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AN's DesignX Workshops To Push Forefront of Digital Design

designX Since we began ten years ago, The Architect's Newspaper has been at the forefront of cutting-edge design trends. Over the past several years, we've given extensive attention to the growing field of digital design and fabrication. In addition, AN's Editor-in-Chief William Menking called for New York City to embrace its architecture and design potential, last year penning two editorials on the subject. This year, AN is partnering with Mode Collective to create designX, which will launch in New York at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair's (ICFF) Material Makers' workshops. Topics will include parametric design, digital fabrication, and web-based design apps.
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ICFF: Editors' Finds From the Floor

New York's Design Week 2012 might be over, but the abundance of furniture displayed in private lofts, showrooms, and on the vast floor of the Javits Center at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is still fresh in our minds. Between handing out hundreds of copies of the newspaper at our booth, AN's editors combed the floor at ICFF and selected an array of products that caught our eyes from chairs, to rugs, to lighting and more. Designed by by Studio Bouroullec, the Losanges collection (top) for Nanimarquina reinterprets Persian rugs using traditional kilim weaving. Pakistani artisans weave 13 colors into a complex rhombus shape with a notched edge reflecting the geometric pattern. BluDot's new Grotto sofa (above) is ideally scaled for compact urban apartments. Just larger than a love seat, the sofa has a rigid frame with comfortable, slightly slouchy cushions. The sofa's striking frame provides a tectonic contrast to the upholstery as robust dowels are help together by an elegant steel frame. The Skyline Planter by Phase design cleverly frames the plants it holds, creating an intriguing tension between the organic and the geometric. The concise architectural lines would lend contemporary elegance to terraces and gardens alike. Designed by Philippe Stark the Broom chair for Emeco is made of recycled plastic, typically used for decking, to make a strong but light weight stackable chairs, with a pleasing, tactile finish. After following the Parsons/Carnegie/Moorhead crew's race to design their booth with Xorel fabric wallcovering, it was great to see the finished product. Particularly striking was the interior of the origami-like structure, which stood without support of booth walls. Of the many robust materials found in the Groundwork's booth, none was more impressive than the marble slabs atop a utilitarian steel base with industrial wheels, but even more impressive is that they were salvaged during the restoration of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Lindsey Adelman always makes an impressive showing at ICFF, but this year the lighting designer went all out by bringing the assembly process into the booth. Several of the firm's artisans toiled in a makeshift "factory," crafting all sorts of light fixtures.  It was nice to see that Adelman saved a few product introductions for the New York audience—take that Milan! Lindsey Adelman's Marina Ceiling Medallion would look great overhead in any room, but at ICFF it also made a striking impression installed on a wall. The organic lines radiating out from the light fixture recall the facets of a sea fan or coral while the central shade  brings to mind a limpet shell. Dutch wallpaper company NLXL debuted their new collection, "Concrete" by Piet Boon, a designer from the Netherlands. This wallpaper provides a non-sweater-snagging alternative to rough material. Italian manufacturer Bisazza hit a grand-slam with a bath collection by Marcel Wanders, of Droog and Moooi fame. The collection melds the past and present into a fantastical landscape of literal references and exaggerated ornament. Stark, white bar-of-soap-shaped basins and tubs float gracefully in contrast with baroque furniture in the background. The inspiration? "The original concept for the collection came from a fantasy I had of taking a bath in a bar of soap. The ultimate clean!" according to a statement from Wanders. Seattle-based Graypants makes light fixtures out of cardboard, repurposing the dull packaging material into luminous orbs by stacking laser-cut rings. The corrugated cardboard is cut at many different angles, creating variation in visual effect as light shines through. Architect Antonio Citterio's Repos and Grand Repos chairs for Vitra bring the swagger of the Mad Men era firmly into the present day. The chair's back and seat operate independently of one another and are responsive to weight, providing a very comfortable experience in which to sit back and enjoy a martini. Vancouver-based Molo Design has become famous for its structural paper creations in its "soft" collection of partitions, but the firm has also previously ventured into the architectural world of glass and steel. At ICFF, Molo stacked layers of vibrant blue paper expanded to create a foot-thick wall of honeycombed paper in which to enshroud its equally delicate Cloud Softlight pendant fixture. Eric Pfeiffer's Plank Collection for Council offers a clean, modern alternative to the adirondack chair. Available as a lounger or stackable side chair, the chair is defined appropriately by a clean, curved seat of pine planks bound together by a thin metal frame. Texas-based furniture designer Peter Glassford has transformed recycling into a art. He uses scraps from the furniture-making process to create richly-textured custom wall installations. The green and natural wall on display at ICFF shows just how appealingly tactile trash can become. Another winner is Kohler's collaboration with Jonathan Adler, displayed in a bright shipping container with one side propped open and boldly proclaiming, "We Love Color." The booth attracted crowds with its highlighter-yellow bathtub sofas offering snacks and phone chargers for weary ICFF-goers. At the heart of the display, though, were Adler's brightly glazed washbasins in a variety of shaped and hues.
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ICFF Walkabout> Foscarini Evolution

