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ONE OF A KIND SPRING SHOW APRIL 29 – MAY 1, CHICAGO

By danielle

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After 15 years of celebrating artists and their handmade work during the Holiday season, The Mart has added a Spring Show, launching this weekend, April 29-May 1.

If you are stumped in finding a birthday or Mother’s Day gift, visitors can shop directly from 300 talented makers from across North America to find something truly unique and handmade. Alongside the shopping experience there will be food, entertainment and Spring-themed programming.

Products such as Ceramics, Home Goods, Jewelry, Sculpture and even goods for Pets amongst others will be available to purchase.

Tickets are available to purchase online and are valid for all 3 days.

DATES AND TIMES:

Friday, April 29, 
11am-8pm

Saturday, April 30, 
10am-7pm

Sunday, May 1, 
10am-5pm

LOCATION:

The Mart, 7TH Floor

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza

Chicago, IL 60654

 

#Flashback Friday to the 2016 Architectural Digest Design Show

By danielle

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It’s #Flashback Friday, so we are rewinding to this time last month and recapping some of our favorite finds from the Architectural Digest Design Show. In its milestone 15th year, the show broke records as attendance reached a high of over 40,000, with a 15% increase in trade attendance over last year, and a double-digit increase over the past two years. The essential showcase for luxury design delivered 420 exceptional brands, 11 powerful seminar programs, and a myriad of exciting special events.
The AD Design Show’s signature feature areas of REFRESH, FURNISH, MADE, and SHOPS were replete with luxury design products, many on view for the very first time in the U.S. There was a large contingent of new exhibitors: 117 overall, 69 of them in the MADE section. Design inspiration continued in the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio, the official show theater, which hosted captivating seminars, including a keynote by Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell with Reed and Daphne Krakoff. There were also lively and informative sessions with interior designers Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Suzanne Kasler, Campion Platt, Vicente Wolf and AD 100 Architect Alexander Gorlin, as well as TV personalities Genevieve Gorder and George Oliphant, and more. Special networking events, demonstrations and tours rounded out the exclusive experience.
The Show also marked a number of milestones for participating exhibitors, especially in the REFRESH pavilion. Here’s a look at some highlights from the 2016 collection of kitchen, bath, luxury appliances, and premium building products.

Founded in 1683, Gaggenau just turned 333 years old. The German brand displayed its new 400 combi-steam oven series, which is ideal for sous-vide cooking. Thermador celebrated its 100-year anniversary by showcasing an exceptional range of products including an updated 36” Induction Cooktop with Flex Induction, which is set to be released this summer, as well as a 24” Custom Panel Refrigerator, which will be available this fall. Baldwin Hardware turned 70 in a bold and beautiful fashion, unveiling new additions to its Reserve collection, as well as knobs integrated with a new push-button privacy feature to enhance egress functionality. Third-generation, family-owned Sub-Zero Group, Inc. also recently celebrated 70 years. From the first freezer built in Westye F. Bakke’s basement, to the recent rollout of more than 70 new generation Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, the company continues to innovate. It introduced its first ever Wolf Induction Range at the show. The oven combines the sleek design and efficient performance of induction with the precise control and power of the iconic Wolf dual convection range.

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Baldwin opened the door to another 70+ years of style!

As technology has become a dominant force in our everyday lives, the need for connectivity has become increasingly important. From appliances to entertainment, this was a major focus throughout REFRESH this year. Zephyr, a leader in kitchen ventilation design, innovation, and technology, has elevated the range hood to its rightful place in the kitchen. The company introduced its DCBL Suppression System™ technology, which features up to 77% more energy efficiency and 77% less noise. In 2015, Jenn-Air debuted its connected wall oven. This year, the brand announced an exciting new partnership with Nest that builds on the benefits of the oven’s connectivity. Jenn-Air also expanded its eye-catching Obsidian refrigerator offerings with a new counter-depth, free-standing model that will also be the brand’s first connected refrigerator. Dacor’s new Discovery WineStation® is the first product of its kind to have a built-in, commercial-grade wine dispenser and preservation system for the home. The four-bottle wine dispenser and preservation system gives users the option of pouring a taste or full glass of perfectly persevered wine with the touch of a finger. Dacor also introduced new voice activated kitchen technology, bringing the connected kitchen to passionate cooking and technology enthusiasts. Liebherr’s BioFresh technology maintains the ideal environment for ultimate food freshness so your favorite cheese’s shelf life can be extended for more than 100 days compared to conventional refrigerators.

