On the Calendar

Housing Works’ 12th Annual Fashion for Action

By cody


One of D-C’s favorite organizations, Housing Works, is hosting its 12th Annual Fashion for Action fundraiser on Thursday, November 19th. There will be a shopping party (the best kind of party!) where attendees can get first dibs on designer apparel, accessories and merchandise. After, shoppers are invited to “dance the night away” at the Rubin Museum of Art at 6:00 PM. All proceeds will benefit Housing Works’ Youth Outreach programming. This program provides healthcare and support for homeless youth in Brooklyn that are at risk for HIV/AIDS.

For those unfamiliar with Housing Works – they have store locations all around New York City and it’s essentially a treasure-hunter’s dream. Personally I’ve snagged vintage Levi’s shorts, an Arts and Crafts era china cabinet, a 1950s vanity mirror and a “lady head vase.” However, people are known to walk out of the store with almost-new Jimmy Choo’s for $50. The deals are incredible, with all money going towards a great cause!

Here are the details:


A list of participating brands!

VIP Level Shopping: 6:00 PM

Friend Level Shopping: 6:30 PM

General Admission Shopping: 7:00 PM


Housing Works Chelsea Thrift Shop

143 West 17th Street


6:00 PM

  • Hosted by Bevy Smith

The Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17th Street

Buy tickets here.

Courtesy of Housing Works

Courtesy of Housing Works

Courtesy of Housing Works

Courtesy of Housing Works

Courtesy of Housing Works


#ONTHEDC: On the “Threshold” of the Architectural League of NY’s Annual Beaux Arts Ball

By lexy


The Architectural League of New York’s annual Beaux Arts Ball will be back again this Friday, bringing together over 1,000 architects, designers, artists and friends to celebrate architecture, design, and urbanism. If you haven’t attended the gathering before, here’s the run-down: Each year, the event is hosted in a different, beautiful, interesting space, and highlights a specific theme relevant to the design and architecture world. The themes are punctuated by specially curated installations by artists, designers, or architects both as a visual treat for the guests, and to stimulate critical conversation – the latter being one of the organization’s primary missions.

This year’s Beaux Arts Ball will be hosted in Queens’ Knockdown Center, a 50,000 square foot restored factory featuring 40-foot ceilings, and an intricate arrangement of brick, steel, and heavy timber. Originally built in 1903, the Knockdown Center – named for the Knock-Down door frame invented at the site in 1956 – has evolved to serve different functions over the century, from a glass factory, to a door factory, to its current use as a cultural event space. The rich history of this industrial building has inspired the theme of this year’s ball: Threshold – which also references the kick-off of the cultural year. Three site-specific installations will be created by MODU (Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem with interactive consulting by Eric Forman), Moorhead & Moorhead (Granger Moorhead and Robert Moorhead), and Alibi Studio (Catie Newell) to address the concept. Per usual, proceeds from the event will go towards funding the Architectural League of New York’s year-round activities to nuture, promote, and open a dialog regarding the current architecture and design landscape. Drinks and light fare will be served.

Date: September 18, 2015

Time: 10pm-2am

Location: Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens

Tickets: Purchase here for $100

Get social: #BAB15


Find Out What’s New What’s Next Tonight at NYDC

By danielle


The New York Design Center is getting ready to celebrate “What’s New and What’s Next” in ideas, design, materials and products with an incredible line-up of the industry’s best.

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The event features editor-driven panel discussions by 1stdibs, Apartment Therapy, Architectural Digest, Dering Hall, domino, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, interiors, Interior Design, Lonny, luxe Interiors + Design, Metropolis, My Domaine, New York Design Hunting, New York Spaces, NYC&G, Town & Country, Traditional Home, Veranda, Wallpaper* and The Wall Street Journal, and engaging designer presentations.   One look at the schedule and we know where we will be from 2:00-9:00PM today. With a building full of tastemakers, we are in for a real treat!!!

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Greg Natale’s “The Tailored Interior” Book Launch at Jonathan Adler

By alexandra


We love a good design book as much as we love to go design shopping, so we were excited to learn about top interior designer Greg Natale‘s book launch at the Jonathan Adler store in SoHo this week (September 16th from 6:00PM – 8:00PM)

Called The Tailored Interior, Australian based Natale’s new tome is “a celebration of bespoke styling that will inspire both established design professionals and aspiring home decorators.” The book was published by Rizzoli/Hardie Grant and includes a foreword by Jonathan Adler.

If you can’t make it the the event, here’s where you can snag a copy: http://www.rizzoliusa.com/book.php?isbn=9781743790298

To RSVP for the 16th send an email to rsvp@espprinc.com.



