Archive for December, 2012

Food & Craftsmanship: A Perfect #Holiday Pairing

By sevan

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Christmas is exactly five days away—we’re in that last-minute shopping period! A word of advice: stay calm, and step away from the gift card stand.

For a limited time, Michael Aram is offering Artisanal Italy Food and Gift Pairings that combine one of Michael’s best-selling serving pieces and a hand-selected delicacy from some of the most renowned artisanal farmers and food makers in Italy. Complete with beautiful packaging and a description of each artist’s process and skill, these sets make a truly meaningful holiday gift—one that will be cherished and used for years to come. Prices start at $90.

 

Reclaim NYC!

By danielle

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By Jessica Rose Jardinel

Calling all New Yorkers! Tonight is the night to Reclaim NYC! Our friends Jennifer and Jean have been working with the NYC Parks Department to utilize the debris from Superstorm Sandy and invite designers to create pieces of furniture and art that will be auctioned for charity.

Over 20 designers reclaimed materials from the storm while bringing attention to the issues of the raising sea level. Building materials and fallen trees are thoughtfully reborn to represent the recovery and adaptability of New York City.

Tonight’s silent auction is a unique opportunity for furniture collectors to bid on one-of-a-kind tables, chairs, lighting fixtures, and art objects, and to get them signed by their talented designers! Some of the artists even have plans to explore the themes of the storm into their future work.

Reclaim your piece of NYC on Wednesday, Dec 19 at Ligne Roset Soho, 155 Wooster Street from 7- 9 pm. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross in Greater New York.

RSVP to reclaimNYC@otto-otto.com

Participating Designers

Lindsey Adelman

Brad Ascalon

Dror Benshetrit

Elodie Blanchard

Bec Brittain

Kevin Michael Burns

DMFD

Joe Doucet

Fort Standard

Dan Golden

Stephane Hubert

Brian McGowan

Kiel Mead

Daniel Moyer

Brendan Mullins

Karim Rashid

Shannon South

Suzanne Tick

Uhuru

UM Project

VOLK Furniture

Jessica Wickham

 

Parts of this fallen tree in Astoria Queens will find a new home tonight at the Reclaim NYC auction.

“I LOVEY NY,” Brad Ascalon

 

To view more work by the artists, see Reclaim NYC’s Facebook page.

Mark and Graham joins the Williams-Sonoma family

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Holiday finds from our friend Lucy Mathias

Just in time for the holidays, the folks behind Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, West Elm and more bring us their latest and greatest brand: Mark and Graham! This youthful online-only store features modern-classic accessories for fashion and the home. And the best part? Their fun focus on monogramming; all items can be personalized free of charge! Other fabulous (and timely) features include a “Gifts by Recipient” page and a section dedicated to Thanksgiving with playful place cards and rustic leather coasters. Mark and Graham is also on top of their social media game. Even though they just launched last week, they already have a robust blog (called m*gram) as well as active TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest accounts. Check out some of Design-Calendar’s favorite Mark and Graham items below!

Pura Vida! sLAB returns to Nosara, Costa Rica

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Post by Jessica Rose Jardinel

 The slogan of Costa Rica is “Pura Vida,” directly meaning “pure life” and an expression for no worries. On Monday night at Axor NYC, there were indeed no worries for the AIA New Practices NY winner Tobias Holler, filmmaker Ayana de Vos, and the NYIT student volunteers as their fundraising event became a celebration for their second successful campaign on Kickstarter.com! The team exceeded their $9,000 goal just a few hours before the event.

Often known as paradise, very few acknowledge the waste management issues in the small town of Nosara. Over the past year, the student-led and build (sLAB) Costa Rica team from the New York Institute of Technology has focused on constructing their design for Nosara’s Recycling and Education Center. The continuing efforts of this group have brought them to construct the foundation for the center. Since they left, the construction process has been moving quite slowly. Half of the funds from this campaign will help bring the students back to accelerate the construction process, and the other half will fund a film to address the waste management issues in Costa Rica.

At the event, the students found the perfect Hansgrohe collection to match their motto for when they return to Nosara in January 2013, PuraVida.

#BehanceReviews: Sharing Creative Works.

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Behance, the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work, just wrapped up its second edition of Behance Portfolio ReviewsOrganized by members of the online Behance community, the reviews went global—181 events in 56 different countries!—bringing together thousands of creative individuals to share their projects and get quality feedback in person.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Behance Reviews, here’s the breakdown of how it works: a 20-minute welcome and presentation; one hour when attendees break into groups to have their work reviewed by professionals and peers; and time to mix and mingle with people who are just as passionate about their creative field as you are!

