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Celebrating the Elle Decor Grand Hotel opening in Milan

By barbara



(Milan, Oct. 5, 2016) A warm fall night was the setting of the beautiful opening of the Elle Decor Grand Hotel exhibition in Milan.

The party was packed and the crowd spilled out into the street of the extraordinary entrance of Palazzo Morando.


Room #11, Accueil - a large lamp that acts as an illuminated wall, by Piero Lissoni. Ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo

Room #11, Accueil – a large lamp that acts as an illuminated wall, by Piero Lissoni. Ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo


The courtyard of the Elle Decor Grand Hotel

The courtyard of the Elle Decor Grand Hotel

Elle Decor asked two exceptional international designers – Piero Lissoni and Patricia Urquiola – to interpret the installation-exhibition hotel.

The designers worked on two different sections of the exhibition; Piero Lissoni, focused his creativity on Hotel Particulier, the reception area and spaces for socializing, and Patricia Urquiola expressed her talent on Stanzas, bedrooms and private areas of the hotel.


Piero Lissoni says he “designed a hotel that was not a hotel, but more an aristocratic hostel, by simply changing how the spaces looked and using the signature style of the Italian architects active between the 16th and the 17th centuries”.

Palazzo Morandi, a magnificent 17th century buildings in Milan, probably inspired the designer to conceive unique spaces like the Bibliothèque or the Fumoir halls, where a mix of iconic pieces of design like the Taccia and the Toio lamp by Castiglioni brothers or the LC3 by Le Corbusier match with contemporary chairs like the M16 by DePadova.

Room #22 by Patricia Urquiola, ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo

Room #22 by Patricia Urquiola, ph. credits Vincenzo Lombardo

Patricia Urquiola believes the Stanzas project is all about emotions and memories. She says “For me the room is always a private, personal limit, inferring isolation and protection. It hence my horizon of affectionate intimacy with Milan: ‘Vico and Maddalena’ introduced me to the Shakers; Ponti, Albini, Caccia Dominioni…; the brief sojourn of Charlotte Perriand at the Triennale…; and the Fiorucci, Memphis and so many courtyards in a cultural, bold Milan”.

Fabrizio Pignoloni of Dotdotdot meets with Barbara Musso of Novità Italia

Fabrizio Pignoloni of Dotdotdot meets with Barbara Musso of Novità Italia

We are personally very proud to have met once again with the Dotdotdot team that coordinated the project installation. We have been knowing them since the beginning of their career and every time we see them in action they manage to surprise us!


NYCEDC Announces NYCxDESIGN 2017 Dates

By danielle


New Yok City’s celebration of global design will run from May 3-24, 2017


NYC design industry is a major economic driver of the City’s economy generating over $500 million in City tax revenue annually

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-12-02-41-pmNew York, NY – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced that NYCxDESIGN 2017 will run from May 3rd – 24th.  The fifth annual celebration of global design will increase from two to three weeks for 2017.  The extended program for 2017 will allow for expanded programming in venues throughout the City with more details to be released later this year.

NYCxDESIGN 2016 featured over 500 events throughout the five boroughs including the Design Pavilion at Astor Place Plaza and the first annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, presented by Interior Design magazine and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Awardees consisted of companies and design leaders who excelled in design fields such as urban design, fashion, architecture, technology, public space projects and more. For a full list of this year’s winners, visit 2016 NYCxDESIGN Awardees.

“New York is the most innovative city in the world and NYCxDESIGN is one way we are able to recognize, not only, design talent in the five boroughs, but also our world-renowned design schools and businesses that are leading the way. Design and innovation makes our city unique and moves our world forward,” Mayor de Blasio said.

NYCxDESIGN 2017 will be the biggest and best citywide celebration of global design since its inception five years ago, uniting New Yorkers and industry leaders in learning more about the power of design,” said NYCEDC Maria Torres-Springer.  “With over 50,000 designers employed at over 7,500 firms and generating over $500 million in City tax revenue, the City’s growing design sector plays a critical role in our economy and NYCEDC is proud to support its continued growth.”

