Archive for July, 2015

DIFFA’s Picnic By Design 2015

By cody


Almost one week until DIFFA’s Picnic By Design! The 4th annual fundraising event will take place on August 5th at Ramscale Studio from 6:00-9:00PM. This unique picnic will feature stations of delicious food from beloved NYC establishments, along with cocktails and wine. A group of talented designers will create elaborate picnic baskets following a theme of their choice and these creations will be available for bidding throughout the night. Proceeds from ticket and basket sales will help support DIFFA in its fight against HIV/AIDS.

For all my fellow Gilmore Girls fans out there, I know what you’re thinking and yes this is a very upscale reenactment of the Stars Hollow yearly charity picnic basket auction. If you are feeling nostalgic and want to re-live the glorious days of 2002, this is definitely the event for you. Although Jess and Dean will not be in attendance, many of our favorite design industry superstars will be! For a fun twist this year, a panel of design experts will evaluate each basket and the winner will be featured on  The jury includes: Cindy Allen, chairman of DIFFA and editor-in-chief of Interior Design; Louise Vongerichten, head of development at the acclaimed Chef’s Club US; Christophe Rammant, president of EGE & Bolon; Stephanie Goto, principal of STEPHANIEGOTO and Barry Richards, principal and studio leader at Rockwell Group.


Attendees can expect to see an incredible assortment of baskets from an exciting list of designers including: Michele Alfano of MoDmade NY; Byron C. James-Rodrigues for House of Oasis; Kristen Ward Guerrero/Sargenti Architects; ARCHIVES id; Cheryl Umbles Interior Design; Nile Johnson Interior Design; Antoinette Loupe Interiors; Hollymount Ltd.; Christina Caughey/Cristina Mary Designs; Vanessa DeLeon of Vanessa DeLeon Associates; Carl Lana for Cliffton Dry; Elk Collective; CetraRuddy; Rixner Wright Interiors; Gensler; Urtensils; Courtney Sloane Design; and Mong/Tordorora.

Byron C. James for House of Oasis 2014

HollymountLtd 2014

Michele AlfanoMoDmade NY 2014

Picnic By Design 2014

Picnic By Design 2014

Sponsors include: EGE; Poggenpohl; Robert Allen; Quadrille; Kravet; Urtensils; and Hedgehouse, whose wares will be incorporated into the picnic baskets and throughout the event venue. The event is also sponsored by Interior Design and the New York Design Center. Offering a gourmet taste of NY, the picnic will feature food and spirits from FIKA; STK; Murray’s Cheese; Baked by Melissa; Kind; Cliffton Dry; Harlem Brewing; and Oyster Bay.

Taking Picnic by Design to another level, DIFFA is launching an exciting social media campaign around the event, encouraging people across the country to host their own picnics to raise awareness for DIFFA’s cause. Participants are invited to share snapshots of their gatherings using the hashtag #ShowUsYourPicnic. Users should also mention DIFFA or tag DIFFA in their posts (@DIFFAnational on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest @DIFFA). One lucky participant will win two complimentary tickets ($300 value) to Cocktails By Design in March 2016.

Tickets are now available at: The early bird ticket price is $125 and will increase to $150 the week prior to the event.

NYC Restaurant Week

By cody


NYC Restaurant Week, or “weeks,” we should say – runs from July 20th to August 14th and features prix-fixe dining specials at participating restaurants around the city.   Here are the details: The 3-course brunch/lunch price is set at $25, while dinner goes for $38. Drinks are not included and the deal is not valid on Saturdays. However, for my fellow foodies out there, this is the best week(s) ever. Those prices are a bargain compared to the typical bill at most of these restaurants. Besides the food, the D-C team is excited to tour the restaurant scene and see all of the amazing interiors! We have compiled a list below of some of the most awe-worthy restaurant designs in the area.

Grab those loose-fitting pants and get some grub at our top 5 design favorites:

1. Little Park

We highly recommend this Gachot Studios designed restaurant that features seasonal and organic menus. Staying with and earthy theme, Gachot sourced furniture and fabrics from local makers to create a bohemian mid-century aesthetic.   Tucked into the Smyth Hotel in the heart of Tribeca, Little Park is the product of award-winning Chefs Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom, and Josh Pickard. Hand-woven fabrics brighten the space, along with white oak floors and handcrafted tiles. Gachot wanted the restaurant’s design to keep traditional Tribeca character and chose Guastavino tiles for the fireplace that are often also found in many NYC landmarks. There is also a lovely four-panel frieze mural, designed by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Benedict that depicts scenes from Tribeca’s history.

