AD Design Show 2017’s Refresh/Furnish Tour Gives an Inside Look into the Freshest Designs for Interiors
The annual Architectural Digest Design Show took NYC by storm over the course of four design-packed days spanning from March 16-19. As part of the show, editors were offered the opportunity to attend media tours of the REFRESH and FURNISH pavilions featuring collections of luxury appliances for the kitchen and bath, premium building products, exquisite lighting installations, fine oriental rugs, unique home furnishings, and more. Each of the twenty booths on the tour introduced new, state-of-the-art products, a preview of what’s to come for interiors. Here’s a peek of the select brands featured on the REFRESH/FURNISH media tour:
Apropos, the wholesale furnishings showroom located in the New York Design Center, showcased three of their most socially conscious manufacturers. American Leather, LEE Industries, and the Old Wood Company produce custom, luxury, handmade home furnishings with little or no negative impact on the environment.
From New Orleans-based home furnishings company Ave Home, comes the Carlyle Desk. The desk offers a fresh take on a 1950s design with an ebony stained mango wood top and brass finished iron frame. The desk also features a center drawer and two sliding trays with brass pulls. In addition to its finished pieces like this one, Ave Home also offers AVE Raw, a versatile collection of quality unfinished wood furniture that can be featured on its own or finished for a custom look.
Baldwin Hardware is a timeless and trustworthy brand that creates a charismatic presence in any home–couture for the door. Baldwin Evolved is the next generation of smart handlesets and deadbolts blending exquisite architectural designs. It offers an easy Bluetooth, touch-to-open solution in 18 handleset styles and 3 deadbolts. Customers can choose from 18 Baldwin finishes for customizable style. Evolved connects through advanced bridge technology to allow users to easily open and close doors via their smartphone and the Kevo mobile app.
BEST Range Hoods, a leading designer of luxury range hoods, features Italian designed range hoods that make a statement. BEST is dedicated to creating fashion-forward range hoods that are the centerpiece of any kitchen. PUDDY, one of BEST’s concept range hoods, was prominently featured at the show. PUDDY is a baroque style that transforms light and shadow, giving life to dynamic curves. It will be the centerpiece of any kitchen design.
BlueStar, manufacturer of high-performance appliances for the home and a trailblazer in color innovation, has unveiled a full commercial-style kitchen suite, including premium, built-in refrigeration. BlueStar showcased cutting-edge color collections and demonstrated its superior performance capabilities with live presentations hosted by celebrity chef, Ryan Scott and designer, Kim Lewis. The awarding-winning BlueStar 36-inch Built-In Refrigerator was also featured, along with a preview of a French Door model. The double electric wall oven, featuring two, integrated, temperature controlled bake stones, 12+ Cooking Modes, a powerful 2,500 watt bake element and an intense 5,000 watt broiler was launched at the show.
The husband and wife duo that comprise Costantini debuted a collection of seating featuring hand-crafted rosewood and leather, as well as a sculptural cast-metal table in the style of our Tavola 9. All of the new pieces feature a return to traditional production methods that reveal a bit about the process, with natural, authentic materials like cast bronze, rosewood, leather, and burnished steel.
Echo, known for its expertise in print, pattern, and color, has become a leader in creating innovative and beautifully designed accessories and home products. The Echo booth showcased a range of fresh and exciting designs including the brand new Ibiza Indoor/Outdoor Collection in collaboration with Kravet. As the name implies, Ibiza takes its inspiration from the rustic beauty of the island. Splashed with Mediterranean and Spanish influences and a fresh global spirit, the collection is an exploration of modern versatility. The high quality performance collection is woven with fibers that stand up to everyday use and don’t fade in the sun.
For 43 years, Hubbardton Forge has continued to create each product domestically, made-to-order and in an environmentally responsible way. More than 230 artisans, designers, engineers and staff in Castleton, Vermont develop lighting solutions for commercial and residential spaces. Hubbardton Forge just introduced two new lines. Vermont Modern™ by Hubbardton Forge® offers edgy, contemporary designs with bold colors and unique, stylish designs. Synchronicity™ by Hubbardton Forge is the unity of craft and glamour. Synchronicity juxtaposes elements in beautiful and unexpected ways, featuring Crystals from Swarovski and hand-blown artisanal glass.
