Archive for May, 2015

COLLECTIVE DESIGN 2015 FAIR

By danielle

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Collective design, which celebrates design innovation and thinking is holding its third annual fair, from May 13 to 17. Attendees will enjoy selected works from a global roster of established and emerging galleries; have the chance to meet its founder, architect Steven Learner, and mingle with a passionate group of designers, architects and gallerists.

The fair features New York’s most exciting voices as well as established and emerging galleries from across the world’s creative capitals, including Madrid, Milan and Stockholm, among others.

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j-lohmannOver all five days, 29 exhibitors, including Kinder Modern, Nicholas Kilner, Vance Trimbler and Garrido Gallery from Spain, will show their work in a fair that is more than a commercial platform; it’s an opportunity to explore the significance of design across creative disciplines and everyday life.

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In 2015, the fair will present an exciting program of curator-led tours, a series of Collective Conversations with leaders from the design community and special installations, such as the suspended lights that play with intensely reflective surfaces, ultra-light LEDS and the color gold by the internationally acclaimed lighting designer Ingo Maurer or the site-specific installation that expresses artist Isamu Noguchi’s distinctive spatial concepts and signature sculptural forms.

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This year the event will be held in a new and unexpected location in Skylight Clarkson Sq, 550 Washington Street, between West Houston and Spring Streets and can be reached easily by car or by subway; the closest subway stations are the 1 train at Houston Street and the C/E trains at Spring Street.

MAY 13-17, 2015

Fair Hours:

Wednesday, May 13, 11am-8pm

Thursday, May 14, 11am-8pm

Friday, May 15, 11am-9pm

Saturday, May 16, 11am-8pm

Sunday, May 17, 11am-5pm

Bounded by Soho, Tribeca and the West Village, Hudson Square exhibits a medley of characteristics borrowed from its surrounding neighborhoods and The Ear Inn, one of the oldest bars in New York City, said to have been established in 1817 and built by George Washington’s aide, always worth the trip.

Design Comes out Swinging at This Year’s BKLYN DESIGNS

By danielle

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Serving as the official kick-off for NYCxDESIGN, BKLYN DESIGNS, will head to Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Expo Center for a long weekend packed with fabulous design-centric programming. If you’re not familiar with the show, BKLYN DESIGNS, founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, is a juried exhibition to showcase the abundance of design talent that originates from the creative hub of Brooklyn. From May 8-10 a plethora of innovative and inspiring contemporary furnishings, lighting and home accessories will be displayed at the show. Over 100 designers and architects from across the borough will be represented — from emerging designers, to well-established BKLYN DESIGNS alumni, whose contribution will be celebrated in the show’s inaugural Alumni Gallery. The 2015 edition aims to highlight the collaborative spirit of design with special programs, installations, pop-ups, panel discussions that span design, architecture and art. Below, we’ve outlined some of the exciting, inspirational features to look out for at the show – if you’d like to come, register here!

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Exhibitors: You can find handcrafted furniture from Robert Sukrachand and Noble Goods; transformative furniture from Think Fabricate; contemporary fabrics from Bolé Road Textiles and Au Retour; modern heirloom furniture from Evan Z. Crane; modular children’s furniture from Casa Kids; outdoor furniture solutions from RAUNJIBA and From the Source; sustainable wood furnishings from Phil Gautreau; innovative light fixtures from Urban Chandy; laser crafted lighting Artisan Design Source; vases customized to your facial profile by fahz; vinyl record solutions from Wax Rax; hand blown and wheel carved glass objects by Leonoff Art Glass; and much more!

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BKLYN BUYS: For those looking to bring a piece of Brooklyn home with them, the BKLYN BUYS marketplace will offer beautifully crafted accessories, and home objects—made or designed in Brooklyn of course. The pavilion will feature both independent designers—Bronsen, History & Industry, LESH, CARIBBEING and Pico Design among others—as well as collaborative design resources such as By Brooklyn. Other unique BKLYN BUYS offerings will include avant-garde architecture publication, CLOG, and Rote Productions’ audio recordings, graphic works and video compositions. Supplementing the wares of these innovative designers, will be the High Line Shop, a curated selection of objects from Brooklyn makers Apotheke, Boundless Brooklyn, Claudia Pearson, Cofield, Hazel Village and Monica Castiglioni, and a pop-up shop, the Dwell Store, designed in collaboration with local illustrator Mark McGinnis, highlighting well-known Brooklyn designers including Aaron Poritz, Bower, Fort Standard and The Principals.

