Archive for April, 2012

Moods from Salone del Mobile 2012

By barbara


Professionals from around the world gathered in Milan during the Salone del Mobile 2012. A heavy rain was the backdrop to the whole design week. We carried on…soaking wet but not discouraged.  There were many locations, events, product presentations; all of which were crowded with visitors. While it is impossible to post them all, here’s an excerpt of the insights and macro-trends I recorded:

• Retro for nostalgic

Different shapes and textures echoing the 50’s. Inlaid wood, 3D cut glass, tall and thin legs. A great blast from the past revisited in a contemporary way.


1- Bisazza Glass 2,5- Hayon for Bisazza 3, 4- Marcel Wanders for Bisazza 6- Nemo lamp at Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro 7- Ballantines, Armchair 8 - Bathtub by Agape 9- Original chair from the '50s by Gio' Ponti tapestried by Rubelli at Spazio Rossana Orlandi 10- Cassina at Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro 11- Barovier&Toso lighting at Orto Botanico in Brera district beaufitully presented by Paola Navone 12- Crystal Bulb by Lee Broom 13- Fridge by Alpes at Fiera Rho 14- Antonio Marras presents Milly Collection, a 2 floors space dedicated to the Milanese singer Milly at Spazio Orlandi.

Natural & Recycled

Use of natural materials, almost raw, unfinished. Basic, sometimes conceptual processes. Lots of trunks sections, unfinished woods, bamboo and cardboard combined together in simple yet provocative ways.

New functions and waste materials become the protagonists of many creative, colorful, often “plasticky” creations.

1 – Viminibidi by Giulia Cavazzani at University of Bozen- Bolzano 2 – Wener Aisslinger, a reusable freme kit to shape plants into objects 3- Dutch Slow Design, Koning Willem I College 4 – Dominic Wilcox, life performance at Logotel 5 – Spazio Rossana Orlandi 6 - Poliform - 9 – U.F.O. by Yael Fierro at University of Bozen – Bolzano 10 - Piet Hein Eek 11- Haags Werk at Zona Ventura Lambrate 12 – Ingo Mauer’s LED butterflies 13,14,15 – Nacho Carbonell’s exhibition at Spazio Orlandi 16, 18 - Lee Oshrat, Ilturation at Bezalel Academy of A&D 17,19 – Gruppo di Installazione presents Black sheep wool production 20 - Plusdesign Gallery in Ventura Lambrate 21 - Design Academy Eindhoven 22 - Fermetti and Johan Willekens for Atelier Belge 23 –Lee Broom for Ballantines 24 - Saran Yen Panya Cheap Ass Elites at Spazio Rossana Orlandi 25 – Design Academy Eindhoven presents Michiel Marten

Knitting, Weaving & Textures

Recurrent knitting and weaving of textiles, as well as unusual materials such as metal, tires, spiderwebs (amazing how resistant spiderwebs are!), plastic, and paper. The effect is often surprisingly beautiful. Interesting 3D textures created with leather and fabrics.

2, 4 – Bamboo steel table by Nendo 3,11 - Textures details by Moroso 5 – Spiderweb project at Design Academy Eindhoven 6,8,9,10 – Unique Handwoven textiles by Lofstrom, - 12, 15 Chair Wear by Bernotat 13,14 – PlusDesign Gallery in Lambrate Ventura 16 – Design Academy Eindhoven 17 – Benjamin Hubert celebrates Poltrona Frau’s Centenary 18,20 – Sophie Fischer hosted by Spazio Rossana Orlandi 19 – Studio Hausen Chair for Instant Story 21, 22 – Moroso 23 - Poliform

Sleek & Simple

Simple and clean shapes. Many straight lines, basic geometric shapes blending sharp edges and organic forms.Continuous tensions between empty and full spaces are defined by extremely thin legs, large plans, objects suspended on light structures.

2 – Unlimited by Os-Kar 3 – Jacob Jorkensen, Poet’s book Hanger 4 – Applaus by Cindy Strobach 5, 6,13,20 – Bisazza, The Nendo Collection 7 – Cassina at Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro - 8 – Peter Johansen 10 – Marthe Biezen for Design Academy Eindhoven 11 – Fiera Rho 12 –Gary Card introduces the COS collection 14 – Armachair by Established & Sons in the space designed by Constance Guisset 15, 16 – 1616 Arita Japan porcelain at Spazio Rossana Orlandi 17, 18 – Laufen 19, 21 – Poltrona Frau and Cassina at Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro 22 – Cristalplant & Poliform at the Temporary Museum for New Design 23 – Odile Decq with Fiandre at Statale University

• Colorfool & Balloons

Beside natural and neutral nuances from the Earth, we have very vivid and bright colors. Better if the colors are many and all together. Red, purple, orange and green are all very bright and brilliant. Strong also the sphere theme: more or less regular or slightly squeezed, monochrome or color, solid or hollow.

