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Preview of the Hundreds of Brands Set to Display Their Products at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2020!

By Bianca


This year’s 19th annual Architectural Digest Design Show is taking place at Pier 94 in New York City from March 19 to March 22. Over 400 brands and today’s top talent are coming together to present innovative and inspiring designs. Thousands of products are offered to shop and source including furniture, accessories, lighting, art, kitchen, bath and more! Featured areas of the show will include: 


REFRESH, collections of kitchen, bath, luxury appliances and building products

FURNISH, collections of furniture, lighting, carpets, decorative accessories, etc.

MADE, collections of limited-edition or one-of-a-kid pieces

SHOPS, collection of gifts, decor and more for immediate purchase

And AD PENTHOUSE, which in honor of 100 years of AD, will showcase “the past, present, and the future of great design.” 


Here is a sneak peak of a few artists/engineers/innovators/brands that will be exhibiting this year!

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Abby Modell (Booth 113) is a glass artist who focuses on transparencies and refracted light. She incorporates various techniques including mirroring of glass, hand application, fire polishing of glass and more. She has previously had her work exhibited at multiple fine art fairs and galleries and introduces her new “Galaxy Collection” this year at the AD Design Show. She showcases her designs and skills on her Instagram and works with custom designs as well in wall installations and sculptures.


Jamie Harris (Booth M321) is another glass artist in designer who lives in New York City. He works in sculpture design, custom lighting, has a studio line and more. All of his works can be found on his website and progress updates on his Instagram. Each design is unique as he adds a sense of color and a fluid organic form to his works. His main focus is color, vibrant color, along with how each material absorbs the color hues he is working with.


Simon Johns (Booth M209) creates limited-edition pieces of sculptural furniture and lighting from his home in Southern Quebec, Canada. His work is the end result of his perspective of the natural world, with underlying hopes of an evocation of emotion in the viewer. His Instagram bio labels himself as a “designer of furniture and furniture-like things.” Each piece has its own story explained on his website, and takes on its own personality because of it. Simon Johns’ ultimate goal is to develop a connection with the consumer who purchases his products.


Fisher & Paykel (Booth 189) has been designing products since 1934, and has sold products in more than 50 countries worldwide. They began in New Zealand with Maurice Paykel and Woolf Fisher and they haven’t stopped since. Their brand consists of five design categories which include: Professional, Integrated, Contemporary, Minimal and Classic. New introductions include the 48” Dual Fuel Professional Range and the 24” Integrated Wine Column. These advancements will soon be available to the public, so be on the lookout for any announcements on their website or social media accounts!


Likeminded Objects (Booth M202) is the creative studio of artist/interior designer Elise McMahon. This creative studio has collections of LMO Furniture, Lighting and Objects, all available for purchase. For more information, check out their website! Elise and her art has been mentioned in big brands including bon appetit, The New York Times and more. Alongside her affinity with creating objects and artworks to sell, McMahon also has Like-Minded Projects which are collaborative events and exhibitions that urge for inclusivity in local communities. To follow Elise’s journey or to just admire her artistic progress, be sure to check out her Instagram!


Global Lighting (Booth 114) is a provider of internationally sourced decorative and architectural light fixtures. Global Lighting partners with big-name brands, such as Philips, and uses advanced technologies from companies like Lutron. They are a New York based company who has a long history as a purveyor and manufacturer of lighting sources from top global designers. They advocate for New Localism on their website and post frequent updates on their latest advancements, influences, and product placements on their Instagram! They feature three updated collections online including Hind Rabii, Stratos and Ethos.


True Residential (Booth 268) is a division of True Manufacturing Company. They specialize in refrigeration for the home and this series includes wine cabinets, refrigerators, beverage centers, refrigerator drawers, freezers, beer dispensers and clear ice machines. As a company, they pledge to reduce their carbon footprint in order to minimize their environmental aspect. Read the True story on their website!


Zal Divecha (Booth M821) is an artist based in San Francisco who works with paper. She folds, pleats and rolls the material in order to create patterns of light and shadow. She explains on her website that she typically attempts to balance geometric and organic elements in a work and in the past few years she has decided to limit her work to an all-white color palette. Divecha explains, “I aim to create work that makes people feel centered, quiet, and focused. I want my work to feel like a respite from an overstimulating world.”


ETAMORPH (M620) is a design and fabrication company, based in New York City with a manufacturing network in Italy and the United States. On their website they back up their connection with Italy in saying that “Italy is the cradle of craftsmanship.” ETAMORPH works to offer a manufacturing service based on possibility and flexibility. They feature their coffee and dining tables as well as T Shelving and a custom design project with Murray’s Chelsea. Be sure to follow their progress on their Instagram where they post pictures of the quarries in Italy alongside product updates!


