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

By lexy

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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. www.100xbetter.com

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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. www.avoavo.com

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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. www.damm-design.com

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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. www.madebywood.com

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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. www.noblegoods.com

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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.

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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). www.spinceramics.com

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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. www.the-citizenry.com

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A Tribute to Michael Graves

By chris

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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.

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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 www.madonna.org.  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 http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/

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 http://michaelgraves.com/.

Robert Allen Launches New Website

By Lucy

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Robert Allen has done some spring cleaning and released a fresh new website: www.robertallendesign.com. 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

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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.

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TrendSpotting: Unexpected Use of Material at NY Now

By dania

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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.

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The process is fascinating, here’s a video: http://www.elysegraham.com/process.html

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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Biennale Interieur – In Review

By chris

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For 46 years, the Biennale Interieur (located in the charming city of Kortrijk, Belgium) has been a destination for design-lovers seeking fresh ideas and innovative makers from Belgium and beyond.  It was our first time at the bi-annual show and we were frankly blown away.  The quality of the exhibition space/exhibitors and the thoughtful offsite exhibitions really made a walk down each aisle an exciting discovery. The show offered a well-curated experience between the main hall and the installations and exhibits located across town in the Buda Island district.  Organized and run by a non-profit organization, with sleek Audis ferrying attendees back and forth, the two days we had for the show, were not nearly enough time to soak it all in. We did our best by taking very short breaks in the charming onsite cafes (created by designers), monitoring our beer drinking (we even visited a Beer Temple) and keeping a brisk pace (our FitBit numbers were through the roof).

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One of our favorite areas was the special section celebrating outstanding Belgian designers and going back in time to show the rich talent that distinguishes the Belgian design scene.  This year the “Designer of the Year” award, a prestigious title given to one who exhibits unique and creative design in their industry, was given to Marina Bautier.  Marina is a native to Belgium, where she set up her own furniture design practice in 2002, until Lignet Roset discovered her work and fueled her international career in Milan.  At a cocktail in honor of the exhibit, we got to meet other Belgian design super stars, including Alain Bertau, the founder of Objekten and one of our faves, who was awarded this title in 2006.

In addition to thought-provoking exhibits, installations and cash and carry designs, the show line-up included cocktail and dance parties at all hours and all over town.  Our friends at Architonic went so far as to rent a decommissioned church for their annual disco event.  The venue was attached to an old school that was soon to be demolished.  The city allowed the show to take over the space to fill it with student design work as well as a fab pop-up restaurant.  We got coveted reservations for dinner on the long school-house tables. It was wonderful! Another after-hours hot ticket was to the Wünder party sponsored by Axor, Duravit, Delta Lighting, Casaus, Samsung and Barrisol and featuring installations, dancing and Belgian beers.. need we say more!

Additional culinary highlights included the home gelato makers on the show floor and some of the best gelato we have ever had… AND for free at a trade show to boot – fantastic chocolates and frites!!!

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Go See The Situation At Storefront, It Ends Saturday

By Abbey Cahill

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The unsuspecting viewer is the subject of a social experiment in perception, encapsulated by a strange vibrating, pink form. It’s porous and biological in structure, but the medium is rigidly composed of thousands of laser-cut metal pieces — inorganic. The experience is all-encompassing, distilling light, sound, and form into one controlled environment.

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Situation NY is a sensory installation at the Storefront of Art and Architecture that explores context, perception, and the real and unreal. A collaboration between Jana Winderen (an artist with a background in mathematics, chemistry, and fish ecology) and Marc Fornes (architect and founder of THEVERYMANY studio), the “situation room” questions how we read our environment, especially in a world where digital and physical realms are becoming more and more inseparable.

Dying to see for yourself? Get to 97 Kenmare Street in Soho this weekend! The installation ends Saturday, December 20th.

Dreaming 2074: A Futurist Foray In French Luxury

By jacqui

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Last week, the French Embassy in New York hosted the US launch of Dreaming 2074, a digital book that harnesses science fiction storytelling to forecast the world in 2074 and the role that French luxury will play in that future society. The event was hosted by the Comité Colbert, an advocacy umbrella organization that represents 78 French luxury houses and 14 cultural institutions from Hermès to Maison du Chocolat.

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Interior Design’s 30th Annual Hall of Fame

By yvonne

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Suit up for the annual Hall of Fame. The “Academy Awards of Design” is celebrating its 30th year! Hosts Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief of Interior Design and Mark Strauss, President of Interior Design Media Group, outdo themselves every year and we cannot wait to see what they have in store this time.  2014 inductees include: Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects; David Lake and Ted Flato of Lake|Flato; Paola Navone of Paola Navone; and Andrea Woodner of Design Trust for Public Space, the recipient of a special leadership award.  We’re excited to see Interior Design‘s signature documentaries honoring each of the inductees. We hear there will be popcorn in the coveted goody bag (courtesy of Ilex) so break it open for your viewing pleasure.

The event – a veritable “who’s who in the industry” – will honor both present and past HOFers. It’s black tire attire, so if you haven’t found your outfit yet, we suggest you take some time over the holiday break to do so. And be sure to put on your dancing shoes for the  after-party! The anniversary event will certainly be one to remember. Information to purchase tickets here.

Interior Design Hall of Fame
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Waldorf Astoria
301 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

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Above: Interior Design’s 29th Annual Hall of Fame attendees

Put a New Spin on Your Holiday Table

By jacqui

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Let the entertaining begin! With holiday season upon us, it’s time to bring fresh decorating ideas to the table. Spin Ceramics’ collection of delightful pieces offers plenty of inspiration. The Chinese porcelain tabletop brand blends ancient techniques with the modern artistry of eight contemporary designers who are based in Spin’s Shanghai design studio.

The results are wonderful and often whimsical—captivating designs impeccably rendered by master artisans in the Jingdezhen region, which for many centuries has maintained its reputation as China’s “capital of porcelain.” Since the techniques of the craft date as far back as the 13th-14th-century Yuan Dynasty, you could say that all tea served in Spin Ceramics is steeped in history.

The brand recently opened its flagship store in SoHo and it just relaunched its online store to feature a wider selection of product: store.spinceramics.com. And newsflash: Spin Ceramics is offering free domestic shipping until December 15.

Feast your eyes after the jump: we’ve curated some recommendations for reinvigorating your table (or gift list) these holidays. Ranging from complete dish sets and salt and pepper shakers to candles and vases, these exquisite, enigmatic pieces will get the conversation going.

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Above: Zisha Teapot for Twelve Tastes – This gorgeous, seasonal teapot is pictured with Zisha Grandpa Teacups. Designer: Gary Wang

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Above: White Biscuit Moebius Strip Vase Set - Even without stems, the fluid lines of the sculptural Moebius draws the eye. Designer: Q.Q. Qiong

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