Archive for December, 2013

Drive Change Launches Snowday Food Truck at Situ Studio

By sevan


Last Thursday, Situ Studio revealed the much-anticipated Snowday food truck in their Navy Yard fabrication space—and Design-Calendar was there to celebrate the beginning of a very special social justice project!

Snowday was designed in collaboration with Drive Change, a social enterprise that is building and operating a fleet of food trucks to hire and empower formerly incarcerated youth by giving them hands-on work experience in New York City. The organization aims to broadens opportunities for young people coming out of adult prisons to help lead them to crime-free lives and bright futures.

At the event, attendees got to taste-test Snowday’s delicious menu: pancake poppers, maple grilled cheese, and other goodies that all feature NY state maple syrup—otherwise know as wintery goodness! And of course, the food truck, with its 3-dimensional lattice design that renews a former Con-Edison utility vehicle, was a favorite backdrop for a photo booth run by The IS Collective. The geometric cladding system on the truck façade serves both the aesthetic and functional needs of what will surely become the most popular food truck on the big city streets.

Snowday is in the process of securing its permit and passing inspection while looking for locations to operate—so feel free to send a note to the Drive Change team if you know of a private property that would be interested in hosting them! Snowday is scheduled to hit the streets this winter, and all sales from the truck recycle back into the organization to subsidize re-entry program costs.

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Tick Tock – A Review of Design Miami/

By cecilia fortuna



While at Design Miami/ one of the things that captured my attention was Clock Clock. It is a particular piece that brilliantly re-contextualizes time in a mix of old and new, analogue and digital. The unique clock is made of 24 traditional two-handed analogue alarm clocks stacked on top of each other. All 24 clocks revolve hypnotically with each passing minute before settling down to display the updated time.  This idea comes from the studio Humans, which was founded in 1982 by two young designers: Per Emanuelsson (Sweden) and Bastian Bischoff (Germany).

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I saw also Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell at work in the space of Rossana Orlandi’s Gallery.  Entitled Panta Rei, his installation is a kind of calendar. There are 12 pieces  inside – one for each month. Each is gradually destroyed by the shoot of a gun. The process takes about 30 days.


There was more to see around Miami Beach and the Design District.

Louis Vuitton paid homage to Charlotte Perriand, one of the most pioneering architects from the 20th century. LV created La Maison au bord de l’eau, that was designed by C. Perriand in 1934 but never realized. Eighty years after C. Perriand’s daughter and LV have teamed up to build this house, designed to be assembled and dismantled as required. The house reflects the 30’s utopia that links social needs with architecture, prefabrication technologies and home furnishing. (The Raleigh, Miami Beach December 5-8)

Cassina shared its passion of Charlotte Perriand with a travelling exhibition of the architect’s photography. It made its Design Miami/ debut in the Cassina showroom onDecember 5 and will be on display through the 16th.





Radiant Orchid Is Crowned PANTONE’s 2014 Color of the Year

By sevan



Today’s big announcement: Pantone‘s 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid! Described as a color that “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health,” PANTONE 18-3224 is a bold hue that truly stands out from the reigning colors of the last few years, which have tended toward oceanic blues and greens, or summery brights.

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So what can Radiant Orchid do for interiors? A room with Radiant Orchid walls will sing spring all year long! If you can’t make the leap with paint, a few choice accessories can easily add new life to a more toned-down space; the 2014 Color of the Year pairs well with olive, deeper hunter greens, and neutrals such as gray, beige, and taupe. It can also look gorgeous in a space that’s already light and bright in combination with turquoise, teal, and light yellows.

Photo Courtesy Daniel Haim.

According to Pantone, the color of the year selection requires careful consideration of color influences from all over the world, including the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations, and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

We can’t wait to see what designers from all industries will do with Radiant Orchid in 2014!

Miami Project

By cecilia fortuna


This week in Miami is crazy as Art Basel, Design Miami/ and more take over the Design District.

Yesterday, I attended the VIP preview, hosted by media sponsor Luxe Interior + Design, of Miami Project. They created three different lounges for collectors and VIP guests, all decorated by Arcterior Design, Avant Design, B Pila Design, bchome, Carriage House and Casa Interior. These beautiful places provided the perfect respite and as I traveled from one exhibitor to another.

While I loved everything I saw, I must admit that I became smitten with the two artists below.

Just look at the amazing mountains pictures captured with an iPhone and enhanced by apps.  They demonstrate how art is accessible to everyone!. The artist – the well known Penelope Umbrico – teaches at the School of Visual Art in NY.  On Saturday, she will be at Untitled in Miami Beach for a public talk.




Another favorite, Paul Villinski, who is famous for his works with butterflies and cans, on different supports. Does everyone remember the head board of Serena’s bed in Gossip Girl? If you are a DIY art enthusiast, his butterflies are available also in boxes so you can decorate your home by yourself.


The art fair is open through Sunday, December 8. Be sure to check our Facebook page for more of our favorites!



It’s Here! The 29th Annual Interior Design Hall of Fame

By danielle


We’re primping for tonight. Held annually at Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Interior Design‘s Hall of Fame is one of the industry’s most anticipated events (we often refer to it as the design industry’s prom). Cindy Allen and her team sure know how to bring the industry together. Over 1,300 guests will be there to honor the new inductees, who are selected from a nomination body of previous Hall of Fame members. This year, Paul Masi and Harry Bates of Bates Masi+ Architects; Colin Burry of Gensler; and Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu and Design Republic will be added to the esteemed list. A special Leadership Award goes to Kenneth Wampler of The Alpha Workshops. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and The Alpha Workshops through a donor-designated grant for DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

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