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Phillip Johnson's Glass HousePhoto: (c) James Welling. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York.

Paris, You’ve Been Poached
After fifteen years in Paris and four in London, the Pavilion of Arts and Design (PAD) is making its first visit to New York, setting up for the weekend in the Park Avenue Armory. The fair focuses on pieces from the late-nineteenth century forward, leading to an eclectic atmosphere with Victorian furniture sidling up next to out-there contemporary art. PAD reserves at least half of its space for local exhibitors, meaning contemporary dealer Cristina Grajales, furniture dealer Todd Merrill, and gallerist Stellan Holm who will be joined by dealers from San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, London, and Zurich, among many others (643 Park Ave., at 67th St.; 11/11–11/14, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.;

Look Who Shipped In
Iconic Italian design house Alessi is currently operating its first-ever New York pop-up shop for the holidays in, of all places, Brooklyn’s shipping-container mini-mall Dekalb Market. Next to stalls selling noodles and flea-market furniture, the shop will include selections from the company’s Alessi and A di Alessi brands, including the classic Moka coffeepot and kitchen accessories from its “objet bijoux” line (138 Willoughby St., at Flatbush Ave., Downtown Brooklyn; W-Th, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; F-Su, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; M-T, closed;; through 12/31).

A Glass House for Your House
For New York’s 2007 Spring Design issue, the magazine commissioned photographer James Welling to create a series of portraits of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the completely transparent former home of the legendary architect. Welling returned to create several more images of the house over the following two years, and now the series (which was also published as a book, James Welling: Glass House) is on view in the lobby gallery of The Four Seasons Restaurant, courtesy of the David Zwirner gallery. Small prints (13-by-19.5 inches) cost $2,500, while large ones (34-by-51 inches) run $18,000, with proceeds funding educational programs and upkeep of the National Trust Historic Site (99 E. 52nd St., nr. Park Ave.; through 1/2;

Calling All DesigNYCers
This Tuesday is the last day for nonprofits and design groups to submit themselves for desigNYC’s third annual design program, which unites community groups and designers on pro bono projects. Past years have paired affordable housing projects with architects, urban farms with graphic designers, and community web resources with branding agencies. This year’s theme, “Recharging Communities,” will support projects that, in the program’s words, “connect communities, strengthen their social fabric, and improve neighborhoods” (deadline 11/15; for submission materials and guidelines, visit

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