1 – Studio Hausen supported by set designer Sarah Illenberger at Berlin Milan 2012 2 – Established & Sons 3 – Denis Drouet at Play In Progress 4 – Richard Woods’ patterns in collaboration with Sebastian Wrong for Established & Sons 5 – Ikea textiles 6 – Moroso 7,9 – Installation curated by Guisset, Established & Sons 8 – Juliet by Hubert for Moroso 10 – Cappellini 11 - Dennis Parren's Colourful Mysteries of Light 12,14 – Cassina 13 – Antonio Marras at Spazio Rossana Orlandi 15 – A micro-architecture by Numen for Logotel 16 – Aldo Cibic’s colorful carpet 17 – Indesit oven

1,2 – Tom Dixon at MOST 3,11 - Franco Albini for Cassina and Nemo lighting 5,7 - Maarten De Ceulaer presents his pieces in many different locations 6 – Bernotat, Chair Wear 9, 10 - Maarten De Ceulaer used balloons to mold his pieces of furniture

  • Talks on Design

New topics and an interesting discourse to grow and improve the design practice. The crisis stimulated reflections on new meanings of design. We have certain needs. How Design can help us to satisfy them? Do we need another product? Is there another way to meet them without any damage to our surroundings? This seemed the essence of many round tables and talks that took place during the Salone, first for sure the beautiful Be Open series organized by Francesco Morace at the Statale University.

Design on a Dime Opens Tonight!

By danielle


Design on a Dime, NYC’s most stylish and iconic shopping benefit, opens tonight and boy are we ready to buy! We fell in love with the charitable event last year and just can’t wait to go back. Held at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th St, NYC), it features more than 50 of the world’s top interior designers, who create unforgettable room vignettes with new merchandise, which is donated and then sold for 50-70% off retail pricing.

As this season is all about color, we can’t wait to see what bright, bold and beautiful treats are in store for us. We have our eye on Genevieve Gorder, renowned interior designer and HGTV star, who has taken furniture from the Housing Works Thrift Shops and used Valspar Paint to transform them into fresh new pieces.  She’ll be there to provide how-to tips, color palette inspiration, accent colors ideas, and tips on how to take an inexpensive piece of furniture and make it new with a simple and fresh pop of color.

John Douglas Eason is designing an uber-luxurios home spa, complete with a fab shower pipe from Axor Citterio.

Hospitality designer Charles Farruggio told us that his vignette quickly evolved into an over the top red walled chic sheik gilt bordello. “It all started with a pair of Egyptian Revival armchairs donated by some friends,” he adds.

The shopping continues with a free public sale on April 27-28.


Art, Architecture and Design Unite to Redefine Healing at a Baltimore Hospital

By heba


Perkins+Will have established themselves as leaders in the transformation of the medical care and architecture fields by epitomizing the joyful, nurturing and life-changing effects design can have on the world. The world-renowned architecture and design firm, in a collaboration with design and engineering consultants, artists such as Spencer Finch, Johns Hopkins Facilities and Design Staff, Thorton Tomasetti, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, designed a 1.6 million square foot medical complex for the nation’s top-ranked hospital and leading academic medical center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Opening next week, on May 1st, the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower set out to transform the healthcare experience while creating a new identity for the hospital and the community. The complex features two sky-lit 12-story towers for children’s and adult healthcare that unite at the 8-story base of the structure. The designers focused on the healing benefits that the outdoors, light and art are known to have on patients and were sure to incorporate them into the buildings, which now serve as the doorway to the hospital and its 14-acre campus. Featured throughout the campus are an enormous landscaped entry plaza, a lobby with a meditation garden as well as several healing gardens. These along with abundant natural light, constant views to green spaces, and the 500 works of art created by over 70 artists help to create a humanizing and aesthetically pleasing environment and an uplifting experience for both patients and visitors – something that is rare for hospitals and the bland white walls and floors we associate with them. A key feature of the complex is a curved, shimmering glass curtain wall with panels of bold color, designed in part by Brooklyn-based artist, Spencer Finch. The wall moderates the light that enters the building during the day and at night, turns into a colorful, glowing work of art. The hospital also features green materials, sustainable systems, and timeless materials such as limestone, terrazzo and wood along with elegant furniture in the adult healthcare areas and whimsical furniture in children’s healthcare areas. Even the hospital’s layout is innovative in the ways its advanced technology and planning work to improve collaboration and workflow among medical staff and to minimize transportation of vulnerable patients and ensure quality care. In addition, the hospital was designed to be acoustically and light sensitive to ensure a tranquil environment as often as possible. This ingenious building will illustrate the ways in which art, architecture, and design are not just afterthoughts in the creation of a structure, but are vital to its functionality.

