Thrive Global Pops Up in SoHo

By danielle

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Arianna Huffington’s new company,Thrive Global has officially launched, shifting the tides of how we begin to think about our health and well being. The Thrive Global Pop Up Store was first organized in SoHo where live demonstrations and trials of the latest technologies can be explored and tested. This first store is just scratching the surface for what Thrive Global has planned in their journey to introduce a new pathway to productivity. Among the many categories of product and collaborations that include: body, mind, sleep tech, home and work, Humanscale showcases their mastered science of ergonomics in the workplace.

In recent years, trends in the workplace have shifted towards more movement at work. As the pioneer of this approach to improving both efficiency and comfort, Humanscale recognizes the importance of an active environment to foster health, wellbeing and productivity.

Just in time for the new year, the pop up shop runs until January 15. Here, individuals can meander through the incredibly Zen space lined with many gadgets that offer the opportunity to truly reflect on what actions you are taking to avoid burnout, relieve stress and live a more joyful, mindful life. If you can’t make it to this event, the ecommerce site has all of the products here. Be on the look out for more stores popping up around the globe!

 

 

Designs to keep an eye on as KBIS 2017 kicks off

By danielle

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In the world’s largest international trade event, The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), showcases the latest selection of appliances and trends that are upcoming within the kitchen and bath industry. In addition to products, KBIS offers various opportunities to learn and grow within the industry through presentations, interactive events, unlimited networking, and much more.

It’s going on now at the Orange County Convention Center in sunny Orlando, FL.

Of the 500+ leading brands there are several to definitely keep your eye on.

Last year’s highly talked about and publicized product was La Cornue’s vintage-styled stove. Though La Cornue received much attention last year, they are set to not disappoint this year either with their vibrant turquoise color.

Innovative designs and colored cabinetry are both set to be a huge trend this year-Wellborn Cabinet offers both. Utilizing ordinary colors Wellborn Cabinet presents the opportunity to take a colorful approach to in design.

Wilsonart offers innovative twists in engineering with quartz, wood, and other surfaces. In an oversized wood clock installation atop a seamless edge cabinet, Wilsonart is so to turn heads.

Though kicking off only yesterday, DXV Luxury’s showroom is featured greatly amongst social media already. The white with a bit of gold, and a subtle pop of color creatively come together to create a tasteful experience.

Thermador continues to present not only attractive, but also seriously technologically advanced appliances. This year, Thermador presents a built-in wine preservation system alongside an advanced refrigerating system.

Metrie is known for their “beginning in finishings”. Through a vast array of trim, crown molding, and much more, spaces are transformed to an exact desired expression with intricate designs.

In a tunnel of color, Grohe presents an opportunity to add color to a kitchen through a limited edition bright colored hose. Created as a silicone cover, even installation covers can be swapped out.
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We dare you to not drool over these insta-worthy kitchens and baths!

Monica Castiglioni Opens First US Store in Brooklyn

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A new shop from Milanese designer Monica Castiglioni opens its doors on Court Street in Brooklyn just in time for holiday shopping, giving New Yorkers access to her striking, sculptural line of jewelry and accessories. The 1000 square foot retail store, gallery and event space is located in the historic neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

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The daughter of Achille Castiglioni, a renowned Italian industrial designer, Monica is a jewelry artist, photographer, sculptor and graphic designer. Embracing an aesthetic that is both sculptural and organic, much of Castiglioni’s work is solid bronze and is cast in NY and Italy, using a lost-wax technique. Other materials include silver, felt, Pyrex and 3D printed nylon. Often the organic shapes that manifest in her work are representative of flower pistils, a source of inspiration for Castiglioni who is drawn to the juxtaposition of order and chaos represented in the flower’s biology. Fine craftsmanship and a deep understanding of proportion and materiality are evident in her broad range of work, which is collected by tastemakers across the globe.

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Castiglioni splits her time between New York and her native Milan, where she opened the first shop dedicated to her own work in 2010. With select pieces available at design stores across the US, including at the Cooper Hewitt and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the opening of the Brooklyn showroom provides a first opportunity for New Yorkers to see her full collection in one place and to purchase in person. With hundreds of styles and shapes on display, shoppers will have the chance to create personalized and distinctive jewelry “sculptures”.

 

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Visitors to the shop will be the first to discover her new collection of 3D printed nylon pieces in an array of new colors and forms. Prices begin at $70. They will also have a chance to experience a wide range of innovative lighting, creating by another Italian icon of design – Davide Groppi. Table and ceiling fixtures featured will include: TetATet, UnMetro, Masai, Miss 1, Mira R, Dot and X Bulb Soraa.

 

The shop is located at 268 Court Street in Brooklyn, convenient to the F and G trains at Bergen Street and a 15-minute walk from Borough Hall. For the month of December, the store will be open seven days a week from 11:00am-7:00pm. Starting January 2017, it will be open by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 11:00am – 7:00pm Wednesday through Sunday.

