Architecture & Design Film Festival Goes West!

By sevan


The film capital of the world is getting a dynamic new film festival and opening night is just two days away! After its fifth successful season in NYC, the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) is heading west to The Los Angeles Theatre Center from May 12-16, 2014 with a new lineup of films and an exciting program of Q&As, panel discussions, and celebrity cameos.

With 30 feature-length and short films to choose from, the festival will explore issues of design and urbanism and offer in-depth looks into the life and works of some of our most beloved design icons like Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Tadao Ando, Paul Smith, and Paolo Soleri, as well as a the world premiere of a film on the futuristic work of maverick architect Eugene Tssui.


Get your tickets and see the full schedule of films HERE.

Oh, and before we forget: be sure to connect with ADFF on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We won’t be able to make it out to LA ourselves, so we’re hoping to vicariously experience it through your photos and posts!


By danielle


Watch out Saturday Night Live, next weekend’s LIVE FROM NY is all about DESIGN! The ASID New York Metro Chapter has put together a 4-day educational series with fellow professionals. The fun kicks off on Wednesday evening with an opening party. It is followed by an action-packed day at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show (Thursday), an educational forum at the A&D Building and high tea at the New York Design Center (Friday), a visit to the NY School of Interior Design, and tour of the Alpha Workshops (Saturday).

The AD Home Design Show plays host on Thursday, March 20. Featuring over 300 leading brands, it is a platform for new products, trends and inspiring lectures. The show floor will be buzzing with product demonstrations, culinary demonstrations, cocktail events and networking opportunities. The ASID NY Metro Chapter will also present its Top Picks Awards.

Friday’s programming includes seven CEU accredited seminars ranging from “The Business of Blogging” to “Compliant & Creative: Hospitality Design with ADA in Mind.” The daylong offers up to 5 CEU credits. ASID members $150, non-members $200. Be sure to register to secure your spot. Later in the day (4-7PM), the NYDC hosts a high tea, tour and scavenger hunt.

Saturday sessions at NYSID include a conference on healthcare and evidence based design. Alpha Workshops owns the afternoon (2:30-5:30) as Ken Wampler, founder and executive director takes guests on a tour of this non-profit, which provides creative HIV-positive individuals with industry-specific training and employment in the decorative arts.

Tickets for the entire weekend are $275 for ASID members and $375 for non-members.

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Byung Hoon Choi at Friedman Benda

By Lucy


For art and design lovers, nothing in the city can currently top In One Stroke, opening tonight at Friedman Benda.

The first United States solo-exhibition of prolific Korean artist Byung Hoon Choi, In One Stroke explores the intersection of sculpture, object, and space. Choi crafted 11 monumental “benches” chiseled from basalt stone that display raw and refined natural occurring shapes. The beauty of these pieces stems from the inherent material as well as Choi’s artistic choices and manipulations of the stone.

There is, however, much more to this work than meets the eye. The benches embody the individualities that allude to Daoist and Zen notions of journeys through nature and the awakening of dormant ideas. Choi also delves into his personal journey and cultural history, referencing the mountains of the Gangwon-do and Ganghwa provinces and in which he grew up and now resides. The pieces continue his artistic dialogue with other prominent 20th century sculptors, such Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Isamu Noguchi, and architects like Alvar Aalto.

Choi’s work is held in numerous collections worldwide, including: the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea), the Korean Culture and Art Foundation, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was awarded the annual award from the Korean Craft Council in 1989, and in 2007, he received the Grand Prize at the Seoul Living Design Fair.

In One Stroke runs at Friedman Benda (515 W. 26th St.) from February 27-March 29. Don’t miss the chance to see Choi’s inaugural US exhibit!

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The Ferrari of Kitchens – Now on Display at the Arclinea Showroom in Milan

By cecilia fortuna


What’s happening in Milan these days? The Arclinea showroom is a hotspot as it debuts the “Artusi project.” The Artusi kitchen, designed by the archistar Antonio Citterio and manufactured by Arclinea, is equipped with the most expensive collection of appliances that exists today: the Grand Cuisine by Electrolux.  A marriage of haute cuisine,  it is a revolution in the kitchen. Used by chefs for over 90 years, Electrolux brings the professional cooking systems chosen by over half the Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe directly into the most exclusive homes around the world for the first time.

