A Celebration of New York City Design and Architecture: City Modern and Archtober

A Celebration of New York City Design and Architecture: City Modern and Archtober

The brilliant folks at New York Magazine and Dwell have done it again.  They’ve put together a series of events that are right up my alley.  I’m pretty sure you’ll like it too.

After a week of Oyster-themed festivities, its time to get immersed in some great urban design and architecture.

Now in its second year, Dwell and New York Magazine have teamed up again to put together City Modern, a series of home tours, panel discussions, and other programming to educate, inform and celebrate urban design in New York City. In association with AIANY’s Archtober Festival, and the many other organizations celebrating design this October, City Modern again looks to elevate the level of discussion and awareness about how design effects all areas of our urban lifestyles. Each of the homes featured in this year’s tour is worthy of its own feature here on RenovatingNYC.

Here’s a rundown of the City Modern Events

Weekend Home Tours Sept 27-29

The week kicks off on September 27 with a Meet the Architects celebration, followed by a weekend of mag-worthy City Modern home tours in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

From real life chutes and ladders at the Skyhouse – the four-story penthouse in the Financial District, complete with an 80-foot-long mirror-polished stainless steel slide –

SKYHOUSE SLIDE Photo by Eric Laignel

Photo by Eric Laignel

to the decked out, James-Bond-meets-Barbarella Brooklyn pad of Flavor Paper kingpin Jon Sherman –

Photo by Skylab

Photo by Skylab

this tour is sure to inspire some ideas and solutions for any urban home. An A-list of notable firms bring ticket-buyers 10 breath-taking homes, including David Hotson Architect, Architecture in Formation, Leone Design Studio, Asfour Guzy Architects, Resolution: 4 Architecture, James Cleary Architecture, Skylab Architects, Christian Hubert Studio, Bergen Street Studio and Ben Hansen Architect. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Architecture for Humanity. The Meet the Architects opening event on September 27 in Soho offers the chance to meet them all and to get a sneak peek of the homes. I’ll be there for sure.

Tuesday Oct 1 – Wednesday Oct 2

The week continues with programming led by New York magazine’s design editor Wendy Goodman and Dwell’s editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron. Join us at the NeueHouse on Oct 1 to hear MoMA’s Paola Antonelli chat with her peers Pentagram’s Michael Beirut, architect Deborah Berke and architecture critic Justin Davidson about “What Design can Do For New York City”. On Oct 2 architect David Rockwell talks collaboration with fashion designer Isabel Toledo and Broadway producer Jerry Mitchell.

Thursday Oct 3

On Oct 3 join Dwell & Dell for a talk with designer Jonathan Adler and his sister, copyright attorney Amy Adler, about knocks-offs at the #DellVenue at the Eventi Hotel. And come hear young designers talk about their apprenticeship with Thos. Moser and see their newest creations made alongside master craftsman Adam Rogers.

Friday Oct 4

The week wraps up on Friday, Oct 4 with celebrated High Line architect Neil Denari who talks to Dameron and Wendy about designing glass houses, and how to furnish them. And the opening night reception of the City Modern Made: in New York retail shop at Atelier Courbet acts as the closing night party – (filled with champagne and caviar.)

The full list of events can be found in the October issue of Dwell (on newsstands now) and New York’s fall preview issue, and also at www.citymodernnyc.com.


MADE: In New York

For the occasion of CITY MODERN and The Atelier Courbet’s opening, the new master craftsmen’s gallery & shop in Nolita, the editors of New York Magazine and Dwell have come together with founder Melanie Courbet to curate a retail salon showcasing the finest designers and artisans east of the Gowanus Canal.  “MADE: In New York” is a monthlong retail experience presenting exclusive pieces by our local luminaries including Bec Brittain, Anna Karlin, Ted Muehling & E.R. Butler, Egg Collective, Fort Standard, Sebastian Errazuriz, Trove and Eric Bonnin and more. Opening Oct 4 at 177 Mott Street (@Broome).

2013 sponsors include Dell, Thos. Moser, Resource Furniture, Atelier Courbet, Hansgrohe, and Hamlin Ventures. Alcohol sponsor Peroni Beer. Non-profit partners include Architecture for Humanity and AIA NY.





What are CITY MODERN Home Tours?

With the launch of CITY MODERN in October 2012, Dwell expanded its popular home tours to New York City. This year’s event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29. Each day includes up to five modern homes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Tours are self-guided, and docents at each home are available to answer questions and point out interesting architectural details. A home tour ticket purchase includes an invitation to the “Meet the Architects” cocktail reception on Friday, September 27, where the brilliant minds behind the homes will discuss their design philosophy and much more.

How do I buy tickets to CITY MODERN events and home tours?

Tickets for all CITY MODERN events can be purchased through our Event Schedule and Home Tours pages.

I registered for a Home Tour. When will I receive my ticket?

Tickets are not mailed in advance of the event. A printed guide will be distributed at a Headquarters location on the morning of your home tour. This guide will serve as your ticket and must be presented at each home. The address and opening hours of the Headquarters location will be published at citymodernnyc.com one week prior to the tours.

Can I get a refund on tickets if it turns out I can’t attend?

All event ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

Can I visit the homes at my own pace or will I be part of a group?

The weekend home tours are self-guided, and you may visit each residence at your own pace. All homes are open from 10am-4pm each day; last entry time is 3:30pm.

What kind of shoes should I wear on the home tours?

We recommend that participants wear comfortable walking shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Some homeowners may request that guests take off their shoes as well as wear disposable booties (which are provided at all residences on the tour).

Are children able to attend the home tours?

Children ages six and above are welcome to attend the home tours with an accompanying adult. Any child attending the tour must have his/her own ticket. Due to insurance requirements, children under the age of six cannot attend.

Can I take photographs inside the homes on the tour?

You are welcome to take pictures inside the homes for personal use only at the homeowner’s discretion. We cannot guarantee that personal-use photography will be permitted in any particular home. Professional photography equipment is not allowed on the tours at any time.

Can I sit on furniture and look into cabinets in the home?

We ask that guests kindly respect that homes featured on the tours are private residences. Sitting on furniture, and opening cabinets and closets are therefore not permitted.

Will bathrooms be available for use at the homes?

Bathrooms are not available for use at the homes on the tour. Staff at each home can provide directions to the nearest public restroom at cafes and neighboring shops.

Can press attend CITY MODERN events?

Yes. If you are a member of the press interested in attending, please contact: Alex Polier at 917-210-1735/alexandra@dwell.com or Lauren Starke at 212-508-8781/lauren.starke@nymag.com.

Can I volunteer at a CITY MODERN Home Tour?

Yes. Apply to be a volunteer here.

How can I find out more about becoming a sponsor of CITY MODERN?

For sponsor inquiries, please contact Sona Hacherian at sona.hacherian@nymag.com or Nancy Alonzo at nancy@dwell.com. To view our current and past sponsors, visit our Sponsor page.

Have any additional questions?

Please contact us at events@nymag.com.

via CITY MODERN presented by New York Magazine and Dwell.