Archive for March, 2010


By kristin


Have you designed a space with Design Within Reach products? If so, that project could land you $10,000 in DWR products, a DWR Studio event and features in their catalog and on their website. In true democratic fashion, the contest is open to all people and includes all types of projects. Deadline for entries is Friday, April 30. Official rules and entry form are available here.

On the Calendar: Design Miami/Basel 2010

By natalie


Design Miami/Basel  has announced the details for its tenth-annual edition, taking place in June in Basel, Switzerland.  This year, the forum for international design which complements its older visual art-focused sibling, Art Basel, stands boldly on its own with a fresh mix of 31 returning and new international galleries specializing in historic and contemporary design, as well as a tailored cultural programme that has led the event to expand onto 2 floors of Hall 5 in Basel’s Messeplatz. As part of the event, solo exhibitions, dialogue, custom commissions, and lounges will be offered, all advocating a cross pollination of different creative fields, such as art, fashion, science, music, and architecture.  Some programs of note include Design Talks, discussions which bring together collectors, patrons, gallerists, journalists, and designers; and Design On/Site, a curatorial initiative in which maverick galleries are invited to present an installation focused on new work from one designer or studio.  Further stressing the complex relationship between art and design, Design Miami/Basel and Art Basel will demonstrate their partnership by literally bridging the gap between the two fairs — opening a walkway that leads from Design Miami/Basel to  Hall 1 of the Messeplatz, home of Art Unlimited.

Design Miami/Basel takes place in Basel, Switzerland from June 15-19. For more information on this year’s event, click here.

And the Pritzker goes to…

By kristin


Joining the architectural ranks of Philip Johnson, I.M. Pei and Renzo Piano, it was just announced that Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa – partners in the Japanese firm SANAA – are the recipients of the prestigious Pritzker Prize this year. Considered the Nobel Prize of architecture, the team is not only making history for being two of the greatest living architects of our time, but Sejima now joins Zaha Hadid as one the first women to ever receive this honor. Sejima was also recently appointed the Director of the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima (photo by Takashi Okamoto)

Although some considered them to be a wild card, Sejima and Nishizawa have built a reputation for exploring the ideas of lightness and transparency and pushing the boundaries of these concepts to new extremes. They are especially prolific in the international museum circuit, having designed the New Museum in New York City, the remarkable glass pavilion for the Toledo Museum of Art, the O-Museum in Nagano, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa and an expansion to the Valencian Institute of Modern Art in Spain. SANAA was also commissioned to work on a 300,000 square foot branch of the Louvre in northern France.

New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City (photo by Hisao Suzuki)

When hearing the news of the award, Sejima asserted, “I have been exploring how I can make architecture that feels open, which I feel is important for a new generation of architecture. With this prize I will continue trying to make wonderful architecture.”

Nishizawa pronounced a similar reaction stating, “Every time I finish a project I revel in possibilities and at the same time reflect on what has happened. Each project becomes my motivation for the next new project. In the same way this wonderful prize has given me a dynamic energy that I have never felt before.”

Much like their humble comments, their buildings are deceptively simple. According to the jury, “They hold the building as a seamless whole, where the physical presence retreats and forms a sensuous background for people, objects, activities and landscapes. They seek the essential qualities of architecture that reslt in a  much-forwarded straight forwardness, economy of means, and restraint in their work.”

Exterior view of the O-Museum in Nagano, Japan (photo by Hisao Suzuki)

The team formed in 1995 but each has extensive lists of completed works and projects as individual architects. This is only the third time in the history of the Pritzker Prize that two architects have been awarded the prize.

The award ceremony will take place on May 17, 2010 on Ellis Island during the tail-end of New York Design Week.

News from the Netherlands

By danielle


Opening next week, the exhibition All or nothing – Robert van ‘t Hoff, architect of a new society will show the oeuvre of architect and theorist Robert van ’t Hoff (1887-1979) and give an insight into his personality. The work of the avant-garde architect, who was a member of the ‘De Stijl’ movement, reveals his deep social commitment.

An unusual feature of this retrospective exhibition is the complete interior of a study designed by Van ’t Hoff for his home in New Milton, which was recently donated to the museum by his daughter Megan van ’t Hoff (1922-2009).  This retrospective also includes other projects that are exhibited for the first time, including a three-seat sofa (1920) and a small oak bookcase (circa 1933), which he had made for his own use. The architecture department of the TU Delft reconstructed a chair by Van ’t Hoff, the original of which, built by Rietveld in 1918, has been lost.

In addition, the museum will show the original drawings and photographs of his built oeuvre, the best known examples of which are Zomerhuis Verloop (1914-1915) and Villa Henny (the Concrete Villa, 1914-1919) and furniture, sketches for communes and rare socio-utopian documents that were in his possession.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam.

When:  April 2 – August 29 2010 (Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., The sculpture garden closes at 4.30 p.m.)

