Archive for September, 2013

On Our Radar Tonight- Design Sprouts Launch

By alexandra


D’apostrophe, a showroom representing high-end European brands is hosting the launch party of Design Sprouts tonight. The exciting online design resource has “a Belgian view on design, architecture and chocolate.” Check it out here:

More details on the event below:

What’s New What’s Next @ 200 Lex

By alexandra


Thursday’s What’s New What’s Next at 200 Lex did not fail to impress. With industry heavy hitters headlining design discussions and lots of new product on display, the all day New York Design Center event is always a must attend affair.

Some highlights:

Chartreuse is the New Black:

In the Grange showroom,  House Beautiful Editor in Chief
 Newell Turner, Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils Executive Vice President and Creative Director
 Stephen Elrod, Benjamin Moore Creative Director
 Ellen O’Neill and House Beautiful Contributing Editor & The Accessorator Editor Judi Roaman spoke about what colors they are obsessed with. Chartreuse was one of the top 12 colors the group felt was influencing creative choices across the country.

Stephen Elrod, Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils Exec. Vice President & Creative Director

Getting Down to Business:

The Wall Street Journal held court in HBF/HBF Textiles where they discussed what was new, next and noteworthy. The showroom boasted its latest award-winning Asa lounge series for the occasion.

WSJ’s Stephanie Arnold introducing Sarah Medford, Contributing Editor at WSJ

Interior Design Toasts to Raul Carrasco Opening & Talks Design in NYC:

Raul Carrasco celebrated its grand opening in style, with Interior Design Editor in Chief Cindy Allen, who lead designers from the magazine’s September New York issue in a chat about the making of their personal sanctuaries, along with the challenges and rewards of designing in NYC.

Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief of Interior Design magazine

Eminent Domaine:

In the Phillip’s Collection showroom, we found out what was “happening” in design during the This is Happening panel led by Mat Sanders, Editorial Director of Domaine. Based on Domaine’s trend reporting series, Sara Ruffin Costello, Nick Olsen, Heather Clawson, and Phillips Collection’s Mark Phillips all chimed in on the subject.


Jessica Phillips Penn with Domaine Editorial Director Mat Sanders, Sara Ruffin Costello, Heather Clawson, Nick Olsen and Phillips Collection’s Mark Phillips

Photo credit:  Social Shutterbug

James Turrell at the Guggenheim

By Lucy


The Rain Room, the Cronut, silent dinners…New York City is full of the latest trends. But how many of these actually deliver on the hype? If you’re looking for something that does, visit  James Turrell at the Guggenheim Museum.

Raised a Quaker who began his art exploration in ceramics, Turrell’s mesmerizing work is a triumph, and the way it capitalizes on the Guggenheim’s distinct architecture is also to be praised. Turrell uses the space to display both site-specific (the smaller Annex galleries) and site-customized (Aten Reign, a play on Turrell’s Skyspaces, in the Rotunda) art. Through manipulating the architecture of the space to merge with his art and showcase the presence of light, Aten Reign explodes with a sourceless luminosity that bypasses abstraction, challenging the viewers to question their own sensual perceptions. Turrell himself expressed a desire for his works to evoke “wordless thoughts.” This sublime experience gives nothing for your eyes to lean on, allowing you to escape into your mind and truly become lost in yourself and in the art.

James Turrell is open at the Guggenheim through 9/25. Catch it while you can! It’s worth the wait.

Countdown to NeoCon East

By danielle


The countdown is on as NeoCon East takes over the Baltimore Convention Center exactly one month from today. The two-day expo + conference features over 250 exhibitors and more than 30 accredited seminars. The show offers those in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond an opportunity to see new and trend-driven products, material innovations and cutting edge technology across the entire contract world from GSA-approved products to innovations in healthcare, education, hospitality and office.

The 2013 edition features two impressive keynote speakers: Michael Graves and Suzanne Tick. Graves takes the floor at 11AM on opening day (October 16) and will present recent projects that range from military housing for returning wounded warriors to a revolutionary transport chair for the acute care hospital, to performance textiles for all healthcare environments. His talk is sponsored by C F Stinson.

The following day (October 17), award-winning textile designer, weaver, originator Suzanne Tick presents “Life’s Work,” a glimpse into the art and commercial work that happens at her home studio. Her 11:00am seminar is sponsored by Teknion.

In addition to the speakers, we have our eye on the products as the show features best in brand exhibitors such as Arcadia, Allermuir, Coalesse, Davis, Herman Miller, Inc., Steelcase, The Mohawk Group, Thonet, and many more. Set to impress with their latest and most innovative offerings across a wide range of categories, many will be showing off their products for the first time. Click here for a complete list of exhibitors list.

