While visiting with my sisters in New York, I had the wonderful opportunity of having lunch at ABC Kitchen, situated in the ABC Home building. A charming and vast room, with a gloriously high ceiling held by visible (thank you!) wood beams, white brick walls, the restaurant is simply a feast for the eyes and mouth. Created by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and dining mogul Phil Suarez, the restaurant offers a locally grown and organic cuisine of the finest quality. The construction of the restaurant is made of recycled and sustainable materials and decorated with an array of tastefully designed items such as: a medley of softly lit chandeliers, comfy white steelwood chairs, handmade porcelain dinnerware by local artisan Jan Burtz, recycled and pleasantly shabby-chic European porcelain plates.
Some of my favorites dishes included the Roasted beets with house-made yogurt, the Spinach, goat cheese and herbs pizza, and the Gazpacho with watermelon and tomatoes:
The service was impeccable. Young and friendly servers popped in and out of the kitchen at lightning speed, yet managing to seem unrushed, gracefully depositing plate after plate on tables. My sister is friendly with one of the sous-chefs there, the talented Ross Mendoza, and we thrilled to have a quick chat with him after our meal.
One word: Dessert. Please, please indulge. The toasted almond Panna Cotta is SUBLIME.
Now, on to the store itself. Meandering in the ABC Home aisles I found myself having to take deep, calming breaths. Thoughts going through my head : How can I check out all these beautiful offerings in just under two hours?? Remind me why don’t I live in New York again?! This place truly feels like a museum exhibit!
A few eye-catching sightings:
Textiles and pillows abound. I particularly enjoyed these indigo items:
I loved how the pillows and blankets were organized by color hues:
And take the time to check out spaces with quietly gorgeous pieces such as above the restaurant, if you go up that staircase, you can find cream and wood and metal sculptural beauties such as:
Dashing across the street to the ABC Home Rug building, 10 minutes before closing, I was able to take a glimpse at one of my favorite rug designer, the great Madeline Weinrib:
Voilà, my friends! Hope you enjoyed my tour. Clearly, I shall have to visit ABC Home again very soon.
I dragged my luggage through long corridors, up into the subway, down escalators and carried bulging bags filled with awesome magazines, incredible gifts from BlogFest2012, battled rain and ended walking barefoot in Brooklyn on a particularly pouring evening; I met design celebrity after design celebrity, spoke with amazing people, stuffed my pockets with business cards and toasted many champagne glasses; I met an amazing family owned business (the one and only Kravet), snapped picture after picture, took notes and went to bed at ridiculously late hours, learning about design day in and day out. I came home exhausted but over the moon.
Where in the world did I go????
Two words: Blogfest 2012.
The Kravet Group launched the Blogfest 2012 concept in 2011. It has since become an amazingly popular destination for interior designers and bloggers who blog about design. This year, registration for the event sold out in 4 hours! Blofest 2012 defines itself in these words : Blogfest is a three day tour designed exclusively for interior design bloggers featuring the industry’s top shelter magazines, A-list design celebrities and breathtaking venues.
Follow me as I take you along and share highlights of my trip.
When: Monday May 21st, 2012
First Stop: ICFF -International Contemporary Furniture Fair
Before meeting our Blogfest hosts and friends, we were offered an optional ticket to the ICFF. I took advantage of this time to take a few photos of interesting items.
More tiles by the same vendor:
I loved these sculpted bowls from the same vendor:
I really had to stop and admire the lines by Manulation, a Serbian Designer, making traditional wood carved furniture since 1927, and now also offering a modern line:
I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the following work by Asher Israelow:
And this piece by Wewood, a Portuguese Joinery, made of French oak was superb:
Next I gravitated towards wall coverings and fabrics:
A few close-ups:
In a very different style, these hand-painted wall coverings by Vahallan Papers were wonderfully textured and imitated metals to a T:
This sublime chandelier by Tracy Glover captivated my attention:
I am seeing more and more incredible outdoor furniture and fabrics. The following surprised me by their design, which I felt were very accomplished:
Finally, back in the indoor furniture section, I was drawn to these unusual chairs by designer Cecilie Manz for Fritz Hansen:
What a way to start my Blogfest adventure! Thank you, Kravet and Blogfest, for this opportunity to visit the ICFF before the Blogfest kick-off!
Until next post…part 2 of Blogfest 2012 with fabulous more designs!