Archive for December, 2015

2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Call for Entries

By Melissa


The 2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is now open for submissions through January 15th. Now in its 26th year, the annual awards program, presented by the Italian Association of Ceramics and the Italian Trade Commission, recognizes the work of top North American architects and designers who create exceptional spaces using Italian ceramic and porcelain tile.

The competition is open to domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2011 and January 2016, and a winner is chosen for each of the following categories: institutional, residential, and commercial/hospitality. From home kitchens to corporate offices to tile-clad facades, Ceramics of Italy is looking for all types and scales of projects featuring Italian tile.

A panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality, sustainability, and aesthetic appeal. The winning architect in each category receives a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie 2016 as part of a delegation of design and lifestyle journalists. In addition, a check for $4000 will be presented during the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference at Coverings 2016 in Chicago. The winning contractor/distributor team receives a check for $1000.

Submissions must be completed no later than January 15, 2016, and winners will be notified in March. The winners will officially be announced at the Ceramics of Italy Press Conference at Coverings, held April 18-21, 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. To submit, click here.

2015 winners include:

2015 / Residential Winner
DKOR Interiors
Location: Aventura, FL
Tiles: Atlas Concorde
Contractor: Amazon Construction
Distributor: Atlas Concorde
Photography: Alexia Fodre – Fotoworks



2015 / Institutional Winner
Shinberg.Levinas Architects
Location: Washington, D.C.
Tiles: Lea Ceramiche
Contractor: Jud Tile
Distributor: Atlantic

Carlos Rosario Public Charter School, Shilberg Levinas Architects


2015 / Commercial Winner
RSP Architects
Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Tiles: Ceramiche Caesar, Casamood, Provenza
Contractor: Grazzini Brothers & Company
Distributor: Tile By Design & RBC
Photography: Lara Swimmer – Fotoworks

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To view winners dating back to 1994, click here.


Impermanence: Architectural League Prize 2016

By samantha


Armed with a goal and a theme, the Architectural League of New York has announced the details of their annual competition. Seeking submissions from young architects and design visionaries, the League will recognize a project that encompasses this year’s theme—impermanence. The ideas of time, complexity, and variability should also be integrated into projects. Complete or incomplete projects are eligible for consideration by both the league’s hand-selected jury and the Young Architects & Designers Committee.

The winner will be announced in June 2016. A prize of $2,000 will be awarded, alongside the honor of presenting the project through a lecture, digital media presentation, and an exhibition.

To be considered, see more here.


Image courtesy of the Architectural League of New York.

Image courtesy of the Architectural League of New York.

LA Designers Houzz University Workshop

By Melissa


On December 10th, a wide variety of industry professionals from architects and interior designers, to general contractors and wallcovering specialists, came together to learn how to build a more effective Houzz page, and how to utilize the site to maximize potential. For those who don’t know, Houzz is “a platform for remodeling and design, with the aim to bring homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community.” With more than 35 million users across the country and around the world, the site allows users to get inspired, discover products, and collaborate with the right architect, designer, or contractor.

The LA Designers Houzz University workshop, held in partnership with and hosted by LA Furniture, provided attendees with an interactive presentation leaving them with a well-written description of their business, correctly categorized and uploaded photos of their work, and a grasp on how to use Ideabooks to effectively communicate with clients. Notable attendees included Montgomery Ross and Associates, Inc., Foundation Technology, and Emanuel Morez Inc.

Are you an architect, designer, or contractor or thinking of remodeling? Set up your Houzz account here.





Young & Able Holiday Pop-Up

By Melissa


Holiday pop-ups are the perfect opportunity to support local businesses and entrepreneurs. Young & Able, a group of 30 Brooklyn-based, women-owned businesses, is comprised of emerging artists and designers. Their work features handmade products on a small scale with locally sourced materials, and through January 3, 2016 from 12 – 7 pm you can visit their holiday pop-up located at 2 Rivington Street.

The small shop is filled with sophisticated and intricate pieces including Turkish-inspired hand-woven jewelry by LESH. Other notable products are Heart & Noble’s 3D printed mathematical yet delicate designs and Don’t Worry Baby’s lasting objects that encourage mindful consumption.

With the following code, you can receive a 10% discount: yapopup15

For more information and a full list of vendors, click here.

If you like what you see and want to learn how to make these products yourself, the artists and designers of Young & Able also teach classes, which also make a great holiday gift!


Grand Central Terminal’s Free Holiday Wrap-Up Event

By Melissa



The month of December kicked off with Design Miami and Interior Design’s Hall of Fame, and has been non-stop ever since. With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we found something to make your life a little easier.

