Archive for November, 2015

Shop for a Cause: DIFFA’s Pop Up Shop

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Fanciful and fun, DIFFA’s Gift For Life Pop Up Shop will open its doors on December 2nd with an assortment of designer goodies perfect for anyone on your shopping list. The sales from the four-day long shop will benefit Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and Gift For Life.

Organized by the Retail Design Institute’s New York Chapter, and designed by students from the Fashion Institute of Technology and LIM College, the boutique is more than just a place to shop—it’s a celebration of design’s larger role in giving back to the community. From top to bottom, the shop’s design is set to spread the mission of both Gift For Life and DIFFA, to combat HIV/AIDS, while also supporting its many service and prevention initiatives. Beautiful home décor and gift items have been generously donated by over thirty top designers, which include Robert Allen, Jonathan Adler, and Baccarat.

A private Opening Night Reception on World AIDS Day, December 1st, will take place from 6-9PM.

Image courtesy of DIFFA & Gift For Life.

Image courtesy of DIFFA & Gift For Life.

Find out more about how you can shop for a cause here.

Dates & Times:

December 2nd: 10AM-5PM

December 3rd: 10AM-7PM

December 4th: 10AM-5PM

December 5th: 11Am-4PM

Location:

Siegel-Stockman Showroom

126 West 25th Street (25th Street & The Avenue of the Americas)

NY, NY

Fab Holiday Pop In Shop

By samantha

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The city’s most poppin’ spot, the Lower East Side, will play host to Fab.com’s Holiday Pop-in Shop. From December 3rd-6th, the design-focused retailer can be found at 118 Orchard Street, greeting customers with drinks, treats, workshops, and over 150 hand picked gift options. You can choose from an array of events to get in the holiday spirit, which include a live installation by 3Doodler, a Friday happy hour with Brooklyn Brew shop, and a bracelet making class with jewelry designer Andrea Bocchio.

For a full listing of events, learn more here.

Image courtesy of Fab.com.

Image courtesy of Fab.com.

Dates: December 3rd-6th, 2015

Location:

118 Orchard Street

NY, NY 10002

Goop Mrkt: Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Columbus Circle

By samantha

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Consciously couple yourself with the holiday’s most talked about Pop-Up Shop: Goop Mrkt. Located at The Shops at Columbus Circle, this holiday treat has been curated to capture the essence of the holiday season. Renowned interior design firm Roman & Williams took the reigns on the design, offering the perfect setting to display an array of fantastic shoppable items. Gifts from Valentino x goop collection, vintage finds from Roman & Williams, as well as fashionable fittings from Carven and NLST all can be found at this holiday pop-up shop.

For a full list of offerings, see here.

Image courtesy of goop MRKT.

Image courtesy of goop MRKT.

Dates: November 23rd-December 24th, 2015

Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm

Sunday: 11am-7pm

 

AIANY Announces New Executive Director of the Center for Architecture Ben Prosky!

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AIANY will kick off 2016 by welcoming a new team member, Benjamin Prosky, as Executive Director of the Center for Architecture, New York. In his most recent role as Assistant Dean of Communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Prosky oversaw events, publications, multimedia content and special projects for five years. With AIANY’s mission of informing and involving New Yorkers in the architecture of the city, Prosky’s educational background is the perfect fit.

Including his time at Harvard GSD, Prosky brings 15 years of valuable experience in the architecture field, both domestic and international, to the table – specifically in urban studies and planning. A fluent French-speaker, he studied at the Institut français d’architecture (IFA) in Paris and served as Head of Public Programs at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA). Here in New York, he spent six years as Director of Special Events and External Affairs at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) attesting to a strong knowledge of the city’s architecture scene. His strong and lengthy resume does not end there – Prosky was also one of the four co-founders of Architizer, and has collaborated on special projects with the Venice Biennale and Design Miami as well as helped re-launch the Wheelwright Prize. With this exciting new addition to the team, we’re looking forward to seeing what’s to come from AIANY as we head into 2016.

Ben Prosky will be officially welcomed at the AIANY 2016 Board Inaugural on Tuesday, December 15 at 6pm.

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Custom That Cares: Robert Allen Teams Up with Dwell with Dignity for Online Auction

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After being beautifully displayed in showrooms around the nation, Robert Allen’s Custom Made Easy: Designer Series is up for auction. Benefiting Dwell with Dignity, the auction’s proceeds will support the charity’s mission in establishing higher standard’s of living for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.

One-of-a-kind pieces, crafted using the newly introduced Robert Allen Custom Upholstered Chairs and Sofa Collection and sophisticated flair from ten different design markets, are now available for bid. Some of our favorites include the Karlie Chair by Theodore & Company, the Tate Chair by Jan Showers, and the Clare Sofa by Gordon Dunning.

The auction will be online ( bit.ly/FurnitureAuction ) through November 23rd, allowing designers and consumers alike to participate in this worthy cause.

