The future is bright for The Alpha Workshops following last night’s Alpha Awards benefit, hosted by the nonprofit at West Edge NYC. The event raised an estimated $250,000 in sponsorships for the organization, which provides industry training to HIV-positive individuals in the decorative arts. One of the night’s honorees was Adam Sandow, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Sandow.
“I am deeply humbled to receive this award from such an incredible organization and for all of the support the of the industry,” Sandow said. “Design is such an important part of my business and has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid. It is an amazing industry to be in and I am truly honored.”
Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen took to the stage to speak on Sandow’s behalf. “We went from corporate to ‘anything but’ at Sandow,” she said. “With Adam the responsibility and the commitment is completely different. He’s a protagonist, not an absentee landlord. Someone who has real skin in the game, and that proved the perfect solution to what’s happening in media today. So while others are closing shop or losing their way, cheapening their quality, unable to manage the times, Adam is doing what he does best—innovating, buying, investing, and creating new opportunities.”
Also honored was designer, decorator, and author Alexa Hampton, the owner and president of Mark Hampton. Along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the event included silent and live auctions featuring artwork and design products by students of The Alpha Workshops.
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Garry Winogrand, the renowned photographer of American life, once observed: “Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.” Winogrand was expressing a view that could be ascribed to many architectural photographers, who are, at least in some cases, less interested in recording how buildings look than in producing images of how they could, or should, look. In so doing, they sometimes join forces with architects, who wish to disseminate idealized images of their work, and with publications that waver between wanting to present reality and wanting to offer visual delight.
The gap between documentation and manipulation is a central theme of “Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture,” an exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum—itself, the occupant of a much-photographed Herzog & de Meuron structure—in Southampton, New York, through June 17. It includes images that make no claims at realism—some by current art world darlings such as Thomas Ruff, who has said that other photographers “believe to have captured reality and I believe to have created a picture.” Therese Lichtenstein, the show’s curator, notes in her catalog essay that Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron once commissioned Ruff to photograph their buildings to see, she says, “what they would look like as art.”
Prominent among the photographs that make no attempt at “accurate” representation are works by Hiroshi Sugimoto, who renders famous buildings in blurry black and white. In a 2001 image, for example, he strives to see how far he can distort 30 Rockefeller Plaza without sacrificing its recognizability, a process he describes as “erosion-testing architecture for durability.”
For Sugimoto’s images to work, the subject buildings must already be iconic—a status they acquired largely through the efforts of his camera-wielding predecessors. The narrow-shouldered 30 Rock, for instance, was made instantly recognizable in the 1930’s by Samuel H. Gottscho. But even Gottscho, it turned out, was a manipulator who shot 30 Rock first with enough light to get the skyscraper’s outlines sharp, and again by night, to capture the glow from its windows, then combined the results in the darkroom.
“Documentary” photographers who didn’t resort to such extreme efforts still took pains to shoot modernist buildings in ways that made them look glamorous. As Interior Design Hall of Fame member Julius Shulman once stated: “Every architect I’ve ever worked for has become world-famous, because of the publicity they get.” Shulman himself is famous for shooting the Case Study Houses, the mid-century Southern California experiments in residential design, sponsored, tellingly, by a magazine.
Shulman’s postwar contemporary Balthazar Korab photographed tightly cropped sections of buildings, creating abstractions from the architecture of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and other masters. Today, Korab’s closest counterpart may be Hélène Binet, whose work zeroes in on forms and textures, sometimes making it a challenge to determine what exactly is being depicted. (Luisa Lambri and Judith Turner, neither of whom is in the Parrish show, explore similar effects.)
One divergent strain in American architectural photography has been the dystopian vision. A case in point: Lewis Baltz’s 1970’s images of the tract houses in the West, which make the buildings seem, in Lichtenstein’s words, “outmoded even before their completion.” While photographs like these populate art journals, they are less likely to turn up on the pages of architecture or design magazines, where they may be seen as downers.
Architectural photographers must decide whether to include people in their images. Contemporary German conceptualist Candida Höfer believes photographing buildings with no one in them reveals a lot about human nature, just as an absent guest is often the subject of conversation at a party. The young Dutch photographer Iwan Baan tends to include people in his shots, but not always the people the architect or the client would have chosen. He gained prominence last decade documenting the construction of the CCTV headquarters in Beijing by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture with his images that placed migrant workers and their makeshift living quarters in the foreground.
