The Weekend Guide: December 10, 2010
Aaron Able
Dec 10, 2010

With only a two weeks left before Christmas, our weekly list of carefully curated sales and events can help you no matter where you live. Click below for our massive list of craft and art fairs, deals at national retailers, local floor sample and warehouse sales, holiday gift marts, seasonal flea markets, not-to-be-missed museum exhibitions, showhouses and home & design-centric lectures and discussions. Pass it on and send us your sale or event.

NATIONAL & ONLINE

Artek Sale @ YLighting 20% discount and free shipping on select UL listed Artek pendant lighting.
Online.
12/1 -12/31

Serena & Lily's Bazaar Six shopping days for unique and one-of-a kind objects — furnishing and décor items available in Bazaar range in price from $45 to $1,150.
Online.
12/4 - 12/10

Herman Miller Sale @ YLiving Save 15% on iconic Herman Miller designs at YLiving. Free Shipping. No Tax. Many designs in stock.
Online.
11/26 - 12/13

Herman Miller Sale @ Room & Board Save 15% on designs by Herman Miller.
In stores and online.
11/26 - 12/13

Floor Sample Sale at DWR Studios Across the country, DWR studios have floor samples at reduced prices to make way for new inventory.
DWR Studios
Now

• Unison Sale 40% off Larch Organic and Tatami Organic pattern bedding while supplies last.
Online.

M&M Design Warehouse Sale Designer, one-of-a-kind, first edition and showroom sample rug sale.
Online.
11/12 - 12/31

Lamps Plus Holiday Sale Up to 50% off stylish lighting and décor items including top selling chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps, ceiling fans, and more. Just in time for the Holidays!
Online.
11/23 - 12/23

SwitchModern.com 10/10 Sale 10% off online purchases and we'll donate an additional 10% to the NY Alzheimer's Association.
Online.
12/8 - 12/15

HGTV Design Star Season 6 Casting Eager to participate in a design competition? Think you have what it takes to host your own design show? HGTV is seeking a new crop of interior decorators or designers, design enthusiasts, builders, architects and artists to compete in a series of difficult design-based challenges to win their own show on HGTV. Open auditions for the sixth season of HGTV Design Star will get underway at various locations across the country. MORE INFORMATION
Starting 12/5

Free Shipping Day Serving as the final event in the holiday shopping trifecta that includes Black Friday and Cyber Monday, 1,000-plus participating merchants will be offering free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve.
Online.
12/17


ATLANTA

Switch 10/10 Sale 10% off in store purchases and Switch will donate an additional 10% to the Atlanta chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Switch | 1193 Howell Mill Road Atlanta, Georgia 30318
12/8 - 12/15


BOSTON & NEW ENGLAND

Harvard Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale For over 40 years, the Ceramics Program has provided a creative environment for Harvard students, staff, and faculty as well as designers, artists, and scholars from the greater Boston to international arenas. This Holiday season, more than sixty artists will present an extraordinary selection of ceramic work from functional to sculptural masterpieces. This popular exhibition attracts several thousand visitors each year.
219 Western Avenue Allston, Massachusetts
12/9: 3pm - 8pm
12/10: 10am - 7pm
12/11: 10am - 7pm
12/12: 10am - 7pm

Boston Handmade Downtown A pop-up retail gallery of limited edition and one-of-a-kind items. With more than 20 artists and artisans involved in the project, a wide variety of media will be on view and available for holiday gift giving such as hand crafted jewelry, clothing, accessories, home goods, art, photography, holiday décor, and toys.
Downtown Crossing | 505 Washington Street (between West Street and Temple Place) Boston, Massachusetts
11/26 - 12/24 (Wednesdays through Sundays: 11am - 7pm)

Independent Designer's Market The spacious lobby at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology will serve as a forum for local artisans selling everything from one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, and furniture to fine-art photography. Bring cash to snap up great bargains on exclusive designs!
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology | 41 Berkeley Street Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Saturdays starting 9/18: 11:30am - 6pm

