On the Calendar

London Calling Design

By jacqui


Among the multitude of events taking place around London Design Festival (September 13-21), the Global Design Forum (September 15-19), Decorex International (September 21-24), and 100% Design form the big events. The latter (September 17-20) celebrates its 20th edition this year (twentieth!), which makes those of us who remember the fledgling years suddenly feel old. The speaker line-up for 100% Design this year features Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby, whose ticketed event is part of a talk series related to another anniversary—the Design Museum’s 25th birthday. It also serves up conversations between design and publishing luminaries, like Jaime Hayon and Icon’s Christopher Turner, and Philippe Starck and Wallpaper’s Tony Chambers. Another highlight: architect Mark Dytham—from Tokyo’s KDa and founder of PechaKucha—will host a special PechaKucha event that plays on the theme of ‘20,’ in which key speakers from previous PechaKuchas have 20 seconds to present 20 images. Should be a blast.

Below: A Design Kaleidoscope by Thomas.Matthews combining the Magis Heatstool by Thomas Heatherwick with the Wingback chair by James UK—one of the kaleidoscopes in an exhibition celebrating 100% Design’s 20th birthday.








Celebrate Mid-Century Architecture at SarasotaMod Week[end]

By Dahlia


The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) presents SarasotaMOD Week[end], a four-day festival, held in the beautiful Gulf Coast city of Sarasota, FL, commemorating the region’s iconic mid-20th century architecture. This weekend event, October 9th – 12th, 2014, is jam-packed with guided trolley, boat, and walking tours, social gatherings, and presentations by distinguished architects, critics and designers. For more information, visit www.sarasotamod.com.

Healy Guest House, Sarasota, FL, 1950.  Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph architects.

Healy Guest House, Sarasota, FL, 1950. Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph architects.

SarasotaMOD Week[end]’s speakers will include such leading modernist architects as Carl Abbott, author of Informed by the Land; John Howey, author of The Sarasota School of Architecture: 1941-1966;Joe King, co-author of Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses; Lawrence Scarpa, pioneer of sustainable design; and Tim Seibert, designer of many iconic Sarasota School of Architecture structures. Presenters will also include acclaimed landscape architect Raymond Jungles and author, critic and filmmaker Alastair Gordon.

Sarasota High School, Sarasota Fl, 1958.  Paul Rudolph, architect.

Sarasota High School, Sarasota Fl, 1958. Paul Rudolph, architect.

Festival participants will have a chance to experience Sarasota’s architectural jewels in the context of Florida’s subtropical setting. SAF’s board chair, Janet Minker discusses the importance of the relationship between the Saratosa architectural movement and its location. She states, “There’s a reason a globally significant architectural movement grew up in what used to be sleepy seaside town by the Gulf of Mexico. Not every city with beautiful sandy beaches and palm tree-lined streets inspired an architectural movement that actually takes the city’s name. Sarasota did. We’re going to examine why.”

Festival Highlights

October 9
Opening Reception: The Building Itself Teaches. Lorrie Muldowney, manager of Sarasota County Historical Resources will offer insights in this final showing of an exhibit of Philip Hiss’ legacy of architectural excellence as head of Sarasota County’s public school system.


October 10
Experiential Transformations. The life of a building is the life of the people who use it. Noted architect and keynote speaker Lawrence Scarpa will investigate the experiential context of creating, enjoying and preserving great structures, and why experience is the most important building block of all.

Laying the Foundation: The Making of a Modern Sarasota, 1880-1940. From the turn of the 20th century until the 1920s, John Hamilton Gillespie, Bertha Palmer, John Ringling and Owen Burns laid the foundation for the modernist architectural visionaries to come. Architectural columnist Harold Bubil and historian and author Jeff LaHurd will shed light on their achievements.

Stories on Stage: Interview with John Howey. In 1997, architect John Howey’s The Sarasota School of Architecture: 1941-1966 hit the bookstores. His groundbreaking book put the region’s modernist legacy back on the map and inspired the modernists of the future. What’s the story behind the story? Thanks to an unscripted interview with historian Christine Madrid French, we’ll find out.

Bubil’s Top Ten Buildings in Sarasota. Architectural critic and Herald-Tribune columnist Harold Bubil will reveal his best-loved buildings, including work by Jack West, Victor Lundy, Paul Rudolph and I.M. Pei, on this trolley tour.  


October 11
True Veterans of the Sarasota School. Sarasota School veterans Tim Seibert, Carl Abbott and John Howey will explore the architectural alchemy that made this regional expression of mid-century modernism possible. Architect and architectural critic Joyce Owens will moderate this magical panel discussion.

