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Design Awards: 2014 Vilcek Prize for Design and Creative Promise

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Join the Museum of Arts and Design and The Vilcek Foundation as they honor the winners of the 2014 Vilcek Prize for Design and the Creative Promise in Design. The Vilcek Foundation dedicated 2014 to honor immigrants' accomplishements in the field of design and a special session at MAD will discuss the winners' design visions and work.

Topics explored in this design-driven evening will include: What is Material Ecology? How does industrial design solve social problems? How is design related to politics? And more. The panel discussion will include designer Neri Oxman, product designer Manour Ourasanah, and social designer Quilian Riano.

Established in 2000, The Vilcek Foundation was created to raise public awareness of the contributions of immigrants to the sciences, arts, and culture in the U.S.

Conversations with the 2014 Vilcek Prize Winners
MAD Museum, The Theater at MAD
Thursday, June 19
7 p.m.
RSVP online

Design Events: Neon History in Philly

Wednesday May 28, 2014

It surrounds us and beckons for our attention wherever we go: Neon, the bright, gleaming lights we follow on every highway and in every city, the lights that tell us what to see, where to go and much, much more. To feed our fascination with the bright, colorful lights, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture is hosting a workshop on Neon History, Use + Technology.

Taught by vintage neon expert Len Davidson, the hands-on class was designed to provide participants with an overview of how neon has been developed and used to create signs, art, and architectural detailing. Students will learn how neon colors are made, the different types of signs, and all about electrical transformers and neon-related hardware.

Tickets are limited and available online.

Intro to Neon History, Use + Technology
Philadelphia Center for Architecture
June 3
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Design Event: Celebrate with A+D

Wednesday May 28, 2014
A+D Museum LA logo

It's time again to CELEBRATE with the A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles. Each year, the museum calls upon the local architectural and design community to create themed items that will be a part of its auction and fundraiser and invites lovers of design to be a part of a wonderful evening. The annual events are a fantastic combination of creativity and culture with the added bonus of being able to bring some of the art home with you.

This year's event - Groundswell -- celebrates the California beach communities, which the museum notes have for years been a mecca for - and inspiration to - artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects. California's coastal cities are in the midst of a redevelopment renaissance and the design community has played a major role in its transformation. This event will celebrate that bond with a runway show complete with custom surfboards, boogie boards and skateboards that will be available for auction along with a host of additional surf and sand silent auction items.

Tickets for the event are available online.

A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles
Saturday, June 28
7 - 11 p.m.

Designer Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Celebrity event and wedding planner Mindy Weiss teamed with HomeGoods to tackle the world of outdoor entertaining and the results will make any gathering more stylish, colorful and comfortable. Read on for the ideas that guide events for Weiss' celebrity clients like Heidi Klum, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jessica Simpson and check out the lovely al fresco tablescape Weiss curated with finds from HomeGoods.


Mindy's Tips:

  • Bring the Indoors Out: Use pillows, poufs and rugs to make the outdoors feel homey.
  • Treat Yourself to Trays: Treat yourself to some new colorful trays for passing out hors d'oeuvres or drinks. After the party, use them in rooms around your home.
  • Add Color to Your Dishes: This spring is all about color! Freshen up your table by adding a few new colorful pieces to your dinnerware set.
  • Experiment with Ombre: Forget the clear glasses! This season, the biggest trend is mixing and not matching. Bring in a mixture of colorful containers in a variety of sizes.
  • Invest in a Bar Cart: Add a bar cart to your outdoor entertaining area. It can be filled with drinks for the whole family, desserts, anything for the party!

Fab Furn: Brewster Home Fashions

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Among the new companies hitting the halls of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair this week will be Brewster Home Fashions, a 5th generation family business with a remarkable talent for the unique, the colorful and the wildly creative. The company's line of wallcoverings is this week's pick for Fab Furn.


The company targets a worldwide market by literally travelling the globe to hunt down and interpret design and color trends. Says Paula Berberian, director of the Brewster Design Studio, "The collections we're exhibiting are so unique, it's wonderful to share them with others who have a hunger for good design."


I couldn't agree more. Among my favorites are the three designs shown here: Raval, Lincrusta and Ibiza. Raval is one of those finds that makes me so glad I do what I do. Taking influences from exuberant European port cities, the vibrant pattern mingles Spanish motifs with vintage prints and global florals. The result is a kaleidoscope of themes and an incredibly impressive statement. The Lincrusta collection stands out for its ability to be painted; as such, the rich historical friezes, borders and traditional patterns found here can really come to life either as a subtle textural effect or a boldly or classically painted accent. And, for Ibiza, the idea was to relive a colorful and bright visit to Ibiza over and over again with a vivid, yet peaceful design. I would say that's a goal well accomplished.

See Brewster Home Fashions at ICFF booth #1170.

Coverings Installation & Design Award Winners

Wednesday May 7, 2014

The Coverings Installation & Design Awards were created to honor outstanding design and installation of tile and stone in residential, commercial, sustainable and international projects. A panel of editors and designers reviewed more than 100 submissions, judging them based on execution, original usage, and overall design and purpose.

