The NY Now show that showcases designers from around the globe happens twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer.

Drawing  over 35,000 people  from 50 states and 80+ countries, it is open only to people in the trade industry. It concentrates on three major sections: home; lifestyle; and handmade.

There is a wide assortment of products from homeware, museum gifts, contemporary crafts, decorative and personal accessories, just to name a few.

Now here are some fine products that I found intriguing:

4 artworks is a group of crazy-different individuals joined together by a highly caffeinated passion for creativity and decor. Founders Ricardo Ramon and Tomas  invited Maria Eugenia Ulivi to join the team.

These cutting edge cool wall sculptures textured art images of lips, cats, and dogs with giant eyeglasses with a touch of neon, acrylic and optical effects art!

Luxewet Wall Art is a company that specializes in framed autographs from rock stars and celebrities. They put together autographed record albums and guitars and photos in a nice costumed frame setup.

And, finally, Proraso Shaving Cream, an Italian company, which was founded in 1908 by Ludovico Martelli.

In 1948, a small Florentine laboratory was experimenting on formulas that would work with new products. This was the year of pre-and-after shave cream, which was a surprise, with its freshness and efficacy. It was first embraced by Italian barbers and then an ever-growing number of home shavers. And so, the way of shaving changed in Italy that paved the way elsewhere.

The Proraso labs create products that stand the test of time. The formula, based on natural and trusted ingredients, are enriched and improved with new product lines.

From my own, personal experience, even if you use the best razor in the world, it will not give you that smooth, clean shave without using Proraso shaving cream.

This shaving cream is like no other one It gives you a clean, soft shave.

Prosaro

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And that’s my short overview to The Winter NY Now Show.

Gilbert played to a sold-out show at City Winery. This was his first show in New York since 1973. His fans were so excited with anticipation.

He was accompanied by guitarist Bill Shanley, who also plays with Ray Davies (of The Kinks). Bill did an amazing job of not only playing great guitar riffs, but also singing along with Gilbert, which added more melodic overtones to the performance.

Gilbert O’ Sullivan and Bill Shanley

Gilbert was born Raymond Edward O’ Sullivan on Cork Road, Waterford, Ireland, and rose to fame in London in the late 1960’s and had successful hit records in the United States in the early 1970’s.

Although he started playing left-handed guitar, he changed to playing piano. He explained that there weren’t many left handed guitar players out there.

They took to the stage at 8 pm sharp and started his set  with a song called “January Gift,” followed by a mix of new songs, old songs and hit songs. Other songs included his first hit, “Nothing Rhymed,” and his recent songs “Dansette Dreams And 45’s,” a nostalgic song about the time when people played records on their little record players. Gilbert then got the crowd singing along to a song titled “Where Peaceful Waters Flow.”

The fans got very excited when he played “Clair,” his big hit from 1972.

He took a short break and returned with “At The Very Thought Of You.” His long list of songs flowed well. Gilbert played one of his cult favorites, “Out Of The Question,” which went down well like fine wine.

Other hits followed, including his comeback hit from the 1980’s, “What’s In The Kiss,” which had everyone singing.

Gilbert O’Sullivan

He ended his show with his biggest hit, “Alone Again (Naturally),” and got a standing ovation.

Gilbert came back for a double encore. First up was “Matrimony,” and then he ended the show with his 1973 smash hit “Get Down.” Everyone did just that.

It was an incredible show, and Mr. O’Sullivan set up a table to sell programs, records and t-shirts, and signed everyone’s memorabilia. Gilbert’s two wonderful daughters, Helen Marie and Tara, were also on hand as his managers.

Gilbert was so happy with the turnout that he told me he will be back soon. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 46 years!

The annual Architectural Digest Design Show is held every March at Piers 92 & 94 in New York City.

This 4-day event features over 400 different design companies and covers a wide range of categories that include rugs, furniture, lighting, beds, chairs, hardware and so much more. There are special events such as panel discussions with top design leaders.

Now here are some of the most exciting products and companies on view at The A And D Show:

David Harber

David Harber Exteriors is a company based in Oxfordshire, England. Their creative approach to exterior sculpture is driven by the challenge of each site. The creative style to Harber’s work is a combined use of light and shadow, form and void, reflection and transparency. Harber likes to take rough elements and transform them into smooth sculptural surfaces. His unique style is a married combination of the visual decorative art form and a functional outdoor aesthetic.

