Archive for October, 2011


By kristin


This post comes to you courtesy of our newest Calendar blogger, Heba Nady.

Interiors & Sources has announced its first ever “I Like Design” student competition in collaboration with Gresham, Smith & Partners – one of the top architecture and engineering firms in the country! For the competition, which is open to undergraduate and graduate interior design and architecture students, GS&P would like students to design a Community Health and Wellness Center in a building located in Nashville, Tennessee. The Center, which includes a Clinic and a Community Center, would function as a medical center where patients could receive treatment and other services as well as a wellness center where people will be offered educational and other opportunities. In December, 10 finalists will be chosen by Interiors & Sources based on how well they were able to solve the design challenge posed by GS&P.

Once the finalists have been selected they will have to use their social media skills to succeed! The 10 entries will be posted on Interiors & Sources‘ website at which point finalists will have to post the link to their entry on all of their individual profiles to get as many people as they can to vote for them. Each week, the finalist with the least amount of votes will be removed from the competition until the person with the most votes wins! The winner of the competition will be awarded a paid summer 2012 internship with GS&P at their headquarters in Nashville. The deadline for submissions is December 1 so get designing, students! Visit Interiors & Sources’ competition page to learn more about submission and program requirements.

Travel Squire has fallen in love with Québec!

By Lauren Hill


Québec has taken over the month of October at On Thursday, October 13th, TravelSquire and Tourism Québec co-hosted a party to celebrate travel to the Canadian province, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by DohYo at the stylish Yotel Hotel New York’s Time Square.  Not just a destination website, Travel Squire combines custom travel planning  with a sophisticated travel magazine, filled with exclusive online content. For the entire month, TravelSquire will be featuring all things Québec, exploring the region in detail with exciting destinations, fun hotels and restaurants, as well as a list of sights to see and adventures to take.

If you plan to travel to this northern province, make sure to stop by the sixth annual Manif D’Art, where artists follow a special “machines and the shape of movement” theme when creating cutting edge visual art for the showcase.  Or if you’re looking for a ‘cool’ place to stay during the Canadian winter, try sleeping on a bed of ice, at the Ice Hotel, an architectural phenomenon where bedroom temps reach about 41ºF.

Only a few days left to check out all things Québec over at!  au revoir!

TravelSquire Guests at Yotel Hotel Celebrating Quebec!


















Ice Hotel

Helsinki announces a year of programming as the World Design Capital 2012.

By sevan


As we’ve all heard by now, Helsinki was selected as the World Design Capital 2012, and at the preview event last Friday, WDC Helsinki Development Director Ms. Sanna-Mari Jäntti revealed the full spread of programming that will be incorporated with the fabric of daily life in Helsinki and surrounding cities: Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti. The theme, Open Helsinki – Embedding Design in Life, focuses on city development by challenging the typical definition of the word ‘design.’ Design does not only refer to arts and crafts or architecture; 80% of the WDC Helsinki programming involves public services, education, transportation, business, etcetera. “Intelligent Design,” the service design project in Helsinki University Library launching in January, aims to create a coherent, user-oriented and flexible service concept for the library in addition to a web-based developer community. Later in June, “Helsinki Summer School” will offer high-quaity academic programs on design, combined with a wide range of cultural and social activities.

The programming also includes exhibitions, events, workshops and seminars, as well a pop-up section in New York’s very own Museum of Art and Design’s store — New York is a satellite city for WDC2012 — that will be up until October 28th. Learn more and stay updated with the mobile app designed by FJORD especially for WDC Helsinki that will soon be available on a variety of mobile devices.

And as was mentioned many times as the preview event — visit Helsinki! Architect Steven Holl said that going to Finland changed his life, so it may just change yours, too.


By sevan


Everywhere you look, contemporary design still seems to be firmly rooted in the sleek and simple geometries that first made their debut in MoMA’s 1932 International Style exhibition: basic polygons, clean lines, pure abstraction. Modern design is timeless design, and as La Corbusier famously said, “less is more.” But as much as we love the logic of the grid or the honesty of glass, sometimes we wonder, whatever happened to art and design’s original muse: nature, environments, and the human experience?

Michael Aram’s designs are exactly this: a return to the original. His naturally inspired designs may not be simple in the modern interpretation of form, but they are simple in the sincerity of their meaning. His pieces celebrate nature and our experiences within it: watching the sun set at a beach wedding, having brunch in your family’s backyard, or seeing a field of lotus blossoms floating serenely on the surface of a lake. Each collection within Michael Aram’s body of work has a personal story connected to it, many inspired by the Armenian designer’s first trip to India. There, he was not only taken by the beauty of his surroundings but also entranced by the metal workers and the centuries-old tradition of producing all their tools and crafts by hand. The Molten Collection, for example, is a celebration of this craft. Each bead is created and welded individually onto the stainless steel platters, bowls and frames of the collection.

