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7th Heaven Design Party @ 200 Lex!

By sevan


Start the weekend early with 7th Heaven—the design event that is taking over the 7th floor of New York Design Center for a magical evening of unique displays, crafted cocktails and heavenly culinary indulgences! It’s all going down tomorrow, so be sure to RSVP to get yourself on the celestial list.


What: 7th Heaven Design Party
Where: New York Design Center, 200 Lexington, New York
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:00-9:00 PM
RSVP: events@transformhome.com / 212.584.9580

Four Questions for NY NOW Emerging Maker Summer Moore

By kristin


It’s the first day of NY Now at the Javits Center, where thousands of designers will show their wares across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum. Out of the labyrinth of products and design objects, we’re excited for one section in particular: HANDMADE Emerging Makers. Opening tomorrow in Javits North, the space features a small, handpicked group of emerging craft designers and makers, who will debut their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted lines at the show. We sat down with one of the Emerging Makers, Summer Moore of the Brooklyn-based LESH, whose colorful and intricate, hand-woven jewelry pieces immediately caught our eye.

Lesh jewelry Summer Moore


Your background is primarily in photography and prop styling. When did you make the transition to textile and jewelry design?

I studied photography and through that I began assisting prop stylists and set designers on editorial and advertising shoots. The flexibility of being freelance allowed me to travel and work on personal projects when I wasn’t booked (which is a blessing and a curse as most freelancers know!) It was during a photography project in Peru that I first became fascinated with the local textiles, specifically antique pieces I’d seen throughout the Sacred Valley. I came back to New York and was constantly analyzing people’s fabrics wherever I went, trying to figure out how it was woven. I’d be on the subway staring at stranger’s clothes in detail. That’s when I decided to take a continuing education class at FIT to learn the basics of weaving. It was during this time that I learned my grandmother had been an avid weaver, and had one of her looms shipped to me from California. Unfortunately it’s more of an inspiration piece than a workable loom, but knowing that it’s in my heritage is motivating.

After a couple years of weaving from home, I took part in an artist residency in Cappadocia, Turkey, where I had focused time to work on designs I had been wanting to develop. It was an incredible experience, living in a small village and having a cave studio and terrace to dye materials and weave. From that point on I knew I needed a dedicated studio space back in NY,  and within a month of my return I found an amazing space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Having a studio has allowed me to be less distracted and more disciplined with my work, and I started treating it as a small business before it even was one.


What influences your designs or creative process?

Color has a huge influence on my designs; I notice interesting color combinations constantly in my studio and daily life. Most of the shapes I weave came to me inherently through experimenting, but it’s been the process of making “mistakes”, and then using those effects in an intentional way that has probably influenced my work the most. I also go to as many exhibitions as possible, and can be inspired by colors in a painting or patterns in a print, and figure out how to translate that into weaving.


Where did the name LESH come from?

My grandmother’s maiden name was Lesh. I wanted to have it connect to her, as she was a huge creative influence on me as a child. I also liked that it was short and sweet.


You established your studio about a year ago. What have been the main challenges as a young designer and entrepreneur?

Funding a small business on my own has been the most challenging, but also very rewarding. I’ve had to balance the money earned through my freelance work with supporting myself and my studio. I never had a strict timeline on what to expect, I let it grow and unfold naturally, understanding that it takes time to get established and make a profit. Weaving and working with my hands is very therapeutic, and I feel lucky to have created something I love doing that can be a source of income. It can be stressful at times, but the joy that goes into it surpasses that.


Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015: DEADLINE EXTENDED

By molly lucas




Have you heard the news? The submission deadline for the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has been extended to January 23, 2015. The hunt is on for the most original and imaginative spaces designed by North American architects and designers using Italian ceramic/porcelain tile for the chance to win $4,000 + a trip to Italy!

Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics, comprised of 150+ ceramic tile manufacturers), the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is the longest running contest of its kind. The 2015 edition is open to architects and designers based in North America who have used Italian ceramic or porcelain tile in their residentialinstitutional and commercial/hospitality projects compeleted in the past five years (January 2010 – January 2015). Projects can range from hotels and hospitals to offices and apartments —they want to see them all!

The competition is completely digital and FREE to enter! The winning architect or designer in each category will be awarded $4,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the tile contractor/distributor team who worked on each winning project.

…Need more convincing? Check out this 30-second video to get all the details:

…Need a little inspiration? Here are last year’s winners:


The Plaza of the Armericas in Dallas, TX
Designed by Corgan Associates

Morgan Hall, Temple University
Designed by MGA Partners


355 Manfield Los Angeles, CA
Designed by D.I Group.

Click here to submit, or contact info@novitapr.com for more info.


By danielle


As more than half of our editorial staff calls Brooklyn home, we are excited to announce that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for BKLYN DESIGNS 2015.  Held from May 8-10, the juried exhibition will feature a dynamic collection of products from the borough’s most innovative designers and manufacturers.  After over a decade in DUMBO, the show will have a new home in Greenpoint at the Brooklyn Expo Center (a super cool, glass-clad structure). In addition to the facility’s inside space, it also touts a pretty amazing outdoor area – with gorgeous views of that other borough (Manhattan).


Show organizers are working on a number of  new initiatives and we cannot wait to be part of – what they are calling – BKLYN DESIGNS 3.0. You should be too! All Brooklyn-based makers and manufacturers of furniture, lighting, art, textiles and accessories are encouraged to apply at ibrooklyn.com/bkdapp by February 1. Collectives are welcome too!