A few of our favorites:

The Karlie Chair. Image Courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Karlie Chair. Image Courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Tate Chair. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Tate Chair. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Clare Sofa. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Clare Sofa. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

Winners to be Announced, Robert Allen & NYSID Student Holiday House Competition

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Drumroll please…the winners of the Robert Allen and NYSID Student Holiday House Competition will be announced this Monday, November 16th. Three design experts, Drew McGurkin, Alexa Hampton, and Thom Filici, will weigh in on the visions of eight NYSID seniors. The winning design, crafted by a student with the guidance of an NYSID mentor, and beautiful Robert Allen product, will have the honor of their design being installed in the 2016 Showhouse. Festivities are located at The Academy Mansion and will begin at 6PM.

Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

DIFFA’s Thanks for Giving Cocktail Party, Just Around the Corner!

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DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its annual Thanks for Giving Cocktail Party next week. Held at the Herman Miller Showroom, the event benefits DIFFA’s grant making initiatives for HIV/AIDS services and prevention. The foundation will also recognize its valiant supporters, along with its 2015 grantees, all of whom have made a positive impact in the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to delicious appetizers, and cocktails, the evening will also feature a silent auction. Festive items for bid include handcrafted jewelry from Cynthia Gale, Cavillinni pillows from Edelman Leather, and luxury linens from Sferra.

Give back, have fun, and kick off the holiday season the right way—with DIFFA, on November 18th, from 6-9PM. Tickets are available for $75.

Image provided by DIFFA.

Image provided by DIFFA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: November 18th, 2015

Time: 6-9PM

Location:

Herman Miller Showroom: 1177 Avenue of the Americas,

17th Floor NY, NY

Cost: $75 Ticket

For more information about DIFFA and its annual Thanks for Giving Celebration, visit diffa.org or follow DIFFANational on social media. Join the conversation and follow event updates by following #ThanksforgivingNYC and #DIFFAGivesThx

DIEM: Talks Design Symposium

By samantha

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4 Cheers for 4 years: West Hollywood Design District’s popular DIEM: Talks Design symposium is back! An annual design destination, this year’s event aims to capture the attention of design leaders through panels, interactive discussions, and keynote presentations that seek to illuminate the future of the design community in West Hollywood.

Led by the event’s curators, Mallery Roberts Morgan and Frances Anderton, the symposium’s theme, ‘Future Is Now,’ will be explored in depth through six original programs.

All fields of design will be touched upon, offering perspective on the decorative arts, fashion, architecture, and the fine arts. Sessions include a panel titled, ‘Is LA Losing Its Cool As It Becomes Cool,’ which will provide thoughts on LA’s unique design culture and the effect of outside influences. Changing tastes will then be considered in ‘Taste in Flux: What is Luxury to the Country’s Biggest Demographic,’ by panelists Katherine Ross, Christian Lemieux, and Eric Vecchione.

Dog Day Afternoon’ will continue the discussion amongst attendees and panelists relating to the design, canines, and how they act as influential pairing. ‘Forever Glam’ looks to incorporate fashion, design, and aging into the day’s sessions, along with ‘Tales of The City,’ featuring panelists Rick Corsini, Kathleen Sullivan, Timme, and Barbara Bestor.

Why Art’ will help draw the day to a close, followed by the symposium’s Closing Night Party.

Image provided by the West Hollywood Design District.

Image provided by the West Hollywood Design District.

Learn from the best at this year’s DIEM: Talks Design, ‘Future Is Now!’

Date: Friday, November 13th, 2015

Time: 10AM-6PM

Location: West Hollywood Design District showrooms located at the intersections of Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard

Website: http://westhollywooddesigndistrict.com/events/diem_2015-2/

Annual Holiday House Opens Tonight with Gala Festivities

By Lucy

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It’s party time! Tonight’s the night— the highly anticipated NYC Holiday House opens this evening.

To kick off the 8th annual Holiday House, Traditional Home will host an Opening Gala with proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Holiday House was founded in 2008 by Iris Dankner to raise breast cancer awareness in the design industry. Iris is a breast cancer survivor, and has made it her mission to raise funds for breast cancer research and women who need help fighting this disease.

Holiday House is only open through December 2, so be sure to plan your visit today!

More info: http://www.holidayhousenyc.com/

India’s Architecture: An Exhibition & Discussion with Steve McCurry

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A celebration of life, passion, and culture, Steve McCurry’s photographic construction of India’s past thirty years is set to open on November 18th at the Rubin Museum. In its first museum presentation, McCurry’s work aims to capture the spirit of India and the minds of museum guests. Co-organized by the International Center of Photography, the exhibition will begin with a discussion led by Steve McCurry, and National Geographic President and CEO, Gary Knell. The dynamic cultural influencers will provide a retrospective on the impacts that have resulted from McCurry’s work.

Unexpected moments of spiritual life, ordinary people, the Indian railroad, and India’s monsoon season are just a few of the journeys that will don the museum’s walls. Complimented by appropriately styled Himalayan Art, and curated by Lia Zaaloff and Christopher Phillips, McCurry’s journey is one to see.

Be a part of the conversation on November 18th at the Rubin Museum. Tickets from $22-25.

…Or take a stop by from November 18th until April 4th, 2016.

Photography provided by the Rubin Museum.

Image provided by the Rubin Museum.

Time: 7-8:30PM

Location:

Rubin Museum

150 W 17th St

NY, NY 10011

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