Cooper Hewitt to Reopen its Doors in December

By kristin-g

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Design lovers, time to mark your calendars: on December 12th, Cooper Hewitt: National Design Museum is reopening as Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in it original location, Carnegie Mansion, with 60 percent more gallery space, allowing for the addition of numerous opening exhibits as well as an entirely new interactive visitor experience. As the nation’s only museum solely dedicated to historic and contemporary design, the reopening—the date selected to correspond with the day Andrew Carnegie moved into the house in 1902—should draw a huge crowd!

As visitors enter the building, they will be given the interactive Pen, which will modernize the visitors’ museum experience. With this new technology, guests can store information about the museum, create their own designs with the stylus, as well as record aspects of their visit and view them online. This new approach to the museum experience was designed for all audiences: students, families, children, and more. The interactive Pen was created by Local Projects with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The Pen encourages visitors to interact with the works in the museum.

In addition to the physical changes to the museum, there have also been many branding and identity changes such as a new name, new typeface, new logo, and a new website. The museum formerly known as the Cooper-Hewitt: National Design Museum, has been renamed Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Copper Hewitt, the new typeface designed by Chester Jenkins, is available for free download via the museum’s website—a great treat for typography and graphic design enthusiasts.

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Museum Renovations

The first floor galleries were restored to include interactive components and the second floor was expanded to showcase more of the museum’s collection. The facilities were upgraded to allow for year-round viewing of the museum as the installations for each exhibition can be completed faster. The building is expected to receive LEED Silver certification.

The Exhibitions

On the first floor of the museum, Designing the New Cooper Hewitt will display the renovation of the museum. Beautiful Users will show that, based on observations and human anatomy, design is becoming more user focused. The second floor of the museum will be focused on the permanent collection with many additional  exhibits that can now be accommodated  due to the increase of space. Making Design will showcase over 350 pieces of the collection. Hewitt Sisters Collect will be dedicated to sharing the stories of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt. Another design focused exhibit, Models & Prototypes, will showcase the importance of models and prototypes in the design process. The Immersion Room will allow visitors to use the interactive Pen to create their own designs and project them on the surrounding walls. Tools: Extending Our Reach will be presented on the third floor, including about 175 pieces from Cooper Hewitt and nine other Smithsonian collections, covering over 1.85 million years of design. The exhibit will explore how tools interact with the human body and senses.

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Governors Island: World Cup 2014 + Spontaneous Interventions

By kristin-g

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If you’re looking for the perfect place to watch the World Cup, surrounded by family, friends, and great public space initiatives, look no further! Governors Island is the place to be as New York’s largest 2014 World Cup viewing destination. This program was made possible by Cathy Ho and Stefen Jonot of Office Ho Jonot, a cultural consultancy. Through Cathy Ho’s efforts to bring the mini version of the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit to the island, she got the idea to make the island the World Cup viewing zone as well! This initiative is joining other events and cultural programs organized by FIGMENT, Jazz Age Lawn Party, Brooklyn Public Library, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Come Out & Play. The World Cup viewing event is sponsored by ESPN and Barco.

Creating the public viewing zone was not an easy task; organizers needed to get permission from ESPN, FIFA, and Governors Island to take advantage of the public space available on the Island, which recently added 30 acres of new park space designed by noted Dutch landscape architecture firm West 8 with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The obstacles of making this event possible did not stop Ms. Ho, as the public have her to thank for this great initiative. The 2014 World Cup viewing parties will take place at both the Governors Beach Club and the lawns of building 403 along Colonels’ Row, which is the site of the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit.

In between matches, do make sure to check out the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit! This exhibit is a condensed version of the original one presented at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale in the U.S. Pavilion and will display various projects, spotlighted in rooms on the second floor of the building. The featured artists include: DSGN AGNC, BroLab, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Ghana Think Tank and more. There will also be various public programs such as seminars, talks, and workshops exploring various topics including urban vacancy, citizen science, city data mapping, and more. You definitely won’t want to miss this! For continuous updates be sure to check their Facebook page.