Italian lighting design firm Foscarini filled their Greene Street showroom with a dynamic, winding installation called Foscarini Evolution during ICFF week in New York. Artist Marc Sadler composed the installation of individual Tress lamps--made of resin-coated fabric strips--connected end to end. The pulsing red strands created a distinctly interactive experience. "The installation shows how light can convey emotion and form space," said Veronica Carniello of Foscarini. The showroom will now undergo a renovation and open again at the end of the year. Carniello said the company plans to feature rotating installations featuring Foscarini lighting products so the showroom will take on the qualities of an art gallery.
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ICFF Walkabout: Spirits Flying High by Ingo Maurer

The scene at Ingo Maurer was a tad more subdued than the rest of Green Street last Monday night. Could it be because Maurer's work has a such tactile quality that the space feels more like an art gallery? Showroom hoppers didn't make an immediate bee line to the bar. How could you when the first thing you see  on entering is the arresting vision of "Spirits Flying High".  The undulating sheet of light looks a flying carpet about to blow out the door. On closer inspection the 87 inch by 50 inch hanging light fixture is composed of more than 100 LED strips wrapped in a warm milky colored silicon. Don't ask, the special commission piece is not for sale.
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ICFF Walkabout: Wearable Maps

One item that caught our eye at ICFF wasn't furniture at all. Every city has certain geographic quirks that people come to identify with a place--Manhattan's rigid grid, the radial boulevards of Paris--even when viewing a two-dimensional version of it. You Are Here, a collection from Israeli jewelry designer Talia Wiener, was inspired by just such a concept. Each pendant or brooch incorporates part of the urban fabric of  Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, New York City, San Francisco, Barcelona, or London. According to Wiener, her designs play with the notion that there is a certain location-oriented secret shared by a city's residents while also proclaiming their membership in "a broader, ever-growing urban tribe."
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ICFF Studio: Bernhardt Mentors The Design Stars of Tomorrow

ICFF wraps up today and, as usual, reviews of the fair seem mixed. Professional but boring! Too safe! Appropriately sober! Practical and market-friendly! Reheated Eames! Now in its sixth year, the ICFF Studio, sponsored by Bernhardt, offers a snap shot of where young designers are looking. Most skewed toward the market-ready, while one designer went in a conceptual direction. The young Dutch designer Andreas Kowalewski's Clamp Chairs certainly look showroom bound (above). Norwegians Angell Wyller Aarseth showed a table, mirror, and the handsome Handle Me Cookware (below), which won an editor's award. Germany's Gabriella Asztalos designed the Hug Chair (below), which looks tailor-made for a Boom Years nightclub or hotel lobby. It's glamorous and a little silly, but does it make sense in today's chastened economic environment? Californians Jiyoun Shin and Kevin Sethapun showed very polished designs for stools. Shin's Eclipse Bar Stool (shown below left) and Sethapun's Arch Stool (below right) are appealing and market-ready, but are they memorable?       Shawn Littrell's Aline Chair and Ottoman (below) is inviting and fun. The cheery chair's designer is from Los Angeles, and the pieces seem to reflect a sunny sensibility. Dutchman Niel's de Greef's ZzZen Chair (below) is presumably meant to evoke a smooth stone and induce rest. Zorine Pooladian, also from California, offered the Aira and Beat Rocking Stools (below). Junggi Sung's handsome Ember Lamp (below) is mixes the tactile with the luminous. Finally, New Yorker Patrick Martinez offered the downloadable Click Lamp (below), a screensaver of a light that produces real illumination, and the Blush Lamp, a hovering spot of light that emerged (was projected?) from an invisible source on the white wall. It was one of the few moments at the fair where people stopped, looked, scratched their heads, and--for a moment--pondered the limits of design itself.

Dancing on Cobblestones

Last Friday, we hosted a party with Architizer at the Dom Showroom on Crosby Street. Valcucine was showing off its latest wares as part of ICFF, including a special line called in glass, with pieces by Thom Mayne, Alessandro Mendini, Steven Holl, and Winka Dubbeldam, who was in attendance with fellow architect-about-town Jonathan Marvel. Other notables included Charles Renfro and photographer Adam Friedberg, plus a few delightful bottles of scotch and duck sliders by Savoy's Peter Hoffman, making for the delightful evening.

