DesignMiami/ 2018

By Katie Suh


What is design in the 21st century, how is it defined, or is there even a way to define it? How does design play a role in our day-to-day lives and how does it impact the way we interact in society? DesignMiami/ addresses these questions and presents the ongoing ever-evolving discipline of culture, art, and architecture when it makes its return this December (on view December 5-9, 2018)!  Over the past 13 years, DesignMiami/ has quickly evolved to become one of the foremost design and architecture fairs in the world bringing together a global spectrum of people including collectors, gallerists, designers, curators, and critics. This year, DesignMiami/ is bringing together another spectacular roundup of leaders for the Design Talks program. These industry leaders have been actively influencing the design discourse and production and they will be addressing and discussing the most compelling current topics of design.

The very core of DesignMiami/ is a marketplace for collectible design, attracting the highest level of private and public collectors of historical and contemporary design. Featured works are by pioneering modernists to cutting edge contemporary designers of the 20th and 21st century. In addition, DesignMiami/ collaborates with partners such as Airbnb, Audi, Douglas Elliman, Fendi, Maison Perrier-Jouet, and Louis Vuitton in order to present new works of design. These collaborations take the form of immersive installations, curated exhibitions, and exquisite objets d’art.

"One of Airbnb's most appealing features is staying at a stranger's home. With that in mind, the online lodging company enlisted Belgium studio Muller Van Severen to recreate the shared home of its founding principals...Simultaneously inviting and mysterious, the replication includes details that make this 'fake' version an intimate portrait of a home away from home." - Harris, Azure Magazine

Airbnb installation from DesignMiami/ 2017

Audi installation from DesignMiami/ 2015

Audi installation from DesignMiami/ 2015

Fendi installation from DesignMiami/ 2017

Fendi installation from DesignMiami/ 2017

Curio, Design Miami/’s newest exhibition platform is a series of special installations on display throughout the fair that showcase cabinets of curiosity. The program includes works from the 20th and 21st centuries, and embodies thought-provoking installations of scientific and technological research alongside handcraft and creative production.

Design Curio: Gallerist Patrick Parrish collaborated with MIT's Self-Assembly Lab and Christophe Guberan to present the Lab's Rapid Liquid Printing technology.

Design Curio: Gallerist Patrick Parrish collaborated with MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and Christophe Guberan to present the Lab’s Rapid Liquid Printing technology.

Design Curio: "Me and my brother teach primary school kids to work with their hands, making things from the leftover materials around them - things like slats of wood and plastic toys." Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana.

Design Curio: Oatmeal bowls by Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana. “Me and my brother teach primary school kids to work with their hands, making things from the leftover materials around them – things like slats of wood and plastic toys.”

DesignMiami/ also partners with museums, foundations and schools to support the cultivation of design. Every year, DesignMiami/ commissions rising architects to design the expo’s entrance. Last year, the award was given to “Basel-based architecture and design firm Christ & Gantenbein” to design the Mwabwindo Series, a series of furniture to donate to the Mwabwindo School. The firm created simple wooden blocks that could be interlocked like Lego pieces to create stools and tables for the Mwabwindo School. The firm was selected because of the precision of the design on its contextual terms. The making of the pieces would support the Zambian economy since the pieces would be produced locally and delivered for local assemblage. Furthermore, the furniture proved to be economical and sustainable as it could be arranged in an array of configurations, adapting to the changing needs of the classroom.

Furniture prototypes that display the lego-like feature for diverse arrangements.

Furniture prototypes that display the lego-like feature for diverse arrangements

Blueprint of the Mwabwindo School

Blueprint of the Mwabwindo School

DesignMiami/ is located at Meridian Ave., and 19th St., just adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Get your tickets here when they are available for sale. 

Highlights from Archtober 2018

By Katie Suh


It’s already mid-November and yesterday we had our first snow of the season! It seems as if October flew over us, so we wanted to highlight some of our favorite events from Archtober! This year marked the 8th annual Archtober celebration, a month-long event that takes place throughout the month of October. Organized by the Center for Architecture, Archtober celebrates New York’s architecture and design through various curated activities, programs, and exhibitions.

