All of us at Niermann Weeks are going a little nuts right now as we prepare for our big fall market in the New York Design Center. My daughters have created new designs for Niermann Weeks, and they have re-arranged our showroom to look as spiffy as possible. They also had to leave room for the last minute delivery of new, exciting products for the soft opening of Amanda Nisbet Designs for Niermann Weeks. As an interior designer Amanda has a sense of color that thrills my heart, plus she and my daughters really understand the transitional look that the market finds appealing these days. This announcement doesn’t give you much idea of the excitement we have in store for you, however our landlord Jim Druckman has scheduled public events in his building throughout the day, so please come on down to 200 Lexington between 32nd and 33rd.
Niermann Weeks will be open all day on September 19 from 9am on, but our special event time is 6:15 to 8:15 pm in Room 905. At that time you can visit with Amanda and her VP Raymond Schneider as well my corporate family: our designers Eleanor and Claire Niermann, our President Justin Binnix, and our incomparable manager Sandra du Plessis. We’ll be happy to give you a personal show-and-tell of all our new designs, both from Amanda and from Niermann Weeks.
Amanda Nisbet has won many awards for her interiors, which in my opinion combine the best in form, function, and vitality. She keeps her business small and personal, just like Mario Buatta, so her clients deal with her and she creates the perfect space for them. In fact, the night before our soft opening, New York Spaces will honor her among the Top 50 NY Metro Designers, esteeming her trademark as Intriguing compositions of quality materials and one-of-a-kind finds. So we at Niermann Weeks are pleased to combine our range of extraordinary finishes with her original furnishings’ designs. Together we will fulfill her website’s promise to provide products with a special alchemy of refinement and livability.
Further, Amanda will also do a book signing for her new book, Dazzling Design, which will save you a trip to the bookstore or to Amazon plus let her autograph it just for you.
Then in the coziness of your own home, you can always reference her creativity, whimsy, color, and practicality. Who else is creating such energizing vibrance, like this den with our Capucine Chandelier?
Or this chartreuse study?
Would you even dream of a magenta dining area?
And to end this sample of Amanda’s interiors, here’s a calmer living room that includes our Gabrielle Sofa.
Personally I could happily live in an Amanda Nisbet room, but now to the new goodies from Niermann Weeks. My daughters will have stocked our showroom with almost thirty products, a few new to NY, but many new to the world. As usual, everything is hand-made here at our factory outside Annapolis, Maryland, using just-in-time manufacturing processes that allow us to make perfect products in a timely manner. I find it fascinating that every first-time visitor to our plant freaks that our artisans make our goods by hand. A comment of praise that lives in my heart came from Katherine Pearson, editor of the late and always lamented Southern Accents. She considered Niermann Weeks a reservoir for American crafts. I think Katherine would approve of my favorite new NW products: the Greek Key Pendant, the Tissage Dining Table, and the Damon Sconces flanking the Marlene Console.
Look at the Greek Key fixture in detail. Steel banding frames the tension of the oversized Greek keys in gold leaf, and a slightly antiqued mirror under-plate helps diffuse the light softly downward. I want one in my own home.
The delicate tracery of the Purcell Console also pleases me. It looks so small and slight in its Venetian silver leaf lines, but, bolted to a wall at top and bottom, it can hold a metaphorical elephant.
Please remember that Niermann Weeks will be open all day at the NY Design Center on September 19 from 9am on, but our special event time is 6:15 to 8:15 pm in Room 905. At that time you can visit with Amanda and her VP Raymond as well my corporate family: our designers Eleanor and Claire Niermann, our President Justin Binnix, and our incomparable manager Sandra du Plessis. We’ll be happy to give you a personal show-and-tell of all our new designs, from Amanda and from Niermann Weeks. Come on over!
Thanks for reading my blog, and do come see us in New York – either on the 19th or at a time more convenient for you.
All my best,
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Explore the best in hospitality design with Interior Design magazine. Beginning at 3pm, pick up your passport at the entrance and have it stamped in showrooms for a chance to win hospitality prizes. Explore the world of hospitality products and enjoy cocktails & hors d’oeuvres at Niermann Weeks in Suite 905, and at over 40 other showrooms throughout the building.
Top designers and their collaborators share the stories behind hospitality projects around the globe.
5:00pm – Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen of workshop/apd with Ron Levine, restauranteur and president of Epicurean Management in Gordon International, Suite 1401
5:45pm – Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International with Kristin Franzese, executive vice president, retail of The Plaza Food Hall in HBF/HBF Textiles, Suite 1501
6:30pm – Alexandra Champalimaud of Champalimaud with Carlos Couturier of Grupo Habita in Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 120
7:15pm – Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu of Yabu Pushelberg with Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design magazine, in Keilhauer Primason Symchik, Suite 1105
Monday, April 29, 2013
3:00 – 8:00pm
Please join the Niermann Weeks family and staff at the fourth annual What’s New What’s Next @ 200 Lex program on Thursday September 13 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m in Suite 905 at the New York Design Center. We will be showing our newest products, as well as our upcoming product design directions, and demonstrating some of our hand work techniques.