Grand Cuisine transforms the home food experience, offering technology that is applied to blast chillers, vacuum-packing machines and combined ovens for maximum daily use. It allows for the full potential of professional techniques such as “cook & chill” and “sous-vide” that have influenced how food is prepared and served in top restaurants. Over recent years we have seen a boom in well-informed foodies and gourmands. From refined ingredients to cutting-edge techniques, a passion for cooking has become a true way of life for many.  Grand Cuisine offers complete customization, in the same way as Ferrari builds the tailor-made car.  Grand Cuisine’s installation team will ensure that your kitchen is as practical to work in as it is aesthetically pleasing to look at. The result: a cooking system that allows accomplished cooks to achieve the exceptional, while empowering anyone to excel and enjoy the experience of home entertaining.

A dream finally comes true!





By kristin


The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 have just announced The Living as the winner of the 2014 Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. A kind of holy grail for emerging architectural talent, every year YAP invites architects to develop creative, eco-minded designs for a temporary installation in PS1′s outdoor courtyard that incorporates elements of shade, seating and water. This summer, the NY-based design and research studio, The Living, will provide the backdrop for PS1′s Warm Up music series with Hy-Fi - a series of twisting, morphing, compostable brick towers made from agricultural waste.


Exterior view of PS1 (photo via The Living)

A nod to both the shimmering skyscrapers and brick buildings that dot the city’s landscape, Hy-Fi will be built from a mixture of organic and reflective bricks, designed to play off the unique properties of two novel materials. The bottom of the structure will feature organic bricks made from a combination of agricultural waste (corn stalks) and mushroom mycelium (a natural, self-assembling glue) – a process developed by Ecovative but used on a large scale for the first time with Hy-Fi. Meanwhile, the top of the towers will contain reflective bricks, developed in collaboration with 3M, which will serve as growing trays for the organic bricks and, once constructed, bounce light down on the towers and the ground.

“Recurring to the latest developments in biotech, it reinvents the most basic component of architecture—the brick—as both a material of the future and a classic trigger for open-ended design possibilities,” says MoMA curator Pedro Gadanho.


Interior view of PS1 courtyard (photo via The Living)

Sustainable architecture is nothing new for the 15-year-old YAP series – past winners have incorporated recycled materials and anti-polluting nanotechnology into their designs – but Hy-Fi is the first installation to be built with a near-zero carbon footprint. According to MoMA, “The structure temporarily diverts the natural carbon cycle to produce a building that grows out of nothing but earth and returns to nothing but earth—with almost no waste, no energy needs, and no carbon emissions.”


Rendering of this summer’s PS1 Warm Up series (photo via The Living)

We can’t wait to see the final result of this living structure. If successful, it could create a whole new paradigm for architecture. At a minimum, it will introduce the public to the concept of bio design. Hy-Fi will open at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens in late June.

And the Award Goes to…

By danielle


We were honored to be one of six design sites to participate in NY NOW‘s Blogger’s Choice Awards. Picking a winner wasn’t an easy task as the aisles of Accent on Design were full of original and imaginative products. After careful thought, we selected Marmol Radziner Jewelry. Their wearable architecture caught our eye. The division is an extension of the Los Angeles design/build architectural firm Marmol Radziner. All pieces are made in the same workshop where the models and full-scale building details are done. The result – a handcrafted line of jewelry born of buildings.

Here’s a look at what our fellow bloggers selected…

Glenn Jackson Taylor, Core77: American Design Club for Bower’s Tipsy.

Tharra Pillai, The Grommet: American Design Club for Lara Knutson’s Iridescent/Metallic Nebula Necklace

Hollister Hovey, Ameico Inc, exclusive U.S. distributor for See Concept for See Concept’s Paris reading glasses

Marisa Marcantonio, Stylebeat: Finell for its Hex three piece baking dish set

Stephanie Murg, Unbeige: Neo-utility for its Boskke Cube

Maison & Objet is coming to the Americas!

By cecilia fortuna


Maison & Objet, France’s premiere design fair is coming to the Americas! The international fair will be hosted at the Miami Beach Convention Center (12-15 May 2015).


