Planning to attend the UnBeige/D-Crit party this Wednesday evening? Listen up! To best accommodate the overwhelming response to our party announcement of last week, the mediabistro event wizards have just arranged to move the bash several blocks north from Highbar to Amalia, the 8,000-square-foot restaurant and lounge located at 204 West 55th Street. And really, what better venue than one with “old world baroque elements” (Chinoiserie! Black Murano glass chandeliers! Backlit mosaic tile! Just close your eyes and pretend that Marcel Wanders is involved) to appreciate the clean-lined ingenuity of American design?
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the ides of April, UnBeige and D-Crit (the new MFA program in Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts) will celebrate the publication of American Design by Russell Flinchum, design historian extraordinaire. Part of the Museum of Modern Art Design series, the book traces the development of American design from the work of early American machinists through mid-century “design for modern living” to the branded, consumer-oriented design of the present day. Care to join us? RSVP here. We promise book signing, drink specials, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres shaped like Bertoia chairs (or at least they will appear to be after a few drink specials!).