Let the fall fun begin. The season of galas and award nights has begun. This month brings together the New York hospitality and interior design industry for a series of celebratory events. Dress code: festive.


Taste of T

The A&D Building’s annual Taste of T pairs great design with some of the most celebrated chefs including Massimo Bebber of Sirio Ristorante; Zene Flinn of Park Avenue; Kerry Heffernan of TV’s Top Chef Masters; Dale Talde of Talde and more. Thirty of the building’s showrooms are getting into the action with the sampling of culinary delights, wine tastings and demos of the new New York Times Cooking app. The activities are presented in collaboration with T: The New York Times Style Magazine and sponsors Air France and South Africa. Tickets are $95. Design-Calendar readers – enter NYTAD at checkout for $15 off. As before, a portion of the proceeds benefit God’s Love We Deliver.

When: Thursday, November 6 from 6:00-8:30PM

Where: Architects & Designers Building, 150 East 58th St, NYC




BDNY & Gold Key Award

Held at the Javits Center in conjunction with the IHMS, BDNY is a show that keeps getting better each year. We enjoy the range of special hospitality-focused products on display and are always happy to see our favorite hospitality designers in the corridors shopping for their next boutique project.  Programming highlights include an impressive line-up of industry speakers as well as two festive evening events — the 34th Annual Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design Gala and the NEWH Scholarship Gala.


When: Sunday, November 9- Monday, November 10 from 10:00AM-5:00PM

Where: Jacob K. Javits Center, 475 West 41st St, NYC



When: Monday, November 10 from 6:30-10:00PM

Where: Mandarin Oriental New York, 80 Columbus Circle



This year, the Gold Key Award will take place on Monday, November 10 at the Mandarin Oriental in New York. Winners and finalists in each of 19 award categories will be recognized at the gala, along with the 2014 Designer of the Year honoree. The gala is sold out, but you can put your name down for the wait list.


NEWH Scholarship Gala

NEWH Inc., the Hospitality Industry Network, will present its 10th annual Icon of Industry award at their annual NEWH Scholarship Gala. It’s their largest fundraiser of the year and will include a silent auction, photo booth — and festive attire. They are a fun crowd so it should be a night to remember! Tickets are $150 members, $180 non-members. Buy today Wednesday November 5 only for flash sale price of $125.

When: Sunday, November 9 from 6:30-9:30PM

Where: W New York, 541 Lexington Ave




Platinum Circle Awards Gala

Hospitality Design‘s Platinum Circle black-tie festive dinner celebrates industry leaders for their lifetime achievements. This year’s impressive list of honorees includes: M. Arthur Gensler Jr., Gensler; Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group; Lauren Rottett, Rottett Studio; and Adrian Zecha, Amanresorts. The HD Visionary Award will be presented to Rockwell Group. Come fete this year’s honorees. Tickets start at $375.

When: Tuesday, November 11

Cocktails: 6:30PM

Dinner & Awards: 7:30PM

Where: Conrad New York, 102 North End Ave, NYC




Thanks for Giving

Are you ready to make a DIFFArence? DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS together with hosts Cindy Allen, Interior Design and Christophe Rammant, Bolon by ViiR are teaming up for a night of giving thanks and giving back. They have put together a kick ass silent auction including items from Axor, Henri Bendel, Hautelook, Jonathan Adler and more. Tickets are $75 and worth every dime!

When: Thursday, November 13 from 6:00-9:00PM

Where: WeWork Soho West. 175 Varick St., NYC




IFDA Rising Stars Award Night

When: Tuesday, November 18 from 5:30-8:00PM

Where: Kravet Inc. Showroom, 979 Third Ave, Third Floor, Design & Decoration Building, NYC


One of our favorite IFDA New York Chapter events each year is the Rising Star Awards celebration. IFDA does a great job of shining the spotlight on fresh interior and product design talent. It’s always inspiring to see the work and vision on display. This year the event will take place at the Kravet showroom in the D&D Building with the delightful Charles Paverini III as the master of ceremonies. Interior Design stars are: Caleb Anderson (Caleb Anderson Design), Darin Varden (Darin Varden Design), Neal Beckstedt (Neal Beckstedt Studio); and for Product Design, Michele Varian (Michele Varian).



Holiday House Opening Night Gala

Gear up for the festive season by celebrating the best in interior design and holiday entertaining at Holiday House NYC while supporting the fight against breast cancer. Founder Iris Dankner and her co-chairs have put together yet another impressive line-up of talent. The fun kicks off with an Opening Night Gala that is not to be missed. (tickets are $300) The Holiday House showcase will be open daily for general admission from Thursday November 20 to Sunday December 21 (tickets $35). Proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

When: Opening Night Gala: Wednesday, November 19 from 6:00-9:00PM

Where: The Academy Mansion, 2 East 63rd St, NYC




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