Show Business: ASID NJ

Here at Design NJ, we love a trade show—so much so that we were thrilled to be a media sponsor of the annual ASID NJ shindig. The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers held this year’s show–The Science of Design Symposium and Design Fair–at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Here’s what greeted us when we walked in:

Courtesy of Liberty Science Center

This is the Hoberman Sphere, designed by artist and engineer Chuck Hoberman. It expands and contracts using a motorized system of pulleys. It is very science-y and mechanical and cool, and we immediately thought of this chandelier by Moooi! (Our minds tend to default to interior design.)

Raimond lamp

The intersection of science and design aside, one of the things we like about trade shows is that we get to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. Here are just a few images from the day.

  • Editor in Chief, Ren Miller, with Monica Flynn and Brooke King of show sponsor Blackman Plumbing Supply in Nyack, NY (


  • Publisher Tammy Keck with designer Anna Maria Mannarino, President of ASID NJ, owner of Mannarino Designs Inc. in Holmdel, NJ ( and jazz singer extraordinaire!


  • Dawn Parrasch and Kate Duke of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Home in Paramus, NJ ( with editors Marirose Krall and Meg Fox


  • Editor in Chief Ren Miller with designer Michael Mariotti of Michael Mariotti Interior Design in Haworth, NJ (