Archive for February, 2010

Call for Entries: IIDA NY 2010 Student Scholarship Awards Program

By hawley


The International Interior Design Association’s New York chapter (IIDA NY) is now calling for entries for scholarships in interior design. Five winners will receive a $3000 scholarship and a year-long membership to IIDA NY; five honorable mentions will also be awarded membership.

A professional networking and educational association, the IIDA NY has more than 600 members in ten specialty Forums. Benefits of membership include resources to access experts, knowledge and information about interior design, and contacts within the industry. Networking is encouraged, and events promote bonds of trust, collaboration, and innovation. Founded in 1994, the association’s mission is to represent interior designers worldwide, while encouraging advancement and education within the industry.

The contest is open to junior, senior, and graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited New York State Interior Design program only. Students will be judged on the quality of their portfolio, and their stated philosophy of design. March 19, 2010 is the official deadline, and consideration will only be given to the first 75 applicants, so get your submission in soon!


By natalie


Dim sum galore and the occasional “dragon”, as well as the design industry’s finest, were on hand last week at the ECCO Design annual Chinese New Year’s event celebrating the year of the tiger. Distinguished guests present at the firm’s Flat Iron location included ECCO’s very own Eric Chan, the always eye-catching Karim Rashid and his wife, Ivanka Puric, Interior Design’s Helene Oberman, and Metropolis Magazine’s Paul Makovsky.

Karim Rashid, Ivanka Puric, Helene Oberman, and Paul Makovsky. Image courtesy of ECCO Design. Additional thanks to Carol Vanderkloot.

Guest Blogger & Jewelry Designer Ely Milano Takes Us Through MAD’s New Portable Treasuries

By danielle


Last week, the Museum of Arts and Design launched “Portable Treasuries,” a fantastic new exhibit showcasing masterpieces of silver jewelry from three major regions of the world.  We figured, who better to attend the opening than our friend Eleonora Milano, a young and extremely talented jewelry designer from Italy.  Check out what she had to say about the exhibit, which is on display until August 8…

On a typical New York February evening, I faced a snowy pale gray Manhattan with my shiny silver rain-boots and went to the MAD Museum for the opening of Portable Treasuries: Silver Jewelry from the Nadler Collection, a jewelry exhibition curated by Dorothy Globus and Laura Stern which showcases about 150 works, from North Africa, India and Southeast Asia.

After a warm welcome by the museum staff and a glass of white wine, I went up to the second floor, and as I walked up the stairs, I was instantly enamored by the chunky and eye-catching neck pieces.

I was immediately charmed by the design of every necklace, large earrings, stunning bracelets and gorgeous fibulae. I was totally captured by their geometrical and circular shapes, by the power and weight of these pieces made with thick wire or with large sheets of hammered silver, that created intricate yet clean shapes. Some wire was woven together, or bent in a spiral, some was hammered flat and the clasp or closure of the pieces was made by the same wire, which created an effective, simple and elegant hook system. It made my eye follow the path of the wire and concentrate on the balance of the final piece. So ancient, yet so contemporary!

It was also interesting to read about the native traditions of why and when jewelry was given as a gift or as part of a dowry or to indicate the status of a woman or a man in a social environment.

My favorite work was the Miao Necklace by an anonymous artist, from Guizhou or Yunan Province, China, 19th – 20th century, a very thick wire bent in hypnotical circles that form a never-ending concentric spring.

Miao Necklace, Guizhou or Yunan Province, China

Getting Ready for the 9th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show @ Pier 94

By nancy


For 4 days only, March 18-21, get ready to be informed and inspired & explore the very latest ideas and products for the home —from furniture and lighting to kitchens and baths – at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Whether starting from scratch or searching for that one perfect object to complete a project, the show is organized with both design professionals and consumers in mind.  It’s one-stop- shopping with exhibits from almost 300 premium brands, and an antique/mid-century section presented by

And, if you need another reason to head for the Hudson in March, DIFFA’s Dining By Design is not to be missed. It’s an impressive showcase of creative talents and cutting-edge products! In addition, Go Green, the nation’s leading eco-friendly trade and consumer showcase, runs concurrently March 18-21 at Pier 92.

WHERE: Pier 94, 12th Ave. @ 55th St., New York City

WHEN:  Thursday – Sunday, March 18 – 21, 2010 from 10am – 6pm

Thursday, March 18 is trade preview day with programs geared specifically for the design trade. Admission throughout show hours is complimentary for registered interior designers and licensed architects with two forms of business credentials.