His Dark Planet piece is made from hundreds of irregular black puddle stones, painstakingly fixed together to form a unified whole. Thus the raw nature is transformed into a geometric shape. At dusk, light permeates through the fissures between the stones, illuminating Dark Planets’ core to a dramatic effect.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Another cool item is Torus. Created in mirror polished stainless steel, the Torus sculpture mirrors its environment and provides a frame, as if inviting the viewer to look through a portal to another world. David Harber’s work has everything going for it: creativity, environmentally friendly and functional with a touch of science fiction and fantasy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 Livex is a lighting company established in 1993 based in Somerset, NJ. They provide  quality decorative residential lighting at the most affordable prices. Livex products range from lamp shades to chandeliers. The company keeps up with the latest styles and trends and creates a nice assortment of interesting structural images.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  

Allyson Monson

Allyson Monson grew up in the suburbs of New York. Her style of photography is in her use of color and texture. Most of her photos are shot with a macro lens. Her ability to see ordinary objects differently makes her work more personal. Her imagination has taken The Rolling Stones’ tongue logo and turned it into her own decorative style.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Kino Guerin

Kino Guerin, a Canadian artist from Quebec, was trained in cabinet-making at CEGEP in Montreal. He has won numerous awards in Quebec. Guerin has developed his own molding technique to give hypnotic curves to a usually unyielding material of sweet inspiration and surgical precision. His unique style brings his furniture to life, like a bench inviting you to escape on a flying carpet. His zigzagging book and record shelves have curves going in different directions. Kino Guerin is a cabinet maker that makes fiber of trees dance in the same way that a painter handles pigments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                 Steven South

Finally, DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids) Dining by Design is another part of The Architectural Digest Design Show. DIFFA has an assortment of artists who have created dining room settings to raise money for AIDS. This is the 22nd edition, and this year’s theme is Unity.
There were quite a lot of creative dining room designs, but Steven South’s installation was by far the best, and also the one most related to the subject of AIDS.
 

                                                                                                              His creative Past Present And Future collage is a 1980s mixture of pop artists like Keith Haring, who died of AIDS; Andy Warhol;  Ronald Reagan;  punk and new wave. His design sums up 1980s pop-culture to a “t.” South is a senior interior designer associate in New York. His goal is to create spaces for clients that exceed their expectations and are unique and innovative in their completion. He had done a wonderful job for this year’s DIFFA presentation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
And that’s my overview for this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show.


 

The legendary Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express has returned. The famed B3 and keyboard player has created a distinct voice that combines jazz, rock, soul and funk that is clearly recognizable to his millions of fans. With over 30 albums to his name and lengthy stints on the RCA & Warner Bros. labels, Brian Auger has accumulated Grammy Nominations, 10 albums charting in Billboard’s Hot 100, a #1 single, and the title of “The Godfather of Acid Jazz”.

Brian’s bands have featured Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, and John McLaughlin. Brian has played with and recorded with great luminaries such as Paul McCartney, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Jones, Eric Burdon and Jimmy Page. Rave reviews and demands for return engagements follow this artist wherever he goes.

http://brianauger.com/

Catch the show live May 9th, 2019 8pm at The Cutting Room in NYC

TICKETS: https://bit.ly/2IA5pMl

 

 

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is a global design platform for North America that exhibits the best and latest furniture, carpets, lighting, wall coverings, textiles and kitchen products, with  over 900 exhibitors and more than 38,000 consumers from all over the globe.

With so many cool artifacts and designers to choose from, I had to pick not only the best but also the most unique products that made the biggest impression on me.

I was first drawn to a giant Ursa Major cardboard bear sculpture. It was created by a company called Grand Image They put together custom installation pieces made for the show. The company  is a multi-disciplinary studio of designers, artists and fabricators. They provide design products with a focus on hospitality and healthcare for multi-family residential and corporate environments. Grand Image  is a company that creates unique art collections for all your projects.

