Archive for April, 2011


By kristin


Last year, NYC-based furniture maker Andrew Raible and photographer Jami Saunders spent their honeymoon volunteering in a Nepali orphanage. Living, working, and photographing 41 kids in the New Youth Development Society in Kathmandu, they were constantly inspired by the big hearts and even bigger aspirations of these kids. But they were also deeply troubled by the realities of day-to-day living. They did not have their own beds, they were not getting a nutritional diet, and the future of their education was uncertain.

Shortly after returning home, they learned that adoptions in Nepal had been halted due to fears of child trafficking. This is when the couple decided to form the non-profit Kids of Kathmandu. Founded on their belief in photography and the power it has to share a story, Kids of Kathmandu utilizes photography, design, and the arts to raise awareness and needed funds for the 41 kids who had touched their hearts. It is their goal to raise enough money to cover food, education, school uniforms and immunizations for the next 3 years. Their first initiative, The Desk Project, is focused on furniture design with the proceeds going towards the children’s education. In the next few years they would like to pair lighting design with solar panels, culinary arts with local and organic farming and fashion design for school uniforms.

For The Desk Project, they reached out to established architects, artists, designers and woodworkers to design and fabricate a child’s desk. In response, they received 11 kids’ desks from 11 different designers including: Andrew Raible, Daniel Moyer, Eric Manigian, Brian DeRosia, Uhuru, Made, Workshop Design Build, 9 Stories, Strear Built, Wadaly and Cambium Studio. Each desk is custom-built and completely unique with inspirations ranging from children’s building blocks to Op Art paintings. All of the desks are now on digital display and up for auction! Visit their auction site and start placing your bid!

If you’re not in the market for a desk but would still like to show your support, you can also purchase tickets to their Inaugural Fundraising Gala. The $75 ticket covers an evening of live music, drinks and hors d’ourves. There will also be an installation of large-format photographs of the children (taken by Jami), which will be available for sale. What better way to start off New York Design Week than with an event focused on design for social good? We hope to see you there!

Kids of Kathmandu Inaugural Fundraising Gala
Location: Ramscale Loft (463 West Side Hwy, New York, NY 10014)
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM

Atención: K+BB Design Awards Call for Entries

By danielle


The eighth annual K+BB Design Awards celebrates the best in kitchen, bath and showroom design. In order to be eligible, projects must have been installed/completed between January 2010 and December 2010. Winners will be notified in July and the work will be published in the September issue. Need more incentive? The Grand Prize Kitchen, Bath and Showroom of the Year winners, as selected by the K+BB judging panel, will join executive editor Alice Liao on an all-expense-paid, week-long adventure to Spain in September. Sponsored by Silestone by Consentino, the trip will include a visit to Madrid, tours of the Cosentino facilities and immersion in the Spanish Culture. Buena Suerte!

Turkish Delight

By jesse


Good afternoon, weary design travelers.  Hopefully you have fully recovered from your Milan-induced jetlag and you’ve managed to wean yourself from the ancient Italian custom of eating your weight in pasta at every meal.  America is so backwards sometimes…

Well for those of you whose wanderlust hasn’t been fully satisfied, we bring you some more news from overseas. Global materials consultancy Material ConneXion is expanding its international presence by opening a new location in Istanbul, Turkey.  The Istanbul, not Constantinople, installation will feature the same services as Material ConneXion locations in other world cities like New York, Bangkok, Cologne, and yes, Milan.  These services include an innovative materials library, consulting services, customized materials research and product development support, as well as a wide range of programming open to the public.

This is great news for a city with an already rich architectural history.  Whether you call it Byzantium, Constantinople, or Istanbul, the city on the Bosphorus has been a cultural crossroads for centuries. Material ConneXion promises to both draw inspiration from the city’s multi-cultural past and to inspire its next generation of cultural achievements.

Material ConneXion Istanbul will be located at:

Material ConneXion Istanbul
Yapi-Endüstri Merkezi | The Building Information Centre
Fulya Mah. Yesilçimen Sok. No:12
430 Fulya / Istanbul
Tel +90 212 266 70 70
Fax +90 212 266 70 10

TRADhome Debuts in Style

By alexandra


When we heard Traditional Home and Lonny Magazine were collaborating on a new digital pub, TRADHome, we couldn’t wait to see the outcome.  When we scored an invite to the mag’s launch party we couldn’t have been more excited.  The bash was held at NYDC-a great design resource and always a great party venue.  Nearly all of the “20 new traditional designers” the mag picked to highlight in their inaugural issue were in attendance, including Jayne and Joan Michaels of 2Michaels, Callie Jenschke and Nicki Clendening of Scout Designs and Sasha Adler and Lauren Gold from Nate Berkus Associates, to name a few.  Held in the new 1st Dibs showroom, the crowd was a who’s who of movers and shakers in the design world.  In addition to good food, good drink and good conversation, we especially enjoyed being able to browse the brand new digital tome at the computer stations set up around the room.  We can’t wait to see the next issue- due out in September!

Editor of Lonny, Michelle Adams, flanked by industry colleagues

Ben Miller of Laura Kirar and Drew McGukin of Drew McGuken Interiors enjoy the festivities

A TRADHome "browsing" station

More from Milan

By chris


Diego Grande designed an installation for Mapei at the Metamorphosis Exhibit of Ceramic Tiles of Italy at the Triennale

Super Studio Piu` was a hub of activity!

