FOLLY 2015 Call for Proposals

By Abbey Cahill

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Is it folly to pursue an ideal?

Is it folly to contradict a pre-existing space or strive to resonate within a site?

If a folly has no utilitarian purpose, is it sculpture?

FOLLY 2015 encourages an exploration of architecture and sculpture in the context of these kinds of questions. The Call for Proposals is on now—participants have until January 12, 2015 to submit their concepts.

The 4th annual program is organized by The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, New York, and it calls on designers and architects for proposals for full-scale projects and installations. In an effort to closely examine the concept of “folly,” participants will design a physical experience through the thoughtful use of space, material, and process. More details after the jump.

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Above: Tree Wood, Folly 2013, architect Toshihiro Oki

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The All-New Cooper Hewitt Reopens Today

By jacqui

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In the Can Hardly Wait category, we’re excited to get on up to the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, which reopens today after its three-year renovation, a transformation that extends well beyond the building itself, the Andrew Carnegie Mansion. Rethinking the institution on all levels, the project engaged a talented group of New York architectural, design and interaction 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, pictured). It’s an excellent time to become a member and check out the museum’s new spaces, including the Immersion Room, a high-tech showcase of the Cooper Hewitt’s collection of wallcoverings, and the interactive Process Lab, where visitors can brainstorm design solutions. Its opening exhibitions include:

Tools: Extending Our Reach – a full-floor exhibition includes objects from Cooper Hewitt and nine other Smithsonian collections, spanning 1.85 million years of tool use and design.

Beautiful Users – installed in Cooper Hewitt’s gracious first-floor Design Process Galleries, this show addresses the paradigmatic shift toward designs based on observations of human anatomy and behavior.

Happy exploring!

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st St (between 5th & Madison Aves)
NYC

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Call for Entries: Ceramics of Italy Competition 2015

By Abbey Cahill

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A creative fusion of versatility, functionality, and sustainability.

Three trips to Bologna, Italy, for the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile.

$15,000 in prizes.

That’s what’s at stake in the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition, now open for entry! Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission, the 22nd annual event will feature inspired and imaginative architecture using Italian Ceramic Tiles.

The competition includes a uniquely large scope of projects encompassed by three categories: Institutional, Residential, and Commercial/Hospitality. Check out the details after the jump.

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Above: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD took the Institutional category prize in 2013. Here, HDR Architecture combines aesthetic appeal with functionality in an effort to eliminate all environmental interferences. The structure features highly stabilized temperature, vibration, and humidity.

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Vitra Retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

By Malgorzata

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Switzerland might be best known for its chocolate and the world’s most reliable watches, but design connoisseurs also revere it as the home of Vitra, the iconic interior design, furniture and accessories brand. From now through April next year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art pays homage to Vitra and the role that America has played in it.

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Above: Wooden Dools by Alexander Girard, 1953

 

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AIA CES: State of Product Design with Metropolis

By jacqui

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At the Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery in SoHo this Thursday, Metropolis magazine leads a discussion on the intersection of handcraft and digital fabrication in an AIA Continuing Education event called State of Product Design. The panel features: Paul Makovsky, Editorial Director of Metropolis; Stephanie Beamer, Designer and Co-Founder of Egg Collective, ICFF’s “Best New Designer” in 2012; and Jun Aizaki, President of crème design, a recipient of a Hospitality Design Wave of the Future award. Susan Szenasy, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis—which closes the year out with its Product Issue revealing a compelling new redesign—moderates. Handcrafted cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

State of Product Design
(AIA CES 1.0 LU)
Thursday December 11 – 6-8PM
Ferguson Bath Y Kitchen Gallery
96 Spring St, 3rd Floor (at Mercer)
NYC
RSVP: ferguson@vpcpartners.com

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Miami Design Vice

By Abbey Cahill

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Kips Bay Holiday Live

By danielle

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Deck the halls with festive design! Tonight, Christopher Guy and the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Women’s Committee are hosting a very special holiday cocktail party and fundraising event. The evening will include a special holiday presentation by the members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club (which starts promptly at 6PM).  What’s more, some of the NYC’s most talented designers and creatives including Laura Bohn Design Associates, Thom Felicia, Vanessa Deleon Associates, Young Huh (the list continues) will join together to present one of a kind holiday trees, wreaths, and centerpieces. The pieces will be available for sale during the silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting Kips Bay’s education and after school programs.

Single tickets start at $100. To purchase, call 718.893.8600 x 245 or visit www.shopkipsbay.org.

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Interior Design’s 30th Annual Hall of Fame

By yvonne

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Suit up for the annual Hall of Fame. The “Academy Awards of Design” is celebrating its 30th year! Hosts Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief of Interior Design and Mark Strauss, President of Interior Design Media Group, outdo themselves every year and we cannot wait to see what they have in store this time.  2014 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’re excited to see Interior Design‘s signature documentaries honoring each of the inductees. We hear there will be popcorn in the coveted goody bag (courtesy of Ilex) so break it open for your viewing pleasure.

The event – a veritable “who’s who in the industry” – will honor both present and past HOFers. It’s black tire attire, so if you haven’t found your outfit yet, we suggest you take some time over the holiday break to do so. And be sure to put on your dancing shoes for the  after-party! The anniversary event will certainly be one to remember. Information to purchase tickets here.

Interior Design Hall of Fame
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Waldorf Astoria
301 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

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Above: Interior Design’s 29th Annual Hall of Fame attendees

Interior Design’s Best Of Year Awards: 12/4

By Lucy

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In the immortal words of Tyra Banks,You wanna be on top?” At this year’s upcoming Interior Design magazine Best of Year Awards, we will find out which products will reign supreme! Categories cover everything from lighting to textiles to seating and more, and of course, the party is part of the fun. Tickets are still on sale for the event, which will take place Thursday, December 4 at the IAC.

For a list of finalists and to purchase tickets, click here. We’ll see you then!

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Put a New Spin on Your Holiday Table

By jacqui

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Let the entertaining begin! With holiday season upon us, it’s time to bring fresh decorating ideas to the table. Spin Ceramics’ collection of delightful pieces offers plenty of inspiration. The Chinese porcelain tabletop brand blends ancient techniques with the modern artistry of eight contemporary designers who are based in Spin’s Shanghai design studio.

The results are wonderful and often whimsical—captivating designs impeccably rendered by master artisans in the Jingdezhen region, which for many centuries has maintained its reputation as China’s “capital of porcelain.” Since the techniques of the craft date as far back as the 13th-14th-century Yuan Dynasty, you could say that all tea served in Spin Ceramics is steeped in history.

The brand recently opened its flagship store in SoHo and it just relaunched its online store to feature a wider selection of product: store.spinceramics.com. And newsflash: Spin Ceramics is offering free domestic shipping until December 15.

Feast your eyes after the jump: we’ve curated some recommendations for reinvigorating your table (or gift list) these holidays. Ranging from complete dish sets and salt and pepper shakers to candles and vases, these exquisite, enigmatic pieces will get the conversation going.

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Above: Zisha Teapot for Twelve Tastes – This gorgeous, seasonal teapot is pictured with Zisha Grandpa Teacups. Designer: Gary Wang

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Above: White Biscuit Moebius Strip Vase Set - Even without stems, the fluid lines of the sculptural Moebius draws the eye. Designer: Q.Q. Qiong

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