Friday, September 19, 2014

GUEST POST: written by board member, Rose Ott - a recap of What's New What's Next at the New York Design Center

GUEST POST:
text & photographs contributed 
by IFDA NY Board Member Rose Ott


The New York Design Center's 6th annual "What's New What's Next" was bustling last night with excitement and activity featuring new product introductions, informative lectures and book signings. 

First stop was AERIN, celebrating of the opening of the first AERIN showroom in New York.  Her luxury lifestyle brand of furniture lighting, fabric and accessories has her touch of sophistication and femininity.  AERIN was on hand to greet visitors and sign her beautiful book, AERIN at Home.  

Next stop was Sedgewick and Brattle with Thom Filicia and Domino magazine celebrating the kick off of "Rooms With A View", the showhouse that Thom chairs in Southport, Connecticut as well as new product by Sedgewick and Brattle.  

On to the fabulous cocktail reception at Currey & Company for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Project Design.  Here we were given us a sneak peak at Phase 2 designer concept boards and a chance to meet noted designers Suzanne Costa, Brain Patrick Flynn, Philip Gorrivan and Leslie Segrete and hear how they were inspired to create this home away from home for families with seriously ill children.  The showroom was jammed packed and the boards were creative and beautifully displayed among the incredible light fixtures at Currey & Company.  

Our very own IFDA Board Member, Kim Price, met us at The Bright Group where her latest KAVANTE furniture pieces were unveiled.  Here she is with her Canyon Credenza.  Kim explained how the piece was brought to life with "an artful display of Birdseye Maple, and is complex in design yet simplistic in style with a unified architectural quality. Sleek and functional, eight drawers are concealed within an overall geometric pattern resulting in a captivating sculptural form. Like the peaks and valleys of a canyon, these faceted drawer faces are reminiscent of nature¹s architecture at work." Positively beautiful.

Moving along, we attended Cliff Young's panel discussion, "Making it Memorable: How to Infuse Personality into Every Room" with Editor in Chief of Elle Decor Michael Boodro and interior designers Robert Couturier, Richard Mishaan, and Markham Roberts and gained some helpful tips when working with clients.  

Finally, we ended the evening ensconced in the smell of fresh backed cheese puffs at Grange Furniture with Tori Mellott, Traditional Home Senior design and Markets Editor with a panel discussion about incorporating modern touches into traditional design.  The featured designers Chad Graci, Katie Lydon and Dana Walter were challenged by Tori to take a modern piece and show how they would incorporate it into one of their own more traditional designs.  

If the energy at this year's What's New What's Next is any indication of what the world of design has in store for 2014-2015, we are in for a treat!

Rose Ott is the VP Social Media for the IFDA 
as well as an Allied Member of ASID.
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