Archive for May, 2015


By alessandra


As Virgil said, “time passes irrevocably” and it seems another ICFF has just flown by. With a whole new second floor to explore featuring HO.MI New York, the LUXE Interiors + Design Pavilion, a curated pop-up shop from Design Milk – the four days certainly went by fast as we tried to soak up all that the show had to offer! According to our fitbits, we walked over 12,000 steps on Saturday alone. With over 700 exhibitors from more than 30 countries (such as Brazil, China, France, Egypt and South Africa), the show lived up to its “international” name with aisle after aisle of contemporary and avant-garde flooring, furniture, seating and lighting. Here are a few of our favorites…


Above: Kenneth Cobonpue has definitely fulfilled its aim of bringing back romance into design in this incredible Limbo Trapeze chandelier and has bridged the gap between product and sculpture.

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Above: The beautiful and colorful ceramics from Figgjo Norway, the Norwegian porcelain manufacturer for the professional kitchen since 1941 which has introduced Figgjo Brem, a set of new and vibrant deep plates.

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Above: Trend alert! We have this thing with floors and spotted the coolest Keith Haring collection tiles by Ceramics of Italy manufacturer Ascot Ceramiche. (#selfeet) These tiles can also be seen in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. If you haven’t be there yet, be sure to check out the bathroom designed by Gail Green.


Above: Røros Tweed took home an ICFF Editor’s Choice Award for Best Textiles. Made of 100% Norwegian wool, Mikkel blankets pre-launched at the show and will make their European launch during the Nordic Design Fair in Oslo at the end of May.


Above: The Rival chair, a universal chair suited for homes, public spaces and offices, designed by the award-winning Konstantin Grcic stood tall at the Artek booth. It was developed using a mix of solid birch for the legs and a laminated birch for the arms.

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Above: Duravit has paired with its longtime collaborator Philippe Starck for a new sophisticated collection inspired by the elegance of New England: Cape Cod, which according to Duravit USA president Tim Schroeder, “is more than just a collection, it’s a state of mind and an approach to bathroom design”.

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Above: Above all, lighting was the star of the show! M2L presented this contemporary and hypnotic collection by Italian company Lumina.


Above: We love the hand assembled and meticulously finished lighting by Apparatus, composed by the creative duo Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson.

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Above: The Shimna Stacks, a futuristic storage collection, perfectly represent the company’s mission to combine traditional methods and materials with contemporary ideas.

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Above: Generations of design collide with Sam and Jory Probber, grandson and son of Harvey Probber, and Micheal and Matt Manes, President and Vice President of M2L.

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Above: A few of our favorites from the Design Milk pop up shop.

IFDA Take A Seat Hits NYC Tonight

By Lucy


Today’s post comes from Design-Calendar special guest, Rachele!

Join the annual Take a Seat Auction Gala tonight, May 27, and you will have a chance to buy a beautiful chair and at the same time, support Habitat for Humanity NYC.

Take A Seat is an ongoing project of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), and it promotes talent within the design community fulfilling our mission to service others. Rescued and recreated chairs made by some of New York City’s leading design professionals have been displayed at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and now will be auctioned off at IFDA’s 3rd Annual Charity Auction with Michael Tavano as master of ceremonies.

We hope some of you will be there to support this fantastic cause!


By alessandra



NYCxDESIGN wouldn’t be complete without an Italian touch! This morning, the famous Italian kitchen brand Scavolini hosted “American Architects meet Italian Design” as part of International Design Appointments: a special breakfast series with lectures and talks.

James Biber of Biber Architects, the lead architect of the USA Pavilion at EXPO Milano 2015, was the guest of honor and presented his contemporary and technologically advanced project for the EXPO, American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet, which was designed in collaboration with dlandstudio (landscape design), Thinc Design (exhibit design), and Pentagram (graphic design), in addition to a team of experts, collaborators, and facilitators.

James Biber with Francesco Farina, CEO of Scavolini, for Interni Magazine at the American Architects meet Italian Design event.

