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Robert Allen Announces 2015 Interior Designer Color of the Year

By Lucy

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Robert Allen has launched its new Interior Designer Color of the Year program, and the results are in for 2015. Interior designers and industry experts cast their votes from predictions selected by the color pros at Robert Allen, and Calypso Blue came out on top!

Robert Allen Director of Fabric Design Hannah Alderson explains, “Calypso Blue is a vibrant color with bold, inky undertones. It represents where design is headed in the coming year, a reinterpreted twist on a classic shade, and we’re excited to see how designers use it in their interiors throughout 2015.”

Calypso Blue will be featured in upcoming Spring 2015 collections from Robert Allen, but in the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of avoiding the cold and lounging at the beach in front of a Calypso Blue ocean! Check out this gorgeous hue below.

The 2015 Interior Designer Color of the Year!

The 2015 Interior Designer Color of the Year: Calypso Blue!

Valitalia Makes “Made In Italy” Accessible

By jacqui

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Last week Design-Calendar attended the official launch of the brand-new Italian home furnishings site, Valitalia, at a press luncheon at the Italian Trade Commission. And were we in for a treat: Friulian furnishings paired with delicacies by Friulian native and “Masterchef” winner Luca Manfè (who was in attendance) and regional wine.

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Above: The Italian Trade Commission hosted the official launch of Valitalia

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Eat, Drink & Be Thankful

By jacqui

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Are you ready to make a DIFFArence? DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS together with hosts Cindy Allen, Interior Design and Christophe Rammant, Bolon by ViiR are teaming up for Thanks for Giving, a night of giving thanks and giving back. They have put together a kick-ass silent auction including items from Axor, Henri Bendel, Hautelook, Jonathan Adler and more. Tickets are $75 and worth every dime!

Thanks for Giving

Thursday November 13 – 6-9PM

WeWork Studio Soho West

175 Varick St, NYC

Go here for tickets – and enjoy, thanks!

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Architecture & Design Film Festival Kicks Off 6th Season!

By sevan

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Last week, the Architecture & Design Film Festival kicked off its sixth season at TriBeCa Cinemas with the World Premiere of Gray Matters from award-winning director Marco Orsini. It was a star-studded event for the A&D community, with the creators and cast of the documentary in attendance, as well as a special appearance by the new Irish Consul-General of New York, Barbara Jones—who proudly announced that she hails from the same town as Eileen Gray.

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Part of the Eileen Gray Project, Gray Matters tells the story of Eileen Gray, one of the greatest unsung design heroes of the 20th century—an industrious woman who was at the epicenter of the modern movement, yet her contributions to it were largely unacknowledged until the decades after her death in 1976. The film gives an intimate look at the breadth of Gray’s creations, from her early lacquer work to the Villa E-1027, following her transformation from artist to furniture maker, and finally, architect.

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Color Invasion 2014 – You’re late! For a Very Important Date!

By yvonne

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“It’s always tea-time.” –The Hatter

Step into the fantasy world of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at this year’s Color Invasion, an annual theme party benefiting International Interior Design Association New York Chapter (IIDA NY) student activities and Design Awards Programs.

They will also be supporting The Pajama Program and providing a dropbox for new, unwrapped pajamas and books to individuals from infant to age 18. The program serves to help children and teenagers who have been abused, neglected, or living in poverty, and give them an opportunity to enjoy something as simple as clean pajamas. So, please be sure to bring a gift to help support this is wonderful cause!

Don’t be late for this very important date! Fall down the rabbit hole and come join the tea party – costumes are encouraged!

Color Invasion 2014 – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Waterfront Tunnel
hosted at a new location this year!
269 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Thursday, October 16th 2014 – 7PM-11PM

Purchase tickets HERE.

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IFDA NY Takes a Bow

By danielle

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The NY Chapter of the International Furniture and Design Association (IFDA) kicked off the month by honoring its 2014 Take a Seat chair designers — inviting them to take a bow.

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While the event was held at the Axor Design Studio in the Meatpacking, attendees had the opportunity to Skype with five other IFDA chapters including Boca Raton, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, San Francisco and Washington D.C who were opening up their own Take aSeat exhibitions that evening. The collaborative spirit didn’t end there as many from the NY crowd signed up to participate in IFDA’s first Habitat for Humanity NYC build.

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They also presented a check for $10,000 to the non-profit organization.