Photos courtesy of Thorton Tomasetti, structural designers for the hospital.

Top Picks from Tabletop

By alexandra


High-end tabletop products conjure up images of festive dinners, fun parties and gorgeous gatherings. It’s no wonder we are fans. Last week we headed to 41 Madison for their Tabletop Show.  We came away with some fun facts and a huge wish list of items we’d like to snag once they hit the shelves.

First up, we got a taste of Sweden, with a “trip” to Design House Stockholm. One of the stand-outs at this showroom was the Cobalt Collection by Catharina Kippel. With a nautical vibe and a deep ocean blue, these pieces are perfect for use in classic summer homes. We learned that Cobalt-based blue pigments have been used since ancient times for jewelry and paints, and to impart a distinctive blue tint to glass and ceramics. Kippel’s line is indeed distinctive, made using centuries’ old techniques. The cobalt blue designs were hand-painted in three layers on slightly transparent bone china.

Jugs from the Cobalt Collection

Another favorite from the company is the Barbara Carafe.  Designed to hold wine, water or even flowers, the piece boasts a complementary crystal ball, which adds a hint of color to any table.  The ball can be used as a stopper, or can cleverly nestle at the bottom of the vase.

The Barbara Carafe

Next up, we checked out Lenox, where we found a trove of great products.  The company has a rich history. Its displays were both classic and au courant.  As things continue to heat up in the Republican primaries, it was entertaining to see a replica of an official Reagan presidential table setting. The first thing guests encountered upon entering the showroom, it featured the same style tableware used during the Reagan presidency.  No surprise the china Lenox produced for Reagan boasts a punchy red hue—Nancy Reagan’s signature color. According to Lenox, “Between 1918 and the present, six presidents have commissioned Lenox to issue new state services.”

The closest we will probably ever get to a State Dinner

A closeup shot of the Reagan china

From the political to the Mad Men era-inspired, retro-silhouetted champagne glasses from Kate Spade for Lenox next caught our eye. They were adorned with delicate gold dots that mimic the effervescence of bubbly. The company also showed off its ladylike aesthetic with mugs that had similar period motifs.

Finally, we stumbled across an avant-garde new line by a talented young ceramist.  Jono Pandolfi for Lenox is a quietly chic collection in subdued colors. Pandolfi is a true artisan, handcrafting much of his work in his design studio in New Jersey. His pieces can be found in some of the most well regarded restaurants, as well as in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.  His impressive résumé doesn’t end there.  Pandolfi also instructs in the product design department of Parsons School of Design.

Jono Pandolfi's display in Lenox

An inviting tablescape from Jono Pandolfi

An example of the rich hues in Pandolfi's collection

Why Interior Design Matters

By heba


Students at Radford University in Radford, Virginia created this inspiring video to clear up some common misconceptions about interior design and explain the real work of interior designers and their impact on our lives. It looks at the effects that the interior design profession and education have on local, regional and global economies. The video was awarded first place at the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). Take a look and share it with others to help spread the word!

Getting Ready for Coverings 2012

By danielle


Our bags are packed and the Calendar-girls are off to sunny Florida for Coverings 2012. The ultimate show for tile and stone is heading back to Orlando this year. The 2012 edition is open to trade and features over 800 exhibitors from 50+ countries. If you’re in the industry, this international showcase of hard surfaces is not to be missed. With sponsors like Ceramics of Italy, Tile of Spain, the Tile Council of North America, Ceramic Tile Distributor Association and the National Tile Contractors of America, great products and authentic foods are sure to be found in each pavilion. We”ll be sure to post some of our favorites

When: April 17-20

Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

We cant wait to get our daily fix of pasta, cheese and cappuccino at the Ceramics of Italy booth!

