On the Calendar


By danielle


From May 19 – 21 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) will hold their annual convention in Philadelphia. As one of the largest annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S., over three days, visitors can expect a thought-provoking lineup of celebrity speakers, an array of tours, parties, exhibitors, seminars, and more.

Here’s a quick look at how to make the most of three days packed with opportunities:

  • Celebrity and Keynote Speaker Lineup 

Convention features creative visionaries from the architecture and design industry and beyond—including keynoters Kevin Spacey, Neri Oxman, and Rem Koolhaas.

  • Tour and Explore the city of Philadelphia

Other than the infamous cheese-steaks, Philly is packed with historic highlights, must-see architecture, beautiful squares, vibrant markets, stunning gardens, cobbled streets lined with pubs, great restaurants, live music, and murals of heroic scale. Through the convention one can sign up for an educational curated tour that will give you a one-of-a-kind experience that also earns you continuing education credit.

  • Learn and earn credits

Earn a year’s worth of continuing education credits with the latest from leading experts on topics including resiliency, business management, ADA compliance, LEED, green building, design and health, and more.

  • Discover the latest products and trends

Explore over 170,000 sq. ft. packed with nearly 800 exhibitors and the latest in materials, technology, and trends. Earn credits for chatting with experts on the expo floor.

  • Party at the Market

Join your friends and fellow members for an evening of fun and networking at the convention’s biggest party, all to the tunes of Philly’s own Bacon Brothers.

  • Save with special pricing and great rates

AIA Convention 2016 is free for new members.

Students register for $25.

Young professionals save nearly 30%.


Design on a Dime, NYC April 21 – 23, 2016

By danielle


Ongoing this week until April 23, is Design on a Dime, and is what Elle Décor calls ‘an unmatched shopping opportunity’. This three- day shopping event features more than 60 of the world’s top interior designers, who create unforgettable room vignettes with new merchandise, which is donated and then sold for 50 to 70 percent off retail!

The 12th annual Opening Night reception on Thursday, April 21, 2016, New York City’s most popular interior design benefit event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, New York, brings together hundreds of VIPs, designers, and friends of Housing Works. A-list design enthusiasts mingle with top designers, including event chairs. Guests will get the first public look at the room vignettes and enjoy exclusive preview shopping, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment.

Join Design on a Dime Founding Chair James Huniford, along with Co-Chairs Michael Boodro, editor-in-chief of ELLE DECOR, celebrated decorator Alessandra Branca, interior designer, television personality and design blogger Nicole Gibbons, and George Oliphant, host of NBC’s George to the Rescue, to celebrate twelve years of Design on a Dime.

Opening Night Reception:

Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)


The Metropolitan Pavilion – 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Public Sale Days:

Friday, April 22, 10am – 7pm

Saturday, April 23, 10am – 5pm

American Society of Interior Designers – ‘Spring Spruce Up 2016’ and ‘New York Design 2016’

By danielle


Two big events for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) this month.

The first, which I am personally excited about is, Spring Spruce Up 2016. Here one can take advantage of a rare opportunity to consult with an Interior Designer from the New York Metro Chapter of ASID at a Special Rate.

SSU Graphic with ASID Logo

I’m in the process of buying a house and although I am always surrounded by wonderful inspirations from the field we are in, being able to consult a professional to help advise on paint color, furniture layout, window treatments, space planning at a great promotional rate of $100 per hour (up to a 2 hour consultation) will be on my priority list once we close. This great promotion runs until May 1, so a quick phone call to my realtor is next on my to-do list, as I want to book this soon!

Flyer Back for NYBG (2)-2


Next up is Live from New York Design 2016, an Educational Forum for Design Professionals presented by ASID NY Metro Chapter & A&D Building on April 28,2016

This one day event involves a range of educational seminars held throughout the day ranging from offering business tools such as “Using LinkedIn to grow your design business” to “7 keys to attracting your favorite clients,” as well as a range of new and inspiring design tips such as “LED Lighting Applications and Trends” and “The Virtual Tour of Trimming,” along with a networking breakfast and luncheon this jam-packed day offers some great value and insight.


