Archive for December, 2009

Cheers to 2010!

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Accent on Japan

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The New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) rolls into town in late January with an expanded international feel.  Global suppliers will be featured throughout NYIGF’s eight divisions through government-sponsored pavilions, as independent exhibitors and – for the first time this winter – within a newly formed international consortium in Accent on Design.  We got a taste for Japanese craftsmanship this month at Japan Brand at Felissimo “The Wish List” and can’t wait to see what is in store at the NYIGF’s new Accent on Japan.  The pavilion will include four independent Japanese exhibitors including Gallery 91, Inatome, Morihata International Ltd. Co. and Tanuma Co., Ltd ( a first-time NYIGF exhibitor).  The shared space will be a showcase for their products (gifts, accessories, and tableware from Japan) and feature work from emerging Japanese artists.’

When: January 30- February 4, 2010

Where: Jacob K. Javits Center, NYC

Morihata's Seisuke88 collection offers traditional Japanese motifs with a modern touch.

Morihata's Seisuke88 collection offers traditional Japanese motifs with a modern touch.

Kartell Turns 60

By natalie

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December is a month full of important birthdays, including the birthday of the Milan-based furniture company Kartell, which celebrates a cool sixty years of innovation and style. The company, known for its plastic contemporary furniture, continues to move forward through collaborations with design stars such as Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, and Ron Arad.

Louis Ghost Chairs by Philippe Starck for Kartell

Louis Ghost Chairs by Philippe Starck for Kartell

BLU DOT’S REAL GOOD EXPERIMENT

By kristin

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From balcony to show floor, the Blu Dot store on Wooster Street was brimming with designers, employees and patrons to take part in a “real good party” last night. Everyone seemed to be in high spirits (and I don’t think it was just the Blueberry vodka) to celebrate the premiere of the Real Good Experiment documentary and the one year anniversary of Blu Dot ‘s arrival in SoHo.

If you’re not familiar with Blu Dot’s stunt last month, it was an interesting experiment on social design and “curb-mining” in New York. The company dispersed 25 of their Real Good Chairs around the city – placing some near trash cans and others in slightly more inconspicuous places. Many of the chairs were also GPS-enabled, which allowed Blu Dot to track down the unsuspecting participants in a Candid Camera-style follow-up.

Coming from a city where resourcefulness is key to maintain an expensive lifestyle even if you don’t have the funds, it was definitely an interesting video to watch. It was also a reflection on the company’s mission of bringing good design to as many people as possible. In this case, a few lucky passers-by happened to be in the right place at the right time to receive the gift of high design.

You can watch the Real Good Experiment in real time here.

I.D. Magazine Shutters

By danielle

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We couldn’t believe it when we heard the news and are sad to report that the January/February issue of I.D. Magazine, the International Design Magazine, will be the last. Although small, they had a great and talented staff, who we know will land on their feet.  If there is any bit of a silver lining from this, it is that the company will continue producing the I.D. Annual Design Review, the international product design competition, in an online format.  In fact, there is still time to enter as the deadline has been extended.  Regular entries are now due today and late entries may be submitted up to December 31.

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Holiday Gift Sale

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What: Holiday Gifts at Modest Price Points

When: December 17-19, 2009

Where: 41 Union Square, Suite 912 (Corner of 17th and Broadway)

Who: Orange Howell–classically inspired holiday ornaments; Sylvie Pillows–pillows; Mary Jaeger Textiles–wraps & tee; Carpenter & Company–totes & accessories; Berton Goods–imaginative items; OWB/Sheila Mayer–gifts & embellishments for knitters & DIYers; Joanne Dugan Photography–limited edition prints; Vera-ppropriate et. al/Greg Baron–vintage scarves; Accents for Today/Amanda Bosca–Zimbabwe beaded figures & craft; Anastasia VanderKloot, handmade dolls & pillows

Why: Cause most of us are still missing a present (or two) for someone on the list.

