The panel was comprised of legendary chef Jonathan Waxman—a pioneer of using fresh, local ingredients and successful restaurant owner, Barbuto, Jams, and Top Chef Master, along with panelists Anne Purcilli, La Cornue, and kitchen designer Karen Williams.
|Louise Drayton, the English beauty & talent behind the Italian Terrace Pots|
|Getting the booth set up. The beauty of the Pots!|
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Royal Botania – showed Kokoon, a free-standing, Moroccan-looking hammock for two (or more!) with privacy sheer drapes that looked perfect for canoodling in. When I suggested they call it the Canoodle Kokoon – they eagerly asked if they could use that line. Sure thing.
|Kokoon - perfect for Canoodling|
The Belgian-based Royal Botania offers Kokoon’s garden furniture plus high design, luxury patio, outdoor furniture, and lighting with that European aesthetic www.royalbotania.com/us
Oh, and part of their show promotion was to have you sit in their Surf hammock and have your picture taken by their photographer who posts all on their Facebook page. Reluctant at first to have my photo taken due to the no-shower/lack of beauty preparedness – but then thought – what the heck, the photographer looked lonely on this trade only day – so I carefully scooted in –this is one big hammock -- to a laid back position before doing the semi Lotus yoga pose. I have to go to Facebook and ID me and Like it or me – as part of the Modenus Photo Find contest.
Characterizing the benefits of the Tuscan pizza oven, Georgiadis said, “You don’t need a vacation…” I thought he meant because the Kalamazoo set up in your backyard wipes out the need to go anywhere. I was wrong. He meant that while most pizza ovens take three to five hours to heat to a true, commercial grade temperature, the Kalamazoo requires only 20 minutes to get that pepperoni and perfect crust good-to-go!
This is a resort… www.KalamazooGourmet.com
Tucker Robbins – a designer whose works of art seem to whisper forests and far-flung mysterious pockets of rain forests and waterfalls merely by looking at them.
|Designer Tucker Robbins|
In fact, not one to bite the hand that feeds him, Robbins told me he was the founding member of the sustainable furnishing council. Sweet and whimsical are his chairs best described as ring-around-the-rosy or maybe as a group hug.
Platinum Porcelain Bangle and Ebonized Bangle table are eye-catching graphics as are the Pierced Cubs and The Modernist Dining Table. www.tuckerrobbins.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
They also offer a twist on a chest of drawers. www.bocadolobo.com email@example.com
|David Stine Wood art|
David Stine Woodworking – David presented a variety of one of a kind furniture all hand-made by him. This man loves wood. Nails? Not so much!
The remote uses infrared signals to activate the control settings.
Nasiri: A collection of expressive designs and colors using an ancient technique of flat weaves, that are hand carded using naturally dyed wool. www.nasiricarpets.com
Barbara Kaslow Designs – the designer introduced a line of hand-decorated lampshades with prints inspired from influences such as Persian motifs, Audubon prints and British mods.” Pretty florals look like botanical prints. www.barbarakaslowdesigns.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Pennoyer & Newman resign planters are gorgeous & the best customer service for custom orders|
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The Made in America panel discussion looked promising. It was a let down.
Perhaps the choice of an arts dealer, and a trio of designers: jewelry, furniture and auto was either too disparate or eclectic but the talk never really got any traction to resonate with the audience.
And it did seem slightly ironic that the one panelist with the most to say about Made in America was the Chinese national – a former harpist – who is now head of worldwide design for Lincoln Ford autos.
It is indeed a designed thoroughbred that is in keeping with Detroit’s heyday.
The color is described as Bourbon and, sure enough, on nearby pedestals was a glass of champagne, a snifter of bourbon and a computer display with an aerodynamic manta ray: all elements that went into inspiring the Lincoln’s look.
|Excitement at the show for Lincoln & the designer|
And in case you hadn’t gotten the message about the car’s homage to design – the pavilion was tricked out with pretty cool were the architect’s tables set up with clay and sculpting tools. Show goers were encouraged to sculpt a “perfect” car in the design space. I asked one woman if it was her perfect car and she said it’s my dream car… Nice.
through to some wowsy spotlights that included were the Ralph Lauren – who was honored at the show. He used lots of wood in the dining look nook.
in the Aqua Creations dining room where moving, video art – this was “bioluminescence” undersea water scenes by Marie Aiello Design Studio, was displayed on the dining walls for the first time.
The wine bottle chandelier was whimsical and the look was luxurious without being pretentious. www.liebherr.com and www.libbylangdon.com
It was all about how to prepare projects for photo shoots and to promote designers work in print and online. I found it a most curious topic for a keynote. I would have preferred Russell to use her preferred perch and perform a bit of prognostication – especially as this is her first show in the editor in chief position. This talk was more of a how-to/hands-on lesson – something I’d expect from a staff editor.
Because I had planned to go up for the one lecture and then home again to get ready properly – but then didn’t -- due to the overwhelming interest of the show – I didn’t have my iPhone adapter with me.