Prosperous Bohemians. What do Long Island and Sarasota have in common? A legacy of mid-century modern beach houses—some demolished, and some still standing. Alastair Gordon’s presentation will reveal sustainable, domestic spaces by Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, George Nelson, Philip Johnson and others.

Philip Hiss: The Impresario of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Morris Hylton III will explore the architectural impact of adventurer, photographer, author, diplomat and entrepreneur, Philip Hanson Hiss III.

Mid-Century Modern: Inside, Outside and Beyond. Architects Samuel Holladay and Michael Epstein and interior designer Pamela Holladay will investigate the mid-century modern paradigm, and how contemporary architects and interior designers can approach that design inheritance with understanding and respect in their renovation projects. Case studies will reveal creative design solutions to mid-century makeovers in the real world.

Paul Rudolph’s Sanderling Beach Club Buffet Supper. Rudolph’s national reputation is defined, and sometimes pigeonholed, by his monumental concrete structures. Here, dinner guests will enjoy his playful side, in an interconnected, vaulted gathering space of cypress, glass and concrete. Architects Joe King and Carl Abbott will supply the dinner conversation.


October 12
SarasotaMOD 2015 Preview. Secrets and surprises are on the menu at this Sunday brunch at the mid-century inspired Shore Diner on beautiful St. Armands Key. Guests will preview SAF’s plans for SarasotaMOD 2015 and meet the team behind SAF’s ambitious recreation of Paul Rudolph’s iconic Walker Guest House on the campus of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Be sure to visit www.sarasotamod.com for more information!

(All photos: Greg Wilson)

Super Steals At Super Saturday

By Dahlia


Interested in scoring some exclusive designer merchandise while raising money for a great cause? Super Saturday is hosting it’s 17th annual day-long fundraising event on Saturday July 26th, sponsored by QVC & Donna Karen and hosted by New York’s very own Kelly Ripa. Located at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, New York, it’s perfect for the entire family and we would love to see you there! Described as the “Rolls Royce of garage sales” by The New York Times, attendees will have access to a variety of high-end items, including, but not limited to linens, pillows, art, china, antiques, jewelry, and books.

Some stylish throw pillows available for purchase at the Hamptoms Cottages & Gardens Booth at last year's Super Saturday.

Stylish throw pillows available for purchase at the Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Booth at last year’s Super Saturday.

Tickets start at $450 and 100% of the proceeds go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Due to the high profile nature of this event, Kim Kardashian, Betsey Johnson & Heidi Klum have been in attendance in previous years. This year’s star-studded guest list includes a number of celebrities, editors, and designers such as Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, and Diane Von Furstenberg. Be sure to stop by the Cottages & Gardens booth to donate and be featured in the event coverage in the next issue of this renowned magazine.

Click on the image or this LINK  to purchase tickets and for more information.

New Designers 2014 Exhibition: The Newest in European Design

By sevan


This post brought to you by our extern, Kolbe Renkert.


As individuals who share a love of design, we also share a craving for what is “next”- the next names, colors, trends and products that make design the ever-changing and dynamic subject that it is. Be a part of the event that is continuing the lifecycle of the design industry and meet those who will ensure that it will continue to thrive. For those looking to meet the next who’s who in design and gain access to products not yet available to the public…listen up!

New Designers 2014 is an opportunity to purchase or commission new products for your home or store, find inspiration in new designs, network, or recruit talent from a group of the UK’s most highly qualified and promising graduate designers. Nowhere else can one find products and designers of this breadth and depth.

The two-week exhibition held in the Business Design Center in London features over 3,000 newly graduated designers, handpicked from the UK’s leading art and design courses as well as their designs, not yet available on the market. Equipped with motivation, enthusiasm, progressive ideas, and the talent to spot upcoming trends, these designers show great promise. Their fresh thinking and innovation will, without a doubt, rise to the forefront of the art and design community.

The New Designers Exhibition has been broken into two parts, each running for one week. Part One, which began yesterday and runs through June 28 will feature the newest in textiles, ceramics, glass, fashion, accessories, jewelry and metalwork. Part Two, happening next week from July 2-5, will feature graphic design and illustration, furniture, product design, motion arts, and theatre design.

Business Design Centre
Islington, London N1
To book tickets to any of the exhibition dates visit www.newdesigns.com.

Part 1: 25-28 June
Part 2: 02-05 July

Stay Informed:
If you are unable to attend, New Designers’ website is a great central location to keep up on recent news as well as see highlights from the event throughout the show.

Discover the Math Behind 3D Printing

By sevan


This post brought to you by our extern, Kolbe Renkert.

