Archive for March, 2015

Robert Allen Launches New Website

By Lucy


Robert Allen has done some spring cleaning and released a fresh new website: The cleanly designed site features a crisp white background, which serves as the perfect backdrop for a rotating display of their new collections on the homepage, and also includes an intuitive new search that allows designers to search by such useful categories as color family, yardage, availability, and scale. My personal favorite feature? A color bar on top of each page that allows you to search quickly and easily from Robert Allen’s innumerable proprietary colors. So if you’re looking for a break, go over and give the site a whirl! (but don’t blame me when you’re still playing on it in 4 hours ūüėČ )


Design + Dining for a Cause: DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2015

By aziz adib


Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) will once again bring together a talented group of designers to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year, the 18th annual DINING BY DESIGN (DBD) event will be record-breaking, with participation expanding to the 30,000 square foot space at Pier 92 ‚Äď co-located with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94. And like always, the two shows offer a double dose of design as one ticket gets attendees¬†full access to both events.

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

Each year, DIFFA’s DBD transforms raw space into a magnificent showcase, with over-the-top dining environments in support of the cause. The stunning setting plays host to a public viewing, as well as an ever-popular cocktail party and gala dinner. This years exhibit will feature over 50 outstanding dining installations and centerpiece tables by Benjamin Moore & Cosentino designed by Tyler Wisler; Hickory Chair; Roche Bobois Paris; Ralph Lauren Home; Beacon Hill designed by Corey Damon Jenkins; Anthropologie; Kravet Inc. designed by Hunt Slonem; New York Design Center designed by Marks & Frantz; Arteriors Home; Calvin Klein Home; Echo Design; ESSIE by Robert Verdi; Horchow; M Moser; Moen; Rockwell Group; Spin Ceramics designed by Kitty Hawks; Stacy Garcia New York; Hermès of Paris; and many more. There will also be tables from leading New York City design schools.

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

Johanna Osburn, executive director at DIFFA, remarks, ‚ÄúWe are excited that DINING BY DESIGN is back and bigger than ever this year. Whether it is our longtime DIFFA benefactors or designers and brands that are joining us for the first time, the demand to participate has been off the charts. Beyond making this year‚Äôs DBD one for the books, we hope that this uptick in support is an indicator of increased awareness. HIV/AIDS is still a critical issue, which affects the lives of many. It is our goal to convey that message while offering a thought-provoking and memorable design experience that helps raise much needed funds.‚ÄĚ

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

Since 1984, DIFFA has grown as one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Its resources are used to help raise awareness and grant funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS by providing treatment and direct care to those affected by the disease. Based in New York City, with chapters and partners across the nation, DIFFA has provided more than $40 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations around the globe. For more, visit

DIFFA will be hosting COCKTAILS BY DESIGN on Thursday, March 19th from 7:00-9:00 PM.

All tickets include full admission to the AD Home Design Show! For more information on the Design Show, click here.

As a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our readers, you can get 20% off on your tickets using code: GONYC.



Where: Pier 92

Date: March 19th ‚Äď March 22nd, 2015


2015 AD Home Design Show Kicks Off This Thursday!

By aziz adib


The AD Home Design Show is just a few days away, and we cannot contain our excitement! For fourteen years, it has showcased the best in the home design and luxury markets. The four-day event will exhibit over 400 premium brands, covering a range of categories, including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, carpets, electronics, ceramics, stone & tile, wall coverings, lighting, outdoor products and much more! This year, the Jenn-Air Master Class Theater is the place to be for inspiring, engaging and on-trend talks from today’s thought-leaders.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014

Thursday‚Äôs trade and media day programming, organized by Architectural Digest, will include sessions on “American Made from the Inside Out” (Noon) and “The Art & Science of¬†Sourcing the Kitchen” (2-3PM). The seminars will come to a close with a keynote presentation by editor-in-chief Margaret Russell (4-5PM). She will speak on ‚ÄúSocializing Your Brand‚ÄĚ alongside designers Alessandra Branca and Alex Papachristidis.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014

The New York Times will take over the theater from Friday to Sunday, kicking off their program on Friday with David Rockwell, who will take the stage with design writer Tim McKeough¬†to talk about ‚ÄúDesigning with a Mission.‚Ä̬†The session will be followed by a tour to DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN (co-located at Pier 92) and a walk thru of the 50+ awe-inspiring table vignettes.¬†On Saturday morning, HGTV‚Äôs Property Brothers, Jonathan & Drew Scott, will be on hand to talk about flipping houses, buying & renovation tips, and much more! Finally, the one-and-only Martha Stewart will close out the weekend with a conversation with Christophe Pourny on “The Furniture Bible.”