For the moment let’s take a closer look at the designers and emerging trends from the last edition of Maison & Objet Paris (24-28 January 2014). One of our favorites, Tom Dixon was named M&O designer of the year.  We also saw an array of new talent including Dimore Studio. Founded in Milan by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, the promising pair seamlessly blends vintage and modern, softness and rigidity, light and dark. Their work is admired by many, including Ian Schrager who commissioned them to redesign the Pump Room at the Public Hotel in Chicago.

Landscape seemed to be a major trend at the fair. Molo showed beautiful light in the shape of clouds and soft walls all made of paper.


For some mountain flavor, Cinna made little tables where you can see the rings of the logs.


The French brand Domestic showcased a beautiful array of objects designed by designers, graphic designers and artists. Focusing on innovative concepts and themes, the collections rethink the place of role of ornament and decoration in interiors.


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In Memoriam: Maya Romanoff

By danielle


Our industry lost one of its finest this week. On January 15, Maya Romanoff passed away peacefully at his home with his wife and partner Joyce and loving family  by his side. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, yet continued to lead the company with in partnership with Joyce and their family. He made the best of his 72 years and brought beauty into the lives of all he and his company touched. A leading resource for surface coverings, Maya Romanoff has been featured in prestigious projects including Nobu in Hong Kond, Melbourne and Los Angeles, the Green Room at the Kodak Theater for the 2007 Academy Awards, Tiffany & Co, the new Playboy Club in Los Angeles, Boucheron stores, Phantom of the Opera Theater in Los Angeles, special projects for Walt Disney, the palace of the Crown Prince of Dubai, Harrod’s, American Girl Stores, and luxurious homes around the world.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and staff. While he may no longer be physically with us, he has left an indelible mark on the design industry that will live on forever.

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You Can Print That?

By Evan Backer


How can one produce a magnificent piece of art without ever touching it? The distance between your computer screen and the “real” world is getting smaller and smaller with each day. With the advent of better and more precise 3-D printing technology, architects, designers, and a wide range of other artists are jumping at the opportunity to explore new realms of production. You have probably heard of 3-D printing, and you might have an idea of how it works as well. Artists use various programs to digitally render an object in three-dimensional space – this could be almost anything, and the possibilities seem to grow more and more as technology advances. This software then communicates with 3-D printing hardware to bring the object to life by “printing” it. This past October, the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC opened up a stunning exhibit called Out of Hand, featuring a myriad of digital artworks, most of them directly related to 3-D printing. The exhibit is ongoing until the first day of June.

clone_chairNow, the sort of printing you may be used to is two-dimensional. Imagine your typical printer – you send it an image from your computer and it rolls ink out onto paper, producing a physical version of the two-dimensional digital object you sent it – whether that be text or an image (such as a jpeg, png, gif, or bitmap). Now imagine that same printer, sans paper. The ink is replaced by, well, whatever you’d like. Some examples include polyurethane foam, polyethylene, recycled plastic, and polyamides (such as nylon). The printer works in layers. Basically, the printer envisions the object you sent it in slices, and it produces these slices (usually through a nozzle on a precise robot arm) stacked on top of one another. This is also referred to as additive manufacturing. It’s a truly unbelievable process that, if you’re like me, might remind you of cheesy science-fiction gadgets like Star Trek’s replicators. 3-D printers can also work negatively, with the same effect. What I mean by this is that instead of adding material, the robot arm is capable of removing it with a laser beam (yes, lasers!), which allows a much higher degree of precision than past machining techniques.

For instance, Materialise’s .MGX series includes extremely detailed designs that betray the eye and tend to confuse our sense of organic substance. One of Wertel Oberfell’s designs, featured at the Out of Hand exhibit, is a fractal .MGX table, made easily enough with epoxy resin and printing hardware, yet appearing almost like some otherworldly mineral growth, beginning at a simple polygonal base and branching upwards to become incredibly complex and patterned.


Further, Bathsheba Grossman’s Quin.MGX lamp, also produced through Materialise and seen above, also appears to have a fractal “quality” to it, with interlocking starfish-shaped structures that spiral into one another. The cell-like latticed surfaces allow light through while throwing enough shadow to accent the gorgeous mobius-band curves of the lamp.

