Archive for June, 2013


By naomi


With this next installment of our Aisle Style feature we are moving west, to Los Angeles, where Dwell on Design wrapped up this past weekend. Noticeable differences from the aisles at ICFF were the reoccurring bright colors and dominance of bold patterns, as photographed by Design-Calendar’s Sevan Gatsby.



Introducing VDA Virtual Design

By danielle


We spent last Thursday evening at the Norwood Club toasting to celebrity designer Vanessa DeLeon and her talented team. Vanessa DeLeon Associates launched a new venture – which particularly appealed to our digital side.


After a year in the making, DeLeon is bringing her design services & solutions to the online marketplace. She’s gathered all the tools and put together a clear and concise digital package for creating customized interiors.  The interactive initiative, aptly named VDA Virtual Design, allows users to work with the design team and customize their space in six easy steps.

 To facilitate the process, DeLeon pulled from some of her most recent projects to create a series of lifestyle boards ranging from Mediterranean to modern.

Just as she would do in person, she asks the client to think: “Where would you live?”  The next step is a detailed questionnaire, which addresses everything from fabrics and finishes to budget and function. Photography and measurements of the space are required to complete the packet. After a thorough review, DeLeon and her team will provide the client with a virtual presentation board that includes furnishings, flooring, lighting fixtures, wall finishes, accessories and window treatments; a floor plan that shows the location of movable furniture and furnishings and a price worksheet with retail pricing and product links to the manufacturers websites for purchase.

Those in attendance were treated to a little sneak peek. Now that it is live, you can try it out and experience VDA Virtual Design!   

TriBeCa Neighbors Downtown Design

By danielle


We couldn’t miss an opportunity to show our support for fellow design community members in our little Triangle Below Canal Street (TriBeCa). Tomorrow (June 20) Annie Block, deputy editor of Interior Design magazine and planning-committee member of both openhousenewyork and the Design Trust for Public Space takes the 92Y TriBeCa Lecture Hall Stage (6:30PM) for an inside look at three recently redesigned TriBeCa apartments. The projects, which include a young family’s TriBeCa loft by Berman Horn Studio, a bachelor’s duplex in Soho by Christopher Coleman Interior Design and a couple’s live/work West Village brownstone by Fawn Galli Interiors and Leslie Gill Architect, range in style from super-minimalist to super-funky. Block leads the discussion as theses three renowned NYC firms, share everything from before-and-after images to the design process.


Anders Ruhwald at Saarinen House #Installation #CranbrookArtMuseum #Modernism

By sevan


This post was written by our newest Design-Calendar contributor, Naomi.

Last month marked the opening of Danish ceramist Anders Ruhwald’s first solo museum exhibition in North America. His series of seven site-sensitive installations in Saarinen House explores themes of Scandinavian Modernism, the examination of the interpersonal relationships of the Saarinen family, and the construction of the everyday and what happens to that ideal when it is frozen in time in the fictive environment of a house museum.

The Saarinen House, operated by Cranbrook Art Museum.

This relationship between Father and Son is particularly interesting because the house itself marked where work and life was presented as one, and thereby becomes “historically and psychologically charged”, an idea reflected in the Modernist pieces themselves.

Bowl (For a Timeless House), A bowl whose glazed rim appears about to drip upwards reflects not only a moment frozen in time, but also a mystic gravity-defying energy.

Lamp (Gottlieb’s Gaze) A lamp with a melted base plays with the Scandinavian modernist ideas of temporality and psychology.

The Exhibition runs through October 31 and will feature both public and private tours of Saarinen house. For times, pricing, and more information visit the Cranbrook Art Museum Website.


By kristin


Calling all creatives! Tonight, 319 Scholes in Brooklyn is hosting a private hackathon for people interested in working with the mounting #occupygezi data. They’re looking for coders, designers, editors, filmmakers, hackers, writers, architects, etc. The goal is to discuss and produce a set of tools that will raise awareness of the protests in Turkey and help the people who are risking their lives for democracy.

The gallery will open at 5pm starting with an open table discussion, then will break into groups to work on projects.

Visit their event page, for more information.

CB2 + USA Network Launch “I WON’T STAND FOR…”

By danielle


In celebration of June’s upcoming Pride celebrations, CB2 has partnered with USA Network’s Characters Unite Campaign for a month-long, multi-media “I Won’t Stand For….” initiative to help combat hate and discrimination. CB2 stores nationwide will be holding special promotions throughout the month, with various ways to show your support.

This Thursday (June 6) is your first chance. The CB2 Soho Store in NYC is throwing a party from 5-7PM, complete with rainbow cocktails & sweets created especially for the event. Everyone’s encouraged to sign the store’s graffiti wall & show the world that we will no longer stand for bullying, homophobia or  harassment of any other form of hate. See you there!