Archive for January, 2013

Through the Aisles of #NYIGF 2013

By alexandra


On Tuesday, Design-Calendar checked out the second to last day of the NYIGF. With seemingly endless aisles of new products from across the globe on display, the show is always a bit overwhelming at first. This year was no different, with plenty of design eye candy in every lane. We’ve reviewed just a few of the many exhibitors who stood out to us, including one that got our Accent on Design® Blogger’s Choice vote! We were so honored to be a part of the blogger’s choice again this year. Never an easy job…more on that later!

First up, we were enticed by the chic and functional objets at Kontextür. The understatedly elegant decanter and hand-blown glass set, the “3.2.1” from  designer Jeff Miller, had a wonderful texture and a classic meets modern aesthetic. The “Berta Mouthwash Carafes” by Hlynur Atlason are an ingenious invention. Finally someone wants to make the task of doing one’s ablutions design friendly.  The “x3” water cans by Paul Loebach come in several hues and are made from just one piece of metal, which is bent three times (as its name suggests) and then soldered onto a metal can.

Berta mouthwash carafes and 3.2.1 decanter & glasses

The x3 watering cans

Next, we checked out HumanScale. It displayed its latest LED lighting solutions, such as “Horizon”™ and “Element Disc.”™  We loved the Element Disc in particular. It’s not only a stand-out design piece, it’s cleverly equipped with a “passive infrared (PIR) occupancy sensor,” which automatically turns the light off or on when the user leaves or enters the area.

The Element Disc

Wrapped, a hip, L.A. based, wrapping paper company boasts some very distinctive offerings—with unconventional prints, the answer to mundane gift wrap is here!  As an added bonus, all of its products are designed and manufactured locally in Los Angeles to ensure quality and support the local economy.

A vinyl floor the company used for its booth. The print is also available in gift wrap

At Pappelina we got a dose of Swedish design. Its vinyl products, like colorful rugs, are highly functional and design conscious. Pappelina clued us in on its inspiration: in Sweden small rugs like these are found in most households. The company wanted to bring this tradition to the world through its modernized iterations.

“Molly” summer rug by Pappelina

New graphic printed items from Artek and scent dispensers from Serene House rounded out our top picks—though we wish we could include more of our fab finds!

Artek’s ABC collection

Serene House’s “Diamond” scent diffusers on a complementary “nest”

Finally, the pièce de résistance was our selection for the Blogger’s Choice Awards. Souda’s striking “Bubble Chandelier” caught our eye right away. Though we’ve seen similar types of glowing pieces, when we heard its back-story, we were completely sold. The Brooklyn company’s Bubble light is composed of post-consumer PET plastic bottles, which sets it apart from others in the category. Its sourced from “Sure We Can,” a Brookyln-based non-profit that runs the only homeless-friendly can redemption center in NYC. Even better, a portion of the proceeds of the light are donated directly to Sure We Can to improve the conditions of their facility. We loved that the piece is functional, creative and especially that it supports Souda’s local community.

Souda’s booth and “Bubble Chandelier”


By carolyn


The future is here! The Museum of the City of New York is showcasing life-size exhibits that display the new designs for micro apartments. The exhibit displays compact homes much like the homes already built around the globe in places such as San Diego, Montreal, Seattle, Valencia, and Tokyo. They are 325 square foot apartments. These new apartments will better house the city’s surprising change in its housing needs. Recent years show a large trend toward the need for single person apartments. These new models provide just that.

LaunchPad, the feature part of the exhibit, will give viewers the chance to walk through a full-scale 325 square foot model apartment. Inside you can see the Duravit drop-in tub, a conveniently smaller sized tub designed by Philippe Starck, in addition to the Starck 3 elongated toilet, giving the illusion of a big space, and finally the Sensowash® Shower-toilet, a high-tech multifunction toilet.

Construction will be completed with private donations from Clei s.r.l. and Resource Furniture, in addition to contributions from Minimal USA, Key Cucine, Bolon, Duravit, Maimax Contracting and Concrete Wall.

Another issue at hand for the population of New York City is housing legislation. Current restrictions do not allow apartments less than 400 square feet in the city. New York has a multifaceted housing debacle. It will require a combination of law and construction to move into the next phase of residency for the city.

Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) Executive Director, Jerilyn Perine, said, “Understanding how our rules have held back housing change will help educate visitors and spur an important discussion of what our future housing should look like and how we can get there.”

These models will potentially ignite a whole wave of change for housing in New York City.

Where: The Museum of the City New York

1220 5th Ave, Manhattan NY 10029



By carolyn


Brought to you by IFDA, Color Pulse has established itself as one of our must-attend events of the New York International Gift Fair.  It’s early morning time slot lets you learn all about trending colors and then hit the show floor to how they come to life!

