Archive for May, 2010

Trends from ICFF 2010

By natalie


We took you behind-the-scenes during ICFF’s hottest parties and events. Now we’re bringing you the  trends we noticed straight off the showroom floor…

DANIELLE: “Hands-on! The New Way to Display!”

I’ve walked the aisles of lots of trade shows lately and love to see how companies are reinventing the traditional 10′ x 10′ booth experience.  ICFF certainly did not disappoint. I saw a number of unusual and intriguing displays.  While I could go on forever, these two exhibits were just as well thought out as the products they were introducing. Talk about production process, we got to watch as DIYers read through the instructions and pieced together Tom Dixon’s new Etch lamp. As someone who is about to move into a new apartment, I just love the simplicity and compactness of the packaging and the “wow effect” the lamp creates when it all comes together (not to mention the fact that you could buy it off the show floor!)  Speaking of moving and interactive exhibits, the Valspar booth totally grabbed my attention. I saw three painters transform the wall from “Playful Petal” to “Beach Sparkle” using one coat of paint from Valspar’s new Hi-Def Advanced Color System (which, in case you’re wondering, is available at Lowes!)  I also walked away with a sample and paint brush so I can try it at home.

DIY fever at Tom Dixon

At Valspar, painting a wall never looked so good...

ALEXANDRA: “High Tech Luxe”

The Design Deutschland booth was a great resource for this trend as it was all about luxury. The space was replete with stunning design and decadent objects – all produced with cutting-edge German know-how. Straight out of Stuttgart, Mercedes-Benz dazzled us with their latest creation, the SLS AMG. Boasting a carbon-fiber-laced interior and racy gull wing doors, this auto isn’t just for show — it can rev from 0 to 60 mph in a reported 3.7 seconds.

The decadence didn’t end there. While munching on the delicious Bavarian pretzels the booth had on offer, we spotted a gorgeous hand shower. With a sleek white and  chrome dual-finish, Hansgrohe’s PuraVida 150 AIR hand shower was a shining example of fresh design combined with top-notch German engineering. Its generously proportioned face resembles a chic hand mirror on one side. On the other, a proliferation of rubber nozzles deliver Hansgrohe’s proprietary AIR technology. This innovation blends air bubbles with the water stream in a 3:1 ratio, creating a softer and more relaxing shower. Native to Schiltach in the Black Forest, Hansgrohe also suited this model up with 5 pampering spray modes that change via an “EasyClick™” spray selector.

Mercedes-Benz's SLS AMG

Hansgrohe's PuraVida 150 AIR hand shower

NATALIE: “Design Classics with a Twist”

“Designer collaborations” have become such a common part of the design industry that they are practically a show standard. Having said that, I really liked seeing the firms and companies who took design classics and interpreted them in different, unexpected ways. Among my favorites this year was Artek’s booth, with their DRESS THE CHAIR! campaign in full swing — the company enlisted famed textile designer Michael Maharam to collaborate in a project to cover the Armchair 400, originally designed by Aalvar Aalto. The result — three gorgeous, individual “tanks”, as the chairs are affectionately known, one with embroidery by Sabine Steinmar, one with custom hand-felted wool by Claudy Jongstra, and one cloaked in Maharam’s signature brushed Merino felt. The furniture itself becomes a premise for exhibition, and this aspect of Artek’s mission really fascinates me.  I was also delighted to see Bardelli’s homage to Fornasetti at the Ceramic Tiles of Italy booth. The iconic face of the Fornasetti woman can now be found on the company’s “Fornasettiana” tiles, perfect for those of us who’d mount the “tema e variazioni” plates on the wall as opposed to using them for more utilitarian purposes!

