Archive for July, 2014

Design Driven City: Engaging designers to shape better cities

By Marine



Remember when you and your family were playing the Sims, building houses, cities, and communities? Designers and architects, you could be doing the same things in real life, or pretty much so. Helsinki, Mexico City, Manchester: all have hired city creative directors to help foster civic innovation and find solution to inherent urban problems.

One of the most ambitious and comprehensive projects, Design Driven City, was launched this year in the Finnish cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, and Lahti. A legacy of the Helsinki World Design Capital event in 2012, this two-year project aims to help shape better and more people-centric cities. Design Driven City believes in the power of design to create user-friendly cities with better services for citizens and to spark conversations among communities around new ideas.

A multidisciplinary effort, Design Driven City leverages the experience of three designers: Sara Ikävalko, Mikko Kutvonen and Pablo Riquelme. Their mission as “city designers”? Build an understanding of design within the city, consult and educate city employees on the process of design.

Above (from left to right): City Creative Directors’ Pablo Riquelme, Sara Ikävalko, and Mikko Kutvonen

Over the next two years Design Driven City will work with 10 to 15 projects. The first projects will be: Tidy Construction Site, an initiative of Stara (the City of Helsinki’s construction service provider) that aims to improve the look and navigation of construction sites; a Home That Fits, which looks at solutions for youth homelessness; and Helsinki Festival (15-31 August 2014), a festival park area that will transform the capital’s Citizens’ Square into a gathering space with changing structures and functions.

There is no doubt that Helsinki is emerging as a city to watch as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation chose the Finnish capital to launch its first open, international architectural competition. The jury of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition is on the lookout for a visionary design for the proposed museum in the Eteläsatama, the South Harbor area of Helsinki with great national and cultural significance. Projects must be submitted before September 10th.

Now, design lovers, don’t you think Helsinki could be a great vacation escape this summer?

Above: The port of Helsinki, the heart of the city

Above: The port of Helsinki, the heart of the city

May The Force Be With You This Summer At The Rubin Museum Of Art

By Marine


Rubin Museum – Bodies in Balance

Is the daily grind grinding you down? Worried sick? It might be time to change your mindset. This summer, the Rubin Museum of Art—the only museum in the US dedicated to the Himalayan region—presents Bodies in Balance. Focusing on the art of Tibetan medicine, the exhibition, which runs till September 8th, will provide you with a better understanding of the forces that run in your body and teach you techniques to achieve peace and wellness.

Tibetan medicine—known as Sowa Rigpa or the art of healing—has been taught and practiced throughout Central Asia for more than 2,500 years. It combines the best elements of Indian ayurvedic, Chinese and Greek medicine, and other medical traditions. In this holistic and complementary healing system, the human body is considered to be based on the “five cosmic energies”—space, air, fire, water, and earth. The biological intermediaries of these five are the “three humors” (nyepas in Tibetan)—wind, bile, and phlegm—which govern the physical and mental aspects of the being. Each of the three is considered to be a sort of energy or force, which circulates through the different channels, organs, and tissues of the body. In Tibetan imagery, they are associated with the colors pale blue, yellow and white. Imbalances in the nyepas create illnesses that are treated with medicines or through modifications in behavior or diet.

bodiesinbalance - tibetan tree

Above: Tibetan tree – In the medicine tree, blue is the color for wind, yellow for bile and green for phlegm.

At Bodies in Balance, get ready to walk through a couple of millennia of Tibetan medicine. The exhibition demonstrates the advancement of Tibetan medical knowledge through 140 objects dating from the 9th century to the present day, including medical paintings, manuscripts, and medical instruments. A multimedia installation shows how Tibetan medicine is used today. There is also an interesting personal component to the show. Before entering the galleries, you are invited to fill out a brief questionnaire that determines which of the three forces is dominant in your constitution. Each of the three results corresponds to a color-coded pathway that will lead you through the exhibition to reveal the works relevant to your energy.

Mandala of Shakyamuni Buddha

Above: The Mandala of Shakyamuni Buddha, a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

In addition to the exhibition, the Rubin has designed a summer program that will leave you more balanced this summer. The related series of talks, classes, and workshops will transport you to an alternative universe in which you’ll learn all about the art of healing. These include: mandalas that feature the Medicine Buddha, the source of healing knowledge;  paintings of trees used in Tibetan medical schools; diagrams of diseases; pulse readings that detect the status of a person’s body, mind, soul, and spirit; and protective amulets based on astrological readings.