The full schedule is as follows:


  • Creating Innovative Designs Through Smart Material Thinking

Presented by Jennifer Coppola of Material Connextion

Showroom: Hastings Tile & Bath

  • Use LinkedIn as a Connection Tool to Build your Design Business

Presented by Donna Cravotta of Social Sage PR

Showroom: Hastings Tile & Bath

  • Toxic Clients: How to Identify, Mitigate/Work with and Disengage

Presented by Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, CID of Harbinger Design Consulting

Showroom: Poliform

  • The Virtual Tour of Trimming

Presented by Jana Platina Phipps III – The Trim Queen

Showroom: Monogram Design Center

  • LED Lighting Applications and Trends

Presented by Charles Pavarini III, Allied ASID of Pavarini Design

Showroom: Brown Jordan

  • 7 keys to attracting your favorite clients

Presented by Julia Molloy of Molly Management Group

Showroom: Brown Jordan

  • Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by A&D Building and Hastings Tile & Bath

  • Networking Luncheons

Sponsored by A&D Building and Miele, Monogram Design Center, and

Sub-Zero Wolf

  • Networking Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by A&D Building and Fisher & Paykel Experience Center.

  • Seminar Host Showrooms:

Brown Jordan, Monogram Design Center, Poliform and Hastings Tile & Bath


Location: Architects & Designers Building, 150 58th Street (between Lex & Third Ave)

Date: Thursday April 28th, 2016 8:30am- 6:00pm (Check in at 8:15am)

 Pre-registration until April 27th: ASID Members $150**, non-members $175**

*Corporate discount tickets for parties of 3 or more contact: administrator@nymetro.asid.org*

**Please note there is an additional fee for all tickets which are from EventBrite not ASID NY Metro.

Day of Event: ASID Members $175, non-members $200

Please have your IDCEC number available when purchasing the ticket and also when you arrive to the event.

The Architectural Digest Design Show

By Sadie Lebow


Over 400 exciting brands in design are headed to Piers 92/94 this March 17-20 for the much-anticipated AD Design Show. The expansive fair consists of several special sections. MADE gives emerging designers the opportunity to display their work, while FURNISH showcases the latest trends in furnishings. Spa enthusiasts and home chefs will have a field day in the reFRESH area, which features chic kitchen, bath and building products. In SHOPs, attendees can get a healthy dose of retail therapy from outstanding vendors.

A display of goods by Bower at the 2015 AD Design Show

A display of goods by Bower at the 2015 AD Design Show

The AD Design Show is about more than just products. Special programming allows visitors to learn more about design from the best in the business. Trade and VIP Ticket Holders can sit in on fantastic seminars presented by Architectural Digest, on Thursday March 17th. The New York Times Design Series will offer lively sessions from 3/18-3/20.Check out the line up here.

REFRESH will feature innovations in kitchen and bath products, like these gorgeous tiles from Artistic Tile

REFRESH will feature innovations in kitchen and bath products, like these gorgeous tiles from Artistic Tile

The AD Design Show is open to Design Trade and VIP Ticket Holders from 11 AM – 7 PM on Thursday, March 17. It is open to the public Friday – Sunday, March 17-20. The hours are 11 AM-7PM on Friday and Saturday, and 10 AM – 6 PM on Sunday. The event is located at Piers 92 & 94 (55th Street at 12th Avenue New York City 10019).

The Citizenry SHOP 15

The AD Design Show is the perfect opportunity to get your retail fix in, with merchandise available for purchase from top designers.

Getting Ready for the 15th Annual Architectural Digest Design Show

By emma


2016 is an important year for the Architectural Digest Design Show, as it marks the 15th anniversary of this celebration of all things design. From March 17th to 20th, exhibitors (both big names and small), sponsors, media and the public and will head over to New York City’s Piers 92 and 94 to enjoy what is sure to be a memorable event. Here at Design-Calendar, we are very excited. Since there are still a few months until the show, we’ve been getting a taste of what’s to come by checking out some of the 2016 exhibitors on Pinterest and Instagram.

The Trends

There are definitely already some noticeable trends within this year’s exhibitors, especially those in the MADE section, which celebrates independent design. We are loving the trend of suspension lighting which will be featured by studios such as immerLit, a Massachusetts based studio that designs custom porcelain hanging lights. The translucent porcelain creates a warm indoor atmosphere. In the FURNISH section of the event keep your eyes peeled for Niche Modern, a New York company that specializes in crafting modern hand blown glass lighting and chandeliers.

Niche Modern

Niche Modern

This year’s show will also bring a lot of designs that feature the classic combo of good old black and white. Many designers use black and white along with a bright contrasting color. This can be seen in the work of New York City based children’ design company, Kinder Modern, in their innovative hexagonal rug below.

Kinder Modern

Kinder Modern

A to B Studio, who will be launching his first collection at the showalso made a unique black and white creation that features a pop of color with their nub side table. Both designs are minimal but bold because of their interesting use of color. Bernard Figueroa goes for more traditional black and white in many of his modern and elegant lamp designs where he blends different materials to create cohesive pieces that are one of a kind. These are just a few examples of the modern usages of a traditional color palette that will be on display at the show.