Registration for admission to NeoCon® East can be completed online and is complimentary if completed by October 9th; on-site registration for the expo is $25. Seminar and special event prices vary. More details can be found on the website.

The show is held in Halls E, F, G and Swing of the Baltimore Convention Center. Show hours are Wednesday, October 16• 9:00am – 6:00pm and Thursday, October 17 • 9:00am – 4:00pm.




Curators for U.S. Pavilion at 2014 Venice Biennale Announced

By kristin


It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since Spontaneous Interventions made waves at the 2012 Venice Biennale but plans for next year’s U.S. Pavilion are already under way. The U.S. Department of State has just announced that the Storefront for Art and Architecture, in collaboration with PRAXIS Journal, will represent the U.S. at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, entitled OfficeUS: Criticism by Remaking, will be curated by Eva Franch i Gilabert (Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture), Ana Mijacki (Assistant Professor of Architecture at MIT) and Ashley Schafer (Editor of PRAXIS and Associate Professor of Architecture at Ohio State University) who aim to explore American design abroad.

Image of U.S. Pavilion at 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, courtesy of Interboro

“Museums and history books present the last century of American architecture as one of singular buildings and singular figures,” states the curatorial trio. “But there is a parallel history of U.S.-designed buildings sprinkled throughout the world that remains under-examined. These are the buildings we are interested in, together with the offices that produced them.”

The installation will contain two major components: “The Repository” containing an archive of 1,000 projects by American firms from the last 100 years outside the U.S.; and “The Office,” a temporary office and laboratory of diverse individuals with the mission to critically remake and reinterpret the material in The Repository.

Participating architecture firms and featured projects are yet to be announced. For more information on OfficeUS, visit

NYC Hotel Tour with Interiors & Sources

By sevan


We suspect “back to school” for architects and designers is a lot more fun than for most people. Case in point: on Thursday, September 19, Interiors & Sources is hosting a designer-led tour of some of NYC’s hottest luxury hotels that earns attendees .2 IDCEC-approved credits! Stops on the tour include W New York, Lexington, OUT NYC, NoMad—where guests will also enjoy lunch on the hotel’s fabulous outdoor terrace—and Yotel. To top it all off, there’s a cocktail party to celebrate the day’s hard work, hosted by Duravit.

But it’s not all fun and games! Participating designers will take away some valuable lessons, including insight on making the most out of small square footage in guest bedrooms; creating a sense of “separate togetherness” in public spaces; and integrating cutting edge A/V and tech capabilities into meeting spaces.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to register for classes! There are only a few spots left, so follow this link to access the schedule and application.

nyc hotel tour graphic

What’s New What’s Next? The Very Best Products & Presenters @NYDC 9/19

By danielle


We’re counting down the days to “What’s New What’s Next” at the NYDC (10 including today). The program is out of this world. I mean, how many times do you get to see 7 Editor in Chiefs (Newell Turner, House Beautiful; Cindy Allen, Interior Design, Ann Maine, Traditional Home; Jason Kontos, New York Spaces; Pamela Jaccarino, Luxe Interiors + Design, Michael Boodro, Elle Decor; and Clinton Smith, Veranda) under one roof? Click here for the full (and impressive) schedule.

On the products side, where do we begin as there are 15 floors worth of fabulousness? We’ve been busy pinning a few of our favorites and found some synergies in shape, shade and surface. Can’t wait to see these products in person and find more inspiring ideas as we walk from floor to floor. Our advise, get there early and start at the top! We’ll see you there!



By kristin


The deadline for Interior Design‘s Best of Year Awards has been extended until Friday, September 13! Submit your best projects and products (from the past year) for the chance to have it viewed by thousands of design-savvy eyeballs! Finalists in the product design categories will be selected by interior designers and architects via an online vote in October. Winners will be chosen by Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen and a jury of design luminaries and announced live at the IAC Building in NYC on December 5 (a day after Interior Design‘s high-profile Hall of Fame event). If you’ve never attended a Best of Year event, here’s a video clip from last year to give you an idea of what you’re missing!

[New] Deadline for entries: Friday, September 13, 2013 (11:59pm EST)

Giveaway Alert: M2L Has an Artek Stool 60 Up for Grabs!

By sevan


We’re three days into September and our calendars and to-do lists are filling up faster than we can say, “I can’t believe summer is over!” But the end of summer has its perks, too. Here’s the scoop:  M2L is sharing their love for iconic design by giving away one limited edition Artek Stool 60 by Comme des Garçons!

The classic Alvar Aalto-designed stool—reborn in a playful polka dot pattern by Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo—can be yours by simply following this link and showing M2L some love by “liking” their Facebook page!

The giveaway is open to residents of the United States eighteen years of age or older, and the winner will be chosen at random.