Archive for April, 2010


By chris


KBIS 2010 may have been smaller but the products on display still underscored the fact that the industry is focused on the future and willing to to invest in eco-friendly solutions, colorful new products and professional training through the ever-active NKBA.

From luxurious showers to outdoor grills, the show was alive with innovation and excitement.  For this first-time attendee, the chance to see the latest kitchen and bath innovations put to the test was a memorable treat.

GE hosted guests with Chef Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook!

Kohler Dancers kept things lively at Kohler's massive booth

Hansgrohe Raindance Showers with Air technology attracted a crowd

Jenn-Air partnered with Ellen Cheever and Scavolini to create an inspiring contemporary casual kitchen

Cute TurboChef retro oven in orange

CEU course in progress at Kraft Maid

Kenyon Custom Heating Things Up with their All Seasons Grill


By natalie


Last week we caught up with the lovely people at the Lalique, Haviland, and Daum NY showroom for a special preview of Lalique’s new fall collection, Hommage  A Rene Lalique – commemorating the 150th anniversary the brand’s eponymous designer by releasing some of his original designs. It was hard to believe we were in the center of Madison Square Park, when we were given Parisian treatment with champagne and truffles – and when a tour of the showroom revealed innumerable treasures crafted in the unmistakable aesthetic of Lalique. Among these classics was the Red Serpent Vase – a ruby-colored jewel of a vase shaped in the coiling form of a viper. An original recently sold at auction in London for around $40,000 – the new release will retail for considerably less to the discerning collector. We were also pleased to see the brand introduce some new interior design items to the mix as well.  The beautiful Perles mirror, which comes in three different sizes, could transform any home into a palatial setting worthy of Versailles. Last but not least, the brand is currently working on a set of dinner plates called the Anemone collection.  The set, now in prototyping, comes in both gray ombre and an off-white color, and each plate has a detachable floral emblem which can double as a holder for utensils.

Anemone plate

Anemone plate by Lalique

Perles Mirror

Perles mirror by Lalique


Mirror detail


By natalie


Listen up architects and designers…April 30th is your last day to win a vacation to a contemporary architectural capital of your choosing! To be precise, the deadline to submit your project to Fincibec Group’s Quinquennial Tile Award is coming up soon.  The criteria for entry consists of projects completed between 2005 and 2009 using ceramic tile by Naxos, Century, and Monocibec. Submitted projects can fall in any of three categories:  residential, public, and industry/commerce. Projects can be proposed by architects, designers, interior designers, surveyors, technical agencies, professional architecture or design agencies, as well as by “project creators without qualification” –those realizing projects in their own home or working place.  For more information and to submit an application, click here.

The Quinquennial Tile Award, deadline for submission April 30


By eva


My recent hiatus as a calendar girl has been due to my new role as a South American adventurer as I currently study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Buenos Aires is a city filled with great people, fashion, food (when they say the have the best steak they mean it), architecture and art. While exploring the cobblestone streets and grand avenues that make up this city I kept noticing surges of color. Big bold splashes of paint that made up vibrant murals on everything from a bus stop to the side of an apartment building. It turns out I’m not the only person who has noticed the phenomenon of street art which is turning Buenos Aires into a walking gallery. Graffiti Mundo is a 2 1/2 hour twice-weekly walking tour of Buenos Aires street art. The tour teaches you the style and technique of the different artists as well as the reasons behind their work. Sharing the stories of the men and women who create these public works of the art, the tour is a must for anyone traveling to Buenos Aires. As a bonus, a local artist will accompany you on the tour and if you’re lucky (as I was) a sudden surge of inspiration may hit and an impromptu stencil of a zebra might just get sprayed onto what was once a barren wall.


By natalie


Attention all architects and designers, there is a way to earn your AIA CEU credit quicker than you can say ole, all while listening in on an informative lecture series and eating tapas. Hastings Tile & Bath will host an afternoon and evening AIA CEU program on ceramic tile in their showroom located in New York’s A&D Building, with a Spanish luncheon and tapas provided by their neighbors, Eggersmann Kitchens and the GE Monogram Design Center. The topic for the day is “Industry, Art, and Architecture,” consisting of two sessions that discuss the evolution of the ceramic tile industry and hosted by industry expert Patti Fasan. We can’t think of a better way to learn about tile…

