Archive for March, 2011

WEST ELM HOSTS ETSY POP-UP SHOP TONIGHT

By kristin

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Tonight (and tonight only!) West Elm is hosting a “We Heart Handmade Art” pop-up event with the masters of craft at Etsy. Handcrafted goodies – from home decor to jewelry – made by local Etsy designers (as chosen by Remodelista) will be on sale at West Elm’s NYC flagship store at 1870 Broadway (near 61st St.) from 6-9 PM. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for browsing so get there early!

Call (888) 823-5420 to RSVP.

A Piece of Red & White History at the Armory

By danielle

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Today is the last day to see Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red & White Quilts at the Park Ave Armory. This short (6 days), free (yes, I said free) exhibit organized by the American Folk Art Museum features 650 red and white American quilts, all of which are on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. It is the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city. We were there, with hundreds of others, over the weekend to check out the scene. It sea of red and white, from ceiling to floor, strikes you the moment you step through the door. Beyond the sheer amount of work on display, the variety and attention to detail that went into each and every piece is beyond impressive.

The British Invasion Continues…

By jesse

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As my earlier post here shows, British design will be making a strong showing at this year’s Milan Design Week.  Well where some is good, more is better.  Not wanting to be left out of the party is British lighting and furniture Company, Tom Dixon.   They will be presenting a series of brand new products in a brand new 1200 square ft. installation entitled Multiplex and will be sponsored by the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC.  Multiplex is a fitting name; the booth is all at once a pop-up viewing theater, broadcasting center, restaurant, shop and gallery.

Remember earlier when I said where some is good more is better? Tom Dixon seems to have taken that to heart, and promises to depart from the typical Milan Designweek practice of displaying a single prototype by showing six working environments all in full use.  These settings all explore elements of luminosity and technology while individual settings include a Science Lab, Hotel Lobby, and Viewing Theater.   You can check out Multiplex and new Tom Dixon products at the Officine Stendhal throughout Designweek.

Etch by Tom Dixon

Bulb by Tom Dixon

Cast by Tom Dixon

Check in to 200 Lex Tomorrow!

By danielle

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Looking back, I find it funny that in this month’s eSPY I predicted that March would go out like a lamb. With snow in the forecast for Thursday, I think I couldn’t have been more wrong. But, there is one thing that I was right about and that’s the night full of hospitality that NYDC and Interior Design Magazine have planned for us tomorrow at 200 Lex! The festivities start at 3PM with showroom doors open late, til 8PM. We’re planning to Check In and hit as many sessions as possible! Here’s a peek at what’s in store.

4:30 – Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz in Atelier Showroom, Suite 202

5:30 – David Rockwell in Keilhauer, Suite 1101

6:15 – Mark Zeff in Ted Boerner, Suite 515

7:00 – Clodagh in Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 1210

For a full list of participating hospitality showrooms and events, click here!

JAWBONE’S JAMSCAPE EXHIBITION SOUNDS AWESOME

By jesse

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Italian furniture is part of a tradition that stretches back generations, but part of what allowed that tradition to flourish is the willingness to adapt and embrace new technology.  San Francisco based tech-innovator Jawbone is bringing some of its cutting edge wireless technology to the Milan Furniture Fair this April, and plans to use its revolutionary Bluetooth speaker the Jambox to create JamScape: a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience blending audio and design

The Jambox itself was developed in collaboration with renowned industrial designer Yves Béhar and his creative agency fuseproject.  The speaker’s brick shape lends itself perfectly to JamScape’s goal of creating a tangible, provocative, and social audio experience.  Jamboxes will be used as building blocks to create powerful shapes that are complimented by the unique audioscape they create.  Sponsored by our friends at Dezeen, the space promises to impress.  The creators of this acoustic space have also promised some additional surprises, so be sure to check out this thoroughly original exhibition to see how design can think outside the box, so to speak, to create pieces that do more than provide aesthetic beauty, but stimulate our other senses as well.

You can visit JamScape April 12-17, 10 am to 8 pm at Pianissimo Grande, Via Giovanni Ventura 5, Milan.

A preview of JamScape

The Jambox Shows its Colors

Small Jambox, Big Sound.

Japan Still Needs Us

By jesse

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Today is the 32nd anniversary of the Three Mile Island Incident in Pennsylvania, and while nuclear disaster was averted in that case, it brings to mind another nuclear incident that cannot help but be linked to catastrophe.  For now it seems as though the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has stopped short of our worst fears, but the earthquake and resulting tsunami that created the episode also created unimaginable physical devastation.   Even as reconstruction begins, many are still without basic necessities like food, shelter, and clean drinking water.  Remember that we enjoy beautiful things – and making them beautiful—for a living.  In that spirit, if you haven’t already, please donate to the American or Japanese Red Cross.  If you have, donate again.