James Biber on the role of architecture during Expos throughout history.

If breakfast isn’t your thing, we recommend trying Ed’s Lobster Bar at 222 Lafayette Street.



By danielle



AD15_evite_01Monday night (May 18) marks the annual Opening Night at the Architects and Designers Building. This trade-only event is co-hosted by Interior Design. There will be 37 showrooms, including leading brands such as Smeg USA, Miele, Listone Giordano wood floors and the debutant Cosentino Surface, all under the same roof with hundreds of products and auction items on every floor to benefit DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. We suggest starting at the top and working your way down. And bring your fitbits to log in all those stairs/steps!


Please be sure to RSVP.



Monday 18th May

From 5 to 8 pm



A&D Building

150 East 58th Street

New York


Where to eat: While you can snack on just about every floor, if you are still hungry try Sandro’s incredible Italian cuisine.


Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2015

By cody


It’s that time of year again! Today marked the opening of the 43rd annual Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. This event is a must-see for all design and real estate enthusiasts. This year, a hand-selected group of 22 designers and architects were asked to transform the historical Arthur Sachs Mansion, located on the Upper East Side. The mansion, built in 1909 by the legendary Buchman & Fox architectural firm, boasts a limestone façade in Beaux-Arts style. The townhouse was recently put on the market for $35 million – which will buy you five floors of masterly designed décor, a pool, garden, elevator and a nice view of Andy Warhol’s old digs across the street. Arthur Sachs, son of Goldman Sachs partner Samuel Sachs, lived in the house for 10 years before building a larger mansion a few blocks away. Shortly after, the French-inspired townhouse was purchased by Lewis Brown Gawtry, a wealthy banker and prominent figure in various North American energy companies. His family would throw lavish parties in the mansion including the wedding of his daughter, Olive, to Robert Wallace Tilney.  In 1944, Dr. Gerald O’Brien bought the house, where he allegedly treated the infamous mobster, Frank Costello. Full of history, this mansion is a perfect choice for the Kips Bay exhibition.

Arthur Sachs Mansion

Beginning in 1973, the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse fundraiser was created to help the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. The money raised is donated to New York City after-school and enrichment programs. The foundation currently reaches over 10,000 children at 10 locations throughout the Bronx. It ensures that under-privileged young people are given educational and developmental opportunities and realize their potential and importance.

This year’s designers include: Alan Tanksley, Inc.; Bennett Leifer Interiors; Branca; Cathy Kincaid Interiors; Christopher Peacock; Clive Christian; David Phoenix Inc.; Drake Design Associates; Gail Green Interiors; Greener by Design; Home Works; Janice Parker Landscape Architects; Mark D. Sikes Inc.; McMillen Inc.; Michael Herold Design; Paul + Martha; Pavarini Design; Philip Mitchell Design; Ronald Bricke & Associates, Inc.; Rottet Studio; Thom Filicia Inc.; and Tilton Fenwick. They spent eight weeks renovating and restoring the mansion. This elegant stunner will definitely be a great source for design inspiration (and will have us checking our back pockets for that $35 million). Visitors can also look forward to fantastic décor from Ascot CeramicheBeacon Hill, The Shade Store, Kravet, DacorAKDO, 1stDibs, and more!

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Gail Green Interiors’ homage to Keith Haring using tiles from Ascot Ceramiche’s “Game of Fifteen” collection. Photo: Lucea Spinelli Photography



It will be open to the public seven days a week from May 14th – June 11th. For more information go to:

Best way(s) to get there:

58 East 66th Street – Between Madison and Park
New York City, 10065

6 Train at 68th St./Hunter College  OR  F Train at 63rd St./Lexington Ave

Madison Avenue & E 66th St. Stop – M1, M3, M4
Madison Avenue & E 67th St. Stop – M66
Fifth Avenue & E 67th St. –  Stop M72
Fifth Avenue & E 65th St. Stop – M1, M2-LTD, M3, M4

There are numerous parking garages available nearby. Including Manhattan Parking Group and Prime Parking Systems.

Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday evenings: until 8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Admission $35 – This includes Journal


Looking for a great place to eat? We recommend Match 65 (only one block away!) for some delicious French food.

29 East 65th Street – Between Madison and Park


By danielle



If you love art and design, than there’s no better time to be in New York City! Taking place from May 14 to 17, the fourth edition of Frieze New York will return to Randall’s Island Park and join the NYCxDESIGN program of events.

Over the four days, more than 190 art dealers from all around the world will exhibit their works in one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs.



Nearly 200 contemporary galleries will participate, 30% of which are based in New York. Some of our favorites include: the Pace Gallery, which is planning a presentation of new drawings by Richard Tuttle; the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, who will show works from several artists and the Andrea Rosen Gallery, in which the artist Michael St. John is curating a show titled “My Way”.

The fair will be divided in two main parts – “Focus” and “Frame”. In the “Focus” section, galleries have been selected on the basis of a proposed solo stand or curated project, specifically conceived for the fair. Those participating in Focus will have opened in or after 2003 and debut works not previously seen within an art fair context. “Frame” is a section dedicated to galleries established less than eight years ago. Galleries have been selected on the basis of a proposed solo presentation. Frame allows visitors and collectors to see work by artists who have not previously benefitted from an international platform to show their work.

The fair will once again host the Frieze Talks, a daily program of keynote lectures and discussions, including a talk-show type panel hosted by the irreverent comedian Casey Jane Ellison featuring writer Karley Sciortino and artist Leilah Weinraub. The Frieze Education Program will give access high school students and children from underserved communities across all five boroughs access to arts programs, with a combination of workshops and tours for school groups. Participants leading the workshops include artists Urs Fischer and Julie Mehretu, Triple Canopy, Cleopatra’s the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and Material for the Arts (MFTA). Frieze Sounds is programmed and curated by Cecilia Alemani and presented with BMW. This year’s program brings together three artists that work in the space between sound, installation and performance. The three commissions all explore avant-garde composition, incorporating archive elements that use collage as a starting point. Frieze Sounds will be premiered in the VIP cars at Frieze New York. The works will also be accessible via a listening station inside the fair and streamed online at


As in previous editions, the fair will takes place under a large tent on Randall’s Island, in upper Manhattan’s East River, which can be easily reached by Bus ($8 round-trip), running from outside the Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets approximately every 10 minutes, or by Ferry ($19 round-trip), running from the 35th Street Ferry Dock on the East River every 30 minutes.

The Frieze Art Fair will also offer an incredible choice of eating and drinking options, including some of New York’s most loved eateries, such as Frankie Spuntino Restaurant, Court Street Grocers and Parlor Coffee.


Opening Days

Wednesday, May 13: Invitation-only Preview

Thursday, May 14  11am – 7pm

Friday, May 15       11am – 7pm

Saturday, May 16  11am – 7pm

Sunday, May 17    11am – 6pm



By danielle


unnamedThere’s only a few hours left until the 2015 Alpha Awards!

2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of the New York City-based non-profit The Alpha Workshops, an organization that provides creative HIV-positive individuals with training and employment in the decorative arts.

This year over 350 influential New Yorkers will come together in an effort to raise awareness and funding in support of The Alpha Workshops’ $300,000 benefit goal.

If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, there’s still time!

And fear not – if you can’t make it to the live auction, you can access it online (, from Tuesday, April 28 through Tuesday, May 12 until 8:00 PM.

Murano Venetian Glass, Enrique Garcel Table, trips to Mexico and the possibility of hosting a cocktail party for your friends at the home of Jamie Drake are only few of the items up for grabs.

Time is money in this frenetic neighborhood but Delmonico’s on the 56 Beaver Street is always worth the time (and the money!).



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Program begins at 6:45 p.m.



