Tis the season to be jolly! This month we are setting our Pandora to the Holiday station and looking forward to seeing the year out with some inspiring design that looks back on this year as well as into the next.


Interior Design Hall of Fame

We are excited to see everyone tonight at the "Academy Awards of Design," which celebrates its 30th year in 2014, honoring both past and present Interior Design Hall of Famers. This year’s inductees include: Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects, David Lake and Ted Flato of Lake|Flato, Paola Navone of Paola Navone, and Andrea Woodner of Design Trust for Public Space, the recipient of a special leadership award. We look forward to Interior Design‘s signature documentaries honoring each of the inductees (with popcorn in the coveted goody bag, courtesy of Ilex). It’s black-tie attire and if you’ve got your ticket, don’t forget your dancing shoes for the after-party!

When: Wednesday, December 3 from 6:30-10:00PM

Where: Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave, NYC




Design Miami/

Come for the inspiration and stay for the weather. Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, Design Miami/ will again draw designers and collectors, manufacturers and curators, innovators and gallerists down to Miami in the first week of December – all in the name of collectible design and the intersection of art, design and architecture. In addition to the main marketplace showcase, there will be talks offering interactive discourse on design topics, satellite shows and, a highlight of every Design Miami/, collaborations in the form of special commissioned works and installations. This year Peter Marino will receive the inaugural Design Visionary award for his architectural achievements, knowledge as a collector and impact as an advisor on contemporary design.

When: Wednesday, December 3 to Sunday, December 7

Where: Meridian Avenue & 19th St, Miami Beach, FL




Interior Design Best of Year Awards

Who will rise to the top this year? At the upcoming Interior Design magazine Best of Year Awards, we will find out which products will reign supreme. Product categories cover everything from lighting to textiles to seating and materials – including unexpected uses of materials. Likewise, the Project categories include practically every interior space at every scale imaginable with both local and international finalists. Of course, the awards party is the fun part and an opportunity to celebrate with the best of the best. Tickets are $150.

When: Thursday, December 4 from 5:00-9:00PM

Where: IAC Building, 555 W18th St, NYC




Valitalia Pop-Up Store

A brand-new Italian furnishings ecommerce platform materializes in New York City this month with a holiday pop-up shop. From December 9-15, Valitalia will transform a 3,300-square-foot studio in SoHo into a space that captures the essence of timeless Italian design. Like the site, the pop-up store will make well-priced, made-in-Italy products very accessible. Over 200 items of furniture – everything from sofas to accent tables – and home accessories will be available at an additional 20% off. In addition to the sale, Valitalia will host special events for trade and consumers as well as fun giveaways.

When: Tuesday, December 9 to Monday, December 15, from 10:00AM – 8:00PM

Where: 20 Greene St, SoHo, NYC




The Cooper Hewitt Reopens

Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum reopens this month after its three-year renovation, a transformation that extends beyond the building itself, the Andrew Carnegie Mansion. In revamping the institution, the project has engaged a talented group of New York architectural and design firms – from Gluckman Mayner Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle (expansion and refurbishment), to Diller Scofidio + Renfro (new shop and display cases), Pentagram (rebranding and wayfinding), and Local Projects (the Immersion Room and interactive features). It’s a great time to become a member, and if you sign up to become a Cooper Hewitt Charter Member, you’ll get to see the museum before it opens to the public.

When: Reopening to the public Friday December 12

Where: 2 East 91st St, NYC




Call for Entries: Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015

When: Open now until January 16, 2015

Where: North America


The Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is once again open for entries. Architects and designers based in North America are invited to submit new or renovated domestic and international projects completed within the past five years. Projects can use a variety of materials but must feature a significant portion of Italian ceramic or porcelain tile. There is no fee or limit to entries. An international jury of design experts will select one winner in each category. The winning architect or designer will receive a check for $4,000 plus a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – with a delegation of leading North American design and architecture journalists. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the winning tile contractor/distributor in each category.



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