This year, Gaggenau celebrates its 333rd anniversary as a company and the 30th anniversary of its iconic its EB 388 oven. To commemorate these milestones, Gaggenau revealed the EB 333, an evolution of the iconic 36-inch wide oven. The EB 333, a remodeled version of the EB 388, features modernized design with upgraded technology and quality standards, while still remaining true to its innovative origins. The EB 333 debuted at this year’s KBIS and will be available in April.
IMAESTRI is the innovative design platform for the discovery of master artisans, exquisite collections, and projects. The company introduced the Big Doom Luxury Table by Ulivi on its marketplace. Made of solid walnut wood, the table’s clean lines and refined composition match perfectly with the Noe Chair from the same collection.
Since introducing the first self-ventilated cooktop and downdraft ventilated range, Jenn-Air marked another milestone with the debut of connected wall ovens with voice control capabilities. The result of a collaboration between Jenn-Air and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistance, the user-friendly voice command feature will also be featured in other Jenn-Air appliances, including a connected refrigerator and dishwasher. Jenn-Air also debuted a new collection of sleek, module 15” cooktops.
Liebherr introduced their new wine unit, HW 8000, a fully integrated, panel ready solution with storage for 80 bottles. Available in stainless steel, black, and white glass, this piece is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing. As a brand known for its innovation and sophisticated design, Liebherr’s HW 8000 offers advanced temperature stability, panel display, as well as other features.
Swedish family trio Liza Laserow, Fabian Berglund, and Felix Berglund, created their business, Nordic Knots, on the basis that “at every beautiful Swedish home is a good rug.” The trio showcased their permanent collection in addition to launching two new styles of remarkable rugs. Available for pre-order, the first is a flat woven wool rug with Scandinavian interpretations of geometric shapes, while the second is a soft, lush cut pile made from 100% New Zealand wool.
A leading industry manufacturer of high quality, custom designed metal range hoods, RangeCraft’s made to order hoods are available in over 25 product designs. Decorative bands, rivets, buttons, and pot rails can be added to dress up the range hood. The range hoods are made to order by trained artisan’s right in their own factory in the US. At the AD Design Show, RangeCraft showed a new Miami Design in Antique Copper enhanced with copper color Swarovski Crystals.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HARDWARE
Edge, from leading bronze architectural hardware manufacturer, Rocky Mountain, is a minimal, slimmer style available in two new, textured finishes, along with four longstanding texture options. Edge offers all door hardware functions, from entry to interior and even sliding, and adds a more contemporary choice to Rocky Mountain’s expanding portfolio.
Ronbow, known for its luxury bath furnishings with a focus on wood and ceramic products, presented the Amora. A stunning bathroom piece with an unconventional design and multiple storage opportunities, Amora sets the bar high for bath designers everywhere. The statement-making vanity comes in three finishes and sizes and can be paired with several different top options.
Thermador’s iconic line of cooking, cleaning, refrigeration, and ventilation products now includes the Freedom Collection Culinary Preservation. Providing exceptional cooling storage with an array of refrigerator, freezer and wine unit combinations, this new line allows for flexibility and personalization. The Freedom Collection Culinary Preservation boasts a wide range of technological features and over 23 customizable models to appease many needs.
True Residential, an industry leader in commercial refrigeration, introduced the True 30” Dual Zone Wine Column. Perfect for serious collectors, the hospitality industry, and those who love knowing that their favorite bottles are always preserved, protected, and beautifully displayed, the 30” Wine Column features dual-zone True Precision Control, full-extension smooth-glide racks, and gentle TruLumina LED lighting.
A new weaving for mid-eighteenth century, hand-knotted rugs woven in Axminster, England were displayed at the AD Design Show by Woven Legends. A leader in the rug renaissance, Woven Legends has been pioneering the use and cultivation of natural dyes since 1982. In addition to extraordinary quality, with weavings that have been on display in galleries and museums around the world, Woven Legends also works with the Anka Collective, a social enterprise with a mission to empower Syrian women refugees by providing work through the creation of fine carpets.
Zephyr, manufacturer of high-performance ventilation systems, introduced a series of hoods. The new line includes the Anzio, Ravenna, and Savona, all available in a classic black stainless steel finish. In addition to the classic stainless steel, the brand now offers personalization and the use of warmer metallics such as rose gold and brass, as well as a wider range of sleek new finishes, durable materials, and groundbreaking technology.