Archive for October, 2010

UNVEILED: And the Winner is… Plus Highlights from the NYDC Masquerade Ball

By alexandra

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The time has come to announce the winner of our UNVEILED contest with New York Spaces. The online voting contest, which entailed matching SEM’s sketches with home furnishings selected by New York Spaces‘ editorial staff and found at New York Design Center, was a fun way to gear up for NYDC’s Masquerade Ball (which we attended last night).  Without further ado…the winner, who receives a $100 gift certificate to Padre Figlio, is Carla Hopkins ! Congratulations to Carla!

Speaking of the Masquerade Ball, it was truly party central last night at NYDC for their 5th annual costume extravaganza in support of the Alpha Workshops.

Some pics from the evening…

Danielle De Vita of Design-Calendar with one of the evening's hosts, Leah Blank, NYDC

Lovely ladies from 7 W New York: Toni Toreno, Sheila Charton and Jessica Kreider

Andre Raible, designer and founder of Standard 41 with Chris Abbate, president, Novita Communications

Dancing the night away!

Kristin Coleman, Design-Calendar with Sheila Charton, 7 W New York, Jessica Kreider, 7 W New York, Alexandra Zwicky, Design-Calendar and Chris Abbate, Design-Calendar

1904: NYC Subway Opens

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As our online contest with New York Spaces comes to a close, we’d like to take a look at another iconic NY landscape: the New York City subway.  Today marks the 106th year anniversary of the transit system’s opening.  Theodore Roosevelt was President, George Mclellan was NYC Mayor and a subway ride was a whopping 5 cents.

Today, around 4.5 million passengers are transported through the underground.  While the subway has become a boring commute for some, design enthusiasts can find artistic elements within the tunnels.

The glazed red brick tiling in the 49th street NQR station was selected by celebrated architect Philip Johnson in the 1970s.  Around the same time, renowned graphic designer Massimo Vignelli revamped the official subway map.  The map, while no longer practical, has become an oft-referenced piece of art. Mosaics and stained glass decorate countless other stations (the MTA lists permanent artwork on their website).

A close-up on Massimo Vignelli's map (Photo courtesy of www.visualcomplexity.com)

UNVEILED #6

By danielle

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We hope you’ve been keeping track all week because today is the final day of our online vote with New York Spaces. SEM style will officially come home tonight at the NYDC Masquerade Ball and we can’t wait to see the costumes that our industry has designed to fit the “Le Vrai et le Faux Chic” theme. We’re always blown away by the creativity and all the effort that goes into it! The party starts tonight at 7, so get ready for some good times. And congratulations to yesterday’s bonus prize winner Tim O’Rourke from Fort Street Studio. He made the right match and scored himself two tickets to tonight’s ball.  And now the last match….so put on your long-brimmed thinking caps and click here to make your selection.  The winner of the $100 gift certificate to Padre Figlio will be announced tomorrow! We’ll also be posting pictures from the ball!

UNVEILED #5

By danielle

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Tomorrow is the big day and in honor of the event, we are giving away two free tickets to the NYDC Masquerade Ball. Think “Le Vrai et le Faux Chic” and match up this mademoiselle with her corresponding meuble. Everyone who guesses right today will be entered into the drawing – one winner will be chosen at random and awarded two tickets to the ball.   The winner will be announced in the am! And in case you missed them, be sure to vote for day 4, 3, 2 and 1.

UNVEILED #4

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This SEM sketch happens to be our Calendar-girls‘ personal favorite. (It was actually the inspiration for the entire UNVEILED contest.) We’d love to wear her stylish ensemble to the NYDC Masquerade Ball on Wednesday. But we’ve already got our costumes planned out and hope you do too.

And now onto Day #4 of the vote. If you haven’t viewed last week’s matches, be sure to look back through the New York Spaces archives and make your selections for Days #1-3.

Color Invasion 2010: IIDA Prescribes the Right Antidote

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With only two full months left in 2010, it’s not too early to start celebrating the great year it was-especially where architecture and design are concerned.  Last night, we toasted the A+D community at the New York chapter of the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA NY) ninth annual “Color Invasion” event.  Aptly titled, Antidote, a play on the A&D industry’s recovery, the word was “doctor chic” with both servers and guests dressing to the theme. The high profile annual soiree benefits the IIDA NY education program through professional development, student activities and scholarships.

Kristin Harp, Adrian Wilson and Melissa Orear Enjoy the Party

UNVEILED #3

By danielle

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I spy with my chic, vintage lorgnette a home accessory (or furnishing) that matches me. Take a close look at today’s choices on New York Spaces and cast your vote.  A $100 gift certificate to Padre Figlio is up for grabs (we heard the tiramisu is simply divine!) And keep working on those costumes.  The NYDC Masquerade Ball is less than a week away!  (Tickets: $125 in advance, $150 at door – 212.594.7320), proceeds benefit the Alpha Workshop.

MAD about another NYC landmark

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Just a few days after the big METAL Ball, one of our favorite NYC museums, the Museum of Arts & Design is at it again. This time, it is hosting “LOOT” (October 21-26) – a juried exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry created and presented by leading American and international artists. In addition, the Dead or Alive exhibit is in its final days (closes October 24). We’re dying to get over to 2 Columbus Circle to check them both out.

Exhibit and Sale: October 21-26

Dead or Alive closes October 24

1959: Guggenheim Opens in NYC

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Our online contest with New York Spaces got us thinking about some famous NYC landmarks.  It just so happens that 51-years ago today the Guggenheim Museum opened in NYC. All day they’ve been streaming live from the rotunda as the jury’s top choices from the YouTubePlay.A Biennale of Creative Video shortlist are announced. Check it out!

http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/press-room/news/3758

UNVEILED #2

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It’s Day 2 of our New York Spaces & Design-Calendar UNVEILED contest. Here’s today’s SEM sketch….study it closely and check out today’s possible matches on New York Spaces.

And if you didn’t have a chance to vote in yesterday’s matching game – just match the snooty fella in the well-tailored suit (10/20 post) with one of these.

T-6 days til we dance the night away at the NYDC Masquerade Ball! Tickets: 212.594.7320, barbara@alphaworkshops.org

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