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.

Scott Barry Kaufman

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

By jacqui

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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

Bernhardt_Anne by Lovegrove

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!

Ready to Party at HD Expo?

By danielle

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After KBIS/IBIS, Surfaces, and Coverings, Vegas is beginning to feel like our second home. We’re getting ready to head back to Sin City for some good ole hospitality. A platform for the latest design and technology trends, HD Expo (May 14-16 at Mandalay Bay) also hosts some of the most memorable parties and events. The Opening Night Party will be held at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay and feature the band Boogie Knights, who will get the fun started complete with choreography, polyester, afro’s and bell bottoms.

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The following night is everyone’s favorite Party by the Pool at the Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay.

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During the days, there will be site visits of 3 Downtown Las Vegas properties, a hard hat tour of SLS Las Vegas, over 25 CEU/LU accredited conference sessions and plenty of cool, new products.

 

Introducing Van Alen’s Auction of Design Experiences

By danielle

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Innovative thinking  - that is what the Van Alen Institute is all about. Today, the 120-year old institute announced the launch of Van Alen’s Auction of Design Experiences. Hosted by Paddle8, it features 30 unique, exclusive activities around the world with notable figures in art, architecture and design including a home cooked dinner with MoMa curator Paola Antonelli, cocktails with Richard Meier or a private helicopter ride with photographer Iwan Baan. Sounds super cool – huh? We thought so. Check it out. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Institute’s design competitions, research investigations, and public programs that shape the public conversation and bring design excellence to sites around the world.

And don’t forget to purchase your ticket to the Van Alen Institute Spring Party on Wednesday May 21 at the High Line Hotel. It’s a busy week, but hey, what’s one more event?!?!

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BKLYN Designs is Back!

By danielle

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NYCxDesign starts in BKLYN as creativity and contemporary furnishings, lighting and accessories abound. Locally grown, internationally known, BKLYN Designs features a dynamic collection from the most innovative designers and manufacturers in the borough. It’s going to be a beautiful weekend, so  be sure to head to St. Ann’s Warehouse and The Mark Jupiter Showroom. While you’re in DUMBO, we definitely suggest stopping into Jacques Torres for some [Mother’s Day] treats! We   spent the day at the show – stay tuned for a look at our favorite finds.

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