Aalvar Aalto’s The Armchair 400 by Maharam, with embroidery by Sabine Steinmar

Fornasetti Tiles at Bardelli

Royal Botania Makes WAVEs in Meatpacking

By danielle


Did you Catch the WAVE at Meatpacking last weekend? After month-long stints at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach, Florida and the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, Royal Botania’s WAVE made its New York debut on May 14 in front of Spice Market Square.  Measuring  12 ft x 9.5 ft x 8ft, yet standing on a single point, this larger-than-life hammock attracted lots of attention all weekend long. It was a design celebrity! If you missed it, check out the glam shots.

The Product: Designed by Erik Nyberg & Gustav Ström, the WAVE consists of electro-polished stainless steel and mesh.

The Installation: Francis D’Haene, founder of d’apostrophe design, was commissioned to create this oscar-worthy exhibit in the heart of the Meatpacking District.

Major Eggcitement at ABC Carpet & Home

By nina


The egg has symbolized many things, from fertility to a bizarre fascination of Sigmund Freud’s, and on to inspire Arne Jacobsen’s legendary Egg chair. Recently it drew the attention of renowned Israeli artist Tal R in his tribute to Arne Jacobsen’s iconic designs. Tal R has used fabrics from all over the world to piece together these patchwork eggs and he has given them names from Freud’s writings. The exhibition is at ABC Carpet & Home here in New York until May 31st. To add to the worldliness of the eggs they have already stopped by Milan, Brisbane, Seoul, Tokyo, Helsinki, Oslo, Paris, along with many other design capitals. Pop in to experience the uniqueness of each and every egg and be sure to sneak in some browsing time at ABC Carpet & Home.

iGuzzini illuminazione Opens its First US Showroom Today

By danielle


In today’s news, iGuzzini, the Italian lighting star, opened its first US showroom in New York City. This leading manufacturer of high-end architectural lighting will now call 60 Madison Ave home. The showroom is a place where clients can experience the company’s extensive catalog of lighting products, developed together with world renowned architects and lighting designers , while receiving top-level sales assistance and technical support. Like all iGuzzini showrooms worldwide, the NYC space features a LIGHTING LABORATORY for light technology testing and simulations, where various reproductions of typical lighting situations can be produced. It will also be a place for events and initiatives that raise awareness of lighting issues in the community.  We’re looking forward to adding them to our event’s calendar.

The Sicis and New York Spaces ICFF Bash

By nina


May 17 – SoHO Night of ICFF. Design-Calendar was lucky enough to swipe an invite to a fabulous party hosted by New York Spaces and Sicis. We popped in for a drink and some dancing.  It was the ultimate design scene…. with more than 300 people weaving through the gorgeous four story Sicis Showroom on 470 Broome street. Beautiful tile mosaics surrounded the beautiful crowd as they sipped cocktails and mingled with fellow attendees, fans and customers. To add to the theatrics, our hosts for the evening raffled off three tickets for off-Broadway shows. It was clear from the sounds of laughter and clinking glasses between enthusiastic conversation that it was a fun-filled night for all. The party definitely measured up to the high standards of design set by the ICFF and we can’t wait for the next one!

In the munNY at the Ace Hotel

By kristin


Between the first day of ICFF, the MoMA Opening Party and SoHo madness, Saturday was a complete tour de force. But for those who had never seen the new Ace Hotel or still had an ounce of energy left, the muNY exhibit was a must – with a waiting line to prove it. New York-based designers including Tobias Wong, Lindsey Adelman and Jeff Miller (to name a few) created their own interpretation of Kidrobot’s iconic Munny figurine with proceeds from a silent auction donated to the Robin Hood Foundation. My favorite by far was the Munny who was beaten up and missing an arm but still wearing an “I Love NY” pin. Oh how true.

Outside the Ace Hotel

Munny by Dror Benshetrit

Munny by Karim Rashid

Ice cold Munny


By kristin


Although it’s unclear when New York Design Week officially starts and stops, we headed downtown on Thursday night to witness the early frenzy of design events and launch parties in our fair city. Our first stop was Blu Dot for the IDNY Meetup where Dror Benshetrit (founder of the multi-disciplinary design studio Dror) and Steven Haulenbeek (founder of Chicago-based studio Steven Haulenbeek Design Concepts) delivered a few inspiring words to a packed house.

