Archive for August, 2013


By kristin


Picnic by Design poster by Corse Design Factory.

Last week, on a near perfect summer night, we climbed our way to the rooftop of the Scholastic Building in Soho (with about 200 other design professionals) for the second annual Picnic by Design. Like the summer counterpart to DIFFA‘s popular Dining by Design event, clusters of design-lovers gathered around tailor-made picnic baskets revolving around themes like Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland (though not all necessarily as whimsical).

A crowded roof for Picnic by Design

It was heart-warming to see the level of detail that the 40+ design teams put into each vignette. One of my favorites was the Liberace-themed basket by Dee Kemper (of Domoore Designs) who went so far as to build a rhinestone-clad baby piano adorned with gold candelabras and homemade sticky buns from Liberace’s own cookbook! In the end, the event organizers raised over $30,000 for DIFFA to support people living with HIV and AIDS.

Robert Allen Designs enjoying a Native American-themed basket by Tyler Wisler

The bionic dog made by Geppetto Studios

Liberace basket by Domoore Designs

Athena Waligore and Helene Oberman from Interior Design Magazine with Cherie Bustamante of Novità Communications


By kristin


In case you weren’t aware by now, The Architect’s Newspaper is launching a brand spanking new edition this November to cover the architectural happenings of the oft-neglected Southwest. To mark the occasion (and to kick off YKK AP‘s expansion in the region), AN and YKK AP are inviting architects, designers, artists, and students to enter the Astrodome Reuse Design Ideas Competition. The top five winners will receive cash prizes and editorial love in the inaugural issue of AN Southwest (out November 6). Click here for more information on the Astrodome and competition guidelines.

Deadline: October 1, 2013


Top Trends & Fun Products from NY Now

By danielle


We’ve been to our fair share of trade shows this year and are so happy to see the floors filled with attendees.  NY Now, formerly known as the New York International Gift Fair, followed this positive trend. I think it is safe to say that the recession inspired creativity and new beginnings. Many of the companies we met with were new – less than 2 years old. Young and talented, they brought fresh ideas, cool new products and innovative ideas to market.

Let’s take a closer look at this gifted new group and two of the tops trends in Accent on Design…

Organic Influences

With a roster of brilliant designers including Kiel Mead, byAMT and IN.SEK Design and Brian Farrell Art and Design, we just had to check out the AmDC booth. We fell in love with Farrell’s new collection The Forest, which also reminded me of freshly sharpened pencils. Based in Brooklyn, his work delivers both an urban, yet organic aesthetic.

In keeping with the tree theme, Design Ideas presented a series of colorful flat-pack Christmas trees…

…while Areaware‘s Infinite Tree by Johannes Molin were designed using the measurements of the Golden Ratio.

Contemporary product design company Sempli embraces the freeze with the debut of the new Ice Collection. Typical of the brand, the line blends Swedish simple functionality with Italian style and elegance.  Its frosted decanter is the only one of its kind on the market. The swirling rotation of the glass when posed on a table allows for wine to oxygenate in a perfect manner.

In less than 1 year, Souda has made its mark on the industry. Back for its second showing at the gift fair, the young design trio is already golden. The newest line, the Kawa Gold Series, features organic, one-of-a-kind porcelain objects enhanced by their reflective gold interiors. The offerings, which include a jewelry dish, small bowl and large tray, are hand-painted with an over-glaze that contains actual gold particles.

Color, Color Everywhere!

Cool, colorful and certainly clever, I’ve been obsessed with Uno Magnetic‘s bracelets since WantedDesign! Now the brand, founded by award-winning architect and interior designer Luis Pons in 2011, is expanding into the accessories category with belts, buckles and charms for both men and women.

Bend‘s story began in 2010. The LA-based design and manufacturing company gives shape to our lives with innovative and playful furniture, lighting and accessories.

See Concept‘s new magnetic magnifying glasses caught our eye. Founded  in 2010 by three childhood friends inParis, France, the visionary company is producing innovative and design-forward optic products. With this new introduction, you’ll never have to look for your glasses again!



Remembering Charles Pollock

By sevan


Charles Pollock

Photo: via

We are deeply saddened by the passing of famed furniture designer Charles Pollock, who died in a fire that engulfed his Jamaica, Queens apartment yesterday morning at the age of 83. Pollock is the designer behind one of the most popular Midcentury Modern office chairs: the 1963 Pollack Executive Chair, which remains a part of the Knoll Collection to this day.