Director of Architect and Design, John Turner will present Benjamin Moore’s new color forecasts for the upcoming season.  He will showcase their new facets, colors, materials, shapes, and retrospectrum.  This year Benjamin Moore will concentrate on surprising intersections between colors, materials, spaces, and ideas.  The experience will also give you an opportunity to see the evolution of facets with themes of flow and cycle.

When:  January 28, 2013 8:30AM to 10:30AM EST

Where:  NY International Gift Fair/ Home Textile Market Week

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Lower Level

36th Street and 11th Avenue

Room 1A02-03

New York, NY


Register for the gift fair HERE


If you RSVP before January 27, 2013 $25/$15 IFDA members/student members and $50/$30 guests/ student guests

RSVP on January 28, 2013, at door: $40/$30 IFDA member/student members and

$60/$40 guests/student guests


By carolyn


For the third year in a row Metropolis magazine will host Game Changers – an annual event that coincides with the beloved January issue. This year, Metropolis is highlighting people, projects and ideas that made a difference in architecture, advocacy, planning, patronage, research, and history.  The event is free of charge and sponsored by Axor, Shaw Contract Group, Affordable Art Fair NY and the Brooklyn Brewery.

The named Game Changers 2013 are:  Sharon Davis and the Women of Rwanda, Edward Mazria, The Great Lakes Project, Jamie Gray of Matter, Dream:In, and Vincent Scully.  Metropolis magazine chose these Game Changers because they provided unique designs to not only make products, but to also better the community and break the path to real change in the world.

Sharon Davis, architecture, established a truly visionary facility in Kayonza, Rwanda. The total covered area stretches over 20,000 square feet. The roof material doubles as a rain collector. The structures are made of clay bricks, which were made by over 12,000 women who will later utilize this facility. Her platform is called women for women. Many other supports from around the world have flocked to help Davis because of this empowering project.

Edward Mazria, advocacy, attacked his own occupation. He claimed the increase in carbon emissions resulting in global warming stems from architectural design.

Phil Enquist, planning, wants to change the way the region around the Great Lakes operates. He strives to bring efficient, eco-friendly services to the area in hopes of saving the sources of 20% of the world’s fresh water supply.

Jamie Gray, patronage, is dubbed the “tastemaker”. He is the founder of Matter, a Manhattan-based stop filled with unique designs for furniture and lighting.

Dream:In, research, began with Sonia Manchanda, a co-founder of Idiom Design & Consulting, who started a mission to inspire lower socio-economic classes in India and lessen the limitations of the divide between the upper and lower classes. She conducted research and then gathered groups of students from all over India. After training students she sent them out in teams to help educate, motivate, and inspire the dreams of citizens.

Vincent Scully, history, teaches his students that architecture is more than buildings. He said, “the architect builds visible history”. Pulitzer prize-winning critic, Paul Goldberger, who authored a highly personal essay on Scully, will make a special guest appearance.

The celebration is a promising good time.

When: Thursday February 7, 2013 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: AXOR NYC, 29 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10014


Contract Magazine’s 34th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast

By danielle


Yes, it’s early (7:30am start), but the networking opportunities and this year’s theme of optimism are worth it! Held at Cipriana (100 East 42nd St, NYC), the Contract Magazine’s 34th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast will recognize an array of market segments and design by category. Since 1980, the Interiors Awards has recognized the exceptional projects and accomplishments of well-known firms and emerging talent who push the boundaries of architecture and design. For the 2013 edition, a panel of design industry leaders, which included: Stephen Apking of SOM, Dina Griffin of IDEA, Nancy Keatinge of Felderman Keatinge & Associates, Alan Ricks of MASS Design Group, and Margaret Sullivan of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, selected one winner in each of 13 categories ranging from large and small offices to public space and adaptive reuse. Hundreds of the design industry’s finest entered to win the coveted award, but only a handful of the most innovative design teams, both emerging and well-established, will be honored for their projects and accomplishments.

In addition, the  Michael Graves will receive this year’s prestigious Legend Award – the Interiors Awards program’s highest honor for lifetime achievement—for his rich and diverse contributions to the field of design. With his architecture, interiors, and planning practice, Michael Graves & Associates, he has been turning out richly colored Beaux Arts–inspired houses, hotels, libraries, museums, and civic buildings both here and abroad, earning him an AIA Gold Medal in 2001. He has also developed an entirely separate product design empire—the Michael Graves Design Group. His prolific success includes more than 2,000 products for Target over the past 15 years, and the whistling-bird teapot for Alessi, which has sold more than one million units since its introduction in 1985. This year, his influential career will come full circle, as the only designer to win both the Designer of the Year Award and the Legend Award.

To be the first to know who the winners are at what is considered to be one of the architecture and design community’s most important events, purchase a ticket online for $235. So sleep in these next few days as Friday is going to be an early one.



By carolyn


For all of you on the west coast, here is your chance to get a first peak at the newest outdoor living fads. Christiane Lemieux, Dwell Studio founder and Creative Director, launches her first collection partnered with Robert Allen. The new line features the world-renowned fabrics of Greg Rosendale of Sunbrella®. The presentation will show you the must-have patterns and outdoor pieces of the season. A lunch reception will follow.

