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Eye On Design: 13th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest!

TP Wedding Dress Contestants 2016
2001 Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contestants with Judge Mikie Russo (All Images Courtesy of Direct Contact PR)

Planning a Wedding can get pretty expensive; it is just a fact. Wedding dresses, especially, cost thousands of dollars for an outfit that (if you are very lucky) you will wear just once in your lifetime. That does not seem terribly cost effective to me. For some, saving money on weddings is more than a hobby, and barely less than an obsession. Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, the ladies who operate the popular websites Cheap Chic Weddings and T P Dress Contest have a few hints to help you save money on your wedding, and on the dress in particular. If you have a flare for design, why not consider making your dress out of Toilet Paper? Yes, I just typed that.

The 2017 edition of the annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest is now open, and Cheap Chic Weddings is thrilled to welcome their new Presenting Sponsor, Quilted Northern Toilet Paper! Since 2004, the Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest has challenged creative minds from across the country to create a wearable, on-trend wedding dress and headpiece from only toilet paper, glue, tape and needle and thread.

TP Wedding Dress Winner 2016
2016 Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Winner by Van Tran

Wedding Dress Winner Detail
Detail from 2016 Winning Design By Van Tran

Quilted Northern® is excited to supply toilet paper that has been crafted with the highest attention-to-detail for over 100 years – making it luxurious enough for a wedding dress. Contestants have until June 5, 2017 to submit their paper masterpieces. The Top Ten entries will be chosen, and then online voting will be open to the public.

The top ten dresses and their designers will be flown to New York City to participate in a live fashion show finale event at a fabulous Peerspace Event Space in New York City on July 20, 2017, where the top three winners will be chosen!

At the Finale Event, the dress entries will be judged by Cheap Chic Weddings founders, a representative from Quilted Northern®, a representative from Sponsor Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and celebrity guest judges Actor, Singer, Producer and Author Jenna Ushkowitz,  as well as Mikie Russo, Celebrity Party Planner and Lifestyle Expert!

TP Wedding Dress Judge Mikie Russo
TP Wedding Dress Contest Judge, Mikie Russo

“We are always excited to see what our talented contestants dream up.” says Susan Bain, Co-Founder of Cheap Chic Weddings. “We can’t wait to see how our contestants will work with the meticulously designed Quilted Northern® Toilet Paper! “We know it will be a wonderful match!” added co-founder Laura Gawne.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000, the second place winner will receive $5000 and the third place winner will receive $2500.

Here’s How to Enter:

First: Plan your design.

Second: Grab some Quilted Northern Toilet Paper (Quilted Northern Ultra Plush or Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong, or Both), tape, glue and/or needle and thread (that’s all you can use)! To help offset the cost of designing these memorable creations; Quilted Northern is providing coupons by request by emailing TPDresscontest@gmail.com.

Third: Make the dress and headpiece on your model or mannequin and take a few clear, well-lit, unaltered digital photos (front, back and side). The dress must be able to be worn by a human!

All photos and an Official Entry form are to be submitted to Cheap Chic Weddings at TPDresscontest@gmail.com by June 5, 2017 at 11:00 PM EST. There is no entry fee. The Judging Panel at Cheap Chic Weddings will judge the initial digital photo entries.

View the complete contest information at: This Link. Official contest rules along with lots of other wedding cost saving tips and information can be found at This Link. Good Luck!

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Eye On Design: Mobile Homestead Swag Lamp By Mike Kelley

Mobile Homestead Swag Lamp By Mike Kelley
All Photos By Gail

In the exhibit The Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin challenges the notion that the past is a fixed object, waiting to be elucidated. He calls the present “a waking world, a world to which that dream we name the past refers.” The dream quality of the past suggests that is is mutable, a patchwork of images and symbols that can be understood in myriad ways.”

Mobile Homestead Swag Lamp By Mike Kelley

The late artist Mike Kelley’s work has also focused on the unreliability of memory. His project, Mobile Homestead, a full-scale reproduction of his suburban, childhood home, resides on the grounds of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. The building’s first floor maintains the floor plan of the original, but its multilevel basement, closed to the public, includes crawl spaces and rooms that can only be accessed through ceiling hatches.