Last year, after a nearly 30-year hiatus, Pollock returned to furniture design, this time collaborating with Jerry Helling of Bernhardt Design. The partnership resulted in the fluid, ergonomically designed CP Lounge Chair, which premiered at the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

As we remember him, here are a few of Pollock’s iconic works:

Pollock Executive Chair

Pollock Executive Chair for Knoll. Photo: Perrin Drumm via Core77

Pollock Sling Arm Chair

Sling Arm Chair for Knoll. Photo: Kenny K “Kinzco” via Flickr

Pollock CP Lounge Chair

CP Lounge Chair for Bernhardt Design. Photo via

Royal Botania’s Tender2 – A Room with a View

By danielle


Ooooooh vacation. How I love thee! After spending a week on the beaches of OBX, I can’t help but want to go back. So today, as I dream of sun, shore and surf, here’s a look at a not-to-miss get-a-way hotspot…

Royal Botania‘s Tender2 is located on the gorgeous Knokke-Heist beach in Belgium.

Modular and modern, this two story pop-up hotel boast a prime location and magnificent ocean view. The ultimate retreat, which returns for year two with a new name, features outdoor luxury furniture from the Belgian brand including its iconic Wave and Surf hammocks.

The basic concept remains the same: guests can enjoy the ultimate in luxury, comfort, art and gastronomy. Amenities include a personal butler, Michelin-star cuisine, and a spa-like atmosphere.  Tender2 also features products from top brands including Duravit, Smeg, and Trespa, to name a few.

While we are not sure if we can get there, we sure hope you can. It will be open through September 15th.



METROCON13 Combines New Products, Networking + CEU’s

By sevan


IIDA Texas/Oklahoma and ASID Texas are getting ready for METROCON13, an expo/conference collaborative event featuring 250 exhibitors in 400 booths, 50 CEU’s, and networking opportunities. The 11th annual two-day show is a three-for-one package: rack up some continuing education credits, discover new cutting-edge products, and expand your knowledge—all in one swoop!

When: Thursday, August 15 (7:00AM–7:00PM) and Friday, August 16 (7:00AM – 3:00PM)
Where: Dallas Market Hall, 220 N Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX

Furniture Sale To Benefit Cancer Research

By kristin


Starting tomorrow, this year’s long-awaited Fall Opening at The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop will feature a highly curated home furnishings sale by interior designer Jonathan Rosen. Rosen will be giving the shop an exciting 24-hour makeover, using the Thrift Shop’s in-store pieces to pull off his signature style of ‘utilizing what you have’! Highlights include a set of Biedermeier Style Chairs modeled after French Empire styles ($1,800 for a set of six), an antique floral lounge ($750), Moinat Rolle antique floral chairs ($450 each) and a Marble round table top ($425). Proceeds from the sale directly support The Society of MSKCC’s patient care programs.
When: Tuesday, August 13 – Saturday, August 17
Where: The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop (1440 Third Avenue, NYC)

Missonihome Hamptons Book Signing With Maria Gabriela Brito

By danielle


This Saturday, MissoniHome and Pointed Leaf Press, LLC are celebrating the release of Out There by author Maria Gabriela Brito and the recent unveiling of the new MissoniHampton store with a book signing. Refreshments will be served and all guests will receive 10% off all MissoniHome products at the store during the event!

When: Saturday, August 10, 6:00-8:00PM

Where: MissoniHome, 50 Jobs Lane, Southampton, New York


Spend Your Summer Friday at the Movies!

By danielle


In a world where interior spaces are boundless, and darkness prevails, one sliding wall and door system will illuminate the world with the Art of DivisionTM. This Friday, actress Lake Bell makes her writing and directorial debut with “In a World…”, a hilarious and heart-felt comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king—her father.

In a nod to her brother Luke Siegel, founder and president of Raydoor, Inc., Bell has included a “guest appearance” by Raydoor in the film.

“The Raydoor team will be in full force supporting Lake this Friday at Sunshine Cinema,” says Siegel. “The film is hilarious, stars an amazingly talented comedic cast, and has already won the Waldo Salt Screenwriters Award at Sundance. We’re honored to be able to be a part of it.”

To celebrate Bell’s writing and directorial debut, Raydoor is giving away 40 tickets to opening week at Sunshine Cinema in New York City. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer Friday! Visit Raydoor on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to enter for your chance to win.

“In a World…” is playing at Sunshine Cinema August 9 -15.

Click here for tickets!


By kristin


The Museum of Arts and Design has just announced that its Chief Curator and VP of Collections and Programs, David McFadden, will retire at the end of this year. McFadden joined MAD in 1997 and, through his unique curatorial vision, transformed it into one of the most innovative contemporary art and design museums in the country. For the past 16 years, he has organized over 40 exhibitions and led the museum’s “Materials and Process” series, which resulted in consistently memorable and cutting-edge exhibitions such as Slash: Paper Under the Knife (2009) and Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities (2011). But don’t expect McFadden to hang up his curatorial hat just yet. According to a press release from the museum, he plans to pursue independent curatorial and writing projects and is even working on a new exhibition for the museum in the spring.

David McFadden, courtesy of MAD

Paperwork by Andreas Kocks from ‘Slash: Paper Under the Knife’

Miniature work by Lori Nix featured in ‘Otherworldly’ exhibit



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