Archive for April, 2014

Another Design On A Dime Done

By jacqui


Last Thursday, April 24, we got along to the preview of the hugely popular charity shopping event Design on a Dime. The stars of the show were the colorful design vignettes by some the interior design world’s biggest names and emerging talent, featuring donated merchandise offered at 50-70% off retail price. All profits from the sale of these products will go towards the Housing Works initiative “Get A Room,” a program that creates housing for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. This year’s event, which celebrated the 10th anniversary, will benefit the Hull Street Residence project to provide comfortable housing for 30 individuals. Here’s a taste of what we saw.


Above: Tyler Wisler Home incorporated Trove wallpaper and Robert Allen textiles into its vignette.



Above: The wonderful medley of New York-based interior design and architecture company ARCHIVES id



Above: The bright and bold vignette of HB Home Design



Above: A Carole Gratale light graced the display by Tamara Stephenson Interior Design



Above: Congratulations Design on a Dime: celebrating 10 years of design for a good cause.



Marcel Wanders amazes visitors of FuoriSalone in Milan

By barbara


Fantasy and magic are the liet motiv of the installation designed by Marcel Wanders for Barovier&Toso at the FuoriSalone in Milan last week.


Puppets and dancers made of glass bodies and ceramic faces transformed the Basilica of San Simpliciano in a theatrical spectacle where the protagonists are rotating chandeliers and inverted pendulums.


Barovier&Toso by Marcel Wanders Dancers



Light has been on stage with Barovier&Toso for over seven hundred years. It was a big responsibility for the extraordinary designer Marcel Wanders presenting the company at the FuoriSalone. He commented: “It is our responsibility to be magicians, to be jesters, to be alchemists, to create hope where there is only illusion, to create reality where there are only dreams”.



He definitely succeeded: the event was one of the most exciting at the FuoriSalone 2014.


Marni and the Animal House @ the #MilanDesignWeek

By barbara


Marni presents Animal House, a place where giraffes, ostriches, rabbits, ducks, donkeys and flamingos made of metal wire and bright colored PVC join the furniture products of the new limited edition charity project.

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After the successful collaboration with Columbian prisoners last year, Marni has cooperated with a group of Colombian women on a special project for the Milan Design Week 2014 to create new handmade unique pieces: chairs and armchairs modular together with benches and small tables. Chaise longues and rocking chairs complete the collection.

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The collaboration reaffirms Marni’s commitment to charity initiatives: part of the revenues will be donated to Associazione Sogni Onlus, an association helping terminally ill children.

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#milandesignweek #milanfurniturefair #salonedelmobile #fuorisalone #interni

Salone Snapshots

By jacqui



Salone 2014: check. We came, we saw, we conquered cappuccinos each morning, as we embarked on the relentless tour of design duty that is Salone. On our last day in Milan, we bring you snapshots of just some of the inspiring moments, monuments, and people we encountered.


Above: We lost all sense of time at CITIZEN’s spellbinding installation at the Triennale. Paris-based architect Tsuyoshi Tane and CITIZEN’s in-house design team tackled the theme of “light is time” with the suspension of 80,000 plates — the main movement plate that forms the foundation of all watches.



Above: Boffi’s wonderfully light outdoor kitchen at the Triennale.



Above: Lea Ceramiche’s Enrico Guazzi and Elisa Bellucci win our Cute Couple award.


 Above: A Salone visitor inspects one of Effeti’s elegant kitchen systems.


Above: Alessandro Mendini (left) at Refin, who along with his brother Francesco, launched a new ceramic tile collection called FILO for Refin.


Above: The Belgian design show “As A Glimpse In The Mirror” at the Triennale featured mirrors and reflective surfaces by Belgian designers.



Above: Axor’s Philippe Grohe introduces Philippe Starck’s new faucet, a clearly progressive design.




Above: Staged at the Università degli Studi of Milan, the Interni exhibition Feeding New Ideas for the City included works by artists, designers, and architects, and served as a thematic introduction to next year’s Milan Expo.


Above: A rare moment to sit at Zona Tortona: Design-Calendar’s Cherie and Chris with Sergio Barberini of ceramic tile company Tagina. Possibly the most coordinated portrait at this year’s Salone.



Product Placement is back!

By jacqui



After a brief hiatus,  the New York designer talks series Product Placement is back this month with another scintillating evening of inspiration and insight—plus wine and nibbles—curated by co-founders Julie Taraska and Kimberly Oliver. Designing with Metal is the theme of Product Placement 5.1, with four designers giving five-minute talks on the inspiration behind one of his or her products. The multi-talented line-up includes: Brad Ascalon, a product, packaging, and furniture designer; Darcy Miro, a jeweler and sculptor; Anna Rabinowicz, a designer whose work is inspired by biomimicry and nature; and Rodger Stevens, a wire artist, sculptor, and product designer. Held once again at Rockwell Group, the event is free—and popular—but seats are limited, so RSVP to save yours.

