Archive for January, 2011

The snow is no match for us…

By danielle


Twenty inches of snow in Central Park can’t stop our Design-Calendar editors from going to tonight’s opening night party at IDS in Toronto. Sure their flights may have been cancelled yesterday (and this morning), but now they are on their way and set to land in time for the festivities. (Hope you do too!)

For those of us staying in NYC tonight, we’re putting on our snow boots and heading to Snohetta to celebrate Metropolis Magazine‘s 30th Anniversary Year!

The Way That 7 West New York Celebrates the Winter…You Do Not Want to Miss Out

By kristina


If you are a fan of the fabulous showrooms of 7 West New York, this is an event that you will not want to miss.  They are holding their Gift and Home Textiles Market Week from January 28th-February 3rd.  There will be late night shopping on Monday the 31st until 8pm, along with new product launches and designer appearances daily!  What we are most excited about is the chance for us to skate with Olympic ice dancer Ryan O’Meara at CitiPond in Bryant Park.  All you have to do is present your winter 2011 NY Market badge and you are in!  All of these great festivities and more will be available throughout the week.  Be sure to check out their website for more details.

We cannot wait to see what types of products are going to be displayed this season.

2011 Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition Deadline Extended!

By kristina


As of follow-up to our eSPY newsletter, we wanted to let you know that the deadline for the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition has been extended. So North American A&D, you now have another week to get your projects in! The new deadline is January 25.

This competition, sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica, the Association of Italian Ceramics, celebrates the usage of the beautiful, durable, and versatile Italian ceramic tile within the North American A&D industry.   This is its 18th year and is held in collaboration with NTCA and CTDA.

Winning architects & designers receive $4000 and a trip to Italy. Check out the website for more info. The submission form is also there!

Celebrating Mario Buatta’s “Undecorated Look”

By kristina


On March 9th, 2011, AVENUE is honoring Mario Buatta, the renowned interior decorator, at AVENUE Antiques & Art at the Armory Show. An invite-only preview and cocktail party kicks off the festivities. Proceeds from the event benefit the New York School of Interior Design. NYSID, the country’s leading educational institution for interior design, will recognize Mr. Buatta by renaming its materials library and primary student workspace The Mario Buatta Atelier.

After cocktails, a gala dinner will be held at the Union Club, chaired by Hilary Ross, Anne Eisenhower and Bunny Williams.  The interiors of this party are sure to be fabulous, as designer Richard Mishaan is leading the committee and will create innovative tablescapes inspired by Guatta’s classic style. Tickets are $750.00 and include admission to the private preview.

AVENUE Antiques & Art at the Armory Show will also be open from March 10th through the 13th.  There will be 50 dealers there, specializing in high quality art and antiques. These tickets are $20 each.

The show will also host daily breakfast panel discussions and lectures including “The Influences of Mario Buatta” moderated by author and New York School of Interior Design professor Judith Gura on Thursday, March 10th 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. RSVP:

After the show, be sure to check out AVENUE Magazine’s February Edition, where they will be publishing a journal honoring Mr. Mario Buatta.

Furniture Does A Lot More Than You Would Think

By kristina


What most people do not realize is that workplace furniture is very important and helps businesses work more effectively.  I mean it makes sense.  If your office is filled with furniture that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also efficient in the sense that it avoids clutter, you will be able to focus more clearly on your work.  You do not have to tell this to Claudia DiCesare who has become the new architecture and design specialist at Allsteel Inc. for the Northeast Region.

Allsteel is a company that designs, builds, and delivers workplace furniture solutions.  They have won a bunch of awards for their products such as their Seek stacking chairs which come in a variety of colors, their Merge conferencing tables that are movable and flexible, and Stride, their latest workplace station that is designed to evolve with your business.

Allsteel’s motto is “never sit still.” I am sure that this will also be true for Claudia DiCesare now that she has will be responsible for further developing and enhancing the designs for this already distinguished company.

Beating the Snow to Find the Latest New Trends at Atlanta’s International Gift and Home Furnishings Market

By danielle


What’s new on the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings scene? Let’s hear from our newest blogger, Kristina Castaldo as she reports on the show…

Last week put a strain on travels along the East Coast due to the treacherous blizzard.  Even the people, who went to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Atlanta’s International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, could not escape the snow.  However, they did not let the snowfall ruin their plans to attend AmericasMart.  These buyers knew that they definitely did not want to miss out on the great new exhibits that displayed everything from Boston International’s felt cutout coasters, to Douglas Toys’ plush puppy print purses.

One exhibit that stood out was Katherine’s Collection, which displayed a new look for the holiday season.  Instead of hanging ornaments on trees, they were hung from the ceiling presenting themselves in different variations of the same color.  This showroom was innovative and whimsical, reminiscent of snowflakes falling from the sky.  Folk art was another theme that caught the eye of the buyers portrayed by the Creative Co-op.  Their collection, titled Garden Story, is filled with home accessories that bring the garden into the home using products such as birdhouses, terra-cotta birds themselves, and watering cans.