We attended a review at Behance HQ in New York City a few weeks ago to get an inside look, meeting some awesome individuals from the local creative community—architects, videographers, fashion designers, graphic artists—and a few of the members of the Behance team whose mission is to empower the creative world to make ideas happen.

Zach McCullough of Behance chatting with a Review attendee at Behance HQ.

Fashion designer meets videographer-photographer.

A review in progress at a Brooklyn event. via// Behance Portfolio Review Flickr

Portfolio Review Week kickoff at Grind. via// Behance Portfolio Review Flickr

Appreciation stickers! via// Behance Portfolio Review Flickr

So what makes a strong portfolio? There’s no cookie-cutter formula—just like one person’s work is not exactly the same as anyone else’s—but we did take away a few important tips to share. Quality is more important than quantity; when compiling a portfolio, online or in print, it’s best to only pick what you feel are your best, most fully realized projects. Moreover, don’t shy away from showing your personal style; a portfolio should not just be a resume of commissioned works, but rather speak for what makes your work uniquely yours.

The last few weeks of 2012 are chock-full of holiday events (that we hope to see you at—they all come highly recommended!), but if you’re the type to look way ahead and are already starting to fill your 2013 calendar, consider attending or hosting an event during the next edition of Behance Portfolio Reviews in the spring!

 

#Holiday Events

By heba

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Next week is chock-full of holiday events and preparations! Shop for a cause, indulge in holiday treats, find the most unique and charming of gifts, give for Hurricane Sandy relief, and take some design-inspired breaks in between: here are a few exciting upcoming events!

The Pajama Program & Carter’s Inc for Sandy Relief

In the spirit of giving, the Pajama Program in partnership with Carter’s will host a Pajama Drive for Hurricane Sandy Relief at Carter’s at Bay Plaza, 2146 Bartow Avenue in the Bronx, this Saturday, December 8 from 9:30AM to 1PM. Celebrity guests will help collect pajamas for kids in need at shelters in New York and New Jersey. Help them reach their goal of collecting 1,000 pajamas to keep children warm during the coldest time of the year.

Miles Redd Book Launch at DwellStudio

On Monday, December 10 from 6-8PM, DwellStudio founder, Christiane Lemieux, will host a celebration and book launch for Miles Redd and the publication of his new book, “Big Book of Chic.” The evening will feature an exclusive Q&A with Miles Redd and Christiane Lemieux, followed by a book signing and cocktails, benefitting Housing Works. RSVP here or click here for more information.

Holiday Walk at the DDB

On Tuesday, December 11, showrooms on the 9th floor of the Decoration & Design Building will open their doors to all for a Holiday Walk! Stop by Anichini, Bielecky Brothers, Charles H. Beckley, de La Cuona, Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, Hokanson, Houles, Maya Romanoff and Zimmer-Rohde between 1:00PM and 4:00PM for festive decorations, music and holiday treats.

Exceptional Gardens at NYSID

Take a break from the stresses of holiday shopping and head to the NYSID Auditorium on Wednesday, December 12 from 6-8PM for a panel discussion about the beauty winter can bring to gardens and foliage. Designing the Winter Landscape: From Private Gardens to Public Parks will feature Jack Lenor Larsen who will speak about the gardens at LongHouse Reserve; Juan Montoya who will discuss his gardens in Garrison, New York; and Thomas Balsley of Thomas Balsley Landscape Architects will talk about projects for Chelsea Waterside Park and Riverside Park South in New York. Click here to purchase tickets.

Indiana Design Center Holiday Open House

Also on Wednesday, December 12 from 5-7PM, the Indiana Design Center in Carmel, Indiana will be hosting a Holiday Open House. At the Walter Knabe Holiday Trunk Show 10% of proceeds will benefit the Cheer Guild of Riley Hospital for Children, and bags can be signed by the designer himself. Stop by other showroom for promotions, one-night special offers, giveaways, and holiday décor. Seasonal refreshments will be provided by the Blu Moon Café. Click here for more information and registration.

Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop’s Winter Wonderland Sale

Get one-of-a-kind gifts at the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop’s Winter Wonderland Sale from Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16. Find vintage designer goods, furnishings to spruce up any apartment, and antique books that will be sure to please all of your loved ones. All Thrift Shop proceeds benefit the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s renowned patient care, education, and research programs. The shop is located at 1440 Third Ave (between 81st and 82nd Streets) in New York. Call 212-535-1250 for more information.