TUESDAY, JUNE 19 6-8 P.M.
With cocktails & hors d’oeuvres
200 Lexington Avenue (between 32nd & 33rd Streets) New York City
PARTICIPATING SHOWROOMS INCLUDE:
The Bright Group | Century Furniture | Dennis Miller Associates | Hickory Chair Pearson | Lexington Home Brands | Niermann Weeks | PROFILES | Stephanie Odegard Collection
Guests will be invited to enter a tweet-to-win with one grand prize courtesy of the NYDC.*
Also, please bring a business card to our Suite 905 to enter a special raffle for a new Niermann Weeks decorative accessory!
Please respond by June 18 to email@example.com. This invitation is valid for you and one guest.
List Price: $9,750 (Original: $11,000)
Spectrum Ltd. has been manufacturing their beautiful acrylic pieces outside of Washington, DC for over thirty years, and Niermann Weeks is pleased that we now represent the Spectrum Collection in both our New York and Washington, DC showrooms. For more information, please contact our sales associates in New York at 212.319.7979 or in Washington, DC at 202.488.1220. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOW! That’s it in a nutshell. I haven’t been to a design function in twenty years that was so well promoted and attended. Joe and I had to push through the crowds just to enter the building, had to wait for an empty elevator, and had to push through the crowds in the halls and in our own showroom. My heart was tripping with joy.
Our sign on the ninth floor.
The view of our showroom from the hallway with our Andres in the purple cardigan helping a customer Andres has been with us since we opened our first Manhattan showroom, and his product knowledge is as immense as his courtliness.
The beautiful rugs in this room and throughout are on gracious loan by Stephanie Odegard, whose showroom is also in The News York Design Center.
Just inside the door, to the right of this photo, my daughter Eleanor created a vignette that she knew would please me. Our Gabrielle Chair and Ottoman are right there as a comfy, elegant spot from which I could greet our visitors. To the left stands a Henry Royer Side Table holding our Chinoiserie Tulipiere. Joe designed the plant holder as a Chinese pagoda in honor of Charlotte Moss, who like me loves all things Chinese and all things floral.
The plant holder includes a water well in each level, so mine at home displays seasonal flowers: asters right now, and at other times pansies, tulips, miniature irises, roses, daisies, etc.
A lovely customer at the opening bought this diptych Rolling Pathway by Douglas Freeman. I like this vignette for its composition of samples from our various vendors. Including Douglas’s work, you see Niermann Weeks’ Octagonal Mirror, Spectrums’ Edinburgh acrylic table, and Henry Royer’s Frisson Hall Table.
Our Lighting hung through the showroom, and here glows over our ever-popular Steel Four Post Bed with the Fantome Bench at its foot. The bed rests on another outstanding Odegard carpet and is flanked by a pair of our Danish Commodes. The Sienna Chair is by Gemelli Reproductions.
The New York Design Center directory scheduled my daughters Claire and Eleanor for demonstrations from 3-9 pm – oh their aching feet! Claire showed how we by hand wire and attach the beads to our chandeliers, and Eleanor applied silver-leaf on various items to show a step in our processes. As a proud mama, I greedily enjoyed hearing customers sing their praises.
Eleanor had already silver-leafed three of our Baccello Mirrors as door prizes.
Congratulations to our lucky winners!
- Dane Pressner from D’Aquino Monaco, email@example.com
- Heather Hickling from Jaime Drake Design Associates, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Suzana Monacella from McMillen, email@example.com
To add to our evening, Traditional Home sponsored a book signing by Matthew Patrick Smyth of his new book Living Traditions. Trad Home’s editor Ann Omvig Maine introduced Matthew before his hand started cramping from all the book-signing he did.
Joe and I stood ready to refill Matthew’s glass of sparkling water. Don’t we look absurdly happy?
Our friend John Danzer from Munder-Skiles of the fabulous garden furniture, also came up to chat with Ann and with a startled looking Joe. Joe should know that my camera is ever-ready!
Our opening was big enough news to attract interior designer/blogger Elizabeth Orgera from Shorely Chic in Darien, CT. Now that’s cool.
Tomas Georgi, the newest member of the NW team, stopped giving tearsheets for a moment so I could include him in this blog.
Joe and I finally left for a party featuring a great bluegrass band, BBQ, and cornbread. We abandoned our daughters who doggedly continued their demonstrations for all comers.
Even the Chrysler Building cheered Joe and Me on, as we trudged to our hotel.
When I left for the train home the next morning, I got to see public health at work in Penn Station. The free clinic for flu shots attracted as many people as the NY Design Center had the night before.
Thanks for reading my blog, and please do come see our digs at The New York Design Center (at Lexington Avenue between 32nd and 33rd streets). Tomas and Andres are expecting you.
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For starters, I hurt myself, so had to spend eight weeks swanning around like a Victorian invalid. I don’t know how those Victorian ladies managed to sit around all day, reading interminable novels and sipping tea. The corsetry alone would have killed me. Towards the end, however, things got more exciting.