Mobile Homestead Swag Lamp By Mike Kelley

The dreamlike, labyrinthine architecture suggests the slipperiness of the past. Kelley explores the denial of uncomfortable realities of abuse and oppression in domestic life, not in tune with the American Dream as represented by the suburban home, with its white picket fence. This lamp, a miniaturized version of the building, adds another layer of surrealness to the house.

Mobile Homestead Swag Lamp By Mike Kelley
Mobile Homestead Swag Lamp, Installation View

Photographed as part of the exhibit, The Arcades Project: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, on Exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan Through August 6th, 2017.

Eye On Design: Tina Turner Iconic Mini Dress By CD Greene

Tina Turner Dress Close Up
All Photos By Gail

Bergdorf Goodman was an early supporter of CD Greene and first featured his designs in its store windows in June 1990.

Tina Turner in CD Greene Dress
Tina Turner Wearing CD Greene’s Design On Stage

In 1996, Greene was commissioned to create Tina Turner’s wardrobe for her Wildest Dreams tour. For this mini dress, he selected a sheer white net and Swarovski crystals to contrast with Turner’s skin, so that she she would stand out onstage

Tina Turner Dress Detail

Photographed at the Black Fashion Designers Exhibit at the Museum at FIT in Manhattan. This Exhibit is Free to the Public and Runs Through May 16th, 2017.

Installation View
Installation View

Photos From DIFFA’s 20th Annual Dining By Design!

DIFFA Fight InstallationAll Photos By Gail

For this week’s Eye on Design, we are presenting a fabulous visual recap of the 20th annual Dining By Design event, sponsored by Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA).

DIFFA Signage
Event Signage Outside Pier 92, Where the Event Takes Place

Held in tandem with the Architectural Digest Design Show, Dining By Design showcases imaginative, one-of-a-kind tabletop design in a series of dazzling dining installations by internationally renowned and local talent. Items in each dining tableau, as well as one-of-a-kind original artworks, are part of a silent auction fundraiser, in which everyone can participate. As DIFFA National’s largest fundraiser, Dining By Design raises nearly a million dollars annually, with proceeds going towards grants to organizations combating HIV/AIDS.

DIFFA Signage

Please enjoy photos of a few of our favorite installations!

White Room Installation

White Room by The New School at Parsons School of Design: Meal is constructed of found materials from each borough of New York City, allowing the projected materials costs to be donated back to HIV/AIDS activism. Unified in one color, the assemblage serves as an analogy for the many New Yorkers affected by HIV/AIDS. Built by a community to give back to a community.

White Room Detail
White Room Detail

The New York Times

The New York Times Designed by Liaigre, with Douglas Little.

The New York Times

The New York Times Detail

Pratt Interior Design Movers and Shakers
Pratt Interior Design: Movers and Shakers

M Moser Associates Installation featuring the Vondom Adan Planter

M Moser Associates Installation featuring the Vondom Adan Planter (seen here as the Table Base) by Italian architect and designer Teresa Sapey, which was a featured item up for bid in the silent.

Love By Silver Lining

Interior Design Produced By Silver Lining (Love Table).

Love By Silver Lining Detail

Moss Covered Table Installation

It is unfortunate that what turns out to be my best set of photos is of an installation whose designer and associated details I somehow neglected to take note of.

Moss Covered Table

Antique mirror place settings are embedded in a natural moss-covered table surface for ‘Green’ Dining at its finest — very cool!

Reaction

Perkins and Will with Steelcase and Other Sponsors: (Re)action

One in 8 people living with HVI do not know it. The Pulley system symbolizes the human effort needed to promote awareness and prevention. Illumination is achieved through action. Active participation in the fight for prevention and cure is key for enlightenment.

Reaction
(Re)action, Detail

Cappellini Designed by Giulio Cappellini and Antonio Facco

Installation by Cappellini, Designed by Giulio Cappellini and Antonio Facco.

Cappellini Detail

Ed Granger

This showcase by Twyla featured original abstract paintings by Architect-turned-Artist Edward Granger. Mystify, (2017 ) seen above, left, was part of the auction as well.

Mystify By Ed Granger

These elegant yet comfy-looking low banquets were custom made for the installation.

Desert at Dusk lush Landscapes by Ovando

Beautiful flora including succulents, cacti and air plants were expertly arranged into pieces of living art for an entire wall of this dining space, Desert at Dusk Lush Landscapes by Ovando  (donated by Ovando and Rockwell Group). Landscapes are designed in elegant 10”x10” black plate glass boxes.
Desert at Dusk lush Landscapes by Ovando

Here’s a better look at the really fantastic desert garden wall. All plants were available to own via the silent auction.

