Archive for October, 2012

Architecture & Design Film Festival a Major Success!

By sevan


Last Friday, we had the great pleasure of spending the evening at Tribeca Cinemas for the Architecture and Design Film Festival! The film festival, which is now in its fourth year and will travel to Los Angeles and Chicago next spring, offers an enticing selection of feature-length films, documentaries, and shorts. Best of all, every screening is an opportunity to mix and mingle with architects, designers, and industry leaders at pre-screening cocktail events, and to engage in lively discussions and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers themselves!

Our double-feature included Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line, The Standard New York,  and 16 Acres (make that triple-feature!), which was ballot-voted Best Film by festival attendees—I know I gave it a 5!

The film about DS+R was an intriguing mix of the history of the prominent architecture firm and a commentary on the design of public spaces. It traces the theoretical and stylistic basis of the firm’s architectural development from the time its founding partners, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, were more involved in provocative art exhibitions than “real” architecture up through their Blur Building (Switzerland, 2002) and to the projects that put the firm at the forefront of design, the Lincoln Center and the High Line. After the screening, the Directors Muffie Dunn and Tom Piper were joined by Managing Editor of Architectural Record Suzanne Stephens, who acted as the architectural advisor on the film, for an engaging Q&A with the audience.

Then it was a quick popcorn break and a lead-in with The Standard New York before the most anticipated film at the festival, 16 Acres, which traces the architectural, political, financial, and emotional forces at odds in one of the most complex urban renewal projects in American history: the rebuilding of ground zero. The film was truly the most insightful one that I had seen in a very long time, and did an excellent job at explaining the inside story of the last ten years at the site. I myself had little idea what had been going on with the project, and it was refreshing to get the story as a first-person narrative from the key players involved in the project rather than from the media. Director / Editor  Richard Hankin revealed that the storyline (which is something closer to a choose-you-own-adventure book than a “line” per say) is so complex that his original cut was over three hours long!


These photos are from the opening night of the festival at the Time Warner Center. Present at the opening were Massimo and Lella Vignelli, designer of the 9/11 Memorial Michael Arad, amongst many others.

@Hearst Designer Visions Opening Night Gala

By danielle


Here’s hoping Hurricane Sandy stays away cause there are lots of great events in and around NYC next week. The Hearst Design Group is hosting an opening night gala on Oct 30th to celebrate Designer Visions. The annual event is a must-see showcase of the best in interior design talent and trends. This year, the group’s three publications: ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful and VERANDA are transforming three luxury apartments at 250 West Street, El Ad Group’s landmark residential property in Tribeca, into environments that reflect the magazines’ unique style and point of view.  To do so, they are partnering with a fab trio of designers including: David Rockwell for House Beautiful, Anthony Todd for VERANDA, and Matthew Patrick Smyth for ELLE DECOR. The opening night is invitation only.

International Passive House Days

By heba


From November 9-11, Passive House owners and residents worldwide will open their homes and offices to the public for International Passive House Days. New York Passive Houses, completed and in construction, will be taking part in these open houses, allowing enthusiasts and newcomers alike to experience and learn about Passive House as well as to raise awareness about and interest in the rigorous German standard for energy efficiency. Passive House is a cutting edge approach to design and construction that aims to make sustainable design a proportionate response to the threat of climate change. The construction concept focuses on the health, comfort, durability, affordability, efficiency and predictability of our built environment. Through its comprehensive methodology, it dramatically reduces the energy used to operate a building while simultaneously enhancing the occupants’ thermal comfort and raising the buildings’ indoor air quality. Passive Houses can be built (or applied to existing buildings of almost any size and type) using any construction and design method, are affordable to build (or renovate), experience comfortable temperatures and humidity levels year round, and create energy savings of up to 90%.

Be sure to check out a participating Passive House near you! Passive Houses in New York that will be taking part in International Passive House Days are located in Bayville, Brooklyn, ClaverackMamaroneck, and Orient Point.

Happy Holiday House! Made Possible By @traditionalhome + @BCRFcure

By alexandra


Yesterday, we got a sneak peek of the 5th annual Holiday House, a decorator show house benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and featuring original room and tabletop settings by renowned designers. Housed in a limestone mansion on the Upper East Side, the spacious, molding-decorated interiors were perfect blank canvasses for the talented interior designers.

Each room’s theme was rooted in a reason to celebrate, whether it be Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween or “Girls Night Out.”  We highly encourage everyone to stop by the space, which opens tomorrow and runs through November 18th (11:00AM-5:00PM, $30 admission). It’s for a great cause and there is a lot of design to see!  Here are a few highlights from our first visit:

Near the entrance, we were particularly taken with Geoffrey Bradfield‘s elegant yet edgy drawing room, which was inspired by Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past and “celebrates stylish art from both past and present.”

