EAT, PARTY & FALL IN LOVE WITH MILAN DURING EXPO2015

By nico

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It’s an exciting time to be in Milan! Expo 2015 officially opened today and there’s no doubt that the city is in the best shape of its recent history. There are lots of things to do and places to discover, so we put together a list to enhance your Milanese experience.

EAT

Drogheria Milanese, Via Conca del Naviglio, 7, Milano

Drogheria Milanese

Drogheria Milanese offers Milanese-style tapas: mini pizzas, fried calamari, beef tartare… Drogheria Milanese is the perfect place for a big group of friends who can share and try different dishes with. The vintage décor and the good wine selection will seal the deal.

Fonderie Milanesi, Via Giovenale, 7 , Milano

Fonderie Milanesi

Have you ever had dinner in a foundry? In Milan, you can. A hidden gem, Fonderie Milanesi is a charming little restaurant and bar in the Navigli area. Head there for an aperitivo in their outdoor space, or for a Milanese dinner in this unique industrial-looking location.

Da Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, Via G.Meda 24, Milano

Da Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

This newly opened restaurant was born from an idea of superstar Chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci. Located in an old sawmill, the founders developed the restaurant concept combining top cuisine, minimal design and traditional accents – a dining experience for the five senses.

PARTY

 Dub Vibes, Thursdays @ Bond , Via Paoli 2, Milano

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What happens when music, drinks and temporary exhibitions meet? In Milan, it’s called Dub Vibes. A casual Thursday night party that takes place at Bond, one of the coolest bars in the Navigli area.

Punks Wear Prada, Fridays @ Santa Tecla, via Santa Tecla 3, Milano

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Whether it’s unclear if punks really wear Prada, this party – started by British DJ Natasha Slater in 2010 – is definitely one of the hottest in town thanks to its international guest DJs and fashionable vibes. They’re kicking off the Expo season with a special party on Friday May 1st.

Telescope, Saturdays @ TOM, Via Molino Delle Armi

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A stellar Saturday night with Telescope, the newest party in Milan with the promise of taking you for an intergalactic trip – are you ready to get lost in the disco Universe?

 

FALL IN LOVE

The Navigli Area

The Navigli

Take a stroll along the Navigli, grab a gelato and check out the new “Darsena”: once the city’s harbor, it’s been reconverted to be a public space area where people to relax, work out and shop.

Villa Necchi Campiglio

Villa Necchi Campiglio

This Villa is an Art Deco jewel and an interior design masterpiece: designed by Piero Portaluppi for Angelo Campiglio e Gigina Necchi, art and design enthusiasts, the Villa is now open to the public and used as an exhibition space. I’m sure you’ll get lost in its impeccably designed rooms!

Porta Nuova

Piazza Gae Aulenti

Get a glimpse of the Milan of the future in Porta Nuova. The area is part of a big urban redevelopment project -the largest in Europe- that will bring new life to the area. Piazza Gae Aulenti and the Unicredit Tower are quickly becoming one of the new landmarks of the city, and Bosco Verticale is rewriting the rules of sustainable architecture by developing a vertical forest on the towers’ facades. Definitely a must-see!

Blockbuster Design with Dering Hall, Lonny, and 200 Lex

By dekka

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The New York Design Center is partnering with Dering Hall for a cutting-edge virtual exhibit of fine design and furnishings, Wired & Inspired.  Inspired by different aspects of New York film sets, nine renowned NY based interior designers, Celerie Kemble, David Scott, Brett Beldock, Jayne & Joan Michaels, Lydia Marks & Lisa Frantz, Etienne Coffinier & Ed Ku, Stefan Steil, Virginia Toledo & Jessica Geller and Kati Curtis, are putting together a collection of digital rooms showcasing the designs found in the 200 Lex. showrooms.  Each virtual design will be equipped with room renderings and mood-boards to best convey the designers vision.  Pieces from the designs will then be available through Dering Hall for purchase.

The virtual experience takes flight on April 27th. Two days later (April 29),  the NYDC will host a kick-off party — with the help of Lonny editor-in-chief Irene Edwards and the designers on the project. Click here to RSVP. We can’t wait!

