Archive for March, 2014

2014 DIFFA’s Dining By Design

By nico


We had high expectations for this year’s DIFFA’S Dining by Design, and we weren’t disappointed!
All of the 45 table installations were so stunning it’s hard to decide which ones were our favorites.
From minimal tables like the ones of 3M, Calvin Klein Home, Axor and Interior Design Magazine, to the extravagant installations of Knoll, Arteriors and the New York Design Center, the exhibition, which was co-located with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, was a must-see.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) 17th Annual Dining By Design New York Gala

Ralph Lauren Home ( Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix )

Ralph Lauren table was elegant and sophisticated. It featured pieces from this years’ Ralph Lauren Home collection and had a very “parisienne” atmosphere. We are pretty sure that the scenery reproduced in those windows was Paris!

Axor, one of the few bathroom manufacturers to participate, partnered with Slade Architecture to create a visually stimulating dining environment. If you look at it carefully, the wallpaper was created from aggregated and arranged AXOR fixtures.

Axor (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Axor (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Designed by Kati Curtis, the New York Design Center’s installation portrayed the concept of masculine/feminine and featured two eye-catching portraits by Ulric Colette from her “Genetic” series.

New York Design Center

New York Design Center (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Beacon Hill teamed up with design duo 2Michaels to transport the viewer into a different time and space. Previewing the oriental inspired “Floating World” silk collection, we could imagine ourselves taking part in a tea ceremony. Arigato!

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

The Calvin Klein Home table had an oriental feel too: the kotatsu-like table, the minimal setting and the recessed lighting radiated a very zen vibe that made us calm and relaxed.

Calvin Klein Home

Calvin Klein Home (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Fashion Institute of Technology table was…inside a whale?
It was like a big fish swallowed a ship and everything, from the lights to the chairs, had a very marine feeling.

Fashion Institute of Technology  (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Fashion Institute of Technology (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Several tablescapes really drove home DIFFA’s core message – to provide treatment and direct care services for people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS, offer preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection and support public policy initiatives. Turkish designer Ali Tayar partnered with Interior Design Magazine to “target” the end of AIDS.

3M Architectural Markets, with architect Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio, also set out to make a statement. The table was split in two to symbolize the breakdown in communication between those with HIV/AIDS and those in the outside world.

3M Architechtural Markets

3M Architechtural Markets (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

We are very grateful to be at DIFFA’s Dining by Design also this year. It is a great moment where the design industries get together and create some amazing installations to contribute to a very important cause: the fight against AIDS.

“Designing + Making” with Wanted Design at MAD Museum

By kristin


The second in a series of pre-show conversations organized by WantedDesign, “Designing + Making: Traditional Skills in the Contemporary Environment” at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will feature a discussion between designers and manufacturers who are using traditional methods to create products in and for a contemporary design environment. Speakers include Coleman Gutshall (Bernhardt Design), Joseph Kent (FruitSuper Design), Steven Haulenbeek (designer), Laura Kirar (interior designer and product designer), and Alan Indursky (ILEX). The conversation moderator is design writer and photographer Paul Clemence.

We’re particularly excited to hear designer Laura Kirar and ILEX President Alan Indursky discuss their collaboration for The Portfolio, a new lighting collection launching this spring at Wanted Design—hopefully, we’ll get a sneak peak of what they, and the other presenters, have on the horizon for us!

Event details are are follows:

Designing + Making: Traditional Skills in the Contemporary Environment
The Theater at MAD
2 Columbus Circle, NYC
Thursday, March 27, 2014
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

Seating is limited, so please click HERE to RSVP (required).


Lorena Gaxiola TriBeCa Pop-Up Shop Opens Today

By sevan


Pop-up shop alert! Manufacturer of luxury home furnishings and accessories Lorena Gaxiola will have a temporary base at 69 Leonard Street (at Church Street) during New York Home Fashions Market WeekMarch 24 – 28, 2014. The shop will be open to the public from 10 AM – 6 PM daily, showcasing items from Lorena Gaxiola’s debut collections, Soft Rocks GlasswareLorena Gaxiola Bedding Collection, and La Loteria Dinnerware, as well as new introductions from the Agua and La Vida Dinnerware collections and the Angel and Buho Bedding collections. Bedding and accessories are a great way to add a breath of fresh air to your home for the spring season, so be sure to stop by! If you shop ’til you drop, the Lorena Gaxiola team will ship your items to your home free of charge.


