Sight Unseen OFFSITE, May 13 – 16, 2016

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With its third edition happening on May 13 – 16, 2016, Sight Unseen OFFSITE coincides with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and NYCxDESIGN. Produced and curated annually by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, the co-founders of the editorial and curatorial consultancy, Sight Unseen, Sight Unseen OFFSITE provides a platform for the most directional, cutting-edge ideas in contemporary furniture design, with a special emphasis on independent studios, forward-thinking brands, and the best and brightest American talents.

Over the past two shows one has been able to see presentations by the likes of Grey Area, Tai Ping, Kelly Behun, Field Experiments, and last year, a Katie Stout pillow playground was added along with an American Design Club exhibition, and more.

This year the show takes over a new space with double the square-footage, inside the iconically sloped 1974 W.R. Grace building, boasting floor-to-ceiling views onto Bryant Park directly below, and Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer have set the bar high with an even more ambitious curatorial program.

Sight Unseen OFFSITE once again are partnering with Ford to bring the design thinking behind its cars to life, with a special immersive infinite sound bath installation “TOPO”, by the architecture firm Leong Leong. “TOPO” turns a flowing field of more than a thousand foam rollers, typically found in gyms, into a kind of musical instrument, using acoustic actuators to pick up ambient sounds and translate them into a sonic soundscape. The effect will be will create the sensation of being in different acoustic spaces depending where one is in the space and on how the different frequencies amplify and cancel each other out. With mirrors lining the installation, the overall effect distorts perceptions of distance, scale, and space.

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In addition to this acrylic and foam paradise, this year’s show will also have a major Norwegian element – an exhibition of works created by five Norwegian studios in collaboration with five American studios. Following a trip to Norway last year, Sight Unseen’s editors set up a cross-cultural exchange pairing five entrepreneurial American studios with five up-and-coming Norwegian studios, who spent six months together working long-distance on objects that utilize an American workshop for fabrication and that can be independently manufactured for future sales. The result is Norway x New York, a collection of collaborative furniture and lighting with a debut at Sight Unseen OFFSITE.

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Norway x New York Jonah Takagi (DC) and Hallgeir Homstvedt (NO)

Sight Unseen OFFSITE runs from Friday, May 13 through Monday, May 16, 2016.

DATE AND HOURS:

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM – Monday, May 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM

5/13: 12pm – 7pm

5/14: 11am – 7pm

5/15: 11am – 7pm

5/16: 9am – 5pm

 

LOCATION:

Grace Building

1114 Avenue of the Americas

15th Floor

New York

NY 10110

 

WantedDesign, May 2016

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The 6th edition of WantedDesign begins this month, with innovative products to see, great people to meet, and thought-provoking programs to attend, the lineup across their Manhattan and Brooklyn locations is one of their best yet.

WantedDesign’s original event location, the landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue in West Chelsea’s Historic District, has become a creative destination for the international design community. In 2016, WantedDesign Manhattan will be more international than ever covering 15 countries, including eight country pavilions: Argentina, France, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Canada (Quebec), Tunisia and the Netherlands. There will also be a strong Italian presence with some of the most renowned and innovative Italian design brands, including Alessi, Cappellini, Effeti, Horm.it, and Moroso.

The expansion to a second location at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn reflects the growing importance of Brooklyn as a hub for multidisciplinary creative thinkers and makers. Discover Transatlantic Creative Exchange and We Trust in Wood exhibitions at WantedDesign Brooklyn as well as Made in Western North Carolina, ECAL’s “Heart of Glass”, the Rado Star Prize for the 1st time in the U.S., and the 5th edition of their Design Schools Workshop.

With two events this May visitors can experience innovative installations, memorable products, pop-up stores, interactive experiences, convivial lounges, thought-provoking student workshops, engaging discourse and more.

