Archive for March, 2013

Our Favorite Picks From @ADShow2013!

By sevan

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(Photo by Jude Dornski)

Last week’s 12th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show could not have been a bigger treat for designers and design enthusiasts alike (myself included)! The four-day event brought the best in home design from more than 500 premium brands to New York City’s Pier 94, drawing top professionals, discerning consumers, and  press from all over the Western Hemisphere.

We want to say we sauntered and skipped through aisles of beautiful colors and exquisite craftsmanship, but the truth is, we were stopping at every booth!—so there was little rushing about involved. And as difficult a task as it was, here are some our favorites:

Royal Botania x D’Apostrophe

The Royal Botania / D’Apostrophe booth was a favorite for people wanting to relax—and where better than on the NINIX Lounger?

NOA Living

Probably the most colorful booth at the entire show, NOA Living’s beautiful pieces in the Ethno-Modern style immediately caught the eye. 100% wool or wool/silk blend carpets, antiques, and the most comfortable and fluffy stools—the Fufu!

Palo Samko

This Brooklyn-based woodworker truly has a way with materials, seamlessly blending leather and wood—and he also is great at organizing things neatly.

Analog Modern

We also met Peter Buley of Analog Modern, who created this sculptural and functional coffee table. He never tries to find the perfect piece of wood for a particular project, instead letting whatever wood he has—discarded or otherwise—drive the design.

Moonish Co.

And while we’re on the subject of wood… Moonish Co’s magnetic wooden tiles are a great way to easily add color and style to a stark wall. Handmade in Brooklyn.

Catherine Latson

If your style is delicate, artist Catherine Latson creates sculptures and other art pieces by twisting, twining, and braiding nature.

IN.SEK DESIGN

Ashira Israel, one of the few female fabricators we saw at the show, made this awesome Musical Platform out of Concrete, Resin, Steel, Walnut Veneer, Ebony.

We then ventured to the show’s reFRESH pavilion…

Miele

Miele presented us with a sleek, clean, all-white-everything look—that is, until we opened their new refrigerators to find… food organized neatly!

EcoWalls

We thought it was impossible to have a fresh herb garden (or any thriving garden, period.) in New York City until we saw this:

Fulgor Milano

We thought these cooking ranges had a touch of Mondrian artistry in them… function doesn’t negate beauty!

Hansgrohe Axor x Oborain

Hnasgrohe and its designer brand, Axor, had paired up with Oborain at the show. Oborain’s Cove, a new outdoor shower design, featured Hansgrohe’s sustainably focused Croma Green Showerpipe. We also LOVED the Axor Urquiola Single Hole Faucet—those handles!

(Kiel is very popular.)

And finally, DIFFA! All of the vignettes in the Dining by Design space are luxurious and amazingly well-done, but “Midnight Garden” was one of our favorites. It had a fantastical nature at night theme featuring “Moon Blossom” from Beacon Hill‘s upcoming Midnight Garden collection.

We also couldn’t help but be attracted to the glittering arrangement by Michael Aramwhose handcrafted table and house wares have always been a big favorite of ours.

And after four days of design, it was time to relax on some Technogel, which is really, really amazingly comfortable.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala “High Society”

By danielle

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Here’s hoping that Monday’s March snow marked the end to this long, cold and windy winter. We’re ready for spring! Next week, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosts its annual benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The evening will honor Caroline and Thompson Dean, past Neighborhood House Board Chairs. It is sponsored by VERANDA Magazine and organized by Honorary Design Chairs Bunny Williams and John Rosselli with Design Chairs Dara Caponigro, David Duncan, Carolyn Englefield, Lindsey Harper and Christopher Sptizmiller.

Entitled “High Society,” the extraordinary event includes cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing. The 45 tables, each decorated by a different, renowned designer, will follow the evening’s theme.   Individual tickets start at $1,000 and tables range from $10,000-$25,000, with proceeds benefitting the 119-year old settlement house, which provides an extensive array of effective and integrated human services to New Yorkers in need. Last year’s event raised over $1.3 million. Let’s aim for $2 million this year!

When: Wednesday, April 3. Cocktails & Silent Auction at 7PM, Dinner at 8:30PM followed by Dancing

Where: Cipriani 42nd St, NYC

Event Contact: Virginia Pitman, vpitman@lenoxhill.org

Girls Rule at 2013 Armory Show

By Lucy

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March is Women’s History Month, and the timing didn’t seem like a coincidence at the Armory Show earlier this month. Though amazing art abounded, works by women were the true standouts of the weekend. Here are a few of the highlights:
Jane Hammond‘s classic black and white photos presented playful scenes, and on further inspection, often contained quirky and fantasy-driven aspects that added a contemporary flair.