While 3-D printing is not quite at the stage of being able to mass-produce objects such as cars or buildings (the ability of printers to use multiple materials is limited, for now), the future possibility is definitely there. Softkill Design has put forth an idea for a modular home, which would be printed in sections at a factory and pieced together onsite. Seen below (and appearing a uncannily like a modernized spider’s nest), the Protohouse 1.0 would be porous to allow for rainwater permeation, with internal waterproofing rather than external. The point is less labor-intensive construction with less material with the same amount of function. Apparently, the house would be assembled in a day.


For now, it is possible to print articulated joints and complex objects that require no subsequent assembly once they’re out of the printer. In fact, 3-D printing is being used for prototyping, biomedical engineering, fashion, interior design, and more. For example, design company Nervous System takes inspiration from organic structures, digitally renders them, and prints them. Their Hyphae pendant lamps are present at the Out of Hand exhibit, and they look uncannily like branching cellular structures, casting beautiful, fractured patterns on the surfaces around them.


Also present at the MAD was the Rapid Racer. Made by Andreas Schultz, Barbara Kotte, Johannes Zäuner, Rebecca Wilting, and Nicholas Eggert, the Rapid Racer claims to be the first functional vehicle printed in one piece. It is about the length of a bike, but it sits much closer to the ground and looks like something out of The Matrix or Blade Runner. It’s much too strange and impractical to see much use in day-to-day life and remains something of a novelty, but this is just a first step. And yes, an electric hand drill powers it.


Art and design that incorporates new technology always introduces new questions – questions that can be fun and interesting to ask. No more are the days of the digital attempting to mirror reality. With the advent of 3-D printing, some interesting philosophy of mind and knowledge is at hand as we see works that attempt to reproduce a computers reproduction. Putting an object through several perspective distortions and enhancements is what makes a lot of digital art so interesting. Seen at the beginning of this post is Julian Mayor’s Clone Chair. He used several descriptions and specs for a Queen Anne side chair, and used them to render an image of one digitally. What he then did was lower the image resolution, giving us a blocky, almost 8-bit reproduction. Then, slices of the chair were laser-cut into plywood, and stuck together to create what you see.

chairgenics3-D printing and additive manufacturing open up so many possibilities for us. Aesthetically we can have objects that were previously impossible or extremely impractical to produce. It gives us more outlandish (at least they seem so now) geometries and structures. It confronts us with logically grey areas, and follows them to their sometimes absurd end.

As additive manufacturing becomes more and more accessible through easy-to-use software and inexpensive hardware (you can get your own basic 3-D printer right now for about $100, although higher-end performance and industrial models can run you thousands of dollars), it might be that the 3-D printer will become a household object, with almost limitless possibilities. The opportunities that this new technology presents are astounding. We have seen plans for printing houses, vehicles, and furniture. What’s more is the ability to print clothes, jewelry, utensils, articulated prosthetics (limbs and even faces), and so on. The only question left to ask is whether or not a printer could print a smaller version of itself.

On the 30th of this month, there will be a presentation at the MAD by three design professionals – Mike Szivos of Softlab NYS, Jan Vingerhoets of FLOS North America, and Nicholas Domitrovich of ICRAVE Design. They will cover the creation of cutting-edge environments, transformation of interior spaces with light, and what’s next for designers as far as planning a futuristic interior. It will be held at 7:00pm, and you may pay whatever you like. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about design and the interesting consequences of advanced fabrication technology.


Robert Allen presents Libby Langdon (plus, this spring’s hot color palette!)

By Lucy


Designers looking for inspiration, priceless advice, and even a little humor were served just that this morning at the Robert Allen NYC Showroom, where interior designer and TV host Libby Langdon presented “How Our Clients Really Live: Insights from the Front Lines of Makeover Television.”  Langdon drew from her vast design experience on TV shows like “Design Invasion” and her current “Daykeover” to share her top tips and lessons for her fellow designers. What’s most important? Having fun and making sure the client is happy with the end result! And Langdon’s design empire, including lines of furniture, rugs, and wallcoverings, is proof that her business philosophy works.

We also couldn’t help but notice another star in the room: the lush, spring colors of Robert Allen’s new Filtered Color collection! These soft hues are inspired by the delicate wash found in your favorite photo app. With fresh designs and on-trend metallic accents, these textiles are sure to add a dash of “instaglam” to any space. My personal favorite is the perfectly purple Iris. Definitely the color of the spring! You can check out the whole Filtered Color collection on Robert Allen’s website here.

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