“The New York City Council is excited to have NYCxDESIGN back for another year to help design communities from all over the world showcase some of the most innovative and diverse designs they have to offer,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.  “We want designers and manufacturers to be inspired by what this city has to offer and use New York City as their blank canvas to put their design in the spotlight. I want to thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation for their efforts to drive economic development through the attraction of more designers to the city.”

Missed last year’s celebration? Visit NYCEDC’s Flickr page for hi-resolution photos. To learn more about NYCxDESIGN and how you can be part of the action, visit


By barbara


Marcel Wanders' ceramic tile collection for Ceramica Bardelli

Marcel Wanders’ ceramic tile collection for Ceramica Bardelli


We have been invited to the Milanese preview of the latest collections of Ceramica Bardelli.

The exciting collaboration between the eclectic Dutch designer Marcel Wanders and Ceramica Bardelli has as a result two astonishing collections: Eve and Sofia hand painted tiles. Different layers of screen-printing make each tile unique and enhance a pattern with intriguing optical effects.

We love patterns and we fell in love with both the Sofia and Eve collections. Their unique designs encourage playing with the non-directional pattern to elaborate infinite layouts.


Marcel Wanders' Collection for Ceramica Bardelli

Marcel Wanders’ Collection for Ceramica Bardelli – Details


Countdown for Cersaie, the International exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, has started.


More news to come.


Stay tuned!

Diffa’s Picnic by Design Fundraiser Returns to NYC

By Cornelia Holzbauer


Up for a picnic? Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is hosting its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser on September 7, Picnic By Design® at the Mercantile Annex in Midtown! Guests will have the chance to bid on beautifully designed picnic baskets, created by renowned New York City tastemakers.

Picnic By Design 2016

Diffa’s Picnic by Design®

Picnic by Design combines high-end design, food and a fun atmosphere at a beautiful venue. Dawn Roberson, Director of Special Events at DIFFA, notes, “This event grows each year and continues to serve as a platform for young and emerging designers to raise awareness for the cause while celebrating epic design.”

DIFFA’s Mission: Combat HIV/AIDS

DIFFA’s mission is to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The charity organization was founded in 1984 and has since grown into one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS Service and education in the country. So far, DIFFA has granted more than $41 million to nonprofit organizations combating HIV/AIDS across the United States. Picnic By Design® is just one of its popular events raising awareness and funds for a serious cause, while engaging designers and showcasing their work.

Designers: “Repeat Offenders” & “Newbies”

This year’s basket designers are, as always, an amazing group–including “repeat offenders” such as: Antoinette Loupe Interiors, MoDmade NY and VDA Designs as well as first-time participants: KWG Design, Mee Tran + Phuong Huyn, Stacy Garcia, FXFOWLE, Wills Design Associates, Stantec Architecture are just a few who will contribute their unique creative work. Media Sponsors include Interior Design and Modern Luxury Manhattan. Food and Beverages will be provided by Cliffton Dry, STK Restaurants, Canard Inc., and more.

Tickets & Sponsoring

Tickets are now available for an Early Bird Price of $125, increasing to $150 on August 25. Purchase them here. Want to become a sponsor? Inquire here. Find more information about DIFFA’s combat against HIV/AIDS and their successful fundraising programs here.

Event: DIFFA’s Annual Summer Fundraiser: Picnic by Design
Date: September 7, 2016

Time: 6 – 9pm EST
Location: Mercantile Annex, 517 West 37th Street, NYC

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The 2015 picnic basket my MoDmade NY was a work of art. Photo by Erik Bardin, courtesy of Interior Design.

Antoinette Loupe

VDA Designs, “Repeat Offender” at Picnic By Design®. Photo by Erik Bardin, Courtesy of Interior Design

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Antoinette Loupe’s contribution included a message from the heart in French. Photo by Erik Bardin, courtesy of Interior Design.

NEW TALENT SPOTLIGHT: FIVE DESIGNERS TO WATCH: Presented By Metropolis In Partnership With Neocon

By danielle


At Neocon 2016, Metropolis debuted five new talents who are developing key designs for the future, in a curated installation.  An architectural adventure, a weaver, an artist, lighting makers and a pair of experimental neo-traditionalists—all formed part of this inaugural class. If you missed this group of innovators at the Mart read below for or recap and also check them out in the June issue of Metropolis June.

