Archive for July, 2012

CB2’s In-Store Meet & Greet with The Novogratzes!

By danielle


Earlier this month, CB2 hosted a “Meet and Greet” with Robert & Cortney Novogratz to celebrate the launch of their “Family Rug” at their NY Eastside store. The famed husband and wife design team and parents of seven are known for their stylish living. They have a hit show on Bravo called 9 By Design and just last year launched their own line of home goods. Their style – a seamless blend of modern and vintage and high and low priced decor – was a natural fit for CB2.  The “Family Rug” will be exclusively available at the store and online. Featuring large typography in classic black and white or multi-color scheme, it is designed to be place in the center of any room, becoming part of your life.

And get ready for more as this is just a prelude to the larger collection launching in October.




design, unfiltered.

By sevan


Karlsson’s Gold promises to help even the most discerning individual rediscover vodka, and true to its promise—or rather, to take it to the next level—Karlsson’s launched UNFILTERED, a series of initiatives celebrating craft, heritage, and creative vision. Stemming from Karlsson’s very own approach to creating vodka that preserves the integrity and flavor of the potatoes used to make it, the project was born from the belief that the best ideas should be left unfiltered.

As part of the UNFILTERED series, Karlsson’s Gold has already paired up with Sight Unseen, an online magazine that takes readers on a journey to discover the processes behind design; and with the American Design Club, whose eighth  group exhibition showcasing designs that used materials or processes in their most natural, unfiltered state was presented as part of the UNFILTERED series.

Just this week, the third collaboration in the series was launched: a Bar Kit designed by internationally renowned design studio Rich Brilliant Willing. The family of objects in the set pertain to the ritual of drink making : a glass dome, two drinking glasses, a marble millstone, and an aluminum base with a wooden handle that also doubles as a muddler. The handle can be rotated to grind pepper for cocktails—think adding pepper to your roast potato for an added oomf of flavor and aroma—while the dome itself if perfectly sized to fit a bottle of Karlsson’s vodka.

We love the simplicity and elegance of the natural materials RWB used in creating the piece; the glass, stone, wood, and metal express perfectly the idea of unfiltered. But what we really love about the Bar Kit is that it celebrates (in however an indirect way) the artistry and process that goes into making a drink, which we so often ignore when ordering a glass of this or that at our favorite local bar. Every piece of this project is about quality and craftsmanship—from the unfiltered distillation process used to create Karlsson’s Gold Vodka to the precision required to make the glass dome fit snugly over the base and millstone, to adding just the right amount of pepper to spice up your drink.


The handmade, open edition set is made-to-order at Matter at 405 Broome Street New York City. And if you have an idea that needs some support to remain UNFILTERED, submit it here.

TRACES, a Physical Memoire

By avery


From August 17th-19th TRACES, a mutlidisciplinary, immersive and theatrical art and design exhibition, comes to 32 Cremer Street in Hoxton. Part of the Shoreditch Fringe Festival, it is held in collaboration with Designersblock and organized by Donna Walker and Talulah Mason. The exhibition will glorify the past inhabitants of the old ‘Marquis of Landsdowne’ on 32 Cremer Street by showcasing their stories and secrets as would have existed in the 1870s. In preparing for this exhibition, TRACES set out to uncover the stories lodged in abandoned 32 Cremer Street. And after extensive research the product is an exhibition that showcases the inhabitants as they would have been in the 1870s. The team stopped at nothing to decode and translate the “fragile broken sentences” that were tied up in the objects left behind in this old building. TRACES seeks to give the very newest up and coming artists and designers a way to reach the public and for this year’s exciting immersive event over 60 artists, furniture and product designers and makers, theatre set designers, sound artists, food designers, smell designers, lighting designers, architects, illustrators, ceramiciists, jewelry makers , textile designers, and the media worked together to produce pieces inspired by the narrative of the place.

