Archive for June, 2011

DoD Highlight: SASAKI for Japan

By sevan

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This year, the West Coast’s largest design event reached out beyond its California borders to promote a great humanitarian cause. Dwell on Design invited Japanese artist SASAKI to demonstrate his performance art piece, Heartbeat Drawing Project. Funds raised from the performance were donated to Architecture for Humanity‘s relief and rebuilding efforts in tsunami-ravaged Tohoku, Japan.

I found the project concept unique in the way that it engaged the audience. Participants were asked to wear a pulse monitor around a finger; their pulse was then output as audio, and SASAKI airbrushed red waves on the canvas that mimicked the rhythm of the heartbeats. Each hexagon represented three minutes of a participant’s heartbeat. What really made me love this project was that each participant was also a donor — in more ways than one. By donating their heartbeats, participants symbolically gave life to both his art and the tsunami victims. Nearly 200 people donated their heartbeats at DoD.

If you missed Dwell on Design, SASAKI will also be performing “HEARTBEAT DRAWING in VENICE” at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

UncommonGoods Harvest Plate Design Winner!

By kristin-h

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The results are in from the UncommonGoods Harvest Plate Design Contest!! Over the weekend UncommonGoods and City Harvest teamed up and chose Michael White’s : The Big Apple Feeds design as this years winner!  This design is of the city skyline with a knife, fork and spoon representing everyone in the city’s need for food to eat.  So get your credit cards out and support a good cause.   We know you might “have a lot on your plate” but make sure to find time to check out Michael White’s design as well as the other plates so you’re ready to buy when they go on presale by the end of the week!

The Big Apple Feeds by Michael White

2011 Lumen Award Winners

By kristin-h

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2011 Lumen Awards Winners Announced at the 43rd Annual Lumen Gala

The 43rd Annual Lumen Gala took place June 8th to celebrate the 2011 winners of the Lumen Awards.  The event was hosted by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC); a volunteer professional organization comprised of individuals who share a mutual admiration and appreciation of all things lighting.  More than 700 people gathered at the Chelsea Piers to recognize lighting design members whose exceptional professionalism, excellence and originality have recently culminated in some of the world’s most innovative lighting projects.

Elena Mikoleski of Acuity Brands and Adrienne Shulman of GE Lighting presented eleven awards in three categories throughout the evening.  Some of the awards presented include: The Lumen Award of Excellence, the highest level of recognition; The Lumen Award of Merit, prestigious recognition in permanent architectural application; and the Lumen Citation, a special award for art installation, technical detail, and other work.

Here is the moment you’ve been waiting for… the results!

There were three Awards of Excellence this year, each winner completed standout projects, definitely worthy of this recognition!  Focus Lighting won for their work on the Science Storms exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL.  Lumen Architecture also secured an Award of Excellence for their work on the Arthouse in Austin, Texas.   The third award went to Renfro Design Group for their creative lighting strategy in the Art Collector’s Loft, in New York City.

Science Storms at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago- By Focus Lighting

The three Awards of Merit went to Tillotson Design Associates, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, and One Lux StudioTillotson Design Associates earned this award for their lighting contributions to the now picturesque Lincoln CenterCline Betteride Bernstein Lighting Design also won this award for their work in New York City, at the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park.  One Lux Studio impressed the panel of judges with their unique designs for 1.4 million square foot office tower at 155 N. Wacker Street in Chicago.

Lincoln Center, NY- By Tillotson Design Associates

The five Lumen Citation awards were given to lighting design firms who focused on artistic details during installation, and this year’s winner’s impressive projects perfectly fit this description.  Renfro Design Group won their second award of the evening for their restoration of the The Morgan Library & Museum – the McKim Library Restoration in New York City.  Cooley Monato Studio received an Award of Citation for their lighting transformation at the Mall of America, South Avenue Renovation, in Bloomington, MN.  The Lumen Citation for Residential Lighting went to Lighting Workshop for their contributions to the Flavor Paper project in Brooklyn, NY.  Fisher Marantz Stone won the Lumen Citation for façade lighting, with their impressive work on the soaring and slender Burj Khalifa in Dubai.  The final Lumen Citation, for simple and playful use of light, went to RS Lighting Design for their designs at ABKCO Music and Records in New York.