Photo Credit Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit Jessica Pierotti

 Pete Oyler, Nora Mattingly

Assembly Design is a studio that creates high quality furniture and objects with a forward-thinking aesthetic; employing both traditional and experimental techniques, our work is fresh, thoughtful, and made with care. Displaying L2, 2x Glass Vases, 2x Glass Bowls (Sm)

Photo Credit Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit Jessica Pierotti

Robert Zurn, Brenda Zurn

DAMM makes well crafted, original, hand- made objects and believes honest elemental materials and a thoughtful aesthetic speak for themselves. Displaying Theorem, Fovea, Myron, and Untitled

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

 Allison Newmeyer, Stewart Hicks

Design With Company is a Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer architectural adventure. Displaying New Talent installation design

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

 Dee Clements

Herron is a Textile Brand + Weaving Studio in Chicago that focuses on bold, graphic hand woven rugs, blankets, pillows and wall hangings by marrying an artistic process with ethical responsibility.
Displaying Primary + Secondary Rug, Sunset Blanket (Natural)

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti


Steven Haulenbeek is a multidisciplinary artist and designer concentrating in process-based, material-driven furniture and objects. Displaying Seed Bowls, Ice-Cast Bronze
Side Table, Ice-Cast Bronze Vessel

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

Photo Credit: Jessica Pierotti

The U.S. Pavilion’s Reimagination of Detroit at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

By Luci Slater


The 15th International Architecture Exhibition- La Biennale di Venezia, which began May 28 and is on display through November 27, 2016, is in full swing. This year’s theme, Reporting From the Front, is directed by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, who is best known for social-housing projects. The exhibition is laid out in a unitary sequence from the Central Pavilion to the Arsenale, which includes 88 participants from 37 different countries. The major concepts and messages that the theme expresses include awareness, perspective, need, opportunity, and choice, encouraging architecture to make a make a difference.

This year, the United States Pavilion presents The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects designed for specific sites in Detroit, Michigan. The project is co-curated by Cynthia Davidson, executive director of the nonprofit Anyone Corporation think tank in New York and editor of the international architecture journal Log, and Mónica Ponce de León, dean of Princeton University School of Architecture, founding principal of MPdL Studio, and former dean of University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, who the U.S. Department of State chose to organize the exhibition.

Together with an eleven-member Detroit advisory board, the co-curators picked four sites including vacant land along the Dequindre Cut near Eastern Market, an abandoned light industrial building and its paved surroundings in Southwest Detroit/Mexicantown, a massive U.S. Postal Service sorting facility and vacant block on the riverfront, and the abandoned and decrepit Packard Automotive Plant. Although they are specific sites, the curators want the ideas expressed by the architecture to become a model for other post-industrial cities facing similar practical challenges.

In order to select the architects, Davidson and Ponce de León issued a nationwide call for expression of interest in producing state-of-the-art architectural proposals for Detroit. With over 250 responses, Davidson and  Ponce de León selected 12 teams: A(n) Office, Detroit (Marcelo López-Dinardi, V. Mitch McEwen); BairBalliet, Chicago and Columbus, OH (Kristy Balliet, Kelly Bair); Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles (Greg Lynn); Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta (Mack Scogin, Merrill Elam); Marshall Brown Projects, Chicago (Marshall
Brown); MOS, New York (Hilary Sample, Michael Meredith); Pita & Bloom, Los Angeles (Florencia Pita, Jackilin Hah Bloom); Present Future, Houston (Albert Pope, Jesús Vassallo); Preston Scott Cohen Inc., Cambridge, MA (Preston Scott Cohen); SAA/Stan Allen Architect, New York (Stan Allen); T+E+A+M, Ann Arbor, MI (Thom Moran, Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, Meredith Miller); Zago Architecture, Los Angeles (Andrew Zago, Laura Bouwman).

