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Rethinking NYC’s Edges

By Melissa


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Photo: Sam Lahoz

The Energetic City Forum: Rethinking NYC’s Edges

On Tuesday, January 26th, the BRIC House will host a multidisciplinary panel where Design Trust Project Partners and Fellows will highlight their efforts to reimagine physical, social, and cultural assets and public space in NYC’s five boroughs. Specifically, the program will explore connections and differences between two recently completed projects: Laying the Groundwork, design guidelines for ground-floor retail and community spaces in future mixed-use affordable housing developments and The World’s Park, a community design school where Queens residents developed proposals to improve the access and circulation of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The forum will also discuss two projects that are about to commence, Opening the Edge and Future Culture.

Not only is this a great way to learn about how we can activate and redefine the city’s public space in our own communities, but attendees are also eligible for a 1.5 AIA LU | HSW continuing education credits.

To read more, click here.
To attend, click here.

Event Details:
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Bric House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn,  NY 11217

No Sleep Til BKLYN: A Call for Applicants for BKLYN DESIGNS 2016

By emma


After relauching in 2015 with record-breaking attendance and a new location, BKLYN DESIGNS is gearing up for another successful event in 2016 during NYCxDESIGN, a citywide celebration of design. BKLYN DESIGNS is now accepting applications from both emerging talent and established brands in Brooklyn.

The vibrant show will feature exhibitions across a range of categories including furniture, lighting, textiles, art, surfaces, accessories and design & architectural services. Top corporate sponsors and design institutions such as Pratt have already committed to support the event, which is historically the first design show dedicated exclusively to Brooklyn talent.

A jury of design industry leaders and journalists will review submissions on a rolling basis and the first round of applicants has already been juried in. Interested designers can apply for exhibitor space or a table at the BKLYN BUYS marketplace by clicking here. There is a 15 percent discount for all Pratt partners, students and alumni, and a 10 percent discount for designers who are sole proprietors and have been in business for less than one year.

The 2016 event will be May 6-8 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint.


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Calling All Young Designers: A Chance to Showcase Your Existing Prototypes at ICFF

By Melissa


Every year, Bernhardt Design and Emerald Expositions team up for the scholarship program ICFF Studio to support young and upcoming designers, connecting winners with a diverse array of manufacturers and clients at ICFF, North America’s premier platform for contemporary design. 

ICFF Studio has fostered the careers for a number of past participants including well-known designers Brad Ascalon, Viable London, Chris Adamick, and Nolen Niu, and this year, up to 12 designers will be selected from the pool of applicants. Entries are judged on the design aesthetics, ability to be economically mass produced, maketability, and commercial viability. To be eligible to enter the competition, the designer must have a working prototype that is not currently in commercial production.

Winners are awarded a $1000 AMEX card and will display their work in their own booth at ICFF in New York City’s Javits Center from May 14–17, 2016.

Competition Deadline: January 31st, 2016. To submit, click here.


Image courtesy of ICFF.


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.


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.

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.

Annual Holiday House Opens Tonight with Gala Festivities

By Lucy


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!

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By lexy


One of the things we love most about our industry is the propensity to come together to celebrate in the spirit of amazing design – and in the case of Color Invasion 2015, an amazing cause. Now in its 13th year, IIDA NY’s annual festive fundraiser – aptly themed “color” and with no detail left unconsidered – attracted over 1,000 design industry professionals, students and friends on October 29th. A portion of the proceeds from the event went towards The Pajama Program – a program devoted to providing pajamas and books to children in need.

NYC’s The Tunnel on the Waterfront – a beautiful, elongated space with an exposed brick arcade, also serving as the home of WantedDesign NYC – lent itself perfectly to this year’s theme as the tunnel was transformed into a spectrum of color: white, red, orange, yellow, green, indigo violet, blue and black. IIDA NY’s Color Invasion Committee co-chairs Brian Bates of Geiger International and Juliette Poussot of Gensler led the masterful creation of a series of “rooms” divided solely by a colored sheen created via lighting; even with no physical barrier, the divide between each conceptual space was apparent with a full scheme of color-specific installations, performers, food and drinks.

From 4-legged stilt-walkers, donning a full body of green foliage, to break dancers, to fabric dancers, the theatrical element of the party was not only entertaining, but set a truly vibrant energy. That, on top of the delicious bites served by Neuman’s Kitchen, and an energetic music line-up by DJ Phillip Kimball (of course incorporating color-themed songs) gave the celebration all of the components needed to provide a creatively stimulating, fun experience for all. New to this year’s Color Invasion was an Instagram competition titled “Where Did Indi-Go Room” where guests were encouraged to post their best Color Invasion images for the chance to win prizes from the show’s sponsors – at this dynamic event with photo ops galore, the inclusion of a social media initiative was the perfect addition. We captured some of our own shots of the color-filled scene, below. We look forward to seeing what next year’s interior design bash has in store!

















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