Below are a few highlights of the exciting programming to look out for at this year’s shows:

“My Life in Design”

Friday, May 13, 10-11am at WantedDesign Brooklyn

WantedDesign NYC in collaboration with Be Original Americas and Alessi will come together for a talk with Alberto Alessi at Industry City on “My Life in Design” This conversation will focus on Alberto Alessi’s career, how he’s managed to accommodate nearly 300 designers and architects under the same roof, and the dreams and failures of an Italian Design Factory design manager. RSVP is a must by May 9 to beoriginal@bdeonline.biz

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Conversation Series

May 14th, 15th, 16th at 12-1pm at WantedDesign Manhattan

WantedDesign continues their Conversation series, a three-day program co-presented with Metropolis Magazine and hosted in the Conversation Room at Grimshaw. WantedDesign is a place where ideas are discussed and the public can engage with professionals to better understand design culture and business. Given that, design has always been about collaborations and encounters. The Conversation Series is the ideal place to get together, confront and ponder views on the international scene of design. This year, the conversation series will explore new prospective themes, like: design and science, design and cultural identity and the future of making. – Click here for more information.

Oui Design

Also launching at WantedDesign this May, in partnership with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is Oui Design, a brand new program, part of the French Embassy’s initiative to enhance French-American exchange in the field of design. Oui Design will present a series of projects at WantedDesign exploring the intersection of design and savoir-faire, new production processes and the impact of design on our daily lives. The program includes the Transatlantic Creative Exchange exhibition, We Trust inWood by matali crasset and Le vent des Forets, Visual Magnetics collaboration with French graphic artists Antoine+Manuel and a conversation presented by Intramuros magazine on the collaboration between Bernhardt design and French designer Oceane Delain. Lastly, the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle-Les Ateliers (ENSCI-Les Ateliers), will be leading the WantedDesign Design Schools Workshop this year.

 

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MANHATTAN LOCATION, DATES AND TIMES:

WantedDesign, Manhattan: May 13-16 2016

Terminal Stores

269 11th Avenue

New York

NY 10001

Friday May 13: Preview (by invitation only)

Saturday May 14 & Sunday May 15: From 10am to 7pm (open to trade and public)

Monday May 16: From 10am to 7pm (open to trade only)

 

BROOKLYN LOCATION, DATES AND TIMES:

WantedDesign, Brooklyn: May 7-17 2016 (Closed on May 9,10,11)

Industry City in Sunset Park

274 36th Street

Brooklyn

NY 11232

Saturday, May 7 – Sunday, May 8: from 11am to 6pm

Thursday, May 12 – Monday, May 16: from 11am to 6pm Tuesday, May 17: from 2pm to 6pm

It’s all systems go for BKLYN DESIGNS 2016!

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BKLYN DESIGNSone of the anchor fairs of NYCxDESIGN showcasing Brooklyn’s finest designers, makers and brands – will return to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint from May 6-8, 2016! Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, it was one of the first fairs to shine a spotlight on the rich creative economy in Brooklyn, highlighting contemporary products across furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles and jewelry. From modern heirloom furniture and artistic lighting to sustainable surfacing and handmade accessories, the show will feature inspiring products from 50+ emerging designers and established brands hailing from all corners of the borough. Complementing the amazing range of innovative furniture on display will be a variety of installations, pop-up shops, workshops/demos, a seminar series and satellite talks. Below is a list of the exciting programming to look out for at this year’s show:

Diverse array of exhibitors from independent designers to collectives: At BKLYN DESIGNS, a variety of work will be on display. Designers will launch entirely new brands (such as Cam Crockford Design, Calator Design, earthly and POPA), alongside established design veterans (including Mark Jupiter, a 4th generation NYC furniture creator and Think Fabricate a multi-disciplinary design studio).

BKLYN BUYS juried marketplace of small items for sale: The show’s curated marketplace will return giving attendees the opportunity to take a bit of the show home with them, from handcrafted accessories to beautiful books to unique design objects. The pavilion will celebrate the wealth of creativity and craftsmanship in the borough.