First came the earthquake on August 23, which made hardly any impact on me personally. I was hobbling around in the garden photographing flowers, and one wretched yellow flower would not stay still for its portrait. After three tries, I decided it wasn’t ready for its close-up and moved over to a more worthy flower, this zinnia in peppermint white and pink. I raised this plant from a seed and am very proud of its flourishing yellow parts that call out to the hummingbirds, bees, and moths.
While the camera continued to dominate my consciousness, the trees in our forest were mightily swaying and rustling, and the earth made the sound of a heavy truck groaning up our hill. Later that night, the news informed me of the earthquake – d’oh! Then my mind made all the connections about the pictures hanging crookedly on the walls, the paint brushes on the floor in Joe’s studio, etc.
Following this very rare natural disaster (for Maryland), a series of hurricanes dumped loads of rain day after day after day. Our house lost power on the evening that Hurricane Irene roared through, not to be restored for nine (9) days! Joe fled to NYC as soon as the trains ran again, but I stayed home to listen to the generator roar. Our neighborhood loses power so often that most households have had to invest in a generator. We did the year that we twice had no power and twice had to trash the contents of the freezer and refrigerator. After the power came back on this Labor Day weekend, the entire neighborhood then roared with the noises from neighbors removing damaged trees and shrubbery.
As I walked around our place, I saw five downed trees, but not one was on the road or the driveway, thank goodness. During the blizzard in February 2010, trees fell in front of and behind my car, and on the driveway, and on the street. That was a really icky natural disaster, but I did get all my cardio digging out my car.
However, let us return to August 2011. Because we are hosting a fundraiser for the Museumof Maritime Pets (http://museumofmaritimepets.org) on September 17, Joe has been busily preparing our home to look like a consciously designed residence. Over time we get lazy, the paint gets scuffed, the stuff increases on every surface of the interior, and we give a bad impression. One would never know that I am married to a designer. So, even before the earthquake and the hurricanes, our home has been overrun with plasterers, painters, light installers, floor refinishers, sellers of Turkish rugs, and other vendors. Basically I have been living in a disaster area within my home, while Mother Nature has inflicted her own fun and games on us.
The only safe place has been our third floor, our bedroom, so we could at least sleep without construction debris on our bed. Our five cats have also all retreated to this sanctuary, where their trauma just accumulates. As much as I hate the noise and mess of construction, cats are creatures of habit whose every habitual ritual has been overturned. My poor little creatures are freaked. I told the head contractor today that Sept 16 is his absolute deadline. He can do it, and my nervous system needs my home to return to being our safe place.
Last night I excavated one chair in the living room so I could sit quietly and quilt. Before I could unfold the quilt, my kitten Stella collapsed on my feet. Finally she had found an oasis of calm. In just a few more days, my entire household can feel that protected.
Thanks for reading my blog, and please come see us at markets in our showrooms.
-On Thursday September 15 at the Washington Design Center.
-On Tuesday September 20 in our new flagship showroom at The New York Design Center in Manhattan.
If you can’t make them, you can be sure I’ll blog about them and we’ll put photos on the Niermann Weeks Facebook page.
Niermann Weeks New York has relocated to the New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave, Suite 905.
Please note that we are currently using two temporary numbers while our main number is transferred to the new showroom. In the interim, you can call us at 646.293.6684 and fax us at 646.293.6685. We will let you all know when our main number is back in service.Niermann Weeks NY 200 Lexington Ave, Suite 905 New York, NY 10016 Tel 212.319.7979 Fax 212.319.6116
Before Thanksgiving I was very fortunate to be invited by Architectural Digest to meet their new editor, Margaret Russell. She’s known to her friends as Peggy, but I’m not that presumptuous yet. Each guest graduated from the receiving line to get a photo snapped with Ms. Russell. Here she is greeting Andy Cohen of Bravo TV. They took one of me too, but I haven’t seen it yet. Photos by the professional photographers probably look clearer and less blue than mine.
Not only did I feel honored to have been invited but then – oh joy! – I got to meet the great architect Richard Meier. He very kindly let me be photographed with him, dwarfing my 5’2” self with his height. I have been a fan ever since visiting the new Getty Museum in Los Angeles. That’s a place to put on your life list to visit. Each stone in each building is cut and placed perfectly, a testimony to care and skill and harmony. It will give you the shivers.
Even before meeting the VIPs, I got to this party thanks to a ride from my kind friend Jim Druckman, owner of The New York Design Center at 200 Lexington Ave. Here he is in his office before giving me a sneak peak at renovations currently progressing in his building.
Just before 4 pm, here’s the Empire State Building seen from Jim’s neighborhood.
Now look at the difference in lights at 6 pm.
While I’m showing cool buildings, you can see just how quickly the blanket of darkness fell. Just moments after I shot the Empire State, look at Chrysler Building in its night-time streetscape.
Sadly, my fun in Manhattan had to be curtailed early. After enjoying chatting with Jim and all the people at the AD party, I then hurried to the train station and home. Why? I had to be in my Washington, DC showroom the next morning by 9 am for Niermann Weeks’ annual craft show. Although the next day dawned on a tired person, the craft show and its sales were excellent, which my next blog will detail. As always, thank you for reading my blog, and please check out these websites: