The Weekend Guide: December 17, 2010
Aaron Able
Dec 17, 2010

It's the final countdown to Christmas. There's just one week remaining to get all of your gift buying done! 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.


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

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

M&M Design Warehouse Sale Designer, one-of-a-kind, first edition and showroom sample rug sale.
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!
11/23 - 12/23

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.

Clever Tomato notNeutral Holiday Sale All notNeutral merchandise on sale.
Through 12/31


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

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

ArcherWest Holiday Gift Show A one of a kind holiday gift show featuring the area's top designers and artists.
AcherWest Gallery | 57 Liberty Street Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
12/18: 10am - 5pm
12/19: 10am - 5pm


• Jayson Home & Garden Floor Model & More Sale Save as much as 50% off lots of new and vintage furniture, home accessories, holiday merchandise, and lighting. Back stock pieces are on sale in addition to the floor models.
Jayson Home & Garden | 1871 N Clybourn Chicago, Illinois 60614
Starts 12/20

125 Years of Original Chicago Posters @ Posters Plus An exhibition of original Chicago posters spanning the period 1885-2010.
Poster Plus | 200 South 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.
Chicago Architecture Foundation | 224 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60604
11/19 - 2/15/2011: 9:30am - 5pm daily

Lightology 12 Days of Christmas Sale Up to 50% OFF LEDs, floor and table lamps - the best gifts of the season!
Lightology | 215 West Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60654
12/17 - 12/31

• An Orange Moon's Year End Sale A year end mid-century modern extravaganza! Everything in the store is on sale. ALL items are 10-50% off. Credenzas, highboys, dining room sets, sofas and more. Complimentary Henessey VSOP & ice cold Corona. Unbelievable Christmas mash-up playlist! Free delivery.
An Orange Moon | 2436 West 59th Street Chicago, Illinois 60629
12/17: 11am - 3pm
12/18: 11am - 5pm
12/19: 11am - 5pm


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

Mondette + L.A. Vintage Exchange: Holiday Spree Mondette and L.A. Vintage Exchange have pulled a great group of local artisans and fashion designers together for one-of-a-kind gifts priced $50 and under. There will be drinks and eats from Izze, I Heart Pies and The Gastrobus. Plus, a chance to win a tea set from Rolling Greens Nursery.
Space 15 Twenty | 1520 North Cahuenga Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90028
12/18: 12pm - 4pm

• Holiday Open House and Trunk Show Svenska Mobler, specialist in art deco and midcentury Swedish furniture, will celebrate the holidays with an open house and trunk show showcasing the work of three Los Angeles designers/craftsmen who use vintage fabrics to create new designs.
Svenska Mobler | 154 North LaBrea Avenue Los Angeles, California 90036
12/18: 11am - 5pm

4th Street Celebrates Annual Holiday Open House 4th Street is getting into the holiday spirit this year "Mad Men" style! The 36+ shops along 4th Street (from Junipero to Cherry) will be open until 9 pm on Friday, December 17th, offering swingin' specials, stiff cocktails (and, yes, mocktails) and finger-snappin' tunes for your browsing and buying pleasure!
4th Street/Retro Row (between Cherry & Junipero), Long Beach, California
12/17: 6pm - 9pm


Ligne Roset Sale Up to 50% off floor samples, overstock and discontinued items.
Ligne Roset SoHo | 155 Wooster Street New York, New York 10012
Ligne Roset Midtown | 250 Park Avenue South New York, New York 10003
12/16 - 12/19

Dune Sale 20% off all new furniture and rug orders. Up to 70% off selected inventory.
Dune Showroom | 156 Wooster Street New York, New York
12/9 - 12/20

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

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

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 53rd 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
SHOW: 12/11 - 1/29

Holiday Market at Minds Over Matter A series of curated, material-based shows at The (Makers) Market, presenting a broad range of artisanal products, made of a different material, one at each market. The (Makers) Market is an indoor, artisan market located at The Old American Can Factory. It is a 'destination' market offering visitors and buyers a changing, diverse group of locally-based makers who sell their wares of enduring design, high-quality materials, and artisanal fabrication.
The (Makers) Market at The Old American Can Factory | 232 Third Street Brooklyn, New York 11215
12/18: 11am - 5pm
12/19: 11am - 5pm

Last-Minute Gift Sale at DWR Annex Procrastinators rejoice! The DWR Annex has perfect last-minute gifts for everyone on your list. Save on unique Tools for Living accessories, lighting and more, many of which are new and still in the box. You'll find customer returns and scratch-and-dent items as well.
DWR Secaucus Annex | 55 Hartz Way Secaucus, New Jersey 07094
12/17 - 12/24

I Like Mike's Mid-Century Modern Holiday Sale 15% off anything over $1000 and 25% off anything under $1000.
I Like Mike's Mid-Century Modern | 161 Decatur Street Brooklyn, New York 11233
12/17: 3pm - 8pm
12/18: 11am - 6pm

Cooper-Hewitt Free Admission Day The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will offer free museum admission on New Year's Day, as a holiday gift to design enthusiasts.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum | 2 East 91st Street New York, New York 10128
1/1: 11am - 6pm


• 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

Constructing Play at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture The Center for Architecture's classic building toy exhibition returns for its second year! Relive the fun of childhood with classic and long-forgotten construction toys, such as Lincoln Logs and Plastic Bricks, while exploring new additions and soon-to-be classic toys, such as Rokenbok and Uberstix. Fun for the whole family and free!
Philadelphia Center for Architecture | 1218 Arch Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
11/26 - 2/4

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
12/19: Mad Men
12/22: House

• Matthew Izzo Floor Sample Sale Great opportunity to take up to 70% off in store floor samples and 15% off full priced items at!
Matthew Izzo | 151 North 3rd Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
12/10 - 12/31


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


Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale over 250 indie-craftspeople from all over the nation setting up shop, holiday shoppers are sure to find something for everyone at this craft, art, design and DIY spectacular! Free to attend.
Concourse Exhibition Center – East Hall | 620 7th Street San Francisco, California 94103
12/18 & 12/19: 11am - 7pm


• 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
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

• Consignment Furniture Gallery Holiday Sale
Consignment Furniture Gallery | 5700D Sunnyside Avenue Beltsville, Maryland 20705
12/18: 10am - 6pm

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