Pop-up shops featuring modern design goods: American Design Club will strengthen this retail hub, offering products for sale by well-known Brooklyn designers and NYCxDESIGN Destinations: Cornhole, a usable gallery of one-of-a-kind cornhole boards designed by surprise collaborators.

Showcase of Pratt student & alumni work: In an exciting partnership with the Pratt Institute, BKLYN DESIGNS will be able to represent both student and alumni work from the borough’s premier design school.

Micro Loft concept space: A collaboration between AJ Madison, AphroChic, Resource Furniture, and Con Edison, this installation will bring smart living to the forefront with cutting-edge kitchen appliances, space-saving furniture, and an all around beautiful, functional design.

Virtual reality lounge: With the huge presence of virtual reality as a tool in design and architecture, Sunchaser Entertainment and the Architecture & Design Film Festival will help us represent this important emerging technology at the show with an immersive virtual reality experience concerning space & architecture.

12 panel discussions on design, architecture, technology & more: Topics include the development of the Brooklyn waterfront, product design and fabrication, hospitality design in Brooklyn, adaptability and scale in green architecture, and designing for small spaces. There will be a variety of robust topics on the table for the show’s design-savvy audience.

Satellite talks on living, designing & entertaining: Many of the show’s installations will host talks and sessions, such as the THINK + [TABLE], where attendees are invited to grab a seat and participate in the discussion.

Workshops on textiles, 3D printing & more: A brand new initiative, the show’s Maker’s Lab will feature workshops and tutorials for those who’d like to try their hand at some of the crafts our Brooklyn designers have mastered.

On-site consultations & portfolio reviews: Aspiring designers will have a chance to connect with established designers and brands, including a portfolio review by the American Design Club.

Interactive installations for kids & adults: With the show weekend including Mother’s Day, BKLYN DESIGNS provides design-centric programming for all ages. For example, young attendees can interact with Rockwell Group’s popular Imagination Playground of architectural blocks that can be combined in different creative ways.

Cafes & bars featuring local vendors: Delicious drinks and food from local vendors will be available throughout the show.

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Collective Design Fair, May 3 – 8, NYC

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Now in its fourth year, the Collective Design Fair in west Soho, NYC, has cemented itself as a commanding presence on the annual New York Design Week calendar, featuring works from a global roster of established and emerging galleries worldwide.

This year’s fair will showcase an exciting program of special installations, curator-led tours, and Collective Conversations featuring designers, gallerists, educators and cultural innovators exploring vital topics in the field of design.

Not to be missed is and suitably located within the entry hall of the Collective Fair, is ‘Capture’ an explorative collaboration of Rome and New York City between NOSANCHUK and Flavor Paper. ‘Capture’ combines the installation of the “Super Series” kaleidoscopic wallpapers based on David Nosanchuk’s photographs of art and architecture, for Flavor Paper with his most recent work, “Louie”, a 3D printed pendant derived from a laser mapping of a cornice detail of Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict building in NYC, for .exnovo.

The ‘Super Series’ wallpapers were launched in the fall 2013 and have been met with international recognition. Since then, the works have been acquired for the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt, a Smithsonian Institution and Les Art Decoratifs, Paris.

Louie and InBetween wallpaper for this year’s Collective Design installation. Photo credit: Boone Speed

Louie and InBetween wallpaper for this year’s Collective Design installation.
Photo credit: Boone Speed

New to the fair for 2016 is Collective Concept, a capsule presentation where contemporary designers working in lighting, furnishings, ceramics or textiles are encouraged to explore new directions and reconnect with the roots of their design thinking. Each designer will create a fully realized environment onsite, providing a rare view into the creative practice.

 Here Fort Standard, a collaborative partnership between Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings will be debuting their new collection entitled ‘Qualities of Material’ The collection pushes natural materials such as wood, stone and leather beyond conventional limits and applications thereby delving further into the experimental dimension of their design process.

