Archive for November, 2009

Moore Than I Bargained For

By saxon


Margiela's dress festooned in vintage vinyl.

Margiela's dress festooned in vintage vinyl.

The deluge of events has officially begun as Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/ loom on the horizon. Tonight’s kickoff of The F Factory, a Limited Edition Experience bringing pop-up shopportunities to the Design District, was a first: wares offered during the fair that you could touch without getting the fifth degree from a stiff-lipped security guard. The event took place in the Moore Building, the first venue to feel the tap-tap-tap of stilettos and the wanton gazes of Fendi/Margiela devotees. And that was just on the first floor of the four-story building housing Craig Robin’s latest initiative to bring fresh life to the nabe.

Along the lines of “give a man a fish to eat and he has food for one day or teach a man to fish and he has food for a lifetime”: a very patient Frenchman named Cyril was sewing Fendi purses while being photographed and prodded to give away his secrets. Could it be his lack of knowledge of the English language was an act to keep him safe from divulging confidential company formulas? Smile. Nod. Smile. I was just hoping my camera was on video so I could see how he creates these deliciously expensive baubles that make a fashionista’s heart go pitty-pat! Smile. Nod. Smile. “What a lovely purse!” I said. Not a word!

A tight-lipped Cyril making Fendi purses.

A tight-lipped Cyril making Fendi purses.

The third floor held a nice surprise. Our Miami pal Abby Kellett debuted Gretel Home, a line of design products as beautifully serene as her personality. You may know her from Florida Inside Out fame. We’re just glad she’s back on the scene as we’ve missed her trendsetting vision. What’s even better for anyone who ever marked the pages of the magazine in hopes of snagging the chic merchandise she featured: you can buy what she’s discovered this time around by simply visiting her web site.

Abby Kellett in her Gretel Home pop-up shop.

Abby Kellett in her Gretel Home pop-up shop.

We stopped at Sra. Martinez for fortification and the round of tapas our unflappable waitress Cheistine helped us to choose from an impossibly varied menu were heady indeed. She started us off with El Wedge, or iceberg lettuce splashed with Valdeon Blue Cheese and accompanied by other diced delicacies, including avocado, homestead tomatoes and crispy jamon. Seared scallops and bacon-wrapped dates led us to skirt steak and Chef Michelle Bernstein’s aptly named “Bigass Pork Chop.” Only one of those will bump you out of contention for the Maison Martin Margiela dress next door, which was painfully trim and artfully covered in vintage vinyl!

Energized, we were off to Ornare’s Tastemaker Showcase, which was packed. Esther Schattan and Claudio Faria sure know how to throw a party! One of our favorite designers, Simona Ciancetta of Crea, was being honored. How does she always look so terrific? I’m guessing it’s the Italian genes augmented with a heavy dose of great taste. Edward Nieto looked dapper in a Stingy-brim Fedora, and Esther was glowing in an iridescent dress and glittering eye shadow. It’s difficult to believe that this is day one. Has the fun really just begun?

Stay tuned: It only gets crazier from here! If you think I’m kidding, I need an excel file to keep all of the events straight (and I’m far from the most popular person in town!). Design Miami/ opens tomorrow. I’ll attend the press event and then Vernissage. I’ll also be interviewing Arik Levy at Zanotta Miami, will stop in at the Bisazza showroom opening, attend a booksigning for “Le Corbusier – in his own words,” edited by Antoine Vigneat (at Terence Riley’s home). London-based gallerist Libby Sellers is debuting her “Tidal Estuaries,” a curated exhibition by Julia Lohmann and Gero Grundmann, and then I’ll finish the night off at Nest on Lincoln Road, where Sara Colombo will present a photography exhibition in collaboration with FOR Gallery of Florence that will feature Moseh Shai, Vito Infante, Alessandro Moggi and sculptor Marianna Masciolini.  These are just the events I can remember at this writing.


By kristin


Attention green shoppers: Inhabitatshop is holding a huge online sale today! Get up to 30% off your favorite eco-friendly products from Transglass recycled tumblers to Voltaic Solar Panel Backpacks. Sale ends at midnight tonight!

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By kristin


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Photo courtesy of Design Miami/

Design Miami/ is a global forum for designers, curators, collectors, gallerists and journalists to meet, discuss ideas and discover new work. Although last year’s event can be characterized as somewhat somber, the 2009 edition of Design Miami/ (Dec 1-5) will see three new galleries (Droog, Mitterand + Cramer, and Paul Kasmin), a new “Temporary Monument” to house the fair (designed by Aranda\Lasch), and one of the most ambitious event programs to date.

Encompassing an array of official and non-official parties and events surrounding the international design fair, here are a few that piqued our interest:


Design Miami/ officially begins and will be open to the public from 11am – 7pm daily until Saturday, December 5.

Witness the breathtaking, atmospheric installation for the Swarovski Crystal Palace in the Designers’ Lounge. Crafted by award-winning architect, Greg Lynn, the hi-tech structure will feature more than a million crystals and 117,000 meters of carbon and aramid fibers assembled by computer-guided robots.