And get a taste of the latest tile and stone collections from around the world.

Don't forget to pull out each display. The booths are packed full of amazing surprises!

40th Anniversary of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House

By heba


The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has announced the dates and designers of the 40th Anniversary Decorator Show House! The event, which was started by a women’s committee in 1973, brings together top designers to transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of furnishings, art and technology. Each year, the Decorator Show House raises funds for after-school enrichment programs for New York City children. Over the past 40 years, the show has grown into a prestigious destination for designers and enthusiasts alike, and has raised over $17 million, helping make the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club an exemplary leader of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This year’s designers include Andrew Tedesco, David Scott, Raji RM, Scott Sanders, St. Charles of New York, Thom Filicia and Zoya Bograd, among others. In addition, Bunny Williams, the renowned interior designer who is this year’s Show House Chair, is decorating a room with David Kleinberg and Brian McCarthy in honor of Albert Hadley. The event will take place at the Aldyn at 60 Riverside Blvd from May 16 to June 14, 2012: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 11am to 5pm; Thursdays, 11am to 8pm; and Sundays, 12pm to 5pm. Related events include a President’s Preview Dinner on April 30th at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel from 7 to 10pm, as well as Opening Night Cocktails on May 15th. More information for the Decorator Show House and these events can be found here. This is sure to be an extraordinary event for a great cause and tickets are bound to go fast so get yours soon!

New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair

By danielle


New to the NYC show circuit, NYC20 will feature 36 1stdibs dealers from across the US and Europe. Who is the brains behind this showcase of 20th century furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, silver, glass, ceramics, photography, textiles, prints, and vintage clothing and accessories? The talented Michael Bruno and his fantastic co-chairs Brad Ford, Julie Hillman and David Mann. Held from Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, the fair will take place in the gorgeous Tent at Lincoln Center. An early buying preview party, benefitting the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, will be held on Thursday, April 12. Connoisseurs, Enthusiasts and Collectors, click here to purchase tickets.  Weekend admission is $20 and includes show catalog with return entry. Tickets may be purchased at the show entrance.

Sight Unseen Shape Shop Opens at Creatures of Comfort

By danielle


Be sure to check out Sight Unseen’s popup shop on Mulberry. Today through May 6, Shape Shop will explore how contemporary practitioners wield basic shapes in order to create items that have the kind of instant likeability. The shop will also include a small section of “blob-jects” whose very essence is shapeless. An opening party will be held on April 10 and feature the debut of Paper View, the first Sight Unseen printed edition part of Karlsson’s Unfiltered Project.

When: Shop: April 9 – May 6, 2012

Party: April 10, 2012 from 6:00-9:00PM,

Where: Creatures of Comfort, 205 Mulberry St, NYC

Check in to 200 Lex Tomorrow

By danielle


Tomorrow is hospitality day at NYDC! Check in to 200 Lex, check out the industry’s best hospitality product resources and check up on the leading designers in the field. Co-hosted by Interior Design, this year’s edition includes presentations from: Stephanie Goto of STEPHANIEGOTO with Chef George Mendes (Aldea), David Rockwell of Rockwell Group with Restaurateur Danny Meyer (Union Square Hospitality Group), Will Meyer and Gray David of Meyer Davis Studio Inc. with Chef Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde, The Dutch) and Thomas Schlesser of Design Bureaux with Chef Daniel Boulud (DBGB Kitchen & Bar, DB Bistro Moderne). Click here for a full schedule of events! Products from the following companies will be showcased across the Center’s 40 showrooms: Aqua Creations Lighting & Furniture, Atelier, ArcCom Fabrics, Architex Fabrics, Arteriors, Atelier, Atlas Carpet Mills, Inc., Benjamin Moore & Co., The Bright Group, Calger Lighting Inc., Century Furniture, Christopher Guy, City Dekor Lighting, Cliff Young Ltd., Cote France, Couture Showrooms Vladimir Kagan Couture, Dennis Miller Associates, DESIGNLUSH, Frazier, Global Views, Gordon International, GRANGE Furniture, Hamilton Furniture & Textiles, HBF/HBF Textiles, Hickory Chair – Pearson, Kasthall USA, Keilhauer, Lampworks, Inc., Lexington Home Brands, McGuire, Metropolitan Lighting, PROFILES, Restoration Timber, SMART, Stephanie Odegard Collection, Sun Decor Fabrics, Ted Boerner New York, Texstyle/Jamie Stern, Tucker Robbins and Versteel.