New Holiday Design Shop opens on Canal Street Market

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DESIGN SHOP, a new 2 week holiday shop at the new Canal Street Market consists of 7 east-coast based independent design studios, offering new products, limited edition pieces and special holiday gift items and runs until December 14.

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December 1st – 14th / 11am-8pm / 7 days a week
Canal Street Market / 265 Canal Street, NYC, 10013

All That Glitters Is Gold At BDNY 2016

By Becca Sass

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The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY – This November, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center opened its many glass doors for its annual Boutique Design New York trade fair (BDNY). Now in its seventh year of success, over 7,000 interior designers, architects, purchasing executives and hospitality owners enjoyed the gusto and energy of the trade fair which boasted a focused selection of statement-making design products for hotels, restaurants, spas and casinos. The stunning visual spaces created by the exhibitors within the main arena staged a stimulating conversation between manufacturers and industry visionaries.

Each space solicited contemplation of an array of design elements, coming together effortlessly in a remarkable collaboration between major design firms and exhibiting products. Through an immense application of colors in fabrics coupled with an intelligent use of lighting, product sponsors, and designers conjured an airy grace. A special theme that we particularly enjoyed was the shimmery gold hues as displayed in a variety of products on display in the booths. Delightful variations of gold were peppered across the show floor and took shape in mirrors, sconces, stylish faucets, and more. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite glimmering, gilded design pieces.

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2016 DIFFA National Grant Reception: An Evening of Giving

By Becca Sass

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Whether in the design community or beyond, we think it is critical to support the many organizations that are doing so much good in our communities. Next week, one such organization, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), is hosting a cocktail reception to announce its 2016 grantees. Representatives from Planned Parenthood of NYC, Alpha Workshops, God’s Love We Deliver, and 23 other organizations dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS will gather at the event to formally accept the grants.

Tickets benefit DIFFA and are available at: www.diffa.org/grantreception

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Tuesday, November 15
6 – 9 pm
CURRENT at Chelsea Piers
23rd Street West Side Highway
New York, NY

 

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Internationally Acclaimed Designer Shozo Toyohisa and Kaneka OLED Wrap Brilliant 2-Day Lighting Exhibition Showcasing Design, Technology and Imagination

By Katherine Smythe

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For two straight days, starting November 1st, a soft buzz filled the seventh floor of the prestigious Museum of Arts and Design (New York City) as a steady flow of industry professionals, design enthusiasts and members of the public patiently waited to step inside one of two illuminated enclosures.

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Visitors slipped white paper booties over their shoes in eager preparation for this unique presentation. Once seated inside the pristine enclosures, they saw the striking display of OLED panels by Kaneka Corporation, a leading technology-driven chemical manufacturer headquartered in Japan. In a matter of moments, the panels awashed the space in a stunningly smooth, soft light. Visitors remained fixated on the display in anticipation of its playful shifts in brightness which featured a wide spectrum of white light.

This engaging exhibition showcased the unique capabilities of Kaneka OLED technology through the imaginative lens of renowned Japanese lighting designer, Shozo Toyohisa (pictured below).

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OLED Technology produces beautiful, diffuse lighting. Toyohisa, the experienced lighting designer with a background in industrial design, envisioned many applications for OLED which offers ease of use, precise color consistency and flexibility. Whether used in displays for retail or hospitality settings, or as fixtures in residential interiors, OLED is an eco-friendly lighting choice.

For those who were unable to experience OLED Technology in person, either at the opening party on November 1st or during public visiting hours on November 2nd, they can expect additional collections of products by Kaneka OLED, including the official launch of Kaneka Luce set for release in early 2017.

 

SHoP Architects to Receive Design Miami/’s Design Visionary Award

By Christopher Farrell

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Each year, venerable design festival Design Miami/ presents its Design Visionary Award to an individual or group that has significantly impacted the wide world of design. Leading up to the fair, this year’s award – presented by luxury Italian watchmaker Officine Panerai – was bestowed upon New York City-based SHoP Architects. As the winners, SHoP has designed an entrance plaza for the fair, entitled Flotsam & Jetsam. The plaza explores the contemporary position of the city of Miami, alluding to the city’s beachside environment while speaking to its recent emergence as a center of creativity, art, and design. SHoP’s plaza will make extensive use of 3D printing technology, which it is committed to realizing on a larger, more structural scale. By using 3D printing in this context, SHoP intends to display how revolutionary building technology can work in tandem with the vibrant contemporary culture of Miami. After Design Miami/, Flotsam & Jetsam will be moved to the Miami Design District’s Jungle Plaza where it will host cultural programming in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

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SHoP Architects is currently working on several high profile projects. In Brooklyn, the firm’s plans for a 1,000+ foot tall residential tower at 9 DeKalb Avenue (Brooklyn’s tallest) promises to reshape the Brooklyn skyline and contribute to the ongoing vertical expansion of the borough. Also in New York City, SHoP is working on a master plan for the redesign of LaGuardia Airport, a new esplanade along the East River in Lower Manhattan, and residential and mixed use buildings throughout the city. SHoP’s ambitious program has been lauded for its positive contributions to New York’s urban landscape and recognized for its great dexterity in crafting spaces with a range of purposes that exceed the needs of their users and exist in harmony with their environment.