In the fall of 2015, the teams walked their project sites, and throughout the year have worked with community leaders and citizens to discuss each site’s aspirations and ideas before beginning their projects. Three architect teams were assigned to each site, whose purpose of the project is to demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness within the area. The architecture serves as an idea and makes visible hidden possibilities within the sites. The architects proposed programs and forms for the sites not as fixes for Detroit but as provocations for convening public conversations about the design challenges that face the 21st-century city.

Ponce de León’s design for the pavilion is a series of column signs announcing the exhibition in Detroit’s eight most commonly spoken languages. The 248-page cataLog, edited by Davidson, is available at the United States Pavilion and the bookshops inside the exhibition venues. The exhibit also includes 20 postcard views of Detroit, which Davidson and photographer Camilo José Vergara selected from the 463 entries to “My Detroit”, a postcard photo contest that the curators held last fall. These free souvenir postcards, many featuring images by Detroit photographers, each tell a short story about the Motor City.

The exhibition has been divided into four rooms – one for each site – and is a compilation of physical models, drawings, renderings, and various process work. Architect Greg Lynn even uses the Microsoft HoloLens in order to conceptualize and showcase his education center redesign of the Packard Plant, which has been abandoned for a half century. Other speculative projects ranged from a governmental center to house some 68,000 refugees by Andrew Zago to a vertical botanical garden by Stan Allen Architect. The exhibit will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in February 2017.

For more information about The Architectural Imagination, visit


The Architectural Imagination, 2016. U.S. Pavilion courtyard. Photo by Salam Rida.


The Architectural Imagination, 2016. Mexican Town. Photo by Salam Rida.


The Architectural Imagination, 2016. Packard Plant. Photo by Salam Rida.


The Architectural Imagination, 2016. U.S. Post Office. Photo by Salam Rida.


The Architectural Imagination, 2016. Dequindre Cut. Photo by Salam Rida.


Riedel Wine Tasting at AJ Madison’s New Brooklyn Showroom

By Luci Slater


AJ Madison just announced the official launch of the AJ Madison Kitchen Design Group. The company is recognized as the industry’s foremost appliance authority, and offers an unrivaled selection of top rate appliances as well as customer service. The AJ Madison Kitchen Design Group will work with the design community through a new state-of-the-art appliance showroom in Brooklyn, where clients can experiences 60+ appliance brands in person.

AJ Madison and Miele, a manufacturer of high-end domestic products, is pleased to host a Riedel Wine Glass tasting workshop on Tuesday, June 7 (that’s tomorrow!) in order to introduce clients to their new flagship showroom. While presented with some of the newest and high-end domestic appliances at the showroom, guests will also learn about the relationship between the shape of the glass and the perception and enjoyment of wine.

Each participant will receive a complimentary Riedel Veritas Tasting Set that includes 3 glasses. The event is 21 and over. Count us in!

For more information go to:


Tuesday June 7, 2016




AJ Madison Showroom

3605 13th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11218

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ICFF, MAY 14 – 17, 2016

By danielle


ICFF is only two days away! North America’s platform for global design is in its 28th year and will feature more than 750 exhibitors of furnishings, textiles, and accessories for residential and commercial interiors from across the globe

For four-days from May 14 – 17, 165,000 net square feet of the Javits Center in New York will come alive with more than 32,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers, all under one roof. The general public are invited to attend ICFF on its final day of Tuesday, May 17.

Contingents from the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Brazilian Furniture, British European Design Group (BEDG), Ceramics of Italy, Design Philippines, Furniture New York, The Furniture Society (U.S.), Inside Norway, Interiors from Spain, HO.MI New York and Portugal Brands attend the show annually making this a truly global fair in the heart of New York City.

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Not only a fair for exhibitors and visitors to launch new products or receive inspiration ICFF offers more with talks and education to awards. If you are a first time visitor or need a quick reminder, here’s our synopsis of what to expect:


The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the ICFF’s education partner and will once again offer CEU-approved programming for all design professionals. Positioned on the show’s third floor (booth 3888), ASID at ICFF will bring together thought leaders and industry experts to present insightful content.

