Archive for March, 2012

We Spied at the AD Home Design Show…

By heba


The 2012 Architectural Digest Home Design Show was a whirlwind of design creativity, and we’ve only just recovered! Take a look at our top picks from the show.

ALEXANDRA spied the Not Your Mother’s Chest of Drawers with Skyline Motif by Think Fabricate

While pink is not my favorite color, seeing the industrial NYC skyline interpreted in the girly hue really caught my eye and I loved the contrasting black elements. This would really liven up my bedroom at home!

DANIELLE spied the Surf Hammock by Royal Botania

It’s 10′ footprint and sail-like top got my attention right away. Makes me dream of summertime fun! While they call it a 2-person hammock, I think these three kids look pretty comfy.

CHERIE spied a sofa and ottoman by Patrick Weder Design

This sofa and ottoman from Brooklyn-based Patrick Weder Design first caught my eye for its sleek, yet relaxed masculine look. I loved that Patrick not only designed, but hand made every element of these pieces. They are constructed from reclaimed teak wood and hand-dyed leather, which comes from a farm that practices humane treatment of animals….truly one-of-a-kind!

HEBA spied the Cocoon Pendant Light by MacMaster

I was really fascinated by the elegance of this piece – the contrast between the natural wood leaves that make up the structure and the dazzling light within it is really remarkable. I’m sure the ambient yet expressive form of the light would be a comforting, not to mention sustainable, addition to any room!

KRISTIN spied the SHY Light by Bec Brittain

I loved Brooklyn designer Bec Brittain’s SHY Light chandelier. Her booth felt like stepping into an art gallery with sparse walls and these sculptural, modern, and elegant lights commanding all of the attention. She’s definitely an up-and-coming force to be dealt with.

LUCY spied the Marimekko Dining by Design DIFFA Tablescape

I was raised on Marimekko (but really, my childhood bedroom was all Marimekko’s Bo Boo fabric), so I was inevitably drawn to the oversized brightness that was their tablescape, which featured classics like Unikko and Kivet. All the prints were patch-worked on the ceiling, wall, and tablecloth, and no same fabric was used more than once, creating a delightful cacophony of print.

MARTEL spied the Miles Dining Table by Miles and May

I loved the industrial quality of the blackened steel and turned white oak table. I was drawn to this piece because of the table’s legs, which angle inward to allow for chair space. The positive and negative space created by the strong legs and natural wood top generated a feeling of artistic composition. I want to have a large dinner around this table in my future dining room.

High Design Hits the Piers

By heba


This post is brought to you by blogger, Heba Nady.

Three days was not nearly enough time to explore everything in store at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94 in New York. Roaming the rows of the massive structure, filled to the brim with a seemingly endless array of the most exceptional products in home design and art, visitors were provided with all the design inspiration their hearts could possibly desire. Kitchen and bath appliances; carpets, tile and wood; tables and chairs; artwork and even stairs were on display at the show from businesses large and small. The exhibit included a MADE section, which featured artisan works by individual artists and designers. The objects and furnishings in this section were often one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces and it was great to hear the unique stories behind the absolutely stunning products – straight from the designers themselves! Design Industries Fighting Aids (DIFFA)’s Dining by Design section of the show was also a huge hit. The ingeniously creative installations on display at the exhibit created a breathtaking environment of color and light that was thrilling to walk through. Design individuals and institutions, such as Jonathan Adler, HBA, Ali Tayar, Ralph Lauren, and the New York School of Interior Design, among others, collaborated to create inspiring table settings, which were eventually used for DIFFA’s annual Gala Dinner. With all the different pavilions, designer consultations and other programming, there was no shortage of opportunities to learn and new products to discover at the show, which proved to be a great success! Here’s a look at some of my favorite displays at the show:


DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN – Beyond our Wildest Imagination!

By danielle


Here’s a few of our favorites from DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN 2012.

Check out these handsome cake toppers in this tablescape designed by Dufner Heighes that celebrates states that have legalized gay marriage.

Bright colors, bold patterns...none other than Marimekko with Studios!