Any dream residence is incomplete without outdoor space. The gorgeous courtyard was made even more stunning by Lee Najman Designs.  With the help of Baccarat, Pratt & Lampert Paints and Robert Allen fabrics, among other sources, the area embodies its “Seasons of Joy” theme.

Claudia Giselle Design, LLC‘s “Girl’s Night Out” boudoir has a classic and luxe feel. Maya Romanoff surfacing adds a shot of glittering gold, and Leucos USA and Boyd Lighting put things in the right light.  Robert Allen fabric covered chair, pillow and wall panels look sharp against the smoky gray and pink-hued paint from Benjamin Moore.

On the second floor, Vicente Wolf for ALB whipped up a “Winter White” bedroom that included his own collection as well as ALB International Fabrics and Brunswig et Fils.

It was time for a birthday celebration in Suzanne Eason‘s colorful and cheery study. Handmade “Chroma” wallpaper from Trove provides the perfect backdrop for the rich blue and green furnishings.

Brett Beldock provides a refreshing take on Valentine’s Day in Brett Design Inc.‘s room. The designer’s own wallpaper adorns the retro-chic, romantic space.

Stepping into the Sweet Sixteen room made us nostalgic for our youth. Robyn Karp Design Inc. created an oasis that any teenage girl would die for.  Bathed in shades of lavender, sophisticated touches, such as notable art, photography and polished furniture complete the space.

At the very top, Huntley & Co. Interior Design imagined a playhouse for an urban, modern day Marie-Antoinette.  The Roche Bobois furnishings, including a vintage-looking coffee/cocktail bar, make  for decadent and glamorous gatherings.




Discovering #Columbus with Tatzu Nishi

By kimberly


Tatzu Nishi‘s exhibit Discovering Columbus, sponsored by the Public Art Fund, has already been on the map for a month and keeps filling up every day. The artist has created a temporary living room around the statue of Christopher Columbus to give visitors the opportunity to see it from a different angle, as if it were an object of decoration on a coffee table. Known to bring a new light to iconic public monuments, Nishi decided to focus on the man who discovered America, hovering over Colubus Circle since 1892, for his first temporary exhibit in the United States. The feeling to hang out so close to such an icon of American History in a small living room setting is bizarre yet highly amusing. Make sure to check availabilities online to order your free ticket before the exhibit closes up on November 18th.


The living room is filled with details recalling American culture. The wallpaper, for instance, designed by Nishi for Trove reflects American Pop Culture with symbols such as Mickey Mouse, Hot Dogs and the Empire State Building, depicted on a fun pink background. Although the statue protrudes from the middle of the room, visitors feel right at home by relaxing on the couches, reading the paper or watching the news on a TV screen. It is a unique feeling to see such an iconic figure from a different angle, in a familiar setting. Some even feel so comfortable as to momentarily forget about the statue and enjoy a view they will only get to see once, sharing Columbus’ perspective.

For One Kings Lane, Design is Never Done

By heba


Last week, One Kings Lane, our favorite online home marketplace, launched their first national brand campaign, “Design is Never Done.” The campaign will feature 15- and 30- second national TV ads, digital banners, interactive social media elements, and print ads to launch in 2013. Their first TV ad, entitled “The Broken Lamp”, aired on Sunday, October 14th during ABC’s “Revenge,” and illustrates room progression through design, thanks to the patterns, colors, and textures of the expertly curated furnishings and decor at One Kings Lane. A simple design change can spark the transformation of a room, and with so many styles and unique objects to discover, design is truly never done. Take a look at the commercial below, check out their Instagram Challenge and be on the lookout for more from One Kings Lane!

#PettyFestNYC – A Night to Celebrate Tom Petty

By danielle


Whether you’re “Free Fallin'” or “Runnin Down a Dream,” we thought a Friday night post about Tom Petty might put us all feel like we are “Learning to Fly.”  While it’s not our typical “design event” post, we appreciate all events that raise money for a good cause. So music fans…mark you calendar! On October 24, Webster Hall will host Petty Fest NYC: A Night to Celebrate Tom Petty.

The Best Fest is sponsored by  Jameson® Irish Whiskey. This new collaboration will help The Fest see its vision of celebrating its musical heroes while giving to those in need come to fruition.

