Archive for June, 2014

New Designers 2014 Exhibition: The Newest in European Design

By sevan


This post brought to you by our extern, Kolbe Renkert.


As individuals who share a love of design, we also share a craving for what is “next”- the next names, colors, trends and products that make design the ever-changing and dynamic subject that it is. Be a part of the event that is continuing the lifecycle of the design industry and meet those who will ensure that it will continue to thrive. For those looking to meet the next who’s who in design and gain access to products not yet available to the public…listen up!

New Designers 2014 is an opportunity to purchase or commission new products for your home or store, find inspiration in new designs, network, or recruit talent from a group of the UK’s most highly qualified and promising graduate designers. Nowhere else can one find products and designers of this breadth and depth.

The two-week exhibition held in the Business Design Center in London features over 3,000 newly graduated designers, handpicked from the UK’s leading art and design courses as well as their designs, not yet available on the market. Equipped with motivation, enthusiasm, progressive ideas, and the talent to spot upcoming trends, these designers show great promise. Their fresh thinking and innovation will, without a doubt, rise to the forefront of the art and design community.

The New Designers Exhibition has been broken into two parts, each running for one week. Part One, which began yesterday and runs through June 28 will feature the newest in textiles, ceramics, glass, fashion, accessories, jewelry and metalwork. Part Two, happening next week from July 2-5, will feature graphic design and illustration, furniture, product design, motion arts, and theatre design.

Business Design Centre
Islington, London N1
To book tickets to any of the exhibition dates visit

Part 1: 25-28 June
Part 2: 02-05 July

Stay Informed:
If you are unable to attend, New Designers’ website is a great central location to keep up on recent news as well as see highlights from the event throughout the show.

Discover the Math Behind 3D Printing

By sevan


This post brought to you by our extern, Kolbe Renkert.

Similar to the way artists and designers turn ideas into tangible works of art, mathematician Laura Taalman, a speaker for The Museum of Mathematics “Math Encounters” series, is bringing abstract mathematics into the third dimension. On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Taalman will demonstrate how mathematical concepts can be transformed into physical realities using modern technology. Whether the end goal is to investigate new mathematical ideas or create a piece of art, 3D printing draws a flawless parallel between mathematics and the A&D world.

Be a part of the action! All attendants can take home their own 3D printed, mathematical model courtesy of the Museum and Dr. Taalman.

When: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Where: The National Museum of Mathematics on 11 E. 26th Street
RSVP:, or 646-490-6446

Visit for more information on upcoming exhibitions and events.


Cooper Hewitt to Reopen its Doors in December

By kristin-g


Design lovers, time to mark your calendars: on December 12th, Cooper Hewitt: National Design Museum is reopening as Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in it original location, Carnegie Mansion, with 60 percent more gallery space, allowing for the addition of numerous opening exhibits as well as an entirely new interactive visitor experience. As the nation’s only museum solely dedicated to historic and contemporary design, the reopening—the date selected to correspond with the day Andrew Carnegie moved into the house in 1902—should draw a huge crowd!

As visitors enter the building, they will be given the interactive Pen, which will modernize the visitors’ museum experience. With this new technology, guests can store information about the museum, create their own designs with the stylus, as well as record aspects of their visit and view them online. This new approach to the museum experience was designed for all audiences: students, families, children, and more. The interactive Pen was created by Local Projects with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The Pen encourages visitors to interact with the works in the museum.

In addition to the physical changes to the museum, there have also been many branding and identity changes such as a new name, new typeface, new logo, and a new website. The museum formerly known as the Cooper-Hewitt: National Design Museum, has been renamed Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Copper Hewitt, the new typeface designed by Chester Jenkins, is available for free download via the museum’s website—a great treat for typography and graphic design enthusiasts.



Museum Renovations

The first floor galleries were restored to include interactive components and the second floor was expanded to showcase more of the museum’s collection. The facilities were upgraded to allow for year-round viewing of the museum as the installations for each exhibition can be completed faster. The building is expected to receive LEED Silver certification.

