Archive for November, 2011

Tis the Season for Design

By danielle


The festivities kick into high gear tonight with the Academy Awards of Design (aka Interior Design Hall of Fame) in New York and the start of Design Miami/ in Florida.

The President may be in NYC, but the talented Mark Strauss and Cindy Allen are getting ours (and the 1400 others in attendance) undivided attention tonight.  In a few hours, we are headed to the Waldorf Astoria to celebrate this year’s inductees: Patricia Urquiola, David Kleinberg, Nada Andric and George Beylerian. They join a list of past luminaries including Philippe Starck, Frank Ghery, and Antonio Citterio, to name a few. Proceeds from the event are awarded to not-for-profit organizations supporting the design industry.

Down south, our friends at adroyt, Avant Gallery, Planar, 42Below and Surface are celebrating the opening of PICTURES + FURNITURE featuring the work of designers Chad Jensen, Philip Michael Wolfson and Pryor Calloway. The event is being held at the Avant Gallery from 6-11PM. The evening’s opening reception will be celebrated in tandem with a dedicated TwitSalon from 6-7PM, conducted by Adroyt.


Black Friday Sales at Alessi, The Future Perfect, Flos and Property

By danielle


Black Friday, or as I like to call it Good Friday, is here! With all the department stores boasting about their great sales, we thought we’d take time to highlight some shopping opportunities for those design aficionados with discerning taste.

First up – Alessi! The renowned kitchen and and housewares company is hosting its first-ever Black Friday sale and offering a 10% discount on all store merchandise (minus limited edition pieces). The discount continues through Shop Local Saturday! Stores are located at 130 Greene St, 30 East 60th St in Manhattan and 138 Willoughby St, space 46 at the Alessi Pop Up at Dekalb Market.

We heard The Future Perfect just unloaded a container of holiday gifts and will be offering 15% off all in-store purchases from Friday-Sunday. The Manhattan (55 Great Jones St) and Brooklyn (115 North 6th St) locations will be open late, til 9 on Friday and Saturday!

Flos is celebrating the beginning of the holiday shopping season by offering its popular Kelvin LED lamp, designed by Antonio Citterio, in white for $299 (usually $396). The promotion will run at FLOS authorized dealers as well as on the new e-commerce section of the website from Black Friday thru Cyber Monday.

The Black Friday deals at Property (14 Wooster St) include 15% off all new orders and accessories. Select floor samples are also on sale.

Geoffrey Zakarian’s gifts for the wine lover on sale for One Kings Lane Holiday Tastemaker Charity Series!

By heba


As part of their first “Holiday Tastemaker Charity Series,” One Kings Lane is offering gifts and entertaining items hand-selected by leaders from the worlds of design, fashion and entertaining! After last week’s sale for the book lover, the second sale of the series, which offers gifts for the wine aficionadostarts today and runs through Wednesday, November 23. This sale will feature gifts selected by Chef and Restaurateur, Geoffrey Zakarian including his favorite wine accessories, storage pieces, and viticulture books, as well as some special bottles! A portion of the proceeds from all of the sales will benefit the charity of each Tastemaker’s choice and Zakarian has chosen the Kimmins Terrier Foundation, which aims to improve education for children and families in Tampa, Florida, to benefit from this sale. Head over to One Kings Lane before it’s too late!

This post comes to you courtesy of our new blogger, Heba Nady!

Product Runway Takes Over NYC

By Lauren Hill


This week, Marquee, New York City’s prestigious nightclub, was filled with its typical crowd of models, TV personalities and tastemakers. What brought these design-forward fashionistas out on a Monday night? The 2011 Product Runway! As a play off of the hit Lifetime television series, Project Runway, the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH), a non-profit organization that helps build connections to major cities and thousands of hospitality professionals and products hosted a charity runway show and design competition in support of its scholarship program.

