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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!

















Dering Hall’s Wired & Inspired Falls Into Fashion

By samantha


It’s always fun to see what happens when the design and fashion worlds meet! Take, for example, Dering Hall‘s recent haute couture edition of its popular Wired & Inspired virtual showhouse. The newly redesigned shopping site unveiled the stylish showhouse in partnership with Thomas Lavin during Pacific Design Center‘s Fall Market.

Wired & inspired is Dering Hall’s innovative twist on the traditional brick and mortar showhouse, with digital “rooms.” For this installment, top California interior designers created virtual spaces inspired by their favorite fashion designers using furnishings from Thomas Lavin and color palettes by Farrow & Ball.
Take a peek at a few below and see the entire house here.
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By Lucy


This is a guest post from new Design-Calendar contributor, Katie Bone.

The breadth of London Design Festival always presents a whirlwind of design exploration and this year proved no exception. Boasting more than 400 events and exhibits spread far and wide across the city, the Festival champions the work of up-and-coming talents in the design world, alongside heritage brands and design legends. From the V&A’s exhibit What is Luxury? to the Decorex theme The Future of Luxury, there was significant focus this year on the evolution of luxury and our changing values in the world of design and in society at large.

Entrance to the What is Luxury? exhibit at the V&A

Entrance to the What is Luxury? exhibit at the V&A for London Design Festival

On the wall of the V&A luxury exhibit, a sign read “In a busy and intrusive world, people increasingly value time and space for enjoying special moments and extraordinary experiences. Contemporary designers engage with how the availability of time and space, and the quality of time spent, can be seen as luxuries in their own right.” This assertion was supplemented with an installation by Marcin Rusak, which featured items designed to celebrate getting lost and the quiet moments associated with being alone in the world. Called Time For Yourself, it featured thoughtfully designed, purely analogue “tools for experiencing life outside daily routines,” including a wool blanket, a compass, and a dial-less watch. “It is almost impossible to get truly lost these days,” reads a quote by Rusak next to the installation. “It would take a lot of effort to experience this luxury.”

Hyper-realistic Jellyfish installation by Steffan Dam

Hyper-realistic Jellyfish installation by Steffan Dam for the V&A What is Luxury exhibit

The V&A exhibit served to challenge the notion of luxury in a contemporary world. It directly confronted the prominence of elite brands in a world rife with social inequality, and presented a new idea of luxury; an idea which is at once more universal and more relevant in the present era. It highlighted the themes of time, authenticity, and craftsmanship as growing values and challenged preconceived concepts of luxury.

These ideas were somewhat mirrored at Decorex, though (predictably) with a strong nod toward heritage. Presenting The Future of Luxury alongside Future Heritage, Decorex brought the contemporary relevance of nostalgic design values into the forefront. The theme of authenticity played a role, as wool and other natural materials were embraced throughout the exhibits, as did craftsmanship, especially well demonstrated in the New Craftsmen exhibit which showcased the skill of fine craft-makers and celebrated the hours that went into making each piece by hand.

Nostalgia was an overarching influence across the festival. In a busy, switched on, technology-obsessed world, numerous exhibits and installations pointed to a desire to celebrate the values of the past. This statement was made most explicit with the debut of the MP 01 Mobile Phone by Jasper Morrison in collaboration with Punkt. Unveiled at Somerset House, the phone suggests a better-designed version of one’s first mobile phone. Designed to “rebalance people’s relationship with technology,” the phone enables calling and texting only, and throws all new smartphone technology out of the window. Only available in design stores, and not through mainstream mobile retailers, it becomes clear that this old way of using technology has become more synonymous with luxury than the most technologically advanced smartphones on the market. “We believe it is time to disconnect and discover the more simple things in life,” says a Punkt leaflet describing the Somerset House exhibit.

MP 01 phone by Jasper Morrison and Punkt.

MP 01 phone by Jasper Morrison. Photo courtesy of Punkt.

