Archive for February, 2013


By danielle


It’s been a pretty historic day and I am looking forward to an historic night as I head off to celebrate “An Evening with Lincoln Center” at the New York Design Center.  The event lets guests view limited-edition prints from leading contemporary artists, participate in the “Lincoln Center Behind-the-Scenes” silent auction and enjoy live performances by The Julliard School. The evening also features tableaus inspired by Lincoln Center, designed by: Jamie Drake, FASID, IIDA – Drake Design Associates; Arthur Drunnam & Heather Moore for Jed Johnson Associates; Amy Lau, Amy Lau Design; Amanda Nisbet, Amanda Nisbet Design; and David Rockwell, Rockwell Group. The exhibition will be on display at the NYDC through March 28th. All limited-edition prints will be on exhibit and for sale the entire month of March in the 1stdibs exhibition gallery at NYDC. All proceeds support Lincoln Center’s innovative programming.



EM: Emerge Italy Product Competition

By kimberly


It’s not too late to compete! The EM: Emerge Italy Product Competition, which opened on February 4th, is accepting entries until March 4th, 2013. Co-organized by FederlegnoArredo and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), EM: Emerge Italy challenges young design professionals to come up with an innovative product demonstrating outstanding potential within the hospitality, retail or residential practice areas. In terms of genre, products should embody contemporary American design with a nod to Italian urban style. 

Participants must be 35 years old or younger. Costs vary between $100 for IIDA Members and $150 for Non-IIDA Members.

Judging will begin on March 11 and the winners will be announced on April 9, 2013, flying off to Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013 (April 9 – 14, 2013).

Interested in joining the competition? Click here to view the complete submission criteria and FAQ sheet.

Sample Sales

By danielle


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@MetropolisMag #GameChangers Announced at @AxorNYC

By sevan


We were really excited to be at Axor NYC on February 7th for the launch of Metropolis magazine’s highly anticipated, annual “Game Changers” issue! The event, which drew close to a thousand designers and design enthusiasts to the Axor NYC showroom throughout the night, honored Metropolis‘ 2013 “Game Changers,” who were chosen for boundary-pushing and visionary, outside-the-box thinking. Honorees included legendary historian Vincent Scully in the History category; climate change activist and architect Edward Mazria for Advocacy; design patron Jamie Gray in the Patronage category; Sharon Davis of the Women’s Opportunity Center in Rwanda for outstanding Architecture; Dream:In, a daring initiative about social change for Research; and in the Planning category, the SOM Great Lakes Team, whose redevelopment projects are attracting new residents to vacant urban land and benefiting impoverished areas. The lovely and engaging Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis, introduced the winners and gave out the coveted awards, which were designed by Tietz-Baccon.

What is a Game Changer?

The 2013 Game Changers!

Metropolis Editor-in-Chief Susan Susan Szenasy with Game Changers Jamie Gray and Ed Mazria.

Design-Calendar Editor-in-Chief Danielle McWilliams with Colleen, Kiel Wuellner from Axor NYC, and Chris Abbate from Novità.


All Photos by Erica Stella/Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine.

See the entire photo set HERE.

Situ Studio’s #HEARTWALK Opens in Times Square Today

By sevan


This year’s winner of the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design is DUMBO-based design firm Situ Studio. Their winning design—Heartwalk—will be unveiled in under half an hour in Duffy Square! For the first time this year, Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborated with Design Trust for Public Space to invite emerging architecture and design firms to submit proposals for consideration

Heartwalk is a very special public art installation that goes above and beyond the call for a romantic piece celebrating Valentine’s Day. Situ Studio took inspiration from the collective experience of Hurricane Sandy and the love that binds people together during trying times. The aftermath of the storm confronted all New Yorkers and New Jerseyans with the challenge of being inventive, resourceful, and most importantly, empathetic—the familiarity of the day-to-day was transformed into something extraordinary.

Using boardwalk boards salvaged during Sandy’s aftermath—from the Rockaways, Queens, New York; Long Beach, New York; Sea Girt, New Jersey; and Atlantic City, New JerseyHeartwalk begins as two ribbons of wooden plans that fluidly lift from the ground to form a heart-shaped enclosure in the middle of Duffy Square. The slatted construction, illuminated from within, provides varied views of the interior as visitors move around the perimeter of the installation. Visitors can also enter the installation and literally stand in the heart of the world’s greatest city.

“This heart is a frame for lovers and a great civic gesture commemorating the outpouring of support and help in the wake of Sandy,” said Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and jury member.

The installation will remain on view until March 8th.

All installation photos via Situ Studio.

2013 #tilecompetition deadline extended!

By sevan



Due to many requests, the deadline for the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has officially been extended until February 15th, 2012.

Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica (the Association of Italian Ceramics), the 2013 Tile Competition is open to all North American architects and designers who have used Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential, or commercial/hospitality projects completed between January 2008 and January 2013.

The competition is free to enter, and there is no limit to the number of submission per participant. Winners in each category will receive $4,000 cash prize and a five-day trip to Italy to attend Cersaie in September 2013.