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Grand Image

Next is a French design company, No Taste For Bad. They were located in a huge room  with unique furniture designs and drawings.
The designer, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, was there in person to show his latest creations. He was commissioned to devise a poetic stenographic concept emphasizing the excellence of French art de vivre. He has always possessed a cross-cutting vision and has never believed in boundaries between fashion, art, architecture and design. His creative passion embraces pop culture in his work. He gave a talk and held a press conference that was one of the main highlights of the show.

 Jean -Charles  De Castelbajac – No Taste For Bad

And then there is the student design competition. Each year Wilsonart sponsors a semester where  students are challenged to create a unique chair using Wilsonart laminate, where the winning chair and runners up are displayed at the ICFF Wilsonart booth #2211.
And so, this year Kincaid Pearson’s chair, titled Holey Blue, was the one that I thought was the best of all the student chairs. His piece is an abstract representation of being in the woods in the evening when the tree branches create a silhouette reaching across the night sky.
His chair is an environment that surrounds the sitter, recreating the sense of being isolated as one gets to walk alone in the woods. Kincaid’s chair creates dark poetry!

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Kincaid Pearson

And, lastly, two sisters, Camila and Veronica Burbano, have created a company called Insolitio. They have designed very colorful and creative chairs. One in particular was inspired by a colorful plant in the amazon called heliconia. These chairs seem to look also like a silhouette of a bird. They can be used for a living room or as a statement for the home or commercial spaces. The canvas fabric is very resistant and comes in a
variety of prints and colors.

Camila and Veronica Burbano – Insolitio

And so, the ICFF show might be considered a huge commercial furniture show, but its main purpose is to showcase some of the most creative aspects of designers worldwide!

The Affordable Art Fair is an international art fair held in different cities around the world.

In 2002, the Affordable Art Fair was launched in New York. It’s held twice a year, in April and in September.
Now here are some of my best picks from this past Fall season:
Artist Chris Skeene has put together this series pseudonym called Blockhead. His sculptures are inspired by his collection of Pez dispensers and blind box art toys. Though much of  his inspiration  for his work is from machine-made items, these blockheads are hand carved and painted.
His creative take on such iconic images of famous artist and rock icons like Rene Margritte (collective Invention) and his famous painting of the man in the suit with a green apple on his face; Robert Indiana”s LOVE piece; Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup can and David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane, makes them his own creations in such a unique way. Chris is drawn to exploring cultural iconography from different sections of society, but with his eye towards art history, music and toys.
Next, we have another artist’s take of his influence on music, art and pop culture.
The artist, known as Srinjoy, with work that examines the theme Utopia. He calls this Utopop. His influences range from pop culture to deep ecology.
His work holds a mirror to reflect the contemporary experience or take the viewer to an alternative world. His take on images of John Lennon puts him in a Superman costume, and turns Andy Warhol into a magician. We can consider Lennon a super hero and Warhol making magic with his art.
But it took Srinjoy to come up with this brilliant idea for his art work.
His work consists of re-imagining Utopian pasts or imagining alternative realms.
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And, concluding by keeping with the pop culture theme, we have the artist Cieu.
“Sorry I’m not Robin” is the title of Cieu’s work. His images of Batman and Bowie draw on his figurative graffiti styles with a humorous approach to them. Cieu likes to play with his words as he is deeply inspired by the poetry on his street art canvases.
Cieu, (aka Thomas) began his artistic career as a stage actor, but when he turned 15 he started to tag murals in the streets. Now, Envie Dart gallery  has shown his work in major art fairs around the world, including in New York, England, Germany and France, just to name a few.
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This is only an eye-opening glimpse into some of the fantastic art shown twice a year at the Affordable Art Fair.

The Art Dealers Of America (ADAA) Art Show celebrated its 30th edition, in a partnership with The Henry Street Settlement that has lasted three decades.

In 1989, a group of ADAA galleries came together to create The Art Show.

The 2018 edition had a wide variety of art, dating back to the 19th century through today’s contemporary artists.

A fine example of art from the show is represented by Peter Saul.

Saul has been creating great pop art since the early 1960s and continues to do so. His art always has a satirical approach to it, so it’s no wonder that he would paint a portrait of President Donald Trump. The painting is a collage of a bunch of Trump’s hair with paintbrush stokes in a circler motion.

Peter Saul is represented by the Michael Werner gallery on The Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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