Wood, often presented simply and sometimes unfinished, was a significant trend observed at the festival, offering a clear nod to nostalgic design and the values of simplicity, authenticity, and craftsmanship. Presenting the material in its most natural form, Max Lamb showcased 131 logs from the same tree, his grandfather’s, in his exhibit at Somerset House titled My Grandfather’s Tree. With an aim to preserve their structure as objects from the natural world, Lamb dried the logs over a period of seven years. They are now for sale for use as stools, side tables, or any other purpose the user can imagine for them.

Jane Withers curated an exhibit at the V&A titled Robin Day; Works in Wood. The exhibit celebrated the material as a resource and an inspiration and embraced classic mid-century modern forms alongside more playful elements including hatchets and wooden slingshots.

From the Robin Day Works in Wood exhibit at the V&A

From the Robin Day Works in Wood exhibit at the V&A

A major theme in both lighting and furniture design, wood also surfaced as a popular material for exhibit displays. Pakiet, Oskar Zieta’s first wood furniture collection, drew significant attention at What Goes Behind, an exhibit of ceramics by contemporary Polish designers at Tent London, curated by There was even an installation of a tube station built entirely in wood (complete with wooden editions of the newspaper The Metro) on display at Designjunction.

What Goes Behind exhibit by at Tent London

What Goes Behind exhibit by at Tent London. Photo by Jan Lutyk.

Handicrafts were well represented across the festival, further representing the themes associated with utilizing natural materials and moving away from technology. From the exhibit to a dreamscape of hand-sculpted pots and vases in muted tones by Tortus Copenhagen at the Tent London entrance, the timeless art of ceramic pottery shone at multiple venues. Textile arts were also a feature. Jamie Knitted Textiles debuted beautifully simple dip-dyed knit pendant lamps. Meanwhile The Knit Collection by Curver, the star of the Designjunction opening event, brought knitting into the modern age by melding contemporary materials and technology (plastic and 3D printing) with classic textile arts.

Natural materials, muted tones, and simple shapes comprised the aesthetic landscape of London Design Festival this year. Through these design clues, strong ideals toward restraint, integrity, and craftsmanship emerged, suggesting values from the past play a big role in the future of luxury and the future of design.

Ceramics from Tortus Copenhagen at Tent London

Ceramics from Tortus Copenhagen at Tent London


Wooden pendant lamps by Joe Armitage with Tala at Designjunction

Wooden pendant lamps by Joe Armitage with Tala at Designjunction

14+ Foundation Annual Cocktail Benefit

By cody


On October 1, the 14+ Foundation will be hosting its 3rd Annual Cocktail Benefit. The foundation will be fundraising for their ongoing contributions and support of the Chipakata Children’s Academy in Africa. The 14+ Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2012 by Joseph Mizzi and Nchimunya Wulf. Its mission is to build and operate schools and orphanages in rural African communities.

The Chipakata Children’s Academy in Zambia, Africa, will double as a primary school education facility, and as a refuge and orphanage for children of need in the local community. These children will be provided with full-time housing and care. The curriculum will incorporate arts-based programs, which is a fundamental part of the foundation’s mission. The Chipakata Village desperately needed a school in their community as young children have had to walk over 4 miles to arrive at the nearest institution.

Without a doubt, this is an amazing cause. The cocktail reception will be held from 6-8:30PM at the Angel Orensanz Center, the oldest surviving synagogue building in NYC. In 1992, it became an artistic and cultural resource open to artists, writers, leaders and thinkers from around the world. The jaw-dropping Gothic Revival interior draws events from MoMA, The Whitney Museum and The Guggenheim. Even legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen was known to go there for creative inspiration.

Event partners include: The Architecture & Design Film Festival; Major Food Group; Don Q Rum; Casebianche; Flavor Paper; Del Toro; Carl Hansen & Son; Ste Michelle; Bass; The Very Black Project and Baci.

