Archive for October, 2013

Hansgrohe Wants to Know What the #HeartOfTheHome Means to You!

By danielle


As the saying goes, “Home is Where the Heart is.” All month long, K&B leader Hansgrohe has been inviting Instagramers to upload pictures that illustrate what the “Heart of the Home” means to them. Those who do so are automatically entered into the sweepstakes, where an eligible winner could score a sleek Talis C HighArc kitchen faucet in chrome. In honor of Hansgrohe’s 25- years in North America, there will be not one, but 25 winners selected at random for the price. The contest ends on October 29 and the winners will be announced on/around November 11. So what are you waiting for?!? Official rules and details can be found here. 

Arclinea + Interior Design Cook Up A Great Party

By alexandra


Earlier this month, we attended the grand opening of Arclinea‘s flagship showroom, hosted by Interior Design magazine. Designed by master architect/designer Antonio Citterio, the new space was not only pleasing to the eye, it was pleasing to the palate, with expert chefs rolling out culinary delights at Arclinea’s numerous working kitchen system displays. With a turnout of over 300 top notch attendees, many of whom mingled until the very end, the event was a clear success.

Ken Wampler, Founding Director of Alpha Workshops with Ann Rathkopf and Giona Maiarelli of Maiarelli Studio

Cherie Bustamente, Novita` Communications with Sal Rivera, Arborite (Photo credit: Keith Claytor, TimeFrozen Photography)

Daniel Yarom, managing director of the Arclinea showroom with Editor in Chief of Interior Design Cindy Allen (Photo credit: Keith Claytor, TimeFrozen Photography)


Evolutions in Light and Architecture with OVI & AS+GG

By sevan


We had a very educational morning last Tuesday at the Center for Architecture, attending the “Evolutions in Light and Architecture” seminar hosted by the Office for Visual Interaction with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

As today’s iconic superstructures are getting taller and taller—some reaching well over 1,000 feet—architects are challenged to come up with more creative solutions in not only creating a lasting visual identity for these buildings, but also in designing them in such a way so that they can continuously evolve with and respond to the introduction of new technologies, shifting urban contexts, and post-occupancy situations.

Lighting technology has already come a long way, especially in terms of energy conservation. Today, the entire façade of the New York Times Building is illuminated with fewer watts per square foot than the top portion of the Empire State Building.

As building façades become more complex, new lighting technologies and solutions for their implementation become necessary. To accentuate the crystalline ridges on the façade of the Greenland Chengdu Tower, OVI worked with AS+GG to create lips along the ridges where LEDs could be hidden. In addition to aesthetic challenges, architects and architectural lighting designers have to take into consideration the maintenance and sustainability of these technologies. How will an LED bulb be replaced if it stops functioning, especially when it is hundreds of meters up in the air?

However, the lighting of a building is no afterthought. More and more, lighting designers like OVI are working with architects and engineers during the more preliminary stages of the design process. By testing various lighting scenarios, they can help determine the best form and positioning of building volumes to achieve optimum lighting and energy conservation goals.

Yongsan (AS+GG)

Yuhan Greenland Center (AS+GG)

Masdar Headquarters (AS+GG)

We’re excited to see what OVI and AS+GG come up with next!

*all photos courtesy of OVI and AS+GG Architecture


Tomorrow: Royal Oak Foundation’s Timeless Design Gala

By sevan


Tomorrow is all about design in the past, present, and future!

The Royal Oak Foundation‘s 16th annual Timeless Design Gala  will honor the Kravet family with a Timeless Design Award for the pivotal role they have played in the Anglo-American design world since the founding of Kravet Inc. in 1918, having established a legacy of international design, commitment to quality, attention to detail and superb craftsmanship. The award recognized outstanding achievement in American and British design and the stewardship of historic properties. Previous recipients have included Julian FellowesDavid HicksCharlotte MossThe Dowager Duchess of DevonshireLord RothschildBunny Williams, and Mary Fox Linton.

The Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library will also be honored at the Gala with the 2013 Heritage Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations in Britain and the United States that have substantially advanced the understanding and appreciation of our shared cultural heritage. Winterthur is being recognized by Royal Oak’s Board of Directors for its preeminent role in conserving and presenting American decorative arts for a global audience.

The Timeless Design Gala is taking place tomorrow evening at the Metropolitan Club in New York. There will also be a live auction of two memorable experience packages: the first, a trip for four sailing aboard the Sea Cloud II to explore and learn about the art treasures and ancient temples of Sicily; the other, a private collector’s weekend for four, learning about the cultural riches of Wilmington, Delaware with senior curators at Winterthur. All proceeds of the auction will benefit scholarships for the Attingham Summer School and Damaris Horan Prize.


“Project Design” at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

By danielle


It’s been many months in the making and we are so excited to finally see all the hard work pay off at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Coined “Project Design 2013“, the home has been transformed by 22 leading New York designers into a special showhouse and will remain as a permanent space for families that utilize Ronald McDonald House’s services. The original 18 bedrooms of the House, kitchen, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms, and three laundry rooms have been completely revamped. We can’t wait to see them tomorrow night – as the project culminates with a gala event. Following will be an Open House Weekend, October 11 – 12 from 10AM-6OM and October 13-14 from 10AM-4PM. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and children. It is located at 267-07 76th Ave, New Hyde Park, NY.

As someone with a close connection to the cause (a dear friend and his family received exceptional care at the Ronald McDonald House – a home away from home – while undergoing cancer treatment), I am especially grateful to Kravet for pioneering such an extraordinary project, as well as the manufacturers and designers that donated their time, talent and products to make this house a home. I encourage you all to take the time to visit the home and show your support of the Ronald McDonald House and its residents.

Stay tuned for project pictures…



By kristin


If you’re filling your calendar with Archtober events, make sure the Architecture & Design Film Festival is on your list! From October 16-20, the fifth edition of the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject is bringing over 25 feature-length and short films plus panel discussions, director Q&As, even a pop-up bookstore to Tribeca Cinemas.

If you’re picturing a lineup of dry documentaries about buildings, think again… The films take viewers around the world from Moscow to rural North Carolina, exploring universal topics of urbanism, historic preservation, studio culture and the creative process. A few offer intimate looks at the works of architectural luminaries such as Tadao Ando, Paolo SoleriLuis Barragán and Richard Neutra. Others address pressing issues such as scale and population including The Human Scale, based on the work of urban planner Jan Gehl, and William H. Whyte‘s 1988 classic film Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. There’s even an intriguing detective story about the connection between the Barolo Palace in Buenos Aires and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Film still from ‘The Latin Skyscraper’, directed by Sebastian Schindel

Check out the full line-up of films to get your cinematic fix. Otherwise, you may have another chance when the festival travels to Los Angeles in March and Chicago in April. Happy viewing!

100% Norway @ London Design Festival

By kristin


Among the multitude of exhibitions with the 100% moniker at this year’s London Design Festival, our favorite emerged from the bustling design hub of Shoreditch in the form of 100% Norway. Part of Tent London, but located on a private road off the buzzing street of Brick Lane, curators Henrietta Thompson and Benedicte Sunde presented a thoughtful exhibition showcasing the immense talent and hi-tech craft coming out of Norway. For the show’s 10th anniversary, the exhibit featured a mixture of prototypes and finished products from 10 established designers and 10 emerging talents (including a few familiar faces from the recent Inside Norway exhibition at ICFF) as part of this year’s theme: 10 x 10.

According to the curators, “Norwegian design has traveled quite a trajectory, not only in this exhibition. For this year’ show we present the work of Norway’s design greats who have been producing fantastic, iconic products since the 60s and 70s, next to new talents so fresh some haven’t even quite graduated yet (although you’d never guess from the quality of their work.”

Here’s an interesting film clip on defining Norwegian design and a few of our favorite products and prototypes from the show:

Philipp von Hase created a new genre of furniture with this three-legged, seed-shaped ‘plantable’. Originally designed for a seed center in Bergen, Norway, we can easily see “Spire” in someone’s apartment.