Some of the most interesting events are the building/ site tours that take place each day. Take a look at some of our favorites from the tour:

Domino Park, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn opened June of this year. The site was actually the home of Domino Sugar Factory which closed in 2004. For years, the 11-acre land lay dormant while talks over development flung back and forth between community members and city officials. Finally in 2012, the land was acquired by real estate development firm Two Trees Management Company. Redevelopment began and Domino Park opened this summer. The redevelopment of the space poses an interesting juxtaposition between the past and the present, showing the evolution of spatial areas over time. And from this project, we can see the development of an entire community – the development of Brooklyn’s east waterfront community – and the evolution of what once was a largely industrial community to what it is today: a lively community of vibrant synergies. But the legacy of the people that shaped the community, and the community that shaped the history remains. And it is through the architecture of the park we can see the merge of the past with the present.


Domino Park 2018. Courtesy of Curbed NY.

Before becoming Domino Park, the site was the home of Domino Sugar Factory. Courtesy of Paul Raphaelson.

Before becoming Domino Park, the site was the home of Domino Sugar Factory. Courtesy of Paul Raphaelson.

Domino Park today. Courtesy of solepsizm /

Domino Park 2018. Courtesy of solepsizm /

Five Manhattan West was another point of interest to us. Though it boasts its modern appearance today, its history actually dates back to 1969. With its first inception in 1969, the building was applauded for being the paradigm of the late Brutalist architecture. But over the years, it had become more of an ancient artifact and many people began to consider it an eyesore because of its hard, formidable structure. Even talks over its demolition took place. Eventually, the building underwent a massive facelift and today, it showcases a brilliantly modern structure with a glass facade that zig-zags down like a magnificent manmade waterfall.

5 Manhattan West 2018. Courtesy of Brookfield Property Partners.

Five Manhattan West 2018. Courtesy of Brookfield Property Partners.

Before the renovation. Courtesy of REX.

Before the renovation. Courtesy of REX.

123 Melrose was another site that caught our eyes. At first sight, the residential building can almost be mistaken for a museum or a gallery, with its seven-story murals on the walls which can be seen from the outside through its glass-lined corridors. The building displays the theme and the current trend of bringing art and culture into communal spaces. 123 Melrose is a dynamic space that ignites curiosity and brings the community together. According to the Principal Architect Eran Chen, “The present wave of urban renewal in Bushwick gives us not only the opportunity but the responsibility to adjust old modes of living to our current ways of life… creating a strong sense of community and providing the kind of housing forms we all dream of.”

Courtesy of Denizen.

Courtesy of Denizen.

If you didn’t have a chance to check out these buildings from Archtober, make sure to check them out some other time. There are also a multitude of other structures totally worth exploring!

Celebrating the 2018 “Women in Design”

By Christie Chen


At Design-Calendar, we love to celebrate influential women in the design industry. Organized by top B2B design publications, which includes Hospitality Design, design:retail, Healthcare Design, Environments for Aging, and Contract, the inaugural Women in Design program spotlighted many such female movers and shakers. On October 30th, their names were announced at a special luncheon celebration. Keynote presenter Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, cofounder of Vera Bradley, spoke at the event.

This year’s inaugural Women in Design honorees included:

Deborah Berke

Partner, Deborah Berke Partners, New York

Ava Bradley

Creative Director and Global Senior Vice President of Design, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, San Francisco

Lauren Geremia

Principal, Geremia Design, San Francisco

Dina Griffin

President, Interactive Design Architects, Chicago

Robin Guenther

Principal, Perkins+Will

Suzen Heeley

Executive Director, Design and Construction, Facilities Management Division, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Cindi Kato

Vice President and Global Retail Business Development Director, CallisonRTKL, Seattle; President, PAVE Board

Margaret McMahon

Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Wimberly Interiors, New York

Jane Rohde

Principal, JSR Associates, Maryland

Roya Sullivan

National Director, Window Presentation, Macy’s, New York


Photo Courtesy of Hospitality Design

Coming Soon: The Salon Art + Design

By Katie Suh


Every fall, The Salon Art + Design opens with the world’s most prestigious galleries presenting their exquisite collections of historical, modern, and contemporary art, design, and furniture. This year, The Salon is scheduled to take place on November 8th-12th at The Park Avenue Armory, New York. 56 galleries from 11 countries will exhibit their dazzling collections of decor that span from the early modernist Nouveau to the late 20th century – works by the masters to the young and upcoming talents.