We had the pleasure of attending Michael Aram’s seasonal celebration last Tuesday at his flagship store at 136 West 18th Street, meeting the designer himself and hearing the stories behind all the collections. The latest collection, Sleepy Hollow, is inspired by the eery but romantic settings of our childhood ghost stories — “whispers heard in the rustling leaves, and the wind whistling dark secrets.” The Sleepy Hollow Collection offers a complete set for the gathering table, including a bread basket, a cheese board, and a cocktail napkin holder, to name just a few of the pieces. And as each of the collections holds a special meaning, the wonderfully crafted and intricately beautiful pieces make wonderful gifts for any number of occasions, from the festive to the melancholy.


Discovering “Treasures”: Rachel Ashwell’s New Shabby Chic® line for QVC

By alexandra


Most people have heard the term “Shabby Chic®,” but not everyone realizes its origin and that it is actually a registered brand name. Rachell Ashwell, the woman who coined the term, lives and breathes the design philosophy and has devotees across the globe. She even has four Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture® stores, located in Santa Monica, California; Soho, New York; London’s Notting Hill neighborhood and Round Top, Texas. The Texas outpost is located at her newly opened prairie-themed bed and breakfast-a chic western retreat. A veteran in the interior design industry and a successful author, Ashell is now bringing her vision to a wider audience via her partnership with QVC. Her new line especially made for the retailer is truly inspired. Last week, we were invited to her NYC boutique to get a sneak peek of the new Treasures by Shabby Chic® collection for QVC. The new pieces consisted of items like elegant fleur de lis coat hooks, bedside tables and colorful antique looking hatboxes, among other “treasures.” You can see that Ashwell’s frequent jaunts to flea markets around the world have given her a unique and multi- dimensional aesthetic view. The entire collection will launch on the QVC website and on TV on Oct 26, although some are available now. Probably best to stock up now. We have a feeling these stylish and well-priced pieces won’t stay in stock for long!

An inspiration board is on display in the shop

Rachel and a guest chat

Rachel Ashwell's New Collection

For The Love of Milan

By Lauren Hill


What makes a beautiful piece of furniture from Italian manufacturer Kartell even better?  Having it “milanesified“… aka transformed into a tribute to Milan by designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Patricia Urquiola, and Missoni just to name a few.  The all-star cast was asked to revamp their favorite Kartell pieces with their personal style and design.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25, Sotheby will auction off 45 unique Kartell pieces created for the “Kartell Loves Milano” project as an “act of love” for the fashionable city of Milan.  Proceeds from these iconic pieces, which originally debuted in Kartell’s Milan flagship store during the 2011 Salone del Mobile,  will benefit the Umberto Veronese Foundation. The charity was founded in 2003 in support of scientific research. Pretty cool, right?

These tributes to Milan will be showcased at the Rotonda della Besana on Tuesday from 10:00am to 6:30pm. The auction begins at 7:30PM.

Duravit Design Week in NYC

By danielle


We’re having flashbacks to our fabulous press junket to the Duravit HQ in Germany’s Black Forest. There, we got a sneak peek at the upcoming line-up, which includes new introductions from Philippe Starck, Sieger Design, Sergei Tchoban, Matteo Thun, and EOOS. Now we’re excited to see them on our own soil, as the pieces will be on display for the first time in the DNYC showroom. Where there are celebratory events all week in the famed blue space, Wednesday is shaping up to be the big night!

Cut&Paste New York 2011

By paul


Cut&Paste is kicking off its tour in New York City on Friday, October 28th. The event, taking place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, is known as the “global digital design competition” and consists of lively onstage battles and reputation making performances. During the live design competition the contestants create 2D, 3D, and motion/animation design to win a place in the Cut&Paste Global Championship in NYC. This event allows designers to step into the spotlight as well as give the viewers a front row seat to the creative process. The concept of the event places graphic design into a nightlife type of environment with music from DJ Ayres and an open bar from 7-8PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

By blogger Paul Lynch

IIDA’s Color Invasion

By alexandra


Last night, we headed to the International Interior Design Association New York Chapter’s always vibrant Color Invasion Party. Beer on tap, pop art adorned walls and early Halloween decorations provided the perfect ambiance for a fun evening spent mingling with designers, architects and editors. Best of all, everyone was coming together for a good cause. Proceeds from the annual party fund student design awards, educational programs, and other IIDA NY learning events. We can’t wait for next year!

A few pics from the evening:

Time for Finnish Design

By danielle


Between the preview event this morning at the Museum of Arts and Design and the latest sale on, we’ve got Finnish Design on the mind. Afterall, we could all use more Marimekko and Alvar Aalto in our lives. Congrats Helsinki – World Design Capital 2012! We are looking forward to a year full of exciting design events!

Speaking of Mr. Aalto, his modern furnishings company Artek is hosting an event in NYC next week. Together with PIN-UP Magazine, the Finnish brand is introducing its Bright Light Collection – designed by Ville Kokkonen/Artek Studio. The preview will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 6:00-8:00PM at Gasser & Grunert (524 West 19th St). RSVP to



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