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SCENES FROM CERSAIE 2014

By kristin

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Last week we traveled to the epicenter of tile innovation for the 32nd edition of Cersaie. Held every year in Bologna, Italy in the Emilia Romagna region (where 3/4 of Italy’s ceramic tile production originates), the fair is the tile industry’s equivalent of the Milan Furniture Fair, where companies launch exciting new products for all manner of indoor and outdoor surfacing.

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Toyo Ito delivered the keynote speech as part of the show’s Building, Dwelling, Thinking program. He was the sixth consecutive Pritzker prize winner to speak at Cersaie, attracting a crowd of over 1,000 architecture fans.

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With Italian culture deep-rooted in design and architecture, it came as no surprise to see prominent figures such as Alessandro and Francesco Mendini, Robert Dawson and Jean Marie Massaud launching new tile collections with Italian manufacturers.

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The Mendini brothers in front of their FILO collection for DesignTaleStudio

In terms of trends, playful graphics were everywhere – from comic book illustrations to pop art and cultural references.

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“Identity” by Ornamenta

Hexagons made a huge comeback but with a modern twist – from textural overlays and three dimensional surfaces to micro and macro sizes.

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“Details” by Tagina

The art of storytelling was also in full swing with brands reinterpreting historical patterns or taking inspirational cues from ancient myths.

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“Fossil” designed by Kasia Zareba, winner of Refin’s Create Your Own Tile competition

 

 

MADE Is Turning 8

By gillian zwengler

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On September 16, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show threw an early birthday party for MADE at the Gilded Lily, an underground bar and nightclub in Chelsea. A fitting venue for a design-conscious crowd, the entirety of the space is surrounded by gold, cushioned seats and in the center, a massive chandelier hung from the ceiling, which created a mysterious, lighting effect throughout.

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Spin Ceramics US Opening

By yvonne

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Last week, Spin Ceramics, a porcelain and stoneware company from Shanghai, successfully celebrated the opening of their flagship store in the SoHo district of New York City. Located on Crosby Street, the grand opening also marks their debut into the US.

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12 Faces vase set designed by Tong Wei.

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Burning Man

By gillian zwengler

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After six years of waiting, eight months of planning, one cross-country plane ride and a 36-hour journey from San Francisco, I finally arrived at Burning Man – a 70,000-person strong city that exists for just seven days in Nevada’s Black Rock desert before everything is packed up and burned to the ground.

From an architecture and design perspective, Burning Man is entirely unique. Artists spend months developing elaborate, large-scale installations and there is more art at Burning Man than you could ever hope to experience within a weeklong timeframe. Such vibrancy and beauty could only emerge from something as lifeless as the desert – the stark contrast between the dry, dusty playa bed and the ethereal, oftentimes otherworldly, installations let you appreciate the artworks in a completely new way.

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One of the major attractions at this year’s Burn was Embrace, a four-story wooden sculpture. Inside, a long, winding set of stairs led straight to the top, where you could look out through the sculpture’s eyes and onto vastness of the playa. Connecting the two forms was a massive, electronic beating heart that filled the structure with the cathartic sounds of our own internal rhythms. My favorite part of Embrace occurred only in the brief moments after the sun rose each morning and the space between the sculptures lips was illuminated, almost as if the two figures were greeting the new day with a fiery kiss. Embrace burned to the ground early Friday morning in front of thousands of revelers, myself included, and its smoky destruction was every bit as epic as its existence.

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For me, other Burning Man highlights included a pirate ship themed art car with a fully functioning merry-go-round, a bowling alley in the middle of the desert that streamed The Big Lebowski, and, of course, The Man, the festivals’ very own Northstar, which served as the focal point of the event throughout the duration of the week.

Although the music and art are incredible, Burning Man is much more profound than any song or sculpture can ever express. Each year, people come to the desert to create magic together and the energy that’s generated by this beautiful, bizarre community of people from all over the world is electric. It’s refreshing. It’s a radically open environment based on giving with no expectation of receiving anything in return. While I was there, the honest, heartfelt conversations, shared sunrises and deep, soulful hugs with strangers filled my heart with more light, love and positivity than I ever dreamed imaginable. It’s no wonder so many people call Burning Man home.

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If you’ve ever considered attending Burning Man – go. Go to the desert with an open heart and an open mind. The playa will provide the rest.

In dust we trust.

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