This event is a perfect example of different groups of people coming together to create something great for the public. In addition to the hardworking efforts of Office Ho Jonot, there were several generous donations that were crucial to the success of this event. The contributions of two entertainment companies, Barco and I-Mag Video, are allowing the public to watch the games on high-definition TV’s; there is also the addition of fun soccer-related games donated by the city’s newest professional soccer team, the New York FC.

Check the World Cup schedule below to make sure you will not miss out on any of the fun!

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Event Information

The Governors Island Ferry Service runs 10am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 10am to 7pm Saturday-Sunday for FREE.

Follow @S_Interventions on Twitter and use the hashtag #WorldCup_GovIsland for updates and information.

Events will also be posted to www.facebook.com/WorldCupPartyNYC.

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Das Design Competition: Get the VIP treatment from Hansgrohe

By Marine

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Das Design Competition

I am a country famous for its beer, apple wine, traditional sausages and cuckoo clocks. I am also the home of Hansgrohe and Axor – the premium brands for bathroom and kitchen faucets. Who am I? Drumroll… Germany! (Cue applause.)

Hansgrohe is giving American-based architects and interior designers the opportunity to fly to its home base, by launching its first-ever Das Design Competition. Want to be one of the lucky few to embark on the VIP trip? Enter the competition at Dasdesigncomp.com and dazzle the jury with the innovative and inspiring ways that you have incorporated Hansgrohe and/or Axor products in your recent projects. The keyword in DasDesignComp? Excellence: the jury is looking for excellence in design, sustainability and installation.

Note that your projects must have been built in the U.S. within the past three years (between January 1, 2011 and September 1, 2014) and fit into one of these categories: Residential, Hospitality, Commercial, or Multi-Housing/High-Rise.

The Winners of each category will receive a round trip to Germany plus three-night hotel accommodation to be part of a VIP delegation attending ISH, the world’s largest trade show for the combination of water and energy in building solutions, in Frankfurt in March 2015.

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Above: ISH, the world’s largest trade show for the combination of water and energy in building solutions

Be prepared to travel off the beaten path and sample German cuisine and culture in the company of other designers, media and the Hansgrohe team; get inspired by the region’s architecture; try Ebbelwoi (apple wine), and taste of one of the 1,500 German beers or sip wine from the Rhineland. Are you feeling the German spirit already? Because we are!

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Above: Frankfurt’s skyline and city center

To learn more about the competition and submit your projects, go to Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition. The deadline is September 2, 2014.

NeoCon 2014

By kristin-g

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Get ready for NeoCon 2014 as it returns to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago from June 9th – 11th! Celebrating its 46th anniversary as America’s largest design expo and conference with an expected attendance count of over 40,000 industry professionals, the show will not disappoint! This three-day event features over 700 of the top exhibitors in a variety of markets across the board including the workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, environmental, government, and educational. For a new twist, 2014 will bring in some new initiatives including educational programming featuring about 100 seminars, keynote presentations coming directly from industry experts, as well as specific events celebrating all Chicago has to offer through architecture and design.

Some highlights and things to look out for this year include the new and redesigned showrooms displaying product launches from the 700 exhibitors at the show, the inspiring seminar series featuring the numerous guest speakers, and a new way to navigate through the show, both quickly and easily, through the new NeoCon App.

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At NeoCon 2014 be on the look out for…

Keynote speakers and presentations

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Above: Tom Eich, CTO and partner of IDEO, will be giving one of the keynote presentations from the seminar series.

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Above: Scott Barry Kaufman will be another highly anticipated speaker at the event.

Other speakers include Adrian D. Smith, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Todd Bracher, of Todd Bracher Studio LLC and Scott Barry Kaufman.

Creative booths, events and product launches

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Above: 3M Architectural Markets will have a charging lounge featuring festive events throughout the show in space 8-5122. The lounge will include 3M lighting and surfaces, Stylex’s Share modular seating unit, and upholstery by Designtex.