For a century, photographers of architecture and interiors have been a mainstay of print media, including general interest publications. Gottscho’s work appeared regularly in Town & Country as well as the more specialized House & Garden, while Ezra Stoller published in Look, Harper’s Bazaar, and Playboy, along with the expected architecture journals. Design magazines play a hybrid role, not only entertaining but also educating readers, and thus tend to stay on the “representational” end of the spectrum (with “misrepresentation,” for art or profit, at the other end).
But, as a show like “Image Building” makes clear, there is no such thing as pure representation of buildings in photographs. The qualities of great interiors, especially, must be experienced first-hand. As Baltz said in a 1993 interview, “Architecture, real architecture, always defies reduction into two-dimensional representation. If not, it’s hardly architecture at all.”
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Global influencers, design-star collaborators, and emerging artisans converged this April at High Point Market, the biannual hunt-and-gather fest for the retail-residential set. Modular-minded upholstery, gilded lighting and architecturally inspired case goods were among the trends uncovered in, as the saying goes, A City Upon A Hill With The Eyes of the World Upon It.
Newly relocated to the historic Union Square building, Mill Village Collective once again offered a curated assortment of design-oriented exhibitors, including first-timer Jeremy Kamiya, the Durham, North Carolina–based woodworker who crafts his dresser entirely from reclaimed teak—no screws or nails need apply.
California designer Xander Noori’s 50-piece signature collection paired natural materials with modern, even futuristic silhouettes. He nods to the wealth and prosperity symbolized by pearls in Poise, a console with cerused oak top and oil-rubbed bronze finish base, its three doors finished in raw silk and pierced in circular patterns that illuminate when the internal LEDs are activated.
On the cusp of its 20th anniversary, textile design house Hable Construction christens its latest diversification: a 68-piece wall art collection by cofounder Susan Hable. In addition to digitally printed portraits, collage prints, pen and ink drawings and watercolor prints, the print-on-canvas range includes Wish, the freeflowing lines crowned with a sunny punctuation mark.
Interior Design Hall of Fame member David Kleinberg approached his first-ever furniture collection as if designing for a private client, with no preconceptions or boundaries. Informed by Italian architects of the 1940’s and 1950’s, the resulting 40-piece collection is confident and clean lined, as illustrated by the Rene console in mahogany with travertine top and patinated nickel accents.
Laura Kirar added another layer to her signature collection with 29 new pieces and 27 fresh fabrics. Toying with shape and scale, her Salone sofa is curvaceous and tightly tailored with contoured wood base and deliberately thin seat cushions.
Art and architecture sparked the Bernhardt Interiors label’s spring collection, particularly evident in the Brutalist inspired Smithson credenza, the sleek leather Antoni chair, and the organic Circlet cocktail table, which consists of seven individual tabletops connected by a central base.
But in a totally different direction, the manufacturer gets its Hygge on with Stanhope, a bed evoking cozy Danish minimalism, the frame and headboard snuggled in a sweater-like cover that’s constructed by weaving wool onto jute.
Celerie Kemble puts a pop spin on the market-wide trend toward gilding with the Calliope chandelier, its 150-plus stainless-steel discs dressed in antique brass to surround a frosted acrylic plate.
The Danish design purveyor turned its sights on North America this year, culminating with a debut this spring in the popular Interhall section of the International Home Furnishings Center. Highlights include Tor Hadsund’s Reader armchair in solid oak, its sweeping profile echoed in Jonas Søndergaard’s Hang Out coffee table, conveniently slung with a two-sided leather and polyester bag to help harness clutter.
Co-founders Jasmine Jaco and Greg O’Neal corralled their globally sourced lines of healthy-smart products into an interactive display at the Design Legacy showroom titled Innovation Petting Zoo—the “pets” being products. Manufactured in Brooklyn from mushroom mycelium, Danielle Trofe’s MushLume collection includes the Trumpet pendant that’s organic, sustainable, and biodegradable.
The Columbia-born Ecuadorian delivers a double-dose of Latin American hospitality in Rumba, a multidimensional series featuring chic seating nestled in robust wood frames.
In his first signature furniture series, Grand Rapids, Michigan–based designer Jeffrey Roberts pays homage to his father—a veteran of the Fisher Body plant in Detroit—with Gear, an industrial-style lamp table with leather inlaid top and a central pedestal composed of wooden discs that are customizable with various paint and finish options.
13. Natuzzi Italia
Maurizio Manzoni and Roberto Tapinassi straddle residential and contract sensibilities with equal authority in Kendo, a multilayered, modular seating system that’s equally fitting for living room or lobby.
