Archive for September, 2011

Design-Calendar Does London: 100% Design

By alexandra

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Design-Calendar hopped across the pond this past weekend to check out London’s 100% Design show. A few transfers on the tube and an unintentional detour into the EuroGamers Expo (“The U.K.’s biggest dedicated video games event”) area of the Earl’s Court exhibition center, we finally arrived at 100% Design.

Earl's Court Exhibition Center

It was still early for a Saturday morning, but the show was in full force with crowds buzzing about the new products on display.

There was quite a lot to see, but we spotted some major standouts and innovative creations. The M400 staircase in the Sentou Edition booth caught our eye and seemed slightly familiar. A reissue of a 1966 design by prolific French industrial designer Roger Tallon, the staircase is fully adjustable and is both functional and decorative.

The M400 Staircase from Sentou

Next up, we went over to Swiss furniture manufacturer Mossa’s space.  They were displaying the Stabella chair, an iteration of the traditional rustic Swiss chair originally designed in the 16th century.  Boasting the same basic silhouettes, the Stabella chairs are toned down, modernized versions of their predecessors, but still feature charming cut-outs.  Our favorite cut-out was the heart design.

The Stabella Chair from Mossa

We are huge fans of color, so when we spotted this voluminous, vibrant and comfy looking couch we had to investigate.  Italian manufacturer MYYOUR was responsible for this modern design.

MYYOUR couch

Turning around the corner, we thought we were back at the EuroGamer’s Expo, as a giant orange robot came into view. Turns out, we had discovered “RoboFold,” a truly cutting- edge product that has a unique patented method to form metal directly with six axis industrial robots. In layman’s terms, it offers an efficient, sustainable and cost effective way to manufacture metal panels.

A Robot from RoboFold

Our next find was a line of inflatable “pop-up” structures from the company aptly named “Inflate.” Their “Inflate Light” range that was on display consisted of structures meant to enhance any indoor or outdoor space.  We thought they would be perfectly suited for event and exhibit venues.

Inflatable Structures from Inflate

Finally, one of our favorite collections from 100% design  was easily the Ovo range by French company Morph in Design.  The “Philosoeuf” was the first creation by the company and the inspiration for a smaller line of “Philoseoeufs.”  Designed by Frédéric Verdys, the original large Philosoeuf has the capacity to hold 12 books.  The smaller Philoseoufs, named Ovos, are highly sculptural and multi-colored magazine racks that were much buzzed about at the show.

The Philosoeuf

The Covetable Ovos

SUITE NEW YORK LAUNCHES PINK SWAN PROJECT

By kristin

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When it comes to classics, there’s no point in reinventing the wheel… but you can still pay homage to it. On the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SUITE New York is launching the second installment of the Pink Swan Project – where 19 designers are given creative freedom to redesign Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Swan chair for a good cause. From Jamie Drake and Karim Rashid to Simon Doonan and Alexandra Von Furstenberg, each chair is totally unique and recalls the distinctive style and taste of each designer. From October 1 – 31, the chairs will be auctioned online at charitybuzz.com to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 

A sense-ational night at Eyebeam.

By sevan

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On almost any given night in Chelsea you can stumble upon a number of gallery show openings, featuring everything and everyone from the ultra-familiar Warhol to a contemporary conceptual photographer you’ve probably never heard of. But what might make discovering a hidden gem in the art world even better is to find a party to go along with it — now that’s the icing on the cake.

Although it wasn’t quite by chance that we found ourselves at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center last Thursday, the night was nevertheless quintessentially New York. The atelier was teeming for the U.S. launch of Madeline Schwartzman’s new book, See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception. The book is the first to survey and present over 100 projects by artists, architects and technologists that explore the relationship between design and perception at the intimate scale of the human body.

Pages from the book were projected on the back wall of the atelier space, revealing a sampling of the fascinating images it contains: Haus-Rucker-Co’s Mind Expander (1967), Diller + Scofidio’s Braincoat (2002), and Hyungkoo Lee’s The Objectuals series (2007) to name a few. To the right, what looked like a human-sized sandwich bag hung from the ceiling. We later discovered that it was much more than that when Belgian artist Lawrence Malstaf took off his shirt and shoes, and stepped in between the two layers of PVC. Within a minute, he was vacuum-packed between the two transparent layers, suspended in mid-air. Malstaf performed Shrink (1995) twice for the evening’s audience, getting a loud round of applause as he stepped out of the plastic, still breathing and completely unphased by the experience.

When the lights went off an hour after the launch party was scheduled to end, there were still a few stragglers unwilling for the night to come to an end.

Get ready for a London invasion: of bloggers.

By Lauren Hill

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Blogtour 2011 has arrived in London during the London Design Festival which runs from September 22-26, 2011. Organized by Modenus, in collaboration with MMPI, the producers of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and mydeco.com, Blogtour unites the US and the UK with a mission to increase awareness of good design in the US, UK and Europe. The program hopes to build a closer relationship between bloggers and designers.

This fall, Blogtour has invited 18 bloggers, home design writers, and influencers to attend the festival. Writers like Paul Anater of Kitchen and Residential Design and Carmen Maria Natschke of The Decorating Diva will be attending to share the latest design trends.  For a full list of bloggers click here!