Can you dig it? Bathrooms of the ’70s

By cody


Throwback Thursday to the “far out” bathroom interiors of the 1970’s.  The Hansgrohe Aquademie in Schiltach, Germany, is hosting an exhibition entitled, “The Seventies Bathroom in Europe, Asia and South America.” The exhibition compares bathrooms from different continents and analyzes the social, economic and political factors in Europe, Asia and South America during this era that influenced bathroom design.

The display was developed by Indonesian architect Budi Pradono and Roman Passarge, Manager of the Hansgrohe Aquademie, in conjunction with Mathias Klotz, curator from Chile. Arkas Förstner is responsible for the bathroom’s design.

The 1970’s was a groovy decade for Hansgrohe.  The Sixty Shower set, designed by Baum, was released in 1970 and became the first product designed by a designer to appear on the market. It came in orange, black and white.  In 1974, Esslinger Design created the Tri-bel handshower for Hansgrohe. This product was the first of its kind to have three different jet types. It was available in blue, red, white, brown and yellow. Hansgrohe’s team in Black Forest won their first design award for these products, setting the standards for a successful award-winning future.

The exhibition will be on display through April 3, 2016.



Margaret Russell Live-sculpted Tomorrow at MAD!

By cody


Architectural Digest’s Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell will be live-sculpted at the Museum of Arts and Design tomorrow.   What does live-sculpting entail? Master portrait sculptor Michael Evert, a longtime collaborator of New York-based designer Ralph Pucci, will create a bust of Margaret Russell in front of museum guests. It will probably resemble one of these.   This event is in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin. Ralph Pucci is well known for his innovative approach to the statuesque form of the mannequin. His interpretations of mannequins go far beyond what we are used to seeing – they are dynamic, often playful and they reflect major cultural trends of the past three decades.

This is not only a chance to see the fabulous Margaret Russell, but also an opportunity to observe the incredibly talented Michael Evert in action and visit this fascinating exhibit that crosses the boundaries between design, art and fashion.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 6:00 PM

Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

2nd Floor Galleries, MAD

Photo Credit: Eric Scott


Partially Finished Mannequin Head Revealing Fiberglass Structure, 2014 Collection of Ralph Pucci; Photo by Antoine Bootz


Courtesy of Museum of Arts and Design


Sculptor Michael Evert in His Studio, With Mannequin Mold From Left: Model, Diane Von Furstenberg, Model 1, Model 2, 2014 Collection of Ralph Pucci


Courtesy of Museum of Arts and Design





NYNow is Now!

By danielle


It’s time for NY NOW® ! The Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift is heating up the Javits Center this week. “Gift” has been newly added to the show’s tagline and will also be the largest of four sections in the Lifestyle Collection.


The summer market will feature the largest to date edition of Artisan Resource®, on top of a record 632 new exhibiting companies that will be part of the 2,800 companies exhibiting over 100,000 products across multiple categories.artisan resource

From tabletop to homeware to general giftware, this trade show covers it all for Home, Lifestyle, and Handmade collections.


In addition to product sourcing opportunities, market attendees can take advantage of a comprehensive suite of seminars and events. Leading industry experts will dissect practically every aspect of business operations — social media marketing, visual merchandising, tax preparation, demographics analysis, importing advice — and share savvy, actionable strategies.

TODAY (August 17) look out for sessions on material and color trends, brand story-telling, spa retailing and selling to Millennials. The New York Chapter of International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) will host “A Visual Journey: An Exploration of Trends in Color and Material,” presented by Stacy Garcia; Susan Szenasy of METROPOLIS will explore product sales through provenance marketing in “Selling Sustainability through Provenance”; and strategies for expanding a spa retail business will be shared in seminar hosted by the Day Spa Association; and Claire Johnson, managing editor of Giftware News, will present “Generation Y Not? Engaging Millennials In Your Store’s Marketing Strategy.”

On tap for Tuesday, August 18, Fashion Group International will deliver “New Gifting Experience,” discussing the latest in gifting for today’s discriminating consumer; “Blogging for Business 101: Everything You Need to Know and Why” will discuss using a blog to build business; and Gift Shop will present “How to Hire, Manage and Retain Millennial Employees.”

We’re especially excited for the second annual Blogger Block Party (TODAY from noon – 8PM), and the show’s new #NYNOW social media lounge sponsored by HGTV Magazine.

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.




New Book on Arizona’s Master of Modernism: Michael P. Johnson

By lexy


Take a transportive journey through the life and work of Arizona-based architect Michael P. Johnson in a new book, Michael P. Johnson: The Unshakeable Search for Architectureby esteemed architecture critic Louise Noelle. This beautifully written book (with text in both Spanish and English) supplemented by over 70 pages rich with images and floor plans, explores the architect’s unique style and take on architecture.