The Exhibitions

On the first floor of the museum, Designing the New Cooper Hewitt will display the renovation of the museum. Beautiful Users will show that, based on observations and human anatomy, design is becoming more user focused. The second floor of the museum will be focused on the permanent collection with many additional  exhibits that can now be accommodated  due to the increase of space. Making Design will showcase over 350 pieces of the collection. Hewitt Sisters Collect will be dedicated to sharing the stories of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt. Another design focused exhibit, Models & Prototypes, will showcase the importance of models and prototypes in the design process. The Immersion Room will allow visitors to use the interactive Pen to create their own designs and project them on the surrounding walls. Tools: Extending Our Reach will be presented on the third floor, including about 175 pieces from Cooper Hewitt and nine other Smithsonian collections, covering over 1.85 million years of design. The exhibit will explore how tools interact with the human body and senses.



Governors Island: World Cup 2014 + Spontaneous Interventions

By kristin-g


If you’re looking for the perfect place to watch the World Cup, surrounded by family, friends, and great public space initiatives, look no further! Governors Island is the place to be as New York’s largest 2014 World Cup viewing destination. This program was made possible by Cathy Ho and Stefen Jonot of Office Ho Jonot, a cultural consultancy. Through Cathy Ho’s efforts to bring the mini version of the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit to the island, she got the idea to make the island the World Cup viewing zone as well! This initiative is joining other events and cultural programs organized by FIGMENT, Jazz Age Lawn Party, Brooklyn Public Library, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Come Out & Play. The World Cup viewing event is sponsored by ESPN and Barco.

Creating the public viewing zone was not an easy task; organizers needed to get permission from ESPN, FIFA, and Governors Island to take advantage of the public space available on the Island, which recently added 30 acres of new park space designed by noted Dutch landscape architecture firm West 8 with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The obstacles of making this event possible did not stop Ms. Ho, as the public have her to thank for this great initiative. The 2014 World Cup viewing parties will take place at both the Governors Beach Club and the lawns of building 403 along Colonels’ Row, which is the site of the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit.

In between matches, do make sure to check out the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit! This exhibit is a condensed version of the original one presented at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale in the U.S. Pavilion and will display various projects, spotlighted in rooms on the second floor of the building. The featured artists include: DSGN AGNC, BroLab, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Ghana Think Tank and more. There will also be various public programs such as seminars, talks, and workshops exploring various topics including urban vacancy, citizen science, city data mapping, and more. You definitely won’t want to miss this! For continuous updates be sure to check their Facebook page.

This event is a perfect example of different groups of people coming together to create something great for the public. In addition to the hardworking efforts of Office Ho Jonot, there were several generous donations that were crucial to the success of this event. The contributions of two entertainment companies, Barco and I-Mag Video, are allowing the public to watch the games on high-definition TV’s; there is also the addition of fun soccer-related games donated by the city’s newest professional soccer team, the New York FC.

Check the World Cup schedule below to make sure you will not miss out on any of the fun!



Event Information

The Governors Island Ferry Service runs 10am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 10am to 7pm Saturday-Sunday for FREE.

Follow @S_Interventions on Twitter and use the hashtag #WorldCup_GovIsland for updates and information.

Events will also be posted to


Das Design Competition: Get the VIP treatment from Hansgrohe

By Marine


Das Design Competition

I am a country famous for its beer, apple wine, traditional sausages and cuckoo clocks. I am also the home of Hansgrohe and Axor – the premium brands for bathroom and kitchen faucets. Who am I? Drumroll… Germany! (Cue applause.)

Hansgrohe is giving American-based architects and interior designers the opportunity to fly to its home base, by launching its first-ever Das Design Competition. Want to be one of the lucky few to embark on the VIP trip? Enter the competition at and dazzle the jury with the innovative and inspiring ways that you have incorporated Hansgrohe and/or Axor products in your recent projects. The keyword in DasDesignComp? Excellence: the jury is looking for excellence in design, sustainability and installation.

Note that your projects must have been built in the U.S. within the past three years (between January 1, 2011 and September 1, 2014) and fit into one of these categories: Residential, Hospitality, Commercial, or Multi-Housing/High-Rise.

The Winners of each category will receive a round trip to Germany plus three-night hotel accommodation to be part of a VIP delegation attending ISH, the world’s largest trade show for the combination of water and energy in building solutions, in Frankfurt in March 2015.

