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Highlights from the Amazing Kips Bay Decorator Show House

By lexy


Did you make it over to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015? We visited the gorgeous Arthur Sachs Mansion on the Upper East Side and the thoughtfully and expertly designed rooms did not disappoint – in fact, they were even more striking than we could have envisioned! Each room of the 5 story home embodied its own unique character, making the experience of walking the house truly exciting, never knowing what would be around the next intricately decorated corner – from a classically elegant bedroom by Cathy Kincaid Interiors, charmingly dubbed “The Princess and the Pea,” to a contemporary art inspired bathroom featuring the work of Keith Haring in Ceramiche Ascot tile designed by Gail Green Interiors. A striking spiral staircase at the center of the home featured walls adorned with a gallery of amazing artwork in a variety of styles transporting the viewer into a world of beauty and luxury. Below are some photographic highlights of this magnificent display of premier design – we already cannot wait until next year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House.


Designed by Christopher Peacock 


Designed by Tilton Fenwick


Designed by Gail Green Interiors


Designed by Alessandra Branca


Designed by Cathy Kincaid Interiors


Designed by Rottet Studio


Designed by Philip Mitchell Design 


Designed by Bennett Leifer


Designed by Mark D. Sikes

Stone Source + ORNAMENTA Launch Pop Art Inspired Collection

By lexy


On Wednesday June 3rd, ORNAMENTA – a manufacturer of ceramic + porcelain tile based out of Sassuolo, Italy – celebrated the launch of their collection ARTWORK at Stone Source’s beautiful New York showroom designed by Gensler. Stone Source, a design-driven distributor of stone and tile, will be the exclusive US provider of these creative, vibrant tiles.


The ARTWORK collection reinterprets traditional materials in a pop art style – a prominent design trend – as a tribute to Andy Warhol. Brick and marble-looks are designed in an exaggerated fashion, creating a caricature of the original material that is both inventive and aesthetically appealing.


At the bustling launch party, the Brick and Marble decors in various eye-catching colorways lined the walls complimented by live painting and a spin art station, also featuring brightly colored, playful designs. For more information on the collection, visit ORNAMENTA’s website.



By alessandra


As Virgil said, “time passes irrevocably” and it seems another ICFF has just flown by. With a whole new second floor to explore featuring HO.MI New York, the LUXE Interiors + Design Pavilion, a curated pop-up shop from Design Milk – the four days certainly went by fast as we tried to soak up all that the show had to offer! According to our fitbits, we walked over 12,000 steps on Saturday alone. With over 700 exhibitors from more than 30 countries (such as Brazil, China, France, Egypt and South Africa), the show lived up to its “international” name with aisle after aisle of contemporary and avant-garde flooring, furniture, seating and lighting. Here are a few of our favorites…


Above: Kenneth Cobonpue has definitely fulfilled its aim of bringing back romance into design in this incredible Limbo Trapeze chandelier and has bridged the gap between product and sculpture.

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Above: The beautiful and colorful ceramics from Figgjo Norway, the Norwegian porcelain manufacturer for the professional kitchen since 1941 which has introduced Figgjo Brem, a set of new and vibrant deep plates.

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Above: Trend alert! We have this thing with floors and spotted the coolest Keith Haring collection tiles by Ceramics of Italy manufacturer Ascot Ceramiche. (#selfeet) These tiles can also be seen in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. If you haven’t be there yet, be sure to check out the bathroom designed by Gail Green.


Above: Røros Tweed took home an ICFF Editor’s Choice Award for Best Textiles. Made of 100% Norwegian wool, Mikkel blankets pre-launched at the show and will make their European launch during the Nordic Design Fair in Oslo at the end of May.


Above: The Rival chair, a universal chair suited for homes, public spaces and offices, designed by the award-winning Konstantin Grcic stood tall at the Artek booth. It was developed using a mix of solid birch for the legs and a laminated birch for the arms.

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Above: Duravit has paired with its longtime collaborator Philippe Starck for a new sophisticated collection inspired by the elegance of New England: Cape Cod, which according to Duravit USA president Tim Schroeder, “is more than just a collection, it’s a state of mind and an approach to bathroom design”.

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Above: Above all, lighting was the star of the show! M2L presented this contemporary and hypnotic collection by Italian company Lumina.


Above: We love the hand assembled and meticulously finished lighting by Apparatus, composed by the creative duo Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson.

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Above: The Shimna Stacks, a futuristic storage collection, perfectly represent the company’s mission to combine traditional methods and materials with contemporary ideas.

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Above: Generations of design collide with Sam and Jory Probber, grandson and son of Harvey Probber, and Micheal and Matt Manes, President and Vice President of M2L.

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Above: A few of our favorites from the Design Milk pop up shop.