Sylvie Pillows

Sylvie Pillows

LIVE from One of a Kind

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One of a Kind Show and Sale is in the Big Apple through Sunday.  We had a chance to preview the fair, which features the work of over 250 artisans, last night and met up with Nancy Nicholson, a Brooklyn-based artist specializing in stained glass, at her booth (G14). With iPhone in hand, she took a moment away from her busy schedule to walk the show floor and snap a few shots of her favorite things from her fellow exhibitors (we couldn’t help but include her stuff as well – we know you will love it as much as we do). Our thanks to Nancy and we hope you enjoy this photo montage from the One of a Kind Show and Sale NY!

Nancy Nicholson Stained Glass: These panels originate from her photographs. They are created with glass, vitreous paints (hand painted and fired in a kiln for permanence), lead and copper foil. They are one of a kind works of art that can be suspended in a window, installed into an architectural opening, allowing the natural light to illuminate them, or framed in a light box and mounted on a wall. The light pieces are designed for a table setting and provide ambient light.

Nancy Nicholson Stained Glass: These panels originate from her photographs. They are created with glass, vitreous paints (hand painted and fired in a kiln for permanence), lead and copper foil. They are one of a kind works of art that can be suspended in a window, installed into an architectural opening, allowing the natural light to illuminate them, or framed in a light box and mounted on a wall. The light pieces are designed for a table setting and provide ambient light. Booth: G14

Beeline Studio LLC: Their line of products ranges from Teabag Lampshades and Lamps, Paintings, Tea Prints, Tea Paper Compositions, Drawings and Mixed Media. Booth: H20

Beeline Studio LLC: Their line of products ranges from Teabag Lampshades and Lamps, Paintings, Tea Prints, Tea Paper Compositions, Drawings and Mixed Media. Booth: H20

BRM Designs & Metalworks from Burlington, Vermont creates stainless steel light sculpture.  Booth: H9

BRM Designs & Metalworks from Burlington, Vermont creates stainless steel light sculpture. Booth: H9

Contemporary Hand Woven Rag Rugs from Claudia Mills Weaver.  Booth: G9

Contemporary Hand Woven Rag Rugs from Claudia Mills Weaver. Booth: G9

Geometric hand stitched fiber art wallhangings from David Nerwen. Booth: H26

Geometric hand stitched fiber art wallhangings from David Nerwen. Booth: H26

Brooklyn-based Deborah Faye Adler specializes in blown glass and jewelry.  Booth:

Brooklyn-based Deborah Faye Adler specializes in blown glass...


...and jewelry

...and jewelry

Hand felted shawls and scarves from Chicago-based Gina Pannorfi.

Hand felted shawls and scarves from Chicago-based Gina Pannorfi.

Lois Aronow Porcelain.  Booth: G24

Lois Aronow Porcelain. Booth: G24

Matthew Sievers from Sievers Gallery

Matthew Sievers from Sievers Gallery

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sievers niche is in oil paintings on canvas.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sievers niche is in oil paintings on canvas. Booth: G2

Rebound Designs gives old books a new life as one of a kind book purses.  For the gentlemen reader, they have paperback wallets made from well loved vintage paperbacks. Booth: I13.

Rebound Designs gives old books a new life as one of a kind book purses. For the gentlemen reader, they have paperback wallets made from well loved vintage paperbacks. Booth: I13.

Environmental Surrealism from RW2 Gallery. Booth: H31

Environmental Surrealism from RW2 Gallery. Booth: H31

Tabbatha Henry Porcelain offers translucent porcelain candleholders, vases and jewelry.

Tabbatha Henry Porcelain offers translucent porcelain candleholders, vases and jewelry.

Fashion accessories and fiber art from Underground Velvet. Booth: F38

Fashion accessories and fiber art from Underground Velvet. Booth: F38

Underground Velvet - a closer look.

Underground Velvet - a closer look.