Introducing Fort Standard's "Qualities of Material" Furniture Collection Photography by Brian Ferry

Introducing Fort Standard’s “Qualities of Material” Furniture Collection Photography by Brian Ferry

Also part of Collective Concept is Lindsey Adelman. Founded in 2006, Adelman’s studio signature aesthetic was born with the release of its first product: the Branching Bubble chandelier, which combines organic elements of blown glass with more rational machined components. Since then, the studio has explored that same visual tension throughout a range of products and disciplines, working with an expanded materials palette to create products from concrete tile to wallpaper.

Lindsey Edelman exhibiting a new video, drawings, and chandelier with Nymphenburg porcelain as part of Collective Concept at The Collective Design Fair. Studio Photography Lauren Coleman

Lindsey Edelman exhibiting a new video, drawings, and chandelier with Nymphenburg porcelain as part of Collective Concept at The Collective Design Fair. Studio Photography Lauren Coleman 

An exclusive exhibition of graduate work from the Cranbrook 3D Design Department has also been curated for the 2016 fair. Fine Design for the End of the World will explore how today’s most pressing challenges—such as social and economic inequalities, rampant material consumption, and environmental degradation—can become subjects for critical and poetic reflection in design objects.

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LOCATION:

Skylight Clarkson, 550 Washington Street, New York City

DATES AND TIMES:

May 3: 3-6pm Press & Collector’s Preview

May 3: 6-9pm VIP Opening

May 4-7: 11am-8pm

May 8: 11am-5pm

ONE OF A KIND SPRING SHOW APRIL 29 – MAY 1, CHICAGO

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After 15 years of celebrating artists and their handmade work during the Holiday season, The Mart has added a Spring Show, launching this weekend, April 29-May 1.

If you are stumped in finding a birthday or Mother’s Day gift, visitors can shop directly from 300 talented makers from across North America to find something truly unique and handmade. Alongside the shopping experience there will be food, entertainment and Spring-themed programming.

Products such as Ceramics, Home Goods, Jewelry, Sculpture and even goods for Pets amongst others will be available to purchase.

Tickets are available to purchase online and are valid for all 3 days.

DATES AND TIMES:

Friday, April 29, 
11am-8pm

Saturday, April 30, 
10am-7pm

Sunday, May 1, 
10am-5pm

LOCATION:

The Mart, 7TH Floor

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza

Chicago, IL 60654

 

AIA CONVENTION, MAY 19 – 21, PHILADELPHIA

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From May 19 – 21 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) will hold their annual convention in Philadelphia. As one of the largest annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S., over three days, visitors can expect a thought-provoking lineup of celebrity speakers, an array of tours, parties, exhibitors, seminars, and more.

Here’s a quick look at how to make the most of three days packed with opportunities:

  • Celebrity and Keynote Speaker Lineup 

Convention features creative visionaries from the architecture and design industry and beyond—including keynoters Kevin Spacey, Neri Oxman, and Rem Koolhaas.

  • Tour and Explore the city of Philadelphia

Other than the infamous cheese-steaks, Philly is packed with historic highlights, must-see architecture, beautiful squares, vibrant markets, stunning gardens, cobbled streets lined with pubs, great restaurants, live music, and murals of heroic scale. Through the convention one can sign up for an educational curated tour that will give you a one-of-a-kind experience that also earns you continuing education credit.

  • Learn and earn credits

Earn a year’s worth of continuing education credits with the latest from leading experts on topics including resiliency, business management, ADA compliance, LEED, green building, design and health, and more.

  • Discover the latest products and trends

Explore over 170,000 sq. ft. packed with nearly 800 exhibitors and the latest in materials, technology, and trends. Earn credits for chatting with experts on the expo floor.

  • Party at the Market

Join your friends and fellow members for an evening of fun and networking at the convention’s biggest party, all to the tunes of Philly’s own Bacon Brothers.

  • Save with special pricing and great rates

AIA Convention 2016 is free for new members.

Students register for $25.

Young professionals save nearly 30%.

