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Coverings ’15

By dekka




Coverings, one of our favorite shows of the year, returns to sunny Orlando, FL with over 1,000 exhibitors representing over 40 countries including Italy, Spain, Turkey, Brazil and the US.  This showcase serves to highlight the best of the industry in ceramic tile and natural stone products.  Sponsors of this massive event include CTDA, NTCA, TCNA, Ceramics of Italy and Tile of Spain, ensuring the finest quality an design in hard surfaces.

Coverings - Convention Cntr Map

In addition to the miles of tiles and stone, the industry’s best in tools and installation will also be on display, covering every segment of the design process.  We love seeing the Installation Design Showcase come to life on the show floor.


Aside from products alone, the show offers a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations, and special events including the CID Awards (recognizing excellence in design and installation).  Architects, Interior designers, Contractors, Installers, Builders, Remodelers, Distributors, Retailers, and Fabricators alike are also invited to multiple conference sessions with Key-Notes like Edie Cohen-Deputy Editor of Interior Design Magazine, Joey Shimoda-Shimoda Design Group, and Harris Rosen-Rosen Hotels & Resorts just to name a few. Coverings is a can’t-miss showcase of the latest in hard surfaces made better only with magnificent hospitality.

Also, for those social media savvy attendees, there will be a #Coverings2015 Tweet Up 4pm at the #CoveringsIDS, Booth 461, where mingling is encouraged.


Milan-Bound #salonedelmobile #fuorisalone

By chris


April is the time when all serious design lovers make tracks for Milan and the weeklong extravaganza known as the Milan Furniture Fair or I Saloni.  This year will be particularly charged as the city of Milan prepares for the opening of the EXPO (World’s fair) in the first days of May.

The Expo will take place right next to the Fairgrounds of Salone so there may be some nice sneak peeks of some of the taller architectural country pavilions for show goers at the Rho Fairgrounds.

This year, there is the additional biannual focus on lighting so attendees can visit Euroluce – the most exciting and extensive worldwide array of dazzling new fixtures. As always, a lot of  inspiring events are taking place outside the tradeshow grounds and are spread across the city in pockets of concentrated design goodness that are a joy to discover. #fuorisalone

The Brera district will feature some special country wide exhibitions like the Austrian Design Pioneers‐Consolato Generale D’Austria  (La Pelota, via Palermo 10), Belgium is Design  (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, via Brera 28), Berlin Design Selection‐Dynamo Design Berlin e.V . (via Goito 3 ); and a special “The Garden of Wonders. A Journey Through Scents” exhibition featuring Tord Boontje, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Dimore Studio, Front, Jaime Hayon, Piero Lissoni, Jean‐Marie Massaud and Nendo  (Orto Botanico di Brera, via Brera 28.


In the Ventura Lambrate district the Polish cultural organization, Culture. PL  will present Do it Your Way an innovative new interactive exhibit that will let visitors literally play with the the newest designs from Poland.

Jan Godlewski , Patyczaki

Jan Godlewski , Patyczaki

Moleskine joins forces with Ventura Lambrate to set up a Documentation Centre for design innovation. With the Moleskine smart notebook, Creative Cloud connected in hand, a group of young design reporters will roam the once-industrial warehouses and streets to sketch and document its design objects, materials and technological solutions as well as its installations, crowd and spaces. #IdeasNoted

Sustainability will be the main focus of the “Good Design: The Natural Circle”, located in the heart of Milan: Trove, Foscarini and Seletti are some of the brands featured in the exhibition.

It is always worth a trip to the hopping Zona Tortona and the Super Studio.  Other highlights our annual visits to the magical garden of the famed retailer Rossana Orlandi, the Triennale Design Museum, the Corso Como, and the new downtown piazza created in  honor of Italian woman architect Gae Aulenti.

As extensive as this all sound, it is just the tip of the iceberg, we’d need a book to capture it all.  In fact, we recommend grabbing a copy of the Interni guide to activities around town — it is also available as a downloadable Itunes app!

