Each year Hearst Magazines brings together very best in interior design talent, products and trends which are showcased via the annual Hearst Designer Visions show house. I recently had an opportunity to tour the sixth annual Designer Visions showcase which is comprised of three separate apartments at 250 West Street, a new luxury condo development in Tribeca. This is actually the 2012 show house but due to hurricane Sandy, the official opening celebration and related events had to be postponed until January which is why I only recently had the opportunity to check it out! Participating designers for the 2012 Designer Visions showcase include Matthew Patrick Smyth for Elle Decor, Antony Todd for Veranda and The Rockwell Group for House Beautiful and I can assure you the spaces are just as stunning as you would expect from such top talent. For the past three years the participating designers have had to create a space centered around a cinema inspired theme but this year Hearst partnered with the 48 Hour Film Project, an organization that seeks to advance the art of filmmaking and the three apartments were used as the set for a short film which was written, shot and edited in 48 hours! The designers were challenged to imagine muses fo their designs to with the goal of creating a finished product that felt highly personalized and completely livable. Above is a peek at some of the rooms and later I’ll be bringing you a full tour of the entire show house – you don’t want to miss it!
If you’re interested in bringing a bit of Designer Visions style into your own home, pieces will be available through February 26th in an online auction through Charity Buzz, with proceeds benefitting the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. To bid on Designer Visions-inspired items and experiences, you can visit www.charitybuzz.com/DesignerVisions. You can also purchase furniture, lighting and home accessories found in or inspired by the apartments through online marketplace Dering Hall here. And be sure to check back tomorrow for a full tour of all three stunning apartments!
Photos by Nicole Gibbons for So Haute
In the interior design world, there are only a handful of top tier shelter magazines that actively champion the work of the industry’s design talent and one of those is Elle Decor. Through its annual A-List, the title pays homage to the top interior design talent in the biz. Elle Decor launched the A-List in 2012 as a way to celebrate both established and emerging designers and the notoriety undoubtedly enhance the careers of those who are recognized. The prestigious honor is somewhat like the equivalent of receiving an Oscar in the design world. Below is a look at the work of the the Elle Decor A-List class of 2012 along with links to view each of their portfolios. For more on ED’s 2012 A-List designers, click here.
J. Randall Powers
Aman & Meeks
Brockschmidt & Coleman
Emma Jane Pilkington
B. Five Studio
Steven Harris Architects & Rees Roberts + Partners
Haynes – Roberts
The A-List 2012 designers with their Baccarat/Michael Aram designed awards!
After months of speculation over who would replace Paige Rense as editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest (Rense is retiring), it was announced today that Elle Decor’s Margaret Russell will take the helm. She begins her post September 7th and her first issue will hit stands in January 2011. I can’t tell you enough how excited I am about this appointment. AD has long been criticized for being dated and formulaic in its approach and many have agreed that the magazine is in dire need of an overhaul. I believe Russell will bring a fresh point of view to the AD and has the talent and vision to help revive the title. Despite it’s criticism though, AD is hardly struggling. The magazine has a healthy readership of 5MM plus and ad pages for its September 2010 issue are up 5.4% to last year. Nate Berkus also mentioned during the Right Now In Design event last week that for architects and designers, AD is one of the only magazines where a feature actually leads to new clients, which I thought was quite interesting. I’m excited to watch AD evolve and am actually anticipating the arrival of it’s January issue. Congrats Margaret on your new position! And now we can begin the speculation over who will take over Elle Decor!
Photos: elledecor.com and architecturaldigest.com