Location: 85 West Broadway on the corner of Chambers St.  Closest Subway stop: Chambers Street (1, 2, 3)

Courtesy of Little Park

Courtesy of Little Park

Courtesy of Little Park

Courtesy of Little Park

2. The Wright

It is no surprise that The Wright has received the 2010 James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design as well as received 20+ Zagat rating. Named after the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and designed by Andre Kikoski, this ultra contemporary space uses walnut and illuminated fiber-optics to create a dynamic and textural aesthetic. Located in the Guggenheim Museum, this restaurant was the perfect place to commission art from renowned British artist, Liam Gillick. The horizon produced by a factory once it had stopped producing views (2009), was designed specifically for The Wright and is constructed of horizontal planks of powder-coated aluminum, which adorn the walls and the ceiling.

Location: 1071 5th Ave Between 88th and 89th St.  Closest subway stop: 86th St. (4, 5, 6)

Photo - David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Photo – David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Photo-Jack Jeffries © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation_2

Photo -Jack Jeffries © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Photo – Jack Jeffries © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

3. Hakkasan

In the mood for Chinese? This Michelin star-winning restaurant is a must-see and a must-eat. The stunning space is designed by Christian Liaigre and features a Shanghai inspired décor that draws upon traditional Chinese motifs, while maintaining a dramatic modern look. All your senses will be awakened with the illusive lighting, scents, music and taste!

Location: 311 West 43rd St. Between 8th and 9th ave.  Closest subway stop: 42nd Street (A, C, E)

Courtesy of Hakkasan

Courtesy of Hakkasan

Courtesy of Hakkasan

4. Beauty & Essex

If you are on the Lower East Side you have to drop by this incredible restaurant designed by the geniuses at AvroKO Design studio. AvroKO’s goal was “to recreate historical events or places from the past, but with an updated, modern twist.” The product is pure glamour – a magnificent space that will have you looking around at the walls instead of your dinner date.   Custom lighting and a grand staircase are some highlights, along with gilded accents and furniture combos that might make you say, “How did they know those would work well together?!”

Location: 146 Essex St.  Between Stanton and Irvington St.  Closest subway stop: Delancey St. (F)

Photo – Michael Weber

Photo – Jason Lang

Photo – Michael Weber

5. Cherry Izakaya

For my fellow Brooklynites, Cherry Izakaya is becoming the new Williamsburg staple. Designed by hOme, the restaurant was inspired by Tokyo in the 1970s. Reclaimed wood was used throughout the space, along with hand-painted murals by local artists.   The murals were inspired by Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and they imitate historical Japanese folk tales and landscapes. The bar was constructed with gorgeous handmade tiles and a classic Pachinko machine sits in the foyer to add to the vintage feel.

Location: 138 N. 8th St. Between Berry St. and Bedford Ave. Closest subway stop: Bedford Ave (L)

Photo – Andrew Zimmer

Courtesy of Selectism

Courtesy of Selectism

Although this restaurant is not participating in Restaurant Week, we could not resist letting you know about this brand new French bistro on the Lower East Side. Les Enfant de Bohème, designed by Stéfan Jonot, is a non-pretentious, welcoming space that’s goal is to become part of the neighbor’s “routine.” The award-winning architecture studio Freecell Architecture, well known for their work on the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2012, collaborated on the design and space organization. Other features include a wall installation by French visual artist Jeanne Verdoux and Scottish architect and illustrator John Gibson. The installation is inspired by Verdoux’s sketchbook and drawing series New Yorkers on the Subway. Les Enfant de Bohème also has Lower East Side’s only Street Seat.   A new program developed by the Department of Transportaion, Street Seats expand seating into public spaces by temporarily removing two parking spaces. Marpillero Pollak (Linda Pollak) and Scalar Architecture (Julio Salcedo, Benjamin Prager, Carsten, Young) collaborated with Les Enfants de Bohème’s Cathy Lang Ho to create a public urban oasis using classic street materials including heavy timbers, metal railings and scaffolding and bright safety fencing. Make sure you check it out!

Location: 177 Henry Street. Between East Broadway and Madison St. Closest subway stop: East Broadway (F)

Courtesy of Les Enfants de Bohème

Courtesy of Les Enfants de Bohème



By Lydia


Allora! As we begin looking forward to fall, we are eagerly awaiting one of our favorite annual events: Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. From September 28-October 2, 2015 the city of Bologna, Italy will play host to 900 exhibitors from over 30 countries. Organized by Edi. Cer SpA and promoted by Confindustria Ceramica, Cersaie will take place in BolognaFiere, Bologna’s premier exhibition center. Here, vendors of tile, bathroom furnishings, specialty flooring, and more will display their wares to an expected 100,000 visitors.

