Archive for October, 2012

@kellywearstler @onekingslane #tastemaker tag sale

By danielle


Kelly Wearstler, the award-winning LA-based designer known for her enchanted “Mod-Baroque” style,  is back on One Kings Lane. Her tastemaker tag sale went live this morning. The sale will feature numerous home accessories from Kelly’s extensive personal archive, as well as the exclusive pre-sale of her latest – and limited-edition – book, KELLY WEARSTLER: RHAPSODY.

@CooperHewitt National Design Week: October 13-21

By heba


National Design Week is almost here! Since 2006, the week has been hosted by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, which offers a wide range of public programs and online resources in celebration of the National Design Awards and in honor of the important role design plays in enriching all aspects of our daily lives.

The National Design Awards gala ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday, October 17 at Pier Sixty on the Hudson River in New York, recognizes the best in American design across a range of disciplines. Additional programming and events will take place nationwide for design aficionados of all ages, including the Teen Design Fair, the Target Design Kids series, and a tour of the Theodore Roosevelt U.S. Courthouse. All Cooper-Hewitt programs are free and hosted by their award-winning Education Department. These programs are based on the visions and work of the National Design Awards honorees. National Design Week starts tomorrow, but in case you’re too excited to wait till then, you can shop a selection of merchandise by the National Design Award Winners here.

M2L introduces Gebrüder T 1819 to the U.S. Market.

By sevan


We’ve got some really fantastic news from M2L—they are now the key distributer for the Gebrüder T 1819 collection in the United States! The collection, fully licensed and authorized by the Thonet family in Germany, is now available in all three of M2L‘s showrooms (New York, Boston, & Washington, DC).

Established by Michael Thonet in 1819, the Gebrüder brand spans 150 years of revolutionary design and innovation, exercising strong influence on the development of iconic, modern furniture. The German company is most notable for inventing mass-produced steam-bent wood furniture, and the design of the famous Vienna coffee house chair. Throughout its history, The company also worked with important designers and architects connected to the Bauhaus like Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier.

“I’m honored to be a part of the North American rebranding of this historical company,” says Michael Manes, founder of M2L. “It has an unparalleled design history and fits perfectly into our mission of presenting fresh, iconic, timeless, modern design to the architecture and design community.”

Check out some of our favorites from the collection:

From top left to right: 1.S412   2.214K   3.S43   4.S533   5.S43  6.T107   7.S850   8.190

M2L products can be seen on their website as well as in their showrooms. New York: 135 Madison Avenue, NYC, 10016; Washington, DC: 334 Cady’s Alley, WAshington, DC, 20007; Boston: 104 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. For more information, you can contact them at 800.319.8222 or visit their website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Duravit Design Week

By heba


Duravit is preparing some good, clean fun for its annual Design Week celebrating three exciting new launches from Philippe Starck, Professor Frank Huster, and Sieger Design. Three fabulously themed evenings will be held at the Duravit NYC showroom.

On October 16th, 6-9PM, Duravit and Interior Design toast K+B in the City with tastings from top NoMad restaurants!

On October 17th, 6-9PM, head to DNYC for a night of films and fun with Duravit and Architectural Record as they kick off the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival with cinematic fare and prizes.

Last but not least, on October 18th, 6-9PM, Duravit and Metropolis team up for a panel on global design led by Editor-in-Chief Susan Szenasy, followed by a festive party.

Duravit NYC is located at 105 Madison Avenue, between 29th and 30th Streets. RSVP here.

It’s #Archtober – Want to be Inspired @Wanteddesign

By danielle


What will tomorrow’s new living and working spaces look like? That question and more will be discussed on Tuesday as Ligne Roset Americas Executive Vice President, Antoine Roset and Gensler designers, Ed Wood, Principal and Yeesan Loh, Associate share their visions for the future of design. The conversation will be moderated by Interior Design magazine Articles Editor, Annie Block. Got a question for the panelists? Follow the conversation on twitter @ligneroset, @AnnieBlock, @GenslerOnWork, @wanteddesign, @Archtober #nationaldesignweek #archtober. The discussion begins promptly at 6:00PM.


