On Our radar: A look into European design at the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce 12/10

By alexandra

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Tomorrow dotsandplanes, a dynamic firm that connects design professionals, brands and media through guided trips across continents, will present a visual lecture on European design inspiration and trends.  Hosted at the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, the presentation will be lead by co-founders An Michels and Joost Vanhecke.  An informal networking cocktail will follow.

The fun and informative event is presented in collaboration with Ernest, a collective of Belgian-European high quality architectural and design products. One senior interior designer, architect or specifier in attendance will win a spot on the European Inspiration Tour #03 to the UK, France and Belgium!

Thursday, December 10, 2015
6:00pm -9:00pm
Belgian – American Chamber of Commerce
Register here to attend!
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Interior Design Inducts 7 New Members Into Hall of Fame

By lexy

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On Wednesday, December 2 Interior Design honored seven new inductees at its 31st annual Hall of Fame (HoF) awards gala. Established in 1985 by the magazine, Hall of Fame was created to commend and highlight the contributions of the amazing creatives and luminaries “whose talent, vision, and dedication contribute to the progression of the positive impact of design everywhere,” as Editor in Chief Cindy Allen explains it. Each year, a new group of people who embody the aforementioned qualities are chosen by Cindy Allen and a nomination committee of previous HoF members. This year’s inductees showed that sometimes it takes two to create amazing design enterprises with John Cetra and Nancy J. Ruddy of CetraRuddy, and, Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexandra of Studio O+A — both pairs partners in life and work — as well as another duo, Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz of Ippolito Fleitz Group. Although not part of a team, the last new HoF member, Roger P. Thomas of Wynn Design and Development, fits in well with the rest as a standout trendsetter in design.

The celebration took place at midtown Manhattan’s landmark hotel, the Waldorf Astoria. Amidst the hotel’s opulent Art Deco architecture, black-tie clad guests enjoyed cocktails during a pre-ceremony reception in the Grand Ballroom Salons. A special VIP reception took place simultaneously with guests ranging from Hall of Fame members to press to benefactors and sponsors. Following the lively, elegant reception came the awards ceremony in a beautifully ornate theatre-style space, hosted by Interior Design’s publisher Carol Cisco alongside Cindy Allen. The event was ticketed and proceeds benefitted the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and The Alpha Workshops through a donor-designated grant by DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Hall of Fame members from previous years include various design all stars: Antonio Citterio, Clodagh, Thiery W. Despont, Frank Gehry, Albert Hadley, Andree Putman, David Rockwell, Lauren Rottet, Philippe Starck, and Robert A.M. Stern, to name a few. This year’s group of inductees is a perfect addition to this roster of visionary designers/design industry contributors:

John Cetra and Nancy J. Ruddy of CetraRuddy  — Principals John Cetra and Nancy Ruddy founded architecture firm CetraRuddy in 1987. Since opening its doors, the NY-based firm has strove to create beautiful structures inspired by the idea of bringing the personalization of “home” to any space whether it actually be residential project, or a project in the institutional and hospitality realms. CetraRuddy approaches architecture with a keen eye towards the human experience, creating spaces that are memorable, communal and emotional.

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443 Greenwich Street. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz of Ippolito Fleitz Group—Identity Architects — Founders Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz of Ippolito Fleitz Group call themselves “identity architects.” This phrase is a beautiful summation of their vision to create designs that reflect a client’s desires, and are distinct, while also fitting in as part to a whole. The group’s services cover not only architecture/interiors, but also product design, and communication design (including brand identity, print, spatial communication). Both HoF inductees began their careers in Stuttgart, Germany (where the firm is based) and have studied/worked in a variety of international cities.

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Frankfurt tower renovation. Photo by Zooey Braun.

Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A — Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla founded Studio O+A 25+ years ago and are dedicated to creating workplace environments that challenge the status quo – a now prevalent design focus of which the firm was on the forefront. With high-profile clients ranging from Nike, to Microsoft, to Facebook, the San Francisco firm operates under the agenda of designing “experiences” extending beyond simply a physical environment.

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Yelp San Francisco HQ. Photo by Jasper Sanidad.