Talks, classes and workshops run from July 9th to August 20th, 2014, and will conclude with a conversation with life coach and The New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein, who will explain how meditation can help achieve happiness and well-being. Get your tickets here and peace out.


Super Steals At Super Saturday

By Dahlia


Interested in scoring some exclusive designer merchandise while raising money for a great cause? Super Saturday is hosting it’s 17th annual day-long fundraising event on Saturday July 26th, sponsored by QVC & Donna Karen and hosted by New York’s very own Kelly Ripa. Located at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, New York, it’s perfect for the entire family and we would love to see you there! Described as the “Rolls Royce of garage sales” by The New York Times, attendees will have access to a variety of high-end items, including, but not limited to linens, pillows, art, china, antiques, jewelry, and books.

Some stylish throw pillows available for purchase at the Hamptoms Cottages & Gardens Booth at last year's Super Saturday.

Stylish throw pillows available for purchase at the Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Booth at last year’s Super Saturday.

Tickets start at $450 and 100% of the proceeds go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Due to the high profile nature of this event, Kim Kardashian, Betsey Johnson & Heidi Klum have been in attendance in previous years. This year’s star-studded guest list includes a number of celebrities, editors, and designers such as Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, and Diane Von Furstenberg. Be sure to stop by the Cottages & Gardens booth to donate and be featured in the event coverage in the next issue of this renowned magazine.

Click on the image or this LINK  to purchase tickets and for more information.

NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial Gets Crazy About Craft

By Marine



With NYC Makers, Director Glenn Adamson returns to the origins of the MAD Museum (formerly known as The Museum of Contemporary Crafts), whose mission was to display the handmade work of artisans, craftsmen, and highly skilled individual makers. Appointed Director in October 2013, the former Head of Research of the Victoria and Albert Museum (who as a college graduate was an intern at MAD) made it a top priority to “advocate for the reconsideration of craft as a pervasive cultural force rather than a circumscribed artistic category.” As he sees it, craft provides the “connective tissue” between art and design. And this is what the NYC Makers exhibit is all about: celebrating the artisans, artists, designers, and craftspeople who live and work throughout the five boroughs and the range of skilled activity they represent. In doing so, it presents a snapshot of the city’s creativity economy and cultural production, and the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the individuals engaged in it.


Above: Anatomical 12-Part Dissected Human SkullRyan Matthew Cohn dismantles human and animal skulls and then remounts them in exploded form.

The exhibition honors the work of 100 “makers”—practitioners whose work demonstrates the high craftsmanship and innovation. They include familiar names in the art and music world, such as Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono, and designers both established and emerging from Flavor Paper to Fort Standard. Still, over 80 percent of the makers are showing at the museum for the first time, and many works were made especially for the show. Over 400 skilled artisans were originally nominated for the showcase by over 300 local cultural leaders from a range of trades and disciplines, including museum curators, choreographers, academics, chefs, musicians, and journalists. The final 100 participants were selected by a 10-person jury, including Adamson and curator Jake Yuzna, led by design entrepreneur Murray Moss. The selection reflects the diversity of makers in the city, in terms of ethnicity, gender, background, location, expertise, and materials used. The exhibition also sheds light on the hidden gems by including the work of behind-the-scenes makers you wouldn’t ordinarily encounter.


Above: an installation view of NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial

From neon signs, whiskey bottles and mannequins to dinosaurs’ bones, instruments and coffee beans, the MAD Biennial definitely impresses with the variety of materials and pieces on show. What makes this exhibit one of a kind is that it takes the showcase outside of the galleries: step into the lobby and dive into the colorful world of CONFETTISYSTEM; take the stairs to sample the scents of a scratch-and-sniff wallpaper, a collaboration between Carlos Benaïm, Jesse Hlebo, and Flavor Paper; and ride the elevators to experience Moonlight, a glowing lurex interior created by Scott Bodenner. Along the way, you might get your portrait done by artist Jason Polan, whose ambitious project is to draw every person in NYC: during the summer, he will sketch the museum’s visitors and add the portraits to the gallery walls.