When: Monday January 28, 2013, 11:30AM
Where: Harsey & Harsey Outdoor, Suite 176
23811 Aliso Creek Road,
Laguna Nigel, CA 92677

But, that’s not all! You will have a second chance to view the collection at the Las Vegas Design Center. A cocktail reception will follow in C101.

When: Tuesday January 29, 2013, 3:00PM
Where: Robert Allen | Beacon Hill Las Vegas Design Center C176

Hearst’s Designer Visions

By heba


Hearst Design Group’s sixth-annual Designer Visions showcase will kick off with an invitation-only gala on Tuesday, January 29 at 250 West Street in New York. Hearst partnered with the top in interior design talents and trends to create three remarkable apartments in the luxury building. The designers represent each of the magazines’ unique style and point of view: Matthew Patrick Smyth for Elle Décor, David Rockwell for House Beautiful, and Antony Todd for Veranda.

Designer Visions had previously been scheduled to open on October 30, 2012, but was postponed due to Sandy-related damage in the neighborhood. As such, Designer Visions will be hosting an online auction from January 29 to February 26 with proceeds going toward Hurricane Sandy relief efforts lead by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.  In addition, a series of VIP events and public days will be held in February benefitting DIFFA. Design enthusiasts can also purchase furniture, lighting and accessories found in or inspired by the showcase through Dering Hall, starting Monday, January 22.

The three apartments also served as movie sets for six short films made as part of a collaboration with the 48 Hour Film Project, an organization to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Two films were shot in each of the apartments by participants who wrote, directed, filmed, edited, scored and submitted the final product all within 48 hours. These six films will be screened at the Angelika Theater in Soho on the night of the gala from 6:00 to 7:30PM.

Stay tuned to the Designer Visions website for information on upcoming events. Learn more about 48 Hour Film Project and the films shot in the Designer Visions apartments here. Finally, start shopping Designer Visions style on January 22 here and check out the online auction on January 29 here.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show Welcomes New Team

By danielle


The Architectural Digest Home Design Show is beginning the new year under new leadership. Show producer, The Merchandise Mart Properties (MMPI), has announced Jeff Petersen as director of sales, while Michael J. Rabatin will take over as marketing director. The two replace Troy Hanson and Megan Reilly.

According to Susan McCullough, MMPI senior vice president, “With more than 400 exhibitors, stellar programming, and themed pavilions, the show has become a leading platform for new products, trends, and inspiring ideas. We’ve carefully selected our new team and are thrilled to welcome Jeff Petersen and Michael J. Rabatin.” Highly accomplished, respected, and passionate about design, they bring with them a combined 50 years of sales, publishing, and marketing expertise. McCullough continues, “We were extremely impressed by their commitment to the industry and know that they will carry on the show’s tradition of excellence.”

Giulio Capua, vice president and publisher of Architectural Digest, adds, “We are pleased to have a member of the Architectural Digest family join the show. Jeff’s knowledge of the brand, its loyal following and the luxury goods category is invaluable. Combine this with Michael’s creative direction and we’ve got ourselves a winning pair.”

The 12th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show returns to Pier 94 from March 21-24, 2013.  Trade admission is complimentary if you pre-register by March 15. After that date, trade can register onsite. A $25 admission fee will apply. The show is open to the public from March 22-24. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 onsite. Preview tickets are also available to consumers ($95) and include a one-year subscription to Architectural Digest, cocktail reception from 5-7PM on Thursday, March 21 and gift bag.


What’s Happening at #IMMCologne

By danielle


It’s Day 3 of imm cologne and the twittersphere is buzzing about the latest and greatest contemporary designs, innovative materials, architectural lighting and technology seen throughout the fair. This year’s show features a large variety of exhibitions, competitions, lectures and events. In addition to the LivingKitchen and LivingInteriors exhibits, the show includes: D3 Design Talents, exhibitions by young and talented designers; Das Haus, a unique installation by a Venetian designer; the Interior Innovation Award; Cologne Design Night; Russian House; and many more! While the show is open to the trade for the entire week, it is only open to the public from Friday, January 18 to Sunday, January 20. Tickets start at 10 euros.

Perfecting the Designer-Client Relationship

By danielle


This post is brought to you by our newest design spotter, Jenna!

Their secrets will be revealed…Designers Jamie Drake, Brooke Gomez, and Charles Pavarini III will give the inside scoop on what to look for in an ideal client at their panel discussion this Thursday, January 17. Join them at the Decoration & Design Building in NYC and soak in their expertise on how to identify personal style and cultivate a successful working relationship. A reception will follow the presentation.

When: January 17, 2013, 9:30AM

Where: D&D Building, Donghia Showroom, Suite 700, 979 Third Ave, NYC

RSVP: or 212-759-2969

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