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Marcel Wanders amazes visitors of FuoriSalone in Milan

By barbara


Fantasy and magic are the liet motiv of the installation designed by Marcel Wanders for Barovier&Toso at the FuoriSalone in Milan last week.


Puppets and dancers made of glass bodies and ceramic faces transformed the Basilica of San Simpliciano in a theatrical spectacle where the protagonists are rotating chandeliers and inverted pendulums.


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Light has been on stage with Barovier&Toso for over seven hundred years. It was a big responsibility for the extraordinary designer Marcel Wanders presenting the company at the FuoriSalone. He commented: “It is our responsibility to be magicians, to be jesters, to be alchemists, to create hope where there is only illusion, to create reality where there are only dreams”.



He definitely succeeded: the event was one of the most exciting at the FuoriSalone 2014.


Marni and the Animal House @ the #MilanDesignWeek

By barbara


Marni presents Animal House, a place where giraffes, ostriches, rabbits, ducks, donkeys and flamingos made of metal wire and bright colored PVC join the furniture products of the new limited edition charity project.

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After the successful collaboration with Columbian prisoners last year, Marni has cooperated with a group of Colombian women on a special project for the Milan Design Week 2014 to create new handmade unique pieces: chairs and armchairs modular together with benches and small tables. Chaise longues and rocking chairs complete the collection.

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The collaboration reaffirms Marni’s commitment to charity initiatives: part of the revenues will be donated to Associazione Sogni Onlus, an association helping terminally ill children.

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#milandesignweek #milanfurniturefair #salonedelmobile #fuorisalone #interni

Salone Snapshots

By jacqui



Salone 2014: check. We came, we saw, we conquered cappuccinos each morning, as we embarked on the relentless tour of design duty that is Salone. On our last day in Milan, we bring you snapshots of just some of the inspiring moments, monuments, and people we encountered.


Above: We lost all sense of time at CITIZEN’s spellbinding installation at the Triennale. Paris-based architect Tsuyoshi Tane and CITIZEN’s in-house design team tackled the theme of “light is time” with the suspension of 80,000 plates — the main movement plate that forms the foundation of all watches.



Above: Boffi’s wonderfully light outdoor kitchen at the Triennale.



Above: Lea Ceramiche’s Enrico Guazzi and Elisa Bellucci win our Cute Couple award.


 Above: A Salone visitor inspects one of Effeti’s elegant kitchen systems.


Above: Alessandro Mendini (left) at Refin, who along with his brother Francesco, launched a new ceramic tile collection called FILO for Refin.


Above: The Belgian design show “As A Glimpse In The Mirror” at the Triennale featured mirrors and reflective surfaces by Belgian designers.



Above: Axor’s Philippe Grohe introduces Philippe Starck’s new faucet, a clearly progressive design.




Above: Staged at the Università degli Studi of Milan, the Interni exhibition Feeding New Ideas for the City included works by artists, designers, and architects, and served as a thematic introduction to next year’s Milan Expo.


Above: A rare moment to sit at Zona Tortona: Design-Calendar’s Cherie and Chris with Sergio Barberini of ceramic tile company Tagina. Possibly the most coordinated portrait at this year’s Salone.




By barbara


FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE by S+ARCK is not just a simple collection designed by Philippe Starck for Ceramica Sant’Agostino, but a real architectonic system that, thanks to the wide combination of different thickness, surfaces, joints, finishes and colors offers the designer endless composition possibilities.

The new press campaign of FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE by S+ARCK combines the multi-year experience of Ceramica Sant’Agostino, with the creative genius of Philippe Starck and the visionary intuition of the photographer James Bort.  It merges design with art. The result is an outstanding video… something you have never seen in the ceramic field before.

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The visual impact and the graph of the video is outstanding. The movie-set is neat and the clothes by Lanvin worn by the two models confirm the high quality of the Sant’Agostino products.

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Filippo Manuzzi, Brand Manager of Ceramica Sant’Agostino, commented “The visual interpretation of FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE by S+ARCK by James Bort and Philippe Starck is extraordinary, fresh and innovative. Through the images used, they have managed to transmit the revolution this collection has brought to the world of ceramics. We are very satisfied with the result.”

FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE by S+ARCK was officially selected by ADI for the Compasso d’Oro 2014 Awards.