If you happen to be across the pond this week – stop by the London Design Festival for a bloody good time 🙂

New Trends, New Design at the NYDC “What’s New, What’s Next” Event

By Lauren Hill

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The New York Design Center was buzzing with designers and editors asking the infamous question, “what’s new and what’s next?” in home interior design. Showrooms were packed with informative presentations like what colors to look for this season from House Beautiful Editor-in-Chief Newell Turner in the Benjamin Moore showroom (chameleon colors that change not only with the season, but change everyday!) to Architectural Digest Special Projects, Editor Mitchell Owens’, presentation on art placement in the home (a painting becomes part of the room rather than merely on display!)

The latest trends and new collections of the season were on every floor and as Blogger Ambassador for the program, I was paired up with one of the coolest lighting designers in the industry, Marian Jamieson, to hear what exactly makes quality lighting.

Jamieson’s presentation showed us what to look for “under the hood” of a lamp and specifically, in a great lampshade:

Handwork – craftsmanship is key!
Weight – go for styrene (it’s heavier and sturdier)
Trim – the detailing here is oh-so-important – hand crafted is best
Wire – she uses a powder coating, so it lasts longer!

We learned what that tiny sticker means (the one we all want to tear off as soon as we get our lamp home).  That little label means your lamp is UL certified and guarantees safety standards.  Jamieson’s lamps go through a series of checkpoints (tilt tests, chord strength test, dialect test, etc.) to get this sticker and it’s there for a reason, friends! Though it may not match the new patterns you chose for your throw pillows, it means you have an excellent quality lamp next to them!

Jamieson is a proud supporter of locally made products that support the American manufacturing industry and she makes all of her collections in her home base town of Los Angeles.  She is a fine craftsman indeed and her products are proof that she makes the best of the best.  Check out Marian Jamieson Lighting and Furniture collections here!  Thank you NYDC for inviting Design-Calendar to be a part of this amazing event – see you next year!

home fashions market week: Off to a great start!

By Lauren Hill

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With buyers flooding in from all over the country, ribbon cuttings for new showrooms and a cameo appearance from luxury guru Pamela Danzigner at the LDB Interior Textiles party last night, 7 West’s Home Fashions Market is off to a great start. The show just started yesterday, but with new showrooms and new fashion forward products, it is already proven to be a successful and buzzing market. Some exciting new finds: fun children’s bedding by Texstyle Bolan USA, beautiful rugs by Kaleen, bedding and fabric by Berkshire Blankets, among many many more.  Make sure to stop by 7 West 34th Street to see the latest in interior design during Home Fashions Market Week,  September 19-23, 2011.

NYDC tells us what’s new & what’s next!

By Lauren Hill

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Design-Calendar is proud to be a Blogger Ambassador for the New York Design Center’s What’s New, What’s Next @ 200 Lex program on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 3:00pm-9:00pm at 200 Lexington Avenue.  To celebrate its 85th anniversary, 55 participating showrooms will introduce new products and share with us what’s “new” and what’s “next” in design. We’ll be tweeting live from the showrooms with the latest exciting new trends! Make sure to stop by Suite 1211 at 5:15pm where lighting guru Marian Jamieson will go “under the hood” to show us what attributes make a quality lamp. Jamieson will have her newest collection of table and floor lamps as examples of her expertise in craftsmanship and detailed finishings.  For up-to-the-minute updates, follow us on twitter @designcalendar and like us on Facebook!  For a full list of the WNWN programs, click here. See you tomorrow @ 200 Lex!

BUY LOCAL WITH FAST COMPANY & FAB.COM

By kristin

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In this age of conscious consumerism and technology-driven bargain shopping, Fab.com and Fast Company are giving you the tools to buy locally… and for a good price.

The editors at Fast Company went on a hunt for homemade goods and picked 76 products to feature in its brand new (and free!) iPad app. From Herman Miller chairs to bamboo bicycles, the United States of Design app offers an in-depth look at each product with interesting backstories, designer interviews, and video clips of the manufacturing process.

And, for the next 28 days, most of the items will be available for sale through a special pop-up shop on the daily design deal site Fab.com. So download the app or head over to Fab.com and support things that are still “Made in America”!

 

AxorNYC Preview

By danielle

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While Monday is the official public opening, I managed to get a sneak peak at the new Axor NYC design studio in the Meatpacking District (29 9th Ave). The second floor space, which shares an address and many of the same designers as Swiss-manufacturer Vitra, showcases iconic fixtures from the Axor Urquiola, Axor Citterio, Axor Starck and Axor Massaud collections. Axor Brand Manager Philippe Grohe, Hansgrohe AG CEO Siegfried Gänßlen and President of Hansgrohe North America Russ Wheeler took me and some of my favorite social networking peeps on a tour of the 3,000 sq foot space. After a day of blogging, wouldn’t it be nice to slip into an Axor Urquiola tub (check out the photo below)!?!

This is definitely a showroom to keep on your radar. I hear they will be hosting lots of events in the coming months!

Axor NYC opens to the public on Monday, September 19. In addition to German engineering and design, the space will be offering Riesling from its hometown in the Black Forest to celebrate the launch!

The Axor Urquiola collection debuted at ICFF 2010 and has quickly become an industry favorite!

 

 

desigNYC’s Annual Party and Exhibition

By paul

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Tonight, desigNYC hosts the opening night of their annual exhibition celebrating the work between nonprofit organizations and designers. This is an opportunity to meet leaders from both sides and learn how to get involved with desigNYC. “DesigNYC’s mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers through the power of design.” DesigNYC allows designers who are interested in civic engagement to connect with nonprofit organizations that serve the public good. The exhibition will open September 14th and run until October 1st.

If you would like to attend the event, RSVP at the link below and create your badge with your name and affiliation.

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By Blogger Paul Lynch

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