After many years of having multiple offices and a shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, we have moved into a new office and shop space in Long Island City. Just 2 subway stops from Manhattan, our new space in The Standard Motor Products Building has stunning views of the city and even a rooftop farm! We are very excited to finally have all of our personnel – and an expanded shop – in one central location.
Designer Visions: Cinema Style
We recently teamed up with Carrier and Company, a NYC based Design Firm, and Clos-ette, a Luxury Organizational Design Firm in NYC, for Hearst Magazines Fifth Annual ‘Designer Visions: Cinema Style’ showhouse in October of 2011. Editors-in-Chief of three publications, including Town & Country’s Jay Fielden, collaborated with acclaimed Interior Designers to create three film-inspired luxury living spaces for the newly renovated 1212 Fifth Avenue Residences by Durst Fetner. In keeping with the silver-screened theme, designers were asked to create spaces which “capture the allure and romance of New York City’s Central Park” and highlight the stunning views through the “fashion and flair” of each film. In this case, the design was inspired by the 2002 film Igby Goes Down.
Our work on this unique fast-track project required a fully coordinated, responsive team approach with all parties involved. Our proven track record of success in navigating challenges with building unions allowed everyone – from the Designers to the Developer - to efficiently execute their designs without needless delays. I-Grace supplied the necessary artisans and fabricated and installed the custom trim and millwork throughout the space, including the designs by Clos-ette. Through strict time management and full-time on-site supervision, our team was able to execute a fast paced, changeable plan that met the magazine’s firm deadline.
According to Mara Miller, of Carrier and Company Interiors, “Pulling together a show house is always a schematic tangle but I-Grace was able to smooth out all the literal and figurative bumps in the road. While we know an I-Grace project is always beautifully executed, it was their pre-emptive planning and quick site solutions that made everything possible.” “The end result was a beautiful depiction of our vision,” said Jesse Carrier. “We couldn’t have been more grateful or pleased!”
I-Grace is Expanding!
After many years of having multiple offices and a shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, we have finally found the space of our dreams: 18,000 square feet of office and shop space in Long Island City. Just 2 subway stops from Manhattan, our new space at 37-18 Northern Boulevard will house all of our divisions in one central location – the perfect set-up for the myriad of services we provide, bundled or stand-alone. The expanded shop will allow us to increase our self-perform capability, further enhancing our ability to expedite schedule and control quality. Our projected move date is the end of February. Be sure to check out our website for future updates about the move, including photos of the new space!
Road to Morocco
The seventh annual Design Leadership Summit (DLS) is taking place in April 2012 in Marrakech, Morocco, and we are pleased to once again be a sponsor. For the past 4 years, we have had the opportunity to travel the world with principals of leading Architecture and Design Firms from across the globe. Since its inception, the DLS has had a variety of unique themes directly reflective of each host city’s distinguishing attributes. This year’s theme, “Defining and Discovering Value,” will explore the substance and communication of the real value of design. Marrakech, a city devoted to design and art in both traditional and non-traditional forms, is an ideal location for discovery and exploration. We look forward to meeting our colleagues in Marrakech this year for what is sure to be an extraordinary experience!
An exciting new outgrowth of the DLS is the Design Leadership Network (DLN), an organization formed to serve the design community through educational leadership symposiums, expert panels, cultural tours and unique dining experiences. This year-round membership organization provides the foremost leaders in design the means to access exclusive programs for professional development, networking and for both on-line and in-person connections. We are thrilled to be part of such a vital professional community and to continue to develop new collaborations and lasting friendships born of mutual interests and passions.
Recently Published Projects
We are excited to share three recent publications that feature our projects: The January 2012 issue of Town & Country has a story on the 2012 Town & Country Designer Visions Showhouse, designed by the firm Carrier and Company using classical forms in an eclectic palette. Traditional Now: Interiors by David Kleinberg is a long overdue showcase of the talented interior designer, featuring four of our projects - a Prewar Townhouse, a Tribeca Loft, a Connecticut Clapboard and an Upper East Side Apartment. Finally, the November/ December 2011 issue of Veranda highlights a country house designed by David Kleinberg, which elegantly blends rustic charm with modern sensibilities.
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Park Avenue Project
We recently completed the semi-gut renovation of a 3,000 SF, 3 BR / 3 ½ Bath Park Avenue condo on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The project consisted of the replacement of all finishes, fixtures, ceilings and molding. Designed by Timothy Brown Studio, the apartment contains such features as custom stone work, a traditional mahogany library, exotic lacquer wall finishes, hand painted decorative wall finishes and a whole-house humidification system. Construction began at the end of March 2011 and continued through the end of September 2011, just in time for the Owner’s daughter’s wedding which was held in the apartment on the first weekend of October. Many congratulations to the family!
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