“Spree” – Jane Hammond

A personal favorite at the show was Jung Lee, whose typography-driven designs of neon words juxtaposed against natural settings were at the same time poignant and edgy.

“Tell Me the Truth” – Jung Lee

“Day and Night #7” – Jung Lee

This punchy wood-block art from Polly Apfelbaum was perfectly on-trend with a chic, retro vibe.

“Love Alley 4” – Polly Apfelbaum

Julie Cockburn‘s innovative manipulation of found photographs through means such as embroidery and paper-cutting was fresh and accessible, giving modern charm to old-school images.

“Forget-me-not” – Julie Cockburn

“The Fireman” – Julie Cockburn

To get a look at all the work from this year’s Armory Show, visit their website here.

Gearing up for the #ADSHOW2013

By chris

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Today is the last day to pre-register for free as trade for next week’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show.  The word on the street is that this will be a show not to miss. Over 500 exhibitors are coming from near and far to launch new collections that range from hi-tech kitchen appliances to hand-crafted wallcoverings, hands on demonstrations, there is something for every discerning design lover.

Be on the lookout for top trends in color (keep an eye out for black/white, emerald) and technology as well as new takes on traditional techniques.

The recently released trade day seminar series includes a keynote presentation featuring Architectural Digest EIC Margaret Russell and celebrity designer Nate Berkus.  It is followed by 3-days of programming by the New York Times. The design fair, produced by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), hosted by Architectural Digest, and co-sponsored by The New York Times, opens with a trade-only preview on Thursday, March 21. It is open to the public from Friday, March 22-Sunday, March 24.

Use the code ADBLOGGER for $5 off the online ticketed price.

WantedDesign Presents PechaKucha Featuring Trove

By Lucy

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PechaKucha presentations have won over audiences with their concise and creative concept. It’s a simple one: 20 images are presented for 20 seconds each. Originally founded in Tokyo in 2003, PechaKucha has since become a worldwide phenomenon and made fans of creatives everywhere, and New Yorkers will soon be able to catch one for themselves! MAD and WantedDesign are teaming up to present a PechaKucha entitled “Design, Materials and Process: a US panorama” on Tuesday, March 19th.

The evening will showcase a range of designers participating in May’s WantedDesign, including Trove designer Randall Buck. A multi-media artist who works in time-based media, Buck envisions patterns from an architectural perspective. He believes that engaging technology helps to push his designs beyond conventional manufacturing limits and creates tactile, distinct, and inspired designs. As Trove, Buck and fellow Co-founder Jee Levin have elevated the category of wallpaper with their signature large-scale patterns by interpreting the wall as an open canvas.

The event is free, but space is limited, so be sure to RSVP here!

More from An Evening with Lincoln Center

By danielle

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While we snapped a few shots at last night’s event at the NYDC, our instagram photos are no match for these pro shots from Matthew Carasella Photography. The installations by Jamie Drake FASID, IIDA, Drake Design AssociatesArthur Dunnam & Heather Moore for Jed Johnson AssociatesAmy Lau – Amy Lau Design; Amanda Nisbet, Amanda Nisbet Design; and David Rockwell – Rockwell Group were so well done, we just had to show them in all their glory. From film to opera, the 5’ x 4’ scenes drew inspiration from five of Lincoln Center’s disciplines and a Vera List Art Project print. Each were created using furniture from the showrooms of the The New York Design Center.

The Vera List Art Project was launched at Lincoln Center in 1962 by philanthropist and art collector Vera List.  A pioneer in the fields of contemporary patronage and art education, Vera created a program that initially commissioned contemporary artists to create posters for Lincoln Center’s events. This initiative took the art out of Lincoln Center and into the streets, where it could be appreciated by the general public. The exhibit in the 1stdibs at NYDC gallery will feature limited-edition prints by contemporary artists ranging from iconic figures such as Chuck Close to emerging artists Matthew Brannon and Jill Moser. Other artists in the exhibition include William Kentridge, Guillermo Kuitca, Philip Taaffe, Dan Christensen, and Terry Winters. All limited-edition prints will be on exhibit the entire month of March and will be available for purchase. Proceeds support Lincoln Center’s innovative cultural programming.

Symphony by Arthur Dunnam and Heather Moore, Jed Johnson Associates

Ballet by Amanda Nisbet, Amanda Nisbet Design

Opera by Jamie Drake, Drake Design Associates

Film by David Rockwell, Rockwell Group

American Songbook by Amy Lau, Amy Lau Design