By kristin


Driving around northern Italy, it’s hard to find a town that does not have a claim to fame. Whether it’s food, fashion, tiles or automobiles, Italy is a land teeming with hand craftsmanship, which is why I was dying to take a tile factory tour when I was in town for Cersaie. Luckily, our friends at Ceramiche Coem let me peek inside their factory in Fiorano Modenese – where all of the company’s innovative porcelain tiles are made! Here’s a look inside:

The design and research lab inside the factory

Color charts for each tile series

Storage of materials for Coem and its sister company, Fioranese

To make the tiles, first a mixture of clay, feldspar and sand is combined in a mill with water

Then dried and pressed (in this case, with 4800 tons of pressure) to form the body of the tile

Next, the design is printed on the surface using a 5-color inkjet printer

And inspected for imperfections

Then fired at temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Celsius

Inspected again, packaged and shipped!

*Special thanks to Silvia Bedodi, Production Director Umberto Bertacchini and Environmental Director Umberto Chiesi for giving me a tour!


#Conversations in Context @TheGlassHouse

By danielle


If walls could talk, they would certainly be discussing the upcoming events happening in Philip Johnson‘s iconic residence. Since its completion in 1949, the building and decor have not strayed from their original design. The historic property is the perfect setting for the series, Conversations in Context. It kicked off last Thursday, October 4 with a tour of the grounds and a discussion between two noted academics: Beatriz Colomina, Professor of Architecture + Ph.D. Program Chair, School of Architecture, Princeton University and Director of Media and Modernity Program; and Felicity Scott, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of the Program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University.

The next conversation features two industry leaders: Michael Maharam, Principal, Maharam and Paul Makovsky, Editorial Director Metropolis Magazine. Michael Maharam is the creative principal of the eponymous textile company, known in design circles for its collaborations with everyone from Nike to Hella Jongerius to Paul Smith. An award-winning journalist, Makovsky is no stranger to the textile industry. He recently curated the exhibition “Knoll Textiles:1945-2010” and contributed to the accompanying catalogue. He is currently working on a biography of the life and work of Florence Knoll. Rumor is this session is sold out, so cheers to those who were lucky enough to snag a ticket – you are in for a treat.

Next month, Murray Moss, Founder, Moss and Francois de Menil, Founder, FdM: Arch take the stage. It will take place from 5:30-8:00PM on Thursday, November 8.

Tickets are $150 and include a Glass House membership and 10% Design Store discount. All proceeds from Conversations in Context support educational programs, preservation projects and general operations.

#FallMarket Begins Tomorrow at the @DandDBuilding

By heba


Grab those Pumpkin Spice Lattes and gear up for the action-packed Fall Market 2012 at the D&D Building. In addition to four keynote presentations, showroom programs and open houses will be held throughout both days. Here are just a few of many events to look out for!

Tomorrow, October 10th, Baroncelli, Suite 1507, starts the afternoon off with a champagne toast celebrating the launch of billie, a new home design and interiors online magazine. At 12:00-12:45PM, interior stylist Lili Diallo will preview the new magazine and offer tips for decorating with Murano glass and styling with lighting. Lili will also sign copies of her book, Details, a guide to bringing homes alive through the details. RSVP here.

Later, Donghia invites you to “Redefining Neutral: Unexpected Color as the New Foundation for Dazzling Interiors” with Moderator Susanna Salk, Interior Designer Amanda Nisbet, Donghia Textile Designer, Julia Membrino, and Benjamin Moore Color Trend Forecaster, John Turner. After the presentation, which will take place 1:30-2:30PM at the Donghia Showroom, Suite 700, Amanda Nisbet will be signing her book, Dazzling Design. RSVP here.