Housing Works Design on a Dime

By dekka

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Ready, set, shop! This three-day shopping event will showcase over 60 room vignettes, designed by today’s top talents. Since opening in 2004, Housing Works’ annual benefit, Design on a Dime, has become one New York’s favorite interior design event.  New York City’s Metropolitan Pavillon will be transformed into an array of unforgettable lifestyle installations featuring brand new-top notch (highly-discounted) merchandise.  The fun begins onThursday, April 23 with a ticketed VIP Opening Night Reception. (VIP Access at 5:30 pm).  Guests will get the first public look at the room vignettes and enjoy exclusive preview shopping, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment. The shopping continues with the FREE Public Designer Sale on Friday, April 24 from 10am – 7pm and Saturday, April 25 from 10am – 5pm.

Keep an eye out for furnishings, accessories and fab finds for the home in vignettes designed by some of our favorites including:

Danielle Colding – Danielle Colding Design

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Jayne and Joan Michaels – 2Michaels

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Anthony George- Anthony George Home Inc.

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Charlotte Moss

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Glenn Ban- Glenn Ban Design

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Robert Stilin

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Last year’s benefit raised over $1 million in support of Housing Works’ mission – to provide stable, permanent housing and lifesaving services for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.  Proceeds this year benefit Housing Works’ Hull Street Residence, a from-the-ground-up housing development that will offer nearly 30 units of permanent supportive housing for single, formerly homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS.

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Coverings ’15

By dekka

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Coverings, one of our favorite shows of the year, returns to sunny Orlando, FL with over 1,000 exhibitors representing over 40 countries including Italy, Spain, Turkey, Brazil and the US.  This showcase serves to highlight the best of the industry in ceramic tile and natural stone products.  Sponsors of this massive event include CTDA, NTCA, TCNA, Ceramics of Italy and Tile of Spain, ensuring the finest quality an design in hard surfaces.

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In addition to the miles of tiles and stone, the industry’s best in tools and installation will also be on display, covering every segment of the design process.  We love seeing the Installation Design Showcase come to life on the show floor.

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Aside from products alone, the show offers a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations, and special events including the CID Awards (recognizing excellence in design and installation).  Architects, Interior designers, Contractors, Installers, Builders, Remodelers, Distributors, Retailers, and Fabricators alike are also invited to multiple conference sessions with Key-Notes like Edie Cohen-Deputy Editor of Interior Design Magazine, Joey Shimoda-Shimoda Design Group, and Harris Rosen-Rosen Hotels & Resorts just to name a few. Coverings is a can’t-miss showcase of the latest in hard surfaces made better only with magnificent hospitality.

Also, for those social media savvy attendees, there will be a #Coverings2015 Tweet Up 4pm at the #CoveringsIDS, Booth 461, where mingling is encouraged.

 

Milan-Bound #salonedelmobile #fuorisalone

By chris

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April is the time when all serious design lovers make tracks for Milan and the weeklong extravaganza known as the Milan Furniture Fair or I Saloni.  This year will be particularly charged as the city of Milan prepares for the opening of the EXPO (World’s fair) in the first days of May.

The Expo will take place right next to the Fairgrounds of Salone so there may be some nice sneak peeks of some of the taller architectural country pavilions for show goers at the Rho Fairgrounds.

This year, there is the additional biannual focus on lighting so attendees can visit Euroluce – the most exciting and extensive worldwide array of dazzling new fixtures. As always, a lot of  inspiring events are taking place outside the tradeshow grounds and are spread across the city in pockets of concentrated design goodness that are a joy to discover. #fuorisalone

The Brera district will feature some special country wide exhibitions like the Austrian Design Pioneers‐Consolato Generale D’Austria  (La Pelota, via Palermo 10), Belgium is Design  (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, via Brera 28), Berlin Design Selection‐Dynamo Design Berlin e.V . (via Goito 3 ); and a special “The Garden of Wonders. A Journey Through Scents” exhibition featuring Tord Boontje, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Dimore Studio, Front, Jaime Hayon, Piero Lissoni, Jean‐Marie Massaud and Nendo  (Orto Botanico di Brera, via Brera 28.

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In the Ventura Lambrate district the Polish cultural organization, Culture. PL  will present Do it Your Way an innovative new interactive exhibit that will let visitors literally play with the the newest designs from Poland.

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Moleskine joins forces with Ventura Lambrate to set up a Documentation Centre for design innovation. With the Moleskine smart notebook, Creative Cloud connected in hand, a group of young design reporters will roam the once-industrial warehouses and streets to sketch and document its design objects, materials and technological solutions as well as its installations, crowd and spaces. #IdeasNoted

Sustainability will be the main focus of the “Good Design: The Natural Circle”, located in the heart of Milan: Trove, Foscarini and Seletti are some of the brands featured in the exhibition.

