Archive for August, 2010

Trends and Highlights from 7 W New York Gift & Home Textiles Market & Baby & Kids Fair.

By alexandra


In addition to the Gift Fair at Javits, we also stopped over at 7 W New York this month for the Gift and Home Textiles Market and NYC Baby & Kids Fair, where we took advantage of the building’s top-of-the-line programming and product-filled showrooms boasting the latest trends in gift, baby & kids and beyond.

Great gift items we came across were gorgeously packaged teas from New York-based The Tea Set who set up shop in the Richard Cohen Collection suite. The organic, fair trade tea we sampled truly hit the spot. Another favorite was the quirky and functional Brushing Beauty line of dish scrubbers from Boston Warehouse, one of which is pink and benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Also on our radar: Trina Turk pillows in Peking Handicraft offered a refreshing pop of color. We also noticed retro/nostalgia was all the rage with Coca Cola tableware at Zrike and aprons accented with 1950’s era ad imagery at Peking Handicraft. An eco-friendly trend was exemplified in new additions to Zak’s popular Confetti line of recycled melamine and in the post-consumer recycled fashion accessories, funky tabletop pieces and home décor from Italian design company Regenesi.  The company’s eco-chic wares were being displayed among Gallery On Six’s trove of treasures.

The market was chock full of networking opportunities and helpful keynotes A highlight: catching up with Pop-Up Shop guru and CEO of PopUpInsider Christina Norsig and real estate development expert Eric Michael Anton. The duo gave an energetic and incredibly informative talk about the hot trend of “Pop-Up Shop Retailing.” Afterwards, former FIT grad Norsig mixed and mingled with FIT students in the special Pop-Up shop gallery composed of clever 7 W product vignettes which harnessed the student’s’ visual merchandising and marketing skills.

The market also offered a Retailer Roundtable panel discussion, which gave storeowners rare insight into the competition, with Retailer Excellence nominees sharing their tips and tricks for running a successful retail outlet. We also toured the Baby & Kids Fair on the 11th floor. See below for more some photographic highlights from the week at 7 W New York including the Baby & Kids Fair.

Tea Set Founder Jacques Doassans with his chic teas

Boston Warehouse's Brushing Beauty benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Trina Turk pillows at Peking Handicraft

Nostalgic aprons at Peking Handicraft

"Have a coke and a smile" with Zrike

New Confetti cupcake trays at Zak

Vimono reclaimed leather bottle holder designed by Setsu & Shinobu Ito for Regenesi

Christina Norsig with Eric Michael Anton

Christina Norsig with FIT students

Christina talks "shop" with an FIT student

A Pop-Up Shop Vignette from the Pop-Up Gallery

VP of Marketing, 7 W, Su Hilty with the MobyWrap ladies at the Baby & Kids Fair

Andrea Chrem shows off Huggy Bunny merchandise at Baby & Kids

Katy Repetto and Ali Momeni in front of their gorgeous Momeni Rugs at Baby & Kids

Louise Connor from The Showroom talks about her products at Baby & Kids

Maha Khan from Pyknyk shows off her company's stylish diaper bags at Baby & Kids

An Afternoon at NYIGF

By kristin


Last Thursday marked the end of the New York International Gift Fair, which brought thousands of design-driven home, gift, and lifestyle resources into one convenient place for buyers and browsers. Over 2,500 exhibitors blanketed the Jacob Javits Center and Piers 92 & 94 and with only one afternoon to see what’s new, I mainly concentrated on the Accent on Design section.

While searching for my pick for the show’s “Bloggers’ Choice” Awards, I couldn’t help but feel like a big kid. From an alarm clock that runs away and hides until you get out of bed (the Clocky) to gravity-defying inverted planters (the very cool Sky Planter by Boskke), it was hard to find a product that wasn’t playful, whimsical or cheeky.