Book signings, design discussions, and talks and screenings, are just some of the plethora of events scheduled for The Salon. Several special installations from leading brands will also be on view throughout the event. Maison Goyard will present an exclusive installation with the theme,“In Praise of Slowness,” which will showcase a snail pulling a net of Goyard trunks – a playful and poetic metaphor for slowness as the epitome of grand craftsmanship and design. Another installation will be from Eileen Fisher, which will highlight the blurred boundaries of design in today’s world. The installation will feature wall hangings and interior decor made from stitching together old garments, effectively showing today’s dynamic, circular economy in which art, design, textiles, and activism intersect.

Goyard at The Salon 2017. Courtesy of Maison Goyard.

Goyard at The Salon 2017. Courtesy of Maison Goyard.

Exhibition from Milan, Salone de Mobile 2018. Courtesy of Eileen Fisher|DesignWork

Exhibition from Milan, Salone de Mobile 2018. Courtesy of Eileen Fisher|DesignWork.

Our friends at Architectural Digest think “The Salon is one of the few happenings of this sort that can’t be missed.” We couldn’t agree more!

Get Ready for The Alpha Workshops’ Masquerade Ball!

By Katie Suh


The Alpha Workshops is back with its annual Masquerade Ball! This year’s theme, Alpha After Dark, invites guests to dress up as their favorite nocturnal creatures and dance the night away at Stage 48 in Manhattan. Garnering over 300 of New York’s most prominent professionals within the design community, including interior designers, architects, manufacturers, and press, the Masquerade Ball is one of the most anticipated design events of the year. For over a decade, this event has benefited the Alpha Workshops Studio School – the only school in the nation that professionally trains people with HIV/ AIDS in the decorative arts field. Alpha After Dark will be hosted on Tuesday, October 30th.  

Here’s a look at last year’s Exotic Aquatic-themed event which was co-hosted with Benjamin Moore and Drake Anderson.







Courtesy of The Alpha Workshops.

About The Alpha Workshops:

The Alpha Workshops is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 in Manhattan’s Chelsea area. It was modeled after Omega Workshops, the Wiener Werkstätte, the Bauhaus, and the American Arts & Crafts movement. It is the umbrella organization of: The Alpha Workshops Studio School (AWSS) and The Alpha Workshops Studio. AWSS is a vocational school formally licensed by the New York State Department of Education and the Alpha Workshops Studio is an acclaimed profession design studio staffed by AWSS graduates. The Alpha Workshops has rapidly grown over the years and has touched the lives of many along its path. It has received press coverage in Architectural Digest, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Contract, Domino, ELLE DECOR, House & Garden, House Beautiful, InStyle Home, Interior Design, Metropolis, Metropolitan Home, Metrosource, Newsday, Newsweek, New York Magazine, New York Spaces, O at Home, POZ, The Daily News, The New York Times, The Robb Report, Time Out, Traditional Home, Veranda, and Vogue Living. Today, it is recognized as the nation’s one-and-only non-profit organization that provides a decorative arts education and employment to talented people of communities that are at-risk or with disabilities or other vulnerabilities, and it continues its dedication to “creating beauty and changing lives”.

ADFF Kicks Off with World Premiere of Leaning Out!

By Katie Suh


The 10th season of the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) kicked off in New York Tuesday night with the World Premiere of Leaning Out, directed by Basia and Leonard Myszynski. This moving documentary tells the untold story of the World Trade Center’s lead structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson, the legendary man who oversaw the construction of the world’s tallest skyscraper at the time.

Young Les with WTC sketch_Composite for Leaning Out_Courtesy LRobertson_

Image: Courtesy of Leslie E. Robertson.

The film begins with the tragic events of September 11, 2001 – the day the Twin Towers came tumbling down. Even today, 17 years later, we are still haunted by grief and sadness when we pass by the 9/11 Memorial, which stands exactly where the Twin Towers originally stood, tall and proud.