Design + Dining for a Cause: DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2015

By aziz adib


Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) will once again bring together a talented group of designers to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year, the 18th annual DINING BY DESIGN (DBD) event will be record-breaking, with participation expanding to the 30,000 square foot space at Pier 92 – co-located with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94. And like always, the two shows offer a double dose of design as one ticket gets attendees full access to both events.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) 17th Annual Dining By Design New York Gala

Each year, DIFFA’s DBD transforms raw space into a magnificent showcase, with over-the-top dining environments in support of the cause. The stunning setting plays host to a public viewing, as well as an ever-popular cocktail party and gala dinner. This years exhibit will feature over 50 outstanding dining installations and centerpiece tables by Benjamin Moore & Cosentino designed by Tyler Wisler; Hickory Chair; Roche Bobois Paris; Ralph Lauren Home; Beacon Hill designed by Corey Damon Jenkins; Anthropologie; Kravet Inc. designed by Hunt Slonem; New York Design Center designed by Marks & Frantz; Arteriors Home; Calvin Klein Home; Echo Design; ESSIE by Robert Verdi; Horchow; M Moser; Moen; Rockwell Group; Spin Ceramics designed by Kitty Hawks; Stacy Garcia New York; Hermès of Paris; and many more. There will also be tables from leading New York City design schools.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) 17th Annual Dining By Design New York Gala

Johanna Osburn, executive director at DIFFA, remarks, “We are excited that DINING BY DESIGN is back and bigger than ever this year. Whether it is our longtime DIFFA benefactors or designers and brands that are joining us for the first time, the demand to participate has been off the charts. Beyond making this year’s DBD one for the books, we hope that this uptick in support is an indicator of increased awareness. HIV/AIDS is still a critical issue, which affects the lives of many. It is our goal to convey that message while offering a thought-provoking and memorable design experience that helps raise much needed funds.”

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) 17th Annual Dining By Design New York Gala

Since 1984, DIFFA has grown as one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Its resources are used to help raise awareness and grant funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS by providing treatment and direct care to those affected by the disease. Based in New York City, with chapters and partners across the nation, DIFFA has provided more than $40 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations around the globe. For more, visit www.diffa.org.

DIFFA will be hosting COCKTAILS BY DESIGN on Thursday, March 19th from 7:00-9:00 PM.

All tickets include full admission to the AD Home Design Show! For more information on the Design Show, click here.

As a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our readers, you can get 20% off on your tickets using code: GONYC.



Where: Pier 92

Date: March 19th – March 22nd, 2015


2015 AD Home Design Show Kicks Off This Thursday!

By aziz adib


The AD Home Design Show is just a few days away, and we cannot contain our excitement! For fourteen years, it has showcased the best in the home design and luxury markets. The four-day event will exhibit over 400 premium brands, covering a range of categories, including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, carpets, electronics, ceramics, stone & tile, wall coverings, lighting, outdoor products and much more! This year, the Jenn-Air Master Class Theater is the place to be for inspiring, engaging and on-trend talks from today’s thought-leaders.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014

Thursday’s trade and media day programming, organized by Architectural Digest, will include sessions on “American Made from the Inside Out” (Noon) and “The Art & Science of Sourcing the Kitchen” (2-3PM). The seminars will come to a close with a keynote presentation by editor-in-chief Margaret Russell (4-5PM). She will speak on “Socializing Your Brand” alongside designers Alessandra Branca and Alex Papachristidis.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014

The New York Times will take over the theater from Friday to Sunday, kicking off their program on Friday with David Rockwell, who will take the stage with design writer Tim McKeough to talk about “Designing with a Mission.” The session will be followed by a tour to DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN (co-located at Pier 92) and a walk thru of the 50+ awe-inspiring table vignettes. On Saturday morning, HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan & Drew Scott, will be on hand to talk about flipping houses, buying & renovation tips, and much more! Finally, the one-and-only Martha Stewart will close out the weekend with a conversation with Christophe Pourny on “The Furniture Bible.”

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014

We can’t wait to see what the MADE designers have in store this year (their work is always incredibly inspiring) and eat our way through the reFRESH section! From product launches, theater programming and special events, the show is a must-attend for the industry’s top professionals and discerning consumers.


What: The Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Where: Pier 92 & 94

Date: March 19th – March 22nd, 2015


Pre-registration online is free to design trade.

On-site trade tickets: $30.

General Admission is $30 online and $40 at the door.

As a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our readers, you can get 20% off on your tickets using code: GONYC.

Ticket includes full access to the exhibit hall, DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN table viewing (co-located at Pier 92), ADHDS Café + Lounge, Theater, and many more daily special events.

A portion of the proceeds of all ticket sales will benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

Web: www.ADHomeDesignShow.com




Maison&Objet Asia Welcomes International Design to Southeast Asia

By dekka


From March 10 – 13, 2015MAISON&OBJET Asia will bring the best of Asia’s lifestyle and design communities together for its new international annual trade event for brands looking to expand to high-growth markets in the Asia-Pacific region. More widely known for its show in Paris, Maison&Objet continues to expand its success across the globe and into Southeast Asia’s most fashionable city: Singapore. The show has already attracted an incredible number of premiere design journalists, retailers, and exhibitors from around the globe. Held in conjunction with Singapore Design Week, the show will shine a spotlight on Asian design on an international platform.