By danielle


In just a few weeks, imm cologne, a leading international furniture trade show and marketplace and one of the first international interior design shows of the year, takes over Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. The exhibition focuses on contemporary design, innovative materials and fabrics, and architectural lighting design technology.  With over 1200 exhibitors – from international brands to up-and-coming designers, the show is a rich resource for inspiring ideas and the latest trends in the industry.

Event highlights this year include:

Das Haus – Interiors on Stage, a setting-like structure of spacious interiors and “housing cages.” This year, the Shanghai-based architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu will show an installation under the title “Memory Lane”, which, inspired by the Shanghai Lane Houses, combines Chinese tradition with contemporary design and thus would lead to a discussion about housing rituals.

Pure Talents, a new platform for young and up-and-coming international designers


The Sleep Lounge – “9 turns 9″: at imm cologne 2015, Hall 9 celebrates the 9th anniversary of the Sleep segment, while the Matratzen-Industrie e.V. trade association, partner of Koelnmesse in the Sleep sector, celebrates its 10th anniversary.  To commemorate, the association will be creating a film and welcome guests with the best scenes of the past years. The Lounge will be decorated with motifs from the anniversary film itself and from the classic cinema of the 50’s and 60’s. Some of the film clips specifically reflect the association’s different fields of competence. As is tradition, the Sleep Lounge will also host the “meet@sleep” party on Tuesday evening.


Café Trussardi in Hall 10.1 will make its debut. The booth combines the exclusive design of one of the world’s leading big brands with haute cuisine. itself communicates the level of quality and style which the Trussardi Group pursues in all of its commercial interests. It is therefore no surprise that – just like the original in Milan – Café Trussardi at imm cologne will present a straightforward and distinctive cuisine.





Architectural League’s First Fridays Series Gets Underway

By Abbey Cahill


Happy hour + a behind-the-scenes peek at the leading design offices in New York? If this sounds like your kind of evening, the Architectural League of New York’s Spring 2015 First Friday program won’t disappoint. In a series of monthly open-offices, First Friday provides a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about effective organization and design processes in the architecture world. We’ve listed the full line-up after the jump.

On January 9th at 6:30 pm, the first host office will kick off the series, opening its doors for drinks, conversation, and an exclusive look at recent and upcoming projects. Located at 22 West 19th Street, FXFOWLE Architects is known for design inspired by urbanism, technology, and sustainable strategies. Exploring “the role of design in human settlement,” the firm’s work focuses on the interplay between form and function, a concept that is apparent in their commercial, education, and cultural facilities, multi-family residences, and city planning.


Above: FXFOWLE Architects’ Museum of the Built Environment in Rayadah, Saudi Arabia, to be completed in 2017

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By danielle


There is no better way to ring in the new year than by attending Toronto’s annual Interior Design Show (January 22-25, 2015)!  Since the show’s inception in 1999, the IDS has continued to attract hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of visitors, and serve as an ultimate breeding ground for inspiration, creativity, and innovation.  Kicking off the weekend, guests are invited to attend their renowned Opening Night Party, connecting ideas within the design industry to the show floor entertainment through an atmosphere filled with delicious food and beverages, friendly faces, and spirit of excitement.


Guests and designers gathered together over cocktails discussing various intriguing ideas at the Opening Night Party.

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Architecture & Design Shows to See These Holidays

By Abbey Cahill


Staycationing this holiday season? While it’s tempting to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and another season on Netflix, we like to use the downtime to get to the museums. We’ve rounded up some great architecture and design shows across the country from Atlanta to Denver to LA. If you’re home in one of these cities these holidays, get out and spark your curiosity with some contemporary art and design.



ATLANTA Bangles to Benches

Bangles to Benches, High Museum of Art
Bangles to Benches is comprised of an astonishing range of contemporary works, varying in scale, utility, and production. The exhibit features unusual pairings of jewelry and design objects, creating dynamic and unexpected relationships for a fresh perspective on art and design.



CHICAGO Veiled Architecture

Veiled Architecture, Art Institute of Chicago
Till January 25, 2015
Conceptualization meets realization in Veiled Architecture, an exhibit that showcases Brooklyn-based SO-IL’s ability to refine concepts and ideas into solid forms, engaging with the materials used and expanding traditional white-cube galleries into interactive spaces.

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The Mad Men & Women in Mac Conner: A New York Life

By Malgorzata


If you still believe in the American Dream, watch Mad Men marathons, and wish a time machine could take you back to 1950s New York, the exhibition Mac Conner: A New York Life is definitely something you don’t want to miss these holidays.


Above: “How Do You Love Me”, Woman’s Home Companion, 1950

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FOLLY 2015 Call for Proposals

By Abbey Cahill


Is it folly to pursue an ideal?

Is it folly to contradict a pre-existing space or strive to resonate within a site?

If a folly has no utilitarian purpose, is it sculpture?

FOLLY 2015 encourages an exploration of architecture and sculpture in the context of these kinds of questions. The Call for Proposals is on now—participants have until January 12, 2015 to submit their concepts.

The 4th annual program is organized by The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, New York, and it calls on designers and architects for proposals for full-scale projects and installations. In an effort to closely examine the concept of “folly,” participants will design a physical experience through the thoughtful use of space, material, and process. More details after the jump.



Above: Tree Wood, Folly 2013, architect Toshihiro Oki

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