Design

Architecture, Design, Products

TAC - Big Cities tableware designed by BIG and KILO

Two Danish design powerhouses have teamed up to bring a unique city view into your dining room. Copenhagen’s BIG architecture studio and industrial design group KILO recently launched a beautiful new tableware set trimmed with 12 different skylines, including ones of New York, Berlin and Paris!

Check out the full collection here

Art, Design, Events

light industry

Boo! The long Memorial Day weekend and its endless picnics are over. But you can still celebrate the short work week with all things arty!

Indulge in your love of film — from the silent era to tomorrow’s documentary stars — or channel your inner entrepreneur at a panel on how to price your own designs. Also be sure to rest up for the weekend as artist studios open up across Brooklyn with Bushwick Open Studios and NARS Foundation. Just be sure to leave some time on your schedule to check out Bushwick’s first art fair, the NEWD Art Fair!

All the best events here

Celebrities, Green Design, Interiors, Meatpacking District

Diane von Furstenburg penthouse

The headquarters of the “Queen of the Wrap Dress” (ladies, you know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever stood in line for one of these sample sales!) is well known for the big, geometric glass structure that sits perched atop the traditional Meatpacking District building. Not so well known, though, is that inside this rooftop crystal is Ms. von Furstenberg’s penthouse apartment.  And just as you’d expect, the space is full of all of the sleek, yet glamorous style that the designer expresses in her clothing.

Conceptualized by Work Architecture, the Diane von Furstenberg headquarters was adapted from this landmarked meat market building to house the firm’s flagship store, administrative offices, and production space. The re-imagined rooftop is not only an apartment, but a garden oasis. The staircase, dubbed the “stairdelier” by the architects since it is lined with Swarovski crystals, ties the live/work space together and is its crowning jewel. Descending diagonally through the building’s six stories, it reflects light throughout the entire interior.

More about the sparkling staircase and all of the interior eye candy this way

Design, Products

Spin Cast Bowl designed by Muzz Design

You don’t always need fancy machines and high-tech systems to create a jaw-dropping product. Just look at these beautiful, cobalt-streaked bowls from Muzz Design. By using the simple act of spinning, co-founders Erin Turkoglu and Melodi Bozkurt were able to turn otherwise boring dishes into exquisite works of art brimming with history.

Details on the unique timepiece here

Featured Story

Design, Features, Hotels, Interiors

The Most Gorgeous New York City Hotel Interiors

By Jason Carpenter, Fri, May 23, 2014

The reception area at The Hudson in New York.

Design is on display in New York’s luxury hotels, where the interior look and feel is as important as where it’s located. From the lobbies that welcome guests on their first steps into the building to the bars and dining areas later at night, some of a hotel’s best design work lays outside the guests’ rooms. Here are just a few of our favorite hotel interiors.

See more amazing hotel lobbies here

Architecture, Green Design, Lower East Side, Urban Design

Seaport City (New York City Mayor's Office via Flickr)

Though bearing little resemblance to its quaint East River neighbor, “Seaport City” could become a reality based on a new study released yesterday by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

But don’t bank on a new set of sought after residential and commercial river views just yet. Seaport City is only one of a number of options presented to the city as part of former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 257-point, post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency plan – and it’s the most challenging on the list.

Find out more about the plan to protect the lower east side

Design, Furniture, Products

Loft Dresser designed by Chadhaus

There comes a moment in our lives when it’s time to trade in our beat-up college furniture for more grown-up goods — a bean bag should only double as the couch for so long. When that point comes, consider the exquisite pieces from Chadhaus, a Seattle-based company creating sustainable furniture that will truly stand the test of time.

More pieces from Chadhaus straight ahead

Design, Furniture, Products

Cricket Folding Table from Folditure

City dwellers are no strangers to folding furniture — they’re true lifesavers when living in tiny, cramped apartments. But while most are functional, few are as beautiful as the fold-up tables and chairs designed by architect Alexander Gendell. His Folditure line (get it?) is not only ingeniously-designed, but each piece — like the Cricket Folding Table — resembles a work of origami art.

See Folditure’s Cricket Folding Table in action

Green Design, Recent Sales, Soho, Tribeca

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Loft on Watts Street Sells

By Aisha Carter, Wed, May 21, 2014

125 Watt St #4 interior

It looks like Town Residential’s Danny Davis has done it again. He has made someone fall in love with another apartment, this time at 125 Watts Street. Unit #4 is the quintessential loft experience with high ceilings, white brick walls and tons of light.

This historic, pre-war building is perfectly situated in Northwest Tribeca, right on the edge of Soho. This area has those desirable cobblestone streets, not to mention having plenty of dining and shopping to appeal to your chic side, while still being situated right near Hudson River Park and Pier 25 to appeal to your athletic side. You know what they call that? Nirvana.

See what Nirvana looks like here

Architecture, Design, Far Rockaway, Green Design

Kent Johnson's Camp Rockaway

And the glamping trend continues…

Designer Kent Johnson has just launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to bring a “luxurious” tent campsite to the Rockaways. From fully furnished tents with crisp white linens, to private fire pits and hot tubs overlooking Jamaica Bay, this is not your everyday man’s campsite. And if you think the idea sounds crazy, think again. It’s actually an initiative inspired by the area’s past, which once found incredible success!

More on Camp Rockaway this way

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