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Heimtextil Trade Fair: Trend Watch

By danielle

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The Heimtextil international trade fair for home and contract textiles wrapped up last week in Frankfurt Germany. As not only the most important global event for interior textiles, interior design and interior trends, it was the first trade fair of the year for its division. Heimtextil’s trend experts examined disciplines of technology, hospitality, transport, work and home and have made many new discoveries, setting up a year to look forward to!

Experts have decided that by looking at trends relating to sustainability, mindset and responsibility, the theme for this year’s Heimtextil trade fair to be adventure. In exploring adventure, the fair was set up in the form of a “Theme Park.” With this, visitors were able to carry out their own exploration and discovery of new products.

The fair attracted a total of 2963 exhibitors from 67 countries and growth was primarily driven by Brazil, China, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Russia, the USA and United Arab Emirates.  With the plethora of exhibitors there was a common thread and a few trends that emerged to keep an eye on.

Trend Watch 2017:

Trend towards more materiality

Kiss bare walls, cold floors and sterile-style living bye bye. Home textiles are making a comeback with the arrival of curtains, carpets and decorative cushions as the leading decorator of residential interior walls.

Trend towards sleeping as a lifestyle

In the past nutrition, mindfulness and fitness were the primary trends of lifestyle. No more, this year numerous bed segments were set up making sleep the newest lifestyle addition.

Trend towards digital printing

Digital printing brings about an idea of limitless. When the sky is the limit, who wouldn’t want an individualized product that can also be competitively manufactured.

Trend towards conservation and fair production

The integrated Speakers Corner at the fair spoke a lot about resource conservation and fair production conditions making this the buzzing topic of conversation.

For more trade news from the Heimtextil trade fair click here.

 

 

 

 

Salone del Mobile Milano Announces The Future of Workplace Design

By danielle

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This morning, we had the honor of attending the Salone del Mobile Milano press conference at Intesa Sanpaolo in NYC. Just two weeks into the start of the year, it was the perfect moment to announce their new concepts and the future of workplace design.

Salone’s new projects and installations are moving away from the old tradition of a hierarchal formal setting within the workplace. Instead, they plan to embrace the office as a place that fosters sharing, collaborating, creating and wellbeing.  With this in mind, a visionary project has been announced entitled, A Joyful Sense at Work which aims to breathe new life into contemporary office designs that encompass individuals’ needs, emotions and experiences.

Collaborating on this project are four internationally acclaimed architects, including US-based Primo Orpilla, that will boost energy levels and drive new integrative design concepts. Orpilla was on hand to discuss the concept and his visions for the evolution of the workspace. This installation is being created specifically for the biennial Workplace 3.0 show curated by the architect Christiana Cutrona.

With all that is evolving within workplace design, definitely be on the lookout for Salone del Mobile Milano this season. The show will take place in Milan from April 4-9.

 

Thrive Global Pops Up in SoHo

By danielle

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Arianna Huffington’s new company,Thrive Global has officially launched, shifting the tides of how we begin to think about our health and well being. The Thrive Global Pop Up Store was first organized in SoHo where live demonstrations and trials of the latest technologies can be explored and tested. This first store is just scratching the surface for what Thrive Global has planned in their journey to introduce a new pathway to productivity. Among the many categories of product and collaborations that include: body, mind, sleep tech, home and work, Humanscale showcases their mastered science of ergonomics in the workplace.

In recent years, trends in the workplace have shifted towards more movement at work. As the pioneer of this approach to improving both efficiency and comfort, Humanscale recognizes the importance of an active environment to foster health, wellbeing and productivity.

Just in time for the new year, the pop up shop runs until January 15. Here, individuals can meander through the incredibly Zen space lined with many gadgets that offer the opportunity to truly reflect on what actions you are taking to avoid burnout, relieve stress and live a more joyful, mindful life. If you can’t make it to this event, the ecommerce site has all of the products here. Be on the look out for more stores popping up around the globe!