SOWA Holiday Market Featuring 80 artists and designers from around New England. Expect to find an exceptional array of indie goods, including: handbags, jewelry, pottery, letterpress stationery, silk-screened t-shirts, baby clothes, re-purposed wool accessories and more! $5 for adults, Children under 12 free.
Cathedral HS Gymnasium | 74 Union Park Street, Boston Massachusetts 02118
12/11 & 12/12: 10am - 6pm

Sculpture Scoop at Boston Sculptors Gallery A sculpture sale reaching out to younger buyers with affordable artwork prcied $300 to $500.
Boston Sculptors Gallery | 486 Harrison Avenue Boston, Massachusetts 02118
12/15 - 12/24


CHICAGO

125 Years of Original Chicago Posters @ Posters Plus An exhibition of original Chicago posters spanning the period 1885-2010.
Poster Plus | 200 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois (lower level Vintage Gallery) 60604
11/19 - 12/30

Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling Up Sustainability Designed to bring attention to the need for sustainable neighborhoods, the exhibition includes suggestions to select a "smart" site as well as creating livable neighborhoods, all while reducing energy consumption. Examples of sustainable neighborhoods in the United States and Canada describe neighborhoods that have good public transportation, affordable housing, and places where people can walk and bike without having to drive a car.
Free.
Chicago Architecture Foundation | 224 S Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60604
11/19 - 2/15/2011: 9:30am - 5pm daily

Merchandise Mart Dream Home See the endless possibilities for elegant living in a home that's the ultimate in sophistication, comfort and eco-smart. Be inspired by the vision of Chicago's most acclaimed designers as you explore room after stunning room.
The Merchandise Mart | First Floor, North Lobby
OPEN TO PUBLIC: 4/16 - 12/10: M - F: 10am–5pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm

• Oak Park's Vintage Village Fayre Ring in the holidays this season with the arrival of Santa on his sleigh Friday night (12/10) followed by a holiday family sing-a-long to get in the spirit! Enjoy a multitude of events and shopping over the weekend with guest artists, musicians, demonstrations and other store activities along The Avenue, in the heart of Oak Park at Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue.
12/10 - 12/12

HGTV Design Star Season 6 Casting
Affinia Chicago Hotel | 166 East Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
12/11: 10am - 1pm

Architectural Artifacts Holiday Show Over 75 of the best artists and artisans featuring jewelers, ceramists, painters, textile artists, paper goods and much more.
Architectural Artifacts Inc. | 4325 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, Illinois 60613
12/12: 10am - 5pm


LOS ANGELES

midcenturyla Annual Dining Sale All dining tables and chairs are on sale between 5%-15%, and if you purchase a table and set of chairs you'll receive an additional 5% off.
midcenturyla | 5333 Cahuenga Boulevard, North Hollywood, California 91601
11/7 - 1/9

• Silver Lake Holiday Nights Out A month-long celebration between local business and the community that encourages neighbors to mingle, shop and enjoy live musical acts, caroling and holiday treats.
Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California
12/10 & 12/17: 6pm - 9pm

Nickey Kehoe Holiday Sale 25% off store wide on in-stock merchandise.
NK Shop | 730 N Highland Avenue Los Angeles, California 90038
12/11: 11am - 5pm

• Sunja Park Ceramics Studio Sale A first ever studio sale of this year's misfits & rejects. All these pots are damned by a flaw that prevents them from joining with their pedigreed brethren at the OK store. If you're looking for impressive, hand-made, one-of-a-kind, 100% organic gifts for a hard-to-shop-for person, perhaps even yourself; if you have a fondness for big, chipped, drippy, bumpy, lop-sided, misfit pots that wish they had been made in 1968 instead of 2010, well then come on by.
Sunja Park Ceramics Studio | 2300 Baxter Street, Los Angeles, California 90039
12/11: 12pm - 3pm