Flavor Paper, Brooklyn, NY-By Lighting Workshop

In addition to the amazing projects recognized at the Gala, a few individuals were honored for their involvement in IESNYC.  The NYC Brilliance Award was given to Randy Sabedra, RS Lighting, past president of IESNYC for his dedication and contribution to the section.  The NYC Section Meritorious Award was presented to Peter Jacobson, Con Edison of New York, recognizing his outstanding service in his fifteen or more years in the society.  Last but not least, The Section Service Award was granted to Zengwei Fu, SBLD Studio, for five or more years of remarkable service to the section.

These fantastic designs lit up our day, so we hope they brighten yours too!!  Congrats to all the Lumen Award Winners!

House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year – Where design and food meet.

By sevan

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One of the best things about being in New York City over the summer is the plentitude of amazing events that are free and open to the public. Being a big foodie and design-lover, one event that I’m absolutely titillating with excitement about is Kitchen of the Year. Between July 18 – 22, chef Tyler Florence’s California-inspired indoor-outdoor kitchen will turn Rockefeller Plaza into the city’s summer hotspot with tours, tastings, and live demonstrations. Porchetta to hit my taste buds with a flavor explosion? Yes, please! Then, beginning August 1st, the kitchen will transform into Bar 30, serving cocktails and snacks to make the most sweltering month of the year that much cooler. Piña Colada? I’ll take that, too. As Tyler says, it’s going to be the party of the year in the kitchen of the year.

Our friends at House Beautiful created a sneak peak video of the beautifully composed kitchen and all the delicious eats we have to look forward to. Tyler Florence’s design takes components that were a hit in past kitchens and adds his own flair to them; the fireplace adds a homey, comfortable feel to the kitchen that is built big and spacious to entertain as many people as possible. This developed from the core concept driving the design: a flowing connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces, the home and the city. Not only is this perfect for New York’s indecisive weather, it also transforms Rockefeller Plaza into a slice of west coast chill, where the summertime and the livin’s easy feeling lasts all year long. So close your eyes and take off your shoes as you sip your pinot grigio in one of the comfortable seats furnishing the 1,500 sq. ft. stone patio, built with a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen.

If you’re as excited as I am, put on some sunscreen before you head out to work – you won’t need to go to Rockaway to catch a breeze this summer.

Design Miami/Basel Recap

By danielle

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Here is a post from Kristin [Heaney] to recap Design Miami/Basel:

Now that Design Miami/Basel has just ended we are here to share with you some highlights from the fair.  As you might know, the show took place in Basel, Switzerland from June 14 to the 18, and was quite a success! People all over the world descended into Europe to check out the mind-blowing designs the fair had to offer. The show saw record-breaking attendance and the strongest sales they’ve ever seen since it started six years ago.

The show was visited by 20,500 people; including noteable collectors such as, Jil Sander, Naomi Campbell, Will Ferrell, Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Peter Brant, George Lindemann, Larry Gagosian, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, Sir Norman Foster, Dasha Zukhova and Ulla Dreyfus-Best.  There was also no shortage of top tier designers that attended the fair to showcase their work.  The exhibits were displayed in a “scatter” layout, which was created by New York based architects Aranda/Lasch, to allow people to move freely throughout the show in an entirely new way.

The gallery program was a huge hit, both institutional and private collectors were not shy about spending at this years fair.  Thousands of dollars (and euros) were spent on beautiful furniture, artwork and designs.

In addition to the galleries the fair offers Design Talks each year, which shed light on the topics of art, architecture, and design.  This year they discussed topics such as, pushing boundaries through private commission, diverse approaches to design, and designers of the future.

