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5.25.09 | ICFF is a treasure trove of great and innovative design, and despite what might have been a slightly thinned crowd on some days, this year's show was no different and in some ways exceeded previous shows, as is its custom. As a testament to the resilience of a tight-knit industry, exhibitors were optimistic, attendees were enthusiastic and product quality, high.
5.25.09 | Interior designers and architects traded their workstations for chef's aprons at the Sixth Annual Designer's Culinary Challenge. The signature philanthropic event for the International Interior Design Association's Northern California Chapter, Silicon Valley City Center, was held on May 14th at the Milpitas headquarters of corporate sponsor One Workplace. Nearly $1,100 was raised for the Marine Mammal Center to assist it rehabilitation of marine mammals and to advance environmental education.
5.18.09 | The first day of ICFF proved to be more subdued then in years past, with the back of New York City's Javits Center curtained off due to fewer exhibitors, and just a little less people milling around the show floor. With the current state of the industry, such was to be expected, but exhibitors were not phased and remained upbeat, showcasing a strong year of solid design. Here is a taste of our favorite first impressions in and around ICFF. (There will be more in next week's edition.)
5.18.09 | Santa Monica is surely the place to be in Los Angeles for commercial interiors. If Herman Miller moved out there we would really have the makings of the West Coast version of Designer's Saturday, the highly popular and much lamented (by the old-timers) '70s New York event. But Teknion did not wait for that to happen. It opened its Santa Monica showroom a week or so ago and, taking no chances, it asked Michael Vanderbyl who did as much as anyone to put Teknion on the map to carry forward the Teknion-Vanderbyl trade dress to the West Coast, ably assisted by Teknion's internal showroom facilities team.
5.11.09 | One of our favorite shows, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, will be held May 16-19, 2009, at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center, NYC. During the Fair's four days,145,000 sq.ft. of the Javits Center will bustle with more than 25,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, manufacturers, representatives, distributors, and developers. Thankfully, members of the general public are welcome on Tuesday, May19 when the ICFF is open to all.
5.4.09 | Earlier this year, a spirited debate occured in that tangled web called online media between Michael Cannell, a design writer for the New York Times, and Murray Moss, the owner of New York City retail design gallery Moss. The issue at hand: Does Design Love a Depression? Mr. Cannell started things rolling with his story claiming that design loves, adores, wants to marry a depression.
5.4.09 | IIDA New York's 20th Annual IIDA Leaders Breakfast packed New York's interior design community into Gotham Hall in NYC last week. It was John Lijewski and Hilda Longinotti's tenth year as co-chairs of the event, and the IIDA NY members and the contract community came in droves, even for the 7:30 AM call time. It was apparent that they were there to celebrate 20 successful years of the event, enjoy the bagel and lox, take in the speakers lined up for the morning and mostly to enjoy each other's close (very close) company.
4.27.09 | In Milan, amongst the stylish Italians, the gelato, the pasta, bread, salted meats and cheese, there was a furniture fair last week. Well, the furniture fair The Salone Internazionale del Mobile. And amongst that fair is a city full of innovative design, beautiful design, far-out design and some impractical design.
4.27.09 | Last week we covered Hilda Longinotti's retirement event at the Herman Miller NYC National Design Center. (officeinsight 4.20.09, Hilda, Hilda: Wherefore are thou Hilda?) The gracious Ms. Longinotti phoned us last week to let us know that she had taken notice of our modest efforts. Unfortunately, as we were preparing the article, our universal memory card reader corrupted our files, making it impossible to open them. We solved the problem mid-week, and recovered some of the images.
4.20.09 | About 250 industry veterans and pioneers turned up at the 6th Avenue Herman Miller National Design Center to see if the legend, Hilda Longenotti, the grande dame of A&D, the doyenne of design sales, was actually going to retire after 54 years in the industry and almost 35 years with Herman Miller.