This holiday season, Grand Central Terminal is offering shoppers complimentary gift wrapping in the Shuttle Passage at their first-ever Holiday Wrap-Up event. On Thursday, December 17th from 12 pm – 8 pm, shoppers who present proof of purchase from The Shops at Grand Central can get up to five of their purchases wrapped in custom gift-wrap featuring the iconic Zodiac ceiling of the Main Concourse. In addition, shoppers who present proof of $150 or more in combined purchases can receive a free, limited-edition Grand Central gift.

Joining the holiday spirit, a handful of stores in The Shops at Grand Central are participating in the Holiday Wrap-Up event by offering promotions on December 17th, including discounts, special appearances, free gifts, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. See some highlights of what you can snag and get wrapped below:

  • The Art of Shaving – Shoppers will receive 10% off the entire store and a free welcome kit with any purchase over $125.
  • Jacques Torres Chocolate – Jacques Torres himself will be serving hot chocolate and chocolate samples to guests on Dec. 17 from 5 pm to p m. Shoppers will receive 10% off their purchases.
  • LittleMissMatched – Shoppers will receive a free gift with a minimum $75 purchase, and 25% off total full price purchase when mentioning the Grand Central Terminal ad, among other deals.
  • Aveda – Customers can make appointments for several different experiences at the Grand Central store, including a personalized deluxe mini facial with an Aveda-trained esthetician, a holiday makeup tutorial, and a “quick holiday hair” touch-up.
  • Central Watch – This Grand Central staple is hosting a party featuring the new collections from Tissot, Wenger Watch, and Wolf Watch Winders and Boxes. Guests can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine with entry. RSVP to required for entry.
  • Moleskine – Italian sax player Gioel Severini will play jazz for shoppers from 5 pm to 7 pm. Shoppers will receive 10% off almost the entire store and a gift with purchase during the jazz event.

For a full list of of deals and participating vendors, click here.

On Our radar: A look into European design at the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce 12/10

By alexandra


Tomorrow dotsandplanes, a dynamic firm that connects design professionals, brands and media through guided trips across continents, will present a visual lecture on European design inspiration and trends.  Hosted at the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, the presentation will be lead by co-founders An Michels and Joost Vanhecke.  An informal networking cocktail will follow.

The fun and informative event is presented in collaboration with Ernest, a collective of Belgian-European high quality architectural and design products. One senior interior designer, architect or specifier in attendance will win a spot on the European Inspiration Tour #03 to the UK, France and Belgium!

Thursday, December 10, 2015
6:00pm -9:00pm
Belgian – American Chamber of Commerce
Register here to attend!

Interior Design Inducts 7 New Members Into Hall of Fame

By lexy


On Wednesday, December 2 Interior Design honored seven new inductees at its 31st annual Hall of Fame (HoF) awards gala. Established in 1985 by the magazine, Hall of Fame was created to commend and highlight the contributions of the amazing creatives and luminaries “whose talent, vision, and dedication contribute to the progression of the positive impact of design everywhere,” as Editor in Chief Cindy Allen explains it. Each year, a new group of people who embody the aforementioned qualities are chosen by Cindy Allen and a nomination committee of previous HoF members. This year’s inductees showed that sometimes it takes two to create amazing design enterprises with John Cetra and Nancy J. Ruddy of CetraRuddy, and, Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexandra of Studio O+A — both pairs partners in life and work — as well as another duo, Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz of Ippolito Fleitz Group. Although not part of a team, the last new HoF member, Roger P. Thomas of Wynn Design and Development, fits in well with the rest as a standout trendsetter in design.

The celebration took place at midtown Manhattan’s landmark hotel, the Waldorf Astoria. Amidst the hotel’s opulent Art Deco architecture, black-tie clad guests enjoyed cocktails during a pre-ceremony reception in the Grand Ballroom Salons. A special VIP reception took place simultaneously with guests ranging from Hall of Fame members to press to benefactors and sponsors. Following the lively, elegant reception came the awards ceremony in a beautifully ornate theatre-style space, hosted by Interior Design’s publisher Carol Cisco alongside Cindy Allen. The event was ticketed and proceeds benefitted the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and The Alpha Workshops through a donor-designated grant by DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Hall of Fame members from previous years include various design all stars: Antonio Citterio, Clodagh, Thiery W. Despont, Frank Gehry, Albert Hadley, Andree Putman, David Rockwell, Lauren Rottet, Philippe Starck, and Robert A.M. Stern, to name a few. This year’s group of inductees is a perfect addition to this roster of visionary designers/design industry contributors:

John Cetra and Nancy J. Ruddy of CetraRuddy  — Principals John Cetra and Nancy Ruddy founded architecture firm CetraRuddy in 1987. Since opening its doors, the NY-based firm has strove to create beautiful structures inspired by the idea of bringing the personalization of “home” to any space whether it actually be residential project, or a project in the institutional and hospitality realms. CetraRuddy approaches architecture with a keen eye towards the human experience, creating spaces that are memorable, communal and emotional.