Roger P. Thomas of Wynn Design and Development — Roger P. Thomas, a leader in hospitality design, is well known for the world famous interiors of the Wynn Hotels and Resorts. From their home in Las Vegas to locations abroad, these spaces boast a distinct, unforgettable identity. In Las Vegas, Roger P. Thomas supports the arts in more ways than one as the founder of the Bank of America Nevada Fine Art Collection. In addition to his work in the hotels, the designer has created interiors for corporate offices, aircrafts and private residences, as well as his proprietary line, the Roger Thomas Collection featuring an abundance of products, including furnishings, wallcoverings, leathers, accessories and textiles.

Custom Tailored by Roger Thomas for OW Hospitality.

Kips Bay Holiday Live

By samantha

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An event 100 years in the making, the 2015 Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club will showcase the design industry’s best at Holiday Live. Hosted by the Hearst Design Group—Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Veranda, along with the New York Design Center, the evening will unite the talents of New York City’s most outstanding designers with an honorable cause.

The handiwork of designers will be featured through creatively designed holiday wreaths. Donning the room’s walls, the wreaths will invoke the holiday spirit, while also serving as the event’s key fundraising element – a silent auction will allow guests to bring home a carefully curated pieces.

Kips Bay education and after school programs will be the beneficiary of the auction, as well as the ticket sales from the event.

Sponsorship and ticket information is available here.

 

Image courtesy of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

Image courtesy of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015

Location:

Christopher Guy Showroom

200 Lexington Avenue, New York Design Center

New York, NY 10016

Cultural Landscapes Explored at New Exhibit For A New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979

By samantha

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Illuminating and challenging all at once, the Grey Art Gallery’s newest exhibit explores a groundbreaking era in Japanese society: the 1970’s. A variety of mediums showcase the nation’s rapidly changing societal fabric, which include works by artists Ishuchi Miyako, Daido Moriyama, Jiro Takamatsu, and Shomei Tomatsu.

Momentous in its thematic discourse, as well as in presentation, the exhibit demonstrates the critical role visual language plays in portraying a society’s metamorphosis.

Image courtesy of the Japan Society.

Image courtesy of the Japan Society.

Date: October 9th-January 10th, 2016

Admission: General, $12; $10 Students & Seniors; Free for Japan Society members, children, & all Friday nights, 6-9PM.

Location:

333 East 47th Street

NY, NY 10017

Please visit the Japan Society website for more information.

Three-Dimensional Modernity: Picasso’s Sculptural Works on Display at MoMA

By samantha

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More than 100 of Picasso’s sculptural works are on display through February 7th at the MoMa. Although material and technique varies, each piece reflects the rule bending nature of Picasso’s artistic vision. Reinvention, freedom, and transformation serve as the collection’s thematic markers, while images of Picasso’s studio and artistic process provide context.

The first museum exhibition of Picasso’s works in nearly century, the exhibit can’t be missed.

Image courtesy of the MoMA.

Image courtesy of the MoMA.

Learn more here.

Date: Through February 7th, 2016

Location:

MoMa

11 West 53rd Street

NY, NY 10019

Shop for a Cause: DIFFA’s Pop Up Shop

By samantha

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Fanciful and fun, DIFFA’s Gift For Life Pop Up Shop will open its doors on December 2nd with an assortment of designer goodies perfect for anyone on your shopping list. The sales from the four-day long shop will benefit Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and Gift For Life.

Organized by the Retail Design Institute’s New York Chapter, and designed by students from the Fashion Institute of Technology and LIM College, the boutique is more than just a place to shop—it’s a celebration of design’s larger role in giving back to the community. From top to bottom, the shop’s design is set to spread the mission of both Gift For Life and DIFFA, to combat HIV/AIDS, while also supporting its many service and prevention initiatives. Beautiful home décor and gift items have been generously donated by over thirty top designers, which include Robert Allen, Jonathan Adler, and Baccarat.

A private Opening Night Reception on World AIDS Day, December 1st, will take place from 6-9PM.

Image courtesy of DIFFA & Gift For Life.

Image courtesy of DIFFA & Gift For Life.

Find out more about how you can shop for a cause here.

