Archive for January, 2010


By kristin


David Stark may be a master when it comes to design, but he seems to be a bit lost in the naming department. David Stark Design just announced they have a new addition to the team – in the form of a lovable young Yorkie – and they need your help in devising a name! So far, we’re partial to “Starkey.” Think you can do better? Send them your suggestions here!

Rise and “Shine” – Contract Announces The Winners Of The 31st Annual Interiors Awards

By danielle


It’s official….I’ve been to the Interiors Awards Breakfast for five straight years and one thing is for sure. Neither cold weather (nor the inclement conditions of last year), nor cross country travel… not even an extra early wake up, can stop our industry from celebrating good design.  This morning close to 600 guests – from leading manufacturers to top-notch architects & designers – joined together to recognize the 2010 winners, thank Contract for its 50 years of dedication to the industry and look forward to the next half century. The 31st annual awards program highlighted fifteen innovative projects in categories such as small office, retail, healthcare and education.  The one-and-only Art Gensler was given the Legend Award. After a moving speech by a long-time client and colleague and an equally sentimental presentation from his son, Mr. Gensler graciously accepted the prestigious honor. Rather than selecting one, The Designers of the Year Award went to a fabulous team of five from Graft.  The 2010 recipients are: Thomas Willermeit, Gregor Hoheisel, Lars Krückeberg, Alejandro Lilio and Wolfram Putz. Krückeberg accepted the award on behalf of the firm and said that “he felt like he was joining a fraternity of notable names, the likes of which includes William McDonough and Shigeru Ban.” He talked about the inspiration behind Graft, which he explained as “the putting together of two opposites” and how he is trying to do his part to bring east and west, north and south closer together (his wife is from East Germany and he is from West Germany). All kidding aside, the firm is active in the Make it Right program to help rebuild New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward and bring affordable, green, storm resistant houses to displaced families. They truly deserve this honor and we wish them all the success in the world.

2010 Legend Award Winner Art Gensler

A true NYC party

By danielle


That was one of the best descriptions I heard last night at the Ralph Pucci event. Gallery Nine’s stark white room was filled with fashion-forward attendees and a perfectly curated mix of furniture, accessories, fine art and photography. Artists featured included: Robert Bristow and Pilar Proffitt of Poesis, Jim Zivic, Denyse Schmidt, Lisa Spindler and Stevi Michner. Upstairs in the Penthouse, furniture from Jens Risom and paintings from Paul Mathieu made quite an impression. My fellow blogger had the opportunity to meet Mr. Risom and snap some photos of the design legend (which will be posted asap!). In addition to the hubbub in NYC, Pucci was launching another exhibit in Los Angeles sponsored by Angeleno Magazine and featuring Vladimir Kagan‘s Fiberglass Chair and Four Sculptures.

Leading Lady: Denyse Schmidt! She designed several of her iconic modern quilts for the exhibit including the fabulous one behind her.

New York International Gift Fair donates to Haiti

By natalie


It sometimes takes great tragedy, such as the disaster in Haiti, to make us realize that charity is the greatest gift.  It is no wonder, then, that the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) has established a variety of initiatives for this year’s fair to collect donations for Haitian relief efforts.

The NYIGF is now allowing participants to make individual donations through NYIGF’s Handmade® Division from January 30 to February 3 at the Jacob Javits Center.  The NYIGF has collaborated with Aid to Artisans, an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic development in the craft sector, to identify companies selling Haitian products. Together, the two organizations have coordinated a list of exhibitors donating portions of onsite proceeds to relief efforts, charitable organizations, and directly to Haitian artisans.

Currently, a group of 23 Handmade exhibitors plan to donate proceeds from sales at the NYIGF to Haiti. Participating exhibitors include:

Acacia Creations; Aid to Artisans; alexandra ferguson; Alison Blair Studio Jewelry Designs; Angie Olami Inc.; Aster+Sage®; CALLALOO; Dwelling, LLC; Eco-Brazil Corp/Echo-the-World; Ethnic Pride Marketing; Hila; Laurel Denise; Lea’s Alphabets; Lulu Designs; Madera Exotic Woods, LLC; Manos de Madres; One World Projects; Sarah Cavender Metalworks; Tesoros Trading Company; The Niger Bend; Vilmain; Wasabi; and Watchcraft.

Also, NYIGF has made direct donations to two relief organizations: Artisan Grant Initiative (AGI) of Vital Edge Aid, a humanitarian micro-aid organization supporting indigenous artisan communities in Haiti, and AmeriCares®, a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs.

Proving that no donation is too small, NYIGF will set-up donation collection points at several points on the Handmade exhibit floor, where exhibitors and attendees can make individual donations starting from $1.

The NYIGF will take place from January 30 – February 4 at the Javits Center and Pier 94.  For more information on the NYIGF, click here.

Tonight: Denyse Schmidt Quilts at Ralph Pucci International

By natalie


Tonight, we look forward to heading over to the Ralph Pucci International New York showroom’s exhibition space, Nine (Gallery), to catch the opening of their exhibition of Denyse Schmidt’s colorful quilts.  The exhibitions at Ralph Pucci – notable for blending the fine arts with interior design – are a delightful shock to the senses and conventional sensibility, and tonight’s installation promises the same. Denyse Schmidt’s quilts will be complemented by the furniture pieces of Jim Zivic and Robert Bristow, as well as photography by the duo Michner Spindler. Who knows, we might even rub shoulders with the design showroom’s signature mannequins

