Archive for December, 2010

Tickled Pink

By danielle

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Pantone names Honeysuckle as 2011 Color of the Year.  “A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.” So tickle us pink and upload your hottest products to our Facebook page.  Here’s to a Bright, Happy & Colorful New Year!

Access to Design Sales is Our GILTy Pleasure

By danielle

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Thanks to the NYDC and Gilt Home, you can snuggle up with a warm blanket and shop with Marks and Lisa Frantz of Marks & Frantz as they present “Rhinelander 4: Glamour Redux.”  The sale starts on Saturday at noon and includes a selection of favorites from NYDC showrooms like Arteriors accessories, Dennis Miller’s mod chairs and Roubini’s luxurious rugs.  Click here for more info.  Happy Shopping!

Antonio Citterio is Taking Over

By danielle

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This post comes courtesy of our latest Calendar Person Jesse Strauss, who fails the first requirement for being a Calendar Girl.  Headshot coming soon.

Tonight the B&B Italia showroom, located in the A&D building at 150 East 58th Street, will be celebrating Italian design legend Antonio Citterio with a storewide display in honor of his iconic work.

The event is entitled Citterio:Takeover, no doubt an allusion to both the storewide effort to celebrate the man of the hour and to The New York Times’ reflection on the state of global design this past October: “[w]hen did Italian design take over the world?”  The article went on to declare Antonio Citterio one of the three most influential designers in Milan today, praising his refreshingly accessible modern style.

The festivities are tonight, December 15th, from 5-7.  Accompanying the Citterio display throughout the showroom is the unveiling of B&B Italia’s new holiday window featuring a wintery abstract art piece by Pascale Girardin.  Step inside the showroom itself to be treated to the musical stylings of DJ James Lucius Gray and special guest Mariella.  And be sure to compliment this feast for the eyes and ears with dessert courtesy of Maison du Chocolate.

Sounds too good to miss, RSVP at info@bbitaliausa.com


A New Place to “Chill”

By alexandra

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It may be bitterly cold outside in Germany, but that hasn’t stopped the Polar Bar, a new temporary outdoor lounge at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich from becoming one of the “cool” spots in the city. Created in collaboration with high-tech Italian sportswear label Stone Island, 
the “arctic chic” hangout was designed by young German talents Horst Wittmann and Konstantin Landuris. Perched on the rooftop of the prestigious hotel, the space takes its design cues from polar excursions.  The main bar counter was made to resemble expedition containers and fleece-lined blankets composed of Stone Island’s innovative heat sensitive and reflective fabrics are scattered throughout. Outdoor pools complete the whimsical look.

Revelers in front of the bar (Photo courtesy of www.stoneisland-corporate.com)

View from the top (Photo courtesy of www.stoneisland-corporate.com)

Create- Donate-Support…Kids of Kathmandu

By danielle

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Furniture designer Andrew Raible and his wife, photographer Jami Saunders, not only create art, now they are helping to fuel the lives of children in Kathmandu with it.

For their honeymoon, the newlyweds worked in an orphanage in Nepal last year. Not a traditional holiday by any means, but aren’t honeymoons all about celebrating new beginnings and embarking on a journey together anyway?!? The once-in-a-lifetime experience inspired Raible and Saunders to create the non-profit organization, Kids of Kathmandu, in an effort to help fund the orphanage through art and design. Pretty fantastic, right? Now, this is where you come in. We know two things about the Design-Calendar demographic…you’re talented and have a big heart. So we are asking our loyal readers to:

Create –
Designers and craftsmen are invited to build a desk/table costing no more than $125 in materials. Each desk should be able to retail between $750 and $1,000 but could sell for more at an auction.

Donate – The due date for desks is January 30, 2011.  The parameters of the desk should be close to 24” high x 40” wide x 20” deep. The hope is to receive a wide range of designs and materials, showing off unique and fun designs. All donations are tax deductible and your product will be recognized at the event.

Support – The children’s desks will be auctioned off at a public event in late February 2011. One desk sold will help support a child for an entire year including housing, education, and nutritional and medical needs.

For questions, please contact Andrew Raible at 917-805-0835 or Andrew@standard41.com

The Scent of Design

By danielle

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This blog post comes to you from one of the newest additions to the Design-Calendar team, Lauren Nicole Hill.  While we’re working on her headshot (the photo shoot is progress), she couldn’t wait to write about her first night out on the design scene.

Wednesday evening was the launch of Molton Brown’s new home fragrance collection, medio candela. Hosted by the New York Design Center on Lexington Avenue, Molton Brown asked PROFILES furniture designers to pair a medio candela scent to their furniture designs. Barbara Ross and Lauder Bowden, Nicholas Calder, Daniel Heighes Wismer and Gregory Dufner, Kirsten Brant, and Laura Kirar showed how a fragrance could transform and enhance a room.

The partnership between aroma and design completed the PROFILES collection and guests waited anxiously to hear the inspiration for the designer’s chosen fragrance.  Cocktails and treats added to the celebration and guests left with a trail of smells in the air and an array of gifts to take home.  Thank you to NYDC, Molton Brown and PROFILES for a very fun evening!

Hong Kong Design Centre Honors Eric Chan

By eva

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The very talented founder and director of the New York consultancy firm, ECCO Design, Eric Chan was recently bestowed with the World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer award from the Hong Kong Design Centre. Chan explains the personal significance of receiving this award, “Creating product that is meaningful, responsive and imparts a sense of cultural relevancy are personal priorities. My journey from China to the United States has been rich and fulfilling over the last 30 years and this award embraces these aspirations fully. I am truly grateful to be recognized in such a meaningful way.” Eric Chan is also the author of the newly published, 1,000 Product Designs, which happens to be our current product bible, We raise our glasses to Mr. Chan and congratulate him as well as all of the creative people working at ECCO Design for this prestigious award of international achievement.

Mr. Chan receiving his award

1,000 Product Designs

Design at Its Most Dazzling!

By chris

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Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio are the buzz right now across the design and architecture worlds.  Their award winning pavilion, organized by Creative Time at Art Basel Miami Beach, was THE spot for live events during the show.  At a spacious 25,000 SF this public art pavilion featured a wide range of art programming curated by Creative Time. The pavilion was made primarily of reflective and phosphorescent rope that sparkled in the night! At the show close, all seven miles of it were donated to a non-profit organization, while the concrete bases and steel were donated to the Department of Environmental Resources Management in Florida. They will be used to form an artificial reef in the ocean waters off of Miami Beach for sea-life and scuba divers! That’s what we love…design that keeps giving back!

The Exhale Pavilion (Photo credit: Robin Hill)

Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem (Photo credit: Robin Hill)

Handmade at NYIGF

By eva

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A fresh perspective on some very old-world materials sets the stage for the Handmade division at this year’s New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF).  Using well-known materials such as wood, glass or ceramic over 500 artists will display their crafts this winter at the 2011 show. Categorized into two sections, Handmade Global Design and Handmade Designer Maker, the show promises an exciting mix of returning and new exhibitors. A preview into some of the fantastic and innovative artists displaying their work include A.W. Scopes, who makes wooden kaleidoscopes and Canada’s Stinson Studios, who produce hand-carved functional vessels from the rounded outgrowths on tree trunks.  If you’re in the big apple this winter make sure to stop by the Handmade show at NYIGF which runs Saturday, January 29th through Wednesday, February 2nd at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

A.W. Scopes

Stinson Studios