Blackberry Farm Design Summit, Adam Lippes for OKA, and The Design Social Pop-Up

Welcome to TGP Tidbits where we round up the happenings and our musings of the design industry each week. This week we take a look at the upcoming Blackberry Farm Design Summit, Adam Lippes for OKA, and The Design Social Pop-Up. Written by Natalie Aldridge.

Blackberry Farm Design Summit

From May 5th to 8th the highly anticipated Design Summit at Blackberry Farm will take place, where creativity and style converge in the breathtaking setting of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. The weekend will be immersive and brimming with industry titans, promising an intimate and stylish experience that will ignite creativity and celebrate design in all its splendor. Nestled within the timeless elegance of the famed hotel, known for its soulful style and unwavering commitment to quality, this event promises to be an extraordinary gathering of talent and inspiration.

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In homage to the artistry of design, luminaries such as Dara Caponigro, Jim Druckman, and Alexa Hampton will curate an experience that seamlessly blends style and innovation, offering attendees a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the design world. For both design enthusiasts and professionals alike, the weekend will have captivating panel discussions led by industry trailblazers, providing invaluable insights and inspiration. Moreover, exclusive access to private owner home tours, guided by the skilled team at Blackberry Farm Design, promises an insider’s perspective into their creative process.

The weekend will also include meticulously curated group meals, personally hosted by esteemed guest design leaders, promising delightful moments of connection and camaraderie. It’s an opportunity not just to immerse yourself in the vibrant design community, but to emerge renewed and inspired. For more information on the Design Summit, hop over to Blackberry Farm’s website here.

You can also read our interview with Mary Celeste Beall, Proprieter of Blackberry Farm, here.


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Adam Lippes for OKA

Fashion designer Adam Lippes has once again collaborated with OKA Co-Founder Sue Jones to create a captivating collection of furniture and decor. This collaboration beautifully merges their mutual passion for patterns and colors. Building upon the success of the 2021 Famille Rose china dinnerware set, the two partners have embarked on a journey to create three distinctive collections. Among these, one particularly stands out, curated for the refined ambiance of a study.

Introducing the Avery Collection, this debut in furniture design showcases a meticulous blend of sophistication and functionality. Featuring elements such as nesting tables and an elegant desk, each piece is thoughtfully crafted to elevate your workspace. The collection also boasts a table lamp and a wastebasket, distinguished by luxurious walnut wood surfaces, exquisite leather detailing, and intricate beech wood embellishments reminiscent of bamboo trim. Clean lines and subtle brass accents add a touch of understated elegance to each item.

Avery is envisioned to seamlessly complement both classic and contemporary interiors, offering a timeless aesthetic that enhances any space with its refined charm. The collection is truly impressive, and we are excited to share it with you. Shop the collaboration here now!

The Design Social Pop-Up

Founded by Brooks Morrison in 2020, The Design Social Pop-Up is a traveling, curated boutique pop-up concept which invites regional designers to meet with makers behind independent brands and boutiques. The 2024 schedule kicked off in Palm Beach in March, and included a conversation with renowned interior designer Alessandra Branca on “The Thrill of the Hunt”.

Alessandra stated that all lovers of art and design are hunters, constantly in the process of discovering their own taste, of new product, sources and references, and the strongest inspiration is often their own origin story. Alessandra grew up surrounded by antiques in a 16th century building and neighborhood in Rome, surrounded by the works of great artists such as Michaelangelo and Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino. Her grandfather was an art historian for the Vatican, and an appreciation for the art and objects in museums and churches came early.

An excellent source of inspiration, she said, is through travel and visiting the local historic homes and museums. These experiences inform and prep us to go off in search of our own perfect finds. And every antique shop, auction house and estate sale is a potential gold mine. Being online is nothing like standing in front of an actual piece of furniture and talking to the person who has the same design bug as you, she shared. Research is an important part of the process, but at some point one has to put the book away. Go see your dealers in person— real life conversations and visuals are irreplaceable. There’s no substitute for in-person experience, which is why the Design Social Pop-Up is so valuable to the industry. To learn more about 2024 scheduled events in Denver, East Hampton, Darien, and Charlotte, please click here and follow @thedesignsocialpopup on Instagram.

Alessandra Branca’s Palm Beach studio, Photography by Carmel Brantley
Alessandra Branca for Kips Bay Dallas 2023, photography by Sargent Architectural Photography

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x Natalie
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