Ankasa: Iconic, the debut collaboration between Beacon Hill and Ankasa, launches tomorrow at the Robert Allen Beacon Hill Showroom, Suite 301 from 2:00-2:45PM. Lonny‘s Robert Leleux will lead the discussion with Beacon Hill’s Operating Vice President of Design, Alexis Audette and Ankasa’s Babi Ahluwalia as they explore the exquisite craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind techniques in this exclusive collection. Philip Kowalczyk, Robert Allen Design Group President and CEO will also be there to toast this exciting new partnership. RSVP here.

On Thursday, stop by the KnollTextiles Showroom, Suite 1702 at 1:00PM to hear Dorothy Cosonas present her latest collection to the press. RSVP here.

At 5:00-7:00PM, Editor-in-Chief of Luxe Interiors + Design, Pamela Jaccarino and Donghia CEO, Andrea Favaretto Rubelli host a celebration of lighting in welcoming Porta Romana to Donghia New York. Join special guests and enjoy new styles from Jamie Drake’s collection for Boyd Lighting, Charles Paris, Donghia and Hinson & Company, at the Donghia Showroom, Suite 700. RSVP here.

the new school announces fall programming.

By sevan


We might have avoided the deluge at back-to-school sales that happen every September, but that doesn’t mean that school isn’t back in session! The New School, including Parsons the New School for Design and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, has just announced fresh and interesting art and design programming that is open to the public this fall. So whether you’re still in school or don’t ever want to think about going back, you’re sure to enjoy these engaging lectures and events.

You can access a full calendar of events by clicking here, but here are a few highlights:

+ Spontaneous Interventions: The U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale | On October 25th, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, spend an evening with the curators and exhibition designers of the critically acclaimed U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which featured projects characterized by their interest in collaboration, in serving the collective needs of a community, and in improving the literal common ground—public space. The presenters at the event are a few of our good friends: Cathy Lang Ho and Anne Gulney, Curatorial Team from the Institute for Urban Design; Lauren Crahan and John Hartmann, Exhibition Designers from Freecell Design and Fabrication, and Parsons Adjunct Faculty; and Quilian Riano, Principal at DSGN AGNC and Parsons Adjunct Faculty. The event will be followed by a workshop led by Rama Chorpash, Director of the BFA Product Design at Parsons, and Miguel Robles Duran, Director of the MFA Urban Design at Parsons.

+ Urban Colloquium: Danya Sherman: The High Line from Behind the Scenes | The School of Design Strategies at Parsons presents the third season of their Urban Colloquium, which focuses on the creative, radical, and subversive ways in which cities are truly shaped, by whom, and for what purposes. Perfect for urbanists and urbanites alike, the public conversation on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 PM will feature Danya Sherman, Deputy Director of Programs & Education at Friends of the High Line. Other featured speakers in the Urban Colloquium series include Vera Tangari, Paul White/Transportation Alternatives, and Brenda Rosen/Common Ground.

+ Art, Environment, Action! | An initiative of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons, this four-month long creative laboratory brings together a diverse cross-section of artists, designers, architects, dancers, chefs, and scientists, producing a continually transforming gallery and dynamic programming that relies on public participation. Designed as a “toy box” of possibilities, opportunities for engagement with the program include workshops, off-site explorations, walks, and dialogues whose artifacts will seed subsequent dialogue and interaction in the gallery. These programs are ongoing until Saturday, December 15th. More details can be found on the SJDC website.

Fall programming at The New School also includes the AMT Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Open House New York, a book launch for AZIZ + CUCHER: SOME PEOPLE, and many more events, exhibits, and talks.

design for civic engagement.

By sevan


Next Thursday, October 11th, the Center for Urban Pedagogy will be holding its annual benefit to support the organization’s ongoing projects, like Making Policy Public, which—if you didn’t already know—was part of Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, this year’s U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. CUP’s Board and Staff invite you to join artists, designers, community advocates, and other urban enthusiasts for an evening of conversation and cocktails! Design-Calendar will be there covering the event, so we hope to see you there as well! You can get your tickets HERE.

The Green Building  •  425 Union Street, Brooklyn  •  F/G to Carroll St, R to Union St.


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