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2016 DIFFA National Grant Reception: An Evening of Giving

By Becca Sass

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Whether in the design community or beyond, we think it is critical to support the many organizations that are doing so much good in our communities. Next week, one such organization, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), is hosting a cocktail reception to announce its 2016 grantees. Representatives from Planned Parenthood of NYC, Alpha Workshops, God’s Love We Deliver, and 23 other organizations dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS will gather at the event to formally accept the grants.

Tickets benefit DIFFA and are available at: www.diffa.org/grantreception

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Tuesday, November 15
6 – 9 pm
CURRENT at Chelsea Piers
23rd Street West Side Highway
New York, NY

 

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SHoP Architects to Receive Design Miami/’s Design Visionary Award

By Christopher Farrell

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Each year, venerable design festival Design Miami/ presents its Design Visionary Award to an individual or group that has significantly impacted the wide world of design. Leading up to the fair, this year’s award – presented by luxury Italian watchmaker Officine Panerai – was bestowed upon New York City-based SHoP Architects. As the winners, SHoP has designed an entrance plaza for the fair, entitled Flotsam & Jetsam. The plaza explores the contemporary position of the city of Miami, alluding to the city’s beachside environment while speaking to its recent emergence as a center of creativity, art, and design. SHoP’s plaza will make extensive use of 3D printing technology, which it is committed to realizing on a larger, more structural scale. By using 3D printing in this context, SHoP intends to display how revolutionary building technology can work in tandem with the vibrant contemporary culture of Miami. After Design Miami/, Flotsam & Jetsam will be moved to the Miami Design District’s Jungle Plaza where it will host cultural programming in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

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SHoP Architects is currently working on several high profile projects. In Brooklyn, the firm’s plans for a 1,000+ foot tall residential tower at 9 DeKalb Avenue (Brooklyn’s tallest) promises to reshape the Brooklyn skyline and contribute to the ongoing vertical expansion of the borough. Also in New York City, SHoP is working on a master plan for the redesign of LaGuardia Airport, a new esplanade along the East River in Lower Manhattan, and residential and mixed use buildings throughout the city. SHoP’s ambitious program has been lauded for its positive contributions to New York’s urban landscape and recognized for its great dexterity in crafting spaces with a range of purposes that exceed the needs of their users and exist in harmony with their environment.

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In winning the Design Visionary Award – now in its third year – SHoP joins previous illustrious winners Yves Behar (2015) and Peter Marino (2014). SHoP’s presence at Design Miami/ gives the firm the opportunity to introduce its groundbreaking work to the dynamic metropolis of Miami and to contribute to the ongoing cultural renaissance of the city. Design Miami/ is a premier venue for design that brings designers, curators, collectors, and design enthusiasts together alongside Art Basel’s Miami fair in December and Art Basel in June.

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November 30 – December 4

Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Beach, Florida

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Architects in Their Own Words: The Top 3 Architecture Talks of Archtober

By Christopher Farrell

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New York’s month long architecture fest – the aptly named Archtober – is well underway again. As in previous years, this year’s schedule includes a host of architect lectures and discussions that provide unparalleled insight into the ideas and approaches of the field’s leading minds. Here’s our picks for three brilliant speakers from this year’s programming that you should be sure to check out in the coming weeks.

David Chipperfield AIA Lecture 

Monday, October 17, 6:00-8:00PM

AIANY Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place

New York, NY 10012

The work of British-born architect David Chipperfield and his firm spans the globe – the firm has four offices managing current projects in New York, Stockholm, London, and Seoul – and encompasses a wide range of different building types. The firm has gained significant praise and renown for museum and art institution projects, including the stunningly geometric Museo Jumex in Mexico City and the reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin, which brilliantly combines old and new structures. David Chipperfield will deliver the 10th annual Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture at the AIA’s Andrew Berman designed Center for Architecture space. He will discuss the firms many museum projects, addressing his approach and the challenges at hand, including the changing role of the museum.

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Museo Jumex, Mexico City

 

Deborah Berke Lecture

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 PM

NYSID Auditorium

170 East 70th Street

New York, NY 10021

Deborah Berke will speak at the New York School of Interior Design on her work and her role in the design world. Berke is the dean of the Yale School of Architecture and the founder of the eminent architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners. Berke and her firm have completed many significant projects including the 21c Museum Hotels, the interiors of the attention grabbing 432 Park Avenue condominium, and stunning private homes throughout the U.S. She is also the author of a new book, House Rules: An Architect’s Guide to Modern Life, which explores her approach to residential projects and was published by Rizzoli earlier this year.