Mihoko Ouchi from the. (no, that is not a typo)

The Recession Line of cards from 9SpotMonk

The aisles were also checkered with colorful and quirky textiles for aprons, bags, oven mits and more, such as the new lines from Dwell Studio, Kitsch’n Glam and funktion.

Funky and ruffly aprons hung from clotheslines in the funktion booth

Regardless of what the companies were selling, they were all heavily focused on sustainability…

Finland-based Verso Design showcased a new line of recycled felt offerings including colorful trivets and containers.

DBA introduced a game-changing biodegradable pen called “98” that is 98% recyclable, made at a wind-powered facility and uses ecological ink.

Wembé caught my attention with a collection of natural and organic soaps, handmade in Paraguay with locally grown plants, fruit and essential oils.

Yerba Mate blend from Wembé

Being drawn to designers who revolutionize everyday items (think: James Dyson), my favorite product from the show was theBRELLI. Combining high design with sustainability, theBRELLI has the chic look of an Asian parasol with a flat, circular canopy and bamboo frame but is also completely biodegradable and resistant to 40mph winds. You can finally kiss that single-serving cheap nylon umbrella goodbye.

Brelli Founder & Designer Pam Zonsius sportig the brand new sunBRELLI, which blocks 99% of UVA/UVB rays

What’s New, What’s Next at the NYDC

By danielle


Yesterday I stopped in at 200 Lex to check out our blogging spot for the What’s New, What’s Next event on September 22. I’ll be stationed in the Kravet Showroom (Suite 401/402) on the 4th Floor from 4-5pm as part of “The New Curators” program. And guess who else will be there? The talented Barclay Butera! A “lifestyle” designer, he launched his first fabric collection with Kravet, which includes four lifestyle books: Beach, City, Mountain and Town & Country as well as a selection of original designs for Tufts by Kravet Carpet. According to Butera, “Having lived at the beach, in the city, weekends in the mountains and vacations in the country, I looked for inspiration in all aspects of my life which are reflected in my color, textures and designs for Kravet.” Ahhh…if only we could all be so lucky as to lead this lavish life! Well even if we can’t spend our weekends at a ski chalet, at least we can bring the beauty of the natural grain of wood and leather into our homes and living spaces.

I am certainly looking forward to hearing more about his inspirations and recent work. Stay tuned for more info and be sure to check out the impressive schedule of events happening throughout the building.

The NEWest VP at Allsteel

By danielle


Marc Newberg has been named Vice President of Higher Education at Allsteel. He brings 23 years of sales and marketing experience to the company. He most recently served as a Vice President of Sales, Transactional Business for Allsteel’s sister company, HON, which he joined in 2007. He will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to drive Allsteel business in the higher education market.

Congrats to Marc and to Allsteel! We wish you many years of success!


By kristin


Our good friend Alessia Gollini, who works for Confindustria Ceramica (the association of Italian ceramics) in Italy, is in the Big Apple for the month of August for an untold ratio of work and play. Being a social butterfly with temporary digs in Chelsea, she agreed to be a guest blogger for us and snap some photos at the recent Designer Pages event at the Humanscale showroom.

“On Thursday, August, 12th I had the pleasure to join the Designer Pages team at one of the events they throw in NYC once a month. This time was at Humanscale‘s showroom at 11 East 26th Street, where almost 250 architects, designers, students and journalists were in attendance for a talk focused on problem-solving design.

When I arrived, I was immediately welcomed by Matthew Schroeder, Sales Executives of Designer Pages, who introduced me to some of his colleagues and friends. While I’ve only been here for two weeks, it made me feel like a real New Yorker!

Matthew Schroeder, Alessia & friend

We sat down and listened to a very interesting panel, which was moderated by Katarina V. Posch, Associate Professor of Design Theory and History at Pratt Institute in NY.

But the speakers and their conversation were not the only interesting thing that caught my attention. I also noticed a familiar white bike with a red wheel, which won the 2010 James Dyson Award and was designed by Christine Outram and a team of MIT students. If you’re not familiar with the Copenhagen Wheel, it turns a regular bike into a smart, electric hybrid and allows riders to capture the energy from cycling and save it for when they need a boost. What a wonderful idea!