The companies that attended AmericasMart and displayed their new products, reported record-breaking sales, especially Katherine’s Collection.  This is not surprising considering the fact that the showrooms this year were intriguing and just plain beautiful.

AmericasMart was a fantastic place for buyers to learn more about the hot new trends in the design world for this year.  I am sure that they definitely did not regret trekking through the snow to make it there.

IDNY @ D’Apostrophe

By alexandra


At D-C we are always up for a lively IDNY/Designer Pages‘ Meetup. At the last gathering, the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels took us on a virtual tour of Copenhagen and the Danish Pavilion in Shanghai Expo 2010 in China. Now its time to learn about Belgium as the d’apostrophe showroom carries brands including Royal Botania, .MGX and Bulo! As is the norm, the evening will include talks from both an emerging and established designer. There is no casting call at this one, but we hear there might be a drawing!

The details:
When: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 6:30pm
Where:  d’apostrophe showroom (394 Broadway, NYC)

IBS 2011

By danielle


So the first fun fact to point out about IBS 2011 is that it was held in Florida, which was the only US state where it was not snowing last week. It is the housing industry’s largest annual trade show and exhibition featuring cutting-edge designs, technologies and products for all segments of the industry. In terms of innovations, Hearth & Home Technologies showcased its award-winning Solaris, a circular, multi-sided gas fireplace featuring artistic design and flame performance. Panasonic Home & Environment Company debuted its third generation of the WhisperGreen line of premium, ventilated fans, with 13 new Energy Star-rated models that offer enhanced energy-efficient performance and quiet operation. Superior Walls featured NAHB’s first green-approved foundation system. Masco was there in full effect, showing off brands including AquaGlass, Behr, Brizo, Delta, KraftMaid and Milgard to name a few. For those that couldn’t be there, check out this virtual tour of the exhibit.

We’re still waiting on this year’s attendance figures, but the aisles were full and the buzz was positive. Offsite, there were a number of custom homes to visit. We found ourselves at Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Homes. A short drive from the convention center, the Vision House, designed by Ed Binkley design is a new construction project built using the essentials of sustainable design and construction, while the ReVision House is a deep energy retrofit designed by Patricia Gaylor. It was built in the typical Florida block-style and incorporates advanced materials and design techniques that will significantly enhance energy performance and resource efficiency.

Mark your calendars as the date for IBS 2012 has already been announced. A bit later than the 2011 edition, it will be held from February 8-11, 2012.

Munna Design Brings Fur and Gold to Paris at Maison & Objet

By Lauren Hill


What material goes best with the cold winter season? Fur. Its the inspiration behind Munna Design‘s latest addition to their Fetish Collection. Munna Design, the Portugal based furniture design studio, will debut their newest piece, Cutie Armchair, in Paris January 21-25 at Maison & Objet.  Inspired by the blistery cold weather and vintage luxurious elegance, Munna has created a chair that appeals to all the senses, wrapped in soft faux fur and held up by four gold leaf feet.

Located at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Munna will be exhibiting at stand C40, hall 5B.  They will also kick off the trade show with a cocktail party to share their love of design with friends and fellow designers.  The party starts Friday, January 21 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the exhibition center.  Don’t forget to RSVP to Maria van Schoor at  Au revoir!
And check back for more Maison previews coming this week

A Forecast to be Excited About

By jesse


It’s better to be upfront about it: I’m not good at 2011.  I’m consistently writing the date as “2010” and still deciding if I’m going to pronounce this year as “two-thousand eleven” or “twenty eleven.”  Maybe by June I’ll come to terms with the fact that there are no Olympics this year.

The good people of the International Furnishings and Design Association’s New York chapter are clearly more comfortable with 2011, and in fact are already looking forward to 2012. The IFDA will be holding their perennially popular Color Forecast on January 31st, hosted by the New York International Gift Fair.  The seminar will be a look at 2011-2012 color trends and those trends’ application in the home.   Featuring talks from Rue Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Crystal Gentilello and Doty Horn, Director of Color and Design for Benjamin Moore, Color Forecast 2012 promises to provide attendees with a wealth of information directly from vibrant industry leaders.  I, for one, could use an injection of color: New York’s current color-palette  runs the gamut from “snow” to “dirty snow.”

The event, held at the Javits Center, starts at 8:30 with a continental breakfast before moving on to the seminar itself from 9-10:30. Tickets start at $45 for guests and $20 for students, but IFDA members pay $30 and $15 respectively. RSVP before January 26th to secure those prices before they jump up an additional $10. The IFDA is also happy to accept RSVPs and membership applications simultaneously.  It’s tempting, especially considering IFDA members who attend are also given a badge to enter the rest of the NYIGF: a fifty-dollar value.   Call 212-686-6020 or email to RSVP and/or become a member.

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