 

 

Monica Castiglioni Opens First US Store in Brooklyn

By danielle

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A new shop from Milanese designer Monica Castiglioni opens its doors on Court Street in Brooklyn just in time for holiday shopping, giving New Yorkers access to her striking, sculptural line of jewelry and accessories. The 1000 square foot retail store, gallery and event space is located in the historic neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

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The daughter of Achille Castiglioni, a renowned Italian industrial designer, Monica is a jewelry artist, photographer, sculptor and graphic designer. Embracing an aesthetic that is both sculptural and organic, much of Castiglioni’s work is solid bronze and is cast in NY and Italy, using a lost-wax technique. Other materials include silver, felt, Pyrex and 3D printed nylon. Often the organic shapes that manifest in her work are representative of flower pistils, a source of inspiration for Castiglioni who is drawn to the juxtaposition of order and chaos represented in the flower’s biology. Fine craftsmanship and a deep understanding of proportion and materiality are evident in her broad range of work, which is collected by tastemakers across the globe.

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Castiglioni splits her time between New York and her native Milan, where she opened the first shop dedicated to her own work in 2010. With select pieces available at design stores across the US, including at the Cooper Hewitt and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the opening of the Brooklyn showroom provides a first opportunity for New Yorkers to see her full collection in one place and to purchase in person. With hundreds of styles and shapes on display, shoppers will have the chance to create personalized and distinctive jewelry “sculptures”.

 

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Visitors to the shop will be the first to discover her new collection of 3D printed nylon pieces in an array of new colors and forms. Prices begin at $70. They will also have a chance to experience a wide range of innovative lighting, creating by another Italian icon of design – Davide Groppi. Table and ceiling fixtures featured will include: TetATet, UnMetro, Masai, Miss 1, Mira R, Dot and X Bulb Soraa.

 

The shop is located at 268 Court Street in Brooklyn, convenient to the F and G trains at Bergen Street and a 15-minute walk from Borough Hall. For the month of December, the store will be open seven days a week from 11:00am-7:00pm. Starting January 2017, it will be open by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 11:00am – 7:00pm Wednesday through Sunday.

All That Glitters Is Gold At BDNY 2016

By Becca Sass

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The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY – This November, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center opened its many glass doors for its annual Boutique Design New York trade fair (BDNY). Now in its seventh year of success, over 7,000 interior designers, architects, purchasing executives and hospitality owners enjoyed the gusto and energy of the trade fair which boasted a focused selection of statement-making design products for hotels, restaurants, spas and casinos. The stunning visual spaces created by the exhibitors within the main arena staged a stimulating conversation between manufacturers and industry visionaries.

Each space solicited contemplation of an array of design elements, coming together effortlessly in a remarkable collaboration between major design firms and exhibiting products. Through an immense application of colors in fabrics coupled with an intelligent use of lighting, product sponsors, and designers conjured an airy grace. A special theme that we particularly enjoyed was the shimmery gold hues as displayed in a variety of products on display in the booths. Delightful variations of gold were peppered across the show floor and took shape in mirrors, sconces, stylish faucets, and more. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite glimmering, gilded design pieces.

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Internationally Acclaimed Designer Shozo Toyohisa and Kaneka OLED Wrap Brilliant 2-Day Lighting Exhibition Showcasing Design, Technology and Imagination

By Katherine Smythe

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For two straight days, starting November 1st, a soft buzz filled the seventh floor of the prestigious Museum of Arts and Design (New York City) as a steady flow of industry professionals, design enthusiasts and members of the public patiently waited to step inside one of two illuminated enclosures.

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Visitors slipped white paper booties over their shoes in eager preparation for this unique presentation. Once seated inside the pristine enclosures, they saw the striking display of OLED panels by Kaneka Corporation, a leading technology-driven chemical manufacturer headquartered in Japan. In a matter of moments, the panels awashed the space in a stunningly smooth, soft light. Visitors remained fixated on the display in anticipation of its playful shifts in brightness which featured a wide spectrum of white light.

This engaging exhibition showcased the unique capabilities of Kaneka OLED technology through the imaginative lens of renowned Japanese lighting designer, Shozo Toyohisa (pictured below).