As usual, this year’s Cersaie agenda doesn’t fail to excite. The event kicks off with the annual conference and seminar series, Building, Dwelling, Thinking, featuring leading speakers from the design and architecture community. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Pritzker Prize winner Glenn Murcutt, who is widely regarded as Australia’s most famous architect. Murcutt is noted for his simple yet high-functioning designs, and penchant for using raw materials that produce little environmental impact. This sustainability focus is kept consistent in Cersaie’s image this year; the 2015 exhibition poster designed by Italian industrial design students, Elena Del Prete and Giuglielmo Gennari, highlights the production process of raw materials from which ceramic is derived.


With the Emilia Romagna region as the Italian epicenter for tile manufacturing, it would be remiss to leave out the magnificent tiles displayed at Cersaie. The 2015 Tiling Town–an exhibition showing a variety of techniques–will be a must-see for the latest in tile installation and laying. In addition, leading global tile manufacturers including Marazzi, Florim and Sicis, will show their most recent collections.

We are also excited to see the Cer-Stile collective exhibition, created by Angelo Dall’Aglio and Davide Vercelli, which will be dedicated to creative renovations of typical Italian landscapes with the addition of commercial and hospitality spaces. Finally, one of our favorite exhibits, Cersaie Designs Your Home, will be back again this year, offering visitors the chance for a free consultation with an architect at the show. A little Italian design flair does every home good.

In conjunction with Cersaie, Bologna will produce the first ever Bologna Design Week (BDW), a city-wide design innovation event from September 30-October 3. The event will offer a networking platform for new and established designers, as well as a cultural itinerary to celebrate Bologna’s rich history in art, design, food and music. With a creative spotlight on the city, Bologna is sure to become a new Italian hub for all things design!


#OntheDC: firstLOOK at NYDC

By danielle


The 11th annual firstLOOK opens tomorrow. Held at the New York Design Center from 5:00-9:00PM, it offers a LOOK at the latest in contract interiors. Close to 30 showrooms including Andreu World, Dirtt Environmental Solutions, KI, Levine Calvano and Versteel will be participating. New products run the gamut, from architectural walls to systems furniture.

At 5:30, Interior Design‘s Cindy Allen will moderate a conversation with product visionaries Brad Ascalon, Jhane Barnes, Michael Vanderbyl and Ghislaine Vinas.





By alessandra



If you have not yet had the chance to see the newly renovated Cooper Hewitt museum, this is the perfect occasion! With two outstanding exhibitions on view this summer, the Cooper Hewitt has never been so exciting!



Provocations is the first museum exhibition to introduce the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio to an American audience. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, infrastructure and temporary structures, to large-scale architecture projects around the world.

On view from June 4, 2015 through January 3, 2016



Architect David Adjaye presents 14 West and Central African textiles from the museum’s permanent collection in the latest installment of the Selects series.

The London-based architect is acclaimed for this thoughtful, responsive design process, and for his global practice and approach; of Ghanaian descent, Adjaye combines the aesthetics of African and Islamic architecture with classically austere, modernist design. The exhibition he has curated brings focus to Cooper Hewitt’s collection of African textiles, including works from Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria, among other countries.

On view June 19, 2015 through February 14, 2016




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Looking for a place to eat? We recommend Paola’s Restaurant, its delicious and authentic Italian food is worth the trip!


By Maddie Heaney


Constellation celebrated its grand opening this past weekend, turning the historic ruins of Bannerman Castle into a thought-provoking art installation on the Hudson River. Working with a team of lighting experts at Niche Modern, local artist Melissa McGill installed a series of LED lights encased in sapphire glass orbs atop aluminum poles ranging from 40 to 80 feet. During the day, these structures emphasize the idea of absence versus presence, highlighting parts of the castle that still stand while bringing out details that no longer exist. At dusk, the globes twinkle, creating a beautiful constellation in the twilight sky.


The seemingly abandoned island – floating in the Hudson between Cold Spring and Beacon – holds a lot of history. During the Revolutionary War, American soldiers set up a wall of underwater spikes in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the British from coming up the river. Many different tribes, fisherman and bootleggers also used the island as a trading post. When Constellation lit up this past weekend, the history was very apparent.

The installation is viewable by land – on east and west sides of the Hudson River – and accessible by sea until the summer of 2017. Take a scenic boat tour made possible by the Bannerman Castle Trust’s Estuary Steward or get as close as you can on kayak through the Storm King Adventure Tours.

Constellation is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Donations to the project are ongoing and can be made here.