Archive for November, 2012

@Gizmodo Shooting Challenge explores photography.

By sevan


Photography is used as a medium to explore everything from emotions to architecture and design to current events—it seems always to be looking at something. At the same time, it is an art—something to be looked at—and many photographers take advantage of the medium’s reflexive nature to create aesthetic objects. Now, with a digital world teeming with myriad photo apps that make it possible to photograph, edit, share, caption, and share again, the line is blurred between photography that is produced to tell a story and photography that is produced as an aesthetic object. Everything is open to interpretation.

Enter Gizmodo and the Intel-Inspired Ultrabook Shooting Challenge. An extension of the tech and culture website’s weekly feature, the contest was directed at professionals and the collection of photographs that resulted were presented at the White Box Gallery at 329 Broome Street.  The exhibition featured Taylor Davidson, Diana Levine, Douglas Sonders, Ryan Russell, Scott Rinckenberger, and Steven Taylor, who ventured to six different cities with six different, open-to-interpretation challenges: summer, isolated motion blur, cars, competition, solarisation, and black & white city portraits.

We got to catch up with some of the photographers at the Mother Of All Shooting Challenges gallery event and chat about their experiences and the future of photography. Steven Taylor of the black and white city portraits picked Paris because he was interested in capturing the feeling of the famous city that he had heard so much about, but never experienced in person. He found his subject for the shoot by chance—a friend had Instagrammed a photo of her feet in a pool that was geotagged Paris. Together, they visited iconic locations and created a series that channelled the loving a free spirit of the city.

Instagram didn’t just connect Steven with his friend—it was a big part of the gallery event as well. A big attraction at the party were the Instaprint machines that were spitting out photos tagged #mycity and #ultrabookspotted, and favorite photos were voted on using InstaDerby.

Taylor Davidson, who shot amateur baseball and pick-up basketball games in Boston for his challenge, is a believer in photography for the masses. He shot his entire series using a point-and-shoot and commented that applications like Instagram and the changes that are happening in digital photography might “not be good for photographers, but they’re good for photography.”

Douglas Sonders really took advantage of the Ultrabook for his challenge. Intel wanted the photographers to test the Ultrabook’s capabilities on-site, and it did a magnificent job handling Sonder’s extremely high resolution photographs shot in RAW. By the way, those photographs are not HDR—Sonders’ uses old-school lighting techniques that show off his subjects beautifully.

Professional extreme skier-turned-photographer Scott Rinckenberger flew out to Costa Rica for what turned out to be a real learning experience. Never having used the solarisation effect in his work, he had to do a lot of experimentation to figure out which compositions, contrast and detail levels, and subjects would work best for his challenge. “Some of my favorite shots weren’t good images for the project,” he commented.

We didn’t get to chat very long with Diana Levine  and Ryan Russell but loved the haunted, antiquated feeling in Levine’s soot with the band My Jerusalem. And Russel’s shot of hardcore gamers at an underground arcade in San Francisco was definitely at the top of our favorites list from the gallery.

Check out some of our photos from the party:


George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher

By heba


On Thursday, November 8, the Yale School of Architecture opened the first major exhibition devoted to iconic American designer George Nelson. One of the most influential figures in American post-war design, George Nelson (1908-1986) is best know today as one of the founders of American Modernism and the creator of modern design icons such as the Ball Clock, the Storage Wall, the Marshmallow Sofa and Bubble Lamps. The exhibition, open through February 26, 2013, presents more than 120 examples of his home and office furnishings as well as more than 50 of his drawings, photographs, architectural models, films and other materials documenting his extraordinary achievements. The exhibition is organized by the Vitra Design Museum, in Weil am Rhein, Germany, under the direction of Chief Curator Jochen Eisenbrand. New Haven is the final stop on the tour and the only one on the East Coast, after it had travelled to Oklahoma City, Seattle, and Detroit.

Last week, as part of the exhibit, a group of international critics, designers and historians came together for a symposium examining the work and legacy of the gifted visionary who excelled as an industrial designer, architect, urban planner, exhibition designer, corporate image-maker and author. Sessions of the symposium included Formative Modernism; Mid-Century Modern; Mid-Century Design – Exhibitiions, Media, Politics; Context and Collaboration; and finally, the Legacy of George Nelson: the Business of Design Today. One of the speakers Paul Makovsky of Metropolis, who’s become quite an expert on Nelson, gave a riveting talk during the “Context and Collaboration” session of the symposium on the collaborative nature of the Nelson office, identifying notable colleagues such as Ernest Farmer, Suzanne Sekey, Lucia de Respinas, Ronald Beckman, Gordon Chadwick and Irving Harper who all produced designs for the office. (If you missed his talk, you can check out his article which discusses what it was like working in the Nelson office).