Drawing influence from the social, political, and economic climate of the ‘60s, as well as minimalist art, Johnson’s work is truly modern, characterized by simple, clean, unmodulated surfaces created using industrial materials. Johnson believes that the viewer’s attention should be focused on a building’s actual presence within its surroundings, and he works with a clear focus to combat the over-adornment of architecture in pursuit of profundity. In his work, the meaning is intrinsically present in the physical act of experiencing a building.

Perhaps it is best to use the eloquent words from Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa’s foreword to the book to express this idea: “Mature works of architecture are processes and worlds rather than objects, and they speak of life rather than design…Michael Johnson’s search has been a patient personal exploration, which has laid the solid foundations for the maturely unwavering focus of his buildings. ”

As the creator of some of the most distinctive modern structures in Arizona, Johnson considers the surrounding landscape in all of his work – an important element with Arizona’s particularly striking nature. He uses geometric volumes to juxtapose the natural setting. Like many modern masters, he requires full control of the interior design of his projects to ensure harmony between the interior and exterior of a space – a clear labor of love. His masterful body of work has earned him numerous accolades including the Ceramics Tiles of Italy Legend Award in 2008.

On Thursday, August 13 at 6:30pm at DWR Scottsdale Studio, Michael P. Johnson alongside his longtime friend and colleague, architect Edward M. Jones, will share a presentation on Johnson’s life and work, followed by a discussion and book signing. Copies of the book may be purchased at the event and refreshments will be served.

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DIFFA’s Picnic By Design 2015

By cody


Almost one week until DIFFA’s Picnic By Design! The 4th annual fundraising event will take place on August 5th at Ramscale Studio from 6:00-9:00PM. This unique picnic will feature stations of delicious food from beloved NYC establishments, along with cocktails and wine. A group of talented designers will create elaborate picnic baskets following a theme of their choice and these creations will be available for bidding throughout the night. Proceeds from ticket and basket sales will help support DIFFA in its fight against HIV/AIDS.

For all my fellow Gilmore Girls fans out there, I know what you’re thinking and yes this is a very upscale reenactment of the Stars Hollow yearly charity picnic basket auction. If you are feeling nostalgic and want to re-live the glorious days of 2002, this is definitely the event for you. Although Jess and Dean will not be in attendance, many of our favorite design industry superstars will be! For a fun twist this year, a panel of design experts will evaluate each basket and the winner will be featured on InteriorDesign.net.  The jury includes: Cindy Allen, chairman of DIFFA and editor-in-chief of Interior Design; Louise Vongerichten, head of development at the acclaimed Chef’s Club US; Christophe Rammant, president of EGE & Bolon; Stephanie Goto, principal of STEPHANIEGOTO and Barry Richards, principal and studio leader at Rockwell Group.


Attendees can expect to see an incredible assortment of baskets from an exciting list of designers including: Michele Alfano of MoDmade NY; Byron C. James-Rodrigues for House of Oasis; Kristen Ward Guerrero/Sargenti Architects; ARCHIVES id; Cheryl Umbles Interior Design; Nile Johnson Interior Design; Antoinette Loupe Interiors; Hollymount Ltd.; Christina Caughey/Cristina Mary Designs; Vanessa DeLeon of Vanessa DeLeon Associates; Carl Lana for Cliffton Dry; Elk Collective; CetraRuddy; Rixner Wright Interiors; Gensler; Urtensils; Courtney Sloane Design; and Mong/Tordorora.

Byron C. James for House of Oasis 2014

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Michele AlfanoMoDmade NY 2014

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Picnic By Design 2014

Sponsors include: EGE; Poggenpohl; Robert Allen; Quadrille; Kravet; Urtensils; and Hedgehouse, whose wares will be incorporated into the picnic baskets and throughout the event venue. The event is also sponsored by Interior Design and the New York Design Center. Offering a gourmet taste of NY, the picnic will feature food and spirits from FIKA; STK; Murray’s Cheese; Baked by Melissa; Kind; Cliffton Dry; Harlem Brewing; and Oyster Bay.

Taking Picnic by Design to another level, DIFFA is launching an exciting social media campaign around the event, encouraging people across the country to host their own picnics to raise awareness for DIFFA’s cause. Participants are invited to share snapshots of their gatherings using the hashtag #ShowUsYourPicnic. Users should also mention DIFFA or tag DIFFA in their posts (@DIFFAnational on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest @DIFFA). One lucky participant will win two complimentary tickets ($300 value) to Cocktails By Design in March 2016.

Tickets are now available at: bit.ly/PicnicByDesign15. The early bird ticket price is $125 and will increase to $150 the week prior to the event.

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