This year the “W Hotels Designers of the Future Award” winners were Asif Khan (in the UK,) Studio Juju (in Singapore,) and Mischer’traxler (in Austria.)  These three winners impressed viewers with futureistic technologies, such as an artificial cloud, a tent structure, and a machine which activated itself when shown attention by visitors.

Another highpoint of the show was the sponsor exhibitions, which included Design Miami/Basel’s partner for the event HSBC, and their exhibit, HSBC Connection Collection IV: Hella Jongerius’ “Daylight,” Swarovski Crystal Palace’s presentation of “Iris” and “The Vitra Design Museum:Zoom.”

There were so many more exciting events that took place at this year’s fair, and as you can tell from our recap, Design Miami/Basel 2011’s success has raised the bar even higher for all future shows. Let’s see if they can top this past week’s records at Design Miami 2011, coming up this fall!

Nacho Carbonnell's Outdoor Installation for Design Miami/Basel 2011

Gallery Seomi

Cubist Lamp by Freshwest presented by mitterand + cramer/design

D-C Weekend Edition: Restoration Hardware Gets New East Hampton Digs

By alexandra

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On Saturday we escaped the city and headed to summery East Hampton for the opening of a brand new Restoration Hardware on Main Street.  Hosted by Gary Friedman, Chairman  & Co-CEO of the premium home furnishings retailer and Town & Country Editor-in-Chief Jay Fielden, the soirée benefitted God’s Love We Deliver and Guild Hall of East Hampton. Delicious bites from Creative Edge, yummy donuts from Dreesens and Bellinis from Cipriani fueled our tour around the gorgeous two-story space. In addition to a wide range of chic meubles, objets d’art and home accessories, we loved the delicate chandeliers ensconced in industrial metal, which were hung in various rooms throughout the store. We were also particularly drawn to a “propane fire table” made from heat-resistant fibercast concrete.  Called the “Laguna,” the piece is composed of tempered glass panels, which prevent the tiny propane-ignited tealights in its center from being extinguished by passing breezes.  The pièce de résistance of the store, however, was definitely its fully furnished elevator.  Outfitted with elegant velvet chairs, wall scones and decorative pillows, it was a popular attraction at the party with guests lining up for a quick ride in the moveable lounge. With a Design Within Reach around the corner and more design stores on the rise out East, we have a feeling it won’t be the last time we cover design in the area!

Wanted to leave with one of these chandeliers!

A scene from the party...we spotted model Molly Sims among the crowd

The chicest elevator we've encountered

The "Laguna" propane fueled table...A great conversation piece

Fighting [Leukemia] with Fashion

By danielle

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There sure is a lot happening in the city this Thursday night, but this event is near and dear to my heart as it raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Society Ties Present “Fighting [Leukemia] with Fashion.” The highly anticipated third annual event raises funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives and to add potential donors to the bone marrow registry. Doors open at 7:00PM, with the main fashion event, sponsored by City Model and Talent, beginning at 8:30PM. The event also offers an open bar from 7:00PM to 9:00PM sponsored by Diageo Liquors. General admission tickets will be on sale for $35 until June 23rd. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40.

Sadly, I’ll be out of town for the event, but I’m raising money for the cause in another way….by running the NYC Marathon this November as part of LLS’s Team in Training. My goal is to raise $3,450 for LLS! I’ve been to plenty of events and know the design industry loves to support a worthy cause. More details can be found on my fundraising page. I’ll be updating it throughout the training season. 26.2 miles…here I come!

UncommonGoods Harvest Plate Design Contest

By danielle

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As many of you may or may not know the UncommonGoods and Harvest Plate Design Challenge in partnership with City Harvest has been underway this summer.  They received an overwhelming number of submissions, and are now onto the second round, which they have chosen 24 entries to compete for the first place.

Here is where the community comes in; beginning today anyone can vote on the semifinalists to help UncommonGoods pick out the best designs.  UncommonGoods will then choose a winner from the top 5 voted on designs.  The winner will be announced on Monday June, 27.