Above: a scratch-and-sniff wallpaper by Carlos Benaïm, Jesse Hlebo, and Flavor Paper

NYC Makers turns out to be a great friends-and-family activity as the exhibit is lively, entertaining, colorful, educational, and accessible to everyone. Children and adults can have fun playing in the colorful playground of Misha Kahn and Anne Libbey’s installation Peach is Back, join Or Zubalsky’s Meeting table where they can hear their hearts beating together, and see how fragile fossilized bones are displayed in the Velociraptor Mount of professional mount-maker Richard Webber. We guarantee you that no one will say “I am bored!” One of the show’s more compelling and revealing moments is delivered in And I Can’t Run by Lower East Side Printshop, where visitors can use their cellphones to snap a photo of a screenprint to unlock a hidden image of early-20th-century slavery.


Above: a few pieces displayed at NYC Makers, including Misha Kahn and Anne Libbey’s installation Peach is Back

The MAD museum also put together a comprehensive summer program including a large variety of talks and workshops. Explore your wild side with the self-professed “Mad Hatter” H E I D I L E E, who will teach the art of origami and how to make hats that can be transformed different ways; join designer Jeremy Chernick and J&M Special Effects as they demonstrate the possibilities of live and pre-taped special effects; or participate in a multisensory experience created by artist Miriam Simun and commemorate Agalinis acuta, the federally protected endangered plant species in New York State whose flowers bloom only one day a year. There’s practically something for everyone! Find the full list here.


Above: participate in a fun origami workshop with Mad Hatter H E I D I L E E

New Colony on the Block

By sevan


After successfully hosting Reclaim 3: Carte Blanche during NYCxDESIGNColony—the new co-op for independent furniture, lighting, textile, and object designers—officially opened its doors to the trade and public late last month. The new gallery showcases new and existing collections from thirteen of the hottest contemporary American designers: Allied Maker, Assembly, Egg Collective, Flat Vernacular, Hiroko Takeda, KWH Furniture, Meg Callahan, Sharktooth, Sit and Read, Token, UM Project, Vonnegut Kraft, and Zoë Mowat.

Colony is trying to establish a new model in the design landscape with a cooperative-esque structure that allows designers to come together to tackle universal challenges. “Our goal as a group is to create a destination for interior designers and architects to come and be inspired,” explains Colony Co-Founder Jean Lin. “Furniture, lighting, textiles, and accessories are meant to be experienced and ultimately used, and Colony is a place where that can happen on a very intimate level.”

The first exhibit at the gallery, In the Making, shows process imagery and models alongside completed products, giving visitors insight on what it takes to make world-class design in a local market. In the Making is on view until August 1, 2014.


Colony is located at 324 Canal Street, 2nd Floor, New York City. Visit for more information.

Holiday House Hamptons 2014

By yvonne


It’s been a beautiful summer in the Hamptons so far, and this year’s second annual Holiday House, presented by Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, is something that must not be missed! Located at the Watchcase in Sag Harbor,the spaces in the former historic factory turned luxury apartments are transformed by leading interior designers. Each room is themed around a holiday or an inspiring moment in the designer’s life.

Celebrating stylish summer living and entertaining, some of our favorites include:

Campion Platt

Campion Platt’s master bedroom channels a colorful spring day with eye-catching, hand painted lilies and a light fixture that resembles the petals of a flower. Playing on the contrasts between coral and mint, the room features the Beacon Hill fabrics: Perspective (mint) on the headboard and Olavanna Ikat (magenta) for the curtains. 


Jen Going of Jen Going Interiors

Incorporating the colors of cool blues and soft shades of brown, Jen Going’s guest room is reminiscent of a breezy day at the seashore. The watercolor backdrop resembles a clear ocean, while the nest light fixture adds an outdoor touch to complete the look.


Dale Cohen of Dale Cohen Design Studio

Dale Cohen keeps it simple for his L-shaped terrace by using the crisp, clean white fabric, Realistic, from Robert Allen’s Sunbrella collection. Complete with all the essentials needed for a terrace, it even includes a fun game of putt in the narrow side space along the building!

Make your way over to the Hamptons for this special event! Proceeds from the Holiday House Hamptons benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and is open daily to the public until August 10th.





15 Church Street

Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Located in between Washington and Sage Street.

Open Daily:

Sunday, June 29, 2014 – Sunday, August 10, 2014
11am – 5pm

(Photo source: Paul Domzal)