As a part of the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition Designing Modern Women 1890 - 1990, the museum is hosting a gallery session that looks at one perspective that set out to change the face of those dirty little deeds like housework. Housework and other Design Challenges: Charlotte Perriand's Modern Kitchen for the Unite d'Habitation was sparked by the museum's recent acquisition of the kitchen Perriand designed for Le Corbusier's modernist multiple housing project: the Unite d'Habitation.
The gallery session is an interactive experience facilitated by museum educators that will explore the creative process of Perriand's design, as well as its cultural significance and the experience it inspires. The gallery session is free with museum admission; no registration required.
Housework and other Design Challenges: Charlotte Perriand's Modern Kitchen for the Unite d'Habitation
Sunday, December 15
MoMA, Special Exhibitions Gallery
Nestled into a six-story townhouse on the Upper West Side, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture is host not only to students of the history of design and its effects on world culture but to some very intriguing exhibits that dive into the many design disciplines covered in its varied programs.
Currently on exhibit in the school's Focus Gallery is a look at the inspiration that fed the New York design scene in the earlier years of the 20th century. An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915 - 1928 is open through February 2, 2014.
Specifically, the exhibit looks at the efforts made by Bard's UWS neighbor, the American Museum of Natural History, to educate and inspire New York's textile and fashion designers during and after World War I. At the time, AMNH allowed for unprecedented access to its ethnographic collections in an effort to move the U.S. away from design that found its creative spark in Europe and to designs that were decidedly American. An American Style walks through the curators, journalists, designers and manufacturers that were instrumental in the movement.
The Bard Graduate Center
18 West 86th Street
Each year, The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum hosts the National Design Awards, a program that recognizes visionaries in myriad fields of design. The nomination deadline for the 2014 awards is December 9, 2013.
Visitors to the Cooper-Hewitt's website can learn about specific award categories and eligibility requirements. You also can cast your own nomination right through the site.
Learn more and cast your vote on the Cooper-Hewitt site!
Sotheby's is on a philanthropic mission to best itself in the fundraising arena with this month's Jony & Marc's (RED) Auction in its New York galleries. In 2008, Sotheby's held an auction of contemporary art which raised more than $40 million for (RED), an organization founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to generate private sector money for the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.
Jony & Marc's (RED) Auction is the curatorial work of Jony Ive and Marc Newson with all items either handpicked or conceived by the design duo. More than 40 objects are already on exhibit, each selected in celebration of the history of design. Items in the auction touch on all areas of product design including a one-of-a-kind red Hermes saddle, a "Red Pops for (RED) Parlor Grand Model A Piano by Steinway & Sons, a set of four Bird chairs and a Petal coffee table by Harry Bertoia and Richard Schultz, and a Zvezda cosmonaut suit worn on a Soviet Space Agency mission into space.
The auction's complete catalog can be viewed online. The auction itself will be held on November 23 at 7 p.m. ET.
If a nursery, playroom or any area created for little ones is on your design agenda, this adorable and orderly line from ACE Baby Furniture is worth a look. The fun, friendly designs are this week's pick for Fab Furn.
ACE's Mobile Dress-Up Wardrobe, Mobile Bookcase and Mobile Desk allow for organization with character. The pieces offer a place for kids to store all their own stuff in a spot so perfectly kid-like they may just put their things away themselves.
Three animal shapes are available in five different finishes making them adaptable to many a color and room theme.
For more information, visit the ACE Baby Furniture website.
The Land of Nod has opened the playful doors to holiday pop-up shops in locations around the country to bring its whimsical designs for babies and kids to new markets. Denver; Houston; Newton, Mass.; Schaumburg, Ill.; and King of Prussia, Pa. have all welcomed the temporary shops that will remain open until January 26. The move follows the success of the company's first pop-up shop last year in New York.
The shops range in size from 900- to 3,000-square-feet and offer an exclusive assortment of toys, as well as a full selection of holiday décor. A selection of furniture also will be available.
The intention of the shops is to bring to life the lively, whimsical spirit found on the pages of the brand's catalogs and on its website with the festive perspective of the holiday season added in.
Contact and specific location information for the pop-up shops is available on The Land of Nod website.
Luxury Furnishings Designer Christopher Guy is set to play host as the New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association honors its 2013 Rising Stars of Design. The event, slated for Tuesday, November 19, will take place at Guy's new 20,000 square foot showroom on the penthouse floor of the New York Design Center.
Interior Designer and IFDA member Amanda Nisbet will serve as Master of Ceremonies and will introduce and award this year's Interior Design honorees. The 2013 Rising Stars of Design are Jon Call of Mr. Call Designs, Joan Dineen and Alyson Liss-Pobiner of Dineen Architecture, and John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage. This year will also mark the first time IFDA will honor a product designer as a Rising Star. The inaugural honor goes to Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of Apparatus.
For ticket information, contact IFDA NY at 212.686.6020.
I love design that manages to be attractive and highly functional as well. The television, though a part of most of our everyday lives, is considered by many to be a bit of an eyesore. Enter ThinkFabricate and a design created to turn that visual void into a focal point. The company's Penthouse TV Quilt is this week's pick for Fab Furn.
The Penthouse TV Quilt is actually the largest of a series of TV Quilts from the ever-clever ThinkFabricate. The Quilts are actually groups of cabinets that fit together like a puzzle to form a wall unit and hide a flat panel TV. In all sizes, the TV Quilts can be fabricated with space for the TV in the center or to one side and custom options are available as well. And, the best part? That fabrication happens right in Brooklyn, New York.
Each cabinet hangs on a cleat that is provided along with installation instructions. The Brooklyn-based company offers installation within the New York Metropolitan area or by special request to other locations.
Bay area designers and design enthusiasts take note: Luxe Interiors + Design is set to launch its 13th regional edition, covering the best in San Francisco Bay area design, in summer 2014.
"San Francisco is a lively and engaged design market," said Jo Campbell Fujii, group publisher. "This magazine, along with our Los Angeles and Southern California editions, allows us to provide comprehensive coverage of the entire California design market to our affluent readership."
San Francisco-based Lisa Lovely, who has been national account director for San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest territory for Luxe since 2009, has been named the new edition's publisher.
Luxe highlights global design trends as well as the regional luxury design scene in each market it serves. Forty-four percent of the Luxe readership own at least two homes and has a an average net worth of $11.7 million.
Interior Design magazine has announced the finalists for its eighth annual Best of Year awards celebration. The event was created to honor the top design products and projects of the year, recognizing work across multiple design industries and sectors.
This year's juried competition received more than 1,800 submissions, an impressive 50 percent increase from just last year. The finalists are the result of a public online voting period. Winners for both the product and project categories will be selected by Interior Design Editor in Chief Cindy Allen and announced live by Allen and Interior Design President and Publisher Mark Strauss at an awards ceremony to be held on Thursday, December 5 in New York.
Allen noted the staff was "blown away by the number and quality of submissions received for Best of Year and are endlessly inspired by the creativity and innovation that we see happening across the industry. We look forward to celebrating the impressive efforts and accomplishments of designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe."
Product submissions for the competition's 62 categories (including 12 that are new this year) were received from 23 different countries while submissions for projects were received from 33 countries. Project winners will be chosen in 46 categories.
Proving the notoriety of the awards, the product voting site received double the number of unique visitors from 2012. Totals for the voting period were more than 290,000 page views and nearly 62,000 votes.
The Best of Year awards ceremony is a ticketed event and will be held at the IAC Building in New York. A complete list of the 2013 Best of Year Finalists can be found online.