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WestEdge Design Fair 2018

By Katie Suh

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WestEdge Design Fair is returning this fall (October 18th to October 21st) at the Barker Hanger – Southern California’s premier venue for the most exclusive events. Now in its sixth year, WestEdge has established itself as the leading contemporary design fair in the West Coast – attracting over 12,000 attendees, 175 exhibitors and 70 special guest speakers. As the central hub of design, the West Coast has the largest chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and other professional trade associations.

As is tradition, the show will kick-off with a floor-wide Opening Night party to benefit Safe Place for Youth, a non-profit organization that aims to provide critical resources for homeless youth. More than 1,500 attendees are expected; among those will be prominent business leaders, acclaimed media partners, connoisseurs of design, celebrities, and emerging stars in the design community. There will be a preview of the fair before it opens to the public as well as an auction that will feature exclusive designer items. Throughout the action-packed night, guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

A diverse showcase of talent, WestEdge includes brands and manufacturers from all over the world including Canada, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, Japan, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Thailand, Iceland and more. Rising designers, artisans and makers will be featured as well with an array of modern designs. Attendees can check out a range of programs, workshops, meet-and-greets, book signings, culinary demonstrations and tastings, networking opportunities, and more.

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“WestEdge is the most important trade show we have in Los Angeles.  This curated show brings together new, luxurious, and important designers, artists, manufacturers and visionaries.  It is here that you will get up-close-and-personal with key trendsetters and innovators making a difference in the world of design. It’s a must-see event each year and an honor to align myself with the WestEdge team on every level.” – LA ASID Chapter President (2015-16), Laura Schwartz 

High Point Market Returns this Fall!

By Katie Suh

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High Point Market (HPMKT) is around the corner! Kicking off on October 13th, designers and industry insiders will arrive in North Carolina for the mecca of all things home. Established in 1909 as the Southern Furniture Market, HPMKT has become one of the most anticipated shows in the design industry, attracting over 75,000 guests to see more than 2,000 exhibitors with tens of thousands of product introductions. As the largest home furnishings trade show, with an international reputation, High Point gives attendees the first scoop on the emerging trends, product launches and design collaborations.

With several roundtable discussions, meet and greets, seminars and more, HPMKT is celebrated as the place to make strategic connections and to learn valuable tips and tricks of the trade. We’re excited about the lineup for this year’s Keynote Series, which will explore a wide range of cultural influences impacting the current home furnishings market. Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams Sue Wadden with VP of Home and Interiors for Fashion Snoops Jaye Anna Mize will explore the role of color and offer a 2019 forecast. Author and internationally renowned consumer futurist Doug Stephens will discuss the strategy behind creating an unforgettable customer experience, both in-stores and online. And Executive VP of Research and Chief Material Scientist at Material ConneXion Dr. Andrew Dent will share insight on the importance of creating personal and tangible interactions for customers in today’s increasingly digital world.

This year, the Design Viewpoint Series will dive into the newest innovations in home tech and the growing opportunity for healthy design. These panel discussions will cover topics like: the importance of developing new approaches in design, technology tools used by industry peers to make business more productive, and health and environmentally-conscious design. This series is sure to offer rising designers a competitive edge towards building an effective business model.

At The Point at HPMKT there will be a variety of activitations throughout the day including live podcasts, informal roundtable sessions, mixers including “After Hours” hosted before evening events, and more. Attendees are invited to connect, learn and share at these events.

As every tradeshow veteran knows, it’s important to take advantage of the quiet moments. HPMKT has organized Stars Under the Stars for a little fun and relaxed entertainment after the day ends. There will be plenty of tasty bites, drinks and live music!

We are also tracking several other cool events happening in conjunction with the show including the HGTV Stars Reunion, a HPMKT first. Surya showroom and Design Talk LIVE have collaborated to create this special event. Featuring some of our favorite faces from the network, this red carpet event is sure to be memorable. 

We can’t wait to see all that this season’s HPMKT has in store!

Come to PLAY at the Gagosian!

By Katie Suh

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New at the Gagosian, PLAY from Swiss artist Urs Fischer is a must-see exhibit this fall. An ensemble of nine office chairs greets visitors as they enter the gallery. But these are not ordinary office chairs. They swivel in place, glide across the gallery space, and appear to take on lives of their own. Fischer’s interest in escaping traditional art norms is echoed in PLAY, where viewers are invited to walk a fine line between spectator and participant. But just as much as we are free, the objects of exhibit (the nine chairs) are also in a sense, autonomous – as they appear to roam the gallery on their own volition.

The longer one watches, the more challenging it becomes to distinguish between random movement and orchestrated choreography. Viewers may find they feel compelled to in fact play with the chairs.  And in time, the interplay between the spectators and the objects of spectacle seamlessly forms a play of its own – perhaps an area Fischer wanted to explore in the first place.

The chairs, by Humanscale and the celebrated industrial designer Niels Diffrient, are spectacles in their own right. Fischer selected nine different variations of the Freedom chairs so each one has a distinct design identity. From Crayola-like colors, to various configurations of headrests and armrests, each one captivates the audience as it moves. Though extensive engineering and programming helps to create the magic of the scene, viewers still buy into the illusion of this fictional world of play as they interact with the colorful chair-like critters or critter-like chairs.

According to the Gagosian, “Play, a ritual older than humankind, has set rules that distinguish it from reality, but it has no clear aim or value other than itself. Instead, it is merely a feedback loop, a push/pull of energy, bound by time and place. Accordingly, the chairs seem to behave in such ways as to belie some level of predictability—only to then debunk the illusion.”

Come to play and let yourself escape from reality for a bit at the Gagosian. PLAY is on view at the Gagosian until October 13th.

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Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Chad Moore. Courtesy Gagosian.