There were also some items from Neocon on hand, including Humanscale’s Diffrient World Chair.

At the end of the conversation, a funny and nice moment: Raffle prizes through the drawing of our business cards! I waited for my name but nothing! Oh well! The party continued downstairs to celebrate the successful event. I drank a glass of  wine and felt so happy to experience the New York design scene firsthand!

Thanks to Designer Pages and also to Design-Calendar!”

-Alessia Gollini


By ariel


With the end of summer approaching faster than it should, we’re all feeling desperate for a vacation. If you don’t have the time to fly to Paris, you can get that French feeling at Grange’s event at NYDC on Tuesday, August 17.  The handcrafted furniture company will be introducing their fall collections along with works by the talented Gerard Nouri. RSVP to to attend a night of chic style and design. Traditional French fare will also be served from 6 pm-8 pm. Now how could you pass that up?


By ariel


If you’re an emerging designer or independent studio there’s still time to have your new design collections seen at the Interior Design Show in January, Canada’s largest design trade show. You can still apply for Studio North & Prototype until August 13. IDS created Studio North 8 years ago to give up-and-coming design talent a chance to be seen around Canada and the world. Since its debut it has tripled in size to include over 60 participants. Prototype: New Ideas for the Home is a competition and exhibit rolled into one in order to introduce and encourage originality in contemporary design.

If you want to network and sell your products or services to potential clients, manufacturers, trade professionals, buyers, consumers and media, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Becoming an exhibitor of Studio North or Prototype means you will receive marketing opportunities and get your selected work reviewed by industry leaders and design experts.

Have your work seen by over 48,000 people at IDS and find out more information on how to apply here.

Margaret Russell Named Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest

By danielle


We heard rumors of this for weeks and saw the announcement at 5:22pm today on the New York Times blog that Margaret Russell, the face of Elle Decor, will become the new face of Architectural Digest as she officially becomes the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief position on September 7. But don’t worry, we’ll still be seeing the stylish Russell in her red-heeled Christian Louboutin‘s around the New York design scene as it was also announced that the AD editorial offices will move from their California headquarters to the Big Apple. Russell succeeds the legendary Paige Rense, who joined Architectural Digest in 1970.


By kristin


Put on your dancing shoes! New York Spaces just announced the date of its third annual ‘Top 50 Designers” event.

When: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Where: Sicis (470 Broome St., NYC)

Take a Seat!

By nina


Since I’m back in Norway for a few weeks, I thought I’d pretend to be a tourist and really explore Oslo. Braving through the pouring rain, I made it to the Take a Seat! exhibition that is currently being shown at the National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Oslo. The exhibit showcases Norwegian chair and other seating furniture designs from the past few decades, demonstrating how Norway has become such a big name within the industry recently. Although the exhibition was not shown chronologically, the progress from the 50s and 60s to today’s chairs was clear. Iconic chairs such as Peter Opsvik’s Tripp Trapp Chair for children were present, which famously revolutionized children’s seating, as well as the ultra modern and stylish Ugo sofa by Norway Says. The bright red Ugo is the first to meet the eye as you enter the show, and the length of the room is filled with a rainbow of plush chairs, demonstrating some designers move away from the more traditional wood furniture. Similarly to the more conventional seating, however, the shapes contain an organic feel that ties the design to Norwegian’s strong relationship with nature. The bond with the environment is also connected to the recent focus on green and sustainable design, which was at the core when Tveit & Tornøe designed the Bone chair with its simple and elegant lines. Throughout the show the concept of functionality combines seamlessly with aesthetic, whether through the use of the more traditional wood or contemporary Plexiglas, or both. “Form follows emotion,” said one of the Norway Says founders, and this is truly represented here through stunning and innovative Norwegian design.

First and Second Generation Tripp Trapp by Peter Opsvik

Ugo Sofa by Norway Says