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04-20-2017

The Best Events During NYCxDesign Week 2017

New York City’s largest annual celebration of art and design is just around the corner! NYCxDesign 2017 kicks off May 3rd, promising dozens of events for aesthetes and art lovers during the three-week-long event (which wraps up on May 24th). While it’s hard to wrong with any of the programming during NYCxDesign, here are a few events that we consider must sees this year. 

PUBLIC ART FUND TALKS: ANISH KAPOOR

Renowned public artist Anish Kapoor’s talk at the New School will touch on his creative inspiration, including politics and culture. 

Date(s)
05/03/2017
Time
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location
The New School, Tishman Auditorium
63 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets

COLLECTIVE DESIGN FAIR

The Collective Design Fair, which takes place each May, is the culmination of the organization’s programming, which is designed to foster young artistic talent.

Date(s)
05/03/2017 – 05/07/2017
Time
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location
Skylight Clarkson Sq
550 Washington Street
Manhattan

TOUR OF ETSY INC. HEADQUARTERS

Brooklyn-based Etsy has been one of the biggest forces in the makers movement, and you can check out their ground zero if you’re quick. The company is opening its doors to a limited number of guests for a free tour on May 10. RSVP to kcarmody@etsy.com.

Date(s)
05/10/2017
Time
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location
Etsy Inc. Headquarters
117 Adams Street

ITP THESIS WEEK 2017

Grad students in NYU’s ITP program will present their thesis projects in interactive media. The Pratt Institute, Columbia, FIT and Parsons are also hosting student showcases this week. 
Date(s)
05/09/2017 – 05/12/2017
Time
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location
ITP, NYU
721 Broadway, 4th Floor
Manhattan
 

FAD MARKET

Prefer to browse design you can take home with you? Stop by FAD Market (standing for Fashion, Art & Design) at the Brooklyn Historical Society to shop wares from 45 artists and artisans. 

Date(s)
05/13/2017 – 05/14/2017
Time
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04-13-2017

Hanging Art from the Ceiling

Hanging art from the ceiling is an option that you might consider for any number of reasons. Maybe the wall you want to hang your art on is a difficult surface to drill into, like brick or plaster, or perhaps you don’t want to ruin expensive paneling or wallpaper by putting holes into it. Or, maybe you just like the originality of the idea.  Whatever the reason, there are a few ways your can accomplish hanging art from the ceiling. 

Hang art with a cable system

The best and easiest way to suspend art from the ceiling is with a steel cable system. This is what we use for most of our clients who request to hang art this way. It’s both effective and safe, affixing art to the ceiling with a bolt, and it offers a contemporary yet discreet look that complements both modern and transitional decor. Another benefit of using a cable system is that its incredible flexible and can be used with both flat and sloped ceilings. For hanging multiple pieces of art, we also offer a cable system on a track-style mount. 

Find out more about our contemporary cable system here

hanging art from the ceiling

Use a picture rail. 

If you live in a more traditional space or antique home, a picture rail or picture molding are both beautiful ways to suspend photos from the ceiling while also enhancing architecture and adding to the charm of the space. If your home doesn’t already have a picture rail installed, you can have one hung flush to the ceiling and it will mimic the look of molding. 

Need help installing a cable system or picture rail? Get in touch with us at info@ilevel.biz. 

04-06-2017

Tour our East Village Studio Space

A few weeks ago we had the honor of sitting down with the wonderful folks at Manhattan Sideways, a site dedicated to uncovering and sharing the unique restaurants, boutiques, galleries and studios tucked away along the city’s side streets.

We spoke with Betsy, the site’s editor, about how our owner, David Kassel, founded his business in the 1980s after working at the Guggenheim and noticing an art-purchasing frenzy that lead him to the revelation that perhaps, like the museums, all of these fine art collectors needed someone to hang their art for them as well.

We told her about the growth of our business, and how after bouncing around to a few tucked-away office spaces over the years, our team finally settled into 37 E 7th street, into a first-floor space that now also serves as our studio and a representation of the expansion of the business into both an art installer and an art curator.

If you haven’t been to our new space yet, especially if you’re a longtime client we often talk to over the phone, we implore you to come in and check it out! We’ve got work from our favorite local artists (including many of our staff), rotating exhibitions, and collections for purchase, plus a comfortable seating area where we can pore over the details of your next project.

Here are a few of Betsy’s photos of the space in the meantime.

 

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ilevel east village studio

It’s also definitely worth mentioning that we love the site’s mission to support the city’s thousands of small businesses, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, Manhattan Sideways is a must-read even for New Yorkers who have been in the city for decades, since so much is constantly changing in different New York neighborhoods.

And if you’re curious, you can read the whole Manhattan Sideways profile on ILevel, here.

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