Archive for September, 2015


By Lucy


This is a guest post from new Design-Calendar contributor, Katie Bone.

The breadth of London Design Festival always presents a whirlwind of design exploration and this year proved no exception. Boasting more than 400 events and exhibits spread far and wide across the city, the Festival champions the work of up-and-coming talents in the design world, alongside heritage brands and design legends. From the V&A’s exhibit What is Luxury? to the Decorex theme The Future of Luxury, there was significant focus this year on the evolution of luxury and our changing values in the world of design and in society at large.

Entrance to the What is Luxury? exhibit at the V&A

Entrance to the What is Luxury? exhibit at the V&A for London Design Festival

On the wall of the V&A luxury exhibit, a sign read “In a busy and intrusive world, people increasingly value time and space for enjoying special moments and extraordinary experiences. Contemporary designers engage with how the availability of time and space, and the quality of time spent, can be seen as luxuries in their own right.” This assertion was supplemented with an installation by Marcin Rusak, which featured items designed to celebrate getting lost and the quiet moments associated with being alone in the world. Called Time For Yourself, it featured thoughtfully designed, purely analogue “tools for experiencing life outside daily routines,” including a wool blanket, a compass, and a dial-less watch. “It is almost impossible to get truly lost these days,” reads a quote by Rusak next to the installation. “It would take a lot of effort to experience this luxury.”

Hyper-realistic Jellyfish installation by Steffan Dam

Hyper-realistic Jellyfish installation by Steffan Dam for the V&A What is Luxury exhibit

The V&A exhibit served to challenge the notion of luxury in a contemporary world. It directly confronted the prominence of elite brands in a world rife with social inequality, and presented a new idea of luxury; an idea which is at once more universal and more relevant in the present era. It highlighted the themes of time, authenticity, and craftsmanship as growing values and challenged preconceived concepts of luxury.

These ideas were somewhat mirrored at Decorex, though (predictably) with a strong nod toward heritage. Presenting The Future of Luxury alongside Future Heritage, Decorex brought the contemporary relevance of nostalgic design values into the forefront. The theme of authenticity played a role, as wool and other natural materials were embraced throughout the exhibits, as did craftsmanship, especially well demonstrated in the New Craftsmen exhibit which showcased the skill of fine craft-makers and celebrated the hours that went into making each piece by hand.

Nostalgia was an overarching influence across the festival. In a busy, switched on, technology-obsessed world, numerous exhibits and installations pointed to a desire to celebrate the values of the past. This statement was made most explicit with the debut of the MP 01 Mobile Phone by Jasper Morrison in collaboration with Punkt. Unveiled at Somerset House, the phone suggests a better-designed version of one’s first mobile phone. Designed to “rebalance people’s relationship with technology,” the phone enables calling and texting only, and throws all new smartphone technology out of the window. Only available in design stores, and not through mainstream mobile retailers, it becomes clear that this old way of using technology has become more synonymous with luxury than the most technologically advanced smartphones on the market. “We believe it is time to disconnect and discover the more simple things in life,” says a Punkt leaflet describing the Somerset House exhibit.

MP 01 phone by Jasper Morrison and Punkt.

MP 01 phone by Jasper Morrison. Photo courtesy of Punkt.

Wood, often presented simply and sometimes unfinished, was a significant trend observed at the festival, offering a clear nod to nostalgic design and the values of simplicity, authenticity, and craftsmanship. Presenting the material in its most natural form, Max Lamb showcased 131 logs from the same tree, his grandfather’s, in his exhibit at Somerset House titled My Grandfather’s Tree. With an aim to preserve their structure as objects from the natural world, Lamb dried the logs over a period of seven years. They are now for sale for use as stools, side tables, or any other purpose the user can imagine for them.

Jane Withers curated an exhibit at the V&A titled Robin Day; Works in Wood. The exhibit celebrated the material as a resource and an inspiration and embraced classic mid-century modern forms alongside more playful elements including hatchets and wooden slingshots.

From the Robin Day Works in Wood exhibit at the V&A

From the Robin Day Works in Wood exhibit at the V&A

A major theme in both lighting and furniture design, wood also surfaced as a popular material for exhibit displays. Pakiet, Oskar Zieta’s first wood furniture collection, drew significant attention at What Goes Behind, an exhibit of ceramics by contemporary Polish designers at Tent London, curated by There was even an installation of a tube station built entirely in wood (complete with wooden editions of the newspaper The Metro) on display at Designjunction.

