Archive for April, 2013

Design on a Dime 2013

By danielle


Get ready to shop til you drop! Housing Works’ ninth annual Design on a Dime fundraising event starts tomorrow night at the Metropolitan Pavilion and features more than 50 vignettes with new merchandise. The donated products are sold for 50-70% off retail pricing with proceeds benefitting Housing Works Hull Street Residence that will house single, formerly homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS.

This year, Design on a Dime will feature an incredible group of Co-Chairs, including:

  • Yetta Banks (Vice President of Design and Construction for Viacom)
  • Genevieve Gorder (Spokesperson for Valspar Paint and HGTV Design Star judge)
  • Evette Rios (Craft, design and entertaining expert)
  • Sabrina Soto (HGTV Interior Designer, LEED AP, Target Style Expert & Author)
  • Lara Spencer (“Good Morning America” Co-Anchor, author of “I Brake for Yard Sales,” and interior designer)

The opening night celebration gives guests the first look at the room vignettes, exclusive preview shopping, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. The public sale follows on Friday and Saturday.


By alexandra


We’ve been on many a design jaunt, but no festival has been as intense, rich and exciting as the Salone del Mobile and its citywide celebrations–a dizzying design whirlwind, Italian style. Last week, D-C jet-setted to Milan to join in on the fun. The influence and popularity of Milan’s Design Week and the #iSaloni was evident right upon arrival. Fortified by Alitalia lasagne and the ironic Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies the airline served for breakfast, we hopped into a cab. The driver’s first words were “You are here for Salone del Mobile?” We said we were. He was very knowledgeable, telling us all about the Fair, as well as about the #Fuorisalone (events outside the fair) and how everyone in town was buzzing about the Design Week. “The city really comes together,” he said. While one can draw comparisons to the design shows and festivals in U.S. cities, we realized there’s rarely the same enthusiasm from the general population as there is in Milan for this event.

Now, onto our design finds! We are lucky to have a friend who lives in Milan. She showed us the ropes and helped us navigate the city. For Part 1 we’ll focus on Fuorisalone fun. Here are some highlights:


Coming to a Sephora near you? Thousands of colorful and shiny lipsticks make up this cheery entryway installation.

“Autoban” with Deborah Milano and Gruppo Pozzi. Lighting by iGuzzini.

In the courtyard of the university, the structure below is composed of natural fir beams and posts. The external bas reliefs show plaster faces, hands and noses of classical statues, as well as eyewear. Some of the eyeglasses let you peek inside, where mirrors reflect animated images. The videos, produced by Safilo with the filmmaker Mario Greco, “narrate the world of eyewear and technologies in an ironic, surprising way.”

“Sguardi Indiscreti” by Michele De Lucchi with Safilo and lighting by iGuzzini


We loved MOST, because, as with many venues in Milan, it showed the contrast between classical and modern design that makes the city so magic. The Museum is full of gorgeous old ships, trains and aircraft, as well as Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machine. During design week, installations and pop up shops were also scattered throughout the building:

“My nose, My Stekkerdoos,’ by Lensvelt, Studio Job

One of several designers set up in the museum, Fatima Fazal is the creative force behind the “Heart Part Cutlery Kit,” a cool, reusable utensil, which can be used as a fork, spoon, and knife and is made in India of biodegradable polystyrene…

Raw-Edges’ BLOOM has been commissioned by the British Council to showcase the works of Granta‘s eighty Best Young British Novelists. A clever combination of room divider and book loom, it’s formed of a light wooden frame and string book supports.

The TEMPORARY MUESEUM FOR NEW DESIGN is a yellow splashed industrial compound of new products and interactive displays.

Tagina. Dot-to-Dot. Ceramic Pixels for Architecture[…]

Now, to the TRIENNALE!

Massimo Iosa Ghini’s SPORE and ARIA Lights for Leucos

The Talented S. Iosa Ghini (far right) with Guests

After the Triennale, we headed to Effeti  for the latest in kitchens & custom bouquets on the fly.

