Archive for August, 2015

Can you dig it? Bathrooms of the ’70s

By cody

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Throwback Thursday to the “far out” bathroom interiors of the 1970’s.  The Hansgrohe Aquademie in Schiltach, Germany, is hosting an exhibition entitled, “The Seventies Bathroom in Europe, Asia and South America.” The exhibition compares bathrooms from different continents and analyzes the social, economic and political factors in Europe, Asia and South America during this era that influenced bathroom design.

The display was developed by Indonesian architect Budi Pradono and Roman Passarge, Manager of the Hansgrohe Aquademie, in conjunction with Mathias Klotz, curator from Chile. Arkas Förstner is responsible for the bathroom’s design.

The 1970’s was a groovy decade for Hansgrohe.  The Sixty Shower set, designed by Baum, was released in 1970 and became the first product designed by a designer to appear on the market. It came in orange, black and white.  In 1974, Esslinger Design created the Tri-bel handshower for Hansgrohe. This product was the first of its kind to have three different jet types. It was available in blue, red, white, brown and yellow. Hansgrohe’s team in Black Forest won their first design award for these products, setting the standards for a successful award-winning future.

The exhibition will be on display through April 3, 2016.

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Margaret Russell Live-sculpted Tomorrow at MAD!

By cody

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Architectural Digest’s Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell will be live-sculpted at the Museum of Arts and Design tomorrow.   What does live-sculpting entail? Master portrait sculptor Michael Evert, a longtime collaborator of New York-based designer Ralph Pucci, will create a bust of Margaret Russell in front of museum guests. It will probably resemble one of these.   This event is in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin. Ralph Pucci is well known for his innovative approach to the statuesque form of the mannequin. His interpretations of mannequins go far beyond what we are used to seeing – they are dynamic, often playful and they reflect major cultural trends of the past three decades.

This is not only a chance to see the fabulous Margaret Russell, but also an opportunity to observe the incredibly talented Michael Evert in action and visit this fascinating exhibit that crosses the boundaries between design, art and fashion.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 6:00 PM

Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

2nd Floor Galleries, MAD

Photo Credit: Eric Scott

 

Partially Finished Mannequin Head Revealing Fiberglass Structure, 2014 Collection of Ralph Pucci; Photo by Antoine Bootz

 

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Sculptor Michael Evert in His Studio, With Mannequin Mold From Left: Model, Diane Von Furstenberg, Model 1, Model 2, 2014 Collection of Ralph Pucci

 

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NYNow is Now!

By danielle

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It’s time for NY NOW® ! The Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift is heating up the Javits Center this week. “Gift” has been newly added to the show’s tagline and will also be the largest of four sections in the Lifestyle Collection.

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The summer market will feature the largest to date edition of Artisan Resource®, on top of a record 632 new exhibiting companies that will be part of the 2,800 companies exhibiting over 100,000 products across multiple categories.artisan resource

From tabletop to homeware to general giftware, this trade show covers it all for Home, Lifestyle, and Handmade collections.

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In addition to product sourcing opportunities, market attendees can take advantage of a comprehensive suite of seminars and events. Leading industry experts will dissect practically every aspect of business operations — social media marketing, visual merchandising, tax preparation, demographics analysis, importing advice — and share savvy, actionable strategies.

TODAY (August 17) look out for sessions on material and color trends, brand story-telling, spa retailing and selling to Millennials. The New York Chapter of International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) will host “A Visual Journey: An Exploration of Trends in Color and Material,” presented by Stacy Garcia; Susan Szenasy of METROPOLIS will explore product sales through provenance marketing in “Selling Sustainability through Provenance”; and strategies for expanding a spa retail business will be shared in seminar hosted by the Day Spa Association; and Claire Johnson, managing editor of Giftware News, will present “Generation Y Not? Engaging Millennials In Your Store’s Marketing Strategy.”

On tap for Tuesday, August 18, Fashion Group International will deliver “New Gifting Experience,” discussing the latest in gifting for today’s discriminating consumer; “Blogging for Business 101: Everything You Need to Know and Why” will discuss using a blog to build business; and Gift Shop will present “How to Hire, Manage and Retain Millennial Employees.”

We’re especially excited for the second annual Blogger Block Party (TODAY from noon – 8PM), and the show’s new #NYNOW social media lounge sponsored by HGTV Magazine.

New Mobile App for Travel: Hopper

By cody

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With fall events quickly approaching such as Maison & Objet (September 4-8 in Paris, France), Cersaie (September 28-October 2 in Bologna, Italy) and BDNY (November 8-9 in NYC), it’s time to start planning my travel. If you are like me, you have tried every trick in the book to find the best flight deal. I’ve heard many theories of when flights are at their lowest, the most popular one being “Tuesday after 3:00PM” – which I’m still skeptical about.   But now, there is a new mobile app that will track the fares for you and let you know when to pull the trigger. Hopper, otherwise known as my new best friend, will give you advice and predictions about when you should book your flight. Similar to any Expedia or Travelocity booking site, you will set the parameters of your trip (departing airport, destination, dates) and throughout that process the app lets you know which departing and returning days are cheaper. You can then set the flight for tracking, where the app will then follow it and notify you when it hits its cheapest fare. There is also a column that shows you all of the airline fares available at the moment you check the app. Thank you Hopper for creating a useful tool that will help me schedule my travel for…more design events!

 

For a test trip to Bologna, the app asked me to choose my travel dates. Hopper color codes the calendar based on when the cheapest fares will be.

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After selecting my dates, Hopper provides me with advice and predictions for when I should book my flight.

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Hopper also lets me know if there is a cheaper destination airport for my flight.

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The app then provides me with the current fares from multiple airlines.

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New Book on Arizona’s Master of Modernism: Michael P. Johnson

By lexy

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Take a transportive journey through the life and work of Arizona-based architect Michael P. Johnson in a new book, Michael P. Johnson: The Unshakeable Search for Architectureby esteemed architecture critic Louise Noelle. This beautifully written book (with text in both Spanish and English) supplemented by over 70 pages rich with images and floor plans, explores the architect’s unique style and take on architecture.

Drawing influence from the social, political, and economic climate of the ‘60s, as well as minimalist art, Johnson’s work is truly modern, characterized by simple, clean, unmodulated surfaces created using industrial materials. Johnson believes that the viewer’s attention should be focused on a building’s actual presence within its surroundings, and he works with a clear focus to combat the over-adornment of architecture in pursuit of profundity. In his work, the meaning is intrinsically present in the physical act of experiencing a building.

Perhaps it is best to use the eloquent words from Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa’s foreword to the book to express this idea: “Mature works of architecture are processes and worlds rather than objects, and they speak of life rather than design…Michael Johnson’s search has been a patient personal exploration, which has laid the solid foundations for the maturely unwavering focus of his buildings. ”

As the creator of some of the most distinctive modern structures in Arizona, Johnson considers the surrounding landscape in all of his work – an important element with Arizona’s particularly striking nature. He uses geometric volumes to juxtapose the natural setting. Like many modern masters, he requires full control of the interior design of his projects to ensure harmony between the interior and exterior of a space – a clear labor of love. His masterful body of work has earned him numerous accolades including the Ceramics Tiles of Italy Legend Award in 2008.

On Thursday, August 13 at 6:30pm at DWR Scottsdale Studio, Michael P. Johnson alongside his longtime friend and colleague, architect Edward M. Jones, will share a presentation on Johnson’s life and work, followed by a discussion and book signing. Copies of the book may be purchased at the event and refreshments will be served.

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