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New York Holiday Party Report

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Thanks for the invitations, New York design community (or in some cases, not having a list at the door). Here’s where we found ourselves drinking free toddies this week…

Rockwell Group
Address: Bowlmor Lanes
Crowd: Rockwell Group employees
Specialty Cocktail: Bullshot, served by “celebrity bartender” Laurie Rosenwald
Big Sightings: Maira Kalman, Tucker Viemeister wearing a Santa hat
Just Missed: Chee Pearlman
Highlight (pictured here): A video kaleidoscope created by James Tichenor and Joshua Walton that projected snowflakes cut by partygoers onto huge screens around the room. No word on how many Bullshots were served before bare butts were also projected around the room.

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Debbie Millman’s SVA Class
Address: Millman’s swank pad
Crowd: Students, former “Design Matters” guests
Specialty Cocktail: Champagne (for those of age), as double-fisted by Felix Sockwell
Big Sightings: Chip Kidd, James Victore, Tobias Frere-Jones
Just Missed: Joyce Rutter Kaye
Highlight: Millman giving signed copies of 100% Evil to her students, which were doodled on more by Christoph Niemann and Nicholas Blechman, both in attendance.

The Architect’s Newspaper
Address: The well-appointed loft of William Menking and Diana Darling
Crowd: Architects, writers, architect-writers
Specialty Cocktail: Real egg nog, with fresh grated nutmeg
Big Sightings: The lady design journalist power trio of Julie Lasky, Julie Iovine and Eve Kahn
Just Missed: Teddy Cruz
Highlight: The view.

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Good Design Party
Address: Good pop-up store
Crowd: Green design consultants, graphic designers, Mr. T fans
Specialty Cocktail: Organic wheat vodka with Izze sparkling clementine juice in biodegradable cups made from corn
Big Sightings: Emily Oberman, supercute young’un Jonathan Harris presenting the Whale Hunt
Just Missed: Bobby Martin giving his slam-dunk presentation again
Highlight: Mike Essl showing off his world’s largest Mr. T memorabilia collection, including a clip from VH1′s “Totally Obsessed” where he and his co-collector eat a 20-year-old box of Mr. T cereal.

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Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Wins, Rockwell Group Gets Served at James Beard Awards

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Asian restaurants ruled as the world’s most mouth-watering design was honored last night at the James Beard Awards, which we will faithfully report just as soon as we wipe the drool from our chin.

In the restaurant design category, Lewis.Tsurumaki.LewisXing trumped the Rockwell Group‘s Nobu Fifty Seven. That’s literally Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis above: Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis. The third nominees were Stephanie Goto and Masataka Yano of Tadao Ando for Morimoto (that sentence sounds like something you’d order at the Iron Chef-headed restaurant).

In the graphics category, Fabien Baron and Takashi Hiratsuka at Baron and Baron took the prize with their look for Buddakan, beating out Base Design for Stand and Memo Productions’ Douglas Riccardi and Lisa Eaton for their work on Pizzeria Mozza. Personally we were pulling for the Mozza graphics, namely the sheer variety of placemats–quirky Italian comics, an Italian language primer (speaking mostly using your hands), and an illustrated recipe for a margherita pizza. Damn, there goes that drooling again.