Effeti’s Floral “DJ”

Then we popped over to Sicis‘ “Le Bois Vivant” Party with Vanity Fair & Architectural Digest

Finally, on our way to a delicious dinner in the Brera area, we took in the gorgeous sights at the ACCADEMIA DI BRERA

Top Architect-Designed Furniture Collections from i Saloni

By kristin


Architects lend an interesting sensibility to furniture design, applying their unique philosophies on the built environment to the world of products. This year, many of the industry’s brightest architecture stars launched new furniture collections at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan from April 9-14. Here’s a look at some of our favorites:

“Tools for Life” by OMA

Photo courtesy of OMA © Ilan Rubin

Joining the ranks of venerable design masters like Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas unveiled an 11-piece collection of kinetic furniture by his innovative firm, OMA, for Knoll. Approaching each piece like a high-performance instrument, the Tools for Life collection includes height-adjustable tables and chairs and a counter made of swiveling stacked blocks. According to Knoll, the collection “offers a contemporary interface between furniture and people, supporting the ebb and flow of work and social life, while adjusting to the different needs of both.”


“The Wing” by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Photo © FIAM

The Wing mirror collection, designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind for Fiam, features the architect’s signature style of fragmentation. Two parallel lines near the top and bottom of each mirror create a chasm in the flat surface, also causing a break in the viewer’s reflection. The mirrors are available in a multitude of shapes for horizontal, vertical and slanted hanging.


“Liquid Glacial Table” by Zaha Hadid Architects

Photo © Jacopo Spilimbergo

Much like the firm‘s buildings, the Liquid Glacial Table brings movement to a static object. Using clear polished plexiglass, the designers play with surface complexity and light refraction while demonstrating various forms of flowing water including ripples, waves, and whirlpools. The table is available in dining and coffee table versions through David Gill Galleries.


“Studio Seating” by UNStudio

Pictured: Studio Twin

No stranger to furniture design, Dutch architects UNStudio have created a new line of minimal, versatile seating for Swedish brand Offecct. Allowing the user to choose between open and private arrangements, the series includes Studio Easy Chair (a single seating element with a wing on its right or left side), Studio Twin Beam (a pair of seats linked by a small table) and Studio Twin (a pair of seats with a solid base that mirrors the backrest). The frame is made from laminated wood with upholstery in fabric or leather.



By danielle


From Zona Tortona to the Brera Design District, our editors are on site and making the rounds, Fuorisalone. While it is nearly impossible to hit all the events in/around Milan this week, we’re up for the challenge. Here’s a few on our radar

Caution: Architects at Play” – a new board game for grownups, PLAY5 was conceived by architect Danilo Premoli. @ Refin Studio, Foro Buonaparte 68. Click for instructions and to register.

Leucos’ “LIGHT YOUR HEART” – renowned designers including Arik Levy, Karim Rashid, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Patrick Jouin and Roberto Paoli, to name a few, re-interpret THE GREAT JJ light to raise funds for Città della Speranza. @ Galvanotecnica Bugatti, Valextra, Bikkembergs, Tie-ups, Pescheria da Claudio, Sanmarcouno, Fabiana Filippi, Lovethesign and Cesare Paciotti, & more.

EDIT by DesignJunction – a major destination for contemporary interior design, creativity and culture featuring more than 30 leading international brands. @ La Pelota Via Palermo. Free entry.

Retro/Perspective: 10 Years Tuttobene – A platform showcasing 17 emerging Dutch design talents as well as 10 more established designers and Tuttobene alumni @Arsenale, Via Tortona 31

Heineken Presents The Magazzini – A showcase of design talent and educational workshops by day and a design-led party space at night. @ Via Valenza, 2

Next PechaKucha mini-event in 19 hours + 53 minutes (10 April @ 17:30PM)

MOST – Design destination founded by British designer Tom Dixon. A curated creative hub promoting forward-thinking culture, commerce and creativity against the extraordinary backdrop of historic exhibits based on technical innovation. Click to register @Milan Museum of Science and Technology, Via Olono 6B.

Brera Design Night – Held on April 12, the sleepless night will feature showrooms & special events that will animate the streets, squares and institutional buildings.