Archive for October, 2014


By danielle


For those of our readers who call Long Island home; we have an event for you. On November 4th, the Designers + Builders Alliance of Long Island,  a unique multi-disciplinary, recognized 501 (c)(3)  organization uniting ALL of the home trades, is hosting “How to Houzz.”  With over 16 million monthly users, HOUZZ.COM is one of the hottest social media sites.  It has become a must-use marketing tool for all home improvement professionals; architects, interior designers/decorators, landscapers, builders, contractors and products.   Houzz Community Builder, Michael Stein, will go over the basics, guide you through the step by step process of how to best set up your profile page and offer techniques to get it noticed. Before you know it, you’ll be Houzz-ing like a pro. In addition to the personalized hands-on assistance, the evening will include a light buffet dinner. That sounds like a total score in our book. Proceeds of the evening will benefit NYIT’s ‘Summer Study Abroad Program’, helping to send architecture and design students to Europe to further their education.

When: Tuesday, November 4th from 6:00-8:30

Where: NYIT – Old Westbury Campus

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. D+BA Members are free

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Architecture & Design Film Festival Kicks Off 6th Season!

By sevan


Last week, the Architecture & Design Film Festival kicked off its sixth season at TriBeCa Cinemas with the World Premiere of Gray Matters from award-winning director Marco Orsini. It was a star-studded event for the A&D community, with the creators and cast of the documentary in attendance, as well as a special appearance by the new Irish Consul-General of New York, Barbara Jones—who proudly announced that she hails from the same town as Eileen Gray.

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Part of the Eileen Gray Project, Gray Matters tells the story of Eileen Gray, one of the greatest unsung design heroes of the 20th century—an industrious woman who was at the epicenter of the modern movement, yet her contributions to it were largely unacknowledged until the decades after her death in 1976. The film gives an intimate look at the breadth of Gray’s creations, from her early lacquer work to the Villa E-1027, following her transformation from artist to furniture maker, and finally, architect.

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Set Sail with Kips Bay Tonight

By alexandra


Anchors aweigh! Benefitting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, the Kips Bay Boathouse Bash is ready to set sail in NYC tonight. Formerly a cruise, this year’s event takes place at the historic Loeb Boathouse in Central Park with a nautical theme. Guests will enjoy live entertainment and lakeside dinner and dancing. With nice weather expected and a gathering of interior design leaders and practitioners, and philanthropists all there to raise funds for a great community cause the event promises to a success. All proceeds will go to Kips Bay Boys & Girls club. For more information on the organization and future events, head to



Color Invasion 2014 – You’re late! For a Very Important Date!

By yvonne


“It’s always tea-time.” –The Hatter

Step into the fantasy world of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at this year’s Color Invasion, an annual theme party benefiting International Interior Design Association New York Chapter (IIDA NY) student activities and Design Awards Programs.

They will also be supporting The Pajama Program and providing a dropbox for new, unwrapped pajamas and books to individuals from infant to age 18. The program serves to help children and teenagers who have been abused, neglected, or living in poverty, and give them an opportunity to enjoy something as simple as clean pajamas. So, please be sure to bring a gift to help support this is wonderful cause!

Don’t be late for this very important date! Fall down the rabbit hole and come join the tea party – costumes are encouraged!

Color Invasion 2014 – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Waterfront Tunnel
hosted at a new location this year!
269 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Thursday, October 16th 2014 – 7PM-11PM

Purchase tickets HERE.


IFDA Chapters Take A Seat For Charity

By jacqui


On the heels of IFDA New York’s Take A Bow event, five other IFDA Chapters across the country are holding their Take A Seat charity auction galas over the next two weeks—in Philadelphia (October 10) Scottsdale, Boca Raton (both October 11), Washington DC (October 15), and San Francisco (October 16). Each event will benefit local charities devoted to the theme of “Helping Heroes At Home” by auctioning off upcycled chair artworks by creative design industry professionals in the local area. Visit Take A Seat for information on the initiative and links to each event.