What Goes Behind exhibit by at Tent London

What Goes Behind exhibit by at Tent London. Photo by Jan Lutyk.

Handicrafts were well represented across the festival, further representing the themes associated with utilizing natural materials and moving away from technology. From the exhibit to a dreamscape of hand-sculpted pots and vases in muted tones by Tortus Copenhagen at the Tent London entrance, the timeless art of ceramic pottery shone at multiple venues. Textile arts were also a feature. Jamie Knitted Textiles debuted beautifully simple dip-dyed knit pendant lamps. Meanwhile The Knit Collection by Curver, the star of the Designjunction opening event, brought knitting into the modern age by melding contemporary materials and technology (plastic and 3D printing) with classic textile arts.

Natural materials, muted tones, and simple shapes comprised the aesthetic landscape of London Design Festival this year. Through these design clues, strong ideals toward restraint, integrity, and craftsmanship emerged, suggesting values from the past play a big role in the future of luxury and the future of design.

Ceramics from Tortus Copenhagen at Tent London

Ceramics from Tortus Copenhagen at Tent London


Wooden pendant lamps by Joe Armitage with Tala at Designjunction

Wooden pendant lamps by Joe Armitage with Tala at Designjunction

Housing Works’ 12th Annual Fashion for Action

By cody


One of D-C’s favorite organizations, Housing Works, is hosting its 12th Annual Fashion for Action fundraiser on Thursday, November 19th. There will be a shopping party (the best kind of party!) where attendees can get first dibs on designer apparel, accessories and merchandise. After, shoppers are invited to “dance the night away” at the Rubin Museum of Art at 6:00 PM. All proceeds will benefit Housing Works’ Youth Outreach programming. This program provides healthcare and support for homeless youth in Brooklyn that are at risk for HIV/AIDS.

For those unfamiliar with Housing Works – they have store locations all around New York City and it’s essentially a treasure-hunter’s dream. Personally I’ve snagged vintage Levi’s shorts, an Arts and Crafts era china cabinet, a 1950s vanity mirror and a “lady head vase.” However, people are known to walk out of the store with almost-new Jimmy Choo’s for $50. The deals are incredible, with all money going towards a great cause!

Here are the details:


A list of participating brands!

VIP Level Shopping: 6:00 PM

Friend Level Shopping: 6:30 PM

General Admission Shopping: 7:00 PM


Housing Works Chelsea Thrift Shop

143 West 17th Street


6:00 PM

  • Hosted by Bevy Smith

The Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17th Street

Buy tickets here.

Courtesy of Housing Works

Courtesy of Housing Works

Courtesy of Housing Works

Courtesy of Housing Works

Courtesy of Housing Works


Dering Hall’s Wired & inspired Series Hits the Design Circuit This Fall

By lexy


Dering Hall is taking its popular Wired & Inspired Virtual Showhouse to destinations across the country this fall. An exciting showcase of digital design installations, the program launched for the first time at the New York Design Center (NYDC) and received rave reviews. The fall Wired & Inspired tour just kicked off at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) with an opening day event on September 28th. The next stop will be the Boston Design Center (BDC), followed by Thomas Lavin (PDC) and High Point Market. Each location has its own unique theme and features a myriad of top talents. From favorite cities to movies, the selected designers will bring their visions to life through mood boards, room renderings and concept drawings utilizing furnishings from the respective design center, tradeshow or showroom. Meant to serve as a source of inspiration, the items featured in each vignette will also be available for purchase through Dering Hall.

Dering Hall Co-Founder Peter Sallick, remarks, “After the success of our first Wired and Inspired, we knew we had to run with the concept and make it a signature series. The Dering Hall community includes over 500 of the world’s top brands and over 15,000 of the finest interior design products. These virtual showhouses are a fun, interactive way for us to engage with our audience and highlight our designers and brands around key design moments. The program is also a prime example of our commitment to contextual commerce and emblematic of the richness of the Dering Hall experience.”