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David Adjaye in Conversation with Spencer Bailey

Wednesday, October 19, 7:30 PM

92Y

1395 Lexington Ave

New York, NY 10128

As Archtober continues to attract a wide range of dynamic and arts oriented institutions to its roster of events, the 92nd Street Y will play host to Tanzania-born architect David Adjaye, who has gained significant attention for his firm’s design of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington DC. Adjaye will discuss the visually complex and historically meaningful project as well as other work his firm has recently completed with Spencer Bailey, Surface magazine’s editor-in-chief.

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Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture

Grynasz Studio To Showcase European Design Trends at Tokyo Design Week

By Katie Bone

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Warsaw-based Grynasz Studio, is getting ready to present their exhibit “Elements” at Tokyo Design Week in Meiji-Jingu Gaien Mae from November 2-7th. Organized in cooperation with Culture.pl, Elements will provide a narrative for emerging trends as explored by the multidisciplinary team of designers at Grynasz, working in collaboration with major European design companies and manufacturers. From collections of bowls, coffee cups, and spoons, to poufs and seats, the designs will showcase innovative ways of thinking about the products we use in day to day life and how they can be transformed to enhance their function.

The SLOW seat designed for MEESH, blends Polish woodworking technology with the traditions and experiences of Portuguese craftspeople, resulting in a compact piece of furniture that lends itself both as a storage container as well as a place to sit.

SLOW seat created for MEESH

SLOW is complimented by CORAL, a simple and elegant pouf inspired by organic structures and subaqueous colors, that inspires users to relax and slow down – a recent trend in the design world as the new concept of luxury appeals to comfort and wellness.

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CORAL pouf created for MEESH

NERO and MIODOWNIK, both 3D printed by Infinitech in stainless steel, look to the past to create thoughtful solutions to the simple act of drinking coffee or tea. Inspired by the Italian tradition of serving espresso in a heated vessel, NERO is designed to retain warmth for an extended period of time. Referencing the form of a honeycomb, MIODOWNIK is a honey spoon designed to prevent drips as the honey is transported from the jar to the cup.

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NERO espresso cup 3D printed in stainless steel

MIODOWNIK honey spoon 3D printed in stainless steel

Made in cooperation with the Karolina Porcelain Tableware Factory, the CZAJ collection is a family of tea cups, coffee cups and bowls. They’re designed to be stacked and easily stored, while the funnel-like opening at the top makes them easy to fill and prevents spillage.

The CZAJ collection

The CZAJ collection

Each of these elegantly simple designs can be seen at Tokyo Design Week from November 2-7th.

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4 Tips For Navigating designjunction #djkx

By danielle

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London can be pricey and popular this time of year. The team at designjunction has shared 4 simple ways to help maximize your time at this amazing fair.

Book in advance. Tickets are £12 standard advance or £15 on the door. Trade professionals arefree in advance and £15 on the door.

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Print your badge. Prior planning means you can skip the queues and access all four areas as soon as you arrive. If you forget, there are printers onsite.

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Download Junction. It’s the digital version of the event guide, which includes show highlights, exclusive interviews and the full exhibitor directory.

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Check out Traces. The Traces app lets you discover KXCQ special offers and discounts from local creative businesses, restaurants, shops and hotels.

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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.

The Met Expands Programming on MetFriday

By danielle

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The Met Expands Programming on MetFridays

This Summer with Live Performances, Featured Events, and Restaurant Specials

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MetFridays: New York’s Night Out is expanding this summer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the addition of thematic programming on July 22 at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters, and extended evening hours at The Met Cloisters through Labor Day.

On July 22, a concert will highlight MetFridays: Extreme Measures at The Met Fifth Avenue. That same evening at The Met Cloisters, the quartet Jazz and Honey will perform music from the 1930s, the decade in which The Cloisters was inaugurated.