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Above: Stylex will be debuting a range of seatings solutions, including the Nestle chair by Brad Ascalon, and introducing its new program of tables. Join them in their showroom (Suite 346) Monday, 3:30-6:00, for a party featuring sushi and cocktails from Chicago hotspot Sunda and music from the Mike Jeffers Jazz Trio.

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Above: ​Robert Allen Contract will be showcasing their latest collaboration with Kirk Nix, One Ten West, in booth 7-2114. This dynamic textile line fuses California cool with high design and intense durability, a perfect design solution for a range of contract settings!

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Above: The Sulawesi pattern from Arborite’s 2014 Collection, a high-pressure laminate that combines teak wood grain with a subtle textile look.

For exhibitor news, images and updates follow NeoCon on their social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Vine.

 

What We Saw at SightUnseen Offsite 2014

By kristin-g

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SightUnseen Offsite is creating a lot of buzz in the design world, not only from those in the industry, but from design lovers as well. The event, which took place May 16th-May 20th, featured various young designers and their unique and interesting pieces. For 2014, SightUnseen Offsite utilized two floors of space in SoHo to showcase the designers work. The event had an array of exciting exhibitors including AMMA Studio, Brook&Lyn, Chorin and more.

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Above: AMMA Studio which uses their unique style to recreate furniture through non traditional materials such as rock salt, sand, coffee, silica, and pink Himalayan salt. 

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Above: kelly behun | STUDIO produces unique elements of interior design to create interesting and innovative spaces.

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Above: Another designer that seems to be catching on the trend of utilizing materials in a futuristic sense, DAMM, showcased an arrangement of lighting fixtures made with marble, leather, and concrete.

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Above: Chorin is one of the new design brands that showcased at SightUnseen. With designers of various backgrounds such as furniture, interior architecture and graphic design, the designers are able to incorporate different areas of design into their pieces. The designers play with visual perspective as seen above.

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Above: Brook&Lyn is a Los-Angeles based husband and wife team of Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz. Jung displayed her paintings from the Woven Gradient Series. 

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Above: The Principals, a design studio based in Brooklyn, presented two new pieces from the Dead Chair Table series and the Brancusi Studies.

This event was organized by the blog SightUnseenan online magazine featuring design, art, fashion, and photography.

 

ICFF 2014: AISLE STYLE

By kristin

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Our friend (and creator of the addictive lifestyle blog, didi & the big apple) has a great eye, which is why we sent her roaming the aisles of the ICFF, armed with a camera, to bring you a visual snapshot of the stylish (and sometimes eyebrow-raising) exhibitors and show-goers at this year’s design fair.

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Pattern Play

Jonathan Goldsmith, eat your heart out!

Jonathan Goldsmith: Eat your heart out!

In fashion and in design, things have become softer

In fashion as well as design, things have become softer

 

An ICFF Dozen

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It’s always the way: After months of gearing up for ICFF, and the blur of activity and interaction that it brings, we find ourselves all of a sudden on the other side. From Tom Dixon to Trove, Artifort to Arborite, this cool dozen is just the tip of the design iceberg that was the Javits last weekend. Till next year!

Macondo by Trove

Above: Jungle fever – Macondo wallpaper by Trove

Artifort chairs (see email for details)

Above: New chairs by Artifort. Yellow chair: Gap chair  by Khodi Feiz. Orange & blue: Mushroom Junior & Orange Slice Junior – kids versions of iconic Pierre Paulin designs. Available in the US through M2L.

Iacoli & McAllister lights

Above: Frame Cluster lighting by Iacoli & McAllister

Ornamenta at Ceramics of Italy booth

Above: Ornamenta tiles at Ceramics of Italy booth

Etch by Tom Dixon

Above: Etch by Tom Dixon

Poehlmann+Maiarelli Rietveld chair (see email)

Above: Rietveld Rustic chair by Chris Poehlmann featuring Pyne laminate designed by Maiarelli Studio for Arborite‘s Ink collection

Polar Moss from Finland

Above: Polar Moss from Finland

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Above: Mineheart‘s Delf ceramic bulldog

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Above: Ross Lovegrove‘s Anne chair for Bernhardt Design

Mosaico+ at Ceramics of Italy booth

Above: Mosaico+ pixellated tiles in the Ceramics of Italy booth

Beach Ball Light by TobyHouse

Above: Beach Ball Light by TOBYHouse

Ann Tilley at Skram booth

Above: Ann Tilley wallhanging in the Skram booth

NASZ Gives a Polish Spin to WantedDesign

By Lucy

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Today’s post comes from guest blogger Marine!

