2017 ALPHA AWARDS

      If there’s a Spring Event not to miss – it’s The Alpha Awards that garner more than 358 prominent individuals ( I counted last year) from the field of interior design and other highly respected Businesses. It is a glitz and glam event held at the landmark building – 41 Broad St.  I love big parties, they’re so intimate and this cocktail hour+ award ceremony + silent auction + live auction is guaranteed to be entertaining.

      The Alpha Awards is the annual opportunity for The Alpha Workshops to honor individuals who have enthusiastically championed the work and shared the vision about the mission and results for over a 22- year history. (i.e. head cheerleaders)

      Kenneth Wampler created the Alpha Workshops in 1995. The Alpha Workshops is the nation’s only non-profit decorative arts studio that tutors people with HIV/AIDS and offers employment in a supportive environment. It’s exactly as the name says ‘a workshop’ creating opportunities and supporting the arts.

      Ken is known for cultivating terrific events and this is a good one.  The networking opportunities are endless at this high-spirited social gathering.  Please take a moment to glance at names of the Event Committee – after you read the honorees of course . . .










      Event Co-chairs

      Caleb Anderson, Principal, Drake/Anderson
      Dana Sandberg, Development Director, Best & Company

      Event Committee

      Neal Beckstedt, Principal, Neal Beckstedt Studio
      Rio Hamilton, Principal, Rio Hamilton Consulting
      Celerie Kemble, Kemble Interiors
      Dustin O’Neal, Creative Director, And Co-founder, Dna
      Dave Raines, President, Osbee Industries, Inc.





            Suzanne Slesin to Talk Design Futures at ICFF NYC, May 21

            I love ICFF and generally walk the expansive show on Sunday, after the popular Saturday opening night event at MOMA.  Good design looks even better when you’re in a bit of a haze. Anyway, this year, I’m participating in a panel discussion that will be moderated by the resplendent Suzy Slesin.  So, my Saturday night will be peaceful in order to be resplendent with Suzy.  Here’s the ICFF ‘t’ for the panel discussion that begins at 11am . . . please come!

            (New York) – May 9, 2017 – ICFF is proud to welcome Suzanne Slesin, publisher and editorial director of Pointed Leaf Press, to the ICFF Talks stageSunday, May 21 at 11:00am. Slesin will moderate a panel discussion with fellow design industry leaders that examines the trends, challenges and opportunities facing the future of design.  ICFF®, North America’s largest and most prestigious series of design events for interiors in its 29th year, will host insightful and educational Talks sessions each day of ICFF NYC, May 21-24, 2017.


              More on Suzanne Slesin’s ICFF Talk:

              Title: Across Perspectives: Design Futures

              Description: Listen in as leaders in the design field for over two decades, top design trend experts, first-class designers, architects, editors, Feng Shui experts and … predict design trends, industry challenges, and strengths. Their perspectives on the most important design trends and practices for the coming twelve months is a blueprint for anyone planning success in 2017.


              Moderator: Suzanne Slesin, Publisher and Editorial Director of Pointed Leaf Press


              Scott Sanders – Interior Designer

              Jade Dressler – Creative Director, Designer, and Feng Shui Expert

              Ellen Fisher – VP for Academic Affairs and Dean, NYSID

              Ingrid Abramovitz – Features Director, Hearst Design Group (ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, Veranda)

              Rio Hamilton – Design & Fashion Blogger/Marketing Strategist

              Chad Oppenheim – Principal Architect, OPPENHEIM

              REGISTER HERE

              I’ve discovered a new sensation! It’s called BodyLove and you can learn more about it at ICFF – of course after you attend the panel discussion with Suzy and the gang.  Once I understood what BodyLove was all about – I couldn’t get enough.  This is a ‘must see’ for the luxury lifestyle aficionado.

              ICFF NEW YORK 2017

              Effegibi is pleased to invite you to preview the New BodyLove @ ICFF 2017

              BodyLove is not a project, nor is it an object. it is an idea, a feeling, but it is also where research into the meaning of intimacy has taken us.

              BodyLove by Effegibi Perfect Wellness

                BodyLove by Effegibi Perfect Wellness @ ICFF 2017
                Design: Rodolfo Dordoni, Michele Angelini

                Visit our stand and discover important evolution in heat technology and wellbeing.

                Sunday 21 may 2017 – Wednesday 24 may 2017
                NEW YORK – USA

                  Effegibi – BodyLove

                      ‘Global Design’ is the theme for this year’s NYCxDesign 2017. There is a Monday evening stroll through the trendy Soho neighborhood – it’s a party hop, like no other.  The streets of Soho are filled with design enthusiast store-spotting from place to place.  I heard International luxury brand SAVOIR BEDS has collaborated with iconic artist and designer Madeline Weinrib to be their guest of honor on May 22nd.  So if you’re out and about – stop by SAVOIR BEDS at 54 Greene Street.




                            WORLDS CONVERGE. Whether it’s rare collectible masterpieces or accessible decorative works, the world of Art is intrinsically entwined with that of Design.  Experience unprecedented access to experts and luminaries from the vast Art industry as explored by the D&D Building’s  theme, Art X Design. Enrich your art acumen through the curated selection of esteemed resources that comprise the comprehensive Market program; 3 Keynotes, 14 In-Showroom Programs, 3 Cocktail Receptions, 2 Special Events, and 58 Open Houses.

                            #DDBSpringMarket17 #DandDBuilding #DDB #ArtXDesign

                            TO THE TRADE ONLY.

                                HOT NEWS

                                 HOLIDAY HOUSE DESIGN SHOW

                                I’m teaming up with Iris Dankner to share all the exciting news about HOLIDAY HOUSE DESIGN SHOW.  Did you know HOLIDAY HOUSE will be celebrating 10 years of showhouses?  Have you heard that HOLIDAY HOUSE will be debuting in London – September 2017?  And the book – did you hear about the picture book soon to be published by Suzanne Slesin’s, Pointed Leaf Press?  Imagine, pages filled with images of beautiful rooms designed by Charlotte Moss, Geoffrey Bradfield, Jamie Drake, Caleb Anderson, Keith Baltimore, Vicente Wolf, Darrin Vardin, Guillaume Gentet, Dineen Architecture, Garrow Kedigan, Sasha Bikoff, Ally Coulter, CALDER ASSOCIATES, Ryan Korban, Amy Lau, Elizabeth Dow, Harry Heissmann, Patrick Mele, Yorgos Scarpidis and so many other top tier names.  Ooh la la – #thatbook

                                The chic – petite – boutique RUG ART showroom on the 15th floor is hosting our Spring Affair with a slide show of standout rooms from the past 10 years and applications for designers interested in participating in the selection process for future events.  Standing room only, fashion looks better that way.


                                REGISTER HERE


                                  Iris Dankner + Rio Hamilton


                                    Room created by Ryan Korban for Holiday House 2016 @ALANBARRY
                                      Room created by Campion Platt for Holiday House 2016 @ALANBARRY
                                        Iris Dankner + Iris Apfel + Jared Seligman- foyer designed by Jared @bfa




                                            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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