On November 14th, creative fashions walked down the runway from a challenge to design couture creations as part of the biggest fundraiser yet for the NEWH Greater New York. 16 prestigious hospitality firms were paired with 16 product manufactures with a $1,000 budget, a three-month deadline, and three little words, “make it work”.  The contributing manufacturers provided $400 worth of product material for the design and included everything from thin tile, crystals, carpet, to wallcoverings. The winner received $1,000 of scholarship, donated to their choice school and were given the chance to exhibit their design at the NEWG Greater New York Regional Tradeshow in June 2012.

The judging panel included Kevin Christiana from Season 4, Suede from Season 5, and Joshua McKinley from season 9.  Jack Mackenroth from Season 4 of Project Runway joined NBC host Lauren Scala for a night of fun, fashion, and fundraising.

The winning design went to ICrave +Swarovski, but all of the creations were noteworthy. We particularly loved the piece done by Seed Design featuring tiles from Stone Source in Manhattan.  These designers showed us how to put the “creative” in “couture”.

Marquee Night Club!

Tile from Mutina & Laminam from Stone Source

Seed Design!

Edward Fields & The Alpha Workshops Team Up

By alexandra


We always love it when great design and a good cause come together, so when we heard Edward Fields was teaming up with The Alpha Workshops, we were immediately intrigued.  Edward Fields Carpet Makers has been a well-regarded, high-end rug company for over 70 years. The Alpha Workshops is the U.S.’s only not-for-profit that trains people living with HIV/AIDS in the decorative arts. This week, we were able to get a sneak peek at the result of the collaboration of these two venerable entities: a new luxury carpet collection, boasting patterns carefully selected from The Alpha Workshops archives.  Using materials ranging from acrylic, viscose, wool, lurex, cashmere and silk, each piece in the collection is truly unique and boasts its own aptly chosen Greek name.  “Epifano,” Greek for “bringing light,” is a carpet, which literally “sparkles” and takes its inspiration from a polymer clay and glitter piece of art. “Teigra,” meaning Tiger is an abstract interpretation of faux Tiger skin; a  sophisticated and refreshingly new take on the ubiquitous animal print.

A few of the masterpieces we previewed:





One Kings Lane Holiday Tastemaker Charity Series Kick Off Today

By danielle


To kick off the holiday season, One Kings Lane is launching its first-ever “Holiday Tastemaker Charity Series, offering gifting and entertaining items hand-selected by leaders from the worlds of design, fashion and entertaining. First up, gifts for the book lover. This curated sale features picks from Candace Bushnell, Best Selling Author and Creator of “Sex and the City.” Philip Roth’s Exit Ghost, Sabbath’s Theater and Everyman made her list of favorite titles. As with all the sales, a portion from each sale will benefit the Tastemaker’s charity of choice. A patron of the arts, Bushnell will donate a portion of the proceeds to Ballet Next, an organization founded by her husband Charles Askegard, and Michele Wiles, both dancers. The sale starts today and runs through November 18!

Warp & Weft Announces Winners of “Contemporary Creations: A Rug Design Competition

By danielle


Want the early scoop on two of the rugs that will be on display in the Warp & Weft at ICFF booth this year?  To get it, we had to go to FIT. There, we caught up with Warp & Weft President and Creative Director, Michael Mandapati, who called on students in the Textile/Surface Design Program to produce the next top design. Of the 24 entrants, the jury narrowed down the field to 5 finalists. “The results were so impressive, in fact, that even though we had originally committed to producing one top design and showing it at ICFF 2012, we will now be producing the two top designs, he said.” In addition to ICFF, both designs will become a part of the company’s Designer’ Studio Collection.

Denize Sofia Maaloe was awarded the top prize for a project named “Full Circle.” Her idea was to bring healing and peaceful energy into the home.  She grows healing herbs and plants, which inspired her to make a sun-print of sage, an herb known for it’s home blessing properties.  The sun-print creates a vintage and crafty feel.  It was important to her that the rug is grounding so she chose the Van Dyke Brown printing process to achieve this effect.  She envisions the rug to be tactile with each color having a different texture.  This design will be made into a hand-knotted 6’x9’ rug.

Charlotte Rodiere’s design received the second prize and featured strong geometric shapes and kaleidoscope affects. The rug features a bold pattern made of angular shapes and strong colors on a neutral ground. It will be made into a 6’x9’ hand-tufted rug.