• Enkeboll Holiday Pop Up Store Featuring beautifully carved wood fireplace mantels, floor mirrors, side table bases AND actual carved wood elements — corbels, cornices, moldings, columns, capitals turned legs and much more. All merchandise will be available special holiday prices of up to 50% off list. A portion of proceeds from sales will benefit the City of West Hollywood's Library Park Campaign for the educational, community and cultural center slated to open in 2012.
9008 Beverly Boulevard West Hollywood, California 90048
12/11 & 12/12

Unique LA Independent Design & Gift Show The largest independent design show in the country where attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 300 hand-selected designers and artists. Over 95% of the products at the show are proudly made right here in the USA! Admission: $10
California Market Center's Penthouse | 110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles, California 90079
12/11 & 12/12: 11am - 6pm


NEW ORLEANS

ArT Home New Orleans Explore the unique style and way of life that Crescent City residents have fashioned in their homes from a particular range of art styles that reflect the legacy and contemporary cultural trends of the region. The open house tours will showcase the owners' art collections and encourage art lovers to go one step beyond appreciation, to the actual purchase of art. Tickets are $15 per day for tours of up to 25 homes, and $100 for the Patron Night Parties.
Home tours continue throughout the first two weekends of December, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 – 5 pm, ending on Sunday, December 12, 2010.


NEW YORK

David Weeks Sample Sale Lighting samples, prototypes, special editions including chandeliers, standing lamps, sconces, desk lamps, one of a kind items and more.
David Weeks Studio | 68 Jay Street No. 612A Brooklyn, New York 11201
12/10: 12pm - 6pm
12/11: 12pm - 6pm

Klein Reid Annual Holiday Sale Handmade porcelain and prints. Firsts, samples and one-offs at handsome discounts. Two days only. Cash only please.
Klein Reid | 135 West 26th Street New York, New York 10001
12/11: 12pm - 6pm
12/12: 12pm - 4pm

Sylvie Pillows Studio Sale Enjoy special prices for the holidays on handmade, colorful pillows and lavender sachets. 20% off current season's collection; 40% off all previous collections.
Cash, check & credit cards accepted; refreshments served.
Sylvie Pillows Studio | 81 Washington Street (@York St) Apt. 6G Dumbo, Broooklyn, New York
12/10: 11am - 9pm
12/11: 1pm - 7pm

• Judy Ross Holiday Sample Sale Great bargains on our scarves, throws, pillows, rugs, runners, and special holiday stockings. Prices will be reduced up to 60% off retail.
Judy Ross | 41 Union Square West #526 (17th Street and Broadway — after 6pm and on the weekend, the entrance is 22 East 17th Street)
12/9: 12pm - 7pm
12/10 & 12/11: 12pm - 6pm

Nightwood Holiday Market A curated roundup of original gifts from local artisans.
be@schermerhorn | 200 Livingston Street (between Hoyt and Smith Streets) Brooklyn, New York 11201
12/11 & 12/12: 12pm - 6pm

• Holiday House 2010 A designer showcase featuring remarkable tabletop and room designs depicting the celebrations of life by more than 25 acclaimed New York-area decorators.
Holiday House 2010 | 2 East 63rd Street NYC
11/30 - 12/15

Donna Wilson's "House" @ The Future Perfect Manhattan Come visit Donna Wilson's house loaded with creatures, pillows, poufs, china, mittens, scarves, furniture, trays, porcelain and specially created one-of-a-kind pieces at The Future Perfect.
The Future Perfect Manhattan | 55 Great Jones Street New York, New York 10012
11/13 - 12/31

Interieurs Outdoor Furniture Floor Sample Sale Winter is upon us, as so we are offering our outdoor furniture presently on our terrace at a considerable price reduction.
Interieurs | 228 East 58th Street New York, New York 10022
Now

WIRED Store
WIRED Store | 692 Broadway (at 4th Street) New York, New York
11/19 - 12/26: 11am - 7pm (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Patrick Jouin: From Kitchen to Table @ MAD The first solo exhibition at an American museum of the work of this prolific 42-year-old French designer.
Museum of Arts & Design | 2 Columbus Circle New York, New York 10019
11/9 - 2/6/2011

