On the Calendar

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

Picnic By Design 2014

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.


By Lydia


Allora! As we begin looking forward to fall, we are eagerly awaiting one of our favorite annual events: Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. From September 28-October 2, 2015 the city of Bologna, Italy will play host to 900 exhibitors from over 30 countries. Organized by Edi. Cer SpA and promoted by Confindustria Ceramica, Cersaie will take place in BolognaFiere, Bologna’s premier exhibition center. Here, vendors of tile, bathroom furnishings, specialty flooring, and more will display their wares to an expected 100,000 visitors.

As usual, this year’s Cersaie agenda doesn’t fail to excite. The event kicks off with the annual conference and seminar series, Building, Dwelling, Thinking, featuring leading speakers from the design and architecture community. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Pritzker Prize winner Glenn Murcutt, who is widely regarded as Australia’s most famous architect. Murcutt is noted for his simple yet high-functioning designs, and penchant for using raw materials that produce little environmental impact. This sustainability focus is kept consistent in Cersaie’s image this year; the 2015 exhibition poster designed by Italian industrial design students, Elena Del Prete and Giuglielmo Gennari, highlights the production process of raw materials from which ceramic is derived.


With the Emilia Romagna region as the Italian epicenter for tile manufacturing, it would be remiss to leave out the magnificent tiles displayed at Cersaie. The 2015 Tiling Town–an exhibition showing a variety of techniques–will be a must-see for the latest in tile installation and laying. In addition, leading global tile manufacturers including Marazzi, Florim and Sicis, will show their most recent collections.

We are also excited to see the Cer-Stile collective exhibition, created by Angelo Dall’Aglio and Davide Vercelli, which will be dedicated to creative renovations of typical Italian landscapes with the addition of commercial and hospitality spaces. Finally, one of our favorite exhibits, Cersaie Designs Your Home, will be back again this year, offering visitors the chance for a free consultation with an architect at the show. A little Italian design flair does every home good.

In conjunction with Cersaie, Bologna will produce the first ever Bologna Design Week (BDW), a city-wide design innovation event from September 30-October 3. The event will offer a networking platform for new and established designers, as well as a cultural itinerary to celebrate Bologna’s rich history in art, design, food and music. With a creative spotlight on the city, Bologna is sure to become a new Italian hub for all things design!


#OntheDC: firstLOOK at NYDC

By danielle


The 11th annual firstLOOK opens tomorrow. Held at the New York Design Center from 5:00-9:00PM, it offers a LOOK at the latest in contract interiors. Close to 30 showrooms including Andreu World, Dirtt Environmental Solutions, KI, Levine Calvano and Versteel will be participating. New products run the gamut, from architectural walls to systems furniture.

At 5:30, Interior Design‘s Cindy Allen will moderate a conversation with product visionaries Brad Ascalon, Jhane Barnes, Michael Vanderbyl and Ghislaine Vinas.





By alessandra



If you have not yet had the chance to see the newly renovated Cooper Hewitt museum, this is the perfect occasion! With two outstanding exhibitions on view this summer, the Cooper Hewitt has never been so exciting!



Provocations is the first museum exhibition to introduce the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio to an American audience. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, infrastructure and temporary structures, to large-scale architecture projects around the world.

On view from June 4, 2015 through January 3, 2016



Architect David Adjaye presents 14 West and Central African textiles from the museum’s permanent collection in the latest installment of the Selects series.

The London-based architect is acclaimed for this thoughtful, responsive design process, and for his global practice and approach; of Ghanaian descent, Adjaye combines the aesthetics of African and Islamic architecture with classically austere, modernist design. The exhibition he has curated brings focus to Cooper Hewitt’s collection of African textiles, including works from Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria, among other countries.

On view June 19, 2015 through February 14, 2016




2 East 91st Street

New York City


Looking for a place to eat? We recommend Paola’s Restaurant, its delicious and authentic Italian food is worth the trip!


By Maddie Heaney


Constellation celebrated its grand opening this past weekend, turning the historic ruins of Bannerman Castle into a thought-provoking art installation on the Hudson River. Working with a team of lighting experts at Niche Modern, local artist Melissa McGill installed a series of LED lights encased in sapphire glass orbs atop aluminum poles ranging from 40 to 80 feet. During the day, these structures emphasize the idea of absence versus presence, highlighting parts of the castle that still stand while bringing out details that no longer exist. At dusk, the globes twinkle, creating a beautiful constellation in the twilight sky.


The seemingly abandoned island – floating in the Hudson between Cold Spring and Beacon – holds a lot of history. During the Revolutionary War, American soldiers set up a wall of underwater spikes in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the British from coming up the river. Many different tribes, fisherman and bootleggers also used the island as a trading post. When Constellation lit up this past weekend, the history was very apparent.