The tracks will include six sessions for designers on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, with student programming on Monday, May 16. These six sessions will provide designers and architects a total of 0.6 CEU (pending IDCEC and AIA approval). Topics range from business practices to the impact of design on the human experience. Alongside these educational sessions ACTIVATE, the student experience presented by ASID, will help students kick start their interior design career with the opportunity to learn how best to engage with the profession and industry at trade shows from a curated tour of ASID National Industry Partner booths guided by professional designers, as well as the opportunity to build their network and receive one-on-one feedback on their resume and portfolio from industry professionals.

ICFF Talks:

Positioned right on the show floor, ICFF Talks features panels of industry leaders discussing changes, new introductions, materials and trends in the interior design world. Topics ranging from Designing for Small Spaces, The Advantages of a Good Design Network to Retail Stores for Today’s Savvy Shopper.

 Moderated by the editors of leading industry media such as Interior Design, Azure, Dwell, Metropolis, Surface, Wallpaper, Architizer and Interni a wide range of topics are addressed.

A full selection of the talks can be located here.

ICFF Editors Awards:

ICFF brings together the industry’s top editors to choose the best of the best of the year’s design crop.  On the opening day of the show, nine editors explore the exhibition floor looking for the most standout designs in the categories of furniture, seating, flooring, lighting, accessories, materials, wall covering, kitchen & bath, outdoor furniture, and booth design to put their stamp of approval.

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Tickets and Registration:


  • On-site registrants will be charged a $60 admission fee.
  • Non-exhibiting Manufacturers are also welcome to attend the show for a $100 fee and onsite is $150 admission fee.
  • Children must be accompanied by a registered attendee and will be charged a $60 admission fee.

Register here.

General Public:

Tickets may be purchased on-site (by credit card only). Tickets are $60 per person and nonrefundable.



Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 16 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

 Trade and General Public

Tuesday, May 17 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.



Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

(11th Avenue at 38th Street)

New York City

#Flashback Friday to the 2016 Architectural Digest Design Show

By danielle


It’s #Flashback Friday, so we are rewinding to this time last month and recapping some of our favorite finds from the Architectural Digest Design Show. In its milestone 15th year, the show broke records as attendance reached a high of over 40,000, with a 15% increase in trade attendance over last year, and a double-digit increase over the past two years. The essential showcase for luxury design delivered 420 exceptional brands, 11 powerful seminar programs, and a myriad of exciting special events.
The AD Design Show’s signature feature areas of REFRESH, FURNISH, MADE, and SHOPS were replete with luxury design products, many on view for the very first time in the U.S. There was a large contingent of new exhibitors: 117 overall, 69 of them in the MADE section. Design inspiration continued in the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio, the official show theater, which hosted captivating seminars, including a keynote by Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell with Reed and Daphne Krakoff. There were also lively and informative sessions with interior designers Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Suzanne Kasler, Campion Platt, Vicente Wolf and AD 100 Architect Alexander Gorlin, as well as TV personalities Genevieve Gorder and George Oliphant, and more. Special networking events, demonstrations and tours rounded out the exclusive experience.
The Show also marked a number of milestones for participating exhibitors, especially in the REFRESH pavilion. Here’s a look at some highlights from the 2016 collection of kitchen, bath, luxury appliances, and premium building products.

Founded in 1683, Gaggenau just turned 333 years old. The German brand displayed its new 400 combi-steam oven series, which is ideal for sous-vide cooking. Thermador celebrated its 100-year anniversary by showcasing an exceptional range of products including an updated 36” Induction Cooktop with Flex Induction, which is set to be released this summer, as well as a 24” Custom Panel Refrigerator, which will be available this fall. Baldwin Hardware turned 70 in a bold and beautiful fashion, unveiling new additions to its Reserve collection, as well as knobs integrated with a new push-button privacy feature to enhance egress functionality. Third-generation, family-owned Sub-Zero Group, Inc. also recently celebrated 70 years. From the first freezer built in Westye F. Bakke’s basement, to the recent rollout of more than 70 new generation Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, the company continues to innovate. It introduced its first ever Wolf Induction Range at the show. The oven combines the sleek design and efficient performance of induction with the precise control and power of the iconic Wolf dual convection range.

