24 posts categorized "dining"

December 02, 2010

Interior Design Hall Of Fame Event

What a night-- 1100 amazing architects, interior designers, and patrons of the industry gathered at the historic ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC tonight to celebrate the 26th annual Interior Design Magazine Hall Of Fame Inductees.  Editor in chief of Interior Design magazine, Cindy Allen, assembled a line up of recipients who are inspiring, well-deserved, and filled with vision into our future in design!

The ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC

Mistress Of Ceremonies, Cindy Allen, kept the room buzzing

Cocktail Hour

The new inductees-- Neil Denari, Karim Rashid, Shigeru Ban, and Paige Rense Noland-- were eloquent, funny, and spoke with sincerity.  Here are some highlights and photos:

Hall of fame designers 
Image via Interior Design Magazine

Neil Denari shared with us that he announced his plan to be an architect to his 3rd grade class.  He is an architect, interior designer, educator, and author.  His work is organic and functional.  He spoke of creating structures that can contain the spirit of spaces, which I thought was a beautiful analogy.


Neil Denari via NMDA

Highline 23 1
Highline 23 in NYC

Endeavor 1
Endeavor Screening Room

Karim Rashid wore pink tonight and claims that he has requested pink in his wardrobe since childhood.  Interestingly, they had a photo showing Karim as a young boy wearing what else but a pink plaid jacket and shorts-- now that's color conviction.

We know Karim has designed over 3000 products and 50 interior projects, but did you know that it took him ten years to actually get an interiors job and that he has lost projects from the likes of M.A.C. cosmetics?  He said it so proudly and reminded us all that sometimes you have to lose so you can appreciate a win.  He also reminded everyone that design is in everything, every place, every experience.

Karim Rashid 

Karim Rashid accepting the award


Snap chair feek karim rashid

Snap Chair by Karim Rashid for Feek


Bobble Water Bottle Karim Rashid 

Bobble Water Bottle to filter tap water

Karim rashid restaurant 1

Karim rashid hotel

Karim rashid restaurant 2

All Karim Rashid images via Karim Rashid

Shigeru Ban is a giving man who happens to be an architect.  He spoke tonight of our responsibility as design professionals to give back and help those in need and not just those with big budgets.  His message was profound.  He has worked on many projects around the world using unique materials and ideas.  One of his current projects is in L'aquila, Italy, a town that is centered around music, but was devastated by an earthquake in 2009.  Shigeru Ban is working to create a temporary conert hall and part of tonight's proceeds will befefit this project.

Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban accepting his award
Laquila Italy Concert Hall Shigaru Ban

Rendering of temporary concert hall in L'aquila, Italy


Centre Pompidou Metz Shigaru Ban 
Centre Pompidou-Metz

Tokyo House Shigaru Ban 
Tokyo House overlooking park

Paige Rense was a powerhouse behind Architectural Digest from 1975-2010.  She is ever-quick witted, bold, and courageous as she was in her pioneering days behind the extraordinary shift and development of the magazine.  We saw Paige's video and received a glimpse of her strength, but it's ironic that she was had to leave the event due to illness.  Robert A.M. Stern was there to accept the award on her behalf.  In the video, Paige talked about her intimidating beginnings as editor at Arch Digest.  She said she set her goal at bringing in one great design professional to the publication, with the belief that others would follow.  Her message was to create manageable goals and to focus on what is in front of you.  Once you accomplish it, go on to the next goal... Simple and profound.

Paige Rense 
Paige speaks freely about her journeys in design and the love of her life, the late Kenneth Noland

Arch Digest 1979 
Architectural Digest 1979

Arch Digest 1981 
Architectural Digest 1981

Arch digest 2008 
Architectural Digest 2008

Overall, an inspiring night that held a captive audience of 1100 design professionals, including me.  Check out all the Hall of Fame inductees over the years here.  Who's your favorite?

October 20, 2010

San Francisco Treats-- The Culinarium at the Design Center

It's a feast for the eyes at the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC) this week.  Tuesday, they kicked off the event with a panel discussion that celebrates my 3 of my favorite things-- Design, Food, and Fashion-- with San Francisco Magazine's style director Elizabeth Varnell, food and wine editor Jan Newberry, and contributing design editor Diane Doran Saeks.

SFDC Culinarium 
 See all the details for the Culinarium here.

