Archive for June, 2012

Uncommon Goods hosts Jewelry Competition

By kimberly


After their first jewelry design competition, which had a huge success last year, the Brooklyn-based online retailer “Uncommon Goods” could not wait to see the work of more talented designers. They are currently hosting their second Jewelry Design Challenge, which will last until July 12th. 

All jewelry designers can submit their work from a pre-existing portfolio. The winner will earn $500 and a vendor contract with Uncommon Goods – an open door to a thousand of viewers! All finalists will get an equally-amazing opportunity for success, by submitting their entire portfolio to Uncommon Goods buyers and get their work critiqued by a panel of judges that will include Aaron Ruff of Digby & Iona.

 Click here to see designs from last year’s challenge

See their online forum for more information and to submit your designs.

Credited to: Uncommon Goods Flickr page and artist Sara Gallo (


Introducing Hudson Mod

By danielle


We are excited to welcome the newest luxury lifestyle magazine and website HudsonMOD to the industry. The premiere issue (now on newsstands) delivers the best in world travel, cuisine, fashion and leisure to high-income individuals in northern New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. The talented team, led by EIC Richard Perez-Feria celebrated the summer issue (which features Daisy Fuentes on the cover) in style.

Here’s a few photos from the launch party. It sure lived up to the pub’s “Life Well Lived” tagline!

HudsonMOD EIC Richard Perez-Feria & Cover Model Daisy Fuentes shared this special moment with their life-long friends.

HudsonMOD EIC Richard Perez-Feria & Cover Model Daisy Fuentes shared this special moment with their life-long friends.

What is an architectural drawing?

By heba


Have you seen The Storefront for Art and Architecture‘s latest exhibition, Aesthetics/Anesthetics? Located at 97 Kenmare Street in New York, the Storefront for Art and Architecture was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design. For the next month, the space will display thirty newly commissioned architectural drawings by thirty emerging and established architects and firms. The drawings reveal different aspects of the space and are representative of the generative properties of each architect’s drawing. The exhibition positions the drawings against a wallpaper of “representational cliches,” including birds, children, and comics, which are usually used as representational tools in renderings so as to examine the aesthetic and anesthetic qualities of an architectural image. With that, the exhibition invites visitors to “reflect on the performing properties of the architectural drawing, to push drawing and architecture beyond inherited values,” and to think about these questions: What is it than architectural drawing does and how does it do it? How can we distill beauty from cosmetics? How can new modes of representation produce new architectures and new sensibilities?

In addition to the exhibition, a series of lectures and workshops that look at the purpose of architectural drawings will be presented throughout the course of the month. At the end of the exhibition, each of the thirty commissioned architectural drawings will be auctioned and proceeds will support the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s exhibitions and programs. A few of the commissioned artists include Vito Acconci from New York, Alisa Andrasek from London, Aziza Chaouni from Toronto and Fez, Luis Callejas from Colombia, Teddy Cruz from Tijuana, and Frida Escobedo from Mexico.

Photos from the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Baccarat’s Sparkling New Showroom Captures the Natural Beauty of Light

By heba


Baccarat has recently announced the opening of their first-ever lighting showroom in the Design & Decoration Building in New York City. The showroom features the most comprehensive selection of Baccarat lighting, carrying on the nearly 250 year-old company’s legendary status and staying to true to the brand’s unique position at the intersection of tradition and innovation. In addition to showcasing over 20 chandeliers, the space will be home to a custom-made rotating 48-light Solstice Comète, the largest if it’s kind in the world. It will also feature pieces created in collaboration with renowned designers such as Arik Levy, Philippe Starck, Eriko Horiki, and Mathias. The new showroom will serve as a point of reference for the A&D community, with lighting and decorative pieces for a wide selection of projects – from residential to commercial, classic to contemporary. Baccarat also has showrooms in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, and along with the launch of their new A&D website, Baccarat Studio Baccarat, has plans to open A&D showrooms in London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Mumbai as well.

Take a look at the photos of the showroom’s sleek concrete floors and white walls, which create a sophisticated gallery-like space that presents Baccarat’s dazzling collection as art and represents the brand’s “timeless modernity.” Photos credit of Keith Scott Morton.

Pin it and Win it!

By kimberly


Axor, the design brand of bathroom designer Hansgrohe, is hosting a summer design contest on Pinterest, the hottest and fastest-growing social media platform of the moment. The “Bathrooms Dreams Contest” – which started on June 1 – will last till July 27. So there is still plenty of time to get creative! Summer is the perfect time to re-organize your home for a fresh start in the fall and Pinterest is the perfect place to get inspired and lay down your ideas. Why not begin in the bath?!? If you are creative and have loads of interior design ideas, Axor/Hansgrohe think you deserve a prize for sharing inspiring content. Pin to win a $500 Apple gift card ! It’s all about the summer love.

To enter the competition, you will need to:

1. Follow @HansgroheUSA on Pinterest.

  • Pinterest is free, invite only and can only be activated via a Facebook or Twitter account. You can request an invitation from Pinterest at Although it usually takes a few days to receive your invitation, there is no guarantee that Pinterest will honor the request for invitation in time for the contest.

2. Create a Pinterest board that shows the bathroom of your dreams and make sure to title it “Bathroom Dreams”

  • The board can be inspired by a project that you have just completed or by the bathroom you wish you had
  • The board should include at least 10 pins representing your dream bathroom and two “repins” from the trend boards on @HansgroheUSA
  • In the description of each pin, include Pinterest handle, @HansgroheUSA, and the hashtag #Bathroomdreams
  • When your “Bathroom Dreams” board is complete, to submit your entry, post a comment @HansgroheUSA under our “Bathroom Dreams” board with a link to your Pinterest board during the promotion period. Be aware that no changes are allowed after the promotion period!

