Boston Design Week Wrap-Up

By robby


Today’s Design-Calendar post comes from guest blogger Robert Reuland, who’s covering the Boston Design Scene for us.

Today marks the end of Boston Design Week. Last night, a most interesting lecture was hosted at Room & Board. Michael Boodro, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor magazine, took the opportunity whilst reclining in a beautifully hand-crafted wing back chair to speak about the importance of the artisan in design. He encouraged designers to spend the extra money for the fine craftsmanship of the talented makers who are spurring the artisanal scene. He encourages us to try and find the hidden “gems” with which to embellish our homes. So I’ll take this as an opportunity to reveal my personal favorite artisans: Box Furniture. See their masterful work here:


American Society of Interior Designers – ‘Spring Spruce Up 2016’ and ‘New York Design 2016’

By danielle


Two big events for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) this month.

The first, which I am personally excited about is, Spring Spruce Up 2016. Here one can take advantage of a rare opportunity to consult with an Interior Designer from the New York Metro Chapter of ASID at a Special Rate.

SSU Graphic with ASID Logo

I’m in the process of buying a house and although I am always surrounded by wonderful inspirations from the field we are in, being able to consult a professional to help advise on paint color, furniture layout, window treatments, space planning at a great promotional rate of $100 per hour (up to a 2 hour consultation) will be on my priority list once we close. This great promotion runs until May 1, so a quick phone call to my realtor is next on my to-do list, as I want to book this soon!

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Next up is Live from New York Design 2016, an Educational Forum for Design Professionals presented by ASID NY Metro Chapter & A&D Building on April 28,2016

This one day event involves a range of educational seminars held throughout the day ranging from offering business tools such as “Using LinkedIn to grow your design business” to “7 keys to attracting your favorite clients,” as well as a range of new and inspiring design tips such as “LED Lighting Applications and Trends” and “The Virtual Tour of Trimming,” along with a networking breakfast and luncheon this jam-packed day offers some great value and insight.


The full schedule is as follows:


  • Creating Innovative Designs Through Smart Material Thinking

Presented by Jennifer Coppola of Material Connextion

Showroom: Hastings Tile & Bath

  • Use LinkedIn as a Connection Tool to Build your Design Business

Presented by Donna Cravotta of Social Sage PR

Showroom: Hastings Tile & Bath

  • Toxic Clients: How to Identify, Mitigate/Work with and Disengage

Presented by Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, CID of Harbinger Design Consulting

Showroom: Poliform

  • The Virtual Tour of Trimming

Presented by Jana Platina Phipps III – The Trim Queen

Showroom: Monogram Design Center

  • LED Lighting Applications and Trends

Presented by Charles Pavarini III, Allied ASID of Pavarini Design

Showroom: Brown Jordan

  • 7 keys to attracting your favorite clients

Presented by Julia Molloy of Molly Management Group

Showroom: Brown Jordan

  • Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by A&D Building and Hastings Tile & Bath

  • Networking Luncheons

Sponsored by A&D Building and Miele, Monogram Design Center, and

Sub-Zero Wolf

  • Networking Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by A&D Building and Fisher & Paykel Experience Center.

  • Seminar Host Showrooms:

Brown Jordan, Monogram Design Center, Poliform and Hastings Tile & Bath


Location: Architects & Designers Building, 150 58th Street (between Lex & Third Ave)

Date: Thursday April 28th, 2016 8:30am- 6:00pm (Check in at 8:15am)

 Pre-registration until April 27th: ASID Members $150**, non-members $175**

*Corporate discount tickets for parties of 3 or more contact:*

**Please note there is an additional fee for all tickets which are from EventBrite not ASID NY Metro.

Day of Event: ASID Members $175, non-members $200

Please have your IDCEC number available when purchasing the ticket and also when you arrive to the event.

Zaha Hadid – A Tribute

By danielle


We lost a good one last week. The renowned Dame Zaha Mohammed Hadid, DBE, a leading light in architecture, passed away in the hospital at the age of 65. She suffered a heart attack on Thursday while in Miami, where she was being treated for bronchitis.

Zaha Hadid by Brigitte Lacombe

Zaha Hadid by Brigitte Lacombe

Hadid, the ‘Queen of the Curve’ was a trailblazer in many areas as she was the first woman and Muslim to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, winning it in 2004. Later she received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011 and was also the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) gold medal, earlier in 2016. Other awards included the Republic of France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale.

A pioneer for woman in architecture Hadid was ‘’was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today” as per the statement released by her company on the announcement of her death, and her legacy is evident on the architectural world today.

Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku - photo by HuftonCrow

Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku – photo by HuftonCrow

While she received critical acclaim for her buildings such as the the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany (2005), the Maxxi: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2009), the London aquatics center for the 2012 Olympic Games (2011), the Heydar Aliyev Center (2012) in Baku, Azerbaijan and a stadium that will take center stage at the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Hadid. In the mid-1990’s, when she was a rising star, she won an international competition for the design of the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales. Yet the British government disgracefully refused to pay for her design, following opposition from local lobbyists and the project was eventually handed over to a lesser talent – an outcome that was devastating for Hadid and a blow to architectural history. These designs were eventually used to create the Guangzhou opera house in China (2010) which was described by Nicolai Ouroussoff, writing for the New York Times as the “most alluring opera house built anywhere in the world in decades.”