The Angel Orensanz Foundation is located at 172 Norfolk Street, between Houston and Stanton Streets. The closest subway stops are Delancey Street (F Train), 2nd Avenue (F Train), Essex Street (J,M,Z Trains).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Event Benefit: 6:00PM to 8:30PM

After Party: 8:30PM to Midnight

Tickets are available here.

And for those interested in sponsoring this initiative, click here to find out more.

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New Mobile App for Travel: Hopper

By cody


With fall events quickly approaching such as Maison & Objet (September 4-8 in Paris, France), Cersaie (September 28-October 2 in Bologna, Italy) and BDNY (November 8-9 in NYC), it’s time to start planning my travel. If you are like me, you have tried every trick in the book to find the best flight deal. I’ve heard many theories of when flights are at their lowest, the most popular one being “Tuesday after 3:00PM” – which I’m still skeptical about.   But now, there is a new mobile app that will track the fares for you and let you know when to pull the trigger. Hopper, otherwise known as my new best friend, will give you advice and predictions about when you should book your flight. Similar to any Expedia or Travelocity booking site, you will set the parameters of your trip (departing airport, destination, dates) and throughout that process the app lets you know which departing and returning days are cheaper. You can then set the flight for tracking, where the app will then follow it and notify you when it hits its cheapest fare. There is also a column that shows you all of the airline fares available at the moment you check the app. Thank you Hopper for creating a useful tool that will help me schedule my travel for…more design events!


For a test trip to Bologna, the app asked me to choose my travel dates. Hopper color codes the calendar based on when the cheapest fares will be.



After selecting my dates, Hopper provides me with advice and predictions for when I should book my flight.



Hopper also lets me know if there is a cheaper destination airport for my flight.



The app then provides me with the current fares from multiple airlines.




NYC Restaurant Week

By cody


NYC Restaurant Week, or “weeks,” we should say – runs from July 20th to August 14th and features prix-fixe dining specials at participating restaurants around the city.   Here are the details: The 3-course brunch/lunch price is set at $25, while dinner goes for $38. Drinks are not included and the deal is not valid on Saturdays. However, for my fellow foodies out there, this is the best week(s) ever. Those prices are a bargain compared to the typical bill at most of these restaurants. Besides the food, the D-C team is excited to tour the restaurant scene and see all of the amazing interiors! We have compiled a list below of some of the most awe-worthy restaurant designs in the area.

Grab those loose-fitting pants and get some grub at our top 5 design favorites:

1. Little Park

We highly recommend this Gachot Studios designed restaurant that features seasonal and organic menus. Staying with and earthy theme, Gachot sourced furniture and fabrics from local makers to create a bohemian mid-century aesthetic.   Tucked into the Smyth Hotel in the heart of Tribeca, Little Park is the product of award-winning Chefs Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom, and Josh Pickard. Hand-woven fabrics brighten the space, along with white oak floors and handcrafted tiles. Gachot wanted the restaurant’s design to keep traditional Tribeca character and chose Guastavino tiles for the fireplace that are often also found in many NYC landmarks. There is also a lovely four-panel frieze mural, designed by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Benedict that depicts scenes from Tribeca’s history.

Location: 85 West Broadway on the corner of Chambers St.  Closest Subway stop: Chambers Street (1, 2, 3)

Courtesy of Little Park

Courtesy of Little Park

Courtesy of Little Park

Courtesy of Little Park

2. The Wright

It is no surprise that The Wright has received the 2010 James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design as well as received 20+ Zagat rating. Named after the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and designed by Andre Kikoski, this ultra contemporary space uses walnut and illuminated fiber-optics to create a dynamic and textural aesthetic. Located in the Guggenheim Museum, this restaurant was the perfect place to commission art from renowned British artist, Liam Gillick. The horizon produced by a factory once it had stopped producing views (2009), was designed specifically for The Wright and is constructed of horizontal planks of powder-coated aluminum, which adorn the walls and the ceiling.