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Baldwin opened the door to another 70+ years of style!

As technology has become a dominant force in our everyday lives, the need for connectivity has become increasingly important. From appliances to entertainment, this was a major focus throughout REFRESH this year. Zephyr, a leader in kitchen ventilation design, innovation, and technology, has elevated the range hood to its rightful place in the kitchen. The company introduced its DCBL Suppression System™ technology, which features up to 77% more energy efficiency and 77% less noise. In 2015, Jenn-Air debuted its connected wall oven. This year, the brand announced an exciting new partnership with Nest that builds on the benefits of the oven’s connectivity. Jenn-Air also expanded its eye-catching Obsidian refrigerator offerings with a new counter-depth, free-standing model that will also be the brand’s first connected refrigerator. Dacor’s new Discovery WineStation® is the first product of its kind to have a built-in, commercial-grade wine dispenser and preservation system for the home. The four-bottle wine dispenser and preservation system gives users the option of pouring a taste or full glass of perfectly persevered wine with the touch of a finger. Dacor also introduced new voice activated kitchen technology, bringing the connected kitchen to passionate cooking and technology enthusiasts. Liebherr’s BioFresh technology maintains the ideal environment for ultimate food freshness so your favorite cheese’s shelf life can be extended for more than 100 days compared to conventional refrigerators.

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Jenn-Air’s side X side Obsidian refrigerator

If it wasn’t connectivity, it was color that captured the eye. Exhibitors delivered the wow factor in every hue imaginable. Big Chill, the maker of the Retro Fridge, now offers turquoise as a standard color. Its range of product offerings includes refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, hoods, and wall ovens available in more than 200 colors, as well as custom colors. These are not your grandmother’s pastels. Pantone shows us that former design trends – like pastels – can make a comeback, but with a little reinvention. BlueStar launched its first ever Built-in Refrigeration Line. It offers advanced food preservation capabilities, unique features for the discerning home entertainer, plus unmatched customization options, including over 750 color and finish options to match BlueStar cooking and ventilation products. The celebration of color continued at ILVE, which introduced its new Custom Color Program of over 220 hues, allowing for more personalized options than ever before.

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Big Chill now comes in turquoise!

For those seeking a European aesthetic, first time exhibitor Ronbow’s Signature Series certainly fits the bill. The brand’s new suite brings together nine premier artists and designers from six European countries to create 11 diverse and luxurious collections of trendsetting bathroom products. In particular, style from Italy was a trend on the show floor. Bertazzoni, a 130-year-old Italian family-owned business, just launched its first-ever kitchen suite, adding refrigeration and dishwashers to its Master, Professional, and Heritage lines of appliances. Although crafted in Italy, each appliance is made to U.S. market specifications. (Made-to-order in inches.) Combining Italian design with Viking Professional performance, the Tuscany range, which debuted at Viking Range, LLC’s booth, was born in the heart of Italy. The sophisticated new line of Italian Provincial ranges are sized and featured to meet the needs of American architecture and lifestyles. Belgian brand van Cronenburg Architectural Hardware was evidence that high design should, and can be, considered at every level, from major appliances, to hardware. With its wide range of chic knobs, pulls, and more, van Cronenburg has those little details covered. Imbued with character, each of the products has a unique name, which refers to the first project the item was developed for, or is a wink to a time period, style, mythological figure, or someone at the company.

The kitchen and bath of today demand a high level of functionality, flexibility and, of course, customization. The Galley understands the great amount of time spent at the kitchen sink and believes it should no longer be an afterthought in the kitchen design process. The Oklahoma-based company partnered with Doug Durbin to create the Galley Dresser, an entire piece of furniture that incorporates all the elements of the workstation—including a sink, cutting boards, drain racks, bowls, and colanders—as well as drawers and cabinets for all your storage needs. It is available in four sizes and 13 high-gloss finishes, including fumed eucalyptus.  Bosch Home Appliances uses a series of modern design principles, including ergonomic design and precision technology, to enable a healthier lifestyle in the kitchen. Its new 24-inch Custom Panel Appliances are made for small spaces, and are now available with custom paneling. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s booth catered to both the contemporary and classic taste with variety of on-trend lighting, appliances and plumbing products from top brands like Axor, Hubbardton Forge, and Kohler. And for that extra little sparkle, RangeCraft Manufacturing displayed a new line of range hoods embellished with Swarovski® crystals. RangeCraft is honored to be the only kitchen range hood company approved to be recognized by the “Crystals by Swarovski” Seal, which serves as a “Certificate of Authenticity” that identifies products made with genuine Swarovski crystals.