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OLED Technology produces beautiful, diffuse lighting. Toyohisa, the experienced lighting designer with a background in industrial design, envisioned many applications for OLED which offers ease of use, precise color consistency and flexibility. Whether used in displays for retail or hospitality settings, or as fixtures in residential interiors, OLED is an eco-friendly lighting choice.

For those who were unable to experience OLED Technology in person, either at the opening party on November 1st or during public visiting hours on November 2nd, they can expect additional collections of products by Kaneka OLED, including the official launch of Kaneka Luce set for release in early 2017.

 

Celebrating the Elle Decor Grand Hotel opening in Milan

By barbara

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(Milan, Oct. 5, 2016) A warm fall night was the setting of the beautiful opening of the Elle Decor Grand Hotel exhibition in Milan.

The party was packed and the crowd spilled out into the street of the extraordinary entrance of Palazzo Morando.

 

Room #11, Accueil - a large lamp that acts as an illuminated wall, by Piero Lissoni. Ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo

Room #11, Accueil – a large lamp that acts as an illuminated wall, by Piero Lissoni. Ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo

 

The courtyard of the Elle Decor Grand Hotel

The courtyard of the Elle Decor Grand Hotel

Elle Decor asked two exceptional international designers – Piero Lissoni and Patricia Urquiola – to interpret the installation-exhibition hotel.

The designers worked on two different sections of the exhibition; Piero Lissoni, focused his creativity on Hotel Particulier, the reception area and spaces for socializing, and Patricia Urquiola expressed her talent on Stanzas, bedrooms and private areas of the hotel.

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Piero Lissoni says he “designed a hotel that was not a hotel, but more an aristocratic hostel, by simply changing how the spaces looked and using the signature style of the Italian architects active between the 16th and the 17th centuries”.

Palazzo Morandi, a magnificent 17th century buildings in Milan, probably inspired the designer to conceive unique spaces like the Bibliothèque or the Fumoir halls, where a mix of iconic pieces of design like the Taccia and the Toio lamp by Castiglioni brothers or the LC3 by Le Corbusier match with contemporary chairs like the M16 by DePadova.

Room #22 by Patricia Urquiola, ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo

Room #22 by Patricia Urquiola, ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo

Patricia Urquiola believes the Stanzas project is all about emotions and memories. She says “For me the room is always a private, personal limit, inferring isolation and protection. It hence my horizon of affectionate intimacy with Milan: ‘Vico and Maddalena’ introduced me to the Shakers; Ponti, Albini, Caccia Dominioni…; the brief sojourn of Charlotte Perriand at the Triennale…; and the Fiorucci, Memphis and so many courtyards in a cultural, bold Milan”.

Fabrizio Pignoloni of Dotdotdot meets with Barbara Musso of Novità Italia

Fabrizio Pignoloni of Dotdotdot meets with Barbara Musso of Novità Italia

We are personally very proud to have met once again with the Dotdotdot team that coordinated the project installation. We have been knowing them since the beginning of their career and every time we see them in action they manage to surprise us!

 

NYCEDC Announces NYCxDESIGN 2017 Dates

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New Yok City’s celebration of global design will run from May 3-24, 2017

 

NYC design industry is a major economic driver of the City’s economy generating over $500 million in City tax revenue annually

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-12-02-41-pmNew York, NY – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced that NYCxDESIGN 2017 will run from May 3rd – 24th.  The fifth annual celebration of global design will increase from two to three weeks for 2017.  The extended program for 2017 will allow for expanded programming in venues throughout the City with more details to be released later this year.

NYCxDESIGN 2016 featured over 500 events throughout the five boroughs including the Design Pavilion at Astor Place Plaza and the first annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, presented by Interior Design magazine and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Awardees consisted of companies and design leaders who excelled in design fields such as urban design, fashion, architecture, technology, public space projects and more. For a full list of this year’s winners, visit 2016 NYCxDESIGN Awardees.

“New York is the most innovative city in the world and NYCxDESIGN is one way we are able to recognize, not only, design talent in the five boroughs, but also our world-renowned design schools and businesses that are leading the way. Design and innovation makes our city unique and moves our world forward,” Mayor de Blasio said.