For competition guidelines, an archive of past winners, and the online submission form, visit:


By danielle


California…knows how to party. Tonight, California Home+Design will recognize eleven of the industry’s finest CA-based designers for their contributions to: Residential Interior Design, Residential Architecture, Commercial Interior Design or Architecture, Residential Interior Design, Residential Architecture, Landscape Design, New Product Design, Showcase House Design, Kitchen or Bath Design, Emerging Designer, and the Reader’s Choice award.  The annual gala will be held at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria Atrium. If you don’t have a ticket, don’t fret! You can tune into the action on twitter @cahomeanddesign and instagram @cahomedesign.

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 6:00-9:00p.m.

Where: San Francisco Design Center Galleria Atrium

101 Henry Adams Street, San Francisco


Did someone say Saloni?

By danielle


It’s true what they say – Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.  While the Milan Furniture Fair is still several months away (April 9-14 at Rho Milan Fairgrounds), it is never too early to start booking travel plans and accommodations. We suggest you do so and do so soon! Cosmit has sent out a special offer for a package that includes hotel+train ticket to/from Turin-Rho. The hotels are all near the Porta Nuova railway station in Turin. The trip takes about 40 minutes, on a train specially commissioned by the Saloni with first and second class seats.

Further offers for accommodations in Milan and surrounding cities are available on Cosmit, section Travel-Accommodation.

For hotel bookings:

Pre-registration is also now open.


34th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast

By kristin


On January 25, the A&D community gathered in the wee hours of the morning to celebrate the winners of the 34th Annual Interiors Awards. Presented by Contract, the prestigious awards breakfast was held at the chic and capacious Cipriani on 42nd Street where the project winners in 13 categories, the Designer of the Year and the recipient of the Legend Award were all revealed.

Photo ©Christian Grattan

One of the Interiors Awards’ highest honors, Designer of the Year, was awarded to LA architect and designer Joey Shimoda. Since establishing his firm, Shimoda Design Group, in 2000, his 10-person studio continues to balance several projects at once ranging from large interior retrofits to ground-up office development. Flexibility and creativity have become hallmarks of his work in addition to the studio’s underlying moniker, “extra superfino.” He has garnered enormous respect in the industry for making beautiful and meaningful spaces, which have earned him a number of dream clients including Steelcase, MTV Networks and J.J. Abrahams. Watch the full video presentation on Shimoda, produced by Thirst / A Design Collaborative, on Contract’s Vimeo channel.

John Rouse, Publisher of Nielsen Business Media, with 2013 Designer of the Year Joey Shimoda. Photo ©Christian Grattan

For the 2013 Legend Award – the award program’s highest honor for lifetime
achievement – Contract selected Michael Graves, FAIA, for his rich and diverse
contributions to the field of design. Since founding Michael Graves and Associates in
1964, Graves has been producing richly colored Beaux Arts-inspired houses, hotels,
libraries, museums, and civic buildings around the world, earning him an AIA Gold Medal in 2001. His product design, graphics, and branding studio, Michael Graves Design Group, has also seen prolific success with products such as the famous whistling-bird tea kettle for Alessi and over 2,000 products for Target. With the 2013 Legend Award, his influential career comes full circle since receiving the Interior Awards’ Designer of the Year Award in 1981, but Graves shows no signs of slowing down. At 78, he says he has no thoughts of retiring and is about to launch a new collection of products with jcp this spring.


Michael Graves. Photo ©Christian Grattan

For the 2013 Interiors Awards, a jury of industry leaders including Stephen Apking, Dina Griffin, Nancy Keatinge, Alan Ricks and Margaret Sullivan reviewed hundreds of project submissions and selected one winner in each of 13 categories. According to John Czarnecki, “Much of the extraordinary work that we celebrated today is truly transformational. Many of the winning projects, in various categories, are actually transformations of existing interiors, and that’s exciting because it demonstrates that the profession’s work in designing interiors has a real impact.” From Rockwell’s Untitled restaurant in the Whitney Museum to Microsoft’s Austrian headquarters by INNOCAD, each project demonstrates the most innovative interiors by emerging talent and established firms from across the globe.

The 2103 Interiors Awards winners are:

Large Office: Microsoft Vienna by INNOCAD
Small Office: XAL Competence Center by INNOCAD
Hotel: Grand Hyatt New York by Bentel & Bentel Planners/Architects
Restaurant: Untitled by the Rockwell Group
Healthcare: Randall Children’s Hospital by ZGF Architects
Education: Cranbrook Art Museum Renovation and Collections Wing by SmithGroupJJR
Public Space: Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum by HGA
Showroom: Chongqing Mountain & City Sales Office by One Plus Partnership 
 Wuhan Pixel Box Cinema by One Plus Partnership
Adaptive Reuse: Confidential Multimedia Entertainment Company by FXFOWLE Architects 
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum Store by Marlon Blackwell Architect
22squared by Gensler 
Play Lab by Nicole Germano

Photo ©Christian Grattan