CB2 “Can Do” Food Drive

By danielle


As we said in our monthly eSPY, it looks like the design industry is taking the entire month of November to give thanks. To celebrate the true spirit of the holiday, CB2 is hosting its annual food drive to help nourish our communities. The company is partnering with local food banks for the in-store food collection as well as with Share our Strength (a national organization that is ending childhood hunger in America). How does “Can Do” work? Shoppers that donate 7 non-perishavle food items in-store will save 15% on their total purchase. Online, shoppers that donate $10 to Share our Strength at checkout will save 15% on orders at “Can Do” runs through November 28th.

This contributions will make a huge difference to families all over America, right before Thanksgiving.


By kristin


Calling all design practitioners, educators, students, researchers and writers! Core77 just announced that it will reopen entries for the Core77 Design Awards on January 17, 2012! Recognizing design of all typologies, the Core77 Design Awards are not your run-of-the-mill competition. Categories range from tangible (furniture and consumer products) to conceptual (educational initiative and strategy & research) and this year they are adding two more: Food Design and Commentary/Writing. Even the judging process is unique: Core77 selects design thinkers from around the world to be jury captains who then select their own team of experts in the field. Last year, the results were announced in a live award broadcast where the judges revealed the winners, runners-up and notables in the professional and student categories.

Check out the results and the gallery of video testimonials from designers who submitted their work last year.

Start readying your best work from 2011 and enter early… Core77 is offering a 20% discount if you register within the first few weeks!

For real-time updates, follow them at @Core77Awards

The inaugural Core77 Design Awards trophy designed by Rich Brilliant Willing

Fashion Designers Delve into Century-Old New York Times Photography Archive to Benefit CFDA

By Lauren Hill


Last Wednesday,  the fourth floor of Bloomindales 59th Street was host to the Fifty Photographs Collection with The New York Times curated by top fashion designers Diane Von Furstenberg, Michelle Smith, Prabal Gurung, Vera Wang and Zac Posen.  For the second year in a row, the NYT, in partnership with The Council of Fashion Designers of America, asked five top names in fashion to choose 10 images from the Times archive that captured each designer’s unique taste and style. The fashion icons went through photographs dating back to the late 1800s including everything from views of the Manhattan skyline to the flow and elegance of ballet performances.

Designers Michelle Smith and Prabal Gurung were on hand at the opening to share what inspired their selections.  Michelle Smith’s choices reflected the bold shapes and prints found in her collections. One black and white photo featuring Elvis, stood out from the rest. When asked what drew her to this particular Image, Smith smiled, saying she chose it because her father is an Elvis fan from Mississippi and she liked the southern romance that radiated from the photo.

Prabal Gurung– (pronounced ‘trouble with a P as he will charismatically tell you) chose photographs that told a story, like a 1969 image of an astronaut’s footprint on the moon or a pair of snow-capped alpine mountains from photographer Damon Winter.

Interestingly enough, the choices varied drastically from each designer, representing their outlook on fashion and were comparable to their masterpieces that walk down the runway each year.

If you missed Wednesday night’s opening, the installation will run until November 26 in the Designer Collections on the fourth floor at Bloomingdales 59th Street. The designers’ chosen images are also available for purchase on the The New York Times Store and a percentage of the proceeds benefit the CFDA, a non-profit organization that leads industry-wide initiates with more than 375 fashion designer members, including Diane von Furstenberg as CFDA President. Each image is available in a range of sizes (11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”), with option to purchase framed or unframed (

How did the designers choose amidst the thousands of photos? “You get an emotional reaction,” says Smith.  I’m sure choosing these beautiful images is similar to designing their fashionable collections, you just connect with it!

SMOG - Zac Posen

Maple Leaf Rag - Diane von Furstenberg

Hold Me Tight - Michelle Smith




View of Astronaut's Footprint in Lunar Soil - Prabal Gurung




Behind the Mask - Vera Wang

Prabal Gurung

Fifty Photographs at Bloomindales 59th Street

Michelle Smith

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