 

#Flashback Friday to the 2016 Architectural Digest Design Show

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It’s #Flashback Friday, so we are rewinding to this time last month and recapping some of our favorite finds from the Architectural Digest Design Show. In its milestone 15th year, the show broke records as attendance reached a high of over 40,000, with a 15% increase in trade attendance over last year, and a double-digit increase over the past two years. The essential showcase for luxury design delivered 420 exceptional brands, 11 powerful seminar programs, and a myriad of exciting special events.
The AD Design Show’s signature feature areas of REFRESH, FURNISH, MADE, and SHOPS were replete with luxury design products, many on view for the very first time in the U.S. There was a large contingent of new exhibitors: 117 overall, 69 of them in the MADE section. Design inspiration continued in the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio, the official show theater, which hosted captivating seminars, including a keynote by Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell with Reed and Daphne Krakoff. There were also lively and informative sessions with interior designers Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Suzanne Kasler, Campion Platt, Vicente Wolf and AD 100 Architect Alexander Gorlin, as well as TV personalities Genevieve Gorder and George Oliphant, and more. Special networking events, demonstrations and tours rounded out the exclusive experience.
The Show also marked a number of milestones for participating exhibitors, especially in the REFRESH pavilion. Here’s a look at some highlights from the 2016 collection of kitchen, bath, luxury appliances, and premium building products.

Founded in 1683, Gaggenau just turned 333 years old. The German brand displayed its new 400 combi-steam oven series, which is ideal for sous-vide cooking. Thermador celebrated its 100-year anniversary by showcasing an exceptional range of products including an updated 36” Induction Cooktop with Flex Induction, which is set to be released this summer, as well as a 24” Custom Panel Refrigerator, which will be available this fall. Baldwin Hardware turned 70 in a bold and beautiful fashion, unveiling new additions to its Reserve collection, as well as knobs integrated with a new push-button privacy feature to enhance egress functionality. Third-generation, family-owned Sub-Zero Group, Inc. also recently celebrated 70 years. From the first freezer built in Westye F. Bakke’s basement, to the recent rollout of more than 70 new generation Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, the company continues to innovate. It introduced its first ever Wolf Induction Range at the show. The oven combines the sleek design and efficient performance of induction with the precise control and power of the iconic Wolf dual convection range.

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Baldwin opened the door to another 70+ years of style!

As technology has become a dominant force in our everyday lives, the need for connectivity has become increasingly important. From appliances to entertainment, this was a major focus throughout REFRESH this year. Zephyr, a leader in kitchen ventilation design, innovation, and technology, has elevated the range hood to its rightful place in the kitchen. The company introduced its DCBL Suppression System™ technology, which features up to 77% more energy efficiency and 77% less noise. In 2015, Jenn-Air debuted its connected wall oven. This year, the brand announced an exciting new partnership with Nest that builds on the benefits of the oven’s connectivity. Jenn-Air also expanded its eye-catching Obsidian refrigerator offerings with a new counter-depth, free-standing model that will also be the brand’s first connected refrigerator. Dacor’s new Discovery WineStation® is the first product of its kind to have a built-in, commercial-grade wine dispenser and preservation system for the home. The four-bottle wine dispenser and preservation system gives users the option of pouring a taste or full glass of perfectly persevered wine with the touch of a finger. Dacor also introduced new voice activated kitchen technology, bringing the connected kitchen to passionate cooking and technology enthusiasts. Liebherr’s BioFresh technology maintains the ideal environment for ultimate food freshness so your favorite cheese’s shelf life can be extended for more than 100 days compared to conventional refrigerators.

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Jenn-Air’s side X side Obsidian refrigerator

If it wasn’t connectivity, it was color that captured the eye. Exhibitors delivered the wow factor in every hue imaginable. Big Chill, the maker of the Retro Fridge, now offers turquoise as a standard color. Its range of product offerings includes refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, hoods, and wall ovens available in more than 200 colors, as well as custom colors. These are not your grandmother’s pastels. Pantone shows us that former design trends – like pastels – can make a comeback, but with a little reinvention. BlueStar launched its first ever Built-in Refrigeration Line. It offers advanced food preservation capabilities, unique features for the discerning home entertainer, plus unmatched customization options, including over 750 color and finish options to match BlueStar cooking and ventilation products. The celebration of color continued at ILVE, which introduced its new Custom Color Program of over 220 hues, allowing for more personalized options than ever before.