Each of the three Met locations will have special MetFridays offerings this summer:

 

MetFridays at The Met Fifth Avenue

 

More than 5,000 years of art come alive at the Museum’s landmark building, The Met Fifth Avenue. On MetFridays, when this location is open until 9 p.m. on Friday nights throughout the year, visitors can enjoy a drink, music, and conversation with friends, or immerse themselves in a range of exhibitions and programs.

A full list of MetFridays: Pride programming and activities at The Met Fifth Avenue is available on The Met website.

MetFridays: Extreme Measures, on July 22, invites visitors to discover the power of objects large and small through interactive gallery chats, art making, music, and more. A concert by Bansuri flutist Jay Gandhi will take place in connection with the exhibition Divine Pleasures: Painting from India’s Rajput Courts—The Kronos Collections (June 14–September 12), and a special Drop-in Drawing session will feature live models wearing garments inspired by the exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (on view through August 14).

The Met Fifth Avenue offers food and drink specials every Friday evening as part of MetFridays. The Roof Garden Bar is presenting an artful cocktail menu inspired by The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) (on view through October 31, weather permitting), featuring one of their most popular offerings, the Red Barn Sangria. Throughout June, the Great Hall Balcony Bar will host a menu inspired by the exhibition Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (on view through July 17), drawing on the cuisine of the ancient city of Pergamon (now known as Bergama, in present-day Turkey), and featuring light appetizers-perfect for sharing with friends while enjoying a drink.

Museum Members can enjoy priority service at the new Members Rooftop Bar located on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, open every Friday and Saturday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. The Members Rooftop Bar, open only to Museum members, will feature a selection of summer cocktails and offer unparalleled views of the New York City skyline.

Other MetFridays activities occurring at The Met Fifth Avenue on a more regular basis include concerts by string quartet ETHEL and Friends on the Balcony Bar, Museum Highlights tours, Drop-in Drawing sessions, and The Observant Eye, in which visitors spend time investigating and discussing a particular work of art.

Full schedule of public hours at The Met Fifth Avenue

 

MetFridays at The Met Cloisters

 

Visitors can experience the wonders of medieval European art, architecture, and gardens at The Met Cloisters until 7:30 p.m. on Fridays through Labor Day. The Met Cloisters overlooks the majestic Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park and derives its name from the portions of five medieval cloisters that have been incorporated into its overall structure.

On Friday, August 26, at 6 p.m., The Met Cloisters will host a tastingof German white wines of the Mosel with importer Stephen Bitterolf, founder of vom Boden Fine Wines.

Jazz and Honey at The Met Cloisters will take place at 6 p.m. during the July 29 MetFridays. Trumpeter Alex Nguyen and his quartet will perform music from the 1930s, the decade when this jewel on the Hudson was designed, built, and opened to the public. Visitors will be able to taste the flavors of the summer season with a sampling of local honey and learn about the ancient practice of beekeeping.

The Trie Café at The Met Cloisters offers a thoughtful selection of wine and beer, chosen to complement the gardens and inspired by the Saint-Guilhem cloister. The heritage of all of the wine and beer selections can be traced to the medieval era.

Extended Summer Hours at The Met Cloisters are made possible by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Full schedule of public hours at The Met Cloisters

 

MetFridays at The Met Breuer

 

The Met Breuer extends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art program to the iconic building designed by Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue at 75th Street in Manhattan. On every Friday throughout the year, The Met Breuer is open until 9 p.m.

Exhibitions on view at The Met Breuer this summer are: Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible(through September 4) and diane arbus: in the beginning (July 12–November 27, 2016).

For more information on these exhibitions, please visit metmuseum.org/exhibitions.

Full schedule of public hours at The Met Breuer

 

MetFridays Hours

When: Every Friday evening

Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, open until 9 p.m.

                    The Met Breuer, open until 9 p.m.

                    The Met Cloisters, open until 7:30 p.m., May 27–September 5

ASID NY Metro, Bloomingdale’s and Modern Luxury Manhattan “Summer Entertaining Soirée”

By danielle

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ASID NY Metro, Bloomingdale’s and Modern Luxury Manhattan 
Invite You To A: 
“Summer Entertaining Soirée”
Learn how to host the ultimate summer affair – from a lavish garden party to a beach house soirée. Join the city’s top designers as they bring their unique vision of summer entertaining to life.
Where: 
Home on 6th
Bloomingdale’s 59th Street
When:
Thursday, June 23
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Don’t miss out on exclusive giveaways, 
including a luxe NYC staycation for two! 
 RSVP Here!
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designjunction, May 13- 15, 2016

By danielle

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For the first time, designjunction, based out of the UK, will partner with Dwell on Design for NYCxDESIGN. The show will take place within the warehouse-style ArtBeam venue in New York’s cultural hotspot, Chelsea and is a must see during NYCxDESIGN.