If you’re on the run, text “Redcross” to 90999 and a  $10.00 donation will be added your cellphone bill.

To make a more substantial donation (do this) visit the American Red Cross or its Japanese counterpart. If you prefer donating to a charity specializing in the field, please give to Architecture for Humanity.

For an excellent example of the design and architecture community reaching out to Japan, read this interview Japanese architect Shigeru Ban gave to the New York Times and get inspired to use your skills to make a difference.

Roger Thomas Gives Samuel & Sons a Reason to Celebrate

By Lauren Hill

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Samuel & Sons hosted two launch events in their New York City Showroom in celebration of their new collection of trim designed by Roger Thomas, executive director of design for the Wynn design and development.  To celebrate, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception on Friday, March 18th and a formal introduction to the collection on Tuesday, March 22nd.

On Friday, Samuel & Sons opened their New York City showroom to their clients, partners and friends in celebration of the new collection.  Roger Thomas, pictured with Sam Cohen, president of Samuel & Sons, spent the afternoon enjoying cocktails and mingling with the varied guests.

Tuesday, Roger Thomas officially introduced his new collection of trim to the editorial community at an intimate breakfast at the Samuel & Sons showroom.  Thomas went into detailed descriptions on each component of the collection and discussed his inspiration for the line, his long time use of passementerie in his designs and his partnership with Samuel & Sons.  Vincent Wolf also stopped by to have Roger walk him through the line personally!

A fabulous celebration for a fabulous collection.

CUTS/// A NEW DIRECTION FOR FASHION

By kristin

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Last night marked the launch of CUTS/// – a new apparel collaboration between clothing brand JF & Son, designer Kevin McElroy and NYDesigns. Friends and fashionistas came together to celebrate not only a new collection of clothing, accessories and jewelry, but also to witness the potential of laser-cutting as a revolutionary new tool for the fashion industry.

A laser-cutter uses concentrated light to slice flat materials along precise digital contours. Though it has become an expensive but coveted toy in some furniture and jewelry studios, where ornate details are hard to accomplish by hand, laser-cutting is relatively unheard of in fashion. Enter: Kevin McElroy.

A graduate of Pratt and an accomplished industrial designer – attached to such award-winning products as the Urbano wastebasket and SMIT’S Solar Ivy – Kevin discovered the potential for laser-cutting textiles last year at a party, of all places. Only, the event happened to be at NYDesigns’ new on-site fabrication lab, LXWXH, where they had recently invested in a laser-cutter. Giving attendees free creative reign, Kevin had the idea to laser-cut a scarf… Shortly after, CUTS/// was born.

JF & Son provided Kevin with a collection of materials ranging from linen to leather. (It was mind-blowing to see a laser-cut silk blouse!) Using light as both tool and inspiration, arrangements of shapes were cut away from fabric, which created unique drape and texture.

According to JF & Son: “When we received the cuts from Kevin, our challenge was to work with them into wearable silhouettes. We were surprised to find the process identical to working with hand embellishment; we saw the cuts as we would a bead, and we created CAD drawings and mapped the geometric shapes within those specs.”

See the pieces from the first CUTS/// collection in person at JF & Son’s new store location: 56 University Place at the corner of 10th Street (NYC).

GILT GROUPE ACQUIRES DECORATI.COM

By danielle

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We’re big fans of both sites, so what better way to learn about the next chapter than from the horse’s mouth. Wanted to share this Q&A from Decorati Access.

A Dose of Inspiration for Post-Grad Life

By Lauren Hill

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The spring is slowly approaching (not quickly enough in my opinion) and with the change in season also comes the steady flow of college graduates.  With the challenges post-graduate life can bring (dwindling economy, moving back home, catching a ‘break’), navigating your way through the industry can be discouraging.  It would help to have a little guidance from someone who knows how to become successful, right?

Well this Thursday night, Interior Design magazine editor, Annie Block, will talk to big time designers Dror Benshetrit and Todd Bracher with Pratt Institute Professor of Industrial Design, Mark Goetz on the keys to success in the design world.  Students and alumni are invited to bring their portfolios for a review with the designers following the presentations.  The event will take place at the The Theater at the Museum of Arts & Design from 7pm-9pm.  General admission is $12 and $10 for members and students.  Purchase your ticket here or call 212.299.7740.

I would take these guys as a guiding mentor any day.  Can’t wait to hear about the path that led them to where they are now!

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