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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

 

 

Summer Splash: Stedila Design in The Daily Beast

Daily Beast, OMG I Want This House, John Stedila, AmagansettDaily Beast, OMG I Want This House, John Stedila, Amagansett, caption

We here at Stedila Design are delighted that Tina Brown‘s super buzzy website, The Daily Beast, featured our founding partner John Stedila’s Amagansett beach retreat–a converted fire station–in its “OMG, I Want This House” column. They used Simon Upton’s terrific photography, which originally appeared in an Elle Decor cover story on the house a few years back. Here are a few shots.

Living room mural and fireplace, John Stedila house, Amagansett

Artist Tom Hooper drew the horses on the living room’s stucco wall. Photograph by Simon Upton

Living room, John Stedila house, Amagansett

The floors are polished concrete. Photograph by Simon Upton

Pavilion, John Stedila house, Amagansett

The steel-and-glass dining pavilion. Photograph by Simon Upton

Pool portico, John Stedila house, Amagansett
A classical portico overlooks the swimming pool. Photograph by Simon Upton

John was responsible for most of the design, although I worked on the project too, adding the pavilions and the steel-and-glass doors. We often work collaboratively, constantly leaning over each other’s shoulders, and are doing so currently for a house in Bridgehampton. John’s place has gotten even better with time, and the gardens have matured beautifully.  Here are some recent snaps of the exterior.

John Stedila house, Amagansett, 2013_1
The rear terrace as it appears today with ivy-covered walls.

John Stedila house, Amagansett, 2013_3

The house is now surrounded with lush vegetation and colorful flowers.

John Stedila house, Amagansett, 2013_4
Hydrangeas flank a gate.