by valerie
Categories: Events.

V: Friday, October 12 marked the first day of Domino Magazine‘s 2nd Annual Bazaar in New York City. Margaret and I were invited to check it out and plumb its depths for greenness. While she interrogated – ahem – interviewed the PR team and employees of the Bazaar for eco and celeb details, I took photos of the fabulousness. We had a great time. Margaret, take it away…

M: The event showcased great, really GREAT furnishing for the office, kitchen, parlor (really?), etc. but had a noted lack of eco-products. The products on the floor were all for sale and were about 40% off their market retail price. The Bazaar included participatory workshops running every hour on the hour from cooking to centerpiece creating, and that was really cool. Besides selling Interface Flor modular carpet and a vast array of Method Home cleaning products, the main green presence were the “Green Home Decor” and “Detox Your Home” workshops.

It might not have been exactly green (no recycling bin, wha?), but the bazaar was charitable nonetheless, with $5 dollars from each $20 ticket going to ACRIA (Aids Community Research Initiative of America). The proceeds from the art show (a Keith Haring painting went for $3,500) and the silent auction at the Opening Night Party also went to ACRIA. Ok, to be fair, the venue is more at fault for not providing recycling bins, and not necessarily the organizers of the event. But, beware all you party planners: if you invite ecorazzi reporters to any and all events, we will be asking about recycling, celebs, and your most embarrassing prom story which we will feel free to disclose on our site.

Speaking of the Opening Night Party, we heard from the caterers and staffers (always a wealth of gossipy info) that Tinsely Mortimer was there and is very nice, that Paul Mitchell looks just like he does in his commercials ( e.g. dreamy) and that Nancy Grace needs to chill out with the plastic surgery. Ouch.

By trying to avoid being part of a trendy green fad, Domino Magazine missed out on some of the fantastic aesthetic elements that eco-furniture/home accessories have to offer. The weekend boasted over 100 different vendors- up from last year’s 60, with the number of sustainable companies in the mix few enough to count on both hands. Considering up to 10,000 people were projected to come through this weekend (last year they had 3,000 attendees), it’s too bad they didn’t have more rockin’ green choices. But alas it was all in all an elegant and fun event. Thanks to Amy Peck for the guided tour, Nathan Turner for his bang-up poses (check him out on the right) and event staffers Justin and Angeli who gave us some of the dishier info that the organizers were too polite to reveal.valpurse.jpg

This post was written by Margaret Teich, and photographs taken by Valerie Lapinski.

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Valerie recently relocated to New York City from Sitka, Alaska, where she worked in community radio.

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