Leaning Out delves into the prolific life of Robertson, touching upon his early life and his successful career as a structural engineer, working on projects like the World Financial Center in Shanghai and the Lotte World Tower in Seoul. The film chronicles the story of the Twin Towers through Robertson’s eyes – from the innovations he brought to the Towers’ design, to the enormous sense of guilt he still carries over their collapse on 9/11.

The film also offers a unique lens into the Towers’ role in preserving lives. The structures were able to resist the impact of both crashes, thereby allowing people to escape through the stairwells, which remained largely intact until the buildings collapsed. And because the buildings collapsed vertically, rather than toppling over onto other buildings, thousands of lives in the surrounding areas were spared. Despite the many lives lost that day, and although Robertson is still burdened by guilt, Leaning Out shows us that his innovative designs actually helped to save many people who might have otherwise perished.

Twin Towers in orange light_Courtesy Les Robertson

Photo: Courtesy of Leslie E. Robertson.

Ultimately, the directors take us on a journey to discovering a brilliant man who, in his post-war experience and in the wake of 9/11, became an activist and a pacifist. Leaning Out poses a juxtaposition between loss, survival, and healing through the intricate weaving of the storyline by the film’s directors Basia and Leonard Myszynski.

Les by steel beam from WTC_Leaning Out_Photo Credit LMyszynski_2017

Photo: Courtesy of Leonard Myszynski.

Leaning Out is on view Friday, Oct. 19th and Saturday Oct. 20th. For more information, click here.

WestEdge Design Fair 2018

By Katie Suh


WestEdge Design Fair is returning this fall (October 18th to October 21st) at the Barker Hanger – Southern California’s premier venue for the most exclusive events. Now in its sixth year, WestEdge has established itself as the leading contemporary design fair in the West Coast – attracting over 12,000 attendees, 175 exhibitors and 70 special guest speakers. As the central hub of design, the West Coast has the largest chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and other professional trade associations.

As is tradition, the show will kick-off with a floor-wide Opening Night party to benefit Safe Place for Youth, a non-profit organization that aims to provide critical resources for homeless youth. More than 1,500 attendees are expected; among those will be prominent business leaders, acclaimed media partners, connoisseurs of design, celebrities, and emerging stars in the design community. There will be a preview of the fair before it opens to the public as well as an auction that will feature exclusive designer items. Throughout the action-packed night, guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

A diverse showcase of talent, WestEdge includes brands and manufacturers from all over the world including Canada, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, Japan, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Thailand, Iceland and more. Rising designers, artisans and makers will be featured as well with an array of modern designs. Attendees can check out a range of programs, workshops, meet-and-greets, book signings, culinary demonstrations and tastings, networking opportunities, and more.

This year’s Feature Areas include:

“WestEdge is the most important trade show we have in Los Angeles.  This curated show brings together new, luxurious, and important designers, artists, manufacturers and visionaries.  It is here that you will get up-close-and-personal with key trendsetters and innovators making a difference in the world of design. It’s a must-see event each year and an honor to align myself with the WestEdge team on every level.” – LA ASID Chapter President (2015-16), Laura Schwartz 

High Point Market Returns this Fall!

By Katie Suh


High Point Market (HPMKT) is around the corner! Kicking off on October 13th, designers and industry insiders will arrive in North Carolina for the mecca of all things home. Established in 1909 as the Southern Furniture Market, HPMKT has become one of the most anticipated shows in the design industry, attracting over 75,000 guests to see more than 2,000 exhibitors with tens of thousands of product introductions. As the largest home furnishings trade show, with an international reputation, High Point gives attendees the first scoop on the emerging trends, product launches and design collaborations.

With several roundtable discussions, meet and greets, seminars and more, HPMKT is celebrated as the place to make strategic connections and to learn valuable tips and tricks of the trade. We’re excited about the lineup for this year’s Keynote Series, which will explore a wide range of cultural influences impacting the current home furnishings market. Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams Sue Wadden with VP of Home and Interiors for Fashion Snoops Jaye Anna Mize will explore the role of color and offer a 2019 forecast. Author and internationally renowned consumer futurist Doug Stephens will discuss the strategy behind creating an unforgettable customer experience, both in-stores and online. And Executive VP of Research and Chief Material Scientist at Material ConneXion Dr. Andrew Dent will share insight on the importance of creating personal and tangible interactions for customers in today’s increasingly digital world.