14. Notre Monde
Founder Dawn Sweitzer opened her High Point studio to give marketgoers hands-on insight into her inspiration and processes. Back at market, in the manufacturer’s Interhall space, the spring lineup included a series of wood-trimmed mini trays, featuring swirls of color and gold leafing across the glass surfaces, in varieties such as Charcoal, Midnight Linear Circles, Midnight Raspberry Organic, and Gold Linear Circles.
Multicolored texture puts modern in the rough in Trailblazer, a machine-made rug in wool-nylon blend with the look and feel of hand-knotted construction.
16. Couture Jardin
The Flexi outdoor seating family by founder Normand Couture promises almost limitless configurations, as cushions and table surfaces are easily added, subtracted, or adjusted simply by employing the patented slot mechanisms.
Genevieve Gorder expands her collection of removable, environmentally friendly wallpaper with six self-adhesive patterns including New York Toile, a hybrid of French styling juxtaposed with iconic images from the city skyline.
The Philip Selva brand celebrates its 50th anniversary by welcoming Gatsby, Lorenzo Bellini’s whole-home collection that includes Excelsior, a solid cherry and beech bed with chrome accents distinguished by the trompe l’oeil effect of the upholstered headboard.
19. Maria Yee
Doubling down on its embrace of Lux, BASF’s plant-based, high-performance alternative to MDF, the manufacturer unveiled 1088, a collection tailored to small-space living. But even compact spaces can make room for the occasional flourish, in this case a playfully avian mobile.
20. Jaipur Living
Pollack design director Rachel Doriss and her team collaborated on a capsule collection of area rugs that included Scribe (front), which renders the randomness found in nature through hand-knotted wool, viscose, and cotton.
Curating another season of naturally modern beauties, the Miami-based Brazilian designer showcased Pietra, a four-part cocktail table available in walnut or six varieties of oak, with 11 choices for the laminate tops.
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Learn AutoCAD in just six easy steps! Our AutoCAD Tutorial 2018 for beginners will guide you step by step to design your first object.
In this AutoCAD tutorial, you are going to learn the basics of how to use AutoCAD and create your first objects. AutoCAD is a powerful tool to create 2D and 3D objects, like architectural floorplans and constructions or engineering projects. It also can generate files for 3D printing. If you want to start this AutoCAD tutorial for beginners, you should be able to spare roughly one hour for it.
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Welcome to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD Basics—your guide to the basic commands that you need to create 2D drawings using AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT.
This guide is a great place to get started if you just completed your initial training, or to refresh your memory if you use AutoCAD only occasionally. The included commands are grouped together according to types of activity, and are arranged to follow a general workflow.
After you finish this guide, you can access the linked Help commands in each topic for more information, or you can return to the guide later to review specific topics. Also, try to find someone who will be able to answer your occasional questions. The product discussion groups (http://forums.autodesk.com/) and Autodesk blogs are good resources.
At Autodesk University 2016 Sweets.com showcased their new Revit plugin on the showroom floor. Users can tag product data into their Revit design models.
“Sweets is a marketplace where users can find multiple manufacture’s products,” said James Jackson, Co Founder of Global Product Data, LLC. “Directly from the Sweets app you’ll be able to go to manufacturers’ websites and automatically tag product data in your model.”
It’s saves Revit user huge amounts of time. Usually designers or architects must manually type the data in or they would go out and search the Internet for manufactured specific BIM content and bring that into their design model.
“The product tagging technology allows them to select product data and automatically write that data in with a single click,” Jackson said.
As much as Revit and Autodesk technology is praised, the software has created an abundant amount of manual work in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Startups and entrepreneurs are starting to fix this problem.
“We use BIM 360, Revit and build Revit families for many of our customers; Autodesk has the best design and build software in the world,” HingePoint CEO and Founder Bryce Finnerty said. “However, it can create a lot of manual work for people in our industry.”
Sweets.com hopes to alleviate the manual task of tagging things like, doors, windows and other key product data.
“This is a great step in the right direction to automate the AEC industry,” Finnerty said. “We’ve got to get rid of the busywork so we can focus on the more important items when designing and building.”
The Sweets.com app is available in the Autodesk App Store for free.
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On the eve of NYCxDesign, brands offered designers a look at their latest offerings at Interior Design‘s Market Live event on May 9. A curated selection of companies presented their textiles, lighting, furniture, and more to more than 100 designer guests at the magazine’s New York City headquarters. The evening offered an opportunity for specifiers to learn about new manufacturers in the marketplace while mingling with fellow industry professionals over drinks and bites. It also was a chance to tour Sandow’s new Manhattan office, which Interior Design moved into late last year. The gathering was an intimate and inspiring way to get in the spirit of design before a stimulating few weeks of products and parties.
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