During the three-day show, a number of distinguished members of the design community will present at the event’s Interior Design & Lifestyle SUMMIT, including 2014 ‘Designer of the Year’ partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri and Hu Design. Additional keynotes include Gabriel Chiave, creative director at Marcel Wanders, and Patrick Chia, designer and director of the Design Incubation Center at the National University of Singapore. Different panels, discussions, stories, presentations, and lectures will enrich the visitor experience and complement the stellar exhibitor list.

So what’s in store at M&O Asia? A LOT! But here’s a shortlist of some of our favorite ceramic and porcelain companies that are showing their trendsetting product lines (Stand F46 / H45):

Fioranese Clip

 Ceramica Fioranese “Urban Wood”: Made to look like reclaimed wood, this porcelain stoneware tile collection has the shabby chic feel of rustic wood while maintaining a modern composition of recycled materials.

Rondine Clip

Rondine “ICON”:  Industrial yet soft, the look of concrete stone slabs adds a modern and sleek feel to spaces both commercial and residential.  Available in a large hexagonal shape, this tile gives an understated element of design to any room.


SIMAS “Degradé”: Designed by Terri Pecora, Degradé is a ‘70s-style inspired line that exhibits soft angles, slim edges, and a trapezium form, to “downsize” sanitaryware and create a sense of space in a bathroom.


MIPA “Puerto Rico”: This collection embraces the colors and decorative motifs of Puerto Rico – a rich culture that draws from ancient world influences – with a distinctly Caribbean color palette.

7th Heaven Design Party @ 200 Lex!

By sevan


Start the weekend early with 7th Heaven—the design event that is taking over the 7th floor of New York Design Center for a magical evening of unique displays, crafted cocktails and heavenly culinary indulgences! It’s all going down tomorrow, so be sure to RSVP to get yourself on the celestial list.


What: 7th Heaven Design Party
Where: New York Design Center, 200 Lexington, New York
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:00-9:00 PM
RSVP: events@transformhome.com / 212.584.9580

Four Questions for NY NOW Emerging Maker Summer Moore

By kristin


It’s the first day of NY Now at the Javits Center, where thousands of designers will show their wares across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum. Out of the labyrinth of products and design objects, we’re excited for one section in particular: HANDMADE Emerging Makers. Opening tomorrow in Javits North, the space features a small, handpicked group of emerging craft designers and makers, who will debut their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted lines at the show. We sat down with one of the Emerging Makers, Summer Moore of the Brooklyn-based LESH, whose colorful and intricate, hand-woven jewelry pieces immediately caught our eye.

Lesh jewelry Summer Moore


Your background is primarily in photography and prop styling. When did you make the transition to textile and jewelry design?

I studied photography and through that I began assisting prop stylists and set designers on editorial and advertising shoots. The flexibility of being freelance allowed me to travel and work on personal projects when I wasn’t booked (which is a blessing and a curse as most freelancers know!) It was during a photography project in Peru that I first became fascinated with the local textiles, specifically antique pieces I’d seen throughout the Sacred Valley. I came back to New York and was constantly analyzing people’s fabrics wherever I went, trying to figure out how it was woven. I’d be on the subway staring at stranger’s clothes in detail. That’s when I decided to take a continuing education class at FIT to learn the basics of weaving. It was during this time that I learned my grandmother had been an avid weaver, and had one of her looms shipped to me from California. Unfortunately it’s more of an inspiration piece than a workable loom, but knowing that it’s in my heritage is motivating.

After a couple years of weaving from home, I took part in an artist residency in Cappadocia, Turkey, where I had focused time to work on designs I had been wanting to develop. It was an incredible experience, living in a small village and having a cave studio and terrace to dye materials and weave. From that point on I knew I needed a dedicated studio space back in NY,  and within a month of my return I found an amazing space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Having a studio has allowed me to be less distracted and more disciplined with my work, and I started treating it as a small business before it even was one.


What influences your designs or creative process?

Color has a huge influence on my designs; I notice interesting color combinations constantly in my studio and daily life. Most of the shapes I weave came to me inherently through experimenting, but it’s been the process of making “mistakes”, and then using those effects in an intentional way that has probably influenced my work the most. I also go to as many exhibitions as possible, and can be inspired by colors in a painting or patterns in a print, and figure out how to translate that into weaving.


