Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
sculptures by Pamela Sunday
Post by Mimi Betancourt
I’m on my way to the Architectural Digest Show this morning, @ Pier 94 NYC. I step out of the cab and I make sure I have my business cards in hand, along with a pen and notebook. I’m so excited and hoping to find unique and inspired design. I get my badge, I scan my floor plan and I’m ready to explore.
I see all fabulous things from the Nakashima Retrospective exhibit, to my all time favorite, 1st Dibs and their pristine, vintage finds. I stop at the martini lounge and as tempted as I am, I only get water. At the far end of the exhibit, it's all about Green Design and in between are all of the other important design elements such as rugs, lighting, furniture and accessories.
Throughout the exhibit, what catches my eye the most, are the amazing artisans that I believe make the heart of the show. These artists are passionate people that truly inspire me and remind me of why I am a designer. They put such love, craftsmanship and expression into their designs. I hope that they get the attention and recognition they deserve. Thank you.
Here are some more artisan links for you to enjoy.
Monday, March 23, 2009
In early December, in that weird social vacuum between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there's no more glorious place to be than Miami. That's when the planet's art-loving high rollers, and the scenesters who follow in their rarefied wake, descend on the city for the annual festival-cum-bacchanal Art Basel Miami Beach.
Party central for these seasonal migrants -- many of whom couldn't tell a Francis Bacon from a Kevin Bacon -- is the hotel scene on South Beach, where late-night revelers repair to the pool bars at the Delano or the Raleigh to toss back mojitos in the name of art. But this year, the epicenter is likely to shift to the $200 million Mondrian in South Beach, which will have its grand opening during the fair. The fanciful, exuberantly patterned confection, a 335-room hotel-and-condo development overlooking Biscayne Bay, is the brainchild of Marcel Wanders, the 45-year-old Dutch designer. The place promises to be high on drama, with a swooping, laser-cut steel staircase; secret "kissing gardens"; and bathrooms with showerheads embedded in chandeliers.
When Matthew Blesso, 35, a real estate developer, bought his 3,100-square-foot apartment in Lower Manhattan two years ago, he turned it over to two Yale professors, the architect Joel Sanders and the landscape designer Diana Balmori. Together, they teach a course called Interface, about integrating architecture and landscape design. And so, with Mr. Blesso’s blessing, they turned his $4 million apartment into an extended classroom.
Their goal was not only to create a stunning series of gardens on the penthouse roof, but also to bring nature into the apartment, intermingling lush foliage and drip irrigation systems with custom wood furnishings and floors.
Friday, March 20, 2009
The new Denizen label proposes a pleasurable environment suitable for business travel or personal getaway. Each hotel will feature smart technology, relaxation and rejuvenation hubs, and restaurants geared toward communal interaction. Harnessing the best in contemporary design, Hilton has secured top designers like Hall of Famers David Rockwell and Clodagh to shape in the look and feel of the Denizen collection.
According to award-winning designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, ‘the future of the hotel is space’. ‘The rooms of the future will be bigger,’ he explains. ‘The division of space used for working, dressing and the bathroom combined should take up half of the room: sleep uses only 2sq m.’ Experienced hotel architect Patrick Reardon agrees. ‘Wherever possible, guestrooms, especially at the luxury end, are becoming bigger and the footprint of the bathroom is becoming a larger percentage of the overall guestroom area,’ he says.
In the present climate where travellers are looking to get the most from their money, hotel designers and operators need to research the expectations of hotel clientele, and space is one of a number of considerations being taken into account in high-end hotel design.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So when Ms. Luthra, 39, a public interest lawyer, and her husband, Anil Shrivastava, 40, a partner at Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity firm, saw the raw, unfinished apartment in the East Village in 2006, they fell for the long, clean lines of the split-level space. They bought it for $2.35 million one year later, and spent $300,000 turning the empty shell into their version of a modernist temple.
Astra Café, 14th Floor
979 Third Avenue, NYC
Tuesday, March 24 at 9:30am
Traditional Home and the Luxury Home Alliance present:
“Aiming at Affluence: Marketing in a Recession”
Breakfast reception to follow in the Zimmer Rohde Showroom #932
Tuesday, April 14 at 9:30am
“Unleashing One’s Hidden Passion for Design”
Presented by Eric Cohler
Breakfast reception to follow in the Romo Showroom Suite 1703
Tuesday, April 28 at 9:30am
“What’s New, What’s Next” with the Keno Brothers
Sponsored by Wells Fargo
Breakfast reception to follow in the Lorin Marsh Showroom #720
Tuesday, May 12 at 9:30am
“Ideas to Navigate Through Change and Challenge”
Crans Baldwin, President & CEO of Donghia Inc. and Bergamo Fabrics
Breakfast reception to follow in the Donghia Showroom #613
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Admission is complimentary for members of the design trade with proper credentials. Please bring Business License OR Professional Membership Card (IIDA, ASID, AIA) AND Personalized Imprinted Business Card (with company and employee name), along with Photo I.D.
Please note that design students are treated as trade and receive free admission with valid design school I.D.
Highlights this year include:
Discover an antiques and mid-century section with the largest offering yet of this category at the Show, including a special gallery of for-sale items, sponsored by 1stdibs.com, the most powerful online marketplace for vintage furnishings. (I have used many pieces from this fab vintage website in my school projects!)
George Nakashima Retrospective
Explore the works of George Nakashima with a career retrospective, curated by his daughter Mira. This exhibit, presented in part by Pratt Institute students, features several iconic pieces from his personal collection. (I have used many of his pieces in my student work over the year, so I am excited to see this exhibit.)
The Culinary Pavilion
Meet renowned chefs at cooking demos in this eco-friendly kitchen that blends classic style with a modern touch, by award-winning designer Robin Wilson.
C.P.H. Gilbert Mansion at 22 East 71st Street in Manhattan
Monday through Saturday: 11am - 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8pm
Sunday: noon - 5pm
Admission is $30, which includes the Journal and Source Book
Group Admission is $25 per person for groups of 20 people or more
General admission tickets may be purchased at the door, upon arrival.
No entry 1/2 hour before closing.
Children under 6 (including infants) and pets are not admitted.