By alessandra



NYCxDESIGN wouldn’t be complete without an Italian touch! This morning, the famous Italian kitchen brand Scavolini hosted “American Architects meet Italian Design” as part of International Design Appointments: a special breakfast series with lectures and talks.

James Biber of Biber Architects, the lead architect of the USA Pavilion at EXPO Milano 2015, was the guest of honor and presented his contemporary and technologically advanced project for the EXPO, American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet, which was designed in collaboration with dlandstudio (landscape design), Thinc Design (exhibit design), and Pentagram (graphic design), in addition to a team of experts, collaborators, and facilitators.

James Biber with Francesco Farina, CEO of Scavolini, for Interni Magazine at the American Architects meet Italian Design event.

James Biber on the role of architecture during Expos throughout history.

If breakfast isn’t your thing, we recommend trying Ed’s Lobster Bar at 222 Lafayette Street.



By nico


It’s an exciting time to be in Milan! Expo 2015 officially opened today and there’s no doubt that the city is in the best shape of its recent history. There are lots of things to do and places to discover, so we put together a list to enhance your Milanese experience.


Drogheria Milanese, Via Conca del Naviglio, 7, Milano

Drogheria Milanese

Drogheria Milanese offers Milanese-style tapas: mini pizzas, fried calamari, beef tartare… Drogheria Milanese is the perfect place for a big group of friends who can share and try different dishes with. The vintage décor and the good wine selection will seal the deal.

Fonderie Milanesi, Via Giovenale, 7 , Milano

Fonderie Milanesi

Have you ever had dinner in a foundry? In Milan, you can. A hidden gem, Fonderie Milanesi is a charming little restaurant and bar in the Navigli area. Head there for an aperitivo in their outdoor space, or for a Milanese dinner in this unique industrial-looking location.

Da Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, Via G.Meda 24, Milano

Da Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

This newly opened restaurant was born from an idea of superstar Chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci. Located in an old sawmill, the founders developed the restaurant concept combining top cuisine, minimal design and traditional accents – a dining experience for the five senses.


 Dub Vibes, Thursdays @ Bond , Via Paoli 2, Milano


What happens when music, drinks and temporary exhibitions meet? In Milan, it’s called Dub Vibes. A casual Thursday night party that takes place at Bond, one of the coolest bars in the Navigli area.

Punks Wear Prada, Fridays @ Santa Tecla, via Santa Tecla 3, Milano


Whether it’s unclear if punks really wear Prada, this party – started by British DJ Natasha Slater in 2010 – is definitely one of the hottest in town thanks to its international guest DJs and fashionable vibes. They’re kicking off the Expo season with a special party on Friday May 1st.

Telescope, Saturdays @ TOM, Via Molino Delle Armi


A stellar Saturday night with Telescope, the newest party in Milan with the promise of taking you for an intergalactic trip – are you ready to get lost in the disco Universe?



The Navigli Area

The Navigli

Take a stroll along the Navigli, grab a gelato and check out the new “Darsena”: once the city’s harbor, it’s been reconverted to be a public space area where people to relax, work out and shop.

Villa Necchi Campiglio

Villa Necchi Campiglio

This Villa is an Art Deco jewel and an interior design masterpiece: designed by Piero Portaluppi for Angelo Campiglio e Gigina Necchi, art and design enthusiasts, the Villa is now open to the public and used as an exhibition space. I’m sure you’ll get lost in its impeccably designed rooms!

Porta Nuova

Piazza Gae Aulenti

Get a glimpse of the Milan of the future in Porta Nuova. The area is part of a big urban redevelopment project -the largest in Europe- that will bring new life to the area. Piazza Gae Aulenti and the Unicredit Tower are quickly becoming one of the new landmarks of the city, and Bosco Verticale is rewriting the rules of sustainable architecture by developing a vertical forest on the towers’ facades. Definitely a must-see!

Exciting Products from the Architectural Digest Home Design Show’s MADE Exhibit

By lexy


Design industry enthusiasts, and professionals gathered at Pier 92 & 94 from March 19-22 to celebrate beautiful, high-quality furniture, and home accessories at the 14th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Among the multitude of inspirational design displays and programs was the MADE exhibit – a section of the show specifically dedicated to the celebration of custom pieces and one-of-a-kind objects. In a relaxed, gallery-style setting, attendees perused the offerings of a talented group 159 of designers. In case you missed the show, we’re giving you a sampling of some of the many exciting brands featured at ADHDS: MADE. Warning: this may inspire some serious design lust.

100xbtr: This small, but highly creative team self-produces furniture, lighting, and home goods. With a strong emphasis on current, efficient production techniques including CNC machines, and 3D printers, 100xbtr fabricates impactful pieces. More classic techniques, like glass blowing and bronze casting, are also integrated, creating variety within this modern, beautiful collection, with a recognizable cohesion via the curvilinear forms. Among 100xbtr’s unique, eye-catching pieces is the Beacon light (image below), featuring a hand blown glass shade, and a turned ash base.