Where: Kröller-Müller Museum

Robert van 't Hoff (1887 - 1979), Villa Henny, Huis ter Heide-Bosch en Duin

Ontwerp Robert van 't Hoff, Residence New Milton with annex designed for study

Robert van 't Hoff (1887 - 1979), Interior study, own home, New Milton

WASH Away March with April’s Magical New Products

By danielle


As March comes to a close, we are looking ahead to an action-packed April.  We’re sorting through all the events now and the next issue of eSPY should be out just after the holidays. In the meantime, we’ll be previewing some of the must-attend events happening earlier in the month.  We’re starting with a seminar at AF New York, co-hosted by Metropolis Magazine.  Metropolis Editorial Director, Paul Makovsky (who just celebrated his 10-year anniversary at the magazine) and Alape Product Development & Design Manager Jurgen Kloss will present the new Betty Blue and unfold the magic behind this basin-less washstand. Designed by the uber-fashionable sieger design, you’ll quickly see what it was a crowd favorite at IMM Cologne and Cersaie.

When: April 7, 2010 from 6-8pm

Where: AF New York, 22 West 21st Street, 5th Fl, NYC


Alape's Betty Blue

Armani’s Latest Design Venture

By alexandra


Perhaps best known for his runway couture, Giorgio Armani has set out to conquer yet another area of design.  He has partnered with Spanish bathroom manufacturer Roca in creating Armani/Roca, a bathroom design concept debuting at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, April 14-19th.  While not a stranger to the home design industry – Armani’s Armani Casa venture has won over many design devotees – this will mark the designer’s first major foray into bathroom design.

Armani/Roca bathroom will consist of an entire interior design solution, including furniture, lighting, wall coverings and ceiling treatments. It will be available in select stores as early as 2011. A must see if you are Milan-bound!

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CRYSTALLIZED™ Swarovski Elements Handbag Design Contest

By hawley


Budding designers, listen up! CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements will partner with the Independent Handbag Designer Awards for a special category at their 4th annual awards. Co-hosted by Tim Gunn and InStyle, this year’s special category is dedicated to crystal innovation. And the best part? The winner will receive a crystal sponsorship and production of their bag design. The aim of “Best Use of CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements.” Is to create a design that incorporates crystals to result in a unique, luxury handbag. The five best creations will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes InStyle, Carlos Falchi, Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade New York and Lisa Smilor of the Council of Fashion Designers of America—and the final winner will be announced on June 16th.  The winning bag will be featured in several CRYSTALLIZED™ channels and communication tools in the US and internationally, a great way to gain exposure! For details and how to apply, check out the website. The deadline is April 15- so get to work!

Swarovski Elements Flat Backs Hotfix

ROCK N’ ROLL: Furniture and lighting by Diesel and Moroso and Foscarini AT THE FUTURE PERFECT

By natalie


From one of our favorite design stores in the city comes some truly cool news. The Future Perfect’s Great Jones location in lower Manhattan now carries “Successful Living”, a collection of furniture and lighting from the talented partnership of fashion label Diesel and the Italian furniture and lighting brands Moroso and Foscarini.  Moroso and Foscarini teamed up with the avant-garde fashion brand, notorious for its tongue-in-cheek advertising campaigns, to develop, in the words of Patrizia Moroso, “an interesting and alternative collection idea,” composed of two different looks, “Camp” and “Rock”.  Camp encompasses objects with a softer, more vintage aesthetic, while Rock includes such pieces as the XRadio 2 Disc low table, with the X-ray of a DJ console printed on glass in nocturnal colors ranging from electric blue to black.  With a look that screams rock n’ roll, the collection is destined to do well in a neighborhood that is considered a hallowed site in rock n’ roll history – located between Bowery and Lafayette, The Future Perfect’s Great Jones Street store is not so far away from the location of the now defunct CBGB, mecca for such groups as the Patti Smith band and the Ramones.

The collection is on view at The Future Perfect Great Jones from now to May 3, 2010.

Emerging Voices Lecture Series: molo and Tatiana Bilbao

By hawley


Not to be missed is the fourth and final evening in the 27th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring Tatiana Bilbao with Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen, the founders of molo. The award-winning design and production studio molo, based in Vancouver, Canada, is “dedicated to the research of materials and the exploration of space making”. The lecture, scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, will be discussing current work by the duo, including the Aomori Nebuta House, a museum for the Northern Japanese festival Nebuta. The museum recently won an Architectural Review Future Project Award.

Accompanying the molo founders will be Tatiana Bilbao, whose Mexico City multidisciplinary office has created many works that include the Botanical Garden Culiacan, the Centro de Artes Escenicas, Guadalajara, and the Jinhua Architecture Park in Jinhua, China. Her practice is deeply focused on analyzing urban and social crises, and she received the Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard in 2007. The lecture will be an insightful look into the work of these very innovative designers.

Email or call 212.753.1722 x13 for details.

6:45 p.m.
New Museum
235 Bowery

molo’s Aomori Nebuta House

What’s Happening at DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN?

By danielle


The proof is in the pictures….but it’s even more fun to see them in person.  There’s still plenty of opportunity:

Public Table Viewing: March 20 (10-6), March 21 (2-6). Tickets $25 (includes admission to ADHD Show)

Table Hop & Taste: March 21 (11-2). Tickets $50 (includes admission to ADHD Show)

Gala Dinner: March 22 (6:30-11) Tickets

Brad Ford

Architectural Digest, designed by Moore & Giles

JC Penny Cindy Crawford Style

Kravet Inc.

New York School of Interior Design "Cradle to Cradle"

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York Design Center "Connected," designed by Michael Tavano

David Rockwell, The Rockwell Group

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