Archive for August, 2012

SMOKE, SPICE, & EVERYTHING NICE

By sevan

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In SFERRA‘s new Fall / Holiday 2012-2013 Collection, color is key. Pulling from  the 101 colors of Festival—and their 120-year long history as the definitive purveyors of luxury linens—each new palette tells a story that is timeless yet perfect for the modern home.

The holidays bring families together; they are a time for sharing stories old and new, catching up, reminiscing. The classic reds and greens, crisp whites, and bold blues of SFERRA’s new Holiday styles come hand-embroidered either with Herald or Memento, making these beautiful tabletop linens look like they’ve been in your family for generations, as though each stitch has a story to tell. And they very well may be a party of your holiday fare and festivities for years to come considering the exquisite quality of each piece: SFERRA uses only the finest natural fibers, celebrated Italian mills, and finishing techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation.

 

When the leaves start to turn and it gets too cold to picnic, the Smoke and Spice palettes bring the outdoors in. Available in Piccadilly and Ascot, these new patters perfectly complement Festival so you can mix, match, and coordinate to create a table linens set that will add fun, flare, and rich fall colors to any set up—everything from a solitary afternoon snack to a decadent dinner party deserves to be smokey and spicy!

And our #NYIGF Blogger’s Choice Award Goes To….

By danielle

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Philippe Starck for FlosThe D’E-Light‘s sleek, multifunctional design particularly piqued our interest. The product serves as both an energy-efficient LED task lamp and charging station for an iPod or iPad. Its intelligent design is typical of the famed Frenchman’s work and immediately had me hooked.

Click here to read what my fellow bloggers Heather Clawson @Habitually Chic; Hollister Hovey @HollisterHovey.blogspot.com; Marisa Marcantonio @Stylebeat; and Stephanie Murg @UnBeige picked as their “next big thing!”

 

Spotted at #NYIGF12

By danielle

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After I made my way through registration….

…I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon scouring the NYIGF Accent on Design aisles for one product that stands-out in terms of superlative design, form and function, talent, creativity and innovation. It was no easy task as this year’s NYIGF was packed with playful products. In line with trade show trends, color is making a comeback. We spotted lots of vibrant hues from tangerine (Pantone’s 2012 color of the year) to cobalt blue to fuchsia.

Introducing FARBENLEHRE COLOR. German-born jewelry designer Katrin Zimmermann took a break from black & white and is bringing some color into her collection with these pliable rubber, long neon necklaces that can be wound around several times and double as bracelets.

A splash of color in the bath, courtesy of Kontextur!

The new arrivals include modern bedding sets in citrine, tangerine and kelly green!

That’s no ordinary bull. This wooly animal is one of the many adorable creatures designed by Sindy Posso. Each twooly is entirely and carefully handmade by skillful Mayan in the South of Mexico.

The Nervous System booth design alternates frosted plexiglass panels of jewelry that jut out at angels with 8′ tall laser cut panels showing a pattern representative of each collection.

We also found lots of lights we love. Flos made its NYIGF debut and and showed its gift collection from design superstars like Philippe Starck (D’E-light & Miss K), Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (Piani), Antonio Citterio (Minikelvin Led), Barber & Osgerby (Tab Led T), Konstantin Grcic (May Day), Ron Gilad (Mini Teca), Marcel Wanders (Can Can), Achille Castiglioni (Lampadina) and Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (Gatto Piccolo).

The D’E-Light by starachitect Philippe Starck – an LED task lamp + charging station!

Returning exhibitor Design House Stockholm is celebrating its 20-year Anniversary. The Block Lamp is still one of its best sellers!

The Block Lamp, a classic collection designed by Harri Koskinen, has lit up the design scene since 1996. It became part of MoMA’s permanent collection in 2000.

 

Which one of these received our Blogger’s Choice Award??? Stay tuned….

BH&G Blogger Social at Story

By danielle

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If you haven’t picked up your Better Homes & Gardens September Stylemaker issue yet, we suggest you grab it today for your weekend enjoyment. It is filled with design ideas from tastemakers like Kim Myles, interior decorator, TV host, HGTV Design Star and founder of Global Glam Collection of stencils; Suzanne McGrath, designer & author of Good Bones Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces that Will Carry You Through a Lifetime  and more. Thanks to our friends at BH&G (thanks Melissa!), we had the honor of meeting these delightful designers at an intimate blogger social and live Q&A. The session focused on home design and style making and featured a fantastic group of panelists including: Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Apartment Therapy; Oma Blaise Ford, BH&G; Kim Myles, Global Glam and Suzanne McGrath, Good Bones. It was moderated by stylist, editor & writer, Stacy Kunstel.

