Archive for April, 2015

Blockbuster Design with Dering Hall, Lonny, and 200 Lex

By dekka



The New York Design Center is partnering with Dering Hall for a cutting-edge virtual exhibit of fine design and furnishings, Wired & Inspired.  Inspired by different aspects of New York film sets, nine renowned NY based interior designers, Celerie Kemble, David Scott, Brett Beldock, Jayne & Joan Michaels, Lydia Marks & Lisa Frantz, Etienne Coffinier & Ed Ku, Stefan Steil, Virginia Toledo & Jessica Geller and Kati Curtis, are putting together a collection of digital rooms showcasing the designs found in the 200 Lex. showrooms.  Each virtual design will be equipped with room renderings and mood-boards to best convey the designers vision.  Pieces from the designs will then be available through Dering Hall for purchase.

The virtual experience takes flight on April 27th. Two days later (April 29),  the NYDC will host a kick-off party — with the help of Lonny editor-in-chief Irene Edwards and the designers on the project. Click here to RSVP. We can’t wait!

Housing Works Design on a Dime

By dekka


Design on a Dime Logo
Ready, set, shop! This three-day shopping event will showcase over 60 room vignettes, designed by today’s top talents. Since opening in 2004, Housing Works’ annual benefit, Design on a Dime, has become one New York’s favorite interior design event.  New York City’s Metropolitan Pavillon will be transformed into an array of unforgettable lifestyle installations featuring brand new-top notch (highly-discounted) merchandise.  The fun begins onThursday, April 23 with a ticketed VIP Opening Night Reception. (VIP Access at 5:30 pm).  Guests will get the first public look at the room vignettes and enjoy exclusive preview shopping, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment. The shopping continues with the FREE Public Designer Sale on Friday, April 24 from 10am – 7pm and Saturday, April 25 from 10am – 5pm.

Keep an eye out for furnishings, accessories and fab finds for the home in vignettes designed by some of our favorites including:

Danielle Colding – Danielle Colding Design


Jayne and Joan Michaels – 2Michaels


Anthony George– Anthony George Home Inc.


Charlotte Moss


Glenn Ban– Glenn Ban Design


Robert Stilin


Last year’s benefit raised over $1 million in support of Housing Works’ mission – to provide stable, permanent housing and lifesaving services for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.  Proceeds this year benefit Housing Works’ Hull Street Residence, a from-the-ground-up housing development that will offer nearly 30 units of permanent supportive housing for single, formerly homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS.




Coverings ’15

By dekka




Coverings, one of our favorite shows of the year, returns to sunny Orlando, FL with over 1,000 exhibitors representing over 40 countries including Italy, Spain, Turkey, Brazil and the US.  This showcase serves to highlight the best of the industry in ceramic tile and natural stone products.  Sponsors of this massive event include CTDA, NTCA, TCNA, Ceramics of Italy and Tile of Spain, ensuring the finest quality an design in hard surfaces.

Coverings - Convention Cntr Map

In addition to the miles of tiles and stone, the industry’s best in tools and installation will also be on display, covering every segment of the design process.  We love seeing the Installation Design Showcase come to life on the show floor.


Aside from products alone, the show offers a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations, and special events including the CID Awards (recognizing excellence in design and installation).  Architects, Interior designers, Contractors, Installers, Builders, Remodelers, Distributors, Retailers, and Fabricators alike are also invited to multiple conference sessions with Key-Notes like Edie Cohen-Deputy Editor of Interior Design Magazine, Joey Shimoda-Shimoda Design Group, and Harris Rosen-Rosen Hotels & Resorts just to name a few. Coverings is a can’t-miss showcase of the latest in hard surfaces made better only with magnificent hospitality.

Also, for those social media savvy attendees, there will be a #Coverings2015 Tweet Up 4pm at the #CoveringsIDS, Booth 461, where mingling is encouraged.


Milan-Bound #salonedelmobile #fuorisalone

By chris


April is the time when all serious design lovers make tracks for Milan and the weeklong extravaganza known as the Milan Furniture Fair or I Saloni.  This year will be particularly charged as the city of Milan prepares for the opening of the EXPO (World’s fair) in the first days of May.

The Expo will take place right next to the Fairgrounds of Salone so there may be some nice sneak peeks of some of the taller architectural country pavilions for show goers at the Rho Fairgrounds.