By natalie


The winners are out for the International Housewares Association’s Student Design Competition. The competition, now in its 17th year, challenges college-level design students to redesign a current housewares product.  This year, the award for first place, $5,000, will be split by two student winners who tied in the top tier for their innovative and original designs.  Teddy Lu, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, placed first for his design of TubTub, a multi-functional bath tub that accommodates a newborn baby.  The second first place winner, Trevis Kurz of Ohio State University, won for his design of the Sanas Smoke Alarm. In addition to the first place category, there are winners in second place, third place, and honorable mention categories. Want to meet these rising stars? Student winners will be present at the 2010 International Home + Housewares Show, in Chicago March 14-16.

For more information on the IHA Student Design Competition, click here

Interested in attending this year’s International Home & Housewares Show? You can still register by clicking here

TubTub, the winning entry by Teddy Lu

Steven Guarnaccia Book Signing at DWR: Tools for Living

By kristin


Experience children’s fairy tales like never before at DWR: Tools for Living in Soho tomorrow (February 20). From 1-3 PM, illustrator and designer Steven Guarnaccia will give a reading and book signing from his latest collection of children’s tomes with a modern twist. Believing that furniture and homes have as much character as the people that live within them, Guarnaccia charmingly weaves iconic architecture and interiors into the story setting of The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears (available through Corraini). Sip on hot cocoa and introduce the world of modern architecture and design to the tykes!

Saturday, February 20 (1-3 PM)
DWR: Tools for Living

142 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212.471.0280


Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry as The Three Little Pigs

22nd Annual ICFF

By hawley


Who cares that it’s a gray, drab February, when we have the ICFF to look forward to?  The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) will be at the Jacob K. Javits Center from May 15 – 18.  We admit that it’s a little far-off, but now is the time to get in the know so you won’t miss the industry’s most prestigious and avant-garde fair.  Open first to professionals with registered trade badges, it will also be open to the general public on the 18th.  Exhibit registration and tickets can be found on the ICFF website.

The ICFF offers an extensive array of exhibitors including interior designers, architects, retailers, designers, manufacturers, representatives, distributors, and developers.  The exhibitors are from all around the world and the prestigious contingent attendees include the British European Design Group (BEDG), IDSA New York (Industrial Designers Society of America), and the German Design Council, among others.  Features include Materials Matter, a showcase and marketplace of cutting-edge materials and innovative production processes, and the Editors Awards from a panel of most in-the-know U.S. and international editors.  Six design schools will also be given spaces to show their fresh and emerging talents.  All in all, the fair will be a full of incredibly creative, cutting-edge interior design, so be sure to book your space soon!

So whether you’re an industry professional looking to browse or show- mark your calendar and get a booth while you can, as the ICFF will be here before you know it.

Mateo Thun for Rapsel Spa

Janus by Jang Won Yoon

Block by bERT&dENNIS 

Blogger Bash 2.0

By danielle


Last week, the Design-Calendar girls sipped some of Veeder + Perman‘s love potion and nibbled on heart-shaped mini-grilled cheeses with a room full of our favorite fellow bloggers including David Blend from Thrillist, Ryan Quinlin and Marc Kushner from Architizer, Jean Lin from otto, and Rebecca Lewis and Jenny Rector from Designer Pages. Some of us (including the oh-so-lucky Ms. Lewis) walked away with prizes, donated by Veeder + Perman’s fabulous clients, like a Dornbract faucet, a trip to Coverings and paints from Benjamin Moore.

Designer Pages Rebecca Lewis celebrates her big win with Jenny Rector and Lisa Jasper.

Thrillist's David Blend is Getting Lucky in Kentucky with Alex Kirkman from Veeder + Perman and Cindy Stroller from Fitch Ratings.

Did we mention there was a make-out room? We caught these two in the act (jk)! All furniture, including the bed, was supplied by RentQuest.

Last Call For Entries: Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition

By natalie


Attention all North American architects and designers, today is the next to last day to submit your entries for the Ceramic Tiles of Italy’s 17th-annual Design Competition. Applicants are eligible to win $5,000 plus a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie 2010 (an additional $1,000 to be shared by distributor/contractor team). All commercial, institutional, and/or residential projects using Italian ceramic tile completed within the last five years are applicable.  To apply, please submit your project digitally to by tomorrow, February 19.

No fee or limit to entries.  For more information and to apply, click here

IDNY Meetup @ B&B Italia Recap

By danielle


Sadly we missed it, but luckily Jacob Louis Slevin, co-founder and CEO of DesignerPages was kind enough to share a few highlights online.  Click hear to see photos and read his write-up!  The next IDNY Meetup is scheduled for 6:30pm on March 11 at Herman Miller.

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