Archive for September, 2012

top 50 designers to look out for.

By sevan

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Last week, New York Spaces paired up with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to celebrate the Top 50 Designers of 2012 in the New York Metropolitan area. Their shortlist of architects, designers, and decorators are considered amongst the most innovative shapers of our built environments. Check out some of our photos from the party, and get yourself the September 2012 issue of New York Spaces to see the spaces designed by these creatives.

Oh so many guests (and guests of guests)!

left to right : Michael Reiman + Elisa Brotherhood of Axor NYC, Alexandra Zwicky of Novità

 

Maison et Objet Fall 2012, through the eyes and lens of Hermine Mariaux

By heba

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Though we were sad to miss out on Maison & Objet Fall 2012, which was held in Paris two weeks ago, we’ve been delighted to continuously see and hear about some of the extraordinarily unique, beautiful and inspiring things that designers had to offer at the fair. We were especially blown away by the solidifying stool that was the result of a collaboration between the Societe Choletaise de Fabrication and François Azambourg for the R3iLab network, the desk series by students of Swiss design school ECAL, and Maya Selway‘s “Kishu” Collection, which brings minimalist design to abstract everyday objects.

    

Before we start looking forward to the next edition of Paris’ most beloved trade show, there’s one more chance to experience Maison & Objet Fall 2012. On Thursday, September 27th, join the New York chapter of IFDA for a visual tour of the latest design trends from Paris through the eye and lens of blogger and trend forecaster, Hermine Mariaux. Mariaux is an expert at forecasting design and color trends and spotting the coming changes in lifestyles that will affect us all. Formerly a contributor to The New York Times and Town & Country, Mariaux is now the author of popular blog, “The Trend Tracker” f0r Home Textiles Today. Thursday’s program will be held at Grange at the New York Design Center, and will include a breakfast and networking session from 8:30am-9am, before the program from 9-10am. For more information about ticket prices and registration, click here.

Calling All Creatives: “Dress Up the D-Lux”

By heba

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Royal Botania is offering a chance for designers, artists and inspired minds from NYC and the tri-state area to show off their talent and mingle with the who’s who of the design world—all while helping to benefit the non-profit Design Trust for Public Space. Royal Botania’s “Dress Up the D-Lux” competition is officially kicking into gear! Entrants must use the company’s innovative D-Lux chair as a blank canvas for their creativity. The winning vision will be turned into reality and put on display for auction at the Design Trust’s 2012 Art + Design Benefit on November 7th. The contest winner will also score a ticket to the well-attended industry fête. Entries should be submitted to usa@royalbotania.net and are due by this Friday, September 28th. Click here for entry information and further details. Good luck to all entrants!

inside the creative’s studio.

By sevan

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Last Tuesday, New York Cottages & Gardens toasted the fall season with a cocktail reception that went above and beyond excellent champagne; guests had the rare opportunity to explore designer Madeline Weinrib‘s studio, getting an insider’s look at everything from her idea boards to her works-in-progress.

D-C arrived fashionably late to the event, but just in time for the elegant toasts by NYC&G Editor-in-Chief Kendell Cronstrom and Madeline Weinrib, both of whom are more than excited for the busy fall season. And then: the studio tour. Weinrib’s atelier and showroom is designer heaven, set in an expansive loft with high ceilings and a lot of windows that boldly defies the cool, minimalist spaces that seem to define the contemporary work space. Part antiquarian vitrine, part SoHo chic, the loft is graciously filled with every color of the spectrum; the bold patters of Weinrib’s collections; books on art, design, and some invaluable classics; textile samples in baskets and on shelves; an entire wall of photographs from India; über-comfortable chairs and floor poufs; objects acquired during far-off travels—the list goes on—all representing the designer’s personality in material form, and providing her with daily inspiration.

Take a look, and be inspired for yourself:

 

ciao bella! it’s time for cersaie 2012.

By sevan

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Cersaie turns 30 this year, and we’re flying to Bologna for the big event! The premier international ceramic and bathroom furnishings exhibition, promoted by Confindustria Ceramica in cooperation with BolognaFiere and organized by Edi.Cer SpA and Promos, will start next week on September 25th and continue through the 29th. Featuring nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 31 countries and a sprawling 176,000 square meters of exhibition space, Cersaie is K&B mecca, always introducing cutting edge designs, designer collaborations, and new technological innovations to the world.

If you think Cersaie is a lot of beautiful design all in one place—well, you’re right! But there’s more to it than that. This year’s “Building, Dwelling, Thinking” conference program includes a lot of engaging talks, including a keynote speech by 2011 Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura. Other highlights include “Design Goes Sci-Fi” with American science fiction writer Bruce Sterling and Italian designer Cini Boeri; a lecture on emergency and intervention architecture with Shigeru Ban; and a presentation by Heike Hanada on her design for the new Bauhaus Museum in Weimar.

Now, since we know you’re all too excited to wait until Tuesday, here’s a short product preview:

+ “Woodays” by Tagina

+ “Carlo Dal Bianco” by Mosaico+

+ “Gate Mark” by Caesar

+ “Frame” by FM Studio for Refin

Keep checking back for more coverage! And if you’d like more information, see the Cersaie 2012 website.