Nasz, meaning “ours” in Polish, is an exhibition whose goal is to shed light on Polish design. Polish organization Culture.pl approached designers Tomek and Gosia Rygalik, partners of Studio Rygalik in Warsaw, to put together this project as curators. They partnered with renowned Polish designers, graphic designers, and illustrators, as well as talented design students and craftsmen to produce a collection of modern everyday life objects. Coat racks, chairs, tables, dish sets, toys and textiles: the designers succeeded in creating a cohesive collection of simple yet useful and playful products that undoubtedly could cross centuries.

The king of the show? A king indeed – King Lizard, an articulated toy composed of wooden pieces bounded together by leather. So smooth and flexible that you can put it on your shoulder and feel like a jungle adventurer!

Other wooden toys also made the show such as a ladybird composed of several wooden magnets that you can assemble and dissemble like a puzzle, leaving room for imagination. Some kids at the exhibition had such a great time playing with it that they almost ran away with it! No doubt you would have been tempted to do the same.

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Good MEWS in New York

By kristin

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One of the best parts of NYCxDESIGN is the inpouring of design cognoscenti from every corner of the globe and all disciplines of design. Tonight, the urbane Italian tile brand Mutina and tile distributor Stone Source hosted a private party in honor of British industrial designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and their new collection, MEWS, for Mutina.

In the Gensler-designed Stone Source showroom on Park Avenue

In the Gensler-designed Stone Source showroom on Park Avenue

Representing the acclaimed design duo – who have developed collections for major international companies including Vitra, Cappellini, Flos and Knoll – was Edward Osgerby who mingled with the crowd of tile-lovers and gave a sincere presentation on their work and design process, including the London 2012 Olympics torch.

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Edward Barber (one half of London-based designers, Barber & Osgerby)

Mews is a fascinating tile collection – influenced by the designers’ hometown as much as Mutina’s preference for beautiful, understated designs. Named after the small alleyways found in London, where stables have since been converted into apartments, Mews is a collection that mirrors the landscape, history and personality of the British capital. Even the colorways conjure images of the city with names like fog, pigeon, ink, chalk, soot and lead. One of the defining characteristics of the collection is the wide tonal range that adds depth and movement to the tiled surface. Each of the six colors contains 8-12 shade variations, which is one of the reasons the collection took two years to develop. According to Jay Osgerby, “We aimed to capture the natural tones and variations in light and shade that are present in our surroundings, the landscape of London.” 

Installations of Mews

Installations of Mews

 

A quicker cab ride during NYCxDESIGN—and every other day, too!

By sevan

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NYCxDESIGN kicked off  last Friday and your calendars are already chock-full of trade shows, cocktail parties, and gallery openings—all of which require you to magically get from downtown to uptown to crosstown, all within the same hour, and not look like you just ran a marathon. To manage this, you have two options: learn to teleport, or take a cab and hope for the best.

If you opt for the second option, there are two swank new apps that will make the process of paying for your rides a little less painful and a lot more quick; RideLinQ and Way2Ride are two new apps that let you automatically  pay for your yellow (or lime green!) ride right from your phone.

With RideLinQ, you just hop in, link your smartphone using the pairing code that appears on the TV screen in your cab, and when your ride is over, just get out and head to your event! The ride is automatically paid for and a receipt is emailed to you for your records. Way2Ride has a similar system, but to pair your phone, you just open the app and hold your phone up to the TV screen. An added perk: boasting the largest taxi network in NYC, you can use the app to find a vacant taxi.

So get in, get out, and get to where you’re really going!

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