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HGTV Home pop-up

HGTV Home pop-up

A Second Culinary Spot at ABC
The trio of renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, restaurateur Phil Suarez and Paulette Cole of ABC Carpet & Home, have partnered again to debut their second culinary spot at ABC. Called ABC Cocina, it features locally sourced foods for its Spanish- and Latin-inspired small-plate fare.

Happy Birthday Plate
French artist Marlène Mocquet transposed the Surrealist universes depicted on her canvases to Bernardaud plates in celebration of the French porcelain maker’s 150th anniversary this year.

Popular Pop Artist Goes Home
The playful pop art of Roy Lichtenstein stars in a limited edition collection at Barneys New York. Items include a large decorative pillow, shown, based on Lichtenstein’s Arrrrrff! drawing from 1962.


Pop-Up Shop Brings HGTV Home

Atlanta was the first stop in this year’s HGTV Home pop-up tour, where in 3,000 square feet of space consumers can peruse the HGTV Home line, from lighting to furniture to rugs, and become inspired by trend areas, such as Flower Power seen here. Consumers can also talk with designers, meet HGTV personalities and, of course, watch HGTV itself. Its next pop-up shop, after the Atlanta one closes June 4, will open in Philadelphia July 1.

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Last updated: May 31, 2013

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Nespresso Rocks

Nespresso Rocks

Nespresso Rocks

Nespresso is sponsoring an outdoor exhibition of nine 16-foot-tall, human-shaped stone figures by sculptor Ugo Rondinone at the Rockefeller Center plaza in New York City. The exhibit, featuring Rondinone’s figures made with bluestone slabs, runs through June 7.


Documenting Luxury
Departures Home + Design, a luxury home and real estate magazine published by American Express, debuted last month. Hopefully, this is another example that home and real estate are both alive and well. 


Fit to a T
T-Frame, which turns a T-shirt into art, was the 2012 winner of the Umbra/Pratt Design Competition. It was designed by Caleb Ferris and Prakhar Mehrotra.


Have a Seat

Tilt, a curved-bottom rocking stool, can be flipped over to a fixed position for a stable seat or side table. Architect Justin Gologorsky created Tilt after years of behavioral observation, including research on the benefits of allowing students to move and fidget more in the classroom. Tilt is part of The MoMA Design Store Destination: NYC collection that launches this month.

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Flower Power

The Macy’s Flower Show this year celebrates India and the southern regions of Asia, offering a garden oasis in the middle of Herald Square. The show in New York takes place in a tent outdoors while the store undergoes a massive face lift, though there are some floral surprises tucked indoors as well. The show runs through April 7.


Sunny Side Up
Michael Aram’s Vincent table, a perfect symbol of spring, will be shown at Forty One Madison during the New York Tabletop Market.


FAME-ous design

Katha Awards honored product design and innovation excellence at the Manila FAME show, which took place in the Philippines last month. The Takesu Hanging Lamp by That One Piece Enterprises won the Eco-Design award for its respect for a healthier and more sustainable environment.

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Bond, James Bond
To commemorate James Bond’s 50th anniversary, Christie’s auction house is offering the chance to acquire a piece of James Bond memorabilia through Oct. 8, including the ice coffee table, candelabra, champagne bucket and prop champagne bottle shown here from “Die Another Day.”



Cookies for Brains
The Bone Collector Cookie Jar from Boston Warehouse serves up sweet treats with a ghoulish grin. Happy Halloween!







Leaf Eaters
British flatware company Studio William has launched Leaf, a tool designed for eating desserts. Inspired by the ancient Asian tradition of using leaves as eating utensils, Leaf can be used to scoop, prong, slice and present different styles of dessert. Leaf was a student’s winning entry in a Studio William-sponsored design competition and was featured during the London Design Festival last month.


Blending Old and New 

This year marks the 75th birthday of the Waring blender, which is credited as being the first modern electric blender in the U.S. market. It was developed by inventor Fred Osius and bandleader Fred Waring. Seen here are both the original Waring blender, left, and one of the brand’s more recent product introductions, the Waring Pro blender, right.

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What’s for Lunch?
More than a century of New York lunches are explored at “Lunch Hour NYC,” a new exhibition at the Fifth Avenue location of the New York Public Library. From street food such as hot dogs and pretzels to Automat machines to Delmonico’s and Sardi’s, the exhibit shows how demographic shifts and economic development affected the midday meal.








We’re Stuffed
Is Mom stressed out? Could be the amount of stuff her family has in the home, according to a survey behind the new book, “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors.” UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families sent archaeologists, anthropologists and other social scientists to study the home life of 32 middle-class, dual-income families for four years. And what they found makes one want to clean out clutter, stat.



Just Add Water
No electricity or batteries needed for this alarm clock—it only needs to be filled with water to run. Proprietary metallic plates inside the semi-transparent water reservoir allow ions in the water to be turned into current that powers the clock and alarm.




London Calling

London continues to be in the spotlight. This month, the London Design Festival takes place from Sept. 14-23, 2012, and at the Victoria & Albert Museum, one of the event’s partners, there will be a series of specially created installations, including Mimicry Chairs from Japanese studio Nendo, shown, which will appear in varying locations throughout the museum.

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Last updated: August 29, 2012

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Woody Wood

Woody Wood

Going for Gold
Lladró introduces the new black porcelain swimmer to its Sports collection in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games. They’re handcrafted in Spain and complement existing white porcelain designs.






Wood Awakening
The Woody Wood rug from Dutch designer Yvette Laduk adds a soft and playful touch to the floor. In three circular sizes up to nine feet wide, the design looks like a cross section of a tree trunk, and each fiber is tattooed with its own color.