Home for the Holidays Show House A designer Showhouse at the historic Orchard Hill located on the magnificent grounds of Old Westbury Gardens in New York. This Showhouse will feature the talented works of today's top designers who are depicting their favorite Holidays looks — from Swedish Christmas, Chanukah, Christmas in Palm Beach and Winter Wonderland, this Showhouse will capture the spirit of the Holiday Season! All proceeds will benefit Old Westbury Gardens located in Old Westbury, New York. Admission to the Showhouse is $25 ($20 in advance, $15 for Old Westbury Gardens' members) and includes the Showhouse Journal as well as admission to Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens | 71 Old Westbury Road Old Westbury, New York 11568
10/30 - 12/12: Tuesdays through Sundays, 10am - 4pm

Eat Drink Art Design @ MAD The artists and designers in this exhibition have created objects for the table — cups and plates, tea sets and silverware — that redefine the art of dining. Drawing from MAD's collection, the exhibition features 60 objects for eating and drinking.
Museum of Arts & Design | 2 Columbus Circle New York, New York 10019
9/21 - 2/6

Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen Counter Space explores the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen and highlights MoMA's recent acquisition of an unusually complete example of the iconic "Frankfurt Kitchen," designed in 1926–27 by the architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky.
MoMA | 11 West 53 Street New York, New York 10019
9/15 - 3/21/2011

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial
5/12/2010 - 1/9/2011

Underground Gallery: London Transport Posters, 1920's-1940's
MoMA | 11 West 53 Street New York, New York 10019
7/28 - 2/27/2011

Untangling Threads: Women Artisans in Morocco's Rug Weaving Industry Synchronicity Fine Arts Gallery features 12 handwoven, high-end Moroccan carpets and 16 documentary photographs of the artisans that weave them and the weaving process itself.
Synchronicity Fine Arts Gallery | 106 West Thirteenth Street New York, New York 10011
12/1 - 1/8: 1pm - 7pm

Thinking Outside the Box: European Cabinets, Caskets, and Cases Featuring 100 works selected from the Museum's Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028
12/7 - Summer 2011

"Holiday Exchange" @ The Homefront Gallery Holiday Exchange is a group show featuring affordable art and design objects in the spirit of collecting and gift giving. In addition to drawings, photographs, paintings, sculptures, watercolors and video, we will have furoshiki, wood block prints, soap, jewelry, lamps, origami ornaments, magnets and zines for sale. All of these unique items are priced within the range of $2 -$300.
The Homefront Gallery | 26-23 Jackson Avenue Long Island City, New York 11101
OPENING RECEPTION: 12/11: 2pm - 6pm
SHOW: 12/11 - 1/29

Book Signing: Jane Korman's Splendid Settings: The Art + Craft of Entertaining The Museum of Arts and Design will mark the release of collector and designer Jane Korman's new book Splendid Settings: The Art + Craft of Entertaining—with an in-person book signing by the author at The Store.
Museum of Arts and Design | 2 Columbus Circle New York, New York 10019
12/13: 5pm - 7pm

Swann Galleries' Auction of Rare & Important Art Nouveau Posters Swann Galleries' annual auction of Rare & Important Art Nouveau Posters features stunning images by masters of the medium, including Alphonse Mucha, Belgian artist Privat Livemont, and Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen.
Swann Galleries | 104 East 25th Street, New York, New York, 10010
PUBLIC EXHIBITION:
12/10: 10am - 6pm
12/11: 10am - 4pm
12/13: 10am - 6pm
12/14: 10am - 6pm
12/15: 10am - 12pm
AUCTION:
12/15: 1:30pm


PHILADELPHIA

• Kevin O'Brien Studio Sample Sale This year, instead of a 3 day sample sale, our hand made products will be available for a six week event. This temporary shop will house our exquisite scarves, throw pillows, bedding, fabrics, stuffed animals and more — at up to 75% off retail prices! Plus hand made jewelry by Echo Of The Dreamer.
Kevin O'Brien Studio | 8428 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118
11/12 - 12/31