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In winning the Design Visionary Award – now in its third year – SHoP joins previous illustrious winners Yves Behar (2015) and Peter Marino (2014). SHoP’s presence at Design Miami/ gives the firm the opportunity to introduce its groundbreaking work to the dynamic metropolis of Miami and to contribute to the ongoing cultural renaissance of the city. Design Miami/ is a premier venue for design that brings designers, curators, collectors, and design enthusiasts together alongside Art Basel’s Miami fair in December and Art Basel in June.

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November 30 – December 4

Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Beach, Florida

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Architects in Their Own Words: The Top 3 Architecture Talks of Archtober

By Christopher Farrell

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New York’s month long architecture fest – the aptly named Archtober – is well underway again. As in previous years, this year’s schedule includes a host of architect lectures and discussions that provide unparalleled insight into the ideas and approaches of the field’s leading minds. Here’s our picks for three brilliant speakers from this year’s programming that you should be sure to check out in the coming weeks.

David Chipperfield AIA Lecture 

Monday, October 17, 6:00-8:00PM

AIANY Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place

New York, NY 10012

The work of British-born architect David Chipperfield and his firm spans the globe – the firm has four offices managing current projects in New York, Stockholm, London, and Seoul – and encompasses a wide range of different building types. The firm has gained significant praise and renown for museum and art institution projects, including the stunningly geometric Museo Jumex in Mexico City and the reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin, which brilliantly combines old and new structures. David Chipperfield will deliver the 10th annual Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture at the AIA’s Andrew Berman designed Center for Architecture space. He will discuss the firms many museum projects, addressing his approach and the challenges at hand, including the changing role of the museum.

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Deborah Berke Lecture

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 PM

NYSID Auditorium

170 East 70th Street

New York, NY 10021

Deborah Berke will speak at the New York School of Interior Design on her work and her role in the design world. Berke is the dean of the Yale School of Architecture and the founder of the eminent architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners. Berke and her firm have completed many significant projects including the 21c Museum Hotels, the interiors of the attention grabbing 432 Park Avenue condominium, and stunning private homes throughout the U.S. She is also the author of a new book, House Rules: An Architect’s Guide to Modern Life, which explores her approach to residential projects and was published by Rizzoli earlier this year.

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David Adjaye in Conversation with Spencer Bailey

Wednesday, October 19, 7:30 PM

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1395 Lexington Ave

New York, NY 10128

As Archtober continues to attract a wide range of dynamic and arts oriented institutions to its roster of events, the 92nd Street Y will play host to Tanzania-born architect David Adjaye, who has gained significant attention for his firm’s design of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington DC. Adjaye will discuss the visually complex and historically meaningful project as well as other work his firm has recently completed with Spencer Bailey, Surface magazine’s editor-in-chief.

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Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture

Grynasz Studio To Showcase European Design Trends at Tokyo Design Week

By Katie Bone

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Warsaw-based Grynasz Studio, is getting ready to present their exhibit “Elements” at Tokyo Design Week in Meiji-Jingu Gaien Mae from November 2-7th. Organized in cooperation with Culture.pl, Elements will provide a narrative for emerging trends as explored by the multidisciplinary team of designers at Grynasz, working in collaboration with major European design companies and manufacturers. From collections of bowls, coffee cups, and spoons, to poufs and seats, the designs will showcase innovative ways of thinking about the products we use in day to day life and how they can be transformed to enhance their function.

The SLOW seat designed for MEESH, blends Polish woodworking technology with the traditions and experiences of Portuguese craftspeople, resulting in a compact piece of furniture that lends itself both as a storage container as well as a place to sit.

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SLOW is complimented by CORAL, a simple and elegant pouf inspired by organic structures and subaqueous colors, that inspires users to relax and slow down – a recent trend in the design world as the new concept of luxury appeals to comfort and wellness.

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CORAL pouf created for MEESH

NERO and MIODOWNIK, both 3D printed by Infinitech in stainless steel, look to the past to create thoughtful solutions to the simple act of drinking coffee or tea. Inspired by the Italian tradition of serving espresso in a heated vessel, NERO is designed to retain warmth for an extended period of time. Referencing the form of a honeycomb, MIODOWNIK is a honey spoon designed to prevent drips as the honey is transported from the jar to the cup.

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NERO espresso cup 3D printed in stainless steel

MIODOWNIK honey spoon 3D printed in stainless steel

Made in cooperation with the Karolina Porcelain Tableware Factory, the CZAJ collection is a family of tea cups, coffee cups and bowls. They’re designed to be stacked and easily stored, while the funnel-like opening at the top makes them easy to fill and prevents spillage.

The CZAJ collection

The CZAJ collection

Each of these elegantly simple designs can be seen at Tokyo Design Week from November 2-7th.

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