Droog will unveil its first ever Droog Townhouse, designed by Atelier Bow-Wow and furnished with an all-Droog interior.


Running concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach, Photo Miami – an acclaimed contemporary international fair of photo-based art, video, and new media – will open its doors. Taking place in a 30,000 sq. foot venue at NW 34th Street and North Miami Avenue in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, it will run until December 6.

Ink Miami will host an opening brunch celebration from 10am – noon. Located at the Suites of Dorchester (1850 Collins Ave. Miami Beach), it will showcase contemporary works on paper until December 6.

New York-based Gallery R’Pure will present works from François Azambourg, who was named the 2009 Designer of the Year at Meuble Paris/Maison&Objet. Public hours are 11am – 7pm until December 5.

Audi celebrates the “Art of Progress.” For their 100th anniversary, Audi will reveal the 2010 edition of the brand’s flagship sedan, the Audi A8. The Audi Pavilion, a temporary museum structure built on Miami Beach, will be open to visitors until December 5.


Home and Design contributing editor Saxon Henry will celebrate the launch of her new book, Four Florida Moderns, at Design Within Reach from 5pm – 7pm. Special guests include: Alberto Alfonso, Rene Gonzalez; Chad Oppenheim; Guy Peterson; and Miami Magazine Editor-in-chief Richard Martin. 927 Lincoln Rd, Suite 101. RSVP to:

Go for a swim in the Plunge pool, grab a drink at the rooftop bar or stay wired in the media lounge section of Surface Lounge on top of Gansevoort Miami. Complimentary Orzel cocktails will be offered from 11am – 1pm daily. The lounge will be open from 11am – 5pm until December 5. RSVP here.

After a dip in the pool, swing by Maxalto Miami (4141 NE 2nd Ave) Opening Reception party, which starts at 5pm.

Pulse Contemporary Art Fair Miami will present a program of large-scale sculptures and installations as well as daily outdoor concerts at Miami’s Ice Palace (1400 North Miami Avenue). It will run until December 6.


Karim Rashid will be making an appearance at Ornare (930 NE 2nd Ave.) from 5pm – 8pm to discuss his luminous creations.

Graffiti Gone Global, presented by SushiSamba, will feature a selection of work from today’s top street artists across the globe. Better yet, it will be housed in a Brazilian-inspired favela structure designed by Miami-based architect HOX (Douglas Hoekzema).

Stay tuned for more event coverage in the upcoming days.

Rock Star Worthy Design

By eva


Want to learn how to land Lenny Kravitz and Sean (aka P. Diddy) Combs as your next clients? Well you are in luck because that is exactly the type of stuff that Rima Suqi and famed interior designer, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, will be chatting about on December 9th. Not only does Noriega-Ortiz design for rock stars, he  has a penchant for white fluffy things and a true passion for interiors. Rima always knows just what to ask so we can guarantee that you will walk out of there with the know- how to design for the stars. You’ll also hear why Ortiz chose to abandon architecture for interior design. The lively discussion will be held at Desiron, a contemporary furniture showroom, (151 Wooster St.) at 7 p.m.

Benjamin Noriega Ortiz

Benjamin Noriega Ortiz

Onare Tastemakers Showcase 2009

By danielle


Like they did last year, Ornare, a premiere Brazilian interior design manufacturer, will be hosting a party in their swanky Miami showroom to kick of their Tastemakers Showcase.  The 2009 exhibition highlights the work of top interiors designers and architects including: Avant Design Group, Inc; Baron Design Studio; CMA Design Studio; Concepto Uno; Crea; Poggi Design, Studio Hugo Mjares and more.  The party will take on November 30th – just a few days before the opening of Design Miami and Art Basel.  So if you are in town or plan to be there, send in your RSVP (

When: November 30th, 2009 from 8:00-10:30PM
Where: Ornare, 3930 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

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Make a Wish at Japan Brand

By danielle


Last night was the official opening of Japan Brand: The Wish List, a pop-up shop featuring an exciting collection of Japanese products that merge time-honored craftsmanship with fresh expression from 27 regions of Japan. In addition to holiday shopping, they are offering classes on Japanese cooking as well as classes on gift wrapping and floral arrangements. And did we mention the Wish List Wall? You can write your own and hang it up for all to see.

The temporary retail location, located at Felissimo Design House, was designed by our friends at Maiarelli Studio (the designers responsible for our beloved D-C logo) and Koko Architecture. It will be open until December 24.

Bill Schultz of Maiarelli Studio

Bill Schultz of Maiarelli Studio

Products for sale include a lacquered bicycle by Alexander Gelman

Products for sale include a lacquered bicycle by Alexander Gelman,

Master crafted Japanese knives,

Master crafted Japanese knives,

and much more.

and much more.

Plus you can make a wish for the holidays

Plus you can make a wish for the holidays...

and hang it up so it comes true.

...and hang it up so it comes true.

