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Zia-Priven + The Domino Design Project

January 26, 2007

I really enjoyed Domino magazine this month, particularly for their feature on their design project where they teamed up with eight top interior designers to redesign and furnish apartments for those living with HIV/AIDS at Woodycrest House, a 40-unit apartment building in South Bronx.

Zia-Priven + The Domino Design ProjectI want to be assigned to a project like that… I’ve volunteered on construction projects for non-profits (like Habitat for Humanity) since I was 18 (I think I can count 30 volunteer redesigns, gut rehabs, landscape projects, or complete builds), but I’ve not yet been involved in something as exciting (and challenging) as the Domino project where I could redesign space for a family in need. What a thrilling (and fulfilling) opportunity for those designers.

As I examined each room, I noticed lots of Zia-Priven lighting, the crowning touch to any space. The frosting on the cake. See for yourself in the images below.

Zia-Priven + The Domino Design ProjectSara Bengur’s room, notice the Zia-Priven red pendant. Image from Domino.

Zia-Priven + The Domino Design ProjectKatie Lydon’s room, complete with Zia-Priven “Fioretti Wallpaper” hanging lamp. Image via Domino.

Zia-Priven + The Domino Design ProjectDavid Netto’s room, with Zia-Priven “Coco” hanging lamp.
Image via Domino.

Zia-Priven sent over some designs that they’ll be showing at the upcoming NYIGF (below). Stunning!

Zia-Priven + The Domino Design ProjectMadeline Pendant, product details here.
Zia-Priven + The Domino Design Project*New* Fairmont Pendant
Zia-Priven + The Domino Design Project*New* Ingrid Pendant

If you’re at the NYIGF (1/28-2/1), you can find Zia-Priven at Pier 94/AT HOME, Booth #45041. Would you like to learn more about Zia-Priven – how they got their start, inspirations, materials, and more? Click here.

Psst: Here is complete Slideshow of the The Domino Design Project. Fun!

(images from zia-priven unless indicated otherwise)


  • Reply ade_wi January 26, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    After visiting DOMINO online almost daily, I never saw thieir design project. Thanks for pointing me over there, I loved seeing all of the images. I live in Cape Town right now and don’t get the issue here, so it was so good to see this stuff online.

  • Reply ladyd January 26, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    The lamps basically look the same with different hardware.

  • Reply decor8 January 26, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Hi adewi, I’m happy you liked this!

    ladyd, for those who appreciate the details, i’m thinking this really works for them. i know i love having various hardware options on lighting. did you see all the other lighting on their website and the above photos from the domino project?

  • Reply Kathlyn January 26, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    I think they are beautiful. They really change the rooms, make them more elegant. I especially love the glass on the hardware!

  • Reply My Marrakech January 26, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    I’m in lurve with that Zia Priven. So elegant and gorgeous.

    PS Holly, of course you should be on one of these projects. You would be *perfect*.

  • Reply julia January 26, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    On a slightly different note, I liked looking at/reading the feature in Domino, but was kinda annoyed at some of the price tags of many of the items the designers used. Somehow a charity project and $8000 headboards didn’t jive for me. Wondering if anyone else felt that way.

  • Reply decor8 January 26, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Maryam you are my biggest fan, thank you for being so kind to me because sometimes I am not so kind to myself!! :)

    Julia – I totally relate to what you’re saying. I was also thinking about how much of those items are no longer in stock (like most of the Thomas O’Brien Target stuff and those little lime lamps with the white shades in that chocolate bedroom they featured). But, then I considered that for people living with HIV/Aids, to have some expensive pieces must have felt like a real luxury for them – you know, made them feel special. They deserve an $8,000- headboard and to live in luxury given their circumstances. A beautiful home can make life a little bit nicer for them. So on that side, I like that Domino thought more about that side of the design project – finding quality and beauty to give to these people and less about their readers who would feel a little upset because nothing is either available anymore or within their price range.

