Design discoveries from New York and beyond
Spring décor in flowery florals and vibrant hues are making waves into your homes. Check out our finds.
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With the ICFF celebrating its 25th anniversary and BKLYN Designs more popular than ever, May is definitely the season for cutting-edge design in New York. Opening its doors for the first time on May 8, the Collective Design Fair is joining the fray with a heady mix of high-end galleries and collectors including Maison Gerard, R 20th Century, Lost City Arts, and Cristina Grajales Gallery, among others. “There is an interesting duality about the fair,” says architect and interior designer Steven Learner, Collective’s founder and creative director. “The quality of the introductions and the galleries is high, but you don’t need a master’s degree or a fat checkbook to get in. We’re demystifying the notion of design and making it accessible and believable for everyone.” The four-day event takes place at Pier 57; for tickets and more information, go to collectivedesignfair.com.
ABOVE: Stainless-steel flower lamp by Jean-Pierre Vitrac, 1970, from Demisch Danant. Courtesy of Demisch Danant
The traditional decorating shop with fabric samples in front and an army of upholsterers in back is an endangered species. But TapeMeasure, a new store in the heart of Pleasantville, is determined to save the planet when it comes to old-school furniture-making. The inspiration of Warren Cook and Elizabeth Calderone, a husband and wife team who have joined forces with top Westchester upholsterer Anna Maraldo, the shop is anything but workmanlike, with birchwood-paneled walls and vivid fabric displays from such vendors as Clarence House, Lee Jofa, and Osborne & Little. “Decor is like an extension of a person’s wardrobe,” says Calderone, a former fashion executive. “Our approach to home furnishings is the same as women’s ready-to-wear, matching customers with pieces that fit their personal style.” 41 Washington Ave., 914-769-6421, tapemeasuredesign.com. —Woody Hochswender
In her first collaboration with the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Thrift Shop, textile and home accessories designer Madeline Weinrib will be selling her wares in a charity sample sale May 3–5. Weinrib’s vibrant, colorful carpets, fabrics, furniture, and other home goods, handmade by artisans in India, Morocco, and Central Asia, will be marked down as much as 40 to 70 percent off retail, with proceeds benefiting the society’s patient care, education, and research programs. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., 1440 Third Ave., NYC, 212-535-1250.