AVO: AVO’s unique anthropological approach to design is truly memorable. Designer Brit Kleinman travels the world for ideas, focusing on the way that furniture design reflects culture. AVO’s collection features rugs (see wall-hanging in image) made of full or half cow hides, and handpainted with bold geometric patterns; the interesting, unusual combination of  the traditional material and a contemporary design, creates an appealing, and aesthetically beautiful, contrast. Adding to the individuality of these handpainted rugs, each is particular with slight variations in the outline, and markings. Look out for AVO’s exciting designs again at next year’s MADE exhibit.


DAMM: Husband and wife duo Robert and Brenda Zurn are the genius behind DAMM’s contemporary lighting, handmade from elemental materials. With a careful focus on innovation, and decoration, these sculptural light fixtures – customizable, and made-to-order – add an intriguing facet to residential and commercial spaces. Each piece tells a unique story; Artemis (shown on wall) is inspired by Greek mythology, featuring an archery-theme via a brass arrow form with feathers that are customizable in color. Available in a cluster of three, or in custom configurations, this light fixture – like the rest of DAMM’s pieces – engages the viewer.


MADEbyWOOD: These MADEbyWOOD Indi-Pendant lamps consist of light-weight concrete, colored with a specially made pigment and finished with a variety of bronze finishings. The modularity of the form, as well as the imperfect details of the concrete material, are the primary focus of the design. Designer Paul Wood cites downtown Manhattan’s architecture as a source of inspiration for the industrial, contemporary style that his work embodies; Paul’s studio is in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a setting that both stimulates creativity, and lends itself to design, as the designer often incorporates found objects from the Navy Yard’s old buildings in his work.


Noble Goods: Noble Goods products are characterized by the combination of two materials, solid American hardwood, and bio-derived epoxy resin, in original and technically innovative ways. Noble Goods designers Molly FitzSimons, a stylist, and Christopher Moore, a sculptor make a well-rounded creative team, and began the business in their Brooklyn home. Apart from using the most environmentally-friendly resin possible, and sustainable and reclaimed woods, the company also donates a portion of its annual profit to the charity Habitat for Humanity. A great representation of Noble Goods’ unique aesthetic, the Drip/Fold side table (shown below to left of designer), is a one-of-a-kind bent ash plywood piece, hand-dripped with liquid resin to create the abstract paint-look pattern. If you missed the show, you can see Noble Goods’ exciting products at this year’s BKLYN Designs in Greenpoint in May.

Noble Goods

RAUNJIBA: Brooklyn-based artist Scott B. Tucker merges his love for sculpture and design in  this skillfully crafted furniture line. Combining a high-quality of technical design, with remarkable comfort, RAUNJIBA furniture is contemporary, eco-friendly, and durable, making it practical for both interior and exterior spaces. The Tabaroa beach lounger, pictured below, is a sleek, utilitarian new addition to the collection. If you love these exciting RAUNJIBA designs, the brand will also be exhibiting at BKLYN Designs.


Spin Ceramics: Originated in China, Spin Ceramics brought its ultra-modern interpretation of traditional Chinese design to NYC in 2014. Featuring beautiful, whimsical designs, Spin Ceramics’ handmade porcelain and stoneware is crafted by an innovative team of designers who’ve adopted techniques from Jingdezhen – China’s porcelain epicenter. These lively yet minimalist ceramics are created in multiple glazes that bring another unique design element to the table: Celadon White (characterized by a green tint from trace elements of iron-oxide and a glossy final look), China Blue (black when used alone, but blue when used with Celadon White glaze), Underglaze Red (copper oxide glaze applied underneath the Celadon White glaze giving red hue), and Imperial Red (contains copper oxide pigment as its color base and can improve flowing effect).


The Citizenry: Named for the collectivity of creative individuals that make up this company, The Citizenry’s mission is to design for interiors that reflect the personal journey of the inhabitant. With direct artisan partnerships, forged through extensive world travel, the company offers handmade, culturally diverse products of the finest materials, imbued with its own modern aesthetic. Among its wide range of beautiful, authentic furnishings, are hand-dyed woven rugs from Peru including Cielo Azul Rug – Indigo, Estrellas Rug, Cielo Azul Rug – Sky Blue (shown below, from left to right) created by the Lurin Artisan Cooperative, a small group of Peruvians consisting of a woodworker to build the loom, foragers of natural dyes, and master weavers.