ADAC – Atlanta
Discover ADAC
September 28 –October 1, 2015
Theme: Favorite Cities

Dering Hall kicked off the 2015 edition of Discover ADAC on September 28th with a Wired & Inspired opening day celebration in the Paul + showroom. The Wired & Inspired features nine vignettes designed by Beth Webb, Beth Webb Interiors; Catherine M. Austin, Catherine M. Austin Interior Design; Krista Nye Schwartz & Tami Ramsay, Cloth & Kind; James Wheeler, J. Wheeler Designs; Karen Ferguson, Harrison Design; Melanie Millner, The Design Atelier; Tammy Connor, Tammy Connor Interior Design; Yvonne McFadden, Yvonne McFadden LLC; and Angie Hranowsky, Angie Hranowsky. From soulful interiors to spaces with history and heart, each room is inspired by a favorite city and is a reflection of the designer’s signature style. Frank Ballabio, Dering Hall’s vice president of customer experience, marketing & editorial, led a quick chat with the designers to dig deeper into the inspiration behind their concepts. Six of the renderings came to life in actual rooms. Staying true to Wired & Inspired’s roots, design lovers from around the world can take a virtual tour of each room on Dering Hall’s site and social media platforms.

Boston Design Center
Boston Design Market
October 7-8, 2015
Theme: Favorite Movies

On October 7, Wired & Inspired will make its debut with the Boston Design Center. This time, Dering Hall enlisted the services of the local design community and selected an exclusive cast including Gary McBournie, Gary McBournie Inc.; Liz Caan, Liz Caan Interiors; Nina Farmer, Nina Farmer Interiors; Laurie Gorelick, Laurie Gorelick Interiors; Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Interiors; Vani Sayeed, Vani Sayeed Studios; Paula Daher, Daher Interior Design; and Renee Lyter, Huth Architects. The eight will recreate scenes from their favorite movies using product from the BDC’s showrooms. Timed to coincide with Boston Design Market, the designers will discuss their inspirations and take guests on a behind-the-scenes virtual tour during a live presentation at 4:00PM on October 8. Carly Sullivan, Dering Hall’s editorial and social media director, will moderate the talk.

Thomas Lavin
Pacific Design Center Market Week
October 8 & October 15
Theme: Fashion Icons

The fall tour concludes in California in collaboration with the acclaimed Thomas Lavin as the worlds of design and fashion collide. Pacific Design Center Market Week attendees will be treated to a big reveal on October 8 at 4:00PM as the participating designers sit down with Dering Hall Executive Editor Dennis Sarlo to share a sneak peek of their digital rooms. Design stars John Wooden, John Wooden Interiors; Annette English, Annette English & Associates; Leo Parella, Leo Parrella Design Group; Brooke Wagner, Brooke Wagner Design; Kathryn M. Ireland, Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles and Design; Chimera; Brown Design Group; Matthew O’Dorisio; Meg Joannides; and Ohara Davies will roll out the red carpet for this runway edition launching online on October 15.

High Point – North Carolina
October 12, 2015
Theme: American Design Icons

American design icons will be the theme for Wired & Inspired at High Point Market. Launching on October 12, in advance of the show, it will celebrate the classics and pay homage to the most influential domestic designs. To complete this challenge, Dering Hall has tapped some of the nation’s best including Erinn Valencich, Erinn V; Denise McGaha, Denise McGaha Interiors; Robin Henry, Robin Henry Studio; Paloma Contreras, Paloma Contreras Design; Michael Wolk, Michael Wolk Design Associates; Donna Mondi, Donna Mondi Interior Design; and Ken Gemes, Ken Gemes Interiors.

Each Wired & Inspired will also have an inspiring editorial component and underscore Dering Hall’s rich blend of content and commerce. From product spotlights to interviews with the designers, Dering Hall’s in-house team offers extensive coverage and an insider look at each of the showhouses.

A room in the ADAC Wired & Inspired. Cathy Austin of Catherine M. Austin Interior Design paid homage to NYC in the design of this "Artist's Salon"

A room in the ADAC Wired & Inspired. Cathy Austin of Catherine M. Austin Interior Design paid homage to NYC in the design of this “Artist’s Salon”

14+ Foundation Annual Cocktail Benefit

By cody


On October 1, the 14+ Foundation will be hosting its 3rd Annual Cocktail Benefit. The foundation will be fundraising for their ongoing contributions and support of the Chipakata Children’s Academy in Africa. The 14+ Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2012 by Joseph Mizzi and Nchimunya Wulf. Its mission is to build and operate schools and orphanages in rural African communities.