3. Timing and Rules

  • Entries will only be accepted from June 1 – July 27 (ending at 11:59:59 pm EST) – Limit one entry per person
  • A panel of experts will judge the boards, based on uniqueness, creativity, Hansgrohe/Axor inspiration and products utilized and adherence to the guidelines
  • Experts: Hansgrohe marketing employee, Media, Architect or Interior Designer, Industry Expert, Influencer/Partner
  • Winners will be announced on Hansgrohe Media channels on or around August 17, 20123

You can find the complete list of rules on Hansgrohe USA’s Pinterest page:


NYC is Hot for Hospitality

By danielle


Get ready for some NYC hospitality as the NEWH New York Regional Trade Show takes over the Metropolitan Pavilion this Friday. The trade show floor opens at 3PM and features more than a hundred leading exhibitors, all showcasing the newest most innovative products in accessories, art, bedding, carpet, case goods, commercial furniture, flooring, lighting, framing, mirrors, outdoor furnishings, wall coverings and window treatments. During the show, attendees will be treated to an old school street art battle, courtesy of some of the city’s pioneer graffiti artists. Underwritten by Plutonium Paint, the artists will create pieces live at the show – including one tagged on a Raydoor – that will be auctioned off at the end of the night. Participating artists include: Gia Gutierrez; KEO; Alice Mizrazhi; and George SEN One. The Urban Artist Battle will feature a set by DJ Ski Hi to get the evening going.

The event is free to architects, designers, specifiers, purchasing agents, hotel owners & managers, design students and educational professionals. Non-exhibiting vendor attendee charge: $50 members, $100 non-members. Click here to register.


Helping Habitat for Humanity, One View at a Time

By danielle


As part of the new Valspar Paint celebrity video series, Lauren Conrad reveals her newly designed Paper Crown office in a segment that benefits Habitat for Humanity. For every view and share of Lauren’s color transformation video (below), Valspar will donate $1 to the charitable organization, which builds affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Together with Valspar, she hopes this campaign will help raise $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

Watch as Lauren takes us on a behind the scenes look at her new office, where she creates all the designs for her clothing line. We weren’t surprised by her palette (check out the Brushed Rose paint on the walls) as she mentions her favorite color is pink!

Patricia Bouley’s Trend Report at the New York Design Center

By kimberly


If you weren’t able to be in Milan in April for the Salone del Mobile, worry no more. The New York Design Center is hosting an event on Wednesday June 20th, in partnership with the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA). Patricia Bouley, who was in Milan for one of Europe’s biggest contemporary furniture design fairs, will be giving a Trend Report focusing on the evolution of contemporary design and its impact on our lives. She defined the Italian fair as “one of the most exciting shows [she’s] attended in a long time.” Don’t miss out on this opportunity to receive a detailed overview by a woman whose eye for good taste and widely acclaimed design has been sought out more than once.

The event will take place from 6 – 7:30 pm in the New York Design Center Conference Room (1st Floor) at 200 Lexington Ave.
Wine and Hors-d’oeuvres will be served from 6 – 6:30 pm followed by the Trend Report from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

For IFDA members: $20

For Student Members: $5

For Guests: $35

For Student Guests: $10

You can make your reservation by phone (212) 686-6020 or by registering here


an inside look at new molten

By sevan


Although it seems that summer hasn’t quite hit New York City, Michael Aram is heating things up with the launch of the New Molten collection. Celebrating handcraftsmanship at its most basic level, the stainless steel beads on each piece of the collection are individually welded, making every bowl, frame, or tray absolutely unique.

Last Thursday’s Molten Month event at the Michael Aram Flagship Store at 136 West 18th gave an insider’s look on how each piece in the collection is made from conception to finished product. It was amazing to see how a few sketches on paper became exquisite and elegant pieces with everyday functionality. A piece starts off as an unassuming sheet of stainless steel that is then hammered and trimmed to shape with the help of simple molds and hand tools. Then, a long rod of steel is heated at one end and dripped onto the edge of the piece to create the trademark beading of the Molten Collection. And finally, in order to achieve the stainless steel glimmer, the piece is buffed using sari material—who knew saris made for more than just gorgeous dresses?

Want your own unique piece from the New Molten collection? Michael Aram is celebrating the launch of the expanded collection with a Mini Molten Frame gift on all purchases of $150 or more through the month June. And if you’re one to plan delectable summer parties, be sure to share your idea of a perfect dinner party with Michael Aram on Pinterest for a chance to win pieces from the New Molten collection!

Robert Allen Naturals

By heba


Robert Allen’s impressive new line of fabrics, Naturals, was officially introduced last week at a launch party at the expansive Robert Allen showroom in the D&D Building in New York. In addition to great food and company, designers shared their stories and inspiration behind the fabrics, and allowed guests to share their thoughts as well. Robert Allen executives, including CEO, Phil Kowalczyk; Operating Vice President, Marketing, Peter Routsis; Senior Vice President, Design and Marketing, Jennie Wilde, and Director of Fabric Design, Anne Lekow, spoke about the Naturals collection and what it means for the company moving forward. Naturals is truly unique and stands apart from other naturally inspired fabrics in the ways it incorporates color. The designers for this line blended soft and exotic patterns and textures with bright and calm hues and tones. The endless variety of possible designs makes them a summer decorator’s dream! The company is also hosting a series of trunk shows around the country, featuring the Naturals collection. If you missed out on the launch event, this is a great opportunity to experience the line and learn more about it. Click here for more details.

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