Location: 1071 5th Ave Between 88th and 89th St.  Closest subway stop: 86th St. (4, 5, 6)

Photo - David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Photo – David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

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Photo -Jack Jeffries © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Photo – Jack Jeffries © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

3. Hakkasan

In the mood for Chinese? This Michelin star-winning restaurant is a must-see and a must-eat. The stunning space is designed by Christian Liaigre and features a Shanghai inspired décor that draws upon traditional Chinese motifs, while maintaining a dramatic modern look. All your senses will be awakened with the illusive lighting, scents, music and taste!

Location: 311 West 43rd St. Between 8th and 9th ave.  Closest subway stop: 42nd Street (A, C, E)

Courtesy of Hakkasan

Courtesy of Hakkasan

Courtesy of Hakkasan

4. Beauty & Essex

If you are on the Lower East Side you have to drop by this incredible restaurant designed by the geniuses at AvroKO Design studio. AvroKO’s goal was “to recreate historical events or places from the past, but with an updated, modern twist.” The product is pure glamour – a magnificent space that will have you looking around at the walls instead of your dinner date.   Custom lighting and a grand staircase are some highlights, along with gilded accents and furniture combos that might make you say, “How did they know those would work well together?!”

Location: 146 Essex St.  Between Stanton and Irvington St.  Closest subway stop: Delancey St. (F)

Photo – Michael Weber

Photo – Jason Lang

Photo – Michael Weber

5. Cherry Izakaya

For my fellow Brooklynites, Cherry Izakaya is becoming the new Williamsburg staple. Designed by hOme, the restaurant was inspired by Tokyo in the 1970s. Reclaimed wood was used throughout the space, along with hand-painted murals by local artists.   The murals were inspired by Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and they imitate historical Japanese folk tales and landscapes. The bar was constructed with gorgeous handmade tiles and a classic Pachinko machine sits in the foyer to add to the vintage feel.

Location: 138 N. 8th St. Between Berry St. and Bedford Ave. Closest subway stop: Bedford Ave (L)

Photo – Andrew Zimmer

Courtesy of Selectism

Courtesy of Selectism

Although this restaurant is not participating in Restaurant Week, we could not resist letting you know about this brand new French bistro on the Lower East Side. Les Enfant de Bohème, designed by Stéfan Jonot, is a non-pretentious, welcoming space that’s goal is to become part of the neighbor’s “routine.” The award-winning architecture studio Freecell Architecture, well known for their work on the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2012, collaborated on the design and space organization. Other features include a wall installation by French visual artist Jeanne Verdoux and Scottish architect and illustrator John Gibson. The installation is inspired by Verdoux’s sketchbook and drawing series New Yorkers on the Subway. Les Enfant de Bohème also has Lower East Side’s only Street Seat.   A new program developed by the Department of Transportaion, Street Seats expand seating into public spaces by temporarily removing two parking spaces. Marpillero Pollak (Linda Pollak) and Scalar Architecture (Julio Salcedo, Benjamin Prager, Carsten, Young) collaborated with Les Enfants de Bohème’s Cathy Lang Ho to create a public urban oasis using classic street materials including heavy timbers, metal railings and scaffolding and bright safety fencing. Make sure you check it out!

Location: 177 Henry Street. Between East Broadway and Madison St. Closest subway stop: East Broadway (F)

Courtesy of Les Enfants de Bohème

Courtesy of Les Enfants de Bohème


Highlights from the Amazing Kips Bay Decorator Show House

By lexy


Did you make it over to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015? We visited the gorgeous Arthur Sachs Mansion on the Upper East Side and the thoughtfully and expertly designed rooms did not disappoint – in fact, they were even more striking than we could have envisioned! Each room of the 5 story home embodied its own unique character, making the experience of walking the house truly exciting, never knowing what would be around the next intricately decorated corner – from a classically elegant bedroom by Cathy Kincaid Interiors, charmingly dubbed “The Princess and the Pea,” to a contemporary art inspired bathroom featuring the work of Keith Haring in Ceramiche Ascot tile designed by Gail Green Interiors. A striking spiral staircase at the center of the home featured walls adorned with a gallery of amazing artwork in a variety of styles transporting the viewer into a world of beauty and luxury. Below are some photographic highlights of this magnificent display of premier design – we already cannot wait until next year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House.