Architectural Digest Home Design Show Opens This Thursday!

By sevan


This post is brought to you by our extern Amelia Edwards.

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Final preparations are underway as the 13th Annual Architectural Digest (AD) Home Design Show gets set to open up its doors to interior designers, architects, and the general public from March 20th-23rd at Pier 94 (55th Street at Twelfth Avenue in New York City).

This year, the show promises to have an exciting array of exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in both indoor and outdoor home design with over 300 brands in attendance. There is also an invigorating series of seminars and talks that will feature today’s influential designers in the industry and current trend makers. These talks and exhibits are sure to set loose the designer within you and provide great inspiration for your own design pursuits!

This year’s highlights include a reFRESH pavilion where over 100 kitchen and bath brands will be showcasing their new products and partnering with top chefs who will be cooking up some delicious tastings. These culinary demonstrations are definitely going to be delicious, highlighting the possibilities that could take place in wonderfully designed kitchens.

The MADE section is another must-see at the show. Among this curated selection of products you will find limited edition, one-of-a-kind fine art, furnishings, and lighting. Today’s up and coming design talents, many of whom are based in Brooklyn, are producing all of these carefully crafted products.

Also, take a look at the table installations at DIFFA’s Dining By Design NY. There will be 45 different table installations that promise to be over-the-top and inspiring, combining both internationally famous designers and local talents. These tables are designed in support of gaining awareness for DIFFA’s mission to raise funds for organizations that fight HIV/AIDS. Past designers of DIFFA tables have been a variety of people from top architects and fashions designers to floral and landscape artists. As this is their 30th anniversary, we cannot wait to see who is designing this year and the masterpieces they come up with.

Before you leave the show do not forget to stop by the debut of the Shops at the AD Home Design Show. There, products are available for immediate purchase and will allow you to take a piece of the show home with you!

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So get your ticket today so you do not miss out on one of the design events of the year in New York. The show is open from March 21-23 to the public. Tickets are available for $30 online and $40 at the door. Check out the schedule of events for more information to plan your day at the show.

Architecture & Design Film Festival Goes West!

By sevan


The film capital of the world is getting a dynamic new film festival and opening night is just two days away! After its fifth successful season in NYC, the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) is heading west to The Los Angeles Theatre Center from May 12-16, 2014 with a new lineup of films and an exciting program of Q&As, panel discussions, and celebrity cameos.

With 30 feature-length and short films to choose from, the festival will explore issues of design and urbanism and offer in-depth looks into the life and works of some of our most beloved design icons like Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Tadao Ando, Paul Smith, and Paolo Soleri, as well as a the world premiere of a film on the futuristic work of maverick architect Eugene Tssui.


Get your tickets and see the full schedule of films HERE.

Oh, and before we forget: be sure to connect with ADFF on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We won’t be able to make it out to LA ourselves, so we’re hoping to vicariously experience it through your photos and posts!


By danielle


Watch out Saturday Night Live, next weekend’s LIVE FROM NY is all about DESIGN! The ASID New York Metro Chapter has put together a 4-day educational series with fellow professionals. The fun kicks off on Wednesday evening with an opening party. It is followed by an action-packed day at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show (Thursday), an educational forum at the A&D Building and high tea at the New York Design Center (Friday), a visit to the NY School of Interior Design, and tour of the Alpha Workshops (Saturday).

The AD Home Design Show plays host on Thursday, March 20. Featuring over 300 leading brands, it is a platform for new products, trends and inspiring lectures. The show floor will be buzzing with product demonstrations, culinary demonstrations, cocktail events and networking opportunities. The ASID NY Metro Chapter will also present its Top Picks Awards.

Friday’s programming includes seven CEU accredited seminars ranging from “The Business of Blogging” to “Compliant & Creative: Hospitality Design with ADA in Mind.” The daylong offers up to 5 CEU credits. ASID members $150, non-members $200. Be sure to register to secure your spot. Later in the day (4-7PM), the NYDC hosts a high tea, tour and scavenger hunt.

Saturday sessions at NYSID include a conference on healthcare and evidence based design. Alpha Workshops owns the afternoon (2:30-5:30) as Ken Wampler, founder and executive director takes guests on a tour of this non-profit, which provides creative HIV-positive individuals with industry-specific training and employment in the decorative arts.

Tickets for the entire weekend are $275 for ASID members and $375 for non-members.

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