This year, there is the additional biannual focus on lighting so attendees can visit Euroluce – the most exciting and extensive worldwide array of dazzling new fixtures. As always, a lot of  inspiring events are taking place outside the tradeshow grounds and are spread across the city in pockets of concentrated design goodness that are a joy to discover. #fuorisalone

The Brera district will feature some special country wide exhibitions like the Austrian Design Pioneers‐Consolato Generale D’Austria  (La Pelota, via Palermo 10), Belgium is Design  (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, via Brera 28), Berlin Design Selection‐Dynamo Design Berlin e.V . (via Goito 3 ); and a special “The Garden of Wonders. A Journey Through Scents” exhibition featuring Tord Boontje, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Dimore Studio, Front, Jaime Hayon, Piero Lissoni, Jean‐Marie Massaud and Nendo  (Orto Botanico di Brera, via Brera 28.


In the Ventura Lambrate district the Polish cultural organization, Culture. PL  will present Do it Your Way an innovative new interactive exhibit that will let visitors literally play with the the newest designs from Poland.

Jan Godlewski , Patyczaki

Jan Godlewski , Patyczaki

Moleskine joins forces with Ventura Lambrate to set up a Documentation Centre for design innovation. With the Moleskine smart notebook, Creative Cloud connected in hand, a group of young design reporters will roam the once-industrial warehouses and streets to sketch and document its design objects, materials and technological solutions as well as its installations, crowd and spaces. #IdeasNoted

Sustainability will be the main focus of the “Good Design: The Natural Circle”, located in the heart of Milan: Trove, Foscarini and Seletti are some of the brands featured in the exhibition.

It is always worth a trip to the hopping Zona Tortona and the Super Studio.  Other highlights our annual visits to the magical garden of the famed retailer Rossana Orlandi, the Triennale Design Museum, the Corso Como, and the new downtown piazza created in  honor of Italian woman architect Gae Aulenti.

As extensive as this all sound, it is just the tip of the iceberg, we’d need a book to capture it all.  In fact, we recommend grabbing a copy of the Interni guide to activities around town — it is also available as a downloadable Itunes app!

Exciting Products from the Architectural Digest Home Design Show’s MADE Exhibit

By lexy


Design industry enthusiasts, and professionals gathered at Pier 92 & 94 from March 19-22 to celebrate beautiful, high-quality furniture, and home accessories at the 14th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Among the multitude of inspirational design displays and programs was the MADE exhibit – a section of the show specifically dedicated to the celebration of custom pieces and one-of-a-kind objects. In a relaxed, gallery-style setting, attendees perused the offerings of a talented group 159 of designers. In case you missed the show, we’re giving you a sampling of some of the many exciting brands featured at ADHDS: MADE. Warning: this may inspire some serious design lust.

100xbtr: This small, but highly creative team self-produces furniture, lighting, and home goods. With a strong emphasis on current, efficient production techniques including CNC machines, and 3D printers, 100xbtr fabricates impactful pieces. More classic techniques, like glass blowing and bronze casting, are also integrated, creating variety within this modern, beautiful collection, with a recognizable cohesion via the curvilinear forms. Among 100xbtr’s unique, eye-catching pieces is the Beacon light (image below), featuring a hand blown glass shade, and a turned ash base.


AVO: AVO’s unique anthropological approach to design is truly memorable. Designer Brit Kleinman travels the world for ideas, focusing on the way that furniture design reflects culture. AVO’s collection features rugs (see wall-hanging in image) made of full or half cow hides, and handpainted with bold geometric patterns; the interesting, unusual combination of  the traditional material and a contemporary design, creates an appealing, and aesthetically beautiful, contrast. Adding to the individuality of these handpainted rugs, each is particular with slight variations in the outline, and markings. Look out for AVO’s exciting designs again at next year’s MADE exhibit.


DAMM: Husband and wife duo Robert and Brenda Zurn are the genius behind DAMM’s contemporary lighting, handmade from elemental materials. With a careful focus on innovation, and decoration, these sculptural light fixtures – customizable, and made-to-order – add an intriguing facet to residential and commercial spaces. Each piece tells a unique story; Artemis (shown on wall) is inspired by Greek mythology, featuring an archery-theme via a brass arrow form with feathers that are customizable in color. Available in a cluster of three, or in custom configurations, this light fixture – like the rest of DAMM’s pieces – engages the viewer.


MADEbyWOOD: These MADEbyWOOD Indi-Pendant lamps consist of light-weight concrete, colored with a specially made pigment and finished with a variety of bronze finishings. The modularity of the form, as well as the imperfect details of the concrete material, are the primary focus of the design. Designer Paul Wood cites downtown Manhattan’s architecture as a source of inspiration for the industrial, contemporary style that his work embodies; Paul’s studio is in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a setting that both stimulates creativity, and lends itself to design, as the designer often incorporates found objects from the Navy Yard’s old buildings in his work.