December Design Film Festival @ DWR Princeton Studio A series of design films and television shows. Popcorn, beer and soft drinks will be served. All screenings start at 5pm. RSVP
DWR Princeton Studio | 30 Nassau Street Princeton, New Jersey 08542
12/5: Visual Acoustics
12/12: Objectified
12/19: Mad Men
12/22: House


PROVIDENCE

Craftland Show A month-long annual holiday sale in downtown Providence, Rhode Island that celebrates all kinds of sparkly handmade objects and the 170 artists who make them.
Craftland Shop | 235 Westminster Street, Providence Rhode Island 02903
11/26 - 12/31


SAN FRANCISCO & BAY AREA

Kartell San Francisco Moving Sale Everything in the store is discounted with savings up to 40% off.
Kartell | 501 Pacific Avenue (at Montgomery Street) San Fancisco, California 94133
Now - 12/15

HGTV Design Star Season 6 Casting
The Westin Hotel San Francisco | 50 Third Street San Francisco, California 94103
12/11: 10am - 1pm

Winter Art & Craft Fair @ the San Francisco Art Institute Students, alumni, faculty, and staff will present work in individual booths, featuring paintings, sculpture, prints, photos, apparel, accessories, and more! The event is free and open to the public.
The San Francisco Art Institute | 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, California 94133
12/11: 2pm - 5pm

Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco will feature 150 carefully juried artists and designers. Shoppers can expect to find the cutting edge of handmade and locally designed goods: handbags, pottery, letterpress stationary, silk-screened t-shirts, baby clothes, body products and more! FREE to the public during the day.
Fort Mason Center (Herbst Pavilion) | San Francisco, California
12/11: 12pm - 5pm (Cocktail & Crafts Party 7pm - 10pm — $10)
12/12: 12pm - 6pm


WASHINGTON DC

Herman Miller Sale @ Vastu Mid-century classic and modern designs from Herman Miller on sale for 15% off. Choose from hundreds of fabrics and finishes to acquire a made-to-order, personalized piece.
Vastu | 1829 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20009
11/26 - 12/12

• Origin to Icon: Exploring Danish Design Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design presents an investigation into the relationship between inspiration and design solution. Iconic Danish works are exhibited alongside the elements for which they are named. Danish design is known for celebrating the elements of beauty, functionality, nature and simplicity, united to form a singular design solution. The works on display, created by Denmark's most renowned designers, help to tell the unique and important story of Danish design.
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design | 500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington DC 20006
Opening Reception: 12/16: 6pm - 8pm
Show: 12/11 - 12/20

Washington Color and Light @ Corcoran Showcasing significant works by artists associated with the Washington Color School of the 1950s-1970s and their contemporaries. Drawn exclusively from the Corcoran's collection, the works showcase the museum's extensive collection of Color School paintings and sculpture including galleries devoted to monumental paintings by Gene Davis and Thomas Downing.
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design | 500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington DC 20006
11/20 - 3/6/2011

Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s @ NBM Between 1933 and 1940, during the bleak years of the Great Depression, tens of millions of visitors flocked to world's fairs in six American cities: Chicago, San Diego, Dallas, Cleveland, San Francisco, and New York. The National Building Museum's upcoming exhibition Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s explores how fair designers and planners employed innovative architecture, urban planning, and industrial design as vehicles for promoting a more hopeful vision for the future.
National Building Museum | 401 F Street NW Washington DC 20001
10/2 - 7/10/2011

Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey 31 rare drawings by Palladio from the outstanding collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects Trust. the exhibition examines the development of Palladio's design sensibility through his drawings and his architectural texts. The exhibition also includes detailed architectural models, created and loaned by renowned modelmaker Timothy Richards, which demonstrate the spread of Palladio's architectural theories to America, most notably through the work and influence of Thomas Jefferson and in designs for monumental buildings in Washington DC.
National Building Museum | 401 F Street NW Washington DC 20001
9/2 - 1/9

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