The Axor Citterio Select Kitchen Faucet was featured in Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s booth.

The Axor Citterio Select Kitchen Faucet was featured in Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s booth.


With so many exceptional kitchen, bath, appliance, and building product options, this year’s REFRESH raised the bar. The Architectural Digest Design Show will return next year to Piers 92 & 94, March 16-19, 2017. See you there!


Discover the hidden Milan during the Design Week

By barbara


When Milan–the design capital of the world–hosts its annual, highly-acclaimed Design Week, the whole world takes notice. Milan Design Week (aka Salone Internazionale del Mobile) is a week long event featuring 2,400+ exhibitors and over 1,000 events all over the city.

The fuorisalone–the events surrounding the famed Milan Design Week–gives visitors a chance to sip fine Italian wine and waltz about places that usually are not open to the public. We reported back about a few of our favorites.

One of our first stops upon touching down in Milan was to see the restorations that Lasvit made to 4 chandeliers in the historic Palazzo Serbelloni. Lasvit, a Czech company famous for their bespoke bohemian glass, lit up the Napoleonic floor of Palazzo Serbelloni with innovative lighting, precious pendants, and the original chandeliers of the building renovated just for Salone del Mobile. Famous international designers Arik Levy, Daniel Libeskind, Patricia Urquiola, and the Campana Brothers are among those who choose Lasvit and stand behind its mission: to transform glass into breathtaking light and design experiences.

Lasvit at Palazzo Serbelloni

Lasvit at Palazzo Serbelloni

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LUDWIG by Maurizio Galante (on the right) for Lasvit

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FACET by Moritz Waldemeyer (on the left) and PRAHA by Stanislav Libensky (on the right)


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RADIANT by Patricia Urquiola (on the left) and ICE vases by Daniel Libeskind (on the right)

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CRYSTAL ROCK by Arik Levy (on the left) and CANDY by Campana Brothers (on the right)

Also mixing the old with the new, The Masterly-The Dutch organization has a contemporary Dutch exhibition at Palazzo Turati. The palace has on display a wide array of Dutch design pieces–the first Dutch pavilion in 55 years hosted in a historical building.

15.000 tulips color the courtyard

15.000 tulips color the courtyard

Palazzo Turati - The Dutch, Masterly

Palazzo Turati – The Dutch, Masterly

Palazzo Turati - The Dutch, Masterly

Palazzo Turati – The Dutch, Masterly

Next on our list was Palazzo Crespi. The best and brightest in the design and art fields came out to Palazzo Crespi for the New York Times T magazine party to start the week of Salone del Mobile. T was honoring the late architect and set designer, Renzo Mongiardino, who would’ve been turning 100. Mongiardino designed the Palazzo Crespi, so it was fitting that the celebration take place there. Though the party is over, visitors are still free to tour Palazzo Crespi.

Palazzo Crespi

Palazzo Crespi

Palazzo Crespi hosted The New York Times party

Palazzo Crespi hosted The New York Times party

The Italian architect, Pietro Portaluppi, is known for his beautiful restorations of Palazzo Crespi and Casa degli Atellani as well as his design of Villa Necchi. All three are a must-see. Be sure to check out the 15th century garden of Casa degli Atellani where you can find a small house that had been built for Leonardo Da Vinci as his residence during the works at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Movie buffs and design lovers alike will find it interesting to know that the Golden Globe winning movie, Io sono l’Amore, starring Tilda Swinton, was filmed at Villa Necchi.

We’d highly recommend planning a tour among the Portaluppi works or any of the other magical, hidden gems of Milan that are brought to the forefront during Salone del Mobile.

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