Dates & Times:

December 2nd: 10AM-5PM

December 3rd: 10AM-7PM

December 4th: 10AM-5PM

December 5th: 11Am-4PM

Location:

Siegel-Stockman Showroom

126 West 25th Street (25th Street & The Avenue of the Americas)

NY, NY

Fab Holiday Pop In Shop

By samantha

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The city’s most poppin’ spot, the Lower East Side, will play host to Fab.com’s Holiday Pop-in Shop. From December 3rd-6th, the design-focused retailer can be found at 118 Orchard Street, greeting customers with drinks, treats, workshops, and over 150 hand picked gift options. You can choose from an array of events to get in the holiday spirit, which include a live installation by 3Doodler, a Friday happy hour with Brooklyn Brew shop, and a bracelet making class with jewelry designer Andrea Bocchio.

For a full listing of events, learn more here.

Image courtesy of Fab.com.

Image courtesy of Fab.com.

Dates: December 3rd-6th, 2015

Location:

118 Orchard Street

NY, NY 10002

Goop Mrkt: Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Columbus Circle

By samantha

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Consciously couple yourself with the holiday’s most talked about Pop-Up Shop: Goop Mrkt. Located at The Shops at Columbus Circle, this holiday treat has been curated to capture the essence of the holiday season. Renowned interior design firm Roman & Williams took the reigns on the design, offering the perfect setting to display an array of fantastic shoppable items. Gifts from Valentino x goop collection, vintage finds from Roman & Williams, as well as fashionable fittings from Carven and NLST all can be found at this holiday pop-up shop.

For a full list of offerings, see here.

Image courtesy of goop MRKT.

Image courtesy of goop MRKT.

Dates: November 23rd-December 24th, 2015

Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm

Sunday: 11am-7pm

 

AIANY Announces New Executive Director of the Center for Architecture Ben Prosky!

By lexy

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AIANY will kick off 2016 by welcoming a new team member, Benjamin Prosky, as Executive Director of the Center for Architecture, New York. In his most recent role as Assistant Dean of Communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Prosky oversaw events, publications, multimedia content and special projects for five years. With AIANY’s mission of informing and involving New Yorkers in the architecture of the city, Prosky’s educational background is the perfect fit.

Including his time at Harvard GSD, Prosky brings 15 years of valuable experience in the architecture field, both domestic and international, to the table – specifically in urban studies and planning. A fluent French-speaker, he studied at the Institut français d’architecture (IFA) in Paris and served as Head of Public Programs at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA). Here in New York, he spent six years as Director of Special Events and External Affairs at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) attesting to a strong knowledge of the city’s architecture scene. His strong and lengthy resume does not end there – Prosky was also one of the four co-founders of Architizer, and has collaborated on special projects with the Venice Biennale and Design Miami as well as helped re-launch the Wheelwright Prize. With this exciting new addition to the team, we’re looking forward to seeing what’s to come from AIANY as we head into 2016.

Ben Prosky will be officially welcomed at the AIANY 2016 Board Inaugural on Tuesday, December 15 at 6pm.

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Custom That Cares: Robert Allen Teams Up with Dwell with Dignity for Online Auction

By samantha

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After being beautifully displayed in showrooms around the nation, Robert Allen’s Custom Made Easy: Designer Series is up for auction. Benefiting Dwell with Dignity, the auction’s proceeds will support the charity’s mission in establishing higher standard’s of living for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.

One-of-a-kind pieces, crafted using the newly introduced Robert Allen Custom Upholstered Chairs and Sofa Collection and sophisticated flair from ten different design markets, are now available for bid. Some of our favorites include the Karlie Chair by Theodore & Company, the Tate Chair by Jan Showers, and the Clare Sofa by Gordon Dunning.

The auction will be online ( bit.ly/FurnitureAuction ) through November 23rd, allowing designers and consumers alike to participate in this worthy cause.

A few of our favorites:

The Karlie Chair. Image Courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Karlie Chair. Image Courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Tate Chair. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Tate Chair. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Clare Sofa. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

The Clare Sofa. Image courtesy of the Robert Allen Group.

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