    I think to counter that, Domino should have a special section on their website that suggestions alternatives on each item shown. I looked through the photo gallery and instantly thought of hundreds of items off the top of my head that are near exact matches and are available and not expensive.

    Glad you brought this up, Julia.


  • Reply AbbeyK January 27, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks for showing Z-P.

    If you like the zia- priven, check out the Audrey lamp by Stonegate designs.
    As you are from Boston, they have it on the floor at Chimera. What I like about it is the tapered shape of the drum. And the little crystal.

    It’s *great* in black. Also do you think the David Netto one is also from Stonegate? You can see it on the link below, next to the Audry.

    It’s the taper that distinguishes?


  • Reply Marcia January 28, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Dear Abbey,
    Just wanted to help clear things up. We, Zia-Priven Design, design lighting for Stonegate Designs, as well as several other lighting manufacturers. We licensed The Audrey, Coco and many other pieces over 2 years ago to them because they were so popular and Stonegate was looking for something new. They are all our original designs. For a matter of fact we still sell The Audrey and Coco as per our arrangement with Stonegate, they are exactly the same pendants. The only difference is that our pendant with the crystal ball is called the Emma and the ball is a little larger with a higher lead content, while our Audrey has the original Italian glass finial on it. We’ve also designed full lighting collections and some really great lamps,(Check out the Astoria Collection and the Godiva, our favorites so far!).
    All the pendants pictured in the Domino Design Project were designed, made and donated by us. The Audrey for Stonegate is actually a straight tapered drum shade (the red one in Domino was a custom size for them), while the Coco, is the tapered piece. It’s so funny, because when we first did the tapered Coco, almost 6 years ago, people called it an “upside down” lampshade!It was even featured in The New York Times.
    Stonegate has given us an amazing outlet for designing new products, which we enjoy doing more than anything and we love working with them. We are also coming out with a collection through Robert Abbey in the spring, very exciting for us.
    So, we appreciate how much you enjoy Stonegate’s Audrey and Coco and take it as a compliment, Thank you! Just please know, that Zia-Priven Design created the originals and have been selling them for years. And because you do like those designs so much, we encourage you to check out our website to see the ones we just couldn’t let go…

    Heres a link to our custom pendants

    Here’s a link to our ZP STUDIO pendants-these are the affordable alternative to custom. Why? Because they are available in one size and our 4 most popular silks. Prices range from $195 to $625 retail…

    Thanks again Abbey for pointing this out. Many people, unless they already know us, get confused when they see Stonegate’s and our work at the same time. It was nice to be able to address the issue and clear it up. Stonegate is a much bigger company than us and through them, our designs have received a lot more exposure. It has truly been a pleasure working with them.

    Best Regards,
    Marcia Zia
    Zia-Priven Design

  • Reply AbbeyK January 28, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks Marcia. Now that makes sense. I sell a lot of the Audrey pendant. My clients really like it.



  • Reply decor8 January 29, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    Marcia – I’ve learned so much, thank you for taking the time to post. :)

  • Reply Marcia January 30, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    My pleasure! Thank you for the great post, we really appreciate the support.


  • Reply decor8 January 30, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Marcia – How is the gift fair going this year? Will you be at the ICFF in May?

  • Reply Marcia January 31, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Holly,
    The Gift Fair is going great, it’s always a new adventure for us each show because we like to change things up and make our booth new and exciting. We still have that movie biz mentality, make it a show and make it fun, what’s the point if it’s not fun?
    Our new pendants are selling really well, especially after being able to lower the prices for the ZP STUDIO line, favorite color trend has been the Buttercream. People are loving the soothing colors. But I have to say, the biggest seller is the Giacamo Driftwood lamp,
    last show we sold out! An affirmation to your “natural design” post.
    Yes, we will be at ICFF and I can’t wait, it is such a cool show. We’ll be introducing some new designs we’re really excited about. Hope to see you there! And thanks for asking!

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