Get Ready: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle’s Home for the Holidays Showhouse Opens Soon

By Katie Suh

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Atlanta’s design community is sizzling! Last night, was example of what happens when you bring Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine, Architectural firm Harrison Designs, and Steve Glamery with Blackston Custom Homes, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta together at the fabulous Sub-Zero Wolf Cove showroom located in Buckhead to Kick-Off the AH&L 2018 Home for the Holidays Showhouse!

The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2018 Home for the Holiday Showhouse will mark the 10th annual milestone when the house opens November 15 and runs until December 9, 2018.  Over 20 designers working on the showhouse were in attendance, as well as many sponsors and the generous hosts Sub-Zero, Wolf & Cove  displaying the ultimate southern hospitality, the presenting sponsor Blackston Custom Homes, and new sponsor Larson-Juhl to share a few.  

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) will be the deserving beneficiary of this gorgeous showhouse this year.  Melisa Morrow, CHOA Foundation Development Officer, attended the event, expressed her gratitude and shared that it takes over $3M a day to provide care to all the children within the CHOA network. “She said, we simply couldn’t do what we do without the support of the design community and projects like the AH&L Home for the Holidays Showhouse.”  

The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle 2018 Home for the Holidays Showhouse opens November 15. We can’t wait to see what this incredible team creates!

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NYDC’s What’s New, What’s Next

By Katie Suh

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What's New, What's Next 2018

Looking for anything new? Or trying to discover what’s next? Join the New York Design Center (NYDC) for their 10th annual What’s New, What’s Next event tomorrow! What’s New, What’s Next has established itself to be one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, in the interior design community. This year, it will return with over 85 showrooms that will feature product introductions, meet and greets, panels, and soirees.

Last year, the event garnered more than 7,500 guests, in the iconic 16-floor design building on 200 Lex,. to celebrate the “new” and the “next” in design. Guests had the opportunity to meet and engage in dynamic conversations with the industry’s most prominent figures. NYDC partnered with 23 notable media publications and editors, some of which include: Architectural Digest, Elle Decor and T: Magazine.

 

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Don’t miss out on the industry’s biggest event yet. RSVP here.

About NYDC:

Designed by Ely Jacques Kahn, NYDC first opened its doors in 1926. Upon opening, it initially focused on department and retail store buyers. When the building began to shift its attention to architecture and interior design in the late 1970s, the building finally established itself, in 1981, as what it is known today: the New York Design Center. Over the years, NYDC has formed a network of close ties with museums, charity organizations, designers, and design schools. Today, NYDC is the industry’s finest resource for design and innovation.

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KBIS Offers Bright New Looks For the New Year

By Nancy Carmona

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We’re LIVE from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). The show, which
kicks off today in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center,
gives us a chance to be face-to-face with our K&B industry peers and
experience the latest products to make a splash in the industry. This
year’s show will host over 600 brands. We’re loving this new cobalt blue
and gold kitchen from True Residential, a division of True Manufacturing
Company which focuses upon delivering high quality commercial and home
refrigeration. The vignette was designed by one of our design favs – Vanessa
Deleon.
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We can’t wait for the talks too! This year’s KBIS keynote speech will be
delivered by Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design magazine and
is entitled “Pop Goes the Future: Top Trends Bursting onto the K&B Scene”.
Allen’s speech will deliver important insights for designers on trends and
business topics for 2018 and will be followed by a meet-and-greet with fans
and readers.

And who can forget about the special events, parties, and receptions will
be hosted throughout KBIS. Keep an eye on our social feed as we share some
of our favorite products, people and parties!

Designs to keep an eye on as KBIS 2017 kicks off

By danielle

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In the world’s largest international trade event, The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), showcases the latest selection of appliances and trends that are upcoming within the kitchen and bath industry. In addition to products, KBIS offers various opportunities to learn and grow within the industry through presentations, interactive events, unlimited networking, and much more.

It’s going on now at the Orange County Convention Center in sunny Orlando, FL.

Of the 500+ leading brands there are several to definitely keep your eye on.

Last year’s highly talked about and publicized product was La Cornue’s vintage-styled stove. Though La Cornue received much attention last year, they are set to not disappoint this year either with their vibrant turquoise color.

Innovative designs and colored cabinetry are both set to be a huge trend this year-Wellborn Cabinet offers both. Utilizing ordinary colors Wellborn Cabinet presents the opportunity to take a colorful approach to in design.

Wilsonart offers innovative twists in engineering with quartz, wood, and other surfaces. In an oversized wood clock installation atop a seamless edge cabinet, Wilsonart is so to turn heads.

Though kicking off only yesterday, DXV Luxury’s showroom is featured greatly amongst social media already. The white with a bit of gold, and a subtle pop of color creatively come together to create a tasteful experience.

Thermador continues to present not only attractive, but also seriously technologically advanced appliances. This year, Thermador presents a built-in wine preservation system alongside an advanced refrigerating system.

Metrie is known for their “beginning in finishings”. Through a vast array of trim, crown molding, and much more, spaces are transformed to an exact desired expression with intricate designs.

In a tunnel of color, Grohe presents an opportunity to add color to a kitchen through a limited edition bright colored hose. Created as a silicone cover, even installation covers can be swapped out.
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Wilsonart                          DXV Luxury

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We dare you to not drool over these insta-worthy kitchens and baths!

New Holiday Design Shop opens on Canal Street Market

By danielle

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DESIGN SHOP, a new 2 week holiday shop at the new Canal Street Market consists of 7 east-coast based independent design studios, offering new products, limited edition pieces and special holiday gift items and runs until December 14.

COME VISIT
December 1st – 14th / 11am-8pm / 7 days a week
Canal Street Market / 265 Canal Street, NYC, 10013

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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