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014

We can’t wait to see what the MADE designers have in store this year (their work is always incredibly inspiring) and eat our way through the reFRESH section! From product launches, theater programming and special events, the show is a must-attend for the industry’s top professionals and discerning consumers.


What: The Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Where: Pier 92 & 94

Date: March 19th ‚Äď March 22nd, 2015


Pre-registration online is free to design trade.

On-site trade tickets: $30.

General Admission is $30 online and $40 at the door.

As a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our readers, you can get 20% off on your tickets using code: GONYC.

Ticket includes full access to the exhibit hall, DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN table viewing (co-located at Pier 92), ADHDS Café + Lounge, Theater, and many more daily special events.

A portion of the proceeds of all ticket sales will benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.





Maison&Objet Asia Welcomes International Design to Southeast Asia

By dekka


From March 10 Р13, 2015, MAISON&OBJET Asia will bring the best of Asia’s lifestyle and design communities together for its new international annual trade event for brands looking to expand to high-growth markets in the Asia-Pacific region. More widely known for its show in Paris, Maison&Objet continues to expand its success across the globe and into Southeast Asia’s most fashionable city: Singapore. The show has already attracted an incredible number of premiere design journalists, retailers, and exhibitors from around the globe. Held in conjunction with Singapore Design Week, the show will shine a spotlight on Asian design on an international platform.

During the three-day show, a number of distinguished members of the design community will present at the event’s Interior Design & Lifestyle SUMMIT,¬†including¬†2014 ‘Designer of the Year’ partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri and Hu Design. Additional keynotes include Gabriel Chiave, creative director at Marcel Wanders, and Patrick Chia, designer and director of the Design Incubation Center at the National University of Singapore. Different panels, discussions, stories, presentations, and lectures will enrich the visitor experience and¬†complement the¬†stellar exhibitor list.

So what’s in store at M&O Asia? A LOT! But here’s a shortlist of some of our favorite ceramic and porcelain companies that are showing their trendsetting product lines (Stand F46 / H45):

Fioranese Clip

¬†Ceramica Fioranese “Urban Wood”: Made to look like reclaimed wood, this porcelain stoneware tile collection has the shabby chic feel of rustic wood while maintaining a modern composition of recycled materials.

Rondine Clip

Rondine “ICON”: ¬†Industrial yet soft, the look of concrete stone slabs adds a modern and sleek feel to spaces both commercial and residential. ¬†Available in a large hexagonal shape, this tile gives an understated element of design to any room.


SIMAS “Degrad√©”: Designed by Terri Pecora, Degrad√© is a ‚Äė70s-style inspired line that exhibits soft angles, slim edges, and a trapezium form, to ‚Äúdownsize‚ÄĚ sanitaryware and create a sense of space in a bathroom.


MIPA “Puerto Rico”: This collection embraces the colors and decorative motifs of Puerto Rico – a rich culture that draws from ancient world influences – with a distinctly Caribbean color palette.

The New York Times Home & Garden Section Closes – A Great Loss for Design

By chris


Yesterday morning marked the last time that we will all have the pleasure of reading the NY Times Home & Garden section over breakfast.¬† It is a ritual that will be sorely missed. We counted on Currents to keep us in the know with Rima’s deals and Elaine’s meticulously fact-checked stories on the latest product introductions, store openings, special sales, designer collaborations, etc.¬† Tim and Rima’s Shopping With was always inspiring and fun – presenting new local design talent and their favorite shopping sources. Noel, Julie, Penelope and Steven and all of the other wonderful contributors over the years delved deep into a quirky and unexpected range of design content that took readers all over the world – reporting trends even before they launched in Milan to alternative living approaches in the far corners of civilization.¬† Where will we find this content in the new lay of the land is still unclear, but there is no doubt that the design community and NY design-lovers deserve and need some dedicated space in the new order of things. We have heard that the Home coverage will land in ¬†Real Estate, Fashion &¬†Style and Food — all great overlapping content areas — but PLEASE, powers-that-be at the NY Times, find a permanent home for some of our favorite go-to sources for information on new innovations and happenings in the design world. It means a lot to the global design industry and to the local New York consumers that came to the section for inspiration and help creating and maintaining their dream homes even if those homes were one-room walk-ups in the outer boroughs.