Archive for October, 2009

NYDC’s Masquerade Ball Costume Contest

By danielle


Dressed as “Calendar Girls,” we mixed and mingled the night away at NYDC‘s 4th Annual Masquerade Ball.  Along the way, we found out about some great November and December events, so check the calendar for updates!  After last night, it is certainly safe to say that those in design industry sure know how to put together amazing costumes.  To honor all the time and energy that went into these masterpieces, Design Commotion and Design-Calendar have teamed up to host a costume competition on facebook.  Click here to vote for your 2009 favorite!

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The Belles of the Ball: NYDC's Alana Moskowitz, Alix Lerman and Leah Blank


By kristin


In a city like New York, lunch breaks are relatively non-existent, unless they can be justified as work-related. No one understands this better than 92Y, who hosts a series of quick lunchtime talks at noon. Tell your boss you’re attending a “Daytime Lecture,” and head to 92YTribeca on Monday for speed decorating tips from Jill Vegas. “Whether you’re planning a party, staging a house for sale or just hungry for a homemakeover, professional stager Jill Vegas will provide you with a wealth of down-and-dirty decorating tips guaranteed to turn any room from blah to beautiful in days.” Jill is an award-winning stager who has been featured in HGTV, The New York Times and The New Yorker, so the lady knows what she is talking about! Click here to purchase tickets.

What: Speed Decorating: A Fabulous Home in a Week or Less
When: Monday, November 2, 2009 @ 12:00PM
Where: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street, NYC
Price: $16


If a mid-day break isn’t in the cards or if you just can’t get enough of “DJ Kreemy”, head to 92Y’s Buttenwieser Hall on Tuesday night for an evening with design legends Gaetano Pesce and Karim Rashid. The architect, designer, and poster child for Italian Postmodernism (Pesce) will share the stage with the man known for color and unorthodox design (Rashid) in a dialogue moderated by former House and Garden editor, Martin Filler. Purchase tickets here.

What: Karim Rashid and Gaetano Psce: Dialogues With Design Legends
When: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 @ 8:15PM
Where: Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Ave. at 92nd Street, NYC
Price: $27


Parsons Launches U.S. debut of Alphabet City’s Water

By nancy


Parsons The New School for Design, in collaboration with MIT Press, introduces the latest issue in the Alphabet City series. Each of these publications focuses on a single powerful theme, treated by writers and artists from their own unique perspectives. This vital resource, necessary for transportation, industry and agriculture not to mention human survival, is facing new threats from the nano (migration of pharma molecules into the ecosystem) to the macro (dwindling supplies due to ballooning population and climate changes.) This volume’s interdisciplinary concentration on water will prove to be both enlightening and provocative. A 24-hour “Infrastructure Slam” will feature teams of university students brainstorming solutions to issues which threaten local, regional and global infrastructures. The results of the slam will be exhibited at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center through November 22.

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Creating a Home with Kathryn M. Ireland

By eva


What happens when you mix vibrant colors, elegance and a dash of comfort? You get the design aesthetic of Kathryn M. Ireland, an influential interior and fabric designer. Kathryn will be hosting a signing and lecture on her new book, Creating a Home, on November 5th from 5 – 7 PM at the D& D Building (979 Third Ave, New York, NY). She will be discussing her design philosophy, color sense, and the key to easy living glamour. The lecture will also include details of Kathryn’s most recent project- the renovation and restoration of an Ojai, California ranch house. Come relax and learn from a woman who has been able to fuse European elegance with family- friendly design.

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Cracks in Yankees Stadium?

By danielle


Yesterday on Mediabistro, we read about the recent cracks that have appeared at the New Yankees Stadium.  So we thought we should get a good look at the architecture ourselves.  Tonight we’re heading to the Bronx to investigate (and cheer on our team).  We’re hoping that the only thing that cracks so quickly this time is the Philly line-up.

Design Rules

By eva


Ever wish that you could learn the insider secrets of interior designers and transform your home into one of ones you see on the glossy pages of your favorite shelter magazines without spending a fortune? Well that wish might just come true with Elaine Griffin’s new book, Design Rules (Gotham Books; Paperback Original; On-sale November 3rd; $22.50). The established interior designer is divulging her tips and tools of the trade by offering behind-the-scenes tutorials of timeless decorating rules, measurements and proportions that professionals have been using for years. So we say go ahead and pick up a copy of Design Rules and transform your space into the home you have always imagined without spending a pretty penny.