CID Awards-Frontier Elementar

Two projects earned the Grand Prize: the residential prize going to Santa Monica-based Robert Kerr architecture design for a beachfront home with interior and exterior tile applications. In the commercial category, the Grand Prize went to Camarata Masonry Systems and PGLAL for their restoration of tile and stone in the five-story atrium of historical couture.

Additional winners are...

Winner: Residential Tile Design
Project: Brooklyn House
Designer: JNK Interiors

Winner: Commercial Tile Design
Project: Paul H. Cocker Architecture Gallery, Ryerson University
Designer: Gow Hastings Architects

Winner: Commercial Stone Design
Project: Equinox Fitness Club, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Designer: Tribeca Stone

Winner: Residential Tile Installation
Project: Violin Swimming Pool
Installer: Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping

Winner: Residential Stone Installation
Project: Sunnyside Avenue Master Bath
Insatller: Tarkus Tile, Inc.

Winner: Commercial Tile Installation
Project: Frontier Elementary School, Edmond, Okla.
Installer: Bentley Flooring

Winner: Commercial Stone Installation
Project: Latter-Day Saints Temple, Calgary, Alberta
Installer: KEPCO+

Winner: International Design
Project: Remodeling Work on La Riera de la Salut
Designer: Pol Feminas

Award: Community Project
Project: Hidden Garden Steps
Designers: Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher

Fab Furn: Swell Tile

Wednesday May 7, 2014

The Coverings show is truly a remarkable place. No matter how many times I attend, around every bend I'm still drawn in, still impressed, still compelled to touch. I witnessed so many beautiful products at this year's show but one held a special place for me for its reference to the sea and its ability to bring it into the home. Swell Tile by House Fifty Two is this week's pick for Fab Furn.

House Fifty Two-Mounted Tile

Swell is a glass tile that has been updated to outshine its counterparts by not being quite so shiny. The tile goes through a weathering process to produce a final product that is both colorful and matte in finish and features organic shapes with smooth edges.

"I was growing tired of dated glass tile and wanted to bring a light, soft, clean, fresh glass mosaic to the marketplace," said Erin Adams, founder and lead designer of House Fifty Two. "Swell was my answer. It looks as if the tile was swept up in the ocean tide for years. The color blends suit an array os spaces and tastes, from spas to beach cottages to chic lofts."

House Fifty Two=Orange Tile

Colors are grouped into Blends, like the Plus Blend that includes serene hues of purple, grey and blue, and the Organic Blend that includes a variety of mochas and dark chocolate.

House Fifty Two also offers wallpaper, fabric and coordinating housewares, not to mention creating customized design solutions for hospitality, commercial and residential clients. Learn more about the company on the House Fifty Two website.

Design Event: BKLYN Designs

Wednesday April 30, 2014

This is truly a great one. Each year, BKLYN Designs pulls together a wildly talented group of designers from, you guessed it, Brooklyn, and gives them the opportunity to showcase their creativity to a very interested crowd. This year's event is set to run May 9 through 11 at multiple venues throughout DUMBO.

The juried show brings together contemporary furnishings of all kinds all made or, at the very least, designed in Brooklyn and handpicked by editors from design and shelter magazines. This year's show includes a record 60 exhibitors who will feature furniture, lighting, carpet and flooring, wall coverings, tabletop, outdoor furniture, and accessories.

Brooklyn has become such a hotbed of creativity in the decade since this show began. Don't just believe me, go and witness it for yourself.

BKLYN Designs
May 9 - 11
Locations throughout DUMBO, Brooklyn:
St. Ann's Warehouse
The Mark Jupiter Showroom
Baxter & Liebchen
Betsey Lee
Brooklyn Roasting Company
Made in NY Media Center

Fab Furn: South Beach Collection

Wednesday April 23, 2014
South Beach Collection-Fucshia Aztec

It's no secret I've been aching for warmer weather and the more my inbox fills with warm-weather fabrics and furnishings, the happier I get. I'm particularly a fan of outdoor furniture that is stylish enough for use anywhere and the South Beach Collection from Source Outdoor fits that bill. The collection, and two of its awesome fabrics are this week's pick for Fab Furn.

First, the company released "SoBe" in a gorgeous fuchsia and white Aztec pattern and then followed it up this season with a bold black-and-white stripe. The idea behind the line is to bring South Beach's signature flair, color and patterning to outdoor living everywhere.

South Beach Collection-Black & White strip

The collection includes a matching loveseat, lounge chair and coffee table in crisp white with the accent of fabrics and patterns that really pop. The bases are powder coated aluminum with a glossy finish, the seating is covered in Sunbrella fabric and everything is made in the USA.

For more on the company's outdoor options, visit the Source Outdoor website.

Historic Design: Quilts & Context in the Civil War

Wednesday April 23, 2014

This month, the New-York Historical Society opened the doors to a new exhibit to honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The traveling exhibition - Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War - uses quilts, textiles, clothing, and other artifacts as a means to connect visitors to personal stories about the war, its causes and its aftermath.

The exhibition was organized the American Textile History Museum and shares the link these textiles made between soldiers and civilians and the way the quilts worked to share the stories of the soldiers' experiences. The enlightening collection builds on recent scholarship and aims to acknowledge the human experiences behind the war.

Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War
New-York Historical Society
Through August 24, 2014

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