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Jenn-Air’s side X side Obsidian refrigerator

If it wasn’t connectivity, it was color that captured the eye. Exhibitors delivered the wow factor in every hue imaginable. Big Chill, the maker of the Retro Fridge, now offers turquoise as a standard color. Its range of product offerings includes refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, hoods, and wall ovens available in more than 200 colors, as well as custom colors. These are not your grandmother’s pastels. Pantone shows us that former design trends – like pastels – can make a comeback, but with a little reinvention. BlueStar launched its first ever Built-in Refrigeration Line. It offers advanced food preservation capabilities, unique features for the discerning home entertainer, plus unmatched customization options, including over 750 color and finish options to match BlueStar cooking and ventilation products. The celebration of color continued at ILVE, which introduced its new Custom Color Program of over 220 hues, allowing for more personalized options than ever before.

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Big Chill now comes in turquoise!

For those seeking a European aesthetic, first time exhibitor Ronbow’s Signature Series certainly fits the bill. The brand’s new suite brings together nine premier artists and designers from six European countries to create 11 diverse and luxurious collections of trendsetting bathroom products. In particular, style from Italy was a trend on the show floor. Bertazzoni, a 130-year-old Italian family-owned business, just launched its first-ever kitchen suite, adding refrigeration and dishwashers to its Master, Professional, and Heritage lines of appliances. Although crafted in Italy, each appliance is made to U.S. market specifications. (Made-to-order in inches.) Combining Italian design with Viking Professional performance, the Tuscany range, which debuted at Viking Range, LLC’s booth, was born in the heart of Italy. The sophisticated new line of Italian Provincial ranges are sized and featured to meet the needs of American architecture and lifestyles. Belgian brand van Cronenburg Architectural Hardware was evidence that high design should, and can be, considered at every level, from major appliances, to hardware. With its wide range of chic knobs, pulls, and more, van Cronenburg has those little details covered. Imbued with character, each of the products has a unique name, which refers to the first project the item was developed for, or is a wink to a time period, style, mythological figure, or someone at the company.

The kitchen and bath of today demand a high level of functionality, flexibility and, of course, customization. The Galley understands the great amount of time spent at the kitchen sink and believes it should no longer be an afterthought in the kitchen design process. The Oklahoma-based company partnered with Doug Durbin to create the Galley Dresser, an entire piece of furniture that incorporates all the elements of the workstation—including a sink, cutting boards, drain racks, bowls, and colanders—as well as drawers and cabinets for all your storage needs. It is available in four sizes and 13 high-gloss finishes, including fumed eucalyptus.  Bosch Home Appliances uses a series of modern design principles, including ergonomic design and precision technology, to enable a healthier lifestyle in the kitchen. Its new 24-inch Custom Panel Appliances are made for small spaces, and are now available with custom paneling. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s booth catered to both the contemporary and classic taste with variety of on-trend lighting, appliances and plumbing products from top brands like Axor, Hubbardton Forge, and Kohler. And for that extra little sparkle, RangeCraft Manufacturing displayed a new line of range hoods embellished with Swarovski® crystals. RangeCraft is honored to be the only kitchen range hood company approved to be recognized by the “Crystals by Swarovski” Seal, which serves as a “Certificate of Authenticity” that identifies products made with genuine Swarovski crystals.

The Axor Citterio Select Kitchen Faucet was featured in Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s booth.

The Axor Citterio Select Kitchen Faucet was featured in Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s booth.

 

With so many exceptional kitchen, bath, appliance, and building product options, this year’s REFRESH raised the bar. The Architectural Digest Design Show will return next year to Piers 92 & 94, March 16-19, 2017. See you there!

 

Discover the hidden Milan during the Design Week

By barbara

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When Milan–the design capital of the world–hosts its annual, highly-acclaimed Design Week, the whole world takes notice. Milan Design Week (aka Salone Internazionale del Mobile) is a week long event featuring 2,400+ exhibitors and over 1,000 events all over the city.

The fuorisalone–the events surrounding the famed Milan Design Week–gives visitors a chance to sip fine Italian wine and waltz about places that usually are not open to the public. We reported back about a few of our favorites.

