On Thursday, September 17th, the New York Design Center, NYDC, became the epicenter of the Manhattan design world when their 2015 fall event, dubbed What’s New What’s Next, took over the building. I made my way to the venue with Dwayne Lawler of Shapedwood Lighting to see and hear some of the industry’s heavy-hitters present their views on trends and to see new releases by the manufacturers hosting them.
Trendsetting Presentations at NYDC
Stephanie Odegard welcomed Susan Szenasy, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Metropolis Magazine to her showroom in NYDC. The media savant led Goodweave’s Kashish Das Shrestha, the sustainable development policy advisor, and Nina Smith, the organization’s executive director, in a discussion about how sustainable design has provided relief to Nepal, a subject Odegard knows quite well given her long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility.
In one corner of her showroom, a weaver quietly practiced his craft of many decades, an art form I couldn’t resist capturing on the video above. It was a touching tribute to the artisans who create Odegard’s beautiful carpets, many made of hand-knotted Tibetan wool. Her new introductions included additions to her Artists Collection, such as Perfume, a design by artist Mira Lehr, shown below.
Tobi Fairley at Currey & Company
In the Currey & Company showroom at NYDC, interior designer Tobi Fairley led a lively discussion about how she achieves her fresh and simple signature look, which combines colorful, large-scale prints with classic furniture styles for stunning results. Since establishing her design firm more than 15 years ago, Tobi’s award-winning projects have been featured on television, in major shelter publications and online. Currey & Company’s new releases included several fixtures in The Winterthur Collection, such as the Harlequin table lamp made of porcelain and brass (shown above with a honey beige shantung shade). It was one of my favorite products of the day.
Charlotte Moss at Century Furniture
Century Furniture hosted Veranda editor-in-chief Clinton Smith and interior designer Charlotte Moss, who chatted about the influence of flowers and gardens on interiors as seen through the lens of some of the world’s leading tastemakers at NYDC. They delved into the viewpoints of Nancy Lancaster, Colefax & Fowler, Bunny Mellon, Edith Wharton and Thomas Jefferson, as well as others, to understand how their marriage of the indoors and the out-of-doors continues to inspire new generations in exciting and surprising ways.
The discussion was accompanied by luscious visuals from Charlotte’s latest book, Charlotte Moss: Garden Inspirations, which I will be including in a post featuring the best new coffee table book releases of the fall here soon. Rizzoli just released the third printing of this beautiful book, proving Moss’s aesthetic take on the gracefully actualized life is always popular. The sit-down also featured an exclusive preview of Veranda’s new book, The Romance of Flowers, which will debut next week—on October 6th.
If you want to search for visuals from their NYDC event, use the hashtag #VERANDAxCENTURY on Instagram.
Design Industry Leaders at Phillips Collection
Jason Phillips of the Phillips Collection in NYDC moderated an intriguing discussion of upcoming trends with industry leaders from the design and fashion industries that included Carlton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper Designs; Anthony Baratta, a Traditional Home Top 20 Design Icon; Young Huh, a Vogue Young Designer to Watch; Michael Fischer, creative director of Fashion Snoops; and Ashlina Kaposta, a.k.a The Decorista.
Before doing so, he took the time to take me on a tour of their new products and I was blown away by the Denim Collection with its scraps of fabric encased in resin, which read surprisingly textural given the crystalline block of material within which the bits of cloth were set.
Julia Buckingham at Global Views
Julia Buckingham, the president of Buckingham Interiors + Design, and Robert Leleux, the editorial director of domino magazine, celebrated the launch of Buckingham’s new collection for Global Views by directing a game of “Designer Truth or Dare” at NYDC. Let’s just say it was everything you’ve always wanted to know about decorating but were afraid to ask! One of Buckingham’s new products being showcased was her Trinket table in three colors, which proves dynamite does come in small packages!
Potterton Books at the New York Design Center
Last but not least, I stopped by Potterton Books to snap up a hard-to-find title I had been searching for as research for a future post, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ll be putting an article about 20th-century decorative British tiles and one of its luminaries on the Improvateur blog when I return from High Point Market so stay tuned design fans!
Text of What’s New What’s Next at NYDC © Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here, Stranded on the Road to Promise and Four Florida Moderns. She also produces The Diary of an Improvateur and is a columnist on Architizer.