443 Greenwich Street. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz of Ippolito Fleitz Group—Identity Architects — Founders Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz of Ippolito Fleitz Group call themselves “identity architects.” This phrase is a beautiful summation of their vision to create designs that reflect a client’s desires, and are distinct, while also fitting in as part to a whole. The group’s services cover not only architecture/interiors, but also product design, and communication design (including brand identity, print, spatial communication). Both HoF inductees began their careers in Stuttgart, Germany (where the firm is based) and have studied/worked in a variety of international cities.

Ippolito Fleitz

Frankfurt tower renovation. Photo by Zooey Braun.

Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A — Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla founded Studio O+A 25+ years ago and are dedicated to creating workplace environments that challenge the status quo – a now prevalent design focus of which the firm was on the forefront. With high-profile clients ranging from Nike, to Microsoft, to Facebook, the San Francisco firm operates under the agenda of designing “experiences” extending beyond simply a physical environment.


Yelp San Francisco HQ. Photo by Jasper Sanidad.

Roger P. Thomas of Wynn Design and Development — Roger P. Thomas, a leader in hospitality design, is well known for the world famous interiors of the Wynn Hotels and Resorts. From their home in Las Vegas to locations abroad, these spaces boast a distinct, unforgettable identity. In Las Vegas, Roger P. Thomas supports the arts in more ways than one as the founder of the Bank of America Nevada Fine Art Collection. In addition to his work in the hotels, the designer has created interiors for corporate offices, aircrafts and private residences, as well as his proprietary line, the Roger Thomas Collection featuring an abundance of products, including furnishings, wallcoverings, leathers, accessories and textiles.

Custom Tailored by Roger Thomas for OW Hospitality.

Kips Bay Holiday Live

By samantha


An event 100 years in the making, the 2015 Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club will showcase the design industry’s best at Holiday Live. Hosted by the Hearst Design Group—Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Veranda, along with the New York Design Center, the evening will unite the talents of New York City’s most outstanding designers with an honorable cause.

The handiwork of designers will be featured through creatively designed holiday wreaths. Donning the room’s walls, the wreaths will invoke the holiday spirit, while also serving as the event’s key fundraising element – a silent auction will allow guests to bring home a carefully curated pieces.

Kips Bay education and after school programs will be the beneficiary of the auction, as well as the ticket sales from the event.

Sponsorship and ticket information is available here.


Image courtesy of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

Image courtesy of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015


Christopher Guy Showroom

200 Lexington Avenue, New York Design Center

New York, NY 10016

Cultural Landscapes Explored at New Exhibit For A New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979

By samantha


Illuminating and challenging all at once, the Grey Art Gallery’s newest exhibit explores a groundbreaking era in Japanese society: the 1970’s. A variety of mediums showcase the nation’s rapidly changing societal fabric, which include works by artists Ishuchi Miyako, Daido Moriyama, Jiro Takamatsu, and Shomei Tomatsu.

Momentous in its thematic discourse, as well as in presentation, the exhibit demonstrates the critical role visual language plays in portraying a society’s metamorphosis.

Image courtesy of the Japan Society.

Image courtesy of the Japan Society.

Date: October 9th-January 10th, 2016

Admission: General, $12; $10 Students & Seniors; Free for Japan Society members, children, & all Friday nights, 6-9PM.


333 East 47th Street

NY, NY 10017

Please visit the Japan Society website for more information.

Three-Dimensional Modernity: Picasso’s Sculptural Works on Display at MoMA

By samantha


More than 100 of Picasso’s sculptural works are on display through February 7th at the MoMa. Although material and technique varies, each piece reflects the rule bending nature of Picasso’s artistic vision. Reinvention, freedom, and transformation serve as the collection’s thematic markers, while images of Picasso’s studio and artistic process provide context.

The first museum exhibition of Picasso’s works in nearly century, the exhibit can’t be missed.

Image courtesy of the MoMA.

Image courtesy of the MoMA.

Learn more here.

Date: Through February 7th, 2016



11 West 53rd Street

NY, NY 10019