On the Calendar


By danielle


For those of our readers who call Long Island home; we have an event for you. On November 4th, the Designers + Builders Alliance of Long Island,  a unique multi-disciplinary, recognized 501 (c)(3)  organization uniting ALL of the home trades, is hosting “How to Houzz.”  With over 16 million monthly users, HOUZZ.COM is one of the hottest social media sites.  It has become a must-use marketing tool for all home improvement professionals; architects, interior designers/decorators, landscapers, builders, contractors and products.   Houzz Community Builder, Michael Stein, will go over the basics, guide you through the step by step process of how to best set up your profile page and offer techniques to get it noticed. Before you know it, you’ll be Houzz-ing like a pro. In addition to the personalized hands-on assistance, the evening will include a light buffet dinner. That sounds like a total score in our book. Proceeds of the evening will benefit NYIT’s ‘Summer Study Abroad Program’, helping to send architecture and design students to Europe to further their education.

When: Tuesday, November 4th from 6:00-8:30

Where: NYIT – Old Westbury Campus

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. D+BA Members are free

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Set Sail with Kips Bay Tonight

By alexandra


Anchors aweigh! Benefitting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, the Kips Bay Boathouse Bash is ready to set sail in NYC tonight. Formerly a cruise, this year’s event takes place at the historic Loeb Boathouse in Central Park with a nautical theme. Guests will enjoy live entertainment and lakeside dinner and dancing. With nice weather expected and a gathering of interior design leaders and practitioners, and philanthropists all there to raise funds for a great community cause the event promises to a success. All proceeds will go to Kips Bay Boys & Girls club. For more information on the organization and future events, head to www.shopkipsbay.org



IFDA Chapters Take A Seat For Charity

By jacqui


On the heels of IFDA New York’s Take A Bow event, five other IFDA Chapters across the country are holding their Take A Seat charity auction galas over the next two weeks—in Philadelphia (October 10) Scottsdale, Boca Raton (both October 11), Washington DC (October 15), and San Francisco (October 16). Each event will benefit local charities devoted to the theme of “Helping Heroes At Home” by auctioning off upcycled chair artworks by creative design industry professionals in the local area. Visit Take A Seat for information on the initiative and links to each event.

Chair designed by interior designer Aleksander Alembert, which will be auctioned at IFDA Florida's Take A Seat gala. Cuban Impressionist painter Andres Conde painted the image for the back of the chair, which itself is a 1900 Rococo original.  Both Aleksander and Andres reside in Miami.  The chair is at $20,000.

Above: Chair by interior designer Aleksander Alembert, which will be auctioned at IFDA Florida’s Take A Seat gala at Boca Raton Museum of Art on Saturday October 11. Cuban Impressionist painter Andres Conde painted the image for the back of the chair, which itself is a 1900 Rococo original. Both Aleksander and Andres reside in Miami. The chair is at $20,000.

Archtober & Open House NY Unlock the City

By jacqui


You say October, I say Archtober. Across New York City, a month-long festival of architecture comprising exhibitions, panels, and tours both on land and water is taking place—all in celebration of the city’s built environment in its myriad forms. A feature of the program is the architect-led Building of the Day series, which offers rare access to the interiors and grounds of 31 of the most intriguing structures and spaces in the five boroughs, from the offices of creative enablers Kickstarter to Post-Disaster Urban Interim Housing in Brooklyn. Speaking of open access, the 12th annual Open House New York Weekend will open many, many doors across the city this Saturday, October 11th and Sunday the 12th, with hundreds of sites and tours packed into two days, including a series curated by Interior Design magazine. It’s New York City unlocked!


Duravit Design Week + #Starck25

By Lucy


2014 marks Duravit and Philippe Starck’s 25th year of collaboration, and they’re celebrating this silver anniversary at Duravit’s annual Design Week! This Monday (October 6) from 6-8:30 PM, Metropolis Associate Editor Avinash Rajagopal and Duravit USA President Tim Schroeder will speak on a panel at DNYC discussing The Next Frontier of Technology in the Bathroom and how Duravit + Starck has played a unique role in shaping this evolution. The winner Duravit’s Designer Dream Bath competition will also be announced at the event! We can’t wait enjoy a fun night of design next week…hope to see you there!
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re[Framing] Provincetown

By Lucy


The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is celebrating its centennial this year, and they’re transforming the community into an interactive art exhibit to mark the occasion. re[Framing] Provincetown: Animating History through Sharing fuses the past and the present, placing Provincetown artworks at their subject points and juxtaposing them with empty frames. The contrast between seeing the art and artist’s original viewpoint showcases the town’s beauty as well as its importance in the North American artistic world. Dispersed throughout the city in 25 locations, the project, conceived and curated by TsAO & McKOWN, also encourages viewer interaction. The empty frame practically begs to be filled with personal and social interactions, an ideal arrangement for appreciating 100-year-old art in today’s modern world.

re[Framing] Provincetown will be up through October 19. If you’re around New England, be sure to stop through and share your new Provincetown memories and experiences via #reframingptown!

photos courtesy of TsAO & McKOWN

photos courtesy of TsAO & McKOWN

On Now: Detroit Design City

By alexandra


Once known for its booming auto industry, Detroit is now home to a growing design community that supports the local economy and is helping to revitalize the area. The fourth annual celebration, which runs through September 28th, is the brainchild of The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), which connects Detroit’s creative talent to global markets, advocates for policies and programs that support the local design and manufacturing of consumer products, and promotes Detroit’s design and creative talent. The work of hundreds of designers and creative practitioners from the region will be on display for visitors.


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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.

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