Eavesdrop NY 10

We know you love the gossip. AN aims to satisfy that itch in print, online, East Coast, West Coast, whatever, wherever, whenever. So here comes Eavesdrop to our blog so you can get it faster, feistier, anywhere you are. Plus, we will be posting Sara Hart’s online-only EAVESDROP ALERTs. But the real fun begins in the comments section, where you can lay on your own gossipy tidbits. And Sara will be sure to respond. For Whom the Buell Tolls There are some whispers coming from the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP. Our ears immediately perked up, because we never hear anything much from that stone corner of the academic groves. Founded in 1982, the center’s first director was Robert A.M. Stern, who was followed by Gwendolyn Wright, Richard Buford, Joan Ockman (who stepped down about a year ago), and Reinhold Martin, who currently holds the post. The whispers have it that Professor Martin is changing the center’s mild mission to a more politically left-leaning agenda. Some female members of the 12-person board of advisers are also miffed that he’s held boys-only dinners, like a recent bash with board members Peter Eisenman, Stern, and GSAPP Dean Mark Wigley. Could another Penguin Club be in the making? Furniture Fanfare? So, was this year’s ICFF a bust? It depends on whom you ask. One exhibitor told Eavesdrop that traffic to his high-profile booth was off 50 percent from last year, and noted a dearth of posses from the architectural giants. Not so, said PR maven Beth Dickstein. Her math suggests that while some huge manufacturers bowed out this year, there were more smaller exhibitors, and overall the quality of the goods was better. As sales and marketing consultant to the show’s producer, George Little Management, she admits that overall attendance was down about 12 percent. But, she cites numbers from major exhibitors—including Pablo, Chilewich, and Trove—who claim to have written big orders from big firms with big projects. And Make Ours a Double Here’s a twist on surviving the recession. Gensler associate Judy Cheung brought a new client called Flex Mussels to the firm. Her reward was getting laid off. Now she’s a bartender at the Gensler-designed Upper East Side eatery that specializes in the aforementioned bivalve. Her current gig sounds more gratifying. And more tough breaks: A loss on the left coast could be an opportunity for an enterprising museum in the East. Brooke Hodge, the much-admired curator of architecture and design at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, was laid off along with several other staffers, with senior curators taking a 5% pay cut. Another casualty of the institution’s weak finances was Hodge’s long-planned show on Morphosis, now cancelled. Eli Broad, not surprisingly, is also involved. To get his $30 million bailout, the museum has to make good on spending cuts while redirecting its focus to the permanent collection. Send frites and oyster shooters to [This originally appeared in AN 10_06.03.2009 (NY)]
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ICFF: The Winners Are

Wrapping up a design-filled weekend of parties, openings, lectures, and events, this year’s ICFF did not disappoint. In fact, it left us up to our necks in piles of work that we have been neglecting from all that party hopping! Thankfully for us, a panel of U.S. and international editors sorted through all the furniture, lighting, and accessories at the Javits Center and selected their picks for the best-of-show at ICFF. Comprised of editors from AbitareArchitectural Record, Azure, Domus, Dwell, Interior Design, Interni, Intramuros, Metropolis, and Metropolitan Home, the prestigious ICFF Editors Award was bestowed on16 designers and manufactures, some of which you might remember from our very own ICFF Preview. The winners are:

Body of Work


New Designer



Jaime Hayon for Baccarat




Magis Spa

Carpet and Flooring

Gan/Gandia Blasco USA's Mangas Carpet by Patricia Urquiola



Outdoor Furniture

Vitra, Inc.'s Vegetal Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec


Coverings, Etc.'s Ecocoverings

Wall Coverings

Tracy Kendall Wallpaper


ModKat's Litter Box


Anne Kyyro Quinn

Kitchen and Bath

Matteo Thun for Rapsel spa

Multiple Production

IKEA's PS 2009

Design School

Pratt Institute


German Design Council (Rat fur Formgebung)


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A Standard Affair (VIDEO)

Last Thursday, AN hosted the kick-off event for Meatpacking District Design '09, a conversation between executive editor Julie V. Iovine and hotelier André Balazs at his latest creation, the Polshek Partnership-designed Standard, New York (which Julie wrote about back in February). If you couldn't make it, though, no sweat. For your vicarious pleasure, we've posted a highlight video, plus the full talk, both in video and audio formats--here at AN we're platform agnostic--plus a slew of photos of the party, the swanky new digs, and the now-in-bloom High Line. Highlights:
Full Length Interview:
Audio: Shared Space in the Public Realm: André Balazs & Julie V. Iovine