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CH SWINGS INTO SUMMER WITH TWO NEW EXHIBITS

By alessandra

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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: THE ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN OF HEATHERWICK STUDIO

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

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DAVID ADJAYE SELECTS

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

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COOPER HEWITT MUSEUM

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!

‘CONSTELLATION’ TRANSFORMS CASTLE RUINS INTO PUBLIC ART ON THE HUDSON RIVER

By Maddie Heaney

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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.

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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.

 

INTRODUCING ARCHITECT-US: A GAME CHANGING PLATFORM FOR HIRING INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTS

By Lydia

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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.

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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

 

FORT STANDARD SAMPLE SALE

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!

 

CALENDAR

Saturday June 27th

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 

LOCATION

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.

THE FUTURE PERFECT

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

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

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.

 

NERI&HU

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!

 

CALENDAR

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

 

LOCATION

The Future Perfect

55 Great Jones Street

New York City, 10012

Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition Call for Entries

By danielle

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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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NEOCON 2015

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.

 

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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.

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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 INTERNATIONAL (10-146):

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 (310):

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:

 

PATRICIA URQUIOLA

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.

 

JASON SILVA

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.

 

MARTIN LESJAK AND ANASTASIJA SUGIC

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.

 

SHOW HOURS

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

 

SEMINAR HOURS

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

 

KEYNOTE TIMES

Monday, June 15 | 8 AM

Tuesday, June 16 | 8 AM

Wednesday, June 17 | 11 AM

 

Be sure to register by June 12!

IFDA Take A Seat Hits NYC Tonight

By Lucy

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Today’s post comes from Design-Calendar special guest, Rachele!

Join the annual Take a Seat Auction Gala tonight, May 27, and you will have a chance to buy a beautiful chair and at the same time, support Habitat for Humanity NYC.

Take A Seat is an ongoing project of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), and it promotes talent within the design community fulfilling our mission to service others. Rescued and recreated chairs made by some of New York City’s leading design professionals have been displayed at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and now will be auctioned off at IFDA’s 3rd Annual Charity Auction with Michael Tavano as master of ceremonies.

We hope some of you will be there to support this fantastic cause!

OPENING NIGHT AT THE ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS BUILDING

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AD15_evite_01Monday night (May 18) marks the annual Opening Night at the Architects and Designers Building. This trade-only event is co-hosted by Interior Design. There will be 37 showrooms, including leading brands such as Smeg USA, Miele, Listone Giordano wood floors and the debutant Cosentino Surface, all under the same roof with hundreds of products and auction items on every floor to benefit DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. We suggest starting at the top and working your way down. And bring your fitbits to log in all those stairs/steps!

REGISTRATION FOR ADMISSION REQUIRED:

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Please be sure to RSVP.

 

CALENDAR

Monday 18th May

From 5 to 8 pm

 

LOCATION

A&D Building

150 East 58th Street

New York

 

Where to eat: While you can snack on just about every floor, if you are still hungry try Sandro’s incredible Italian cuisine.

 

Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2015

By cody

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It’s that time of year again! Today marked the opening of the 43rd annual Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. This event is a must-see for all design and real estate enthusiasts. This year, a hand-selected group of 22 designers and architects were asked to transform the historical Arthur Sachs Mansion, located on the Upper East Side. The mansion, built in 1909 by the legendary Buchman & Fox architectural firm, boasts a limestone façade in Beaux-Arts style. The townhouse was recently put on the market for $35 million – which will buy you five floors of masterly designed décor, a pool, garden, elevator and a nice view of Andy Warhol’s old digs across the street. Arthur Sachs, son of Goldman Sachs partner Samuel Sachs, lived in the house for 10 years before building a larger mansion a few blocks away. Shortly after, the French-inspired townhouse was purchased by Lewis Brown Gawtry, a wealthy banker and prominent figure in various North American energy companies. His family would throw lavish parties in the mansion including the wedding of his daughter, Olive, to Robert Wallace Tilney.  In 1944, Dr. Gerald O’Brien bought the house, where he allegedly treated the infamous mobster, Frank Costello. Full of history, this mansion is a perfect choice for the Kips Bay exhibition.

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Beginning in 1973, the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse fundraiser was created to help the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. The money raised is donated to New York City after-school and enrichment programs. The foundation currently reaches over 10,000 children at 10 locations throughout the Bronx. It ensures that under-privileged young people are given educational and developmental opportunities and realize their potential and importance.

This year’s designers include: Alan Tanksley, Inc.; Bennett Leifer Interiors; Branca; Cathy Kincaid Interiors; Christopher Peacock; Clive Christian; David Phoenix Inc.; Drake Design Associates; Gail Green Interiors; Greener by Design; Home Works; Janice Parker Landscape Architects; Mark D. Sikes Inc.; McMillen Inc.; Michael Herold Design; Paul + Martha; Pavarini Design; Philip Mitchell Design; Ronald Bricke & Associates, Inc.; Rottet Studio; Thom Filicia Inc.; and Tilton Fenwick. They spent eight weeks renovating and restoring the mansion. This elegant stunner will definitely be a great source for design inspiration (and will have us checking our back pockets for that $35 million). Visitors can also look forward to fantastic décor from Ascot CeramicheBeacon Hill, The Shade Store, Kravet, DacorAKDO, 1stDibs, and more!

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Gail Green Interiors’ homage to Keith Haring using tiles from Ascot Ceramiche’s “Game of Fifteen” collection. Photo: Lucea Spinelli Photography

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It will be open to the public seven days a week from May 14th – June 11th. For more information go to: http://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/index.htm.

Best way(s) to get there:

58 East 66th Street – Between Madison and Park
New York City, 10065

Subway:
6 Train at 68th St./Hunter College  OR  F Train at 63rd St./Lexington Ave

Bus:
Madison Avenue & E 66th St. Stop – M1, M3, M4
Madison Avenue & E 67th St. Stop – M66
Fifth Avenue & E 67th St. –  Stop M72
Fifth Avenue & E 65th St. Stop – M1, M2-LTD, M3, M4

There are numerous parking garages available nearby. Including Manhattan Parking Group and Prime Parking Systems.

Hours:
Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday evenings: until 8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Admission $35 – This includes Journal

 

Looking for a great place to eat? We recommend Match 65 (only one block away!) for some delicious French food.

Location:
29 East 65th Street – Between Madison and Park

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