WHERE: Hastings Tile & Bath, A & D Building, 150 E. 58th Street, NYC

WHEN: Wednesday, April, 21; Session 1 at 12:00PM, Session 2 at 5:30PM

TO RSVP: contact Kevin Mashia at Hastings Tile & Bath,

Inside the Swarovski Crystal Palace

By danielle


It’s hard not to be impressed during Salone.  And it’s even harder to assign accolades to the prototypes and products that are presented throughout Milan this week, because, quite frankly, they are all darn great.  Even our staff at Design-Calendar cannot wait to see which standouts our guest blogger Sherri Donghia selects from the fair and its surrounding hot spots.  I’m pretty sure the Swarovski Crystal Palace, an incubator for cutting edge design, will make her list.  The 2010 edition launched new works by five international designers in a ground-breaking exhibition that takes visitors on an experiential journey. Swarovski Crystal Palace commissioned five international designers to interpret the beauty of Swarovski crystal and incorporate their vision into a piece of design. Tokujin Yoshioka from Tokyo, French-born, Tokyo-based Gwenaël Nicolas, Belgian architect Vincent van Duysen, Dutch architectural lighting designer Rogier van der Heide and Swiss-born, San-Francisco-based designer Yves Béhar each created strikingly different concepts. Take a look at their work and see who was there to celebrate in this inspirational display of sculptural pieces, art objects, and works which had a decidedly architectural quality.

STELLAR by Tokujin Yoshioka, an installation which consists of a 1 metre diameter globe encrusted with 10,000 Swarovski crystals and lit from within by 600 LEDs. An accompanying piece features another globe suspended in a vast tank of water, on which crystals grew naturally.

SPARKS by Gwenaël Nicolas, which consists of two separate designs. The first - large, floating, transparent balloons filled with helium with floating small crystal sculptures lit by a battery powered LED inside. The second - a 10m long string of crystals incorporating LED lighting that was programmed to set off more ‘sparks’ which jumped along the length of the rope.

FROST by Vincent Van Duysen, a highly versatile glowing ‘beam’ encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

DREAM CLOUD by Rogier van der Heide, an interpretation of the crystals’ purest, most intrisic features: how they spark our imagination. The installation relied on the beauty of the crystals and had the magic of the Northern Lights.

AMPLIFY by Yves Béhar, a beautiful, yet surprisingly affordable lighting arrangement which consists of a series of deceptively simple "paper lanterns" shaped like crystals, within which light was refracted from a real crystal, casting its pattern on the surface of the paper.

ARCHIVE ROOM, The final room culminated in some of the best work created for Swarovski Crystal Palace over the last 8 years.

The who’s who of the design world came to have a look.

Nadja Swarovski, Alexander von Vegesack, Alice Rawthorne, Rogier van der Heide

Patricia Urquiola and Nina Yashar

Alice Rawthorne and Stefano Tonchi

The Calendar Girls Guide to the Salone del Mobile 2010

By natalie


Each year, the Salone del Mobile, Milan’s 5-day event dedicated to global furniture and interior design, turns the city renowned for its distinct brand of industrial chic into a moveable feast of design. The Salone consistently showcases the most cutting-edge products and names on the design radar – and this year, the lineup at the fair’s site, the Fiera Milano Nuovo Polo, and beyond promises nothing less than a repeat performance.

Together with the assistance of our calendar girls in Italy, we’ve rounded up a sampling of some of the coolest events, parties, and openings going on in the fairgrounds and around the city, organized by date. We’ve put Milan – and the Salone – in your fingertips. Molto convenient, no?

If you won’t be making it to Milan for the fair this year, check out Design-Calendar for a full review of the Salone del Mobile 2010 by our special guest blogger — design diva and perennial Salone attendee Sherri Donghia. This post was reprinted from our free monthly newsletter E-SPY. To receive E-SPY, click here.


Audi debuts in Milan with Moritz Waldemeyer
WHEN: April 13, 2010 at 8:00PM
WHERE: Ermenegildo Zegna, via Savona 56 A

Smart-ologic Corian Living
WHEN: April 13, 2010 from 6:30–11:00PM
WHERE: Via San Nicolao 4
WHAT: A smart, sustainable home with DuPontTM Corian® by Karim Rashid

SICIS Next Art: Opening Cocktail
WHEN: April 14, 2010 from 6:00–8:00PM
WHERE: Fiera Milano Nuovo Polo Pad. 12, Stand B07

Ora-ito Cocktail Party
WHEN: April 15, 2010 at 7:00PM
WHERE: Magna Pars, via Tortona

A Conversation on Sustainable Aesthetic
with Marco Ferreri

WHEN: April 16, 2010 at 6:30PM
WHERE: The Triennale Book Store,
Viale Alemagna 6
WHAT: A discussion of sustainable beauty as interpreted by designers for Regenesi, the Italian design firm that creates products from post-consumer recycled materials.

WHEN: April16, 2010 at 6:30PM
WHERE: Corso Garibaldi 73

Temporary Design Store
WHEN: April 16, 2010 at 6:30PM
WHERE: Corso Garibaldi, 44
WHAT: Pandora Design, Lorenz, Il Coccio Design Edition, Galbiati, TobeUs


Public Design Festival
WHEN: April 13–18, 2010
WHERE: Porta Genova Square | Via Vigevano
WHAT: A showcase of ideas and projects that will transform the way we think of public spaces

WHEN: April 13–19, 2010
WHERE: Università Statale di Milano
WHAT: Architect Paolo Caputo will launch “JUST HOME GLASS”, his eco-sustainable house designed entirely out of glass, part art installation, part functional dwelling.