Check out the collection and campaign at the Milan Furniture Fair (April 8-13), Hall 24, E14-E18.

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2014 DIFFA’s Dining By Design

By nico


We had high expectations for this year’s DIFFA’S Dining by Design, and we weren’t disappointed!
All of the 45 table installations were so stunning it’s hard to decide which ones were our favorites.
From minimal tables like the ones of 3M, Calvin Klein Home, Axor and Interior Design Magazine, to the extravagant installations of Knoll, Arteriors and the New York Design Center, the exhibition, which was co-located with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, was a must-see.

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Ralph Lauren Home ( Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix )

Ralph Lauren table was elegant and sophisticated. It featured pieces from this years’ Ralph Lauren Home collection and had a very “parisienne” atmosphere. We are pretty sure that the scenery reproduced in those windows was Paris!

Axor, one of the few bathroom manufacturers to participate, partnered with Slade Architecture to create a visually stimulating dining environment. If you look at it carefully, the wallpaper was created from aggregated and arranged AXOR fixtures.

Axor (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Axor (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Designed by Kati Curtis, the New York Design Center’s installation portrayed the concept of masculine/feminine and featured two eye-catching portraits by Ulric Colette from her “Genetic” series.

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New York Design Center (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Beacon Hill teamed up with design duo 2Michaels to transport the viewer into a different time and space. Previewing the oriental inspired “Floating World” silk collection, we could imagine ourselves taking part in a tea ceremony. Arigato!

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Beacon Hill (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

The Calvin Klein Home table had an oriental feel too: the kotatsu-like table, the minimal setting and the recessed lighting radiated a very zen vibe that made us calm and relaxed.

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Calvin Klein Home (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Fashion Institute of Technology table was…inside a whale?
It was like a big fish swallowed a ship and everything, from the lights to the chairs, had a very marine feeling.

Fashion Institute of Technology  (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Fashion Institute of Technology (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

Several tablescapes really drove home DIFFA’s core message – to provide treatment and direct care services for people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS, offer preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection and support public policy initiatives. Turkish designer Ali Tayar partnered with Interior Design Magazine to “target” the end of AIDS.

3M Architectural Markets, with architect Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio, also set out to make a statement. The table was split in two to symbolize the breakdown in communication between those with HIV/AIDS and those in the outside world.

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3M Architechtural Markets (Photo by Marion Curtis, StarPix.)

We are very grateful to be at DIFFA’s Dining by Design also this year. It is a great moment where the design industries get together and create some amazing installations to contribute to a very important cause: the fight against AIDS.

And the Award Goes to…

By danielle


We were honored to be one of six design sites to participate in NY NOW‘s Blogger’s Choice Awards. Picking a winner wasn’t an easy task as the aisles of Accent on Design were full of original and imaginative products. After careful thought, we selected Marmol Radziner Jewelry. Their wearable architecture caught our eye. The division is an extension of the Los Angeles design/build architectural firm Marmol Radziner. All pieces are made in the same workshop where the models and full-scale building details are done. The result – a handcrafted line of jewelry born of buildings.

Here’s a look at what our fellow bloggers selected…

Glenn Jackson Taylor, Core77: American Design Club for Bower’s Tipsy.

Tharra Pillai, The Grommet: American Design Club for Lara Knutson’s Iridescent/Metallic Nebula Necklace

Hollister Hovey, Ameico Inc, exclusive U.S. distributor for See Concept for See Concept’s Paris reading glasses

Marisa Marcantonio, Stylebeat: Finell for its Hex three piece baking dish set

Stephanie Murg, Unbeige: Neo-utility for its Boskke Cube

Maison & Objet is coming to the Americas!

By cecilia fortuna


Maison & Objet, France’s premiere design fair is coming to the Americas! The international fair will be hosted at the Miami Beach Convention Center (12-15 May 2015).


For the moment let’s take a closer look at the designers and emerging trends from the last edition of Maison & Objet Paris (24-28 January 2014). One of our favorites, Tom Dixon was named M&O designer of the year.  We also saw an array of new talent including Dimore Studio. Founded in Milan by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, the promising pair seamlessly blends vintage and modern, softness and rigidity, light and dark. Their work is admired by many, including Ian Schrager who commissioned them to redesign the Pump Room at the Public Hotel in Chicago.