Product Placement 5.1: Designing with Metal

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Presentations begin at 7PM

Venue: Rockwell Group, 5 Union Square West, 8th Floor, NYC

RSVP with your name and number in your party to

(Due to demand, only those who receive a confirmation will be able to attend.)

Milan Design Week: Where to #EatAndDrink !

By nico


Milan Design Week has officially started!
One of the most exciting events in the design industry, Milan is the place to be to discover new designers, learn about new products and network with the right people

In the next few days, you (like us) will probably be walking around the fair all day long, and when you are not at the fair, you’ll be running around the city to check out the coolest Fuorisalone events: we are sure you are going to get extremely hungry (we do!), and that’s why we made a list of our favorite restaurants and bars of Milan.


Located in the heart of the Tortona district, in via Savona 50, Al Fresco is the perfect place for a nice, quiet lunch. Set inside an old warehouse, renovated by landscape architect Emanuele Bortolotti, Al Fresco is much more than a restaurant. It is, as its owners call it, an “urban refuge”, a meeting place surrounded by cherry trees, wisteria and honeysuckle.

What to order: their maccheroni with fresh tomato sauce, basil and stracciatella cheese.



Head to Circle for a fancy dinner after walking all day at Fuorisalone. Located inside the Diesel building in the Tortona district, in via Stendhal 36, Circle is a lounge bar and restaurant where fashion and design meet good food. The vintage furniture was hand picked by the Diesel Creative Team and the chandelier over the bar is an installation of more than 8300 light bulbs, all of different dimensions.

What to order: try their tuna tartare!



Italians love their aperitivo: a drink and some small bites, right before dinner. So why don’t you embrace this lovely tradition and head to Terrazza Aperol and order an authentic Aperol Spritz (3 parts of Prosecco, 2 parts of Aperol and 1 splash of soda). Salute (cheers in italian) !


The view from this restaurant, inside the Museo Del Novento, can’t be beat: it overlooks Piazza del Duomo, the heart of Milan. The décor of restaurant pays homage to the Deco period, while the menu takes inspiration from the Milanese tradition giving it a new spin.

What to order: we are hearing that the brunch here is pretty good!


This charming trattoria opened more than 30 years ago but is still very popular. Make sure to make a reservation because most of the time it’s fully booked!
Located in the Brera district, it’s the perfect place if you want to have a casual dinner and eat earthy, wholesome food.

What to order: their Cotoletta, the traditional Milanese veal breaded cutlet.


Located in the Porta Venezia area, Nottingham Forest is one of the 50 best bars of the world. Owner Dario Comini is a respected bartender with years of experience, coming from a chemistry background: if you’re interested in innovative, exciting drinks, this is a place you want to visit.

What to order: difficult to say, there are too many good drinks to decide!



The story of this restaurant revolves around the number 13, but don’t be superstitious, only good things will happen if you come here. This Sicilian restaurant offers fine Italian seafood, delicious dessert and a vast selection of wine. And if you are lucky, the owner of the restaurant will entertain you by playing Italian classics at the piano. We promise that after coming here you will love the number 13!

What to order: Lobster Linguine with baby tomatoes and capers




By barbara


FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE by S+ARCK is not just a simple collection designed by Philippe Starck for Ceramica Sant’Agostino, but a real architectonic system that, thanks to the wide combination of different thickness, surfaces, joints, finishes and colors offers the designer endless composition possibilities.

The new press campaign of FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE by S+ARCK combines the multi-year experience of Ceramica Sant’Agostino, with the creative genius of Philippe Starck and the visionary intuition of the photographer James Bort.  It merges design with art. The result is an outstanding video… something you have never seen in the ceramic field before.

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The visual impact and the graph of the video is outstanding. The movie-set is neat and the clothes by Lanvin worn by the two models confirm the high quality of the Sant’Agostino products.

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Filippo Manuzzi, Brand Manager of Ceramica Sant’Agostino, commented “The visual interpretation of FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE by S+ARCK by James Bort and Philippe Starck is extraordinary, fresh and innovative. Through the images used, they have managed to transmit the revolution this collection has brought to the world of ceramics. We are very satisfied with the result.”

FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE by S+ARCK was officially selected by ADI for the Compasso d’Oro 2014 Awards.

Check out the collection and campaign at the Milan Furniture Fair (April 8-13), Hall 24, E14-E18.

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