There’s plenty of time to make the trip to New Haven for the last stop of the traveling exhibit! A truly inspirational man, here’s a look at some of Nelson’s work. Photos are courtesy of the Yale School of Architecture and the Vitra Design Museum.

George Nelson, 1908-1986

Pretzel Armchair, 1957

Marshmallow Sofa, 1956

Ball Clock, 1948

Holiday Merriment at Union Square

By heba


It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially for savvy shoppers, foodies, and techies in New York. The 2012 Union Square Holiday Market, presented by UrbanSpace, is now open for business! More than 150 unique New York businesses have gathered under the market’s distinctive red and white tents. The market features superior products, unparalleled local cuisine, and a fun atmosphere, attracting more than one million visitors from the United States and abroad. This year, the diverse array of products includes historical maps and prints, children’s apparel and toys, handmade jewelry, terrariums and holiday ornaments, among countless others. There are more food vendors than any year before, including Toby’s Estate Coffee, Momofuku Milk Bar, Arancini Bros, La Sonrisa Empanadas and many more, and some even offer Seamless delivery service in the area. There is also a “Little Brooklyn” section, featuring local handmade goods from across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Consumer Reports will also be conducting surveys about the featured vendors, in addition to hosting tech and product experts. The market even has it’s own app, which features a virtual market map and vendor directory, as well as a list of daily deals and a special events calendar.

The American Red Cross will also be collecting donations at the market information booth to assist those in the area affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The Union Square Holiday Market is open until Monday, December 24th, from 11:00am-8:00pm Monday through Friday, 10:00am-8:00pm Saturday, and 11:00am-7:00pm Sunday; closed on Thanksgiving Day.  Union Square is bordered by Park Avenue South, Broadway and 14th Street, and can be easily accessed by the 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R and L trains.

Dedon by Design

By alexandra


Last week we were invited to hear about the history of outdoor design brand Dedon. Energetic founder Bobby Dekeyser shared how he went from selling hand painted skis out of a barn to creating gorgeous, hand-woven outdoor furniture that is now sold in more than 80 countries. His company even has an eponymous island resort near its Philippines manufacturing facility. His passion for his product is evident when Bobby speaks about the skilled Filipino artisans who bring the Dedon designs to fruition. He emphasized their immense talents and showed us how Dedon is a family to them, with great benefits and community-building activities.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the company’s intros for 2013, as well as some shots of Dedon Island. 


Swing Rest

Dedon Island


#DesignRebels Unite!

By danielle


This post comes to you courtesy of our newest blogger, Jessica Rose Jardinel. Jessica is an architecture student and Chapter President of the AIAS at the New York Institute of Technology-Manhattan.

On the evening of November 12th, authors Michelle Taute and Noah Scalin of Another Limited Rebellion celebrated the launch of The Design Activist’s Handbook in the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.  They sat together with fellow graphic activists Sheri L. Koeting of MSLK, Mark Randall of Worldstudio, and Daniel Schutzsmith of Mark & Phil, to explain how they make a difference and a living.

The five argue that society waits for monumental tragedy to pull us out of our apartments and take our power before we decide to stand up and use our skill for awareness. Since Sandy, spiraling discussion about sustainable design has been sweeping the streets of New York City. NYC is now alert, but these activists move to be proactive rather than reactive. They propose to address the concerns of people both today and ten years from now. An assertive designer paired with a persuasive design will bring a sustainable career and environment.

The Design Activist’s Handbook sold out quickly courtesy of HOW Books. Participants also received a free copy of HOW Magazine’s November issue.  All proceeds went to benefit the mission of Housing Works.


Soiree: Entertaining with Style

By danielle


Tis the season for entertaining. Atlantan’s get ready for some southern hospitality! Dara Caponigro, Veranda EIC is hosting an event at Saks Fifth Ave on Peachtree Rd NE you won’t want to miss. She’ll be there with Mary Johnson, Robin Howell, Nina Cheney, Shannon Nease, Ginny Brewer, Deborah Kelly to celebrate Danielle Rollins’ new book, Soiree: Entertaining With Style and Ralph Lauren’s Home Holiday Gift Collection.

When: Thursday, November 29 from 6-8PM

Where: Saks Fifth Avenue – 3440 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta / Ralph Lauren Boutique, Upper Level



By heba


For the fourth session of the AIA New Practices New York series, ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS take the stage for a presentation and conversation at Axor NYC on Thursday, November 15 at 6PM. Led by Emily Abruzzo and Gerald Bodziak, the Brooklyn firm has worked on urban-scale interventions, ground-up buildings, historical restorations, and landscapes. In addition to being New Practices New York 2012 winners, they also received the 2010 Annual Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers. These two are certainly ones to watch! Axor NYC is located at 29 Ninth Ave. RSVP here. Click here to see some of their work on display at the Center for Architecture.