Everyone make sure to vote!  Check back in on the 27th to find out which fabulous design wins!

NeoCon 2011 a Hit.

By danielle

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Today, we’ve got another post brought to you by Sevan.

Over the last few days, we’ve been busy taking in everything from giant, cozy lounge chairs to futuristic movable desks – products that can put your favorite comforter to shame or completely redefine the office environment. NeoCon 2011 kicked off on Monday in The Merchandise Mart of Chicago, infamous for its elevator jams but loved nonetheless for being the place to discover the latest in innovative commercial interior design.

We loved it at ICFF and we’re loving it once again. One of our favorites at the convention came from Tools at Schools. The new collection of colorful desks and lockers is brilliant in its clean simplicity and is the result of a collaborative project between Bernhardt Design, Aruliden, and eight graders at the School at Columbia University. We also loved InterfaceFLOR’s new carpeting line made using recycled fishing nets – part of their new sustainable product initiative that promises to use 100 percent non-virgin materials. And we couldn’t help wanting to refurnish our office with a few of KI’s curvaceous new Itoki chairs that really take advantage of the subtle power of good aesthetic.

As if all this design wasn’t enough to get us excited, we were more than happy about the abundance of cheese-and-wine receptions and cooking demonstrations that kept our stomachs from rumbling as we walked every square foot of the showrooms. Glimmering glass, bright textiles, luscious woods… three days was definitely not enough! We’re already looking forward to 2012.

The workspace doesn’t have to be boring thanks to Stylex’s new Sava line of colorful and comfortable office chairs.

Allsteel greets visitors at the entrance.

7W Designer Day: Donna Sharp – The Popular Revival of Style Inspired by Artisanship

By danielle

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Kristin Heaney attended yesterday’s 7 W’s Designer Day. Here’s her report…

Today has definitely been a day of firsts for me. It’s my first time blogging on Design-Calendar, my first time going to the to-the- trade designer resource building 7 W to attend “Designer Day” and my first time meeting entrepreneur and talented home décor/fashion designer Donna Sharp.  “Designer Day” is 7 W’s popular series on topics such as trends, design, style and living.  This installment put the spotlight on Donna Sharp.

So everyone could learn about Donna’s life and career, Charlotte Barnard, lifestyle expert who has worked with Country Living, This Old House, and Martha Stewart Living, sat down and chatted with her and gave a background on quilting in America. It was such a pleasure to hear stories from Donna, her husband, Dean, and her regional manager, Teri Atkins. They talked about her company and her journey from being a 5th generation quilter to owner and designer of her own successful company. Donna Sharp certainly has no shortage of things to celebrate. She has now been running her thriving business for thirty years and Giftbeat Magazine recently named her handbag collection the #1 cloth handbag collection in the NorthEast – testaments to   Donna’s determination and industriousness.

We heard about so many remarkable aspects of Donna’s life and products (especially her quilts) that it would be difficult to share all of them here. To give you a little taste of what I learned, I’ve jotted down some highlights from her inspiring story:

  • Donna started her multi-million dollar company from the ground up.
  • She and her husband sold their carpet store in Kentucky so she could pursue her passion for quilting.
  • With no long-term plan and little capital, she hit the tradeshow circuit with her mother, using all proceeds to buy the materials to produce more quilts for future shows.
  • Over the past thirty years, her business has taken off and she has expanded to producing wildly popular quilted bags, and other home accessories.

The audience was very engaged and many people said they never fully appreciated how much hard work and careful attention to detail goes into making every single quilt before. She meticulously chooses which patterns to use until “the fabrics play well together,” which takes a great deal of time and talent. Congratulations to Donna for all her success!

Designer Day at 7W

Su Hilty, VP of Marketing for 7W introducing Donna and Charlotte

Donna Sharp shares her story with Charlotte Barnard

Donna Sharp talks about the intricacies of one of her made-in- Kentucky quilts

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