Annual AVENUE Antiques & Art at the Armory

By hawley


Read by everyone who is anyone in the Big Apple, AVENUE has carved itself a prime place as Manhattan’s leading social magazine.  As such, it is only natural to assume that such a publication from the world’s most stylish city would also be an authority on good taste- especially in decorating.  AVENUE will be hosting its annual event Antiques & Art at the Armory, just in time for the holidays. Whether this means sprucing up your own abode in preparation for hosting this year’s bash or for finding that perfect present for the most discerning, it’s all here.  With over 50 dealers, you can pick up a new set of silver, a piece of vintage jewelry, Asian porcelain, or some rare objet d’art- varying in periods and prices.

The showroom itself is designed by New York’s Richard Mishaan, sponsored by Brooks Brothers and The Pierre Hotel.  Such prominent authorities on taste and design can only hint at what’s in store for shoppers.  The best part about it?  A private preview and cocktail reception on Wednesay, December 2 will benefit The American Cancer Society’s HOPE LODGE Jerome L. Greene Family Center, and tickets can be purchased online.  Want more?  A variety of lectures will occur throughout the event, highlights include a Designer Breakfast panel discussion Decorating with Antiques hosted by author and television correspondent Susanna Salk and A Family Affair: Treasures from the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor presented by Dr. Ulrich Leben, Associate Curator of Furniture, The Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor.

For tickets and a detailed listing of events, click here.

Thursday, 12/3 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday, 12/4 from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm

Saturday, 12/5 from 11:00 am to7:30 pm

Sunday, 12/6 from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm

The Park Avenue Armory

643 Park Avenue at 67th Street, NYC

SAVANT: The Ultimate Marriage of Technology and Design

By danielle


Techies and design aficianados – have we got news for you! Today, the Savant NYC Experience Center, designed by Thom Filicia, officially opens. Located at 88 Prince Street (Floor 2), it is a state-of-the-art virtual experience center with an interior fit for a king. We got a sneak peak and private tour at last night’s preview party and can tell you that it is like nothing we’ve seen before. The Savant System features the first Apple-based control and automation solution unifying audio, video, lighting, security, climate, communications, internet into one seamless experience. Talk about impressive, we watched as our guide, Savant Co-Founder Jim Carroll, turned on the lights in his Massachussets home office from his iPhone.

We toured each well-designed zone of the new space – from the living room to the home office to the bedroom – many of which contained pieces from Thom Filicia’s own collections. From the topography-inspired rug to a table with wood and interwoven straps of leather, Filicia’s design sensibility is both chic and organic. We were also particularly impressed with the automated design. The glass doors leading to the bathroom and closets doubled as projection screens. And the alarm clock…well if you are like me and have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, the alarm clock application, which was converted from an apple widget, is imperative. After the first snooze, the lights turn on; the second, the TV; then finally, the shades open.

In addition to this amazing permanent showroom, Savant has approximately 50-80 dealers in the NY tri-state region. The lowest end solution starts at $5,000 and includes eight zones – certainly plenty for a NYC apartment. The brand-new Experience Center features 6 projectors, 10 TVS and 18 zones of audio.

Sure Carroll’s background in telecommunications is important, but he also credited his wife for this innovative system. After retiring at a young age, she told him that he had to get back into the workforce, at least for a few hours out of the day. Little did she know that her advice would result in eight years and 100+ hours of work per week. To Jim and his partner Bob Madonna – it looks like the hard work paid off. Congratulations on a job well done!

The Living Room of the Savant Experience Center

The Living Room of the Savant Experience Center

Designer Thom Felicia

Dovanna Pagowski, Thom Filicia and Christopher Flach


By kristin


Today, The Future Perfect is opening the doors to its second permanent location in New York City. Giving Manhattan dwellers a break from commuting to Brooklyn (you know how parochial New Yorkers can be), the new shop at 55 Great Jones Street will offer the same mix of clever decorative art and design with a sprinkling of new one-of-a-kind pieces. Stop by this afternoon from 5-7PM, to clink a congratulatory glass of champagne with Dave Alhadeff.

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The Future Perfect

55 Great Jones Street (between Bowery and Lafayette)

New York, NY 10012


Daily 12-7; Sun 12-6

Elan Form Chilewich Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS

By hawley


As technology becomes deeply integrated into our lives, it becomes a natural outlet for creativity and self-expression.  No one knows this better than Griffin Technology Inc., a leader in peripherals for iPhone, iPod, Mac, and PC, and Chilewich l Sultan LLC, the design innovator of modern vinyl textiles.  When Griffin Technology began the search for new, quality materials, they found the perfect solution in woven vinyl, a specialty of Sandy Chilewich.  Chilewich is the founder and creative director of Chilewich l Sultan LLC. Such a durable material is perfect for creating the products that Griffin makes- and so the collection of accessories was born.  Designed to be both functional and beautiful, the pieces are rugged and easy to clean, yet stylish.  Featuring Chilewich Mini Basketweave woven vinyl, the Griffin + Chilewich duo are introducing the Elan Form Chilewich case for iPhone 3G and 3GS, now available in two colors, Gravel and Light Grey, at the Apple Store and the MoMA Design Store.


Elan Form Chilewich case for iPhone 3G and 3GS in Gravel and Light Grey

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