The Broad Street Ballroom

41 Broad Street (Between Beaver St. & Exchange Pl.)

New York City


For more information:

Viva Las Vegas! HD Expo 2015

By Lucy


There’s plenty abuzz in NYC, but our minds are currently set on Sin City, where the annual HD Expo will take place later this week! Some of our favorite brands will be showing in Vegas, debuting new lines of textiles, tile, and more. Here are a few of our top picks:

Robert Allen Contract – (booth 4017) Robert Allen Contract will debut their latest collaboration with esteemed hospitality designer Kirk Nix: The Penthouse Collection.

Royal Botania – (booth 3623) Belgian design at its best will be on display. Products from the outdoor furnishings manufacturer will be part of the Flanders Investment & Trade booth.

And for all you 80s babies out there, be sure to check out the HD Expo Opening Night Party on Wednesday (! This shindig at the House of Blues will feature all of your favorite retro tunes…scrunchies and oversized cell phones encouraged!

ICFF 2015

By danielle




NYCxDESIGN isn’t complete with ICFF. Now under the leadership of Emerald Expositions, the 27th International Contemporary Furniture Fair will be held from May 16 to 19 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

ICFF 2015 will be a hotspot for the newest trends in contemporary furniture, lighting, seating, carpet and outdoor furniture, materials and the latest topics in modern design, decoration and contemporary art.


The four-day fair covers 165,000 square feet of show-floor and features more than 700 exhibitors from all around the world. Handcrafted objects from Grain, furniture from Boca do Lobo, the futuristic storage for vinyl record collectors from Wax Rax, amazing lighting sculptures from Lasvit, Italian furniture from Francesco della Femina, bath fixtures from Duravit are just a few of the products on our radar. We can’t wait to see which exhibitors are selected for the annual ICFF Editors Awards.

In terms of programming, ICFF Talks, the show’s educational series, brings together a stellar cast covering a range of current topics. ICFF Studio, a partnership between the Fair and Bernhardt Design, is a juried platform for young designers to showcase prototypes to manufacturers. The Studio has helped to launch the careers of a number of today’s stars.

New major additions to the Fair in 2015 include HO.MI The Italian Lifestyle Event, presenting some 150 leading and emerging luxury furniture, lighting and interior accessories providers from Italy, and Luxe. interiors + design, the Luxury Interiors showcase, featuring the leading brands in the high end interiors space.


The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York City, 11th Avenue at 38th Street can be easily reached by car or by subway, taking the A/C/E trains to Penn Station.

While it is hard to find a good spot to eat near the Convention Center, Hell’s Kitchen is very close. The neighborhood offers a diverse collection of restaurants. Totto Ramen, one of the best Ramen restaurant in New York City, is always worth the trip.


Saturday, May 16

and Sunday, May 17

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 18

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


Trade and General Public

Tuesday, May 19

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Culture.PL Makes Graphic Statement at WantedDesign

By Lucy


Following their WantedDesign debut in 2014, our friends from Poland are back! Culture.PL will present at 2015’s show, this time with a focus on graphic design in the exhibit InsideOut. With three parts — hand-made, hand-produced, and hand-thought — the exhibit showcases the breadth of Polish design, displaying the starting point, the process, and the final result of these incredible pieces.

The show will also mark the US debut of Culture.PL’s new book VeryGraphic: Polish Designers of the 20th Century. This comprehensive history of Polish graphic design features the country’s achievements in posters, books and covers, typography, logos, packaging, and more. To celebrate the book’s launch, its editor Jacek Mrowczyk will join InsideOut curator Agata Syzdlowska for the panel Inside Polish Graphic Design at WantedDesign on Sunday, May 17 from 10:30-11:30 AM. Senior Curator for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Ellen Lupton will moderate the discussion, and following, there will a book signing and Polish goodies (!!) back at the InsideOut space. We’ve also heard rumors of a poster giveaway…either way, this dynamic exhibit is on our hit list for NYC Design Week! We’ll see you there!

WantedDesign Manhattan
May 15-18 2015
Terminal Stores (269 11th Ave) New York, NY

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