NYCxDESIGN 2017 will be the biggest and best citywide celebration of global design since its inception five years ago, uniting New Yorkers and industry leaders in learning more about the power of design,” said NYCEDC Maria Torres-Springer.  “With over 50,000 designers employed at over 7,500 firms and generating over $500 million in City tax revenue, the City’s growing design sector plays a critical role in our economy and NYCEDC is proud to support its continued growth.”

“The New York City Council is excited to have NYCxDESIGN back for another year to help design communities from all over the world showcase some of the most innovative and diverse designs they have to offer,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.  “We want designers and manufacturers to be inspired by what this city has to offer and use New York City as their blank canvas to put their design in the spotlight. I want to thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation for their efforts to drive economic development through the attraction of more designers to the city.”

Missed last year’s celebration? Visit NYCEDC’s Flickr page for hi-resolution photos. To learn more about NYCxDESIGN and how you can be part of the action, visit http://nycxdesign.com/.

WANDERS’ WONDER

By barbara

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Marcel Wanders' ceramic tile collection for Ceramica Bardelli

Marcel Wanders’ ceramic tile collection for Ceramica Bardelli

 

We have been invited to the Milanese preview of the latest collections of Ceramica Bardelli.

The exciting collaboration between the eclectic Dutch designer Marcel Wanders and Ceramica Bardelli has as a result two astonishing collections: Eve and Sofia hand painted tiles. Different layers of screen-printing make each tile unique and enhance a pattern with intriguing optical effects.

We love patterns and we fell in love with both the Sofia and Eve collections. Their unique designs encourage playing with the non-directional pattern to elaborate infinite layouts.

 

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Marcel Wanders’ Collection for Ceramica Bardelli – Details

 

Countdown for Cersaie, the International exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, has started.

 

More news to come.

 

Stay tuned!

Diffa’s Picnic by Design Fundraiser Returns to NYC

By Cornelia Holzbauer

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Up for a picnic? Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is hosting its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser on September 7, Picnic By Design® at the Mercantile Annex in Midtown! Guests will have the chance to bid on beautifully designed picnic baskets, created by renowned New York City tastemakers.

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Diffa’s Picnic by Design®

Picnic by Design combines high-end design, food and a fun atmosphere at a beautiful venue. Dawn Roberson, Director of Special Events at DIFFA, notes, “This event grows each year and continues to serve as a platform for young and emerging designers to raise awareness for the cause while celebrating epic design.”

DIFFA’s Mission: Combat HIV/AIDS

DIFFA’s mission is to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The charity organization was founded in 1984 and has since grown into one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS Service and education in the country. So far, DIFFA has granted more than $41 million to nonprofit organizations combating HIV/AIDS across the United States. Picnic By Design® is just one of its popular events raising awareness and funds for a serious cause, while engaging designers and showcasing their work.

Designers: “Repeat Offenders” & “Newbies”

This year’s basket designers are, as always, an amazing group–including “repeat offenders” such as: Antoinette Loupe Interiors, MoDmade NY and VDA Designs as well as first-time participants: KWG Design, Mee Tran + Phuong Huyn, Stacy Garcia, FXFOWLE, Wills Design Associates, Stantec Architecture are just a few who will contribute their unique creative work. Media Sponsors include Interior Design and Modern Luxury Manhattan. Food and Beverages will be provided by Cliffton Dry, STK Restaurants, Canard Inc., and more.

Tickets & Sponsoring

Tickets are now available for an Early Bird Price of $125, increasing to $150 on August 25. Purchase them here. Want to become a sponsor? Inquire here. Find more information about DIFFA’s combat against HIV/AIDS and their successful fundraising programs here.

Event: DIFFA’s Annual Summer Fundraiser: Picnic by Design
Date: September 7, 2016

Time: 6 – 9pm EST
Location: Mercantile Annex, 517 West 37th Street, NYC

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The 2015 picnic basket my MoDmade NY was a work of art. Photo by Erik Bardin, courtesy of Interior Design.

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VDA Designs, “Repeat Offender” at Picnic By Design®. Photo by Erik Bardin, Courtesy of Interior Design

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Antoinette Loupe’s contribution included a message from the heart in French. Photo by Erik Bardin, courtesy of Interior Design.

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