Designed by Christopher Peacock 


Designed by Tilton Fenwick


Designed by Gail Green Interiors


Designed by Alessandra Branca


Designed by Cathy Kincaid Interiors


Designed by Rottet Studio


Designed by Philip Mitchell Design 


Designed by Bennett Leifer


Designed by Mark D. Sikes

Stone Source + ORNAMENTA Launch Pop Art Inspired Collection

By lexy


On Wednesday June 3rd, ORNAMENTA – a manufacturer of ceramic + porcelain tile based out of Sassuolo, Italy – celebrated the launch of their collection ARTWORK at Stone Source’s beautiful New York showroom designed by Gensler. Stone Source, a design-driven distributor of stone and tile, will be the exclusive US provider of these creative, vibrant tiles.


The ARTWORK collection reinterprets traditional materials in a pop art style – a prominent design trend – as a tribute to Andy Warhol. Brick and marble-looks are designed in an exaggerated fashion, creating a caricature of the original material that is both inventive and aesthetically appealing.


At the bustling launch party, the Brick and Marble decors in various eye-catching colorways lined the walls complimented by live painting and a spin art station, also featuring brightly colored, playful designs. For more information on the collection, visit ORNAMENTA’s website.



By alessandra


As Virgil said, “time passes irrevocably” and it seems another ICFF has just flown by. With a whole new second floor to explore featuring HO.MI New York, the LUXE Interiors + Design Pavilion, a curated pop-up shop from Design Milk – the four days certainly went by fast as we tried to soak up all that the show had to offer! According to our fitbits, we walked over 12,000 steps on Saturday alone. With over 700 exhibitors from more than 30 countries (such as Brazil, China, France, Egypt and South Africa), the show lived up to its “international” name with aisle after aisle of contemporary and avant-garde flooring, furniture, seating and lighting. Here are a few of our favorites…


Above: Kenneth Cobonpue has definitely fulfilled its aim of bringing back romance into design in this incredible Limbo Trapeze chandelier and has bridged the gap between product and sculpture.

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Above: The beautiful and colorful ceramics from Figgjo Norway, the Norwegian porcelain manufacturer for the professional kitchen since 1941 which has introduced Figgjo Brem, a set of new and vibrant deep plates.

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Above: Trend alert! We have this thing with floors and spotted the coolest Keith Haring collection tiles by Ceramics of Italy manufacturer Ascot Ceramiche. (#selfeet) These tiles can also be seen in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. If you haven’t be there yet, be sure to check out the bathroom designed by Gail Green.


Above: Røros Tweed took home an ICFF Editor’s Choice Award for Best Textiles. Made of 100% Norwegian wool, Mikkel blankets pre-launched at the show and will make their European launch during the Nordic Design Fair in Oslo at the end of May.


Above: The Rival chair, a universal chair suited for homes, public spaces and offices, designed by the award-winning Konstantin Grcic stood tall at the Artek booth. It was developed using a mix of solid birch for the legs and a laminated birch for the arms.

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Above: Duravit has paired with its longtime collaborator Philippe Starck for a new sophisticated collection inspired by the elegance of New England: Cape Cod, which according to Duravit USA president Tim Schroeder, “is more than just a collection, it’s a state of mind and an approach to bathroom design”.

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Above: Above all, lighting was the star of the show! M2L presented this contemporary and hypnotic collection by Italian company Lumina.


Above: We love the hand assembled and meticulously finished lighting by Apparatus, composed by the creative duo Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson.

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Above: The Shimna Stacks, a futuristic storage collection, perfectly represent the company’s mission to combine traditional methods and materials with contemporary ideas.

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Above: Generations of design collide with Sam and Jory Probber, grandson and son of Harvey Probber, and Micheal and Matt Manes, President and Vice President of M2L.

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Above: A few of our favorites from the Design Milk pop up shop.

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