Archive for February, 2012

24th Annual Bailey House Auction & Party

By danielle


We’ve got our checkbooks ready, so let the bidding wars begin! The Bailey House Auction & Party kicks off tomorrow at 7PM at the Lexington Avenue Armory. The annual event is hosted by New York’s finest designers and TV personalities including Bravo’s Andy Cohen, Simon Doonan, Sherri Shepherd and more and helps raise money to house homeless people with AIDS/HIV. A “meet & greet” with legendary journalist Diane Sawyer, passes to Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture show, home items from Swarovski and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams are just some of the items up for bid!  If you haven’t purchased a ticket, you can still do so at the door! Contributions to the Bailey House can also be made online.

When: Wednesday, February 22 at 7PM

Where: Lexington Avenue Armory – 26th St & Lexington Ave

The Perfect Time for Alessi Design

By heba


– By blogger Heba Nady

Just in time for those last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts and the upcoming spring wedding season, Alessi, a leader in tabletop design, will be holding their annual warehouse sale next week! Huge discounts of up to 70% will be offered on discontinued items, irregulars, and floor samples. The sales event, which will run from Monday, February 13th to Wednesday, February 19th, will be taking place at Alessi stores and shops in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Miami. We think these great deals from the renowned kitchen and housewares company are just too good to miss!

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the items that will be included in the sale:

The Birds & Clouds Sushi Kit is the perfect way to freshen up your culinary skills! (Originally: $105; Now: $31.50)

La Cintura di Orione Stockpot, made in consultation with distinguished chefs from around the world, will not only look stunning in your kitchen but is also easy to clean! (Originally $288; Now: $144)

The Mediterraneo Tea Light Holder will bring unique illumination to any setting! (Originally: $36; Now: $10.80)


NYIGF Blogger’s Choice Awards Winners Announced!

By danielle


Between the Metro Convention Center in Toronto and the Jacob Javits in New York, I’ve seen a number of exciting new products. On Monday, I walked the Accent on Design aisles of the NYIGF, charged with the task of finding one product that features an urgent, odd and delightful design to receive Design-Calendar‘s Blogger’s Choice Award. With over 200 exhibitors at this season’s show and thousands of products to choose from, this was no easy feat. I saw a lot of playful designs and pieces that reminded me of my childhood. I love that today’s designers are reinventing every day objects and bringing their creative ideas to the home and lifestyle marketplace. In particular, BANG! by first-time NYIGF exhibitor bitplay blew me away. This toy gun combines fun and function. By pulling the trigger, a desk lamp illuminates. Shoot the light again and it turns off.

It seems my fellow bloggers were also impressed as Marisa Marcantonio from Stylebeat also awarded this her Blogger’s Choice.

Other winner’s included: Baggu laptop cases by Baggu, selected by Hollister Hovey of HollisterHovey.blogspot.comBelle Helmets by MODEL CITIZENS NYC, selected by Kate Reynolds McLeod of the DailyGrommet.comChick-a-Dee smoke detector by neo-utility, selected by Evan Orensten of and Stephanie Murg of UnBeige.comHelen Lamp by Gambrel Workshop, selected by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of; and School Joke Chair by Alessandro Zambetti for Seletti North America, selected by Dickson Wong of the

As I mentioned before, it was really hard to pick one favorite. Additional products that caught my eye included:

“Ooh la la”…What more can I say about Alexandra Ferguson‘s sassy pillow talk!

Kontextur‘s Duck Harry, a clever duck-shaped sculpture has a variety of uses from tooth brush/toothpaste holder to doorstop to paperweight.

Black + Blum‘s eau good – a BPA free water bottle with a binchotan active charcoal that serves as a natural water purifier.