One of our first stops upon touching down in Milan was to see the restorations that Lasvit made to 4 chandeliers in the historic Palazzo Serbelloni. Lasvit, a Czech company famous for their bespoke bohemian glass, lit up the Napoleonic floor of Palazzo Serbelloni with innovative lighting, precious pendants, and the original chandeliers of the building renovated just for Salone del Mobile. Famous international designers Arik Levy, Daniel Libeskind, Patricia Urquiola, and the Campana Brothers are among those who choose Lasvit and stand behind its mission: to transform glass into breathtaking light and design experiences.

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Lasvit at Palazzo Serbelloni

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LUDWIG by Maurizio Galante (on the right) for Lasvit

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FACET by Moritz Waldemeyer (on the left) and PRAHA by Stanislav Libensky (on the right)

 

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RADIANT by Patricia Urquiola (on the left) and ICE vases by Daniel Libeskind (on the right)

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CRYSTAL ROCK by Arik Levy (on the left) and CANDY by Campana Brothers (on the right)

Also mixing the old with the new, The Masterly-The Dutch organization has a contemporary Dutch exhibition at Palazzo Turati. The palace has on display a wide array of Dutch design pieces–the first Dutch pavilion in 55 years hosted in a historical building.

15.000 tulips color the courtyard

15.000 tulips color the courtyard

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Palazzo Turati – The Dutch, Masterly

Palazzo Turati - The Dutch, Masterly

Palazzo Turati – The Dutch, Masterly

Next on our list was Palazzo Crespi. The best and brightest in the design and art fields came out to Palazzo Crespi for the New York Times T magazine party to start the week of Salone del Mobile. T was honoring the late architect and set designer, Renzo Mongiardino, who would’ve been turning 100. Mongiardino designed the Palazzo Crespi, so it was fitting that the celebration take place there. Though the party is over, visitors are still free to tour Palazzo Crespi.

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Palazzo Crespi

Palazzo Crespi hosted The New York Times party

Palazzo Crespi hosted The New York Times party

The Italian architect, Pietro Portaluppi, is known for his beautiful restorations of Palazzo Crespi and Casa degli Atellani as well as his design of Villa Necchi. All three are a must-see. Be sure to check out the 15th century garden of Casa degli Atellani where you can find a small house that had been built for Leonardo Da Vinci as his residence during the works at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Movie buffs and design lovers alike will find it interesting to know that the Golden Globe winning movie, Io sono l’Amore, starring Tilda Swinton, was filmed at Villa Necchi.

We’d highly recommend planning a tour among the Portaluppi works or any of the other magical, hidden gems of Milan that are brought to the forefront during Salone del Mobile.

Tom Dixon live at Wallpaper* party

By barbara

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The Milan Design Week is hard work. We talk, we walk, we connect people, we present products and we have fun too. Especially when invited to the Wallpaper* party with Tom Dixon playing live with his band.

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Tom Dixon and CaesarStone

Tom Dixon is an extraordinary bass player

Tom Dixon is an extraordinary bass player

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Tom Dixon and his band

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Tom Dixon and CaesarStone

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Thousands of chocolate cubes at the Wallpaper* party

Leclettico reveals its archive during the Milan Design Week

By barbara

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If you are in Milan during the Milan Design Week you don’t want to miss the Leclettico show on via San Gregorio. Leclettico is a creative lab with a unique approach to interior design.
This year event is a journey that takes you back to the time between the 2 World Wars. It’s an emotional and aesthetic tour in Leclettico astonishing design and vintage archive. Collection of rare pieces of design and vintage, rare textures, astonishing textiles, amazing lighting which inspire designers’ creativity.

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Boston Design Week Wrap-Up

By robby

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Today’s Design-Calendar post comes from guest blogger Robert Reuland, who’s covering the Boston Design Scene for us.

Today marks the end of Boston Design Week. Last night, a most interesting lecture was hosted at Room & Board. Michael Boodro, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor magazine, took the opportunity whilst reclining in a beautifully hand-crafted wing back chair to speak about the importance of the artisan in design. He encouraged designers to spend the extra money for the fine craftsmanship of the talented makers who are spurring the artisanal scene. He encourages us to try and find the hidden “gems” with which to embellish our homes. So I’ll take this as an opportunity to reveal my personal favorite artisans: Box Furniture. See their masterful work here: http://boxfurnitureco.com

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Zaha Hadid – A Tribute

By danielle

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We lost a good one last week. The renowned Dame Zaha Mohammed Hadid, DBE, a leading light in architecture, passed away in the hospital at the age of 65. She suffered a heart attack on Thursday while in Miami, where she was being treated for bronchitis.

