Archive for July, 2010

An Evening of Art, Craft & Design

By danielle


We love to discover a hidden gem and the American Folk Art Museum is just that to many of us. While it opened in 2001, it doesn’t seem to get the same attention as its W 53rd St neighbor, the Museum of Modern Art. But, this 30,000 square foot structure designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, LLP deserves to be in the limelight. It’s a great place to host an event or stroll through on a Saturday afternoon.

Last night, I had the honor of joining one of my favorite designers Michael Aram and craft & design expert /Rachael Ray’s Content Buddy Evette Rios for an after-hours tour to celebrate the convergence of art, craft & design and DIFFA‘s 25 years of service in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Among the large crowd, the D-C lens spotted a few of our close friends and managed to snap a shot of our gracious hosts.

The dynamic duo and our hosts for the evening: Michael Aram and Evette Rios.

Three's Company: Troy Hanson, Megan Reilly and Sheila Charton...( you know what the MMPI team does at night!)

A Fab Four: Alana Moskowitz, NYDC; Leah Blank, NYDC; Zoe Settle, Town & Country; Kristen Knisley, LaForce + Stevens

Hundreds filled the room, which made for a celebratory and festive event.

Allmilmo Opens @ DCOTA

By danielle


Allmilmo USA Corporation, the first established European cabinet manufacturer in the United States, is heading South. They’ve elected Michael Garofalo to represent Allmilmo’s high-end line of cabinetry in Florida. The newly exclusive remodeled showroom, located at the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), will service the southeast corridor with the latest in kitchen and bath design.

Allmilmo’s opening celebration is scheduled for July 29th during a building-wide open house at DCOTA called, “Design of Entertaining.”  The showroom is located on the third floor of the DCOTA ‘C’ Building (Suite C-362).  Check it out over lunch…we heard that Jouvens Jean from SAWA Restaurant will be preparing a falafel and truffle tahini dish from 12 until 1pm!

And this is just the beginning…the official opening celebration will be held this Fall…more details to come!

The A-List: Amanda Smith Caterers (Part 2)

By danielle


Earlier this month, we blogged about Amanda Smith Caterers and the picnic baskets that she was making for the New York Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Park series.  Then we got to taste the food! Can I just cut right to it and say that I am still dreaming of the mouth-watering herb crusted filet mignon. It’s one thing to make a good sizzling steak…its another thing to prepare a delicious piece of meat for a picnic. In addition to our perfectly seasoned and tender filet, our basket included green beans with caesar vinaigrette; grilled corn, tomato and basil salad and garlic rosemary roasted potatoes with individually wrapped peach and strawberry crumble and devils food cake with chocolate glaze for dessert. I give her an A for taste and presentation.  She thought of everything – from cups made of corn to a tea light candle!  We snapped some photos and asked Amanda to tell us a bit more about herself, her inspirations and her approach to catering…

We love your commitment to fresh ingredients and how you combine the flavors of New York with the spirit of Mexico.  Can you tell us more about your inspirations and how your background helped shape your cooking style?

I grew up in Mexico where fresh fruit and vegetables are so abundant. Plus, there is a multitude of spices, chilies and flavors.  So I guess you say that was my start. As a young girl, I had the opportunity to come to New York and was exposed to cuisines from all over the world, which was naturally a plus.  Finally, and most importantly I think, I started traveling when I was a teenager. That was really what opened my senses, my intrigue to food and the many ways to prepare it.

When and how did the “good food in a basket” idea originate? What do you find to be the most rewarding/challenging part of this area of expertise?

The idea of doing the picnics in the park came to me one day when I was running around the reservoir.  I had just returned from France where I spent much of my time visiting London – where parks are huge and there are many outdoor events – and I realized that nobody had ever offered picnics for the free concerts in the parks.  So I pursued that idea.  That was in 2001.

Congratulations on being selected as the caterer of the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks series. Can you tell us about this experience?

Being selected to make the picnic baskets for the New York Philharmonic was an enormous coup as I have been preparing these for years and always wanted to be more directly involved.  Last year was our first year working with them. We prepared baskets for their patrons in the VIP section.  Because of that experience they decided to take the next step.  We donate a percentage of our earnings to the Philharmonic.

Is there an event you catered that stands out from the rest? What made it so memorable?

There are many events that we cater that are eventful. Every year we do the launch party for American Illustration and American Photography who each bring out a book – the venue is the same but no two parties are alike… neither in decor, food or beverages.  We have done some magical weddings in the Hamptons, exclusive luncheons in some of New York’s decorative buildings and homes, and fun parties for kids.

What is your favorite meal to cook at home?