The collaboration between designjunction—which launched in the US in May 2015—and Dwell on Design, will bring together 30 of designjunction’s premier European design brands along with Dwell on Design’s industry-renowned talk program – curated by Dwell magazine’s editor-in-chief and executive Vice President of content, Amanda Dameron – where industry experts and thought leaders from all sectors of the creative industries will ignite conversation and spark debate on the future of design.

Visitors can experience a pop-up workspace by WeWork and a cafe featuring new designs from Muuto and Vitra. Meanwhile on the speaker schedule is everything from fine dining, driverless cars to the art of boredom. Speakers over the 3 days will include Caroline Baumann, director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museums; creative husband-and-wife duo Dorothy Cosonas, creative director of KnollTextiles, and Tim deFiebre, furniture designer and a former assistant to the late Ward Bennett; Paulo Kos of West Elm and Devin Vermeulen of WeWork to name but a few.

The Keynote speaker on Friday, May 13 is legendary graphic designer Bob Gill who will make his last speaking appearance, on his perspectives on art and design over the past 65 years.

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Ahead of designjunction on May 11, 6.30pm – 8.30pm join A|N, designjunction + Dwell on Design and multiple showrooms in the Flatiron District for a night of cocktails and design!  Register here.

designjunction runs from May 13 – 15 at ArtBeam, 540 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011

 

 

 

Sight Unseen OFFSITE, May 13 – 16, 2016

By danielle

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With its third edition happening on May 13 – 16, 2016, Sight Unseen OFFSITE coincides with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and NYCxDESIGN. Produced and curated annually by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, the co-founders of the editorial and curatorial consultancy, Sight Unseen, Sight Unseen OFFSITE provides a platform for the most directional, cutting-edge ideas in contemporary furniture design, with a special emphasis on independent studios, forward-thinking brands, and the best and brightest American talents.

Over the past two shows one has been able to see presentations by the likes of Grey Area, Tai Ping, Kelly Behun, Field Experiments, and last year, a Katie Stout pillow playground was added along with an American Design Club exhibition, and more.

This year the show takes over a new space with double the square-footage, inside the iconically sloped 1974 W.R. Grace building, boasting floor-to-ceiling views onto Bryant Park directly below, and Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer have set the bar high with an even more ambitious curatorial program.

Sight Unseen OFFSITE once again are partnering with Ford to bring the design thinking behind its cars to life, with a special immersive infinite sound bath installation “TOPO”, by the architecture firm Leong Leong. “TOPO” turns a flowing field of more than a thousand foam rollers, typically found in gyms, into a kind of musical instrument, using acoustic actuators to pick up ambient sounds and translate them into a sonic soundscape. The effect will be will create the sensation of being in different acoustic spaces depending where one is in the space and on how the different frequencies amplify and cancel each other out. With mirrors lining the installation, the overall effect distorts perceptions of distance, scale, and space.

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In addition to this acrylic and foam paradise, this year’s show will also have a major Norwegian element – an exhibition of works created by five Norwegian studios in collaboration with five American studios. Following a trip to Norway last year, Sight Unseen’s editors set up a cross-cultural exchange pairing five entrepreneurial American studios with five up-and-coming Norwegian studios, who spent six months together working long-distance on objects that utilize an American workshop for fabrication and that can be independently manufactured for future sales. The result is Norway x New York, a collection of collaborative furniture and lighting with a debut at Sight Unseen OFFSITE.

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Norway x New York Jonah Takagi (DC) and Hallgeir Homstvedt (NO)

Sight Unseen OFFSITE runs from Friday, May 13 through Monday, May 16, 2016.

DATE AND HOURS:

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM – Monday, May 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM

5/13: 12pm – 7pm

5/14: 11am – 7pm

5/15: 11am – 7pm

5/16: 9am – 5pm

 

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Grace Building

1114 Avenue of the Americas

15th Floor

New York

NY 10110

 

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