Archive for July, 2013

WHY gives insight into Herman Miller’s 108 year history

By naomi


With the launch of their new campaign, WHY, Herman Miller communicates the reason behind their actions. Commenting on the individual motivations and contributions of designers and hinting at the relationship between designer and consumer, WHY is a cute and inspirational way of obtaining insight into the 108 year-old company.

Every week, a new story behind Herman Miller will be released on their website. This first one was created by Dutch animators Part of a Bigger Plan and is 108 seconds long: 108 Years of Herman Miller


By danielle


Thanks to Robert Allen, I managed to catch the first-ever Holiday House Hamptons before it closes its doors this weekend. Fabrics from its distinctive Beacon Hill brand were used to add color and texture to the kitchen. On Tuesday, we set out to see, touch, tour and take inspiration from the show house.

Before our departure, Christy Almond, VP Design gave us a sneak peek of the Decorative Modern collection for DwellStudio. The fabulous array of fabrics featured bright, bold color, geometric designs and animal prints. Like a kid in a candy store, I just couldn’t get enough!

While it was hard to leave the cool air-conditioned studios behind, it was time to board the bus for our 2+ hour journey to Bridgehampton. We rode in style – a luxury limo-like bus equipped with wi-fi and outlets (a blogger’s dream come true!)

At 12:30PM, we arrived and found the one-and-only Iris Dankner, Holiday House founder, waiting for us at the door.

Dankner is a 16-year breast cancer survivor and an inspiration to us all. 

She started the Holiday House in 2008, combining her passion for interior design and fundraising for breast cancer research. It became the first designer show house in New York City to benefit a breast cancer organization and attracted talented designers from across the country to transform the historic Academy Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East side each fall. One of the things that makes Holiday House so special is that each design space is themed around a holiday or special moment in life that inspires the designer. This summer, she took her show on the road and brought the Holiday House to the Hamptons.  A bit more laid back, the modest 7,000+ square foot Bridgehampton home showcases stylish summer living and entertaining ideas. That it does….

As the heart of the home, the kitchen, designed by Jennifer Duneier, set the stage for the rest of the rooms. Inspired by the summer solstice, its cool blue accents popped against the crisp, white cabinetry. Her well-curated product selection included everything from custom-made light fixtures by Avram Rusu Studio to turquoise Ikat drapery by Beacon Hill.

The adjoining great room by Mabley Handler Interior Design featured a similar color palette. Staying true to the show house’s roots, the design team also incorporated pops of pink and signature breast cancer awareness ribbons.

From paisley patterns to woven pendants, Holiday House design co-chair Thom Filicia layered on the texture in the living room.

The outdoor terrace and covered porch celebrated the Fete du Muguet, a public holiday in France and an occasion to present lily-of-the-valley or dog rose flowers to loved ones. Soft and romantic, THE DESIGN STUDIO‘s space certainly captured the essence of the day.

July 4th or any other day….who wouldn’t want a grand piano and Maserati in a garage designed by Inson Dubois Wood?!?!?!

A big thank you to our gracious hosts: Iris Dankner, Holiday House founder; Robert Nachman, VP Marketing, Robert Allen | Beacon Hill; and Jennifer Duneire, President, Duniere Design.




Call for Entries: Designpreis Halle 2014 Focuses on Water

By sevan


The third annual Designpreis Halle design competition is looking for designs from all over the world that examine this year’s topic—Water—in an intense and creative manner.

Entries may address the topic in a number of ways: new services or concepts for innovative action and user strategies; products that address the treatment of water as a resource; or that examine the sensual qualities of water as a material.

Registration for the competition begins on January 2, 2014 and the closing date for submissions is January 31, 2014. The competition is open to designers and students of all disciplines under the age of 40. The award ceremony and exhibition opening will take place on June 3, 2014 and will feature all of the finalists. A catalogue will also be published for the occasion. The prize money is altogether 10,000 Euros.

For more information, visit

Van Alen Institute Presents Rebuild by Design: A Competition for Resilient Post-Sandy Design & Planning

By danielle


Calling all multidisciplinary teams with world-class expertise in infrastructure engineering, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, land use planning, industrial design, communication, and other fields. We encourage you to take part in this internationally important opportunity to advance resilience by design! Thanks to Van Alen Institute, an independent nonprofit architectural organization, for sharing this press release with us:

As our region retools in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, designers have a crucial role to play in envisioning coastal cities and communities that can creatively respond to ever-more daunting environmental and infrastructural challenges. To that end, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force has launched a major opportunity: Rebuild by Design, a multi-stage, regional design initiative to promote resilience, public health, and prosperity through innovative planning and design. 