This year, the Design Viewpoint Series will dive into the newest innovations in home tech and the growing opportunity for healthy design. These panel discussions will cover topics like: the importance of developing new approaches in design, technology tools used by industry peers to make business more productive, and health and environmentally-conscious design. This series is sure to offer rising designers a competitive edge towards building an effective business model.

At The Point at HPMKT there will be a variety of activitations throughout the day including live podcasts, informal roundtable sessions, mixers including “After Hours” hosted before evening events, and more. Attendees are invited to connect, learn and share at these events.

As every tradeshow veteran knows, it’s important to take advantage of the quiet moments. HPMKT has organized Stars Under the Stars for a little fun and relaxed entertainment after the day ends. There will be plenty of tasty bites, drinks and live music!

We are also tracking several other cool events happening in conjunction with the show including the HGTV Stars Reunion, a HPMKT first. Surya showroom and Design Talk LIVE have collaborated to create this special event. Featuring some of our favorite faces from the network, this red carpet event is sure to be memorable. 

We can’t wait to see all that this season’s HPMKT has in store!

Come to PLAY at the Gagosian!

By Katie Suh


New at the Gagosian, PLAY from Swiss artist Urs Fischer is a must-see exhibit this fall. An ensemble of nine office chairs greets visitors as they enter the gallery. But these are not ordinary office chairs. They swivel in place, glide across the gallery space, and appear to take on lives of their own. Fischer’s interest in escaping traditional art norms is echoed in PLAY, where viewers are invited to walk a fine line between spectator and participant. But just as much as we are free, the objects of exhibit (the nine chairs) are also in a sense, autonomous – as they appear to roam the gallery on their own volition.

The longer one watches, the more challenging it becomes to distinguish between random movement and orchestrated choreography. Viewers may find they feel compelled to in fact play with the chairs.  And in time, the interplay between the spectators and the objects of spectacle seamlessly forms a play of its own – perhaps an area Fischer wanted to explore in the first place.

The chairs, by Humanscale and the celebrated industrial designer Niels Diffrient, are spectacles in their own right. Fischer selected nine different variations of the Freedom chairs so each one has a distinct design identity. From Crayola-like colors, to various configurations of headrests and armrests, each one captivates the audience as it moves. Though extensive engineering and programming helps to create the magic of the scene, viewers still buy into the illusion of this fictional world of play as they interact with the colorful chair-like critters or critter-like chairs.

According to the Gagosian, “Play, a ritual older than humankind, has set rules that distinguish it from reality, but it has no clear aim or value other than itself. Instead, it is merely a feedback loop, a push/pull of energy, bound by time and place. Accordingly, the chairs seem to behave in such ways as to belie some level of predictability—only to then debunk the illusion.”

Come to play and let yourself escape from reality for a bit at the Gagosian. PLAY is on view at the Gagosian until October 13th.

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Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Chad Moore. Courtesy Gagosian.

A Matter of Things

By danielle


We stopped by the Somerset House during the London Design Biennale to visit our friends at and check out A Matter of Things.  Curated by Małgorzata Wesołowska, it reveals the inextricable link between emotion and experience through the lens of Polish design. The exhibit is particularly poignant as it coincides with the 100th anniversary of Poland’s renewed independence.

A Matter of Things is the result of a nation-wide open call that the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and National Museum in Warsaw announced in November 2017. The winning exhibition was selected from sixteen entries submitted both by recognized curatorial voices and young curators, by a jury which included London Design Biennale Artistic Director, Christopher Turner. Małgorzata Wesołowska, the curator with the winning proposal, invited a team of designers, including Studio Noodi Design, Studio Szpunar and graphic designer and illustrator Michał Loba to work on the exhibition as a creative team. The resulting showcase explores the fluid meaning of items according to the place, time, language, and culture in which they are presented.


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