The Chipakata Children’s Academy in Zambia, Africa, will double as a primary school education facility, and as a refuge and orphanage for children of need in the local community. These children will be provided with full-time housing and care. The curriculum will incorporate arts-based programs, which is a fundamental part of the foundation’s mission. The Chipakata Village desperately needed a school in their community as young children have had to walk over 4 miles to arrive at the nearest institution.

Without a doubt, this is an amazing cause. The cocktail reception will be held from 6-8:30PM at the Angel Orensanz Center, the oldest surviving synagogue building in NYC. In 1992, it became an artistic and cultural resource open to artists, writers, leaders and thinkers from around the world. The jaw-dropping Gothic Revival interior draws events from MoMA, The Whitney Museum and The Guggenheim. Even legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen was known to go there for creative inspiration.

Event partners include: The Architecture & Design Film Festival; Major Food Group; Don Q Rum; Casebianche; Flavor Paper; Del Toro; Carl Hansen & Son; Ste Michelle; Bass; The Very Black Project and Baci.

The Angel Orensanz Foundation is located at 172 Norfolk Street, between Houston and Stanton Streets. The closest subway stops are Delancey Street (F Train), 2nd Avenue (F Train), Essex Street (J,M,Z Trains).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Event Benefit: 6:00PM to 8:30PM

After Party: 8:30PM to Midnight

Tickets are available here.

And for those interested in sponsoring this initiative, click here to find out more.

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#ONTHEDC: On the “Threshold” of the Architectural League of NY’s Annual Beaux Arts Ball

By lexy


The Architectural League of New York’s annual Beaux Arts Ball will be back again this Friday, bringing together over 1,000 architects, designers, artists and friends to celebrate architecture, design, and urbanism. If you haven’t attended the gathering before, here’s the run-down: Each year, the event is hosted in a different, beautiful, interesting space, and highlights a specific theme relevant to the design and architecture world. The themes are punctuated by specially curated installations by artists, designers, or architects both as a visual treat for the guests, and to stimulate critical conversation – the latter being one of the organization’s primary missions.

This year’s Beaux Arts Ball will be hosted in Queens’ Knockdown Center, a 50,000 square foot restored factory featuring 40-foot ceilings, and an intricate arrangement of brick, steel, and heavy timber. Originally built in 1903, the Knockdown Center – named for the Knock-Down door frame invented at the site in 1956 – has evolved to serve different functions over the century, from a glass factory, to a door factory, to its current use as a cultural event space. The rich history of this industrial building has inspired the theme of this year’s ball: Threshold – which also references the kick-off of the cultural year. Three site-specific installations will be created by MODU (Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem with interactive consulting by Eric Forman), Moorhead & Moorhead (Granger Moorhead and Robert Moorhead), and Alibi Studio (Catie Newell) to address the concept. Per usual, proceeds from the event will go towards funding the Architectural League of New York’s year-round activities to nuture, promote, and open a dialog regarding the current architecture and design landscape. Drinks and light fare will be served.

Date: September 18, 2015

Time: 10pm-2am

Location: Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens

Tickets: Purchase here for $100

Get social: #BAB15


Find Out What’s New What’s Next Tonight at NYDC

By danielle


The New York Design Center is getting ready to celebrate “What’s New and What’s Next” in ideas, design, materials and products with an incredible line-up of the industry’s best.

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The event features editor-driven panel discussions by 1stdibs, Apartment Therapy, Architectural Digest, Dering Hall, domino, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, interiors, Interior Design, Lonny, luxe Interiors + Design, Metropolis, My Domaine, New York Design Hunting, New York Spaces, NYC&G, Town & Country, Traditional Home, Veranda, Wallpaper* and The Wall Street Journal, and engaging designer presentations.   One look at the schedule and we know where we will be from 2:00-9:00PM today. With a building full of tastemakers, we are in for a real treat!!!

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Greg Natale’s “The Tailored Interior” Book Launch at Jonathan Adler

By alexandra


We love a good design book as much as we love to go design shopping, so we were excited to learn about top interior designer Greg Natale‘s book launch at the Jonathan Adler store in SoHo this week (September 16th from 6:00PM – 8:00PM)

Called The Tailored Interior, Australian based Natale’s new tome is “a celebration of bespoke styling that will inspire both established design professionals and aspiring home decorators.” The book was published by Rizzoli/Hardie Grant and includes a foreword by Jonathan Adler.

If you can’t make it the the event, here’s where you can snag a copy:

To RSVP for the 16th send an email to