Artistic Traces of History

By heba

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Traces, a secret London gallery event, redefines “art history”. The gallery gives new artists a way to reach the public, and in turn, gives the public a new way to experience art. Through theater, history, design, and sheer curiosity, Traces lets visitors discover talent for themselves. This year’s event, the Marquess of Lansdowne, took place on August 17th-19th and took “a neglected old building and brought it alive again with the smells, tastes, touches and sounds of days gone by.” The catch is, however, that visitors must first find the building before they can roam its halls – the location was kept a secret, aside from clues that were sent out to subscribers of the Traces mailing list. This year, an abandoned Victorian pub, formerly a 19th century brothel, was restored and used to showcase art and design pieces. In addition to these pieces, which featured ceramics, furnitures, and jewelry that served as props, the Traces team included sound artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and various other designers that helped bring the building’s past to the present. In case you, like us, missed out on what evidently was unique and fun event, Traces has sent along a few teaser pictures of the event and the featured works, below!

Images courtesy of Giovanna Del Sarto.

Armlet by Rebecca Onyett:

Botanique Plate by Gordon Robertson:

Perfect Circle Practice by Lil Adams:

Picture Frames by Jo Gibbs:

Untitled by Florence Clarke:

Spontaneous Fun! Tonight at D’Apostrophe

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Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, has proven to be a great success and a crowd favorite at the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and now it’s time to celebrate! Stop by the beautiful D’Apostrophe showroom tonight from 8-11pm to meet the curatorial team, exhibition designers and featured interventionists. Enjoy a little piece of Italy with prosecco, white wine, espresso, and an olive oil and pesto tasting, while looking at projected images of the U.S. Pavilion and its featured projects. Click here for a look at the exhibition and don’t forget to RSVP!

What’s New, What’s Next? See you at 200 Lex!

By danielle

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Looking for the scoop on “What’s New, What’s Next” in ideas, design, materials and products? Then head to 200 Lex TONIGHT for an afternoon/evening jam-packed with exciting editor-driven panel discussions, engaging designer presentations and book signings. Simon Doonan, Barney’s Creative Director and Jonathan Adler’s devoted husband will be in the Kravet showroom at 4:15 revealing all there is to know about Adler’s rise from clay spattered potter to design guru. He’s funny, fashionable and one of our favorite presenters. That’s just a small taste of what’s in store. Click here to download the full schedule.

When: Today til 8PM

Where: NYDC, 200 Lex

RSVP

Robert Allen + DwellStudio Launch Modern Color Theory

By danielle

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Every fall tends to bring to mind the same color palette– earthy neutrals in various shades of brown and beige. It may be comforting and classic, but it’s nothing new. Until this season. Top fabric purveyor Robert Allen has partnered with popular home line DwellStudio for a fall collection full of playful patterns and bold brights: Modern Color Theory.
On Wednesday, I was able to get a sneak peek of the collection at the amazing and inspiring Robert Allen Design Studio, hosted by their VP of design Christy Almond, design director Hannah Alderson, and DwellStudio’s Christiane Lemieux.
The collection perfectly encompasses DwellStudio’s trend knowledge and Robert Allen’s color leadership. In-your-face primary colors are paired with clean neutrals, making them accessible for the everyday home environment. The patterns are funky yet classic, featuring cool textured stripes and graphically illustrated florals. And of course, how can we get forget DwellStudio’s love of animal motifs! “This season, we really fell in love with the gazelle,” remarked Lemieux. 
Caravan was one of my favorites, too, especially in the darker Copper colorway of cinnamon and grey blue. Other favorites were Crosby, a Scandinavian-esque floral, and Malakos, a mineral-inspired graphic.
The Robert Allen team loves Kings Walk, a regal lion fabric, and Landsmeer, a stunning watercolor floral available in 3 colors, including a punch pink.
Want to check out the whole collection? Click here!  And don’t forget to visit Robert Allen’s Facebook page  for more sneak peek pics! The collection officially launches on 9/24, and I know I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

COLOR-ME-FABULOUS

By sevan

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You know something exciting is going to happen when you see Fab and Blu Dot mentioned in the same sentence! Two companies that put color at the forefront of their design philosophies—Fab and design darling Blu Dot are partnering to present a line of desks, tables, chairs, and lighting in Fab custom colors.

Now through September 29th, you can get seven Blu Dot designed furniture pieces in an exclusive Fab-selected palette that includes bright orange, black, gray, and crisp white at the Blu Dot Pop-Up Shop. Two words we always love to hear: stylish and affordable!

So you just moved in to an empty new apartment? We hope you’re not about to go to IKEA… Blu Dot was founded in Minneapolis in 1997 by three college friends who, while furnishing their first apartments, didn’t like the stuff they could afford and couldn’t afford the stuff they liked, so they aim to bring good design to as many people as possible (that means you! and your tiny apartment—a small space and budget is no excuse for aesthetically displeasing when you’ve got a deal like this sitting right under your nose).

We thought that you should also know that this collaboration is bringing to Fab.com one of our personal favorites from Blu Dot: the Cant Desk, which has been packing a colorful and functional punch in our office for quite some time now, is available in orange and white. Its cantilevered silhouette sets the stage for hard work—or tweeting about the sweet desk you just bought! Other items featured in this sale are the Lily Pad Coffee Table, Perimeter Light, Real Good Chair, and the Strut Table series available in large, medium, or side-table sizes.

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