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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.

 

Tim Button’s Two Favorite Blogs: Slate.com and TreeHugger.com

Two of my favorite blogs are Slate.com and TreeHugger.com. I love the way Slate covers everything–it’s a real general interest blog that publishes good, thoughtful writers such as Seth Stevenson (crimetelevisionadvertising, and what used to be called men’s interest, like this piece on Esquire magazine’s new cable channel); Emily Bazelon (the lawculture); and John Dickerson (politics). There’s also the highly entertaining Simon Doonan, “author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York,” whose column is a guilty pleasure that tackles such pressing questions as Who Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World? (Not Gwyneth Paltrow).

Slate.com, Tim Button's Favorite Blog

Simon Doonan in Slate magazine on Gwyneth Paltrow as the world's most beautiful womanSimon Doonan on why Gwyneth Paltrow is not the world's most beautiful woman in Slate magazine

My other favorite blog, TreeHugger.com, is “dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.” I’m particularly interested in the Design and Technology sections, so I gravitate toward posts like Margaret Badore’s article Chemicals in Spray Polyurethane Foam: How Can Something So Toxic Be Considered Green? There was a great piece by Katherine Martinko on 10 Reasons Why Thrift Stores Are Awesome, and because I have a fascination with electric cars, I really liked Michael Graham Richard’s stories about public electric vehicle charging stations and a Tesla Model S electric car catching fire. I’m on a Quest for Banksy, since I live on West 25th Street, the site of of one of the elusive British graffiti artist’s latest works during his current residency in New York City. So I really enjoyed Chris Tackett’s recent post on Banksy.

Treehugger, one of Tim Button's favorite blogsChris Tackett on street artist Banksy on Treehugger, one of Tim Button's favorite blogsChris Tackett on street artist Banksy on Treehugger, a favorite blog of Tim Button's

 

 

CJ Dellatore: Glenn Gissler’s Favorite Blog

cj dellatore blog

Carl Dellatore, an engaging and longstanding member of the New York design community, is responsible for my favorite blog, CJ Dellatore: Relevant Design (cjdellatore.com)subtitled: Resources for interior design professionals and the savvy consumer. Carl, who combines an interest in aesthetics and beauty with a level of intelligence and pragmatism that’s refreshing, posts thoughtful, informative pieces on Business, Design, Fashion, and Technology. He recently started a section called Point of View, in which a designer gives a short, succinct quote about his or her work, which is illustrated by a single image. (I was pleased to be featured in the section.)

CJ Dellatore blog, Point of View, Glenn Gissler

I really like the way Carl looks at and understands social media as an expressive means of communicating about design. For instance, he’s smart about the way people use such tactics as hashtags: 

CJ Delatore blog post The Rise of the HashtagContinue reading here.

In posts like this Carl shares what he knows and has learned about social media and design in an interesting and dynamic way. He speaks a clear and concise language I can understand. His blog is practical and entertaining, inspirational and service oriented. I contacted him to talk about it and found he is as provocative as he is amusing. Carl thinks about blogging as an organic process, not just a mindless matter of SEO but an art that requires care, thought, and strategy. I know I’ll continue to learn a lot from him and his blog.