Where did the name LESH come from?

My grandmother’s maiden name was Lesh. I wanted to have it connect to her, as she was a huge creative influence on me as a child. I also liked that it was short and sweet.


You established your studio about a year ago. What have been the main challenges as a young designer and entrepreneur?

Funding a small business on my own has been the most challenging, but also very rewarding. I’ve had to balance the money earned through my freelance work with supporting myself and my studio. I never had a strict timeline on what to expect, I let it grow and unfold naturally, understanding that it takes time to get established and make a profit. Weaving and working with my hands is very therapeutic, and I feel lucky to have created something I love doing that can be a source of income. It can be stressful at times, but the joy that goes into it surpasses that.


Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015: DEADLINE EXTENDED

By molly lucas




Have you heard the news? The submission deadline for the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has been extended to January 23, 2015. The hunt is on for the most original and imaginative spaces designed by North American architects and designers using Italian ceramic/porcelain tile for the chance to win $4,000 + a trip to Italy!

Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics, comprised of 150+ ceramic tile manufacturers), the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is the longest running contest of its kind. The 2015 edition is open to architects and designers based in North America who have used Italian ceramic or porcelain tile in their residentialinstitutional and commercial/hospitality projects compeleted in the past five years (January 2010 – January 2015). Projects can range from hotels and hospitals to offices and apartments —they want to see them all!

The competition is completely digital and FREE to enter! The winning architect or designer in each category will be awarded $4,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the tile contractor/distributor team who worked on each winning project.

…Need more convincing? Check out this 30-second video to get all the details:

…Need a little inspiration? Here are last year’s winners:


The Plaza of the Armericas in Dallas, TX
Designed by Corgan Associates

Morgan Hall, Temple University
Designed by MGA Partners


355 Manfield Los Angeles, CA
Designed by D.I Group.

Click here to submit, or contact info@novitapr.com for more info.


By danielle


As more than half of our editorial staff calls Brooklyn home, we are excited to announce that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for BKLYN DESIGNS 2015.  Held from May 8-10, the juried exhibition will feature a dynamic collection of products from the borough’s most innovative designers and manufacturers.  After over a decade in DUMBO, the show will have a new home in Greenpoint at the Brooklyn Expo Center (a super cool, glass-clad structure). In addition to the facility’s inside space, it also touts a pretty amazing outdoor area – with gorgeous views of that other borough (Manhattan).


Show organizers are working on a number of  new initiatives and we cannot wait to be part of – what they are calling – BKLYN DESIGNS 3.0. You should be too! All Brooklyn-based makers and manufacturers of furniture, lighting, art, textiles and accessories are encouraged to apply at ibrooklyn.com/bkdapp by February 1. Collectives are welcome too!


By danielle


In just a few weeks, imm cologne, a leading international furniture trade show and marketplace and one of the first international interior design shows of the year, takes over Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. The exhibition focuses on contemporary design, innovative materials and fabrics, and architectural lighting design technology.  With over 1200 exhibitors – from international brands to up-and-coming designers, the show is a rich resource for inspiring ideas and the latest trends in the industry.

Event highlights this year include:

Das Haus – Interiors on Stage, a setting-like structure of spacious interiors and “housing cages.” This year, the Shanghai-based architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu will show an installation under the title “Memory Lane”, which, inspired by the Shanghai Lane Houses, combines Chinese tradition with contemporary design and thus would lead to a discussion about housing rituals.

Pure Talents, a new platform for young and up-and-coming international designers


The Sleep Lounge – “9 turns 9″: at imm cologne 2015, Hall 9 celebrates the 9th anniversary of the Sleep segment, while the Matratzen-Industrie e.V. trade association, partner of Koelnmesse in the Sleep sector, celebrates its 10th anniversary.  To commemorate, the association will be creating a film and welcome guests with the best scenes of the past years. The Lounge will be decorated with motifs from the anniversary film itself and from the classic cinema of the 50’s and 60’s. Some of the film clips specifically reflect the association’s different fields of competence. As is tradition, the Sleep Lounge will also host the “meet@sleep” party on Tuesday evening.


Café Trussardi in Hall 10.1 will make its debut. The booth combines the exclusive design of one of the world’s leading big brands with haute cuisine. itself communicates the level of quality and style which the Trussardi Group pursues in all of its commercial interests. It is therefore no surprise that – just like the original in Milan – Café Trussardi at imm cologne will present a straightforward and distinctive cuisine.





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