The event was is already in full swing with a full scale kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock for House Beautiful, the official media sponsor of the SFDC Culinarium.  Chef Tyler Florence's cooking demonstration was followed by his book signing for this book just published and released this month.  It's a conversation on the fun and social side of gathering for a meal with those you want to spend time with.

Tyler Florence 
Chef Tyler Florence talks at the kitchen exhibit in San Francisco

If you can get there, the rest of the event promises to be just as enticing.  A few highlights:  Chef Tanya Holland for World Market and Chef Lea McIntosh of Nesting Newbies will demonstrate on Wednesday, Newell Turner will be on hand to talk about the "The Kitchen: The New American Living Room", and I'll be there on Thursday talking about the Social Palette:  How trends, social media, and palates influence Color.

The event ends with "The Art of the Cocktail" hosted by bartenders from Perry's and a serious happy hour.  You can purchase tickets for one or three days here.

Hope to see you there!  Oh and a little treat from Chef Tyler Florence's book in case this post made your mouth water just a bit:

  Chocolate Tart 

Tyler Florence recipe 
Recipe via here.  Let me know how it turns out!

September 20, 2010

Color Help From Benjamin Moore and $10,000 Dining Room Makeover From Pottery Barn

This post is just a major FYI!  If you've been trying to convince your significant other, your pet, your kids, or even yourself that it's time to redesign your dining room, this is the perfect time to do it! 

Pottery Barn is offering up $10,000 worth of their products and Benjamin Moore will gift you the color consultation, paint, and labor for your dining room if you're the lucky winner.  All you have to do is enter by November 1, 2010.  Full disclosure here-- I'll be the color consultant on the project, so I hope you'll enter to win!

PB Dining Room

Here are the details, how and where to enter.  (Image via Pottery Barn)

Benjamin Moore has teamed up with Pottery Barn for years bringing out the fab color choices in their catalog each season.  Did you know you can see all the tempting colors in the catalog and get a seasonal fan deck from Benjamin Moore right here?

And stay tuned for another fun project we're working on with Pottery Barn.  Clues:  It involves Color, Benjamin Moore Experts Exchange, and hopefully YOU!

July 28, 2010

Color Added: Why Kitchens Crave Fun Color and The Best Paint

Just above the golden statue of Prometheus at Rockefeller Center, House Beautiful's Kitchen of the Year 2010 has been transformed into Bar 30.  I was the last speaker at the Kitchen last week as we wrapped up a whirlwind of excitement tied into the kitchen and deck designed by Jeff Lewis.

Here are some clips from my talk on Color, Paint, and Kitchens:

Natural Monochromatic Style

What's In That Colorant?  A Real Zero VOC Paint

Go For Color!

How to Select Color with Stainless Steel

Pick A Sheen, Any Sheen


Be bold with Color in a Kitchen.  There's usually relatively little wall space, so make the color really count!

Make sure all your finishes in the kitchen are highly durable and will stand the test of time, spaghetti sauce, and steam!  Use Aura Bath and Spa (low VOC) when you want a highly durable paint that will cover well, dry fast, and work in a kitchen in any color and sheen.

Use Natura in your dining rooms and seating areas around a kitchen for a Zero VOC solution that's available in ANY color.  Your Green Paint can be blue or yellow or red or...

If you're using monochromatic style to create a soothing atmosphere, remember to use contrast (darker/lighter) so it's not blah, but aaaahhh...

What are your best Kitchen Tips?  Learn more about Kitchen Of The Year here.


July 26, 2010

House Beautiful Tells All About Kitchen Of The Year

I'm still coming off my Kitchen of The Year Dream Cloud this week.  The kitchen itself sits where the New York City Christmas Tree usually sits at Rockefeller Center.  It boasts so many great gadgets and finishes that Jeff Lewis, house flipper extraordinaire from Bravo's "Flipping Out", integrated into his design.  I especially love the 1000 square foot deck that surrounds the kitchen.  Here's a short video with House Beautiful's Editor In Chief on his thoughts on the design of this year's kitchen and how kitchen color trends are evolving.

I have my own thoughts (of course) on kitchens and color.  In fact, I shared my ideas at the Kitchen of The Year on Friday to a fantastic audience of people from around the world!  We captured the talk on film and I'll share it with you here in the next couple of days.  So start to dream about your ideal kitchen and let's chat about what colors would be perfect soon!