I am actually a pretty dull cook (at home).  When I was in France I learned to eat meat and fish of exceptional quality cooked plain and seasonal vegetables with hardly anything on them… and that is what I do when I cook for my daughter and me.  But I guess this also included us having fondue in winter, vichysoisse in summer and other what might seem sophisticated dishes all year round.

Take a bite..The proof is in the pudding and this one is delicious!

A closer look...

The Scoop on House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year

By danielle


We always love when House Beautiful takes over Rockefeller Center.  Built in a matter of days, the “Kitchen of the Year” (July 19 – 23) transforms the plaza by bringing the pages of House Beautiful to life and giving visitors the opportunity to experience the ideal American kitchen in person. While not every New Yorker might be able to fit it in their apartment (no matter how hard we wish), we can all certainly take home some design and culinary inspiration from this amazing installation. This year’s space was designed by Jeff Lewis, star of Bravo’s Flipping Out. Dream of Californication (Jeff’s vision of the modern lifestyle)…this fully functional, 1000 sq ft kitchen has been serving up design treats all week…from tastings and cooking demonstrations to tours and presentations.

The 2010 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year features innovative components from a host of partners, including Benjamin Moore paint and stains, Bertolli pasta sauces, Calvin Klein Home accessories, CaesarStone countertops, The Container Store kitchen and storage solutions, Design Within Reach furnishings, Dial Soap, Home Made Simple cleaning products, a Jeff Soderbergh dining table, Jenn-Air appliances, Kate Spade tabletop accessories, Kohler faucets and sinks, KraftMaid cabinetry, Kravet fabrics, Mohawk flooring and carpet, Nature’s Pride bread, Restoration Hardware outdoor furniture, Sunbrella awnings and outdoor fabrics, SunBrite outdoor televisions, Toblerone chocolate, Truvia natural sweetener, and Walker Zanger tiles.

The Kitchen of the Year will be open daily through Friday, July 23.

“California has long epitomized a modern lifestyle that many Americans dream about. Jeff is bringing his vision of a contemporary kitchen to the heart of New York City,” said Newell Turner, editor-in-chief.

“My personality is reflected in my design. I don’t like clutter or confined spaces, and I need things to be clean and minimal,” said Lewis. “I wanted this kitchen to reflect my lifestyle and how I entertain. It leans more modern with a mixture of natural elements for warmth. The result is a sophisticated multi-functional living space.”

The kitchen also boasts and additional 1,000 square feet of outdoor living space in the form of elegant decks fully furnished for entertaining.

Previous Kitchens have celebrated the styles of Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) and noted kitchen designer Christopher Peacock.

7 W Gift & Home Textiles Market Week® and Baby & Kids Fair

By alexandra


One of the things on our design radar next month is the 7 W New York Gift and Home Textiles Market® (August 13 – 19) and NYC Baby & Kids Fair (August 16 – 18) – great events for the trade and especially gift and baby and kid product buyers. As usual, the building has a stacked schedule of great events that are both fun and invaluable to attendees.


The market experiences a British invasion on the first Friday of the show as the UK Trade & Investment of the British Consulate-General NY will host a Uniquely UK – Preview Reception (7 W Reception Suite • C102) from 4-6 pm. On display will be a selection of top-notch giftware from across the pond. We hear yummy British delicacies will also be on offer.

One of the hottest trends in the retail business today? Pop-Up Shop retailing. Pop-Up Shop maven Christina Norsig has chosen 7 W to kick-off of her ground-breaking new series, Pop-Up Shop 101 which will be on Saturday at 4 in 7 W’s event suite. An outgrowth of Norsig’s extensive experience launching numerous successful pop-up stores, Pop-Up Shop 101 is a multi-tiered platform of programs and services that provide practical, step-by-step guidance to retailers and landlords looking to kick-start their own pop-up ventures. Post presentation, attendees can fête FIT students’ contribution to an impressive Pop-Up Shop Gallery. The special exhibit is made up of product assortments and visual merchandising and marketing plans — all based on 7 W products.

On Monday at 1pm, past nominees and winners of the Retail Excellence Awards will take center stage in the 11th floor event space to discuss what it takes to be an award recipient. Topics covered will be store design, marketing, visual merchandising, and use of the internet to have an award-winning business.

Throughout the show free Facebook/Twitter for Business tutorial sessions will be on offer in the 7 W Buyer’s Lounge. Also, Tech- savvy attendees can now “check-in” to 7 W as they are now officially on Foursquare.