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Programming: Over all three days, a series of 15 engaging panels, led by design and architecture industry experts and connoisseurs will take place on a dedicated BKLYN DESIGNS stage, including: Creative Brooklyn: The Evolution from Studio to Supplier (May 8, 6-7pm), moderated by Metropolis Publisher/Editor in Chief Susan S. Szenasy with Rockwell Group’s Thom Forsyth, Rich Brilliant Willing’s Charles Brill and Brooklyn designer Louis Lim discussing elevating the business of Brooklyn design and key roles played by the interiors community; BKLYN’s in the House: What’s Hot in Residential Design (May 9, 11-11:45am) where ASID’s Jennifer Quail will discuss the hottest trends in residential design with Brooklyn’s leading interior designers Audra Canfield, Kathryn Scott, and Sarah Zames; Design to Table (May 10, 12-12:45pm) where Chef and Culinary Consultant Katy Sparks discusses trends in plating, followed by a tasting of a local sustainable recipe. Additionally, Dwell Home Tours will come to Brooklyn beginning at BKLYN DESIGNS, and there will be an Interior Design Editor Tour. Check out bklyndesigns.com for the full schedule.

Installations & Pop-Ups: Adding a few more creative mediums to the mix, the show will feature numerous pop-up lounges, and installations including: a temporary cinema by the Architecture & Design Film Festival, showing a series of Brooklyn-related architecture and design films; a media lounge designed by American Design Club and Token, where they will hold portfolio review and book signings; the AphroChic Remix Lounge where modern design meets culture style presented by AphroChic with help from ColorHouse, Patina, and SaatchiArt.com; a play area for kids featuring Rockwell Group’s Imagination Playground, an innovative playground with movable parts; creative aerial installations by SITU Studio; a Tattly Parlor where attendees can apply designy temporary tattoos; award programs including the Green Design Awards, awarded by Inhabitat to honor sustainability in design; an AN + AIANY New Practices Lounge highlighting seven emerging architecture firms from Brooklyn in a space designed by Abruzzo Bodziak.

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EAT, PARTY & FALL IN LOVE WITH MILAN DURING EXPO2015

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It’s an exciting time to be in Milan! Expo 2015 officially opened today and there’s no doubt that the city is in the best shape of its recent history. There are lots of things to do and places to discover, so we put together a list to enhance your Milanese experience.

EAT

Drogheria Milanese, Via Conca del Naviglio, 7, Milano

Drogheria Milanese

Drogheria Milanese offers Milanese-style tapas: mini pizzas, fried calamari, beef tartare… Drogheria Milanese is the perfect place for a big group of friends who can share and try different dishes with. The vintage décor and the good wine selection will seal the deal.

Fonderie Milanesi, Via Giovenale, 7 , Milano

Fonderie Milanesi

Have you ever had dinner in a foundry? In Milan, you can. A hidden gem, Fonderie Milanesi is a charming little restaurant and bar in the Navigli area. Head there for an aperitivo in their outdoor space, or for a Milanese dinner in this unique industrial-looking location.

Da Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, Via G.Meda 24, Milano

Da Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

This newly opened restaurant was born from an idea of superstar Chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci. Located in an old sawmill, the founders developed the restaurant concept combining top cuisine, minimal design and traditional accents – a dining experience for the five senses.

PARTY

 Dub Vibes, Thursdays @ Bond , Via Paoli 2, Milano

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What happens when music, drinks and temporary exhibitions meet? In Milan, it’s called Dub Vibes. A casual Thursday night party that takes place at Bond, one of the coolest bars in the Navigli area.

Punks Wear Prada, Fridays @ Santa Tecla, via Santa Tecla 3, Milano

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Whether it’s unclear if punks really wear Prada, this party – started by British DJ Natasha Slater in 2010 – is definitely one of the hottest in town thanks to its international guest DJs and fashionable vibes. They’re kicking off the Expo season with a special party on Friday May 1st.

Telescope, Saturdays @ TOM, Via Molino Delle Armi

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A stellar Saturday night with Telescope, the newest party in Milan with the promise of taking you for an intergalactic trip – are you ready to get lost in the disco Universe?

 

FALL IN LOVE

The Navigli Area

The Navigli

Take a stroll along the Navigli, grab a gelato and check out the new “Darsena”: once the city’s harbor, it’s been reconverted to be a public space area where people to relax, work out and shop.

Villa Necchi Campiglio

Villa Necchi Campiglio

This Villa is an Art Deco jewel and an interior design masterpiece: designed by Piero Portaluppi for Angelo Campiglio e Gigina Necchi, art and design enthusiasts, the Villa is now open to the public and used as an exhibition space. I’m sure you’ll get lost in its impeccably designed rooms!

Porta Nuova

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Get a glimpse of the Milan of the future in Porta Nuova. The area is part of a big urban redevelopment project -the largest in Europe- that will bring new life to the area. Piazza Gae Aulenti and the Unicredit Tower are quickly becoming one of the new landmarks of the city, and Bosco Verticale is rewriting the rules of sustainable architecture by developing a vertical forest on the towers’ facades. Definitely a must-see!

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