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A to B Studio

Dining by Design

Another aspect of the show to look out for is Dining by Designa charity event that brings together local and international designers to create dining installations to raise funds for DIFFA‘s work fighting HIV/AIDS.  These incredible installations make for a surreal dining experience for those who buy tickets to dine at the installations. Last year’s tables included everything from luxurious ceramics to decor made from recycled water bottles, displaying the variety of talents present at the show. Dining by Design brings together the design world for a common cause and is an essential aspect of the AD Design Show.

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Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest


By alexandra


By Shawn Hogan
The countdown to
DIFFA‘s exciting Dining By Design (DBD), March 17-21 at Pier 92, has officially begun, and we hear it’s shaping up to be another fabulous edition!

It’s one of our favorite events of the year, because we can enjoy incredible design, while supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS. Though DBD isn’t until March, you can get a dose of DIFFA magic this week at their kick off party, tomorrow, January 20th. It will be held 6-8pm at the Henredon showroom at the New York Design Center (1st floor).

Join DIFFA supporters, including designers and sponsors, for cocktails and discussion about how to get involved with Dining by Design. This is a fantastic moment to learn more about the great work that DIFFA does and how to get involved.

DIFFA is still seeking sponsors for Dining By Design! If you are interested or know of any potential sponsors or designers please help spread the word. For more information on sponsorship, click here. To RSVP to the DBD kick-off party, click here.

Stay tuned for more exciting Dining by Design news by following DIFFA on Facebook (@diffanational), Twitter (@diffanational), Pinterest (@diffa), and Instagram (@diffanational). The official Dining By Design hashtag is #DBD2016.



Impermanence: Architectural League Prize 2016

By samantha


Armed with a goal and a theme, the Architectural League of New York has announced the details of their annual competition. Seeking submissions from young architects and design visionaries, the League will recognize a project that encompasses this year’s theme—impermanence. The ideas of time, complexity, and variability should also be integrated into projects. Complete or incomplete projects are eligible for consideration by both the league’s hand-selected jury and the Young Architects & Designers Committee.

The winner will be announced in June 2016. A prize of $2,000 will be awarded, alongside the honor of presenting the project through a lecture, digital media presentation, and an exhibition.

To be considered, see more here.


Image courtesy of the Architectural League of New York.

Image courtesy of the Architectural League of New York.

On Our radar: A look into European design at the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce 12/10

By alexandra


Tomorrow dotsandplanes, a dynamic firm that connects design professionals, brands and media through guided trips across continents, will present a visual lecture on European design inspiration and trends.  Hosted at the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, the presentation will be lead by co-founders An Michels and Joost Vanhecke.  An informal networking cocktail will follow.

The fun and informative event is presented in collaboration with Ernest, a collective of Belgian-European high quality architectural and design products. One senior interior designer, architect or specifier in attendance will win a spot on the European Inspiration Tour #03 to the UK, France and Belgium!

Thursday, December 10, 2015
6:00pm -9:00pm
Belgian – American Chamber of Commerce
Register here to attend!

Kips Bay Holiday Live

By samantha


An event 100 years in the making, the 2015 Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club will showcase the design industry’s best at Holiday Live. Hosted by the Hearst Design Group—Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Veranda, along with the New York Design Center, the evening will unite the talents of New York City’s most outstanding designers with an honorable cause.

The handiwork of designers will be featured through creatively designed holiday wreaths. Donning the room’s walls, the wreaths will invoke the holiday spirit, while also serving as the event’s key fundraising element – a silent auction will allow guests to bring home a carefully curated pieces.

Kips Bay education and after school programs will be the beneficiary of the auction, as well as the ticket sales from the event.

Sponsorship and ticket information is available here.


Image courtesy of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

Image courtesy of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015


Christopher Guy Showroom

200 Lexington Avenue, New York Design Center

New York, NY 10016

Cultural Landscapes Explored at New Exhibit For A New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979

By samantha


Illuminating and challenging all at once, the Grey Art Gallery’s newest exhibit explores a groundbreaking era in Japanese society: the 1970’s. A variety of mediums showcase the nation’s rapidly changing societal fabric, which include works by artists Ishuchi Miyako, Daido Moriyama, Jiro Takamatsu, and Shomei Tomatsu.

Momentous in its thematic discourse, as well as in presentation, the exhibit demonstrates the critical role visual language plays in portraying a society’s metamorphosis.

Image courtesy of the Japan Society.

Image courtesy of the Japan Society.

Date: October 9th-January 10th, 2016

Admission: General, $12; $10 Students & Seniors; Free for Japan Society members, children, & all Friday nights, 6-9PM.


333 East 47th Street

NY, NY 10017

Please visit the Japan Society website for more information.

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