Design Business Blueprint: Sustainability and Earth Day

With Earth Day occurring near the end of the month, I find April to be a great time to renew our commitment to creating beautiful spaces that also foster sustainability. In this edition of Design Business Blueprint, we’re addressing the topic of sustainability and how interior designers and professionals in the home furnishings industry can pave the way for a cleaner, greener future.

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Snubbed by Architectural Digest: The struggle of the American artisan

Gerald Olesker of ADG Lighting discusses a recent dispute with Architectural Digest’s cover story featuring the home of actress Sofia Vergara, which kicked off an industry-wide conversation over attribution. But the story spans beyond AD not giving proper attribution. The story is about what happens after: how it affects Main Street USA.

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DNN’s Spring High Point 2024 events schedule

This High Point Market, Design News Now is teaming up with Lancaster, Ericka Saurit’s Marketing School for Creatives in the Universal Learning Center, Odette Furniture and Hooker Furnishings to bring buyers a series of panel discussions and fireside chats that will help them sell better, expand their brands and uplevel their business to enter the luxury market.

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Best of PDC Spring Market

Last week the Pacific Design Center hosted their annual Spring Market in West Hollywood, where the West Coast’s premier luxury interior designers and vendors gather for state-of-the-industry panel discussions and fireside chats, and where showrooms were awash with feminine curves, moody palettes, edgy accents, and lots and lots of texture.

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Charting the colors of our lives

Can we tell the stories of our lives through color? Executive Editor Julie A. Palm discovers an engaging new podcast, “The Chromologist” from Farrow & Ball, which aims to do just that, talking to designers, artists and others about their personal color chronologies. It’s worth a listen.

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Little Greene presents ‘Sweet Treats’ a capsule collection of nine delectable colors 

April 18 2024 sees the launch of Little Greene’s ‘Sweet Treats’, a curated collection of warm, neutral  shades of honey, caramel and chocolate, each color inspired by delicious desserts and some of the  worlds most tasteful sweet treats.

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Designing a loft for a chocolatier

Brooklyn-based design firm Almost Studio recently completed their latest project, a Loft for a Chocolatier. The historic chocolate factory was originally built in 1947 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, along Myrtle Avenue.

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The future of retail design: How to create extraordinary places that bring people together

Architect Kevin Ervin Kelley discuss the future of retail design, gender preferences in design, why we get exhausted in furniture stores, and his new book, Irreplaceable: How to Create Extraordinary Places that Bring People Together

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Design Moonshine: Diversity in Design

Change tends to happen slowly and then all at once. Our industry is working on diversity inclusion; I suggest we hasten the pace. Let’s burn the box and design from the ashes. Let’s find inspiration that we cannot see without diverse perspectives. We are doing ourselves an injustice by not substantially including people from various races and ethnic backgrounds to help us take the industry we love to the next level. 

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Designer Spotlight: Tova Kook of TK Design

Tova Kook’s insights inspire young creatives who haven’t quite found their “thing” yet but feel the urge to keep on going: Follow that instinct.

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Junior League of Buffalo seeks historic home for 2025 showhouse

The Junior League of Buffalo is looking for a home with historical and architectural value to be transformed into its 23rd Decorators’ Show House next spring.

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Porky Hefer: no bats, no chocolate

Galerie56 and Southern Guild are excited to present no bats, no chocolate, a solo exhibition of handcrafted seating environments by South African artist Porky Hefer, opening 30 April and running through to 26 August 2024.

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