TV star Libby Langdon created "The Perfect Climate" for Liebherr and an al fresco dining party!

You’d never know they hadn’t slept in 5 days! Hats off to tablescape designers Goil Arornvivat & Thomas Morbitzer and booth fabricator Tietz-Baccon! The attention to detail exceeded my wildest imagination!
 The Custom Digital Printing by Wolf-Gordan blew me away in this table designed by Ali Tayar.
Reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock…love the Trove wallpaper at the HBA table!

One Kings Lane Announces Vintage & Market Finds

By danielle


Today, One Kings Lane (OKL) announced the launch of an entirely new site feature called Vintage & Market Finds, OKL’s first-ever permanent online marketplace for vintage and antique home goods. All of the pieces are hand-selected by the country’s top collectors and dealers. The sister site will offer premium antique furniture, decor, accessories, art and more at pieces up to 70% off retail, ranging from $50-$3,000. We can’t wait to start shopping!



NYIGF Opens House with a New Exhibit

By sevan


It’s one thing to flip through beautiful magazines for design inspiration, and another to walk right into those stunning rooms in the photographs. This summer, the New York International Gift Fair ® is taking this idea and realizing in with their brand-new “Open House” exhibit. The exhibit, presented in partnership with One Kings Lane, Sandow Media and Pantone, will showcase the most fresh and happening home furnishings trends in 2013 — everything from materials and color to commerce and branding. A flash sale of the featured merchandise will benefit Gift For Life, the home, gift and stationary industries’ sole charity partner.

In conjunction with the new exhibit, Warren Shoulberg of Sandow Media will moderate a panel discussion with Susan Feldman, co-founder of One Kings Lane, and Laurie Pressman, Pantone Vice President for Fashion, Home + Interiors. So if you’re looking to get the inside scoop on home design direct from industry experts, mark your calendars: the “Open House — What’s Hot in Home Design” is scheduled for Sunday, August 19, from 8:30 – 9:30 AM in New York City’s Javits Convention Center.

NYIGF will take place in the Javits Convention Center, Piers 92 and 94 from Saturday, August 18 to Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

IFDA Presents “Vision to the Future” at the AD Home Design Show

By heba


– By blogger Heba Nady

The Architectural Digest Home Design Show is just under two weeks away! Set to take place in New York City on March 22-25 at Pier 94, 12th Avenue at 55th Street, the show will be a great opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest products and innovations in home design. The show will feature demonstrations, tours and designer consultations as well as seminars by top leaders in the industry. The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings & Design Association will present its “Vision to the Future” seminar at the show on Friday, March 23 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. A panel of industry insiders will discuss the results of a recent IFDA survey of nearly 2,000 design professionals on what the future holds for residential design and architecture. Panelists will include Al Giaquinto, a construction industry veteran, NAHB certified graduate remodeler, and president of Plum Builders, Inc.; Mary Jo Peterson, an interior designer, NKBA Hall of Fame inductee, and president of Mary Jo Peterson, Inc. with over 25 years of experience, specializing in aging-in-place and active adult housing; and Paul Masi, a leader and architect of Bates Masi Architects who has won over 39 design awards and has been featured in countless national and international publications. The seminar will be moderated by Rose Gilbert, a syndicated design and lifestyle columnist and will prove to be a unique and unprecedented look into the future of home design. The IFDA, founded in New York City 65 years ago with 16 Chapters worldwide, aims to increase public awareness of the furnishing and design industry and provides a professional forum for communication and interaction among its members, as well as opportunities for career and educational advancement. For more information about the IFDA seminar, call 212-686-6020 or visit their website. Admission to the seminar is included in the $25 fee to attend the four-day show. To register for the AD Home Design Show, visit their website.