The installation is viewable by land – on east and west sides of the Hudson River – and accessible by sea until the summer of 2017. Take a scenic boat tour made possible by the Bannerman Castle Trust’s Estuary Steward or get as close as you can on kayak through the Storm King Adventure Tours.

Constellation is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Donations to the project are ongoing and can be made here.



By Lydia


This Thursday, the Center for Architecture will open its doors to celebrate the launch of Architect-US, an innovative new tool for the architecture community linking international architects with U.S.-based firms. Architect-US sponsors young architecture and engineering professionals from Europe, South America, Asia, and the Middle East, as they pursue internships and jobs with American architecture firms. This endeavor will help to create a truly global architecture community, breaking down bureaucratic barriers and setting the stage for inspiring creative collaborations across borders.

As part of the U.S. Government’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, Architect-US offers U.S. firms the ability to connect with international designers and markets, offering structured, on-site training for up to 18 months. Candidates, ages 20-35, are selected through an intensive process that evaluates portfolios, communication skills, academic backgrounds, and fundamental compatibility with participating host firms. Architect-US thus provides access to top-notch international talents to offer US-based firms a global architectural perspective.



Celebrating this new model of networked international practice, Architect-US will draw together participants from a new exhibition at the Center for Architecture on emerging Spanish architects, Emerging Talent Models of International Practice: Flourishing Spanish Architecture, along with top architectural firm leaders for the June 25 event. Speakers will include Kenneth Drucker (HOK Design Principal), Claire Weisz (WXY Principal) and Gustavo Rodriguez (FXFOWLE Principal) to discuss the need for platforms that encourage cross-pollination and global dialogues in architecture.

While you’re at The Center, take some time to explore the exhibit on Spain’s exciting new class of emerging architects who have been making headlines including: Andrés Jaque, winner of the 2015 MoMA PS1 YAP competition for COSMO, a moveable installation constructed out of irrigation components that is engineered to purify 3,000 gallons of water in four days; Fake Industries Agricultural Agonism, a finalist in the Guggenheim Helsinki competition; and Izaskun Chinchilla Architects, whose Organic Growth pavilion was selected as a winner in the 2015 City of Dreams competition on Governor’s Island.

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Join us for an eye-opening evening as we celebrate architecture from all over the world (and get 1.5 AIA CES credits in the process)!

When: June 25, 2015 (6-9PM)

Where: The Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY)

Price: Free



By alessandra


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Get ready for a Saturday shop-day!

This Saturday, June 27, Fort Standard is hosting its first studio sale ever.

Join them in Redhook for a free beer and to shop samples of their collection, prototypes and one-offs at unbelievable prices!



Saturday June 27th

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM



Fort Standard at Merchant Stores Building

175 Van Dyke Street #325B

Brooklyn, NY


If a beer wasn’t enough, we recommend you the mouth-watering Brooklyn Crab, at 24 Reed Street.


By alessandra


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Any plans for tonight in NYC?

Tonight, June 24, The Future Perfect will host an opening event to introduce exclusive works from some of our favorite artists.

Join them for a drink and celebrate the newest lighting from Michael Anastassiades, as well as furniture from Luca Nichetto and neri&hu for De La Espada.


Some background on the designers …


Michael Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design. He creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect. Anastassiades’ work is featured in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Craft Council in London, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, and the MAK in Vienna.



Luca Nichetto was born in 1976 in Venice, where he studied at the Art Institute. He began his professional career in 1999 by designing his first projects in Murano glass for Salviati. In 2006 he launched his own design firm, Nichetto&Partners, which specializes in industrial design and offers its services as a design consultancy. Over the course of his career, Nichetto has been awarded a number of international prizes, including the Gran Design Award (2008), the Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture’s Good Design Award (2008), the IF Product Design Award (2008) and the Elle Decoration International Design Awards’ (EDIDA) Designer of the Year award in the Young Designer Talent category (2009). Today, Nichetto collaborates with a wide variety of Italian and international companies, including Arflex, Bosa, Casamania, De La Espada, Discipline, Established & Sons, Fornasarig, Foscarini, Fratelli Guzzini, Glass, Globo, Italesse, La Chance, King’s, Kristalia, One Nordic Furniture Company, Salviati, Skitsch, Skultuna e Zero.



Founded in 2004 by partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri&Hu Design and Research Officeis an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China with an additional office in London, UK. Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services. Currently working on projects in many countries, Neri&Hu is composed of multi-cultural staff who speak over 30 different languages.  The diversity of the team reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a new paradigm in architecture.

Be sure to RSVP!



Wednesday June 24th from 6:00-8:00 PM



The Future Perfect

55 Great Jones Street

New York City, 10012

Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition Call for Entries

By danielle


WANTED: Phenomenal projects featuring Hansgrohe and/or Axor products.