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Big Chill now comes in turquoise!

For those seeking a European aesthetic, first time exhibitor Ronbow’s Signature Series certainly fits the bill. The brand’s new suite brings together nine premier artists and designers from six European countries to create 11 diverse and luxurious collections of trendsetting bathroom products. In particular, style from Italy was a trend on the show floor. Bertazzoni, a 130-year-old Italian family-owned business, just launched its first-ever kitchen suite, adding refrigeration and dishwashers to its Master, Professional, and Heritage lines of appliances. Although crafted in Italy, each appliance is made to U.S. market specifications. (Made-to-order in inches.) Combining Italian design with Viking Professional performance, the Tuscany range, which debuted at Viking Range, LLC’s booth, was born in the heart of Italy. The sophisticated new line of Italian Provincial ranges are sized and featured to meet the needs of American architecture and lifestyles. Belgian brand van Cronenburg Architectural Hardware was evidence that high design should, and can be, considered at every level, from major appliances, to hardware. With its wide range of chic knobs, pulls, and more, van Cronenburg has those little details covered. Imbued with character, each of the products has a unique name, which refers to the first project the item was developed for, or is a wink to a time period, style, mythological figure, or someone at the company.

The kitchen and bath of today demand a high level of functionality, flexibility and, of course, customization. The Galley understands the great amount of time spent at the kitchen sink and believes it should no longer be an afterthought in the kitchen design process. The Oklahoma-based company partnered with Doug Durbin to create the Galley Dresser, an entire piece of furniture that incorporates all the elements of the workstation—including a sink, cutting boards, drain racks, bowls, and colanders—as well as drawers and cabinets for all your storage needs. It is available in four sizes and 13 high-gloss finishes, including fumed eucalyptus.  Bosch Home Appliances uses a series of modern design principles, including ergonomic design and precision technology, to enable a healthier lifestyle in the kitchen. Its new 24-inch Custom Panel Appliances are made for small spaces, and are now available with custom paneling. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s booth catered to both the contemporary and classic taste with variety of on-trend lighting, appliances and plumbing products from top brands like Axor, Hubbardton Forge, and Kohler. And for that extra little sparkle, RangeCraft Manufacturing displayed a new line of range hoods embellished with Swarovski® crystals. RangeCraft is honored to be the only kitchen range hood company approved to be recognized by the “Crystals by Swarovski” Seal, which serves as a “Certificate of Authenticity” that identifies products made with genuine Swarovski crystals.

The Axor Citterio Select Kitchen Faucet was featured in Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s booth.

The Axor Citterio Select Kitchen Faucet was featured in Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s booth.

 

With so many exceptional kitchen, bath, appliance, and building product options, this year’s REFRESH raised the bar. The Architectural Digest Design Show will return next year to Piers 92 & 94, March 16-19, 2017. See you there!

 

Design on a Dime, NYC April 21 – 23, 2016

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Ongoing this week until April 23, is Design on a Dime, and is what Elle Décor calls ‘an unmatched shopping opportunity’. This three- day shopping event features more than 60 of the world’s top interior designers, who create unforgettable room vignettes with new merchandise, which is donated and then sold for 50 to 70 percent off retail!

The 12th annual Opening Night reception on Thursday, April 21, 2016, New York City’s most popular interior design benefit event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, New York, brings together hundreds of VIPs, designers, and friends of Housing Works. A-list design enthusiasts mingle with top designers, including event chairs. Guests will get the first public look at the room vignettes and enjoy exclusive preview shopping, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment.