The New York show features special guests Justin Townes Earle, Karen Elson, Father John Misty, Adam Green, Nicole Atkins, Devendra Banhart, Jesse Malin, Delta Spirit, Sammy James Jr. of The Mooney Suzuki, Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Ryan Miller of Guster, Har Mar Superstar, Johnny T, Andrew W.K., Matt Sweeney, Danny Clinch & The Tangiers Blues Band, Justin Long, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Caveman and many more surprise guests.

The cost is $25 per ticket with 100% of ticket sale proceeds benefitting the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and the Musicians Cancer Fund.

IIDA’s Color Invasion: A Vibrant Night

By alexandra


We pulled from our nearly forgotten summer wardrobes and donned our neon-hued finest for last night’s Color Invasion party, hosted annually by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) NY chapter. The neon-themed event at Center 548 was a great opportunity for the A & D community to let loose with its peers and offered a chance to do a little late night networking. The three-floor mega party featured a sponsor area on the first floor, where guests were treated to cool freebies, neon accessories and a neon hair coloring/face painting station. For yummy eats and cocktails, as well as a place to lounge, the second floor was the prime destination. With so much going on and so many people to chat with, we must confess we never made it to the third level- though we heard it was equally fun. We hope you caught some of our tweets from the colorful affair! We also took some pics…

Guests checking out the sponsor tables

Our “best dressed” of the evening: Michael Stark, Interior Designer, Environetics with Sheri Gorman, Director-Business Development (center) & Marketing, RD Weis Companies (far right)

Sonya Dufner of Gensler with Jon Pesce of Axor






D-Lux is All Dressed Up for Design Trust

By heba


Royal Botania has announced the winner of their “Dress Up the D-Lux” contest! Brooklyn-based artist Rebecca Sherman‘s artwork was selected from a wide range of submissions. Her piece, “Film Still: Midnight in Paris,” is based on the idea of a pre-coded landscape. To create the piece, Sherman made a sculpture of collaged triangular mirrors and small oil paintings of smoke. She photographed the reflections of the paintings in the mirriors and digitally juxtaposed these photos with a silhouetted film still from Woody Allen‘s, Midnight in Paris. The jagged mirrors challenge and complement the curvaceous chair and the traditional seating surface. Sherman will apply the image of this artwork as well as the images of two similar artworks that incorporate film stills from Chistopher Nolan‘s Inception and Ernst Lubitsch‘s Design for Living  to the chair using translucent adhesive acetate paper. “I plan to mount the three prints to the front three sides of the chair,” she says. “I am going to paint the back of the chair silver and the interior square metallic black.” Sherman’s signature will be located underneath the Royal Botania logo.

The one-of-a-kind chair will be on display and up for auction at Design Trust‘s 2012 Art+Design Benefit Auction on November 7th. The event will be held at Ralph Pucci International in New York City and hosted by interior designer Kitty Hawks and Interior Design Editor-in-Chief, Cindy Allen. Over 100 art and design objects will be featured in celebration of urban agriculture in New York City, in addition to a toast to guests of honor, Danny Meyer and David Rockwell. Sherman will also be on hand to talk about her design inspiration and process. To learn more about Rebecca Sherman and her art, click here. To join more than 500 civic-minded, design-savvy New Yorkers for a festive evening of cocktails, conversation and fierce bidding, buy your tickets for the Art+Design Benefit Auction here. Until then, here’s a sneak peek at dressed up D-Lux:

@Duravit launches #DuravitDesignWeek : Oct 16-19

By danielle


This post comes from one of our new bloggers, Jill!


This week, Duravit is celebrating three new launches from designers Philippe Starck, Frank Huster, and Sieger Design. The exciting new products being released include SensoWash C, the shower toilet that combines clean design and high-tech hygiene; Architec Dry, the cost-effective alternative to conventional urinals that flushes without any water; Cucina Vero, a rectangular and versatile sink design; and Kiora, the first kitchen product designed by Siegers for Duravit.

Last night, Interior Design came together with Duravit at their Madison Avenue showroom to toast these new products and launch Duravit Design Week, as well as enjoy some tastings from top local NoMad restaurants, including Ilili, Milesime, and SD26. If you missed yesterday’s launch, you can still join Duravit and Architectural Record tonight for an evening of architectural films, trivia, and your chance to win tickets to the NYC Architecture and Design Film Festival! And tomorrow, there will be a panel discussion about cultural distinctions in design with Metropolis magazine Editor-in-Chief Susan S. Szenasy.

Check out these photos from last night’s event as well as the new products.

The Duravit Team

Cindy + Tim

Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief at Interior Design with Tim Schroeder, President of DuravitUSA

SensoWash C designed by Philippe Starck

Architec Dry

Cucina Vero

Cucina Vero

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