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If You Can Make It There: 2013 Design Leadership Summit, New York City

2013 Design Leadership Summit, New York City

Each year, the Design Leadership Networka by-invitation association of outstanding interior designers, architects, landscape designers, construction managers, members of the media, and product company executives, holds the Design Leadership Summita conference that brings DLN members together for relationship building, learning, sharing ideas, and growing together as a community. This month, the Eighth Annual Summit was held in New York City, and five of us from Designers Collaborative–Laura Bohn, Barry Goralnick, Tim Button, Glenn Gissler, and new member Alison Spear–attended. (Glenn is an old hand, having attended previous summits in Charleston, New Orleans, Copenhagen, Berlin and, last year, Marrakech, which he blogged about here.) 

The conference was co-hosted by DLN’s founder, Peter Sallik, Managing Partner of Design Investors, CEO of Waterworks, and co-founder and CEO of Dering Hall; Kate Kelly Smith,  SVP Publishing Director of the Hearst Design Group; and John Edelman, President & CEO of Design Within Reach. “They did an amazing job to create a program of rich content, dynamic speakers, fantastic venues, and good food!” says Glenn Gissler.

Norman Forster interviewed by Paul Goldberger at the Design Leadership Summit, New York, 2013
Architect Norman Foster interviewd by critic Paul Goldberger at the 2013 Design Leadership Summit, New York

The three-day event explored the most powerful forces shaping the design market and  community today: technology, fashion, art and culture, media and marketing, and urban and hospitality development. Speakers included starchitect Norman Foster interviewed by architecture critic Paul Goldberger; Elle Decor editor-in-chief Michael Boodro; fashion designer Oscar de la Renta interviewed by interior designer Bunny Williams; real estate mogul Aby Rosen; Hearst Design Group editor-in-chief Newell Turner; and architect and designer David Rockwell interviewed by restaurateur Danny Meyer.

Oscar de la Renta interviewed by Bunny Williams at the 2013 Design Leadership Summit, New York
Oscar de la Renta in conversation with Bunny Williams

While our five attendees were dazzled and informed by the array of talent, expertise, and achievement involved, they were particularly impressed by Huffington Post founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington: “She was fabulous,” says Tim Button. “She spoke extensively on health and well being–in our industry stress and lack of sleep are constant worries! And she addressed multitasking, which she doesn’t believe in!” Laura Bohn adds: “It was interesting hearing a human dynamo like Arianna emphasizing the importance of getting adequate rest and taking time away from your cell phone.”

Arianna Huffington at the Design Leadership Summit, New York, 2013

Arianna Huffington urged designers to take time to take care of themselves, unplug from technology, and create a safe, relaxing, well-designed haven.

They also raved about Andy Spade, the co-founder of the advertising, marketing, and brand strategy firm Partners & Spade: “Since I’m focusing on product as well as design projects, I found what he had to say very interesting,” says Barry Goralnick. “I liked hearing how he evolved the Kate Spade and Jack Spade fashion and lifestyle brands, creating good products backed up by smart positioning and a real relationship to the end users. When he explained the strategy, you thought, ‘Of course, what other way would one conceive of that?’”

Andy Spade at the Design Leadership Summit, New York, 2013

Andy Spade Spade emphasized the importance of establishing the right partnerships and also knowing exactly what your brand stands for.

 

Stockholm Syndrome: Laura Bohn’s Favorite New Products from the 2014 IKEA Catalog

The recently released 2014 IKEA Catalog is full of terrific new products. Here are some that caught my eye–I’ll be checking them out when I make my fall visit to the local store.

Bjornloka duvet cover and pillowcases by IKEA

I love the all-cotton BJÖRNLOKA duvet cover and pillowcases with their bold black-and-white stripes.

Hektar pendant lamp by IKEA

The totally industrial look of the HEKTAR pendant lamp is amazing, absolutely perfect for hanging over a kitchen island.

Stockholm swivel easy chair by IKEA, yellow

 I have to have the STOCKHOLM Swivel Easy Chair–not only does it rotate, it also comes in green and brown.

Knapper floor mirror by IKEA
Knapper floor mirror back by IKEA

The KNAPPER Floor Mirror is the greatest–neatly tucked behind it are hooks and a rail for hangers, so you can have your work clothes out of sight but ready and waiting for you in the morning.

Söderhamn sofa by IKEA

The SÖDERHAMN Sofa is part of a marvelous sectional seating system that includes armchairs, chaises, ottomans, and corner units that can be endlessly reconfigured.

Grundtal laundry bin by IKEA

The GRUNDTAL Laundry Bin hangs from the wall on a stainless steel bracket. Who knew a laundry basket could be so chic and practical?

Stockholm fabric by IKEA

Designed by Maria Vinka, the all-cotton STOCKHOLM  fabric is big and graphic and would look great as a wall covering.

Stockholm bed frame with slatted bed baseby IKEA

The STOCKHOLM Slatted Bed Frame and Base is made of stained ash and has leather headboard cushions. I love this combination of materials, which make it look like a much more expensive brand.

Locksta easy chair by IKEA, orange

The LOCKSTA Easy Chair has a steel frame and a removable and washable fabric cover. It’s proportions are great–I can see it as a useful bedroom chair.

Krokig wall hook by IKEA

I love the fun and boldness of these KROKIG Wall Hooks–they’d be ideal for a kid’s room.

 

Cottage for Two: Glenn Gissler and Barry Goralnick Are Finalists in the NYC&G Design Awards

New York Cottages & Gardens NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards 2013

Congratulations to Glenn Gissler and Barry Goralnick who are both finalists in the inaugural New York Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards. Glenn is a nominee in the Interior Design category, while Barry is under consideration for the Product Design prize.

Winners will be announced at an Awards Cocktails Reception, Dinner, and Presentation scheduled for September 18, 2013, at the Harvard Club, 27 West 44th Street, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The event will benefit The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, and the winning projects will be featured in the Holiday 2013 issue of NYC&GGood luck to Glenn and Barry–it promises to be a terrific evening.

New York Cottages & Gardens NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards 2013 Tickets