Join Design on a Dime Founding Chair James Huniford, along with Co-Chairs Michael Boodro, editor-in-chief of ELLE DECOR, celebrated decorator Alessandra Branca, interior designer, television personality and design blogger Nicole Gibbons, and George Oliphant, host of NBC’s George to the Rescue, to celebrate twelve years of Design on a Dime.

Opening Night Reception:

Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Location:

The Metropolitan Pavilion – 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Public Sale Days:

Friday, April 22, 10am – 7pm

Saturday, April 23, 10am – 5pm

Discover the hidden Milan during the Design Week

By barbara

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When Milan–the design capital of the world–hosts its annual, highly-acclaimed Design Week, the whole world takes notice. Milan Design Week (aka Salone Internazionale del Mobile) is a week long event featuring 2,400+ exhibitors and over 1,000 events all over the city.

The fuorisalone–the events surrounding the famed Milan Design Week–gives visitors a chance to sip fine Italian wine and waltz about places that usually are not open to the public. We reported back about a few of our favorites.

One of our first stops upon touching down in Milan was to see the restorations that Lasvit made to 4 chandeliers in the historic Palazzo Serbelloni. Lasvit, a Czech company famous for their bespoke bohemian glass, lit up the Napoleonic floor of Palazzo Serbelloni with innovative lighting, precious pendants, and the original chandeliers of the building renovated just for Salone del Mobile. Famous international designers Arik Levy, Daniel Libeskind, Patricia Urquiola, and the Campana Brothers are among those who choose Lasvit and stand behind its mission: to transform glass into breathtaking light and design experiences.

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Lasvit at Palazzo Serbelloni

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LUDWIG by Maurizio Galante (on the right) for Lasvit

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FACET by Moritz Waldemeyer (on the left) and PRAHA by Stanislav Libensky (on the right)

 

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RADIANT by Patricia Urquiola (on the left) and ICE vases by Daniel Libeskind (on the right)

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CRYSTAL ROCK by Arik Levy (on the left) and CANDY by Campana Brothers (on the right)

Also mixing the old with the new, The Masterly-The Dutch organization has a contemporary Dutch exhibition at Palazzo Turati. The palace has on display a wide array of Dutch design pieces–the first Dutch pavilion in 55 years hosted in a historical building.

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15.000 tulips color the courtyard

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Palazzo Turati – The Dutch, Masterly

Palazzo Turati - The Dutch, Masterly

Palazzo Turati – The Dutch, Masterly

Next on our list was Palazzo Crespi. The best and brightest in the design and art fields came out to Palazzo Crespi for the New York Times T magazine party to start the week of Salone del Mobile. T was honoring the late architect and set designer, Renzo Mongiardino, who would’ve been turning 100. Mongiardino designed the Palazzo Crespi, so it was fitting that the celebration take place there. Though the party is over, visitors are still free to tour Palazzo Crespi.

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Palazzo Crespi

Palazzo Crespi hosted The New York Times party

Palazzo Crespi hosted The New York Times party

The Italian architect, Pietro Portaluppi, is known for his beautiful restorations of Palazzo Crespi and Casa degli Atellani as well as his design of Villa Necchi. All three are a must-see. Be sure to check out the 15th century garden of Casa degli Atellani where you can find a small house that had been built for Leonardo Da Vinci as his residence during the works at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Movie buffs and design lovers alike will find it interesting to know that the Golden Globe winning movie, Io sono l’Amore, starring Tilda Swinton, was filmed at Villa Necchi.

We’d highly recommend planning a tour among the Portaluppi works or any of the other magical, hidden gems of Milan that are brought to the forefront during Salone del Mobile.

Tom Dixon live at Wallpaper* party

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The Milan Design Week is hard work. We talk, we walk, we connect people, we present products and we have fun too. Especially when invited to the Wallpaper* party with Tom Dixon playing live with his band.

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Tom Dixon is an extraordinary bass player

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Tom Dixon and his band

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Thousands of chocolate cubes at the Wallpaper* party

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