Similar to the way artists and designers turn ideas into tangible works of art, mathematician Laura Taalman, a speaker for The Museum of Mathematics “Math Encounters” series, is bringing abstract mathematics into the third dimension. On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Taalman will demonstrate how mathematical concepts can be transformed into physical realities using modern technology. Whether the end goal is to investigate new mathematical ideas or create a piece of art, 3D printing draws a flawless parallel between mathematics and the A&D world.

Be a part of the action! All attendants can take home their own 3D printed, mathematical model courtesy of the Museum and Dr. Taalman.

When: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Where: The National Museum of Mathematics on 11 E. 26th Street
RSVP: Amanda@philandcompany.com, or 646-490-6446

Visit momath.org for more information on upcoming exhibitions and events.


Cooper Hewitt to Reopen its Doors in December

By kristin-g


Design lovers, time to mark your calendars: on December 12th, Cooper Hewitt: National Design Museum is reopening as Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in it original location, Carnegie Mansion, with 60 percent more gallery space, allowing for the addition of numerous opening exhibits as well as an entirely new interactive visitor experience. As the nation’s only museum solely dedicated to historic and contemporary design, the reopening—the date selected to correspond with the day Andrew Carnegie moved into the house in 1902—should draw a huge crowd!

As visitors enter the building, they will be given the interactive Pen, which will modernize the visitors’ museum experience. With this new technology, guests can store information about the museum, create their own designs with the stylus, as well as record aspects of their visit and view them online. This new approach to the museum experience was designed for all audiences: students, families, children, and more. The interactive Pen was created by Local Projects with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The Pen encourages visitors to interact with the works in the museum.

In addition to the physical changes to the museum, there have also been many branding and identity changes such as a new name, new typeface, new logo, and a new website. The museum formerly known as the Cooper-Hewitt: National Design Museum, has been renamed Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Copper Hewitt, the new typeface designed by Chester Jenkins, is available for free download via the museum’s website—a great treat for typography and graphic design enthusiasts.



Museum Renovations

The first floor galleries were restored to include interactive components and the second floor was expanded to showcase more of the museum’s collection. The facilities were upgraded to allow for year-round viewing of the museum as the installations for each exhibition can be completed faster. The building is expected to receive LEED Silver certification.

The Exhibitions

On the first floor of the museum, Designing the New Cooper Hewitt will display the renovation of the museum. Beautiful Users will show that, based on observations and human anatomy, design is becoming more user focused. The second floor of the museum will be focused on the permanent collection with many additional  exhibits that can now be accommodated  due to the increase of space. Making Design will showcase over 350 pieces of the collection. Hewitt Sisters Collect will be dedicated to sharing the stories of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt. Another design focused exhibit, Models & Prototypes, will showcase the importance of models and prototypes in the design process. The Immersion Room will allow visitors to use the interactive Pen to create their own designs and project them on the surrounding walls. Tools: Extending Our Reach will be presented on the third floor, including about 175 pieces from Cooper Hewitt and nine other Smithsonian collections, covering over 1.85 million years of design. The exhibit will explore how tools interact with the human body and senses.



Governors Island: World Cup 2014 + Spontaneous Interventions

By kristin-g


If you’re looking for the perfect place to watch the World Cup, surrounded by family, friends, and great public space initiatives, look no further! Governors Island is the place to be as New York’s largest 2014 World Cup viewing destination. This program was made possible by Cathy Ho and Stefen Jonot of Office Ho Jonot, a cultural consultancy. Through Cathy Ho’s efforts to bring the mini version of the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit to the island, she got the idea to make the island the World Cup viewing zone as well! This initiative is joining other events and cultural programs organized by FIGMENT, Jazz Age Lawn Party, Brooklyn Public Library, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Come Out & Play. The World Cup viewing event is sponsored by ESPN and Barco.

Creating the public viewing zone was not an easy task; organizers needed to get permission from ESPN, FIFA, and Governors Island to take advantage of the public space available on the Island, which recently added 30 acres of new park space designed by noted Dutch landscape architecture firm West 8 with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The obstacles of making this event possible did not stop Ms. Ho, as the public have her to thank for this great initiative. The 2014 World Cup viewing parties will take place at both the Governors Beach Club and the lawns of building 403 along Colonels’ Row, which is the site of the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit.

In between matches, do make sure to check out the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit! This exhibit is a condensed version of the original one presented at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale in the U.S. Pavilion and will display various projects, spotlighted in rooms on the second floor of the building. The featured artists include: DSGN AGNC, BroLab, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Ghana Think Tank and more. There will also be various public programs such as seminars, talks, and workshops exploring various topics including urban vacancy, citizen science, city data mapping, and more. You definitely won’t want to miss this! For continuous updates be sure to check their Facebook page.