TRACES will enable the public to hear, smell, taste, touch, and see how the lives of the 1870s tenants were lived. The public will discover who the ‘unfortunate’ tenant is in the upstairs room and where all the items in the storage room came from- for themselves. While wandering through the space and unpicking the secrets, visitors can compare notes on their findings over drinks. Guests also will be interacting with commissioned ‘Contemporary Victorian’ pieces; and have the option to purchase some. A combination of theatre, history, scandal, intrigue, and the very latest in gorgeous and evocative design, TRACES is the most exciting way for journalists, design professionals, cultural and educational institutions, trend forecasters, and ‘cool’ hunters to discover new talent, and maybe bag themselves a beautiful and unique object. A physical memoir , TRACES at 32 Cremer Street is sure to be a great evening for all!

Photo Credits: Giovanna del Sarto


Olympic Madness on Madison Ave

By danielle


The highly anticipated Summer Olympics kick off on Friday. While all eyes will be on London, our feet will be firmly planted on Madison Ave. The design industry is getting in on the action with festivities that are sure to get & keep you in the mood for the Games of the XXX Olympiad.

As a pre-game to the Opening Ceremonies, Duravit and Architizer are hosting a Pool Party on Wednesday, July 25th from 6:00-9:00PM. They’ll be celebrating the Olympics with swim footage dating back to the 1930s, trivia, and your favorite all-American summer treats at the Duravit NYC Showroom (105 Madison Ave).

Later this month, Material ConneXion hosts Faster Higher Stronger: The Materials of Sport. The use of advanced and innovative materials has had a significant impact on the performances of these athletes. To celebrate this material innovation, Material ConneXion is opening an exhibit at its NYC showroom (60 Madison Ave) that showcases the latest products from companies such as Adidas, Barking Sands, Mikasa Sports, Nike, Puma, Speedo, Under Armour, and Zai, developed to make athletes succeed and set new records.

The opening reception will be held on July 31st from 6:00-8:30PM and the exhibit will be open to the public until September 28, from Monday to Friday, 9:00AM-6:00PM.


Introducing MODU

By danielle


What do you get when you combine two professionals that design architecture, interiors, installations, and facades; deliver cultural, residential, commercial and urbanism; and like weather, camouflage, magnetism and food?

The answer: MODU

The first MODU newsletter just landed in our inbox and we couldn’t be more excited for our dear friends Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem. MODU is the product of a three-year long design alliance between two architecture and design practices.  It is an interdisciplinary architecture practice that produces smart design – from architecture to facades and interiors to installations. The practice engages flexibly with cultural organizations, commercial businesses, private clients and academic institutions. We wish them the best of luck and can’t wait for more MODU news!

firstLOOK at NYDC

By danielle


The 8th annual firstLOOK takes over the New York Design Center (200 Lexington Ave) tonight from 5-9PM. It will feature more than 200 new contract products.

To see it all, we suggest starting at the top.

DIRTT, which stands for Doing It Right This Time, will be welcoming guests on the 15th floor. The showroom is an industry resource for environmental solutions.

Just one flight down, The Levine Calvano showroom (Suite 1406) is showcasing their newest seating by Stylex. Introductions include the clean, sleek Brooks and the elegant yet comfortable Allround.

Meet Larry Laslo Today at Robert Allen

By danielle


For their fourth collaboration, Robert Allen and Larry Laslo have created a celebration of all things handmade in the Artisan Collection. From sculptures to paintings and more, Laslo used his artist’s eye to design a sumptuous and chic collection that is “jewelry for the home.”

To check out the collection and meet Larry Laslo, head to the Robert Allen Beacon Hill showroom (suite 301) at the D&D Building today at 11:30AM. Laslo will take guests through his design process and talk about his inspiration for the new collection. If you can’t make it, watch the event via the live webcast.

Mick De Giulio Designs 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

By danielle


The House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year opened this morning in NYC’s famous Rockefeller Center. Designed by Mick de Giulio, the space is full of inspiring design ideas. The hierarchy of the home is changing, we learned, and the kitchen is becoming the new American living room. Mick took us on a tour this morning of what he says is the kind of kitchen he would like to live in. Typical of his work, it had very few symmetrical compositions. “I love offsets. I love the dimensions they create,” he said.