MAXXI Museum of XXI Century Art, Rome - photo by Iwan Baan

MAXXI Museum of XXI Century Art, Rome – photo by Iwan Baan

Other buildings such as the Rosenthal Centre of Contemporary Art, her only completed building in the United States, in Cincinnati (2003) have transformed ideas of the future for architecture. As a visionary and highly experimental in her designs which were prone to higher costs, her critics were quick to comment on compromises with form over function owing to these complex designs, but her approach in design was one of where the shape came first and how to achieve it came later.

Contemporary Arts Center-Cincinnati - photo by Roland Halbe

Contemporary Arts Center-Cincinnati – photo by Roland Halbe

Although she had her critics, Hadid was unquestionably fearless in her approach, going where others wouldn’t or could not, her talent had no bounds and for that she will be missed.

Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou - photo by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou – photo by Virgile Simon Bertrand


Design Bloggers’ Conference

By Lucy


It’s been a busy spring so far for Design-Calendar! In super exciting news, we kicked off this month at the Design Bloggers’ Conference. This fantastic event gathers budding bloggers in one place to learn, connect, and have fun. Many Instagrams were snapped, and many tips and tricks were acquired. Here are a few of the highlights:

1. The exceptional programming. My two favorites were The Jungalow‘s Justina Blakeney, who gave invaluable insight on building your brand and expanding without losing your authenticity, and designer Nathan Turner, who showed off his unique style and helpful entertaining tips in a humorous, enjoyable presentation. The incomparable Cynthia Rowley also spoke (and had the most fabulous shoes!) about her experience in the product-sphere.

2. The amazing brands. Featuring fabrics from Fabricut, gorgeous paint from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams, stunning furniture by Curry, and more, it was great to meet new brands and hear all of the creative ways they collaborate with the blogging community.

3. And of course, the lovely people! The design community is so warm and fun, and we had the best time making new blogger friends and being able to check out their blogs. We’ve got a great reading list full of inspiration now 🙂

Next year’s conference is already lined up for February in LA…we’ll see you there!

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The Architectural Digest Design Show

By Sadie Lebow


Over 400 exciting brands in design are headed to Piers 92/94 this March 17-20 for the much-anticipated AD Design Show. The expansive fair consists of several special sections. MADE gives emerging designers the opportunity to display their work, while FURNISH showcases the latest trends in furnishings. Spa enthusiasts and home chefs will have a field day in the reFRESH area, which features chic kitchen, bath and building products. In SHOPs, attendees can get a healthy dose of retail therapy from outstanding vendors.

A display of goods by Bower at the 2015 AD Design Show

A display of goods by Bower at the 2015 AD Design Show

The AD Design Show is about more than just products. Special programming allows visitors to learn more about design from the best in the business. Trade and VIP Ticket Holders can sit in on fantastic seminars presented by Architectural Digest, on Thursday March 17th. The New York Times Design Series will offer lively sessions from 3/18-3/20.Check out the line up here.

REFRESH will feature innovations in kitchen and bath products, like these gorgeous tiles from Artistic Tile

REFRESH will feature innovations in kitchen and bath products, like these gorgeous tiles from Artistic Tile

The AD Design Show is open to Design Trade and VIP Ticket Holders from 11 AM – 7 PM on Thursday, March 17. It is open to the public Friday – Sunday, March 17-20. The hours are 11 AM-7PM on Friday and Saturday, and 10 AM – 6 PM on Sunday. The event is located at Piers 92 & 94 (55th Street at 12th Avenue New York City 10019).

The Citizenry SHOP 15

The AD Design Show is the perfect opportunity to get your retail fix in, with merchandise available for purchase from top designers.


By barbara


Milan gives space to young designers during an informal and fun monthly event, inspired by the East London market: the East Market Milano peeps in the Ventura Design District, taking up two impressive pavilions used for international events during the Milan Design Week.
Along with fashion, vinyl and sneakers the exhibition presents vintage pieces of furniture and lightings, but also interesting new proposals by budding designers. Most of them produce in the renowned Brianza area, where the factories of the big names of the design Made in Italy have their production sites. A thrilling chance for the most promising emerging Italian talents

East Market Milano

East Market Milano

A Vico Magistretti lamp

Vintage drawers

Vintage drawers

Pottery by Nigutindor

Pottery by Nigutindor

Bettyconcept: an ethical fashion lab exploring original shapes and textiles

Bettyconcept: an ethical fashion lab exploring original shapes and textiles

Getting Ready for the 15th Annual Architectural Digest Design Show

By emma


2016 is an important year for the Architectural Digest Design Show, as it marks the 15th anniversary of this celebration of all things design. From March 17th to 20th, exhibitors (both big names and small), sponsors, media and the public and will head over to New York City’s Piers 92 and 94 to enjoy what is sure to be a memorable event. Here at Design-Calendar, we are very excited. Since there are still a few months until the show, we’ve been getting a taste of what’s to come by checking out some of the 2016 exhibitors on Pinterest and Instagram.