Noble Goods: Noble Goods products are characterized by the combination of two materials, solid American hardwood, and bio-derived epoxy resin, in original and technically innovative ways. Noble Goods designers Molly FitzSimons, a stylist, and Christopher Moore, a sculptor make a well-rounded creative team, and began the business in their Brooklyn home. Apart from using the most environmentally-friendly resin possible, and sustainable and reclaimed woods, the company also donates a portion of its annual profit to the charity Habitat for Humanity. A great representation of Noble Goods’ unique aesthetic, the Drip/Fold side table (shown below to left of designer), is a one-of-a-kind bent ash plywood piece, hand-dripped with liquid resin to create the abstract paint-look pattern. If you missed the show, you can see Noble Goods’ exciting products at this year’s BKLYN Designs in Greenpoint in May.

Noble Goods

RAUNJIBA: Brooklyn-based artist Scott B. Tucker merges his love for sculpture and design in  this skillfully crafted furniture line. Combining a high-quality of technical design, with remarkable comfort, RAUNJIBA furniture is contemporary, eco-friendly, and durable, making it practical for both interior and exterior spaces. The Tabaroa beach lounger, pictured below, is a sleek, utilitarian new addition to the collection. If you love these exciting RAUNJIBA designs, the brand will also be exhibiting at BKLYN Designs.


Spin Ceramics: Originated in China, Spin Ceramics brought its ultra-modern interpretation of traditional Chinese design to NYC in 2014. Featuring beautiful, whimsical designs, Spin Ceramics’ handmade porcelain and stoneware is crafted by an innovative team of designers who’ve adopted techniques from Jingdezhen – China’s porcelain epicenter. These lively yet minimalist ceramics are created in multiple glazes that bring another unique design element to the table: Celadon White (characterized by a green tint from trace elements of iron-oxide and a glossy final look), China Blue (black when used alone, but blue when used with Celadon White glaze), Underglaze Red (copper oxide glaze applied underneath the Celadon White glaze giving red hue), and Imperial Red (contains copper oxide pigment as its color base and can improve flowing effect).


The Citizenry: Named for the collectivity of creative individuals that make up this company, The Citizenry’s mission is to design for interiors that reflect the personal journey of the inhabitant. With direct artisan partnerships, forged through extensive world travel, the company offers handmade, culturally diverse products of the finest materials, imbued with its own modern aesthetic. Among its wide range of beautiful, authentic furnishings, are hand-dyed woven rugs from Peru including Cielo Azul Rug – Indigo, Estrellas Rug, Cielo Azul Rug – Sky Blue (shown below, from left to right) created by the Lurin Artisan Cooperative, a small group of Peruvians consisting of a woodworker to build the loom, foragers of natural dyes, and master weavers.

The Citizenry

A Tribute to Michael Graves

By chris


The design community has recently lost one of its greats; Michael Graves of Michael Graves Architecture and Design passed away this month at his home in New Jersey. Michael has been an unstoppable force in our midst for decades. He was a visionary architect, an inspiring speaker/teacher, an advocate for healthcare design reform and a product designer that brought great design and whimsy to the masses. Graves is famous for having designed over 350 buildings worldwide but was more commonly known for his designs, accessible for use in everyday households. His late 20th century postmodernist designs captivated the world and resulted in countless awards, medals, and honors.


One of his dearest projects, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital-Omaha Location, will be supported by all contributions made in memory of Michael.  Graves was passionate about Madonnas use of innovative technology to research and provide specialized care for every patient.  The funds will go toward building this hospital as he designed it and provide a permanent naming opportunity in his honor. For information on the design project visit  In honor of Michael Graves, Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ will extend a large portion of the current Michael Graves exhibition, Past as Prologue, for the public to enjoy through April 12, 2015.  25% of all admission fees collected at Grounds For Sculpture on April 12 will be donated to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in his memory.   Information on Grounds for Sculpture can be found at

For those of us lucky enough to have collaborated on a project or even just to have heard him speak about the power of design, the loss is great.  I personally got a chance to work with him for a recent lighting collection he created for Ilex. He was the consummate professional and design leader with every stroke of his pen.  Thank you Michael for all you have done for our industry and for your lasting gifts that we can continue to enjoy in our personal and public spaces.

memorial service will be held in his honor at 1 p.m. April 12, 2015 in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium.  You can find information regarding the memorial as well as RSVP for the service at