Thursday, May 21, 2009
Austrian Design Spinn Off Party
On Monday night (5/18/09) I traveled down to NYC for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair's (I.C.F.F.) Austrian Design Spinn Off party @ the XAL Showroom on 394 Broadway. The event was sponsored by XAL-XENON Architectural Lighting, D'Apostrophe, Oval Vodka, and Darcy & Huber Selections, who provided a selection of Austrian wines.
The party had a huge attendance of mostly Austrians (all gorgeous & hip), who danced to great techno, feasted on Austrian fare, and sipped cocktails and wine. I stuck with the ever-refreshing Martinshof Grüner Veltliner for most of the night. Check out that cool label.
The location of the XAL Showroom was perfect. The party itself was held in the basement (less scary than it sounds), where most people congregated to talk (and dance), or you could mingle upstairs in the showroom and check out the gorgeous Austrian furniture on display. This canopy/hammock/nest bed was my favorite piece. I could just picture my cat Dennis sleeping the day away in it. Or me, of course.
The upstairs showroom also had a fiberglass walkway/bridge through which you could peer into the party. Here's a view of the bartenders hard at work. Those pink lights changed colors every minute or so creating a different atmosphere and mood throughout the night.
And here I am with my co-worker Amber who was there to promote Oval Vodka. I just couldn't stay away from that bed I guess.
Many thanks to the Austrian Trade Office for bringing this Austrian soiree to NYC. Surrounded by so many Austrians I felt as if I was in the heart of Vienna, and not downtown NYC.