Landscape seemed to be a major trend at the fair. Molo showed beautiful light in the shape of clouds and soft walls all made of paper.


For some mountain flavor, Cinna made little tables where you can see the rings of the logs.


The French brand Domestic showcased a beautiful array of objects designed by designers, graphic designers and artists. Focusing on innovative concepts and themes, the collections rethink the place of role of ornament and decoration in interiors.


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Robert Allen presents Libby Langdon (plus, this spring’s hot color palette!)

By Lucy


Designers looking for inspiration, priceless advice, and even a little humor were served just that this morning at the Robert Allen NYC Showroom, where interior designer and TV host Libby Langdon presented “How Our Clients Really Live: Insights from the Front Lines of Makeover Television.”  Langdon drew from her vast design experience on TV shows like “Design Invasion” and her current “Daykeover” to share her top tips and lessons for her fellow designers. What’s most important? Having fun and making sure the client is happy with the end result! And Langdon’s design empire, including lines of furniture, rugs, and wallcoverings, is proof that her business philosophy works.

We also couldn’t help but notice another star in the room: the lush, spring colors of Robert Allen’s new Filtered Color collection! These soft hues are inspired by the delicate wash found in your favorite photo app. With fresh designs and on-trend metallic accents, these textiles are sure to add a dash of “instaglam” to any space. My personal favorite is the perfectly purple Iris. Definitely the color of the spring! You can check out the whole Filtered Color collection on Robert Allen’s website here.

Drive Change Launches Snowday Food Truck at Situ Studio

By sevan


Last Thursday, Situ Studio revealed the much-anticipated Snowday food truck in their Navy Yard fabrication space—and Design-Calendar was there to celebrate the beginning of a very special social justice project!

Snowday was designed in collaboration with Drive Change, a social enterprise that is building and operating a fleet of food trucks to hire and empower formerly incarcerated youth by giving them hands-on work experience in New York City. The organization aims to broadens opportunities for young people coming out of adult prisons to help lead them to crime-free lives and bright futures.

At the event, attendees got to taste-test Snowday’s delicious menu: pancake poppers, maple grilled cheese, and other goodies that all feature NY state maple syrup—otherwise know as wintery goodness! And of course, the food truck, with its 3-dimensional lattice design that renews a former Con-Edison utility vehicle, was a favorite backdrop for a photo booth run by The IS Collective. The geometric cladding system on the truck façade serves both the aesthetic and functional needs of what will surely become the most popular food truck on the big city streets.

Snowday is in the process of securing its permit and passing inspection while looking for locations to operate—so feel free to send a note to the Drive Change team if you know of a private property that would be interested in hosting them! Snowday is scheduled to hit the streets this winter, and all sales from the truck recycle back into the organization to subsidize re-entry program costs.

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Tick Tock – A Review of Design Miami/

By cecilia fortuna



While at Design Miami/ one of the things that captured my attention was Clock Clock. It is a particular piece that brilliantly re-contextualizes time in a mix of old and new, analogue and digital. The unique clock is made of 24 traditional two-handed analogue alarm clocks stacked on top of each other. All 24 clocks revolve hypnotically with each passing minute before settling down to display the updated time.  This idea comes from the studio Humans, which was founded in 1982 by two young designers: Per Emanuelsson (Sweden) and Bastian Bischoff (Germany).

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I saw also Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell at work in the space of Rossana Orlandi’s Gallery.  Entitled Panta Rei, his installation is a kind of calendar. There are 12 pieces  inside - one for each month. Each is gradually destroyed by the shoot of a gun. The process takes about 30 days.


There was more to see around Miami Beach and the Design District.

Louis Vuitton paid homage to Charlotte Perriand, one of the most pioneering architects from the 20th century. LV created La Maison au bord de l’eau, that was designed by C. Perriand in 1934 but never realized. Eighty years after C. Perriand’s daughter and LV have teamed up to build this house, designed to be assembled and dismantled as required. The house reflects the 30’s utopia that links social needs with architecture, prefabrication technologies and home furnishing. (The Raleigh, Miami Beach December 5-8)

Cassina shared its passion of Charlotte Perriand with a travelling exhibition of the architect’s photography. It made its Design Miami/ debut in the Cassina showroom onDecember 5 and will be on display through the 16th.





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