We feverishly tweeted away some of their trade secrets and advice. My favorite tip – “Be willing to make mistakes.” (thanks Maxwell) cause “Some of the best mistakes turn out to be happy accidents (encouraging words, Kim!)”

The event was held at Story NYC, a super cool retail shop founded by Rachel Shectman. Located on the West Side of Manhattan (144 10th Ave @ 19th St), it has the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store. The current “story” has a NY state of mind. They NY-based cultural discovery website Cool Hunting joined as the first ever co-curator, taking a look at NY as the center of innovation in food, art and culture. Stay tuned as the next story comes to life on September 6.

 

 

Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards

By danielle

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Thanks Tamara for sending us these photos of the winning projects from the 2012 Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards. The second annual awards program was held on at the Guild Hall in East Hampton. The who’s who of the Hamptons & NYC design scene turned out to honor the best in architecture, garden design, kitchen, bath and interior design.

Bath Winner: Stelle Architects (Photographer: Matthew Carbone)

Kitchen Winner: Martin Architects PC (Photographer: Patrick Bernard)

Architecture Winner: West Chin Architect PLLC (Photographer: West Chin)

Builder Recognition Award: Rutligliano Custom Inc

Garden Design Winner: RG Shuster & Company

Interior Design Winner: James Michael Howard Inc.

Joseph Joseph Launch at Sur La Table

By alexandra

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Last week, we attended the Joseph Joseph Fall 2012 product launch at Sur La Table in midtown Manhattan. Founded by talented and tasteful twin brothers, Richard and Antony Joseph, the products in the line were right up our alley. Boasting degrees in industrial design and backgrounds in product development, the duo is able to take the normally mundane “kitchenware” category to a whole other level.  From ergonomic and stylish knives to multi-functional prep and serve ware, the brand has the cooking/entertaining accessory sector covered. We even spotted something we had just bought for someone’s wedding gift registry.  Smart decision.

The event also included a cooking demonstration by Richard Joseph, who artfully prepared delicious treats for attendees to taste!

Below some of our favorites from the new collection:

Elevate™ Knives. This colorful and smart set features the unique weighted handle
design which raises the blade off of the work surface.

At long last–a scale that is compact and stylish.

Richard Joseph whips something up for us!

IIDEX 2012 on the September Trade Show Calendar

By danielle

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Hope everyone is getting their vacations in this month cause the September trade show season is heating up! In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting some of our favorite fairs including the London Design Festival (Sept 14-23) & 100% Design (Sept 19-22) and Cersaie (Sept 25-29) to name a few.

We’re starting with IIDEX as registration for the 2012 fair opens today. Canada’s National Design + Architecture Expo & Conference will be held from September 20-21 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.  The fair features over 350 exhibitors and offers over 80 CEU accredited seminars and tours as part of the Conference Program.

For those Marimekko fans like me, be sure to add the exhibition Marimekko, With Love to your list of things to do. The Textile Museum of Canada is presenting a retrospective look at the company’s origins and its role in shaping a new approach to living through fashion and design. The Finnish brand has close ties to Toronto. In fact, the groundbreaking Toronto design studio Karelia was the first to introduce Marimekko to international audiences. Look for an impressive selection from Karelia’s collections and archives in the Textile Design Expo at IIDEX.

This year’s IIDEX International Pavilion is designed by Milan/Toronto Architects Enrico Cleva and Sara Viarengo. The two story scaffolding structure provided by leading Italian manufacturer Metalsistem will showcase a diverse cross section of international manufacturers with both a mix of products and photos from emerging and leading European companies.

Other special features include the National Urban Design Awards (September 21 at 3:30PM) and the fifth anniversary of Candela with a brand new collection of inspiring and innovative lighting designs created by professional artists and designers exploring electric light as an artistic medium.

 

Takeshi Miyakawa Open Studio

By danielle

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As a follow-up to our Takeshi Miyakawa posts on May 22 and May 24, we are proud to report that the issue has been resolved. If you remember back his attempted I Love NY art installation was misconstrued as a terrorist act. According to Takeshi, “Last Thursday, I went to court and the judge accepted A.C.D. (adjournment in contemplation of dismissal) with ten days of community service as recommended by the prosecution.”

He’s decided to throw a party to celebrate and will hosting an open studio tomorrow at 7PM. Let’s all raise a glass to one of our favorite Brooklyn Designers. We hear the Asahi beer will be flowing!

When: August 3 at 7PM

Where: 1205 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, NY