Vladimir Kagan at Ralph Pucci International

By natalie

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 Imagine an event in which the realms of art, fashion, and design harmoniously co-exist, and you’ll find yourself right smack in the middle of the Ralph Pucci New York showroom on the opening night of Variations on Vladimir, an exhibition of the designer Vladimir Kagan’s sculpture and debut of his limited-edition fiberglass chair.  The opening event on Thursday night was a real nod to the avant-garde. Kagan’s chairs, sculptural works in their own right, were complemented by the shadowy photographs of the artistic duo Michner Spindler. The signature mannequins produced by Ralph Pucci’s studio were propped throughout the space as uncannily immobile partygoers, outfitted in ensembles by designer Angelo Katsapis. Even the music at the event was “well orchestrated”, culminating in a special performance by the String Orchestra of New York City.

 

 

partygoers at the Ralph Pucci showroom

partygoers at the Ralph Pucci showroom

 

Erica Wilson, Vladimir Kagan, Sherri Donghia

Erica Wilson, Vladimir Kagan, Sherri Donghia

 

 

a Ralph Pucci mannequin overlooks a Vladimir Kagan chair and photography by Michner Spindler

a Ralph Pucci mannequin overlooks a Vladimir Kagan chair and photography by Michner Spindler

 

Sherri Donghia, Paul Mathieu, Frances Palmer

Sherri Donghia, Paul Mathieu, Frances Palmer

 

Jessica Kagan Cushman, Vanessa Kagan Diserio

Jessica Kagan Cushman, Vanessa Kagan Diserio, and a fluffy friend

 

The String Orchestra of New York City and chairs by Vladimir Kagan

The String Orchestra of New York City and chairs by Vladimir Kagan

Réveillon: A Celebration of Winter at GRANGE

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The chill in the NYC air can only mean one thing – winter is here. In honor of the season, GRANGE asked four designers to transform the showroom into a winter wonderland. We were told that the vignettes, designed by Theresa Henkelmann, Thomas Plominski, Carmen Saenz-Wick and Susan Slotkis will be on display until February. The designers pulled fabulous pieces from GRANGE and mixed them with a few of their own favorites. We snapped a few shots of them in their spaces and encourage you to pop into GRANGE to see more for yourself.

Carmen Saenz-Wick is an accomplished freelance interior designer in NY. She is currently the design consultant at Waterworks.

Carmen Saenz-Wick is an accomplished freelance interior designer in NY. She is currently the design consultant at Waterworks.

Theresa Henkelmann's designs are tied together by the vibrant use of color.  Her work can most notably be found at the Homestead Inn at Greenwich, CT, which she runs with her husband Thomas Henkelmann, proprietor and Chef.

Theresa Henkelmann's designs are tied together by the vibrant use of color. Her work can most notably be found at the Homestead Inn at Greenwich, CT, which she runs with her husband Thomas Henkelmann, proprietor and Chef.

Thomas Plominski opted for a warm and classic black and white theme.  The couch he is sitting on is from GRANGE.

Thomas Plominski opted for a warm and classic black and white theme. The couch he is sitting on is from GRANGE.

Susan Slotkis is an interior designer, educator and author.  In fact after the party, she had to teach a class at FIT.  Never a dull moment for this designing woman.

Susan Slotkis is an interior designer, educator and author. In fact after the party, she had to teach a class at FIT. Never a dull moment for this designing woman.

Droog Launches Fashion Collection

By eva

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Droog, the Amsterdam transplant specializing in innovative design is bringing us yet another exciting Dutch collection to covet. For those who appreciate good European design, be sure to check it out tonight from 6:30- 8:30 pm as they launch an exclusive selection of Dutch fashion. The collection will include items and accessories by orosn + bodil, Painted, and Jan Taminau (to name a few).  You might want to get there early, because the buzz around this event is big (we even got a note about it from an Italian friend of ours who wished she was in the city to attend.)

Droog New York

76 Greene St. (between Spring and Broome)

RSVP:info@droogusa.com(212) 941- 8350

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