Van Alen Institute is collaborating with HUD and the Rebuild by Design effort together with New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge, the Municipal Art Society, and the Regional Plan Association.

Recently announced by Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Rebuild by Design seeks projects that ignite innovation, ranging in scope and scale from large-scale green infrastructure to small-scale residential resiliency retrofits across the region—from New York and New Jersey to Connecticut, Maryland, and Rhode Island.

Responses to the Rebuild by Design RFQ are due Friday, July 19, 2013. To learn more, download the competition brief and visit HUD’s list of frequently asked questions

Competition Process:

Participants are asked to submit to the Request for Qualifications in one of four focus areas: coastal communities, high-density urban environments, ecological networks, and a fourth category that will include other innovative questions and proposals.

Five to 10 teams will be selected to proceed to Stage Two, participating in an intense, collaborative research and analysis stage where they will interact with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive understanding of the region, its interdependencies, key players, and areas that warrant integrated design thinking and solutions.

Each team’s work in Stage Two, supported by $100,000, will result in the identification of three to five key design opportunities with the potential to make maximum impact. Through this highly collaborative design process, teams will focus on key projects for improving the region’s resilience. Teams will receive an additional $100,000 to further develop their proposals in Stage Three—to be implemented in part through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program.

Rebuild by Design is supported by lead funding partner The Rockefeller Foundation, and advised by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photos: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – NE Region

D-C Hits the Art Circuit: Lindsay Bardwil’s Wander Exhibit

By alexandra


Design-Calendar made its second visit to the Norwood Club this summer for artist Lindsay Bardwil’s “Wander” exhibit. Known to draw its membership from the international creative arts community, Norwood Club Owner Alan Linn calls the venue “A home for the curious.”  An apropos choice for the exhibit, Lindsay’s vibrant and thought-provoking work was certainly “at home” in the space.

During the event, guests were treated to drinks and hors d’oeuvres and encouraged to “Wander” the room to take in the collection, embarking on a unique visual journey. Lindsay remarks, “I aim to allow the viewer to get lost in the work–if only for a brief moment–so that it may serve as a bridge to wander freely. This movement, this freedom, this wander, it is an action I believe to be so important in the appreciation of life and self discovery.” Judging by the engaged and excited crowd that circulated the room to check out the paintings, Lindsay met her goal.

Lindsay uses a wide range of media including oil and acrylics on canvas or wood and a strong mix of various minerals and phosphorescents. To learn more visit

Photos courtesy of Darnell Scott,

Lindsay in front of her “Wander” painting

Taking a closer look at “Untitled Day of the Dead”

Alexandra Zwicky, Rose Couzens, Mary Couzens and Keri Shunk

Loli Laneova & Shane Anthony

Dominic Couzens, Steven Ganeless, Pippa Cohen

“Burano” by Lindsay Bardwil



An IMPACTful Evening

By alexandra


On Wednesday we swung by IIDA NY + desigNYC‘s Summer Soirée, benefiting IMPACT NY. The program organized by IIDA NY in collaboration with desigNYC, supports the NYC community through pro bono design work. To meet this end, local design talent was called upon to submit thoughtful and IMPACT-ful proposals to renovate an in-need West Harlem-based continuing care treatment office run by Palladia.

The winner, whose design concept will eventually come to fruition, was revealed at the fête. Discerning jurors including Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis; Joan Blumenfeld FAIA, LEED AP, global interior design director at Perkins+Will; Victoria Milne, director of creative services at NYC’s Department of Design and Construction; Madeline Burke-Vigeland AIA, principal at Gensler and one of the founding members of desigNYC; and Sally Bernstein, assistant vice president, capital planning & development for Palladia awarded Paige Barnum the honor.

It was a great event, appropriately held at the Prince George Ballroom, a gem from 1912 that had fallen into severe disrepair over the years. It was recently restored to its former glory thanks to non-profit Common Ground, architectural students and high-school interns, artists from Alpha Workshops, as well as Jamie Drake and architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle. Today, the ballroom rents out its space to “support the building’s mission of providing long-term housing for chronically homeless New Yorkers.” The event and venue served as a nice reminder about how much good, good design can do.

The event was sponsored by Axor/Hansgrohe, Royal Mosa, and Creative Office Pavilion, as well as Knoll, Shawmut Design and Construction, Wolf Gordon, izzy+, and Consolidated Carpet. Metropolis magazine was the media sponsor.

Winner Paige Barnum

The Prince George Ballroom

An untouched space serves as a reminder of the pre-restored Prince George Ballroom