WHAT:  Opening Reception, Denyse Schmidt Quilts

WHERE:  Nine Gallery, Ralph Pucci International, 44 W 18th Street, New York

WHEN:  Thursday, January 28th; 6:30 – 8:30 PM


Textile: Typography of the 19th Century Textile Trade

By natalie


From the moment man set ink to paper, text and textile have often been two interwoven entities.  For anyone interested in the history of typography, Thursday night’s lecture at the Type Directors Club promises to be a must-attend.  Photographer Adrian Wilson will present his collection of 19th century typefaces and trademarks used by fabric merchants in Textile: Typography of the 19th Century Textile Trade.  Interestingly enough, Wilson began his collection when, while keeping a studio in an old Manchester cotton warehouse, he was given a bag of textile stamps that were being thrown out by the warehouseman.  He has since become an authority in the field, appearing in 2005 as a special guest on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

Who: Adrian Wilson

What:  Lecture, Textile: Typography of the 19th Century Textile Trade

Where:  Type Directors Club, 347 W. 36th Street, suite 603, New York

When:  Thursday, January 28, 2010; 6-8 pm

Cost:  Free for TDC members; $20 for non-members; $15 for non-member students.

Seating limited, email or call 212-633-8943 to register.


By kristin


For the past 20 years, M2L has been devoted to bringing contemporary European design to the American market. Whether it’s the colorful and flamboyant creations of Pierre Paulin or the streamlined, classic looks from Norman Foster, the company has become known for holding authenticity as important as form and function.

Unlike DWR, whose rampant practice of selling knockoffs was recently investigated by New York Times writer Fred Bernstein, M2L wants to educate the public about the harmful impact of knockoffs – starting with the designers of tomorrow. Last year, the company created the Genuine Design Competition in conjunction with Ruth Lynford of New York Eleven to raise awareness of the complexity and responsibility of the Interior Design profession among students.

M2L is now accepting entries for the 2010 Genuine Design Competition – a video challenge open to design students across the country. A distinguished panel of judges (including David McFadden, chief curator of the Museum of Arts and Design) will award $8,500 in scholarships to four selected finalists.

To be eligible, students must create a 1-4 minute video in the form of a Public Service Announcement on the topic of genuine design and why furniture designers deserve the right to protect their work against unauthorized copies and counterfeits. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 5, 2010. For more information visit:

Presenting….The Triennale NYC

By natalie


Anxious for more news on the Triennale Design Museum’s New York space, we were happy to arrive at the RAI New York headquarters yesterday to hear top officials usher in the Triennale NYC.  Among those present yesterday were Francesco Maria Talo’, the Italian Consulate General of New York and Roberto Manzoni, President of Artlivingny and strategic planner for the New York space.  Davide Rampello, President of the Triennale Milano and current overseer of the New York location, gave a simultaneously broadcasted address from the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.

While the Triennale Milano promoted its upcoming retrospective exhibit on Roy Lichtenstein, there were interesting previews of the Triennale NYC. Architectural plans and simulated renderings of the museum’s façade flanked one of the walls, giving the attendees an idea of what the Triennale NYC will look like once completed.  Located on 40 W 53rd Street, across from MoMA and at the site of the former Museum of Arts and Design, the Triennale NYC will have two exhibition halls for art and design and areas for a café and design store (they will sell limited-edition design pieces there–another perk). Architects Pier Luigi Cerri and Michele de Lucchi are undertaking the project of designing the space.

Beyond serving as an exhibition space for Italian art and design, the Triennale NYC intends to bring together a wide range of diverse entities to highlight “l’Italianità”—the Italian identity.  With this objective in mind, the museum will kick off its spring opening with an inaugural exhibition on Gio Ponti curated by Germano Celant.

Francesco Maria Talo', Renato Miracco, Massimo Migliaro, Rocco Zullino, Roberto Manzoni

A rendering of the Triennale NYC's facade

PopUpInsider: Pop Ups Made Easier

By hawley


Being event focused at Design-Calendar, we know that to have a great event, you need a great space. With that in mind, we are proud to announce a brand new site completely dedicated to temporary real estate. A seasoned Pop Up shop designer and producer, Cristina Norsig has teamed up with her husband Eric Michael Anton to create a fantastic new resource: The site is the first national online exchange for potential tenants to find venues, and for owners to advertise their empty real estate for temporary use.  With experience in real estate, technology and marketing, the duo combined their strengths to bring this idea to fruition.

The concept is centered on the belief that retail needs a change to keep fresh in the current economic conditions.  The site will help generate sales, create buzz for retailers and spaces and boost employment.  It’s a great idea and we’re wishing lots of success!

New York International Gift Week Starts Saturday

By danielle


The New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) rolls into town this week with an expanded international feel. In addition to the “Handmade in the USA” section, there will be eleven international pavilions, with expanded participation by groups from both Israel and Japan. We also heard about a newly formed international consortium in Accent on Design called “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). We are excited to see their work and check out the rest of products that Accent on Design has to offer as we scour the pavilion to make our selection for the “Bloggers Choice Awards” (check back early next week to see who caught our eye!)

And we cannot forget about the other locations that make New York Gift Week so great. Besides Javits, be sure to also visit 7W New York (who is concurrently launching a new Baby & Kids Fair), Pier 94 (which will include exhibits from ASID’s New Jersey and New York Metro chapters), and 230 Fifth for the very best lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum.

Seattle-based independent designer Dinah Coops, a first time NYIGF exhibitor, will present a collection of modern, sustainable tabletop and personal accessories.  You can find her work in the SustainAbility exhibit and her booth in Handmade no. 6014.

Seattle-based independent designer Dinah Coops, a first-time NYIGF exhibitor, will be presenting a new collection of sustainable tabletop and personal accessories. Her work will be on display in the SustainAbility exhibit and her booth in Handmade no. 6014.

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