Archive for June, 2010

Interior Design & Davis and Warshow Host “Seen & Heard @K/BIS 2010”

By alexandra

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Last night we headed over to Davis and Warshow for Interior Design’s presentation on the 2010 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.  Senior editors Mark McMenamin and Deborah Wilk created a comprehensive and lively presentation outlining the top trends.  With wit and editorial expertise, the duo entertained while they informed.

They cleverly paralleled the latest trends seen on the catwalks in Paris and Rome with those seen in Chicago at KBIS.

Thematics they pulled included “Clean Energy,” for which they compared Hansgrohe’s chrome and white PuraVida collection with Calvin Klein’s chic minimalist creations.  For their trend entitled “Pastoral Interludes,” they juxtaposed Maax’s Expose bath suite with Alberta Ferretti’s sleek amber-colored florals.

It was a great event and we left well informed on the latest in both kitchen & bath and fashion.

Senior editor Deb WIlk at the helm

The Maax Expose Bath Suite

A look from Alberta Ferretti

FirstWednesdays: London’s Afterhours Cultural Fix of Art, Design, Fashion & Food

By nancy

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Art enthusiasts, fashion lovers and anyone else who suffers from midweek blues, should plan to be in London soaking up bohemian charm at a FirstWednesdays event. This new initiative in Notting Hill, West London’s creative hub, was launched in May 2010 by Samir Ceric of Salon Contemporary and Deborah Spencer of Wolf&Badger PR. It is held on the first Wednesday of each month  at some of the area’s most exciting art galleries, design shops, studios, fashion boutiques, restaurants and bars, who all come together for a series of late night openings and special events, with most everyone offering exclusive discounts.

The next FirstWednesdays event will take place on Wednesday July 7, from 6pm – 9 pm. This month’s highlights include; a talk from Ben Buchanan about his experiences as in-house photographer at Manhattan’s Area night club during the Warhol era, curator Yvonna Dempczynska’s discussion at Flow Contemporary, and the opportunity to meet current director Claire, great-granddaughter of Oliver Goldsmith, at the chic eyewear boutique. All participating venues will be open until 9pm, with an after-party at the recently re-launched Lonsdale cocktail bar, where free drinks will be offered to flyer holders and the semi-final World Cup game will be screened. Bohemian bistro Bloody French will offer a special FirstWednesdays deal to diners

Click here for more information and full listings.

Our Cities Ourselves

By nina

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The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) asked ten leading architecture firms to envision ten of the world’s most exciting cities in 2030. What do all of these cities have in common? They have the potential to be leaders within urban planning, revolutionizing how public transportation, cars and pedestrians interact, all while utilizing space to its maximum capacity. Most of the cities are in developing nations, such as Dar es Salaam, Ahmedabad, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro, giving them the advantage of learning from the trials and tribulations of further developed cities, and leapfrogging past mistakes. These cities will also experience the highest population growth over the next 20 years, making transformation extremely necessary to accommodate the expansion. Architects participating in the exhibit include Adjaye Associates, Terreform and Michael Sorkin Studio, Fábrica Arquitetura and CAMPO aud, Urbanus Architecture & Design and PALO Arquitectura Urbana. The show is at The Center for Architecture in New York, until September 11th, AIA’s New York center. Following, the exhibition will most likely go on a world tour after, giving many more people the opportunity to learn what can be done with our cities when we design them ourselves. The combinations of these exceptional architects with diverse and spreading cities will surely make for revolutionary visions.

Considering over 60 percent of the world’s population living in cities by 2030, the American Institute for Architecture’s (AIA) 2011 National Convention has been given the title Regional Design Revolution: Ecology Matters. The convention will explore how economic, cultural, social and environmental elements must combine in communities, and how sustainability is central to achieving this. Submissions on urban planning and design presentations for the convention are due by July 1st.

Herman Miller Takes Home At IDEA

By nina

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As they have for the past five years, Herman Miller was among the top winners at the 2010 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). The awards program, which is in its 30th year, recognizes excellent design in several categories, such as products, ecodesign, packaging and interactive design. In the last 5 years the American manufacturer has taken home a total of 8 awards. Of the 1900 products submitted this year, Herman Miller’s Ardea and Twist LED lights were chosen, both receiving two honors. The Ardea light is inspired by the heron bird, with a neck that makes it possible to direct light in any direction. Twist LED is an incredibly sustainable light as it uses less material for construction and packaging and less energy than most other undershelf lights without sacrificing great design. It is great to see a company that works so hard for a sustainable world receive these fantastic honors, showing that we truly are moving towards a greener future.

Ardea Light

“The Queen of Kaftans” Takes on Rugs

By nina

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Allegra Hicks has recently joined the list of noteworthy designers to design a collection for The Rug Company. “The Queen of Kaftans” has taken the eclectic, sophisticated and Middle East inspired patterns she is known for and applied them to a gorgeous series of rugs. The rugs are in natural shades with organic patterns, and they encompass the luxury we have come to expect and appreciate from everything Allegra Hicks. Diane Von Furstenberg, Marni and Tom Dixon are among other renowned names that have designed for The Rug Company, all bringing their exclusive styles to the world of rugs and into many homes. Quality lies at the heart of every rug The Rug Company produces, with every single piece being handmade by the best craftsmen in Nepal, supporting the local economy while holding high standards both environmentally and ethically. Take a look at this fascinating video that shows the intricate and exciting process of traditional rug making.

