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Designers gather to learn What’s New, What’s Next
Sep 14, 2012

The New York Design Center's What’s New and What’s Next yesterday was jam-packed with NYC's design cognoscenti, celebrating everything new and notable in design from book signings to lectures and panel discussions to showroom and collection previews. Here’s a recap and some highlights from the event-filled day.

Jim Druckman, Charlotte Moss & Newell Turner

A discussion on the evolution of scrapbooking between Charlotte Moss, author and designer, and Newell Turner, Editor-in-Chief of House Beautiful, at the Century Furniture Showroom kicked off the day.
Turner and Moss took listeners through the history of scrapbooking, how it emerged and how it is changing into a digital world, detailing the importance of the use of scrapbooks for design inspiration.
“It’s amazing the beauty that can happen when you start scrapping,” said Turner. “It’s something that is instinctual to us and it’s a part of life that people want to collect and gather things.”
“To me, Pinterest is a merger of scrapbooking as we knew it into this new digital world,” said Moss. “And we all need a way to unwind and create.”

Leslie Young, Thom Filicia, Thomas Jayne, Alex Papachristidis and Michael Boodroo

Michael Boodroo, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE DÉCOR, moderated a discussion between designers Thom Filicia, Thomas Jayne, and Alex Papachristidis at the Cliff Young Ltd. Showroom about American decorating, and what is coming next in the style.
“Americans really believe in hiring decorators and are so oriented towards decorating magazines,” said Papachristidis. “They always want something new, something fresh, and its ever changing.”
“The latest trends in American design seems to be that everyone wants to completely personalize their space, and put their stamp on it,” said Filica. “There is a really strong trend towards designing a home based upon how someone lives, how they entertain, how they raise their family.”
Sara Ruffin Costello, stylist, designer and contributor to Wall Street Journal Magazine, spoke about the new trends she is seeing and what is going to be next in her eyes at the McGuire New York Showroom. Among the mentioned were big bold curtains, floral patters, faded pink colors, warm honey-toned furniture, all of which she describes as the elegant and feminine “Grande Dame” look. 

Katie Ridder

Meanwhile, guests were able to enjoy and sample New York wines courtesy of NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) on the 4th floor with wine connoisseur, Baroness Sheri De Borchgrave and Editor-in-Chief, Kendell Cronstrom. Designers and authors Celerie Kemble, Amanda Nisbet, Katie Ridder, and Karin Laserow were all available to sign their newly released books at the Henredon, Tucker Robbins, Pennoyer Newman and Laserow Antiques Showrooms respectivley.
Christine Souiler, Director of Decorative Hardware, spoke about the history of French decorative hardware at the Cote France Showroom, Jiun Ho discussed his inspiration for design at the Dennis Miller Associates Showroom, and Simon Doonan spoke about Jonathan Adler’s latest collaboration, a full fabric collection with Kravet.

Simon Doonan

The first half of the afternoon was a success, but what went down as the event continued into the evening? Click here to find out!
Photos courtesy of Matthew Carasella Photography/Social Shutterbug and Todd Westphal/Todd Westphal Photography

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