Flower Power – BIO’ Fireplace
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: Via Tortona 16
WHAT: The first BIO fireplaces series in DuPontTM Corian® designed by Matteo Ragni.

Triennale di Milano, “Comparativo in Triennale”
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: Viale Alemagna 6
WHAT: The Triennale Design Museum’s own exhibit space created by architect Matteo Ragni will host exhibits and events on three levels, including Ceramic Tiles of Italy Playground, Swarovski Elements at Work, Colonna di Cartier, and Conde Nast’s AD for “Tuscany at Home”. In addition, The Triennale Design Museum will be open extended hours during the Salone, until 10 pm. Check out the museum’s current exhibitions, Roy Lichtenstein:Meditations on Art and Quali cose siamo on a specially-priced ticket of only 11 euros.

Tuttobene Milan 2010
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: Via Savona 18
WHAT: An exhibition of sustainable Dutch design, featuring a young crop of cutting-edge designers. A must-see. Includes Marianne Kemp’s “Horsehairweaving”, Marjan van Aubel’s “Foam”, and Bo Reudle’s “Haute Bamboo”.

WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: Various locations
WHAT: 3 Projects in 3 different locations on via Tortona, curated by Giulio Capellini as part of Fuori Salone: Temporary Museum for New Design, via Tortona 27; Innovation/Imagination – Face to Superstudio Più, via Tortona 54; and Home and Spa Design – Superstudio 13, via Forcella 13/via Bugatti 10.

Smart-ologic Corian Living
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: The Corian Design Store, via San Nicolao 4
WHAT: Karim Rashid, with the participation of DuPont, premiers his sustainable home. Designed completely in Corian. We foresee a lot of pink.

Lea Ceramiche
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: 3 Via Durini
WHAT: Scenario 01 and 02 – The Italian ceramic tile manufacturer will be launching its new partnership with French designer Patrick Norguet. Diego Grandi will transform the showroom into a Literary Café.

Cerruti Balero
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: 8 Via felice cavallotti
WHAT: The Milan showroom will participate in the Salone by premiering new releases, including edizioni, a collection that features two pieces by avant-garde Belgian fashion house Maison Martin Margiela.

Marcarchstudio, “deSignum_Designum”
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: Viale Siemens 24
WHAT: A project by architect Marco Fumagalli and Designum

Wallpaper Factory, event at Jannelli&Volpi
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: Via Melzo 7
WHAT: Featuring designer and art director Markus Benesch.

DOCVA presents Giovanni Levanti
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: via Procaccini 4
WHAT: An exhibition of works by Giovanni Levanti curated by Beppe Finessi.

Faculty of Design and Art, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: Via Canova 34
WHAT: Graduate Joachim Falser premiers his DEM, “Dream Excursion Module”, as part of the Eventi Fuori Salone. From 10:00AM – 9:00PM.

Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
WHEN: April 14–19, 2010
WHERE: Zona Tortona (Studio IROKO, Via Voghera 11b)


By natalie


We were thrilled to count ourselves among the well-heeled “guests” at Tuesday’s event at the NYDC, “Check-in to 200 Lex,” an informational session co-hosted by the notable design building and Interior Design magazine. The event gathered some of the top names and faces in the hospitality design world together in the same place for an evening filled with intriguing panels and seminars. Representing one of the night’s many highlights, William Paley of Tony Chi and Associates gave a presentation on the world-renowned interior design firm’s partnership with the Italian furniture brand Giorgetti for their current project, the Park Hyatt Moscow.

Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design magazine, Cindy Allen, design ambassador of the evening

William Paley of Tony Chi and Associates

Spring Sample Sales

By danielle


Design centers, showrooms and retailers across the country are doing some spring cleaning.  That means, we get to take advantage of lots of great sample sales. Check out the newest sales added to Design-Calendar.

We love Moroso in the Springtime

By danielle


Late last week we, as well as a few hundred modern design lovers, stopped by Moroso for a look at their newest pieces, now available to the American market. The showroom, which connects with Moss, is a major player on the design scene and offers new lines from a number of top industry names including Tokujin Yoshioka, Patricia Urquiola and Rajiv Saini. Some of our favorite new products include Dew, a round water-drop-shapped ottoman, designed by Nendo; Paper Cloud, Tokujin Yoshioka’s single, double or triple-seat upholstered in a paper-inspired textile; and Helix, a petite armchair with an organic structure inspired by a snail. Take a look…see what you think.

Dew in Black and White

Paper Cloud

Helix, designed by Linko

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