How to Relax and Rejuvenate Materialista® Style

This month, Architectural Systems honors health and wellness, and as a girl constantly on the go, it’s important to me to rest, relax, and rejuvenate! Whether I have the pleasure of traveling or it’s a local staycation, downtime really refreshes me. 

During my spare time, I love connecting online and being social. Diane von Furstenberg has a great digital presence and I am always inspired by her. She's the icon of the DVF brand, and someone ASI has been working with for years as the global flooring supplier. The DVF brand just turned forty years old and recently, Diane went to Positano. Her vacation resonated with me because every day I drop off the newest porcelain sample binders from Mediterranean Wood Grains Porcelains. Everyone loves this product and it really evokes the feeling of old world Italian villas on the Mediterranean Sea, which is exactly the sense-of-place ASI drew upon as we developed this eco-porcelain collection.

But as I am so busy here in New York, I can’t always escape and a staycation is more realistic. Right now there is a great Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney and a Charles James exhibit at the Met, “Beyond Fashion.”

How true is this? Fashion, architecture and design disciplines are so intertwined and that’s what I do as the Materialista®: I am here to attract what’s fashionable in materials and connect for you these trends!

One of my favorite districts in New York to visit is the Meatpacking District. Here you can get delicious food, the best retail stores in the world, and you can stop anytime to smell the roses along the High Line. Another fun fact: ASI is about to launch the new Manhattan Vinyl Collection influenced by five of New York City neighborhoods - from Hudson Yards to Madison Square, including the High Line.

And while I was relaxing Sunday, I read in the in NYTMag about rooftop pools popping up. I am lucky my building has a fabulous rooftop pool. From the breathtaking skyline view of the city to my own miniature roof top oasis, a little escape like this never gets old!

Also when I have a little down time, I get to reflect on what’s important to me. I really cherish my involvement in the UJA, a philanthropic group dedicated to giving back, and I am honored to be named their newest board member. They are hosting a mixology class soon and hopefully I won’t feel so rushed so I can have some fun, learn how to make a specialty cocktail, and enjoy my social circle!

This organization and my social commitments are really important to me. Here at the showroom I host a monthly Materialista®’s Mixers and starting again in September, over some drinks and design, I will be discussing not only the latest in materials and what’s trending, but also introducing ASI’s new innovative collections, and our classic award-winning finishes.  I would love to invite your firm here, so let’s be in touch!

Though above all, family time is the greatest joy for me. Yes, I have the pleasure of seeing and working with my family every day but it’s different when we all head to the beach town I grew up in and just relax. This weekend, we get to celebrate a charity day at Inwood. Nancy and Ron always sponsor a banner on the tennis courts and we all compete in the charity tournament. As a family, we all work hard and play hard!

I hope this summer whether your vacation plans are exotic or just enjoying a staycation, rest up! It’s going to be a busy end of year. Check in soon for the latest from me, the Materialista®, and you can always see what I’m up to our social media accounts here: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Blog

Safe travels!

Posted at 7/30/2014 10:35 AM


Susan Kimelman 8/1/14 @ 8:58AM

Hi Gabrielle- I really loved reading your blog this morning. I don't always take the time to read the good stuff that comes across my desk-sometimes I just forward it along to my editors to see if there is something for them to pick up. But today I decided to follow your advice and relax a little and breathe and not be in such a hurry to move on. The Jeff Koons exhibit is actually on my agenda for this afternoon!! And the nicest reward was seeing your list of favorite publications-which included Retail Environments. Thank you so much for that - and glad you enjoy it!! Glad you are enjoying your summer!! Susan

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