The Citizenry

A Tribute to Michael Graves

By chris


The design community has recently lost one of its greats; Michael Graves of Michael Graves Architecture and Design passed away this month at his home in New Jersey. Michael has been an unstoppable force in our midst for decades. He was a visionary architect, an inspiring speaker/teacher, an advocate for healthcare design reform and a product designer that brought great design and whimsy to the masses. Graves is famous for having designed over 350 buildings worldwide but was more commonly known for his designs, accessible for use in everyday households. His late 20th century postmodernist designs captivated the world and resulted in countless awards, medals, and honors.


One of his dearest projects, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital-Omaha Location, will be supported by all contributions made in memory of Michael.  Graves was passionate about Madonnas use of innovative technology to research and provide specialized care for every patient.  The funds will go toward building this hospital as he designed it and provide a permanent naming opportunity in his honor. For information on the design project visit  In honor of Michael Graves, Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ will extend a large portion of the current Michael Graves exhibition, Past as Prologue, for the public to enjoy through April 12, 2015.  25% of all admission fees collected at Grounds For Sculpture on April 12 will be donated to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in his memory.   Information on Grounds for Sculpture can be found at

For those of us lucky enough to have collaborated on a project or even just to have heard him speak about the power of design, the loss is great.  I personally got a chance to work with him for a recent lighting collection he created for Ilex. He was the consummate professional and design leader with every stroke of his pen.  Thank you Michael for all you have done for our industry and for your lasting gifts that we can continue to enjoy in our personal and public spaces.

memorial service will be held in his honor at 1 p.m. April 12, 2015 in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium.  You can find information regarding the memorial as well as RSVP for the service at

Robert Allen Launches New Website

By Lucy


Robert Allen has done some spring cleaning and released a fresh new website: The cleanly designed site features a crisp white background, which serves as the perfect backdrop for a rotating display of their new collections on the homepage, and also includes an intuitive new search that allows designers to search by such useful categories as color family, yardage, availability, and scale. My personal favorite feature? A color bar on top of each page that allows you to search quickly and easily from Robert Allen’s innumerable proprietary colors. So if you’re looking for a break, go over and give the site a whirl! (but don’t blame me when you’re still playing on it in 4 hours ;) )


The New York Times Home & Garden Section Closes – A Great Loss for Design

By chris


Yesterday morning marked the last time that we will all have the pleasure of reading the NY Times Home & Garden section over breakfast.  It is a ritual that will be sorely missed. We counted on Currents to keep us in the know with Rima’s deals and Elaine’s meticulously fact-checked stories on the latest product introductions, store openings, special sales, designer collaborations, etc.  Tim and Rima’s Shopping With was always inspiring and fun – presenting new local design talent and their favorite shopping sources. Noel, Julie, Penelope and Steven and all of the other wonderful contributors over the years delved deep into a quirky and unexpected range of design content that took readers all over the world – reporting trends even before they launched in Milan to alternative living approaches in the far corners of civilization.  Where will we find this content in the new lay of the land is still unclear, but there is no doubt that the design community and NY design-lovers deserve and need some dedicated space in the new order of things. We have heard that the Home coverage will land in  Real Estate, FashionStyle and Food – all great overlapping content areas — but PLEASE, powers-that-be at the NY Times, find a permanent home for some of our favorite go-to sources for information on new innovations and happenings in the design world. It means a lot to the global design industry and to the local New York consumers that came to the section for inspiration and help creating and maintaining their dream homes even if those homes were one-room walk-ups in the outer boroughs.


TrendSpotting: Unexpected Use of Material at NY Now

By dania


So excited to be guest blogging for my dear friends at Design-CalendarWalking the aisles of the Javits Center for the winter edition of NY Now 2015, I was struck by how much unusual use of material I was seeing. That, coupled with a great range of interesting, amorphous shapes made for a real eye-catching show.

Some of my favorites in the Accent on Design section:

Love these charming vases and accessories by Elyse Graham, made from resin.


The process is fascinating, here’s a video:

Beyond Object’s desktop collection was hands down one of my favorites. This London-based design firm has the most elegant and interesting pieces for anyone who cares about all the small details (such as myself). A USB stick made from rose gold and a pencil sharpener made from a solid block of polished metal. Need I say more.


Martini and Wine Glasses made from wood. By David Rassmussen Design, a great little company out of Colorado.


Brooklyn-based design firm Souda always has something great going on. The Kawa series of dishes comes in a range of colors and finishes and such beautiful shapes.


The husband and wife team who founded Oropopo, take inspiration from Native American, classic Western and New Mexican culture to create their fabulous laser-cut leather pieces.


I love the new infuser by the Los Angeles company Sempli. The Incanter boasts the their unique trademark shape and spinning functionality.


Last but not least, a personal favorite – Michele Varian. I’ve been drooling over the Nymph Wallpaper online for a while so seeing in person was great.   From a distance it has an abstract, Rorschach quality, up close it’s elegant, feminine and romantic.


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