09 October 2007

NYC Design Week October 15-21

Never thought I'd be proppin' out House & Garden Magazine but they've got some good ish happening for Design Week next week...

They've got some wacked out FutureFashion™ show happening at ABC Carpet; glamourous clothing made from "eco-textiles" like fibers made of corn and pineapple, bamboo, lyocell and stunning tilapia "sea leathers." Ummm yeah.

They've got some ish happening at the uppity Union Square Greenmarket; tastings using the produce from the market or whatever.

Have dinner at Isaac Mizrahi's studio with him and stupid Mario Batali.

Hang with your boy David Rockwell...

"David has brought his theatrical sense of drama and narrative to the design of trendy hotels, theaters, a casino and countless chic restaurants, not to mention movie and stage sets. Dine at the discreet yet glamourous Rockwell-designed restaurant Nobu 57, before enjoying the smash hit musical, Hairspray. Afterwards, join David and his team of set designers for a backstage tour and behind-the-scenes glimpse of this award-winning musical."
Barbara Corcoran, the queen of New York real estate, will tour the most interesting and exciting residences in Manhattan's current mecca of art, style, celebrity and barf: Chelsea. Along the way, she'll share her favourite tales about the power brokers who represent these extraordinary homes and the big shots who buy them. Bitch.

Peter Hoffman, a leader in the sustainable food movement and chef/owner of Savoy and the newly opened Back Forty, hosts a walk-around tasting and casual discussion.

The Judd Foundation will give an exclusive Saturday tour of 101 Spring Street, the last remaining intact, single-use cast-iron building in SoHo which served as Donald Judd's studio, private gallery and residence from 1968 until his death in 1994. See where the legendary minimalist sculptor conceived and tested his revolutionary ideas about architecture, art installation and furniture design, which he later elaborated upon at his compound in Marfa, Texas. Learn, too, how his singular notions about the framing of space and the presentation of art have profoundly influenced the latest generation of architects, not to mention the design of many a SoHo loft and art collector's home.

Hang out at Ross Bleckner's studio. Ross is something of an art phenomenon. In the early 80's, when he was in his early 30's, your boy Ross was already a star in Mary Boone's decade-defining constellation of artists. By the time he was 46, he'd earned a mid-career retrospective at the Guggenheim. On the eve of his first show in two years, Bleckner will open the door of his Chelsea studio. In these intimate surroundings, he'll discuss his work, preview his latest paintings and offer signed copies of the newly published The Paintings of Ross Bleckner. He'll also ask you to clean his bathroom and you will happily oblige.

Cocktails and convo with Candace Bushnell at the SoHo House. You and the 45 other people who buy tickets can have a nice intimate chat with Candace Bushnell, the author behind "Sex and the City"

Navigate the waters surrounding lower Manhattan while House & Garden architecture critic Martin Filler and his wife, architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter, regale you with tales about the making of Manhattan and its built landmarks, with some architectural criticism thrown in. Expect commentaries on works by Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Cesar Pelli, along with the debacle of Ground Zero, Federalist Wall Street, and the engineering marvel and literary inspiration that is the Brooklyn Bridge. The tour will end with a discussion of the city's recent efforts to reconnect with its spectacular waterfront. Guaranteed to leave you feeling poor, unrefined and grossly undereducated.

This one you might actually catch me at...
"Film veteran Kristi Zea knows the challenges of making New York look like New York in movies, having served as production designer on such Manhattan-centric movies as Martin Scorsese's New York Stories and Goodfellas. Zea will take you behind the scenes with her stories about bringing these projects-and some others soon to be released--to life with the actors, directors and crew. One of the biggest challenges posed to her by directors is how to make New York look like a New York you've never seen. She'll divulge how in this fascinating talk. Kristi's presentation will be followed by an afternoon screening of Goodfellas. Stick around for popcorn, candy and refreshments."
There's a whole bunch of other stuff they're doing as well. Check out the site and see for yo'self.

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