It was hard to believe it was our last day at Blogfest 2012!
Day three began with the much anticipated Kravet studio tour, providing us with a glimpse into the inner workings of the Kravet company.
Kravet Studio Tour:
This tour provided us bloggers with the opportunity to see first hand, just how Kravet designs and manufactures their goods. One of the most memorable stops was actually the first, as a Kravet designer walked us through custom designs for big names, such as Disney.
Left-Right: Kravet custom design on vinyl, Kravet custom design on fabric
Check out the Disney product on the right!
Left-Right: Kravet sketches transferred onto fabric, Kravet design for Disney
Hand-printed versus Digitally-printed:
It was pretty amazing to see how similar the hand-printed fabrics were, compared to the digitally printed ones. Although there’s nothing quite like hand-made product, the digital prints were surprisingly similar and just as beautiful.
Hand-printed on the left, digitally-printed on the right
We were also given the opportunity to meet with the Kravet Carpet team to view new product as well as discuss the product as a whole. It’s always great for us designers to see product first hand – and you know, Kravet never disappoints!
Kravet Area Rugs
Lee Jofa Studio:
Check out the Lee Jofa inspiration boards! You may recognize similar color tones from their boards, in their newest collections, as these boards were put together a few years ago to establish their new product. I’m so fascinated by inspiration boards, and how that translates into developing new product. Makes me want to update mine!
Kelly Wearstler for Kravet:
It was interesting to hear that Kelly’s product, the product that she launched a few years ago, was still as popular as ever. In fact, it’s actually increased in popularity over the years – which is largely due to the fact that Kelly’s in no business of following trends, but making them. Props to Kelly!
Kelly Wearstler for Kravet
The floral fabric pictured below is an exquisite example of a hand-blocked print. Amazing right? And not only that, it has approximately thirty blocks dedicated to it alone!
Groundworks for Kravet, hand-printed fabrics
Brunschwig & Fils Studio:
What a fun studio with an amazing group of designers dedicated to not only preserving their brand, but continuing to develop it for today’s market.
Brunswick and Fils
Thanks again to the lovely Kravet team for making our tours so enjoyable!
ABC Carpet & Home:
Next up on my list was ABC Carpet and Home! I had never been there before and was dying to go! Talk about amazing! I could’ve walked out of that store with a lot of new stuff – but alas, I contained my excitement and instead took it all in. *Stay tuned for a list of my ABC favs – I’ll do my best to narrow them down.
Off to the museum! What a beautiful building – and a gorgeous day! You can see the sun finally decided to peak out from behind the clouds.
Benjamin Moore, Color Pulse 2013:
First up was a Benjamin Moore seminar on color trends for 2013. What an enlightening presentation, walking us through just how trends are developed and incorporated into mainstream fashions. It all seems to happen rather organically yet incredibly controlled all at the same time – and in the end, it’s us designers and consumers that help make the trend explode.
Interiors Insider, Design Panel:
Editorial director, Michael Wollaeger of Interiors Magazine presented us bloggers with the opportunity to discuss today’s interior design market with a few of New York’s elite, including a GHID fav, Miles Redd. Was a great discussion on blogging, photographing your work and today’s design trends – with a Redd point of view (obviously loved that!).
And there goes Kravet feeding us once again – this time a bag (or two) of Boom Chicka Pop popcorn – how cute right?!
Check it out – it’s Miles!
Interior designer Miles Redd, noted photographer Peter Aaron, and blogger and former editor Marisa Marcantonio interviewed by Michael Wollaeger
Blogfest 2012 Wrap Party:
“Now it’s time to say goodbye, to all our company…” Why do I have the sudden urge to break out into the MMC farewell diddy?!
We headed upstairs for one last party – and boy was it fun! The food was to die for and the company was fabulous!
A few of my new friends from Blogfest 2012:
My new friends and fellow design bloggers, Kim Hendricks-Hoegger and Pamela Copeman
Pamela Copeman, Brad Clifford and Nicole Copko from Garrison Hullinger Interior Design
The Kravet’s teamed up with DIFFA during our farewell bash, and put together a raffle to raise money for the non-profit. You know there’s two things I love, one of which is helping out a good cause and the other is winning.
I was eying a piece of artwork, and wouldn’t you know it, I WON!
DIFFA Raffle during Blogfest
Check out a few more winners! How cute was Kelly Kole’s (of Kandrac & Kole Interior Design) reaction?!
After Party at The New Traditionalists:
I was anticipating this party from the time I saw it on our agenda. I’ve been watching The New Traditionalists for over a year now, and was dying to see their product in real-life. *I was NOT disappointed. It was fantastic.
The party was hopping by the time we arrived, not only with Blogfest bloggers, but with other designers and industry professionals from around the New York area. Was such a fun way to wrap an amazing few days in the city for Blogfest 2012! I can’t wait until next year!
The New Traditionalist Party
Rhinopalooza at The New Traditionalists
via The New Traditionalists
Joseph Quartarone, Amanda Swanlund, Jessie Touhey and me at The New Traditionalists party (via The New Traditionalists)
Thanks again to the wonderful Kravet family and team for making Blogfest 2012 a huge success!
Lisa Kravet, Nicole Copko and Cary Kravet