Archive for July, 2011

Duravit Makes a Splash in Mr. Popper’s Penguins!

By kristin-h

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Although we all know that people love Duravit’s impressive line, Vero, we never imagined that it would be so adored by penguins too! This summer’s comedy, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, is a story of a businessman whose life gets turned upside down when he inherits six penguins and they turn his swanky NYC apartment into a snowy winter wonderland.  Vero is the perfect collection for Mr. Popper’s lavish bathroom, which matches the elegant style of the rest of his apartment (that is, before the penguins do some damage!) Don’t worry; there is still time to see Mr. Popper’s Penguins! But while you’re watching, make sure to take your eyes off of the lovable penguins for a few minutes to appreciate the great design of Duravit’s modern and polished Vero collection!

Here are a few pictures of these playful penguins splashing and waddling around the Vero collection!!

Penguin and Vero Sink!

Splashing around in the tub!

 

GOING TO THE (POP UP) CHAPEL

By kristin

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Weddings may bring a tear to our eye but ceremonies that combine architecture, marriage equality and free cupcakes make us straight up giddy! Celebrating last month’s historic legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in New York, our buddies at Architizer have teamed up with the wedding experts at The Knot to bring you the city’s first pop up chapel!

After running a rapid-fire competition, they’ve just announced the winners, Z-A Studio and ICRAVE, whose designs will be used in a day-long ceremony this Saturday, July 30! Each architecture firm will receive $3,000 to build the pop-up chapel of their dreams at Merchants’ Gate in Central Park, New York. Here’s a peek at each design:

Z-A Studio’s “KISS” chapel is a tulip-like structure with recycled honeycomb cardboard walls and a plywood base. According to the architects, the union of the two forms creates “a stable entity, that is more than the sum of its parts.” Amen!

ICRAVE’s Pop Up Chapel is an effervescent cascade of hanging ribbons that provide a colorful backdrop to the day’s proceedings. After the ceremonies are over, the ribbons will even be handed out to the married couples as keepsakes!

Architizer is providing the chapel. The Knot is providing the photographer, the officiant and the cupcakes. Now all they need are the couples!

HC&G’s First Annual Innovation in Design Awards

By danielle

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This evening Hamptons Cottages & Gardens and One Kings Lane are presenting the First Annual Innovation in Design Awards and recognizing the best design in architecture, interior design, kitchen and bath. Cocktails with leading Hamptons design professionals start at 5:30PM followed by an awards presentation at 6:30PM.  In addition to celebrating great projects, the evening honors legendary designer Jack Lenor Larsen.

Where: The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY

Tickets: $75

COLOR LIFE E-Zine

By kristin-h

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Benjamin Moore is excited to introduce their breakthrough innovation on the digital front with their creation of the COLOR LIFE, a fully interactive e-zine, available on the iPad and Android tablet.   COLOR LIFE allows consumers to search and discover the array of colors, trendy ideas, style and decorating advise, and tons of images that are sure to spark your imagination, all in the palm of your hands.  Benjamin Moore’s latest color resource initially launches with 2 issues annually, the newest one coming out this October, for a subscription of $2.99 an issue.  Since Benjamin Moore is so excited about COLOR LIFE they want to share it with everyone for FREE.  The inaugural edition will be available for free to all consumers for a limited time, from Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29; so make sure to click the following links to experience COLOR LIFE.

For Ipad Users: click here!

For Android Tablet Users: click here!

If you do not own a tablet, its okay, you can still join in on the fun, just email meghand@vpcpartners.com or michelles@vpcpartners.com to receive a compatible version for your PC or MAC!

There is only 2 days left for this fabulous offer, so don’t waste anymore time, download COLOR LIFE now!!

LEUCOS USA ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH EVA ZEISEL

By danielle

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Have you heard the news? Leucos, a Leucos USA brand known for its distinctive Italian contemporary hand-blown glass lighting, announced its latest designer collaboration with the beloved industrial designer Eva Zeisel. Did we mention she turns 105 this November 13!?! A self-declared “maker of useful things,” Zeisel’s upcoming collection for Leucos is her first foray in the lighting category. It will include two pendants, two wall sconces and two table lamps: one large and one small. Set to make its debut this fall, the new pieces show off her signature style and are inspired by organic forms with soft curves like those of the human body.

The lights first came to life as cutout models, a free-hand technique typical of much of Zeisel’s work. Still in its development stage, the designs are currently in the hands of Leucos’ skilled Italian artisans. Using the time-honored tradition of handcrafted Murano glass, they will transform Zeisel’s initial 2-D sketches into three-dimensional light fixtures. Her soft, sensuous design aesthetic is sure to shine brightly in her six new lights. According to Zeisel, “I always like to design at least two shapes together, so that I create a family that relates to each other. These lights are cousins.” In keeping with her purist passion, the lights will be available in a smooth, glossy white surface as well as natural earth tones. The line will include a shade-less table lamp and glowing, rounded pendants.