The Trends

There are definitely already some noticeable trends within this year’s exhibitors, especially those in the MADE section, which celebrates independent design. We are loving the trend of suspension lighting which will be featured by studios such as immerLit, a Massachusetts based studio that designs custom porcelain hanging lights. The translucent porcelain creates a warm indoor atmosphere. In the FURNISH section of the event keep your eyes peeled for Niche Modern, a New York company that specializes in crafting modern hand blown glass lighting and chandeliers.

Niche Modern

Niche Modern

This year’s show will also bring a lot of designs that feature the classic combo of good old black and white. Many designers use black and white along with a bright contrasting color. This can be seen in the work of New York City based children’ design company, Kinder Modern, in their innovative hexagonal rug below.

Kinder Modern

Kinder Modern

A to B Studio, who will be launching his first collection at the showalso made a unique black and white creation that features a pop of color with their nub side table. Both designs are minimal but bold because of their interesting use of color. Bernard Figueroa goes for more traditional black and white in many of his modern and elegant lamp designs where he blends different materials to create cohesive pieces that are one of a kind. These are just a few examples of the modern usages of a traditional color palette that will be on display at the show.

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A to B Studio

Dining by Design

Another aspect of the show to look out for is Dining by Designa charity event that brings together local and international designers to create dining installations to raise funds for DIFFA‘s work fighting HIV/AIDS.  These incredible installations make for a surreal dining experience for those who buy tickets to dine at the installations. Last year’s tables included everything from luxurious ceramics to decor made from recycled water bottles, displaying the variety of talents present at the show. Dining by Design brings together the design world for a common cause and is an essential aspect of the AD Design Show.

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Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest

Rethinking NYC’s Edges

By Melissa


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Photo: Sam Lahoz

The Energetic City Forum: Rethinking NYC’s Edges

On Tuesday, January 26th, the BRIC House will host a multidisciplinary panel where Design Trust Project Partners and Fellows will highlight their efforts to reimagine physical, social, and cultural assets and public space in NYC’s five boroughs. Specifically, the program will explore connections and differences between two recently completed projects: Laying the Groundwork, design guidelines for ground-floor retail and community spaces in future mixed-use affordable housing developments and The World’s Park, a community design school where Queens residents developed proposals to improve the access and circulation of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The forum will also discuss two projects that are about to commence, Opening the Edge and Future Culture.

Not only is this a great way to learn about how we can activate and redefine the city’s public space in our own communities, but attendees are also eligible for a 1.5 AIA LU | HSW continuing education credits.

To read more, click here.
To attend, click here.

Event Details:
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Bric House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn,  NY 11217


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By Shawn Hogan
The countdown to DIFFA‘s exciting Dining By Design (DBD), March 17-21 at Pier 92, has officially begun, and we hear it’s shaping up to be another fabulous edition!

It’s one of our favorite events of the year, because we can enjoy incredible design, while supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS. Though DBD isn’t until March, you can get a dose of DIFFA magic this week at their kick off party, tomorrow, January 20th. It will be held 6-8pm at the Henredon showroom at the New York Design Center (1st floor).

Join DIFFA supporters, including designers and sponsors, for cocktails and discussion about how to get involved with Dining by Design. This is a fantastic moment to learn more about the great work that DIFFA does and how to get involved.

DIFFA is still seeking sponsors for Dining By Design! If you are interested or know of any potential sponsors or designers please help spread the word. For more information on sponsorship, click here. To RSVP to the DBD kick-off party, click here.

Stay tuned for more exciting Dining by Design news by following DIFFA on Facebook (@diffanational), Twitter (@diffanational), Pinterest (@diffa), and Instagram (@diffanational). The official Dining By Design hashtag is #DBD2016.



No Sleep Til BKLYN: A Call for Applicants for BKLYN DESIGNS 2016

By emma


After relauching in 2015 with record-breaking attendance and a new location, BKLYN DESIGNS is gearing up for another successful event in 2016 during NYCxDESIGN, a citywide celebration of design. BKLYN DESIGNS is now accepting applications from both emerging talent and established brands in Brooklyn.

The vibrant show will feature exhibitions across a range of categories including furniture, lighting, textiles, art, surfaces, accessories and design & architectural services. Top corporate sponsors and design institutions such as Pratt have already committed to support the event, which is historically the first design show dedicated exclusively to Brooklyn talent.

A jury of design industry leaders and journalists will review submissions on a rolling basis and the first round of applicants has already been juried in. Interested designers can apply for exhibitor space or a table at the BKLYN BUYS marketplace by clicking here. There is a 15 percent discount for all Pratt partners, students and alumni, and a 10 percent discount for designers who are sole proprietors and have been in business for less than one year.

The 2016 event will be May 6-8 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint.


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