Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blogfest part 1

Yesterday was a whirlwind of a day - pouring rain the entire drive down to the City, dropped my bags at the cute Flatiron Hotel http://www.flatironhotel.com/, and headed right out to the Javitz Center for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.  While contemporary design isn't really my specialty, there were some cool things to discover. 

Graypants Studio from Seattle makes these incredible lighting fixtures out of cardboard boxes that they actually reclaim from businesses throughout the Seattle area.


And Board by Design from Carbondale, CO, makes these fun porch swings - the frames can be powder coated any color to match your scheme...


And for funky lighting, Apparatus had some really interesting things.


From ICFF, we headed up to The Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse for the Blogfest 2012 opening party, and a chance to mix and mingle with other bloggers and some of the designers from the showhouse - Charlotte Moss, Thom Filicia and Jamie Drake were on hand to talk about their spaces.  Once we had a chance to drool over the lacquered walls, silver leaf ceilings, and the amazing art collection on display, we were greeted by Cary Kravet of Kravet and Margaret Russell from Architectural Digest.  Cocktails were served, hands were shook, nice-to-meet-yous were exchanged, and I was very happy to be part of such a dynamic group of professionals. 

The bus then took us to The Savant Experience Center down in Soho www.savantsystems.com.  Savant is a company that custom designs, integrates, and automates A/V systems in residential and commercial spaces.  Everything is Apple controlled, so music, TV, your shades, lighting and alarm systems can all be managed through your I-pad.  Their showroom gives you a chance to test drive it all while relaxing in a space designed by Thom Filicia.

The evening was capped off with a visit to Savoir Beds www.savoirbeds.com to literally take a load off and try out their luxurious mattresses.  With their premier bed going for $72,000, it was no wonder that I was ready to get under the covers after such a great day!

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