With this collection, Eva Zeisel joins an impressive list of Leucos luminaries. In the last half-century, the Italian lighting brand has collaborated with sixteen leading international designers, the likes of which include: Matteo Thun, Jorge Pensi, Danilo De Rossi and David Rockwell. At 104 years of age, Zeisel’s contributions to the world of design confirm her legendary status.

Chillin in Style at the DCOTA

By danielle

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It’s too hot in the city…let’s take some inspiration from last week’s International Design event on “outdoor chic” at the DCOTA and hit the pool in style!

SURF's up...let's take a dip.

 

Royal Botania's OZON table and chairs, courtesy of Inside Out.

Joe Fava, Lara Shelton from La Plates, artist Ashley Longshore and Omar Guzman of Liquid Art Custom Pools talk about how they turn city terraces and big backyards into trendy outdoor living environments.

Hampton Designer Showhouse Opens Saturday

By danielle

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Ok you caught us…we couldn’t resist a trip to the Hamptons. The 2011 Hampton Designer Showhouse features rooms designed by 28 A-list interior designers and decorators such as Aurélien Gallet and Haus Interiors. Presented by Traditional Home Magazine, the showhouse will be open all summer so you can treat yourself to some design candy any day of the week. The showhouse is also home to one of the major benefit events of the season; donations and sponsorships from the Gala Preview Party will benefit Southampton Hospital, which has been a place for compassionate patient care since 1909. Tickets to the Gala start at $225. General admission to the showhouse is $30 and includes the exceptionally designed 2011 Journal.

When:  July 23 (cocktail party, 6 – 8:30 PM); July 24 – September 4 (showhouse open daily, 11 AM – 5 PM)

Where: Party: Sag Harbor, NY – House: 1224 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton, NY

Summer Social

By danielle

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The New York Home Furnishings and Design Organizations Coalition (which includes ASID, DC, DLFNY, EWHT, IESNYC, IFDA and NKBA) is hosting its 4th Annual Summer Social. The 2011 committee has been working all year to make sure this is yet another successful event. Emmy award winner George Oliphant is back and will run the live auction, which benefits YAI Network, an organization that has provided hope and opportunities for people with developmental and learning disabilities and their families for over 50 years. What better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying beautiful penthouse views of the Hudson, and supporting a good cause!

When: July 21, 6 – 9 PM

Where: Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, NYC

Tickets: $90 for Members and $100 for Non-Members. To register click here or pay at the door.

“Building Burble Bup,” an exhibition featuring the FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

By kristin-h

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Escape the grueling NYC heat this Friday night and attend the opening of a new fabulous exhibition, “Building Burble Bup.”  As those of you who followed the FIGMENT/ENYA/ SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion Competition would know, Burble Bup designed by Bittertang, was the winner of this years contest, which is now on display in Governor’s Island.  Although the front-runner of the competition will not be featured at the NYC exhibition, the show will present the full competition process, from jury deliberations to construction of Burble Bup.  Also, all finalist entries will be showcased, featuring the work of Daniel Affleck, Pablo Kohan, Christina Ciardullo, Naoimi Ocko, VAMOS Architects, and Wilkinson Blender Architecture.  The show also offers visitors the chance to view links of project websites and a Flickr page with more images of the pavilion, as well as search the many articles that have been published about the pavilion.  This exhibition will inspire creativity and imagination as you browse through the unique concepts and designs from this competition.  So on Friday, June 22, make sure to head on over to the Center of Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, NYC) from 6 to 8pm to enjoy the show, Schmaltz Brewing Company refreshments and music by DJ Marvel.  But if your calendar is already full this weekend, don’t worry the exhibition will be open until September 16, so there is plenty of time for you to stop by!

Building Burble Bup Exhibition

Burble Bup by Bittertang

A Second Chance at NeoCon: NYDC’s First Look

By alexandra

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The 7th annual first LOOK event at the New York Design Center was a great mid-week treat.  For those of us who couldn’t make it to NeoCon this year it was the perfect opportunity to bone up on what’s going on in the contract industry.  The multi-level bash offered us a look at nearly 250 new contract product introductions.  Delicious food and drinks and great company only sweetened the deal.  Another plus?  All attendees were offered the chance to win an  iPAD and/or an annual MoMA memberships for 2!

The first LOOK showrooms drew quite the crowd

Leah Blank of NYDC with Mark Strauss, President of Interior Design

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