Tivoli’s Global Design Challenge

By nina

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In conjunction with Tivoli Audio’s 10th Anniversary they are hosting the Global Design Challenge. Designers, illustrators and photographers are invited to design a poster using their medium of choice and enter to win three cash prizes. The first place poster will also be on a billboard in Times Square and be seen my millions. These exclusive table radios, which hold sophisticated and modern design to high esteem, are sure to encourage some unique posters that evoke the exquisiteness of the radios. For more information visit Tivoli Audio or Designboom.com. If you are enthused by Tivoli then pick up a pen, some paintbrushes or open up Photoshop and put together a poster that includes the new Tivoli Audio model 10 and the Tivoli Audio logo that shows just how you are inspired! And for those of us that are not quite as creative keep an eye out for the winning poster in Times Square.

Tivoli Audio Limited Edition 10th Anniversary Radio

Brilliant Brooklyn Boys

By nina

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Brooklyn has always been known for chutzpah, but two-month-old Pigeontail Design seems to be taking precociousness to a whole new level. Over burritos in their neighborhood one day, William, an architect; Michal, a metal sculptor; and David, an expert in branding and marketing, decided that merging their skill sets would produce exceptionally inventive modern furniture. With only four products currently available, two chairs and two coffee tables,  Pigeontail Design has won first place in the prestigious Design Within Reach 2010 Modern+Design+Function competition for one of them. Their award-winning Papervore coffee table includes a built in manual paper shredder that turns your junk mail into a display under the table. As Kermit the Frog may have said…it’s fun to be green! This approach to modern, elegant, and decidedly approachable furniture is an example of a brilliant idea hatched in a humble place. Stay tuned for the lamp and ottoman which will be introduced shortly.

The Papervore coffee table

How it all gets done.

Don’t miss the final day of Maison France

By ariel

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Today’s the last day to experience Maison France–the French design expo that will be the final event held inside the Felissimo Design House. We are sad to see the famed venue close its doors after the event comes to an end.

The unique exhibit is hosted by UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission located in NYC. Head to 10 West 56th Street between 5th and 6th Ave. today anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see 30 design companies who are making their first U.S. debut. You definitely won’t want to miss it!

Kennedy Green House

By nina

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On Tuesday June 15th, 7W New York invited us to one of their designer talks, this time featuring nationally renowned eco-healthy designer Robin Wilson. She’s got a slew of notable projects under her belt including Good Housekeeping’s LEED certified house (2008) and Esquire’s Ultimate Bachelor Apartment (2007) AND has appeared on CBS, ABC, CNN and HGTV. When we heard she was going to be the speaker, we knew we were in for a real treat. Robin started off by introducing some of her local work, such as a low budget renovation of a Manhattan apartment, proving that green can be reasonable.  She then went on to describe her foundation-to-the-furniture approach to design, explaining that with all her projects she takes a hands on approach from the very start until the last candlestick has been placed on the dinner table. Her signature style combines contemporary city living with more classic designs influenced by her childhood in Austin, TX.

After this brief introduction Robin moved on to the reason we were all there, her new book “the Kennedy Green House.” Starting in 2008 Robin worked on rebuilding Bobby and Mary Kennedy’s home into a LEED certified home after black mold attacked the entire house. To meet the Gold LEED status requirements the house had to use maximum energy and water efficiency and include the latest in green technologies, products and furniture. The Kennedy’s goal was to extend their own environmental commitments into their home, as well as inspire others to follow suit. Beyond the obvious green choices such as LED lighting and eco-friendly faucets, showers and toilets, Robin enlightened us on a whole array of other green options. In the foyer an eight-foot long church pew was used, costing only $250, rather than designing a custom made bench. Mrs. Kennedy rescued a marble countertop through Green Demolitions, and other counter tops are made from Paper Stone, made from 100% post-consumer paper products.

It is said that the Kennedy’s “live under the roof of a mental institution,” and this is in fact true, the roof tiles on the house are recycled from an old institution. With unique ideas like these it is no wonder Robin was named 56 by the New York Post on their list of New York’s most successful women, yet she remains humble stating, “my team is my reason for success.”

Su Hilty of 7W with Robin Wilson

What We’re “Seeing”

By danielle

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It seems as though everyone is receiving their copy of ARRAY this week.  When my fiance read the fall forecast, he teased me and said it sounded like I was looking into a crystal ball, “I see [insert trend here] in your future!”  While I may not be the “Miss Cleo” of the design industry, here are some product images to highlight the trends we’ve seen at some recent trade shows and events…

WOMAN IN THE NEWS:                      

The work of Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola can be found in just about every pub these days. Besides being a wife & mom, she designs products for Mutina, AXOR, B&B Italia, Kartell, Moroso...the list goes on and on.

PRACTICAL DESIGN:                                                              

Walter Knoll's Living Landscape, designed by EOOS and available at M2L. It's a modular seating unit that caters to different modes of communication and interaction. The integrated shelves are my favorite part!

Just a light touch of the hand turns the corner segments 90° and the chaise lounges 180°.


FASHION + DESIGN:

Oscar de la Renta's Home Collection showcased in the Century showroom of the NYDC (suite 200).

 

Ralph Lauren Home for Kravet

Diesel with Foscarini


In addition, color, patterns and textures, like those found in Creations Metaphores new intros, mirror those found on the runway.

OUTDOOR OASIS:                                                 
Outdoor living from GRANGE (Suite 201, NYDC)

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