Meanwhile, just up the street, our friends at NYC-based furniture company Shimna were showing off distinct new pieces in their Lafayette Street showroom – accented by lighting fixtures from cplighting.

Timothy Aaron Huston of Shimna

Aaron with Shimna's BEAM dining table and cplighting's newGROWTH chandelier

More Good Times at the MoMA

By danielle


Thanks to Valspar, we (and a few hundred design enthusiasts) painted the town red Saturday night. The Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art was the place to be on opening night of ICFF.  We sipped champagne (actually it was more like a mimosa with an extra splash of white cranberry) and snapped photos of our friends in action.

Cheers to our hosts: Valspar's Susanne Champ, director of marketing, and Elizabeth Mackey, senior brand manager.

Elisa Bellucci of Lea North America, Nigel Maynard of Residential Architect and Alexandra Zwicky of Novita Communications

Alana Moskowitz of NYDC, me, Leah Blank of NYDC and Angela Jett of Veranda

This was the scene, everywhere you looked!

“Looming” on the Horizon: Two New York Textile Events not to miss

By natalie


With the madness of ICFF dying down and the New York design scene recalibrating, it’s time to usher in summer in the city that never sleeps. High on our calendar is news we’ve received from our friends in the artisanal textile trade, D. Bryant Archie Textiles and Kea Carpets and Kilims. Be sure to check them both out, and stay posted to Design-Calendar for more news from ICFF and Salone del Mobile….

D. Bryant Archie Textiles

Our friends at this luxurious atelier specializing in hand-loomed blankets and throws have announced the opening of their NY showroom, located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Be sure to stop by for an indulgence in textiles inspired by Navajo, Persian, and North African weaving traditions. Best of all, each piece helps support the Peruvian artisans who made it and was created using an environmentally friendly process.

D. Bryant Archie Textiles, located on 28 West 27th Street, suite #400, New York. Open 10am – 5pm Mon-Fri, and by appointment. (646) 593-7902/(718) 857-0523.;

One of our favorites, the Khotan throw, is inspired by the colors of a Persian painting.

Kea Carpets and Kilims

This bazaar for textiles and carpets both amassed from owner Susan Gomersall’s 30+ years of world travel and designed in-house, will celebrate its upcoming exhibition of Moroccan Boucherouite “rag” rugs, “The Untrained Eye,” with an opening party this Saturday afternoon. The exhibition aims to discuss the social issues which caused Moroccan women in the 1960’s to incorporate scraps from old clothing, cotton, synthetic fibers, nylon, and even plastics, into a primarily wool- weaving tradition. Be prepared to be blown away by the beauty and color patterns of the pieces on display, such as the image below, which remind us of Ghanaian artist El-Anatsui’s vibrant tapestries made from salvaged bottle caps.

“The Untrained Eye,” Moroccan freeform, vintage “rag rugs” from the collections of Kea Carpets and Kilims, Brooklyn, NY and Alberto Levi Gallery, Milan, Italy. Opening party, Saturday, May 22, 4 – 8pm. 447 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Gallery hours, Tues – Sat 12 – 7pm; Sun 1 – 6pm. (718) 222-8087.


By kristin


Living in Brooklyn with a DIY-er who can always be found with a bracket wrench and cork tape on any given weekend, I couldn’t resist the invitation to attend the grand opening of the Bespoke Bicycle Exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design on Wednesday night. Everyone from Yves Behar to Holly Hotchner was there, admiring the collection of handbuilt bicycles curated by lifelong collector Michael Maharam (of the renowned textile company Maharam). The exhibit will run until mid-August 2010 and showcases the work of six internationally renowned bicycle builders including: Mike Flanigan; Jeff Jones; Dario Pegoretti; Richard Sachs, J. Peter Weigle and Sacha White.

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