By ariel


Six spectacular private gardens were shown in Greenwich, Conn. on Thursday, June 10 and inspiration was sparked among over 600 visitors. This was part of the Grandiflora…Green with Envy Garden Tour, hosted by VERANDA Magazine and The Garden Education Center of Greenwich. The gardens included ornamental rock and grass gardens, dramatic waterfalls, and colorful terraced gardens with emerald green lawns featuring sweeping waterfront views, deep perennial borders, koi ponds and stately specimen trees. The day included a self-guided garden tour and an exclusive Patron’s Luncheon, held in a magnificent private home. The lucky luncheon guests were treated to gift bags that included Cannonball wine, Natori perfume and the Artesano Iron Works limited-edition hardcover book.

Adding to the day of grandeur was a Silent Auction that took place in an awe-inspiring conservatory that allowed guests to take part and bid on outdoor furnishings and accessories for their own home. The auction, which included donations from VERANDA sponsors such as Artesano Iron Works, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Gloster Furniture and Holland & Company raised over $7,000 for The Garden Education Center. The last buzzworthy event of the day included an appearance by internationally known designer Carolyne Roehm, who was there signing copies of her latest book. For the third year in a row, the tour was yet again a great success.  It was a day filled with beauty and inspiration and garden-lovers walked away with their green thumbs up!

A beautiful garden and water view!

A peek inside the Silent Auction

Carolyne Roehm, signing her latest book A Passion for Blue & White

firstLOOK for New Yorkers

By danielle


What’s new in the contract market?  We got to see firsthand at the 6th Annual firstLOOK, held at the NYDC.  Over 7o showrooms were filled with products bearing the firstLOOK logo. We, as well as many others, took a minute to test-drive the new SAVA multi-purpose chair from Stylex. We give it an A+ for comfort and love all the attention to detail that this chair offers. Designed by award-winning architect Sava Cvek, it is crafted in cast aluminum and is up to 98% recyclable. It was one of many new pieces on display in the Levine Calvano showroom (suite 1406). Speaking of showrooms, Dirtt Environmental Solutions (suite 1516) and DECCA Contract (suite 1410) literally opened their doors that day! And boy was it a good decision as both were jam packed. We think these two new showrooms will be a great addition to the building’s impressive range of contract offerings.

Look the control paddles on the SAVA chair even light up!!!

Interior Design's Helene Oberman and Design-Calendar's Kristin Coleman...having fun and looking festive in front of the new DIRTT showroom.


By ariel


We know most of you are constantly on your phone, so the new iPhone app eDesign Assistant is perfect for any designer on the go. Created by Kravet and Lee Jofa this free app can be downloaded off of iTunes and allows customers easy access to their service 24/7. This app will make searching for Kravet and Lee Jofa products easier than ever and right at the palm of your hand. Designers will have the ability to search over 36,000 fabrics and furnishings, and you can even take a photo with your iPhone to find a perfect color match. Save and organize your findings in a “Favorites” folder or e-mail your preferred options to colleagues and clients straight from the app.

If you’re a designer registered with Kravet and Lee Jofa through, you’re in luck. You can check stock, order memo samples and check the status of your orders at any time right from your phone. Contact information and an interactive map of store locations around the globe can be viewed using eDesign Assistant as well.

American Design Day

By danielle


It seems like July 14th is shaping up to be design center day! In addition to firstLOOK at the NYDC, the Washington Design Center is hosting the American Design Day down in DC,.  It marks the debut of The MADE: In America “All American Room.” The setting, meant to foster an American design aesthetic and inspire designers to create rooms that evoke classic American style, was created by Bielecky Brothers, Inc. and a specially recruited MADE: In America team of design professionals.  It will be featured in the AmericanEye Showroom, Suite 511.

Head to the AmericanEye Showroom tomorrow from 10am-5pm to see the debut of The MADE: In American "All American Room"

The A-List: Amanda Smith Caterers

By danielle


In June, our team at Design-Calendar decided to add a new section to our monthly e-newsletter, eSPY. Have you seen it?  It’s called the “A-List: Resource of the Month”.  We know its hard to plan an event so we’ve asked our editors to pick a few of their favorite caterers, florists, photographers, you name it.  Each month, we’ll be featuring a new resource.  And if we’re not seeing, hearing, tasting what you are…feel free to drop us a line.  In fact, just the other day we learned about Amanda Smith Caterers, a boutique catering and event planning company based in NYC. A permanent supporter of cultural events, Amanda Smith and her staff have been creating family-style picnic baskets for the past eight years to enhance the summer experience of the Concerts in the Park series.  This year, the New York Philharmonic has chosen these baskets as the ones to offer to their perennial fans.  The NYC concert series starts on July 13. The all-inclusive baskets are $35 and a good fun way to get a taste of what Amanda (and Chef Kathleen McEwan) can do for your corporate or private event!

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