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Cappellini’s New Coloring Book in Miami

By saxon


Giulio Cappellini in his new Miami showroom.

Giulio Cappellini in his new Miami showroom.

On October 22, Italian furniture maestro Giulio Cappellini unveiled his new flagship showroom in the Miami Design District—the third after New York and Los Angeles—in high style. The showroom, which is adjacent to the Poltrona Frau showroom on N.E. 39th Street, is about as sexy as they come. Cappellini was a gracious host, mingling with the sizable crowd as he talked passionately about his collaborations with some of the world’s top furniture designers—some of which he’s helped to make superstars.

I happened upon the slim, elegant man dressed in a beautifully cut suit in the brightest room in the 2,200-square-foot showroom. A vivacious fuchsia wall served as the perfect backdrop for the mix of colorful furnishings in the space. “Look at this amazing mix of colors,” I said to him. “Soooo Miami.”

“Isn’t it?” he responded. “I had it painted! When I arrived last night, it was white and I said this just won’t do: it’s Miami and we need color!” Giampiero Di Persia, CEO of Poltrona Frau has been aiming to bring Cappellini to Miami for a while. “We have been carefully planning the debut of Cappellini’s eclectic collection for two years,” he told me. “We’ve been patiently waiting for the market to be culturally mature enough to embrace Cappellini’s visionary pieces.Cap 5lowlow2

Di Giampiero knows Cappellini’s stubborn streak just about as well as anyone. “Possibly the biggest challenge in collaborating with Giulio is striking a balance between the business aspects of what we do with his artistic temperament,” he said. “I finally gave in to his unbelievably strong vision of creating more of an art exhibition than a simple store display.” The showroom is filled with iconic furniture, including some of design’s most notable pieces like Marc Newson’s Felt chair in a vivid yellow, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Cloud shelving system with its beehive shape that thumbs its nose at its square counterparts, and Alessandro Mendini’s kicky Proust armchair.

Cappellini noted that working with such talented designers requires a delicate balance. “It is important to find a perfect feeling between myself and the designer on each project,” he explained. “You can discuss, try and work for a long period of time with the aim of creating a good product only if you have the right harmony.” During Design Miami/ from December 2 through 5, Cappellini will host a satellite exhibition of furniture specifically designed to debut during the fair. We’ll give you an update after we see what springs from the visionary’s mind. Ciao for now!


By kristin


If you’re a New Yorker like me who is fascinated by Blade Runner and the potential of artificial intelligence, have we got the event for you! Tonight marks the inauguration of Pike Loop – the first architecture project in the U.S. to be built on site by an industrial robot. The installation was designed by Swiss architects Gramazio & Johler (Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich) and built over the past month by R-O-B, a mobile robotic digital fabrication unit housed in a shipping container on Pike Street (between Division St. and East Broadway). According to Gramazio and Kohler, “The accuracy, strength and speed of these robots allow them to fabricate architectural forms of unprecedented complexity and intricacy.” Hear them discuss the research, design and technology behind Pike Loop on-site tonight at 7:30 PM.


Allsteel’s Fall Fest

By hawley


Architects and designers gathered for a night of fall fun at Allsteel’s mini expo and networking event last week, October 15.  Julie May, contract furniture manufacturer for Allsteel, hosted the company’s first ‘Fall Fest’ at the Allsteel Resource Center in New York City.  Guests were able to get a close look at a multitude of contract furnishing products from Allsteel and its collaborators Edelman Leather, HBF Textiles and Tandus while enjoying drinks and nibbles.  Their products range from office systems and seating to fabrics and accessories.  With a desire to provide both functionality and beauty, their furniture aims to create solutions while providing inspiring surroundings.

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Julie Hamilton, left, and Alan Dandron, right, of Mancini-Duffy Architects with Julie May, center

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Allsteel’s Rich Callendrella chats with Edelman President Amy Darrah

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Left to right: Nina Del Percio, Diane Barnes, Mary Jo Miller, Norm Jansa

The Clyde Chair from Kat Burki Home

By alexandra


When “Clyde” popped into our inbox in a newsletter from Kat Burki Home, we immediately liked it. This great new club chair combines modernity with tradition and can be outfitted with 200 different gorgeous Kat Burki fabrics. The unique selections range from cotton solids, to floral or quilted silks, to velvets, to cashmeres.  We think being able to choose from so many fabric options is great, because you’re able to feel like you had a part in the end design. Other models of furniture are also available for custom upholstery on Kat Burki’s site


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