Hansgrohe/Axor is now accepting entries to its second annual Das Design Competition, once again calling upon U.S. architects and designers to submit exceptional projects that incorporate Hansgrohe and/or Axor products.

Entries will be judged by a jury of media and design professionals. The winner in each category (Residential, Commercial, Hospitality) will receive a $2000 product credit and a trip to New York City to attend an awards ceremony and VIP event in October.

Entry is free and can be done completely online at www.dasdsigncomp.com. Submission deadline is August 14, 2015.

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By alessandra


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Summer is coming and the countdown to Neocon 2015 is on! This year will mark the 47th edition as America’s largest exposition for commercial interiors. The three-day fair will take place at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago from June 15 to 17 and will feature an incredible lineup including six new must-see showrooms and more than 100 new exhibitors on floors 7 & 8. The exhibition will be complemented by educational programming, over 100 accredited seminars, and three incredible keynote presentations.



To help navigate the Mart, be sure to download the 2015 NeoCon at the App Store and Google Play. It is available on all platforms and usable in airplane mode. The app let’s you – search & locate exhibitors, utilize interactive floor plans, find best routes, create schedules, upload photos, access social media, search speakers and programming, receive show and schedule updates and more.

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With only two weeks to go before show time, we highly encourage you to start planning! On the hunt for NEW, than we suggest checking out these six must-see new showrooms:

WATSON (suite 10-155):

In time for NeoCon, Watson will open the door to its new Design Studio, which will showcase new collections alongside iconic designs from its portfolio. Designed by Gary Lee Partners, the Design Studio will serve as much more than a showroom. It will provide a space for engagement and learning with the local design community. In terms of products, Watson will be launching Bahn – a furniture system designed for dynamic office environments that promotes heads down focus and team interaction.


STIR (suite 10-67A):

Stir sees its new permanent presence at the Merchandise Mart as an important and strategic investment that reinforces the company’s commitment to creating products for the contract furniture industry. Stir’s space will feature the company’s newest desk, the Stir Kinetic Desk M1.


3FORM (suite 10-142):

3form, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, sustainable building materials that meet architectural challenges, will open its new showroom with a brilliant display of new products including Woods, Metallics, Wall Systems and Full Circle. At NeoCon, 3form will reveal a never-before-seen array of interlayers designed to capture the spirit of metallic looks in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Copper.



Senator, globally renowned for its innovative, ergonomically designed workplace solutions, will introduce an array of exclusive pieces created by world-leading designers in its new permanent showroom. New products from its Settings concept, including: Chemistry, Ad-Lib Work Lounge, Ad-Lib Scholar and Freeflex will be on display.


CONCERTEX (10-103):

Concertex’s first permanent showroom at the Merchandise Mart will showcase the brands extensive product line ranging from textiles, wallcoverings, faux leathers and leather tiles. Designed with IA Interior Architects, the showroom highlights its focus on material innovation and design-centric style. Concertex, known for its innovative and nature friendly wallcoverings, textiles, faux leathers and faux leather tiles, will be launching several new collections at NeoCon.

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Boss Design, the UK’s market leading manufacturer of high quality office seating, upholstery and tables, will be bringing its latest offerings to the third floor of the Merchandise Mart. After moving production to a newly acquired factory in High Point, NC, the brand is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the North American market with its new Chicago showroom.

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NeoCon’s conference program is like no other as organizers strive to deliver top-notch speakers and forward-thinking topics. Here’s a preview of the 2015 keynote presenters:



Sponsored by Haworth, Inc.

Presented by IIDA

Monday, June 15, 8:00AM

Patricia Urquiola, designer and architect, was born in Oviedo, Spain. She now lives and works in Milan where she runs Studio Urquiola. Her work is widely known to be playful and poetic, yet pragmatic and functional and the effect is a powerful reminder of the past and exploration into the now.



Sponsored by OFS Brands

Presented by ASID

Tuesday, June 16, 8:00AM

Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries. He is the creator of “Shots of Awe,” a short film series of “trailers for the mind” and from 2005 to 2011 was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content.



Sponsored by Mohawk Group

Presented by AIA Chicago

Wednesday, June 17, 11:00AM

Born in Banja Luka, Bosnia in 1984, Anastasija Sugic, arrived in Graz initially with plans to study medicine. While Sugic finished requirements for her degree in 2012, she had already made a name for herself as an independent fashion designer. Her brand ANASTASIA creates designs and products that are not only aesthetically pleasing but that are also compatible with the human body’s form.



Monday, June 15 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 16 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, June 17 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM



Monday, June 15 | 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 16 | 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, June 17 | 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM



Monday, June 15 | 8 AM

Tuesday, June 16 | 8 AM

Wednesday, June 17 | 11 AM


Be sure to register by June 12!

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