Happy Birthday Eva Zeisel

By alexandra


Legendary designer Eva Zeisel would’ve turned 106 years old tomorrow (November 13th). To commemorate Zeisel’s remarkable life, Jean Richards, daughter of the  iconic ceramist,  will read from Zeisel’s prison memoirs at the Strand book store in NYC tomorrow night, 7:30-8:30pm. “Falsely accused of an assassination plot against Stalin, Eva Zeisel was imprisoned for 16 months, 12 of those in solitary confinement.”  Amazingly, she was able to survive this hardship, gain her freedom and follow her passion, eventually designing for companies including Hall, Rosenthal, Chantal, Nambé, Mancioli, Royal Stafford and Leucos USA, among many others. A trailblazer, Zeisel developed and taught the first course in ceramics for industry at the Pratt Institute in New York. She also made history by headlining the first one-woman show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  We’ll stop there and let Jean Richards share more of Eva Zeisel’s life with you at the event.  Visit  Strand’s website  for more info and tickets.

If you won’t be able to make it to Strand, the e-book “Eva Zeisel: A Soviet Prison Memoir,”  is conveniently downloadable from Amazon and the iTunes bookstore. It was compiled and edited by Jean Richards and Brent C. Brolin and includes her poignant memoirs, essays and interactive features.

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@Troveline and @Anthropologie Team Up

By danielle


This post is by Design-Calendar intern Jillian DeSantis!

Attention lovers of wallpaper and Anthropologie, Trove has good news for you! The creative design company will be joining together with popular retailer Anthropologie for an online limited edition partnership. The wallpaper collection, which can be found on, will now carry Opera House Wallpaper (Trove’s Fuoco) and Zoolite Fossil Wallpaper (Trove’s Otium). These  designs are available online-only as a part of Anthropologie’s fall wallpaper line and will be printed on a pre-pasted substrate for the first time, making it simple and easy for any customer to apply the paper at home.

Both companies are clearly excited about this new relationship. Chris Sotz, the head merchant for home décor at Anthropolgie also commented “Trove’s distinct designs are a welcome addition to our growing wallpaper offering. Our customers will appreciate the originality of their designs, as well as their creative patterns.”

Opera House Wallpaper is based on a historic photograph of Teatro La Fenice, the famed Venice opera house. “La Fenice” literally translates to “the Phoenix” or “rise from the ashes.” The original photograph was taken after the theater was rebuilt after a fire that completely destroyed it in 1836. Zoolite Fossil Wallpaper depicts an assortment of broken umbrellas, drained swimming pools, and other object and scenes– all images from Trove’s first photography library.

The two designs are available in rolls of 57 square feet and can be purchased for $398 each at

The Practice of Everyday Light

By heba


How significantly does lighting impact everything it encounters? Linnaea Tillet, principal of Tillett Lighting Design, knows the answer. Respected internationally for her ethereal illumination of private interiors, public spaces, streetscapes, parks, gardens and works of architecture, she has a doctorate in environmental psychology and is known for her keen sensitivity to the perceptual, behavioral and psychological effects of light. With a perspective as a psychologist and a signature approach to lighting, Tillett has worked with prestigious firms such as Maya Lin, Michael Van Valkenburgh and Toshiko Mori. Recently, Tillet Lighting Design has been involved in a wide range of projects, including HL23 along the High Line and Louis Kahn’s FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. On Thursday, November 15 at 6:30PM, Tillett will be giving a talk at the Museum of the City of New York in partnership with the New York School of Design and in conjuction with her parents’ textile design exhibition, the World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett. She will discuss her early influences, including her parents’ artistry, style and attitude, her design sense and her innovative approach to lighting design in the city, indoors and out. The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street in Manhattan. Reservations required. $12 general public; $8 seniors and students; $6 MCNY members and NYSID community (enter NYSID1115 at checkout). Click here to purchase tickets or call 917-492-3392.

Check out some of Tillett’s work, below.

The Riggio-Lynch Interfaith Chapel at Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee; designed by Maya Lin

The Ellen S. Clark Hope Plaza at the BJC Institute of Health at the Washington University School of Medicine; designed by Maya Lin, landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

The Battery Bosque in Lower Manhattan; designed by Weisz + Yoes Architects, garden designer Piet Oudolf, landscape architect Saratoga Associate

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