On the Calendar: Educational Forum for Design Professionals

By danielle


This annual event offers the A&D community the opportunity to earn up to 6-CEU credits: AIA, NKBA, IDCEC (ASID, IIDA, NDICQ) in one day! It covers a broad range of topics including: energy-efficient developments in residential lighting, advances in plumbing, sustainable surface finishes, best practices in accessible design & construction, and more. The event caps off with A Creative Dialogue between Marc Kushner, co-founder and partner HWKN architects and Archie Lee Coates, IV, founder PlayLab, Inc/creator+Pool in the Poliform showroom; and is followed by cocktails in GE Monogram Design Center. Check out the entire schedule!


When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 8:30AM-8:00PM

Where: Architects & Designers Building, 150 East 58th St, NYC


12 x 12 Winners Announced

By danielle


As a follow-up to our January 12, 2012 post, we are excited to report the winners of the 12 x 12 exhibit.  The jury of prominent design editors, architects and industry influencers had their work cut out for them, selecting 12 exhibit designers out of the 80 impressive submissions. The participants represent a unique approach and range of style. They are: Belboy, Carlos Little, Daskam & Dworkis, Design Brigade, Flyel Levent, Fort Makers, Karl Zahn, Louis Lim, Nikolai Moderbacher, OBRA Architects, Tri-Lox, and Uhuru Design. These 12 will now get to work crafting a piece of furniture from the salvaged lumber of 12 demolished NYC buildings. The pieces will be on display in May during New York Design Week. We’ll let you know the exhibit dates and location as soon as it is announced.  Can’t wait to see the results!

The exhibit is sponsored by Sawkill Lumber Co., in association with Brooklyn Woods, Build it Green! NYC and 3rd Ward.


24th Annual Bailey House Auction + Party Raises $500,000

By danielle


Last week, over 900 tastemakers took to the Lexington Avenue Armory for the 24th Annual Bailey House Auction + Party. Hosted by New York’s finest designers and television personalities, including Andy CohenSimon DoonanSherri Shepherd and more, this year’s event was a star-studded gala to remember. Over 300 fabulous, one-of-a-kind items were up for grabs as part of the live auction. From stunning furniture by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to a meet and greet with Bravo’s Andy Cohen, I bid up a storm with the hopes of scoring big. While I didn’t snag the photograph I had my eye on, I am happy to report that the event raised $500,000 for the charitable foundation, which helps to provide housing and support services for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.

The oscars of design - Jana Montero from BizBash and her stylish date, her mom!


Design & Visual Merchandising Specialist Todd Moore poses with NYDC's Marketing Director Alix Lerman and her husband Brad.

Dressed to impress!

Hansgrohe/Axor's Sharon Murray and Kiel Wuellner show off their stylish contribution to the goody bag - a croma showerhaead from Hansgrohe.

Flos’ Wallpiercing Featured in ARTIC Exhibition

By sevan


Flos, the renowned Italian lighting design company, is known for its creative and innovative lighting solutions. So it comes as no surprise that a design from their Soft Architecture collection has made it into a museum.

Flos’ Wallpiercing installation by New York-based artist and designer Ron Gilad is currently being featured in “Rethinking Typologies: Architecture and Design from the Permanent Collection” at the Art Institute of Chicago, which runs until July 29th. Wallpiercing, designed in 2010 by Gilad, is an adaptive lighting system for vertical surfaces. The ring-shaped light essentially pierces the wall, and when grouped in multiple units, offers a range of graphic and lighting effects. By linking these units together, the user is able to create a customizable collage that spans any desired length or height. LED light sources produce a diffused, luminous effect in a range of colors and intensities, altering the mood and appearance of any environment. With lighting playing such an important role in the perception of a space, a fully customizable lighting system offers an almost endless range of possibilities for both residential and architectural applications. And what I like most about Wallpiercing is that it functions as both a utilitarian and aesthetic object; it illuminates while being both a wall collage and contemporary sculpture.

“Rethinking Typologies” takes a broad historical view of the innovations that have shaped contemporary life and the built environment, from the development of the modern house to the emergence of information design. Spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, suites of work devoted to historical and emerging typologies in architecture and design address the challenges that each era faces in adapting conventional ideas to new technology, social needs, and cultural ideas.

To learn more about Flos’ Wallpiercing, visit Further information on the exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago can be found at