Poltrona Frau

Furnishings by Poltrona Frau are features in this showcase designed by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, with LASVIT Lighting and Orley Shabahang carpets.

Poltrona Frau

Here are separate, but more detailed shots of the left and the right sides of this installation. I really love the Rooster mural!

Poltrona Frau

Anteriors

Design featuring Anteriors inspired furnishings.

Anteriors Bottle Detail
Anteriors Detail Shot

Fight

Fight Club Logo-inspired Design by Gensler, featuring Knoll Furniture with assistance from contract furnishings company EvensonBest.

Gensler and Knoll with Evenson BestRoche Bobois By Gensler Full

Known for its sofas and sectionals, French designer furniture company Roche Bobois provided the  vibrantly-colored cushioned seating that covers the walls of this dining installation, created by Gensler.

Roche Bobois By Gensler

What an original, wildly imaginative design approach!

Roche Bobois By Gensler

Projection of Ocean on Scrim

The immersive, 360-degree scrim over the table features a kinetic projection of ocean waves, so that you can feel like you’re dining at the beach! Excellent!

DIFFA Signage

Find out more about DIFFA and its sponsored events, at Diffa Dot Org!

Eye On Design: Chaise Lounge LC/4, Collaborative Design

Chaise Lounge LC/4
Photos By Gail

Inspired by bentwood rocking chairs by Michael Thonet, and recumbent doctor’s chairs, the angle of repose on this Chaise Lounge LC/4 (1928)  is adjusted by sliding the chromed steel frame on its stationary base. The LC/4 was a collaborative design of Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret), Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, spearheaded by  Perriand, who had designed other furnishings in tubular steel before joining Le Corbusier’s studio. The model was prominently displayed in numerous exhibition settings designed by Perriand, including the 1929 Paris Salon d’Automne and the Internationale Raumausstellung in 1931 in Cologne.
Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Chaise Lounge LC/4 Installation View
Installation View

Eye On Design: Studded Levi’s Denim Jacket By Billy Shire

Studded Levis Denim Jacket
All Photos By Gail

In 1974, Billy Shire was working on a Studded Denim Jacket to advertise his studding business, and decided to enter  it into the Levi’s Denim Art Contest. His entry, Welfare (1975), which won the competition, is embellished with eleven pounds of rivets, rhinestone rim sets and oversize upholstery tacks typically used on leather and furniture.

Studded Levis Denim Jacket Detail

It also incorporates an ashtray and a hotel desk bell, which chimes while the jacket is being worn.

Studded Levis Denim Jacket Installation View
Installation View with Jacket on Far Right

Studded Levis Denim Jacket Installation View

Shire has created stage costumes and street wear  for Elton John, as well as members of the bands Chicago and The Doobie Brothers

Theses Photographs were Taken at the Exhibit, Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture  on Display Through August 20th, 2017 at the Museum of Arts and Design, Located at 2 Columbus Circle (at 58th Street and 8th Avenue), in NYC.

Studded Levis Denim Jacket Photo

Eye On Design: Daybed By New Tendency

Daybed By New Tendency
All Photos By Gail

When I first saw this minimal-yet-gorgeous modern Daybed, I thought I might choose it as a Pink Thing of the Day, but ultimately its functionality swayed me towards the week’s featured design post. Spotted as part of Chamber Boutique’s latest collection, Berlin-based design practice New Tendency has developed a daybed made from honed stainless steel and hand-selected, pure vegan tanned leather. I’m not sure if the cushion is available in other colors, but I think the pale pink looks just perfect against the silver-toned, brushed metal finish. You could build so many looks around this piece.

Daybed By New Tendency
DayBed Shown Here with Cannit Bin and Shelter

New Tendency applies modernist design principles onto the everyday contemporary objects. In Bauhaus tradition, they create products characterized by conceptual design, clean aesthetics and functional form, all handcrafted in Germany. The collection of furniture and accessories develops under the creative direction of Manuel Goller, and consists of original products developed with associate Sebastian Schonheit, as well as collaborations with selected designers and architects such as Clemens Tissi, and others.

Daybed By New Tendency