It is always worth a trip to the hopping Zona Tortona and the Super Studio.  Other highlights our annual visits to the magical garden of the famed retailer Rossana Orlandi, the Triennale Design Museum, the Corso Como, and the new downtown piazza created in  honor of Italian woman architect Gae Aulenti.

As extensive as this all sound, it is just the tip of the iceberg, we’d need a book to capture it all.  In fact, we recommend grabbing a copy of the Interni guide to activities around town — it is also available as a downloadable Itunes app!

Exciting Products from the Architectural Digest Home Design Show’s MADE Exhibit

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Design industry enthusiasts, and professionals gathered at Pier 92 & 94 from March 19-22 to celebrate beautiful, high-quality furniture, and home accessories at the 14th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Among the multitude of inspirational design displays and programs was the MADE exhibit – a section of the show specifically dedicated to the celebration of custom pieces and one-of-a-kind objects. In a relaxed, gallery-style setting, attendees perused the offerings of a talented group 159 of designers. In case you missed the show, we’re giving you a sampling of some of the many exciting brands featured at ADHDS: MADE. Warning: this may inspire some serious design lust.

100xbtr: This small, but highly creative team self-produces furniture, lighting, and home goods. With a strong emphasis on current, efficient production techniques including CNC machines, and 3D printers, 100xbtr fabricates impactful pieces. More classic techniques, like glass blowing and bronze casting, are also integrated, creating variety within this modern, beautiful collection, with a recognizable cohesion via the curvilinear forms. Among 100xbtr’s unique, eye-catching pieces is the Beacon light (image below), featuring a hand blown glass shade, and a turned ash base. www.100xbetter.com

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AVO: AVO’s unique anthropological approach to design is truly memorable. Designer Brit Kleinman travels the world for ideas, focusing on the way that furniture design reflects culture. AVO’s collection features rugs (see wall-hanging in image) made of full or half cow hides, and handpainted with bold geometric patterns; the interesting, unusual combination of  the traditional material and a contemporary design, creates an appealing, and aesthetically beautiful, contrast. Adding to the individuality of these handpainted rugs, each is particular with slight variations in the outline, and markings. Look out for AVO’s exciting designs again at next year’s MADE exhibit. www.avoavo.com

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DAMM: Husband and wife duo Robert and Brenda Zurn are the genius behind DAMM’s contemporary lighting, handmade from elemental materials. With a careful focus on innovation, and decoration, these sculptural light fixtures – customizable, and made-to-order – add an intriguing facet to residential and commercial spaces. Each piece tells a unique story; Artemis (shown on wall) is inspired by Greek mythology, featuring an archery-theme via a brass arrow form with feathers that are customizable in color. Available in a cluster of three, or in custom configurations, this light fixture – like the rest of DAMM’s pieces – engages the viewer. www.damm-design.com

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MADEbyWOOD: These MADEbyWOOD Indi-Pendant lamps consist of light-weight concrete, colored with a specially made pigment and finished with a variety of bronze finishings. The modularity of the form, as well as the imperfect details of the concrete material, are the primary focus of the design. Designer Paul Wood cites downtown Manhattan’s architecture as a source of inspiration for the industrial, contemporary style that his work embodies; Paul’s studio is in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a setting that both stimulates creativity, and lends itself to design, as the designer often incorporates found objects from the Navy Yard’s old buildings in his work. www.madebywood.com

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Noble Goods: Noble Goods products are characterized by the combination of two materials, solid American hardwood, and bio-derived epoxy resin, in original and technically innovative ways. Noble Goods designers Molly FitzSimons, a stylist, and Christopher Moore, a sculptor make a well-rounded creative team, and began the business in their Brooklyn home. Apart from using the most environmentally-friendly resin possible, and sustainable and reclaimed woods, the company also donates a portion of its annual profit to the charity Habitat for Humanity. A great representation of Noble Goods’ unique aesthetic, the Drip/Fold side table (shown below to left of designer), is a one-of-a-kind bent ash plywood piece, hand-dripped with liquid resin to create the abstract paint-look pattern. If you missed the show, you can see Noble Goods’ exciting products at this year’s BKLYN Designs in Greenpoint in May. www.noblegoods.com

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RAUNJIBA: Brooklyn-based artist Scott B. Tucker merges his love for sculpture and design in  this skillfully crafted furniture line. Combining a high-quality of technical design, with remarkable comfort, RAUNJIBA furniture is contemporary, eco-friendly, and durable, making it practical for both interior and exterior spaces. The Tabaroa beach lounger, pictured below, is a sleek, utilitarian new addition to the collection. If you love these exciting RAUNJIBA designs, the brand will also be exhibiting at BKLYN Designs.