The 1,000-square-foot kitchen conservatory features two fully-functioning kitchens, indoor and outdoor. The space brings together a wide array of premiere building and home decoration companies, including Belgard Hardscapes, Caesarstone, Kohler, KraftMaid, Whirlpool, Aircraft Scentsticks, Ann Sacks, Circa Lighting, The Container Store, de Giulio kitchen design, Frontgate, Glidden, Grandin Road, Grothouse, Hickory Chair, iRobot, Kravet, Michael Aram, Napoleon Fireplaces, Shaw Floors, and VTech. With its prime NYC address, it will be used throughout the week to host a series of events including cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs and product spotlights.

A kitchen designer by trade, de Giulio thought of every detail. From the Whirlpool appliances (which mix white glass and stainless steel) to the fireplace (meant to evoke the feeling of an old Scottish fisherman’s cottage), it showcases the juxtaposition of elements and style.

A corner of the countertop doubles as a fruit bowl.


de Giulio designed this sink for Kallista. Some of its features include an offset drain (to allow for more under sink storage), a sliding cutting board, knife sharper and towel rack

An appliance garage! Mick's proprietary paneling system provides stylish storage solutions. Tiles: Ann Sacks, Countertop: CaesarStone, Platter: Michael Aram

Building Brooklyn Awards

By kristin


Brooklyn’s most influential figures in real estate and development flocked to The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook last Thursday to celebrate the borough’s most exciting building projects. Organized by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Real Estate & Development Committee, the 2012 Building Brooklyn Awards recognized 12 recently completed new and renovation construction projects – from the beautifully restored Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park to the innovative and indie Dekalb Market.

Here’s a look at the 2012 winners, as selected by an independent, 11-member panel of Brooklyn-based architects, planners, economic development experts and city officials:

Civic/Institutional: BLDG 92

Community Development: Red Hook Initiative

Education: Medgar Evers College Academic Building I

National Grid Award for Energy Efficiency: Dumont Green

Recreational Facility: Jane’s Carousel

Open Space: Restoration Plaza

Retail: Dekalb Market

Residential – Single Family: Atrium House

Residential – Affordable: Liberty Apartments

Residential – Supportive Housing: 97 Crooke Avenue

Residential – Low-Rise: Third + Bond

Residential – Multi: 220 Water Street

The Building Brooklyn Awards also honored Michell de la Uz, Executive Director of Fifth Avenue Committee, and David Von Spreckelsen, Division President at Toll Brothers, City Living, for their efforts to enhance the business conditions and economic climate of Brooklyn.

View from The Liberty Warehouse

INDUSTRY Magazine interviewing Jason Gorsline and Susan Doban, of Think Fabricate, during the cocktail party

Healthcare Interior Design: Designing the Evidence-Based Environment Practice, Research and Education

By kimberly


The New York School of Interior Design will host a presentation on Wednesday July 18th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, introducing Healthcare Interior Design, one of the most important fields in our profession today, from the perspective of Evidence-Based design thinking – using specific examples from current research and best practices. The discussion will start with an illustrated lecture, followed up with a discussion and will conclude with a tour of NYSID’s award-winning LEED-Platinum Graduate Center facility, designed by Gensler.

The LEED-Platinum Graduate Center facility is featured in the July 2012 issue of Interiors & Sources

Attendees will include architects and interior design professionals, hospital, healthcare and medical facility practitioners as well as students interested in learning more about healthcare interior design.

Why Healthcare? The interior design of healthcare environments has shown to impact patient health, employee safety and wellbeing and to potentially mitigate medical error.

As a matter of fact, the New York School of Interior Design will launch a 1-year MPS in Healthcare Interior Design program  in the fall 2012. 

This event is:

Open to the public & costs $10. Pre-register at — scroll down to find CE518 on the list

Limited to 50 attendeesThis presentation is eligible for Continuing Education credits:
AIA LUs = 2.0 LUs:  1 HSW and 1 Sustainability credit
2 ceu’s:  .1 HSW and .1 Sustainability credit

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