Chair designed by interior designer Aleksander Alembert, which will be auctioned at IFDA Florida's Take A Seat gala. Cuban Impressionist painter Andres Conde painted the image for the back of the chair, which itself is a 1900 Rococo original.  Both Aleksander and Andres reside in Miami.  The chair is at $20,000.

Above: Chair by interior designer Aleksander Alembert, which will be auctioned at IFDA Florida’s Take A Seat gala at Boca Raton Museum of Art on Saturday October 11. Cuban Impressionist painter Andres Conde painted the image for the back of the chair, which itself is a 1900 Rococo original. Both Aleksander and Andres reside in Miami. The chair is at $20,000.

IFDA NY Takes a Bow

By danielle


The NY Chapter of the International Furniture and Design Association (IFDA) kicked off the month by honoring its 2014 Take a Seat chair designers — inviting them to take a bow.

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While the event was held at the Axor Design Studio in the Meatpacking, attendees had the opportunity to Skype with five other IFDA chapters including Boca Raton, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, San Francisco and Washington D.C who were opening up their own Take aSeat exhibitions that evening. The collaborative spirit didn’t end there as many from the NY crowd signed up to participate in IFDA’s first Habitat for Humanity NYC build.

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They also presented a check for $10,000 to the non-profit organization.

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Archtober & Open House NY Unlock the City

By jacqui


You say October, I say Archtober. Across New York City, a month-long festival of architecture comprising exhibitions, panels, and tours both on land and water is taking place—all in celebration of the city’s built environment in its myriad forms. A feature of the program is the architect-led Building of the Day series, which offers rare access to the interiors and grounds of 31 of the most intriguing structures and spaces in the five boroughs, from the offices of creative enablers Kickstarter to Post-Disaster Urban Interim Housing in Brooklyn. Speaking of open access, the 12th annual Open House New York Weekend will open many, many doors across the city this Saturday, October 11th and Sunday the 12th, with hundreds of sites and tours packed into two days, including a series curated by Interior Design magazine. It’s New York City unlocked!



By kristin


Last week we traveled to the epicenter of tile innovation for the 32nd edition of Cersaie. Held every year in Bologna, Italy in the Emilia Romagna region (where 3/4 of Italy’s ceramic tile production originates), the fair is the tile industry’s equivalent of the Milan Furniture Fair, where companies launch exciting new products for all manner of indoor and outdoor surfacing.


Toyo Ito delivered the keynote speech as part of the show’s Building, Dwelling, Thinking program. He was the sixth consecutive Pritzker prize winner to speak at Cersaie, attracting a crowd of over 1,000 architecture fans.


With Italian culture deep-rooted in design and architecture, it came as no surprise to see prominent figures such as Alessandro and Francesco Mendini, Robert Dawson and Jean Marie Massaud launching new tile collections with Italian manufacturers.


The Mendini brothers in front of their FILO collection for DesignTaleStudio

In terms of trends, playful graphics were everywhere – from comic book illustrations to pop art and cultural references.

"Identity" by Ornamenta

“Identity” by Ornamenta

Hexagons made a huge comeback but with a modern twist – from textural overlays and three dimensional surfaces to micro and macro sizes.


“Details” by Tagina

The art of storytelling was also in full swing with brands reinterpreting historical patterns or taking inspirational cues from ancient myths.


“Fossil” designed by Kasia Zareba, winner of Refin’s Create Your Own Tile competition



Duravit Design Week + #Starck25

By Lucy


2014 marks Duravit and Philippe Starck’s 25th year of collaboration, and they’re celebrating this silver anniversary at Duravit’s annual Design Week! This Monday (October 6) from 6-8:30 PM, Metropolis Associate Editor Avinash Rajagopal and Duravit USA President Tim Schroeder will speak on a panel at DNYC discussing The Next Frontier of Technology in the Bathroom and how Duravit + Starck has played a unique role in shaping this evolution. The winner Duravit’s Designer Dream Bath competition will also be announced at the event! We can’t wait enjoy a fun night of design next week…hope to see you there!
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