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Spin Ceramics: Originated in China, Spin Ceramics brought its ultra-modern interpretation of traditional Chinese design to NYC in 2014. Featuring beautiful, whimsical designs, Spin Ceramics’ handmade porcelain and stoneware is crafted by an innovative team of designers who’ve adopted techniques from Jingdezhen – China’s porcelain epicenter. These lively yet minimalist ceramics are created in multiple glazes that bring another unique design element to the table: Celadon White (characterized by a green tint from trace elements of iron-oxide and a glossy final look), China Blue (black when used alone, but blue when used with Celadon White glaze), Underglaze Red (copper oxide glaze applied underneath the Celadon White glaze giving red hue), and Imperial Red (contains copper oxide pigment as its color base and can improve flowing effect). www.spinceramics.com

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The Citizenry: Named for the collectivity of creative individuals that make up this company, The Citizenry’s mission is to design for interiors that reflect the personal journey of the inhabitant. With direct artisan partnerships, forged through extensive world travel, the company offers handmade, culturally diverse products of the finest materials, imbued with its own modern aesthetic. Among its wide range of beautiful, authentic furnishings, are hand-dyed woven rugs from Peru including Cielo Azul Rug – Indigo, Estrellas Rug, Cielo Azul Rug – Sky Blue (shown below, from left to right) created by the Lurin Artisan Cooperative, a small group of Peruvians consisting of a woodworker to build the loom, foragers of natural dyes, and master weavers. www.the-citizenry.com

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A Tribute to Michael Graves

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The design community has recently lost one of its greats; Michael Graves of Michael Graves Architecture and Design passed away this month at his home in New Jersey. Michael has been an unstoppable force in our midst for decades. He was a visionary architect, an inspiring speaker/teacher, an advocate for healthcare design reform and a product designer that brought great design and whimsy to the masses. Graves is famous for having designed over 350 buildings worldwide but was more commonly known for his designs, accessible for use in everyday households. His late 20th century postmodernist designs captivated the world and resulted in countless awards, medals, and honors.

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One of his dearest projects, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital-Omaha Location, will be supported by all contributions made in memory of Michael.  Graves was passionate about Madonnas use of innovative technology to research and provide specialized care for every patient.  The funds will go toward building this hospital as he designed it and provide a permanent naming opportunity in his honor. For information on the design project visit www.madonna.org.  In honor of Michael Graves, Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ will extend a large portion of the current Michael Graves exhibition, Past as Prologue, for the public to enjoy through April 12, 2015.  25% of all admission fees collected at Grounds For Sculpture on April 12 will be donated to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in his memory.   Information on Grounds for Sculpture can be found at http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/

For those of us lucky enough to have collaborated on a project or even just to have heard him speak about the power of design, the loss is great.  I personally got a chance to work with him for a recent lighting collection he created for Ilex. He was the consummate professional and design leader with every stroke of his pen.  Thank you Michael for all you have done for our industry and for your lasting gifts that we can continue to enjoy in our personal and public spaces.

memorial service will be held in his honor at 1 p.m. April 12, 2015 in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium.  You can find information regarding the memorial as well as RSVP for the service at http://michaelgraves.com/.

Robert Allen Launches New Website

By Lucy

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Robert Allen has done some spring cleaning and released a fresh new website: www.robertallendesign.com. The cleanly designed site features a crisp white background, which serves as the perfect backdrop for a rotating display of their new collections on the homepage, and also includes an intuitive new search that allows designers to search by such useful categories as color family, yardage, availability, and scale. My personal favorite feature? A color bar on top of each page that allows you to search quickly and easily from Robert Allen’s innumerable proprietary colors. So if you’re looking for a break, go over and give the site a whirl! (but don’t blame me when you’re still playing on it in 4 hours ;) )

 

Design + Dining for a Cause: DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2015

By aziz adib

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Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) will once again bring together a talented group of designers to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year, the 18th annual DINING BY DESIGN (DBD) event will be record-breaking, with participation expanding to the 30,000 square foot space at Pier 92 – co-located with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94. And like always, the two shows offer a double dose of design as one ticket gets attendees full access to both events.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) 17th Annual Dining By Design New York Gala