This event is a perfect example of different groups of people coming together to create something great for the public. In addition to the hardworking efforts of Office Ho Jonot, there were several generous donations that were crucial to the success of this event. The contributions of two entertainment companies, Barco and I-Mag Video, are allowing the public to watch the games on high-definition TV’s; there is also the addition of fun soccer-related games donated by the city’s newest professional soccer team, the New York FC.

Check the World Cup schedule below to make sure you will not miss out on any of the fun!



Event Information

The Governors Island Ferry Service runs 10am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 10am to 7pm Saturday-Sunday for FREE.

Follow @S_Interventions on Twitter and use the hashtag #WorldCup_GovIsland for updates and information.

Events will also be posted to www.facebook.com/WorldCupPartyNYC.


NeoCon 2014

By kristin-g



Get ready for NeoCon 2014 as it returns to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago from June 9th – 11th! Celebrating its 46th anniversary as America’s largest design expo and conference with an expected attendance count of over 40,000 industry professionals, the show will not disappoint! This three-day event features over 700 of the top exhibitors in a variety of markets across the board including the workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, environmental, government, and educational. For a new twist, 2014 will bring in some new initiatives including educational programming featuring about 100 seminars, keynote presentations coming directly from industry experts, as well as specific events celebrating all Chicago has to offer through architecture and design.

Some highlights and things to look out for this year include the new and redesigned showrooms displaying product launches from the 700 exhibitors at the show, the inspiring seminar series featuring the numerous guest speakers, and a new way to navigate through the show, both quickly and easily, through the new NeoCon App.



At NeoCon 2014 be on the look out for…

Keynote speakers and presentations

Tom Eich- 22

Above: Tom Eich, CTO and partner of IDEO, will be giving one of the keynote presentations from the seminar series.

Scott Barry Kaufman

Above: Scott Barry Kaufman will be another highly anticipated speaker at the event.

Other speakers include Adrian D. Smith, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Todd Bracher, of Todd Bracher Studio LLC and Scott Barry Kaufman.

Creative booths, events and product launches

3M charging station (1)

Above: 3M Architectural Markets will have a charging lounge featuring festive events throughout the show in space 8-5122. The lounge will include 3M lighting and surfaces, Stylex’s Share modular seating unit, and upholstery by Designtex.


Above: Stylex will be debuting a range of seatings solutions, including the Nestle chair by Brad Ascalon, and introducing its new program of tables. Join them in their showroom (Suite 346) Monday, 3:30-6:00, for a party featuring sushi and cocktails from Chicago hotspot Sunda and music from the Mike Jeffers Jazz Trio.


Above: ​Robert Allen Contract will be showcasing their latest collaboration with Kirk Nix, One Ten West, in booth 7-2114. This dynamic textile line fuses California cool with high design and intense durability, a perfect design solution for a range of contract settings!


Above: The Sulawesi pattern from Arborite’s 2014 Collection, a high-pressure laminate that combines teak wood grain with a subtle textile look.

For exhibitor news, images and updates follow NeoCon on their social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Vine.


A quicker cab ride during NYCxDESIGN—and every other day, too!

By sevan


NYCxDESIGN kicked off  last Friday and your calendars are already chock-full of trade shows, cocktail parties, and gallery openings—all of which require you to magically get from downtown to uptown to crosstown, all within the same hour, and not look like you just ran a marathon. To manage this, you have two options: learn to teleport, or take a cab and hope for the best.

If you opt for the second option, there are two swank new apps that will make the process of paying for your rides a little less painful and a lot more quick; RideLinQ and Way2Ride are two new apps that let you automatically  pay for your yellow (or lime green!) ride right from your phone.

With RideLinQ, you just hop in, link your smartphone using the pairing code that appears on the TV screen in your cab, and when your ride is over, just get out and head to your event! The ride is automatically paid for and a receipt is emailed to you for your records. Way2Ride has a similar system, but to pair your phone, you just open the app and hold your phone up to the TV screen. An added perk: boasting the largest taxi network in NYC, you can use the app to find a vacant taxi.

So get in, get out, and get to where you’re really going!

Ready to Party at HD Expo?

By danielle


After KBIS/IBIS, Surfaces, and Coverings, Vegas is beginning to feel like our second home. We’re getting ready to head back to Sin City for some good ole hospitality. A platform for the latest design and technology trends, HD Expo (May 14-16 at Mandalay Bay) also hosts some of the most memorable parties and events. The Opening Night Party will be held at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay and feature the band Boogie Knights, who will get the fun started complete with choreography, polyester, afro’s and bell bottoms.

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The following night is everyone’s favorite Party by the Pool at the Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay.

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During the days, there will be site visits of 3 Downtown Las Vegas properties, a hard hat tour of SLS Las Vegas, over 25 CEU/LU accredited conference sessions and plenty of cool, new products.


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