Zaha Hadid by Brigitte Lacombe

Zaha Hadid by Brigitte Lacombe

Hadid, the ‘Queen of the Curve’ was a trailblazer in many areas as she was the first woman and Muslim to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, winning it in 2004. Later she received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011 and was also the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) gold medal, earlier in 2016. Other awards included the Republic of France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale.

A pioneer for woman in architecture Hadid was ‘’was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today” as per the statement released by her company on the announcement of her death, and her legacy is evident on the architectural world today.

Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku - photo by HuftonCrow

Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku – photo by HuftonCrow

While she received critical acclaim for her buildings such as the the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany (2005), the Maxxi: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2009), the London aquatics center for the 2012 Olympic Games (2011), the Heydar Aliyev Center (2012) in Baku, Azerbaijan and a stadium that will take center stage at the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Hadid. In the mid-1990’s, when she was a rising star, she won an international competition for the design of the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales. Yet the British government disgracefully refused to pay for her design, following opposition from local lobbyists and the project was eventually handed over to a lesser talent – an outcome that was devastating for Hadid and a blow to architectural history. These designs were eventually used to create the Guangzhou opera house in China (2010) which was described by Nicolai Ouroussoff, writing for the New York Times as the “most alluring opera house built anywhere in the world in decades.”

MAXXI Museum of XXI Century Art, Rome - photo by Iwan Baan

MAXXI Museum of XXI Century Art, Rome – photo by Iwan Baan

Other buildings such as the Rosenthal Centre of Contemporary Art, her only completed building in the United States, in Cincinnati (2003) have transformed ideas of the future for architecture. As a visionary and highly experimental in her designs which were prone to higher costs, her critics were quick to comment on compromises with form over function owing to these complex designs, but her approach in design was one of where the shape came first and how to achieve it came later.

Contemporary Arts Center-Cincinnati - photo by Roland Halbe

Contemporary Arts Center-Cincinnati – photo by Roland Halbe

Although she had her critics, Hadid was unquestionably fearless in her approach, going where others wouldn’t or could not, her talent had no bounds and for that she will be missed.

Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou - photo by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou – photo by Virgile Simon Bertrand

 

Design Bloggers’ Conference

By Lucy

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It’s been a busy spring so far for Design-Calendar! In super exciting news, we kicked off this month at the Design Bloggers’ Conference. This fantastic event gathers budding bloggers in one place to learn, connect, and have fun. Many Instagrams were snapped, and many tips and tricks were acquired. Here are a few of the highlights:

1. The exceptional programming. My two favorites were The Jungalow‘s Justina Blakeney, who gave invaluable insight on building your brand and expanding without losing your authenticity, and designer Nathan Turner, who showed off his unique style and helpful entertaining tips in a humorous, enjoyable presentation. The incomparable Cynthia Rowley also spoke (and had the most fabulous shoes!) about her experience in the product-sphere.

2. The amazing brands. Featuring fabrics from Fabricut, gorgeous paint from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams, stunning furniture by Curry, and more, it was great to meet new brands and hear all of the creative ways they collaborate with the blogging community.

3. And of course, the lovely people! The design community is so warm and fun, and we had the best time making new blogger friends and being able to check out their blogs. We’ve got a great reading list full of inspiration now :)

Next year’s conference is already lined up for February in LA…we’ll see you there!

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EAST MARKET MILANO

By barbara

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Milan gives space to young designers during an informal and fun monthly event, inspired by the East London market: the East Market Milano peeps in the Ventura Design District, taking up two impressive pavilions used for international events during the Milan Design Week.
Along with fashion, vinyl and sneakers the exhibition presents vintage pieces of furniture and lightings, but also interesting new proposals by budding designers. Most of them produce in the renowned Brianza area, where the factories of the big names of the design Made in Italy have their production sites. A thrilling chance for the most promising emerging Italian talents

East Market Milano

East Market Milano

A Vico Magistretti lamp

Vintage drawers

Vintage drawers

Pottery by Nigutindor

Pottery by Nigutindor

Bettyconcept: an ethical fashion lab exploring original shapes and textiles

Bettyconcept: an ethical fashion lab exploring original shapes and textiles

Rethinking NYC’s Edges

By Melissa

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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

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