Million-Dollar Vac

Online retailer GoVacuum is now offering a product for the person who has everything—a gold-plated vacuum for $1 million. The 24-karat gold appliance features a 10-amp motor, a 14-inch cleaning nozzle and a handsewn bag made from a material of the customer’s choosing; and is available in a limited run of 100 units.

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Last updated: July 26, 2012

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High Ceilings a Must
For homeowners who ache for architectural cloisters, their dreams can come true with Habersham’s Biltmore Cornelia’s Cloister Bed. Part of the Chateau Reserve collection, a collaboration between Habersham and Biltmore, the nine-foot-tall neoclassical bed is named for the daughter of Biltmore creator George Vanderbilt.





Crate Planning
With Crate and Barrel’s new wedding and gift registry application, customers can create and edit their registries, scan barcodes in stores to add items, see purchases made from their registry in real time, search products using voice command, access a registry assistant to find ideas and inspiration, and more. For the iPhone and iPad touch.





Sowing Peace
Article 22’s Herb Garden Markers from the peaceBOMB Collection are made in Laos from war scrap metal including parts of planes, bombs, fuel tanks and guns. Each marker is handmade by Laotian artisans who melt bomb shards and recast them into spoons.




Pre-fab Pop-Up

Connect:Homes, a Los Angeles-based prefab house creator that is launching a line of affordable, exportable and sustainable modular homes, is collaborating with West Elm and designer and author Kishani Perera to outfit the first Connect 2.1 Modern Prefab Pop-Up. It was unveiled at the Dwell on Design show last month in Los Angeles.

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Last updated: July 2, 2012

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Taking a Shine To Chandeliers
Creations of self-taught artist Adam Wallacavage, the chandeliers that are the focus of “Shiny Monsters,” a new exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, would be hard to miss in any interior. Made with the traditional techniques of ornamental plastering, the brightly colored pieces include such shapes as octopus arms, sea serpents and Hello Kitty heads. The exhibit runs through July 15. 







Sawkill Lumber Co. recently presented 12×12, a juried exhibition of 12 furniture designers and the reclaimed lumber of 12 demolished New York City structures, including this Water Tower Chair by Bellboy. The 12 pieces were sold in a silent auction to benefit woodworking education and job training in New York City through the non-profit Brooklyn Woods.






Zeisel’s Survival Story
“There was very little probability that I would live—nobody wished me well.” So said renown designer Eva Zeisel of her time in jail in the new eBook, “Eva Zeisel: A Soviet Prison Memoir.” Of course the designer, who died last December at 105 years of age, lived well past the time when she was accused of trying to kill Stalin in 1936. Her memoir, published by her daughter and son-in-law, tells her story of survival in her words, along with visual and audio material. It’s available for iPad/iPhone and Kindle at





Keep Calm—and Feed the Corgis

For those who wonder what Queen Elizabeth does in private, away from the cameras and crowds, a new limited-edition collection from The New English takes a fun peek. Washing the dishes, pulling up her tights, watching Wimbledon and, here, feeding her corgis are some of the subjects of the new line (an actress plays the Queen). Designed by Alison Jackson, the collection includes teapots, plates, cups and saucers, as well as two tea towels (one design of which includes a streaker).

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Last updated: June 10, 2012

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New York in Bloom

Macy’s New York took its famed flower show outdoors this year, offering the natural beauty of Brazil as a theme. The tented display, situated in the pedestrian-friendly Herald Square, complemented store window displays, Bouquets of the Day from some of New York’s top floral designers, and floral tablescapes from Lenox and Portmeirion inside the store.




Mais Oui
French manufacturer Merci Gustave designs, produces and sells limited-edition zinc Eiffel Towers in different styles, including the Crazy Kiss version here. For those who prefer something closer to home, the company also offers the Statue of Liberty wrapped in the American flag or with a shiny purple or silver finish.



Making Food Funny
In “Funny Food” ($19.95, Welcome Books), mealtime becomes fun time as carrots turn into airplanes, boiled eggs into jugglers and pears into guitar players at the hands of jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel. Wurtzel has created funny food plates for his wife Claire for more than their 50 years of marriage, and now he hopes he can inspire kids—as well as adults—to eat more nutritiously with the new book.



Mirror Image

Lalique boutiques in New York and Beverly Hills featured specially designed “Mirror Mirror” window displays to celebrate the partnership between the crystal company and the latest film version of the Snow White legend. Lalique pieces, including its Cactus Table, illuminate the chamber of the Evil Queen, played by Julia Roberts.

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New York magazine's Design Hunting

New York magazine’s Design Hunting

Centuries of Silver
Sterling silver through the centuries—from a Dutch beaker made for a Van Rensselaer family member in 1598 to a Hanukkah lamp crafted in a Bronx workshop in 1999—are showcased in the New-York Historical Society’s new exhibition, “Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York.” The exhibition is divided into seven sections, including Converging Cultures in Colonial New York, Drinking in Style and Elegant Dining.




Furniture Finger Food
With consumers having to digest so many new products every year, designers Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira offer an alternative experience: the Sapore dei Mobili (furniture tasting) pan. The first collaboration between the two designers, the project was shown during last month’s Salone del Mobile. The pan allows one to bake, play with and then literally consume miniature furniture pieces.



Southern Comfort
Southern Living magazine and Ballard Designs have partnered on a tabletop collection that will be available exclusively through Ballard Designs. The line of entertaining essentials consists of coordinating table linens, dinnerware, glassware and serving pieces, such as this marble cake stand. Products start at $15.





New York Design Hunting Debuts

New York magazine is launching a stand-alone magazine on home design this month, to hit newsstands during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. New York Design Hunting will combine features, service journalism and comprehensive listings, and “deliver the gorgeous photography and smart writing that readers expect from New York,” the magazine promises.