“Epaulette” is an innovative, DIY framing system designed by Ida Noemi and Caroline Olsson, now being manufactured by Menu

These wooden “Keepsake” bowls by Kristine Bjaadal are a great example of Norwegian design, combining raw materials and expert craftsmanship with a hint of playfulness.

Strongly influenced by nature and industrial design from the Bauhaus era, this “Cloche” copper lamp by Lars Beller Fjetland has a surprising flat pack design with just three interlocking parts.


Archtober Kicks Off at Steelcase.

By sevan


October is officially Archtober—now in its third year, New York City‘s month-long celebration of architecture and design has made quite a catchy name for itself offering special tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. Each year brings NYC and ideas about “the city”—design, technology, urbanism, the present and the future—into focus for city dwellers and tourists alike.

So pull up the Archtober calendar and start making your schedule of what not to miss! Our first stop was Wednesday’s Archtober kickoff party at Steelcase‘s chic space at Columbus Circle.

London Design Festival: 100% Design

By kristin


Like most design shows around the world, traces of the London Design Festival could be found in every corner of the city – from the giant eastern expanse of the Shoreditch Design Triangle to the Portobello Dock in the west. Having limited knowledge of London’s layout, let alone LDF, we decided to start with the obvious: 100% Design. Running for nearly 20 years, the show is undoubtedly the commercial cornerstone of the London Design Festival with hundreds of companies launching products in four key industry sections (Interiors, Office, Kitchen & Bath and Eco Design & Build) as well as dedicated areas to emerging design brands and international pavilions to keep things fresh.

Visitors were welcomed into the show via a 60-meter-long spectrum of animated color designed by Thomas.Matthews and Studio Design UK.

Samsung presented an interesting concept on the “Retail of Tomorrow” with curvaceous furniture by Zaha Hadid and interactive screens merging the best features of physical and virtual buying to create a whole new enhanced shopping experience. The exhibit served as a teaser for Swiss clothing brand Heidi‘s pilot boutique opening in Neuchatel, Switzerland in December.

Also bridging the gap between online and offline worlds, we were impressed with Sayduck‘s nifty app for visualizing products in real time (like this Panton chair from Vitra).

We instantly fell in love with this Bubble chair designed by Yujui Chou in the Taipei pavilion, showcasing the versatility of bamboo in a playful, cheeky and modern way.

No contemporary design show is complete without 3D printing, which 100% Design showcased in the form of “The Home Factory.” Working with the UK-based retailer, iMakr (which also owns the largest 3D printing store in the world), the booth was constantly buzzing with live 3D printing demonstrations and a 3D Home Factory that let visitors walk away their own 3D printed portrait!


Fall Edition of NYC Affordable Art Fair Kicks Off Tonight!

By sevan


For the next four days, NYC’s historic Tunnel will transform into a gallery-storefront hybrid as it becomes host to the fall edition of the New York City Affordable Art Fair. Featuring over 50 galleries and a huge array of contemporary art—including thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs—the event brings together the work of young, emerging artists and some of the biggest household names under one roof. And if you’re hankering for a mid-week party, tickets for tonight’s private preview party can be purchased here.

All artwork is priced between $100-$10,000, with over half of the works going for under $5,000. Pubic hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. General admission tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10 at the door with valid student ID. Get more visitor information here. While attending the fair, be sure to check out the Recent Graduates Exhibit as well as some of the talks and tours, including one with founder of Affordable Interior Design Betsy Helmuth about decorating your home with artworks available at the fair, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 6th at 2:00 PM. And if you’re more of an art browser than a buyer and are looking for a fun, culturally stimulating way to end the work week, we recommend skipping happy hour drinks for free admission hours this Friday, October 4th, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

See below for our favorite picks from the Fair highlights!

Contempop Expressions Galleries, Klaus Leidorf, “Aerial Beach I”

Elisa Contemporary Art, John Conn, “Antarctica29”


Uprise Art, Jen Wink, “The Way I See”

Co Galería de Arte, Cirenaica Moreira, “Arbol que nace torcido jamas su tronco endereza”