ISH, Frankfurt

Above: ISH, the world’s largest trade show for the combination of water and energy in building solutions

Be prepared to travel off the beaten path and sample German cuisine and culture in the company of other designers, media and the Hansgrohe team; get inspired by the region’s architecture; try Ebbelwoi (apple wine), and taste of one of the 1,500 German beers or sip wine from the Rhineland. Are you feeling the German spirit already? Because we are!

Frankfurt, Germany

Above: Frankfurt’s skyline and city center

To learn more about the competition and submit your projects, go to Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition. The deadline is September 2, 2014.

NeoCon 2014

By kristin-g



Get ready for NeoCon 2014 as it returns to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago from June 9th – 11th! Celebrating its 46th anniversary as America’s largest design expo and conference with an expected attendance count of over 40,000 industry professionals, the show will not disappoint! This three-day event features over 700 of the top exhibitors in a variety of markets across the board including the workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, environmental, government, and educational. For a new twist, 2014 will bring in some new initiatives including educational programming featuring about 100 seminars, keynote presentations coming directly from industry experts, as well as specific events celebrating all Chicago has to offer through architecture and design.

Some highlights and things to look out for this year include the new and redesigned showrooms displaying product launches from the 700 exhibitors at the show, the inspiring seminar series featuring the numerous guest speakers, and a new way to navigate through the show, both quickly and easily, through the new NeoCon App.



At NeoCon 2014 be on the look out for…

Keynote speakers and presentations

Tom Eich- 22

Above: Tom Eich, CTO and partner of IDEO, will be giving one of the keynote presentations from the seminar series.

Scott Barry Kaufman

Above: Scott Barry Kaufman will be another highly anticipated speaker at the event.

Other speakers include Adrian D. Smith, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Todd Bracher, of Todd Bracher Studio LLC and Scott Barry Kaufman.

Creative booths, events and product launches

3M charging station (1)

Above: 3M Architectural Markets will have a charging lounge featuring festive events throughout the show in space 8-5122. The lounge will include 3M lighting and surfaces, Stylex’s Share modular seating unit, and upholstery by Designtex.


Above: Stylex will be debuting a range of seatings solutions, including the Nestle chair by Brad Ascalon, and introducing its new program of tables. Join them in their showroom (Suite 346) Monday, 3:30-6:00, for a party featuring sushi and cocktails from Chicago hotspot Sunda and music from the Mike Jeffers Jazz Trio.


Above: ​Robert Allen Contract will be showcasing their latest collaboration with Kirk Nix, One Ten West, in booth 7-2114. This dynamic textile line fuses California cool with high design and intense durability, a perfect design solution for a range of contract settings!


Above: The Sulawesi pattern from Arborite’s 2014 Collection, a high-pressure laminate that combines teak wood grain with a subtle textile look.

For exhibitor news, images and updates follow NeoCon on their social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Vine.


What We Saw at SightUnseen Offsite 2014

By kristin-g


SightUnseen Offsite is creating a lot of buzz in the design world, not only from those in the industry, but from design lovers as well. The event, which took place May 16th-May 20th, featured various young designers and their unique and interesting pieces. For 2014, SightUnseen Offsite utilized two floors of space in SoHo to showcase the designers work. The event had an array of exciting exhibitors including AMMA Studio, Brook&Lyn, Chorin and more.




Above: AMMA Studio which uses their unique style to recreate furniture through non traditional materials such as rock salt, sand, coffee, silica, and pink Himalayan salt. 


Above: kelly behun | STUDIO produces unique elements of interior design to create interesting and innovative spaces.


Above: Another designer that seems to be catching on the trend of utilizing materials in a futuristic sense, DAMM, showcased an arrangement of lighting fixtures made with marble, leather, and concrete.


Above: Chorin is one of the new design brands that showcased at SightUnseen. With designers of various backgrounds such as furniture, interior architecture and graphic design, the designers are able to incorporate different areas of design into their pieces. The designers play with visual perspective as seen above.


Above: Brook&Lyn is a Los-Angeles based husband and wife team of Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz. Jung displayed her paintings from the Woven Gradient Series. 


Above: The Principals, a design studio based in Brooklyn, presented two new pieces from the Dead Chair Table series and the Brancusi Studies.

This event was organized by the blog SightUnseenan online magazine featuring design, art, fashion, and photography.