Each year, DIFFA’s DBD transforms raw space into a magnificent showcase, with over-the-top dining environments in support of the cause. The stunning setting plays host to a public viewing, as well as an ever-popular cocktail party and gala dinner. This years exhibit will feature over 50 outstanding dining installations and centerpiece tables by Benjamin Moore & Cosentino designed by Tyler Wisler; Hickory Chair; Roche Bobois Paris; Ralph Lauren Home; Beacon Hill designed by Corey Damon Jenkins; Anthropologie; Kravet Inc. designed by Hunt Slonem; New York Design Center designed by Marks & Frantz; Arteriors Home; Calvin Klein Home; Echo Design; ESSIE by Robert Verdi; Horchow; M Moser; Moen; Rockwell Group; Spin Ceramics designed by Kitty Hawks; Stacy Garcia New York; Hermès of Paris; and many more. There will also be tables from leading New York City design schools.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) 17th Annual Dining By Design New York Gala

Johanna Osburn, executive director at DIFFA, remarks, “We are excited that DINING BY DESIGN is back and bigger than ever this year. Whether it is our longtime DIFFA benefactors or designers and brands that are joining us for the first time, the demand to participate has been off the charts. Beyond making this year’s DBD one for the books, we hope that this uptick in support is an indicator of increased awareness. HIV/AIDS is still a critical issue, which affects the lives of many. It is our goal to convey that message while offering a thought-provoking and memorable design experience that helps raise much needed funds.”

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) 17th Annual Dining By Design New York Gala

Since 1984, DIFFA has grown as one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Its resources are used to help raise awareness and grant funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS by providing treatment and direct care to those affected by the disease. Based in New York City, with chapters and partners across the nation, DIFFA has provided more than $40 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations around the globe. For more, visit www.diffa.org.

DIFFA will be hosting COCKTAILS BY DESIGN on Thursday, March 19th from 7:00-9:00 PM.

All tickets include full admission to the AD Home Design Show! For more information on the Design Show, click here.

As a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our readers, you can get 20% off on your tickets using code: GONYC.

 

What: DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN

Where: Pier 92

Date: March 19th – March 22nd, 2015

 

2015 AD Home Design Show Kicks Off This Thursday!

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The AD Home Design Show is just a few days away, and we cannot contain our excitement! For fourteen years, it has showcased the best in the home design and luxury markets. The four-day event will exhibit over 400 premium brands, covering a range of categories, including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, carpets, electronics, ceramics, stone & tile, wall coverings, lighting, outdoor products and much more! This year, the Jenn-Air Master Class Theater is the place to be for inspiring, engaging and on-trend talks from today’s thought-leaders.

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Thursday’s trade and media day programming, organized by Architectural Digest, will include sessions on “American Made from the Inside Out” (Noon) and “The Art & Science of Sourcing the Kitchen” (2-3PM). The seminars will come to a close with a keynote presentation by editor-in-chief Margaret Russell (4-5PM). She will speak on “Socializing Your Brand” alongside designers Alessandra Branca and Alex Papachristidis.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014

The New York Times will take over the theater from Friday to Sunday, kicking off their program on Friday with David Rockwell, who will take the stage with design writer Tim McKeough to talk about “Designing with a Mission.” The session will be followed by a tour to DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN (co-located at Pier 92) and a walk thru of the 50+ awe-inspiring table vignettes. On Saturday morning, HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan & Drew Scott, will be on hand to talk about flipping houses, buying & renovation tips, and much more! Finally, the one-and-only Martha Stewart will close out the weekend with a conversation with Christophe Pourny on “The Furniture Bible.”

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We can’t wait to see what the MADE designers have in store this year (their work is always incredibly inspiring) and eat our way through the reFRESH section! From product launches, theater programming and special events, the show is a must-attend for the industry’s top professionals and discerning consumers.

 

What: The Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Where: Pier 92 & 94

Date: March 19th – March 22nd, 2015

Tickets:

Pre-registration online is free to design trade.

On-site trade tickets: $30.

General Admission is $30 online and $40 at the door.

As a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our readers, you can get 20% off on your tickets using code: GONYC.

Ticket includes full access to the exhibit hall, DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN table viewing (co-located at Pier 92), ADHDS Café + Lounge, Theater, and many more daily special events.

A portion of the proceeds of all ticket sales will benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

Web: www.ADHomeDesignShow.com

 

 

 

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