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  • TIFFANY & CO INTRODUCE NEW HOME COLLECTION
  • ROBERT ALLEN – DURALEE DESPERATE MEASURES
  • HOUSING WORKS -DESIGN ON A DIME KICK OFF PARTY
  • A.D. HOME SHOW – CRAZY GOOD
  • FASHION MAN KEN DOWNING LEAVES NEIMAN MARCUS
Tiffany’s new Interior Design Specialist gathered a small group of Designers and Influencers to introduce them to the new HOME AND ACCESSORIES COLLECTION. It was also a good to see the stately charm of the world’s most famous retail store.


DESIGN ON A DIME KICK OFF PARTY

For more than a decade, designer Ford Huniford has presided over one of the design industry’s most beloved—and most successful—fundraisers. With this year’s Design on a Dime on the horizon, the kick-off party was hosted by Benjamin Moore at their slick new loft-like showroom in NYDC.

Fourteen years ago, Housing Works, a New York–based not-for-profit that serves the homeless and people living with AIDS, was brainstorming ways to raise funds. As a constant hunter for unique pieces (I have scoured many thrift shops along with far-flung art galleries and auction houses), I thought: “Why not showcase to the world what can be uncovered at Housing Works?” So Design on a Dime was born. And $13 million later, this little idea has turned into a major fundraiser for the organization and the spring “must attend” party, so to speak, for the design industry.

Chief Operating Officer for Housing Works, Andrew Greene + Rio Hamilton + Ford Huniford
Interior Designers Michelle Gerson + Ron Marvin
Bailey Li and 50 other Interior Designers are gearing up to participate in Design On a Dime 2019

UPTOWN GIRL – LIVING IN A DOWNTOWN WORLD

Sasha Bikoff of Sasha Bikoff Interior Design created a cool space for AD Apartment, presented by Gaggenau, at this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City.

I caught up with the resplendent designer at her booth at the show, where she took me and 100 other Influencers and Journalist on an exclusive room-by-room tour of her retro-inspired apartment.

Bikoff’s colorful style and unlikely design pairings are the threads tying this apartment together. Her remarkable lineup of brands and products including the vacuum break design rules and inspire a lavish-yet-eclectic lifestyle.
Gaggenau kitchen with Cosentino surface and back splash

FACTURE STUDIO is a contemporary art furniture company headed by designer, Quincy Ellis. Based in Brooklyn, his dynamic molded works use resin to experiment endlessly with light, color & transparency. The exploration of these three concepts is central to all of the brand’s work, constantly refining its designs by changing colors, shades, shift patterns, opacities & interior core colors.

FRACTURE STUDIO at AD Design Show
Porcelain collection of vessels by T I S S I L E N T
Lighting by Z I A P R I V E N
Tribal Assortment by T U C K E R R O B B I N S
AD DESIGN SHOW 2019
Robert Allen Duralee Group filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and put itself up for sale. Then asked the recently laid off employees for their money back.

FINANCIALLY BANKRUPT ROBERT ALLEN – DURALEE, NOW MORALLY BANKRUPT

Owners and lawyers shakedown former employees in a desperate attempt to recover money.
I heard through the grapevine that former employees of the Robert Allen Duralee Group (who were part of the recent lay-offs in January) were shocked to receive legal documents in the mail filed by attorneys Hahn&Hessen stating they will be asking the judge permission to take back the minimal severance they were given. In addition, to not receiving the 2nd half of the severance payment.

Furthermore, employees were left scrambling to file an objection when they realized the deadline was on Monday, March 18th, some having only received the document on Friday, March 15th, coming post-marked from California on March 12th. Shady, no?

Many of the people who received this notice were loyal employees to both Robert Allen and Duralee, many having worked for the company for over 10 – 20 years. At the time of the lay-offs, employees learned that the severance structure was measly and would be divided in payments. Former employees have now been forced to deal with interpreting legal documents and unnecessary stress while trying to move forward with their lives. They are remaining strong and hopeful that good will prevail.
I think we can all agree that is not standard and a cowardly act by Lee Silberman and Co. to save themselves from the sad situation they created. 

KEN DOWNING TO EXIT NIEMAN MARCUS AFTER 28years

Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing is taking his three decades in fashion and events to become chief creative officer for a developer building a huge project called American Dream in East Rutherford, N.J.

His last day at Neiman Marcus is March 29th. He starts working April 1 at Triple Five Group, a Canadian company preparing to open a 3-million-square-foot mall and entertainment project near the Meadowlands Sports Complex not far from Manhattan.

Triple Five is the company that developed and operates the largest mall in the U.S., the Mall of America in Minnesota, and the largest in Canada, West Edmonton Mall. It has additional plans for new developments that are still top secret.

Ursallie Smith began her career after graduating with honors from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Ursallie specialize in kitchen renovation, residential and commercial Interior Design.

Her notable skills in conceptual designs has earned her exceptional reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Living Spaces Magazine, and her company was named one of the best places to shop in Shop Atlanta Magazine.

Rio Hamilton

Rio Hamilton is a business development professional with vast marketing and sales experience.He specializes in brand promotion for the luxury interior design and lifestyle industries. Rio works with companies, individuals and groups on concentrated brand identity and elevation. He has a popular website that chronicles "the who's who" at design and fashion events throughout greater New York.

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