A view from the balcony into the Super Studio Piu` action.

Flux folded chairs were at the ready for a chance to rest and consult a Milan map.

MiniCoopers took to the air!

Zona Tortona Action.. A bevy of locally-produced Italian specialties made the walk through the neighborhood extra fun and fattening! And Nivea offered Vespa travel around town!

Mapei's permanent showroom is at the heart of the Milan Fairgrounds and welcomes fair attendees all year long!

Milan Madness

By chris


I’ve only been here for a few short days and have managed to experience my fair share of events both at the fairgrounds and fuori salone.

On Monday, The New York Times Garden Party in Hotel Bulgari lit up the night, with hundreds of the design industry's brightest stars in attendance. Couldn't think of a better way to start the week!

The streets of Milan are buzzing and Interni Mutant Architecture & Design is the talk of the town. The exhibit reflects on architecture that mutates and features experimental installations by Ingo Maurer for Enel, Gwenael Nicolas with Deborah Milano, Michele De Lucchi with a special project for L'Aquila, Mario Botta with Mapei, GVM and RIVA 1920, Richard Meier with Italcementie Sty-l-Comp Group, SnIt has transformed the historic Università degli Studi di Milano into a modern day masterpiece. The exhibit reflects on architecture that mutates with experimental installations by Ingo Maurer for Enel, Gwenael Nicolas with Deborah Milano, Michele De Lucchi with a special project for L'Aquilia, Mario Botta for Mapei, GVM and RIVA 1920, Richard Meier with Italcementie Styl-Comp Group, SnØhetta in collaboration with Paolo Armenise + Silvia Nerbi with CarraraMarmotec, Andres Warming with Mini, Jacopo Foggini with Nice and Giulio Iacchetti with Moleskin. In the courtyard, Zaha Hadid Architects made a vortex out of ultra-thin porcelain slabs from Lea Ceramiche. The 3-D piece illuminates with lights from Artemide and is appropriately named Twirl.

For me, Milan really is's almost like heaven. At Euroluce, FDV's Murano Due IXI added to my ethereal feeling. The only thing that could ruin this design high is the fact that my iPhone battery is low. Time to charge it! More photos tomorrow!

Charles P. Rogers Hosts Young Writers for National Poetry Month

By kristin


This past weekend, Writopia Lab hosted a poetry workshop in the comfortable setting of Charles P. Rogers‘ showroom in honor of National Poetry Month.

Over 30 students from public and private schools around the city participated in the workshop. Students were broken into smaller groups led by four published poets, a hip hop recording artist, and trained team leaders who guided them through the intensive writing workshop.

The event concluded with an open mic session from parents.

Writopia Lab is a national community of young writers, aged 8-18. To learn more, visit

TRADhome is Here!

By danielle


Called the love child of Traditional Home and Lonny Magazine, issue #1 of TRADhome is filled with 347 digital pages of inspiration, color and the 20 New Traditionals!  Each shed light on “what traditional means to them.” We love the video embedded into page 68! How cool! With the sound of soft jazz in the background, Jonathan Adler and Charlotte Moss talk traditional design. Click here to see the Spring 2011 premiere issue!

DESIGN 21 Launches “I’m With You” to Benefit Japan Earthquake Relief

By danielle


The 7.1-magniture tremor that hit Japan exactly one month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami reminds us that Fukushima has a long road of recovery ahead. Prime Minister Naoto Kun has publicly thanked people around the world for their support in Japan’s time of need. Yet, there is still more we can do. Today, we are acknowledging the efforts for Felissimo. The Japanese company had a similar experience over 15 years ago when an earthquake hit Kobe – where it is based. This experience has prompted them to launch various relief efforts on behalf of Japan.

Felissimo has provided immediate aid to the region by donating money and emergency supplies but the company knows that the relief effort must be multi-tiered. With that in mind, Felissimo developed three competitions with DESIGN 21: Social Design Network, calling on designers to lend a creative hand. Two are design/product competitions aimed at fundraising where 15-20% of the proceeds will benefit the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund established by Felissimo. The third competition calls for an idea that contributes to long-term relief, recovery and rebuilding.

Here is a run-down of the three competitions:

Competition #1
Japan Earthquake Relief: A Symbolic Charity Accessory
Design a small symbolic accessory to express the sentiment “I’m with you!”
Deadline: May 6, 2011

Competition #2
Japan Earthquake Relief: “I’m with you!” Message Greeting Cards
Design a series of greeting cards to express the sentiment “I’m with you!”
Deadline: May 6, 2011

Competition #3
Calling for Power of Design in Action
Propose an idea that utilizes the power of design and offers a solution to a known or imagined problem.
Deadline: May 10, 2011

Cindy Celebrates 10 Years at the Helm

By chris


For those design junkies that have had the good fortune to know Cindy Allen personally, last Tuesday was a very special day.  Friends and staff gathered at The National for a surprise celebration to honor the beloved EIC and her ten year anniversary at the magazine.  Spearheaded by David Rockwell, the party was a great chance to gather and pay homage to the inclusive, inspirational and playful world that Cindy has created through the pages of Interior Design.  Where other editors might create a competitive environment, Cindy is all about the community that she loves and nurtures in person and through the magazine.   The room was packed with well-wishers that look forward to seeing what she can cook up in the next decade!  Kudos and lots of love to you Cindy!!!!!!

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