such as physical expression, nature, light and shadows, creating multi-faceted messages in each piece.

The exhibit was the first in a series of fall showings held in various cities around the world.  They are meant to inspire dialogue about topics such as love, bliss/exhilaration, loathing, sadness, rage, calculation/confusion and internal reasoning.

We’re posting a few images to peak your interest and encourage you to attend one of the upcoming exhibits.

photography by Amber Arbucci

Photography by Amber Arbucci

Painting by Brendan Murphy

Painting by Brendan Murphy

Artists: Brendan Murphy and Amber Arbucci

The Artists: Brendan Murphy and Amber Arbucci

Summer Soiree 2009

By kristin

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In New York, it’s always hard to let go of summer – between festivals, picnics and, in general, a moment to breathe in an otherwise relentless torrent of activity. That’s why the Chelsea Art Museum is holding their Summer Soiree next week, to offer you one last chance to party like it’s Summer 2009.  $20 gets you into the door before 9pm, but $40 gets you a free gift.

Chelsea Art Museum

556 West 22nd St. (@ 11th Ave.)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

7-11 PM

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What’s NEWER than a Design Blog?

By danielle

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Thanks to the McGuire showroom and to everyone who attended last night’s event at the NYDC.  The crowd was great and so were the questions!!!  I was thrilled to be a part of such an accomplished group.  My fellow panelists included:

Barry Goralnick, contributor to The Designers Collaborative and founder of Goralnick Architecture and Design

Patricia van Essche of PVE Design blog and artist behind PVE Design

Jean Lin, the creative mind behind the architecture and design blog Otto and founder of the fashion label Dressed in Yellow

Nina Freudenberger and Erin Kilmartin of The Cultivated Home blog and boutique design firm Haus Interior

Michelle Adams of M.A. Belle blog,  creator of Rubie Green and founder of Lonny Magazine (a new online magazine which is set to launch this fall!)

Metropolitan Home‘s Callie Jenschke was our moderator and asked us about everything from our inspirations to our routine practices.

After the session, we toured the building to check out the other showrooms and see “What’s New, What’s Next”  for our industry.  We’ll be reporting on some of our favorites, so check back often!

From L-R: Nina Freudenberger, The Cultivated Home; Barry Goralnick, The Designers Collaborative; Patricia van Essche, PVE Design; Michelle Adams, M.A. Belle Blog; Jean Lin, Otto; Erin Kilmartin, The Cultivated Home; Danielle De Vita, Design-Calendar, Callie Jenschke, Metropolitan Home

From L-R: Nina Freudenberger, The Cultivated Home; Barry Goralnick, The Designers Collaborative; Patricia van Essche, PVE Design; Michelle Adams, M.A. Belle Blog; Jean Lin, Otto; Erin Kilmartin, The Cultivated Home; Danielle De Vita, Design-Calendar, Callie Jenschke, Metropolitan Home

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