Basalte (Booth 218), a Belgian technology specializes in design products for the intelligent home. Basalte’s goal is to keep technological control in the home simple, intuitive and elegant. Coinciding with this goal, Basalte has developed the Sentido and Deseo keypads for home automation. Sentido is a reinvention of the light switch, while Deseo controls HVAC systems in the home. Both keypads come in a variety of finishes and collections, with the idea of fitting in to any style of home. Check out other concept developments and technologies on their website!


Be sure to check out all of these brands during the ADD event, or any of the other 350+ brands! Don’t be too overwhelmed by the number of companies, booths, events, etc. Head over to the Architectural Digest website and keep up with them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with all of the brands exhibiting. Most importantly enjoy your time at the event and post lots of photos tagging the exhibitors, AD Design Show, and using the hashtag #ADDesignShow!

Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) Highlights

By Bianca


The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), January 21-23, is the largest trade show in North America, where each year over 600 leading brands come together to showcase new designs and innovations.  with the opportunity for both attendees and exhibitors to network, exchange ideas and build upon their businesses. Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, KBIS is not only a learning opportunity but also a platform for both attendees and exhibitors to network, exchange ideas and build upon their businesses alongside one another.  Attendees include people from all trades: architects, dealers, hardware professionals and more. In conjunction with the business advancement aspect, events and concerts add a fun flair to the schedule, with big acts like The Doobie Brothers. While all exhibitors presented spectacular products, we wanted to provide a brief spotlight on some of our favorites:

Kick-off party in Las Vegas on January 20th. Posted on KBIS Instagram. @kbis_official

These products as well as the Sorrento, Amalfi, Verona and Positano Lines are a part of their Murano Collection which will be available in March of this year.  

Sorrento | Bianco Series Sorrento is also available in the Abalone and Beachcomber Series. Native Trails

Labelled as “The World’s Most Advanced Drinking Water System,” Zip Water was founded in 1947, but was just recently acquired, in 2017, by Culligan International, allowing the company to expand into the North America market. Zip Water prides themselves on the HydroTap, their filtration system that removes taste, odor, dirt, contaminants and heavy metals, as well as up to 97% of chlorine and 99.9% of microbiological cysts from tap water. The company is unrivaled in instant filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling water taps and demonstrated their success at the show this week. The HydroTap comes in four basic formats, with the Classic Style in particular having an adaptation for both the home and the office. Customers have the ability to select the type of water they would like from the faucet which could be any combination of boiling, chilled and sparkling for select models. Spotlighting a specific model, the HydroTap Cube BCS For Home (pictured below) comes in seven different finishes and even includes a child safety lock.

Fisher & Paykel were also among the brands who showcased new styles, innovations and advancements within their company. Having been designing products since 1934, Fisher and Paykel have sold products in more than 50 countries worldwide. They began in New Zealand with Maurice Paykel and Woolf Fisher and they haven’t stopped since. Their brand consists of five design categories which include: Professional, Integrated, Contemporary, Minimal and Classic. New introductions include the 48” Dual Fuel Professional Range, the 24” Integrated Wine Column, the 30” Wall Oven and the DCS Power Burner. Each new development invites its user into a new domain for cooking. Whether it is the Professional Range varying the number of burners or The Integrated Column Wine Cabinet offering a 91 bottle capacity, Fisher & Paykel are not slowing down to the increasingly industrialized world. These advancements will soon be available to the public, so be on the lookout for any announcements on their website or social media accounts!

Alongside new appliances and technologies, Fisher & Paykel also brought back their Social Kitchen feature at KBIS. Those who visited their booth were invited to try four signature tastes from New Zealand which included: Kawakawa tea, toasted Manuka honey marshmallows, Noble Riesling sherbert and gold kiwifruit syrup served over shaved ice.

The final shoutout in our KBIS highlights is from NATUFIA, the innovators behind the Hydroponic Home Kitchen Garden, in their effort to promote healthy and sustainable living. NATUFIA’s team consists of technologists, architects, botanists and chefs, who in a united effort, advocate for families to have the the ability to grow their own produce right in their own homes. NATUFIA sells their Demeter seeds online and emphasizes the absence of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides in their products. The Hydroponic Garden holds 32 pods and is built from high-grade stainless steel and ceramics. All of their seeds are non-GMO and certified organic, ranging from basil to lemongrass and lavender to thyme. The garden waters itself and controls pH levels to ensure optimal health for the plants. NATUFIA announced at the end of last year on their Instagram that they have a new partnership with the Four Seasons Kitchens in Leeds, UK.

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After spending either an hour or the entire three days at KBIS, every attendee can agree that at least one booth snagged his/her attention. Be sure to follow your favorite companies/brands/products on their social media accounts, or maybe even subscribe to a newsletter on their website. Networking connections don’t need to end at the close of KBIS, in fact, that is where they begin!

The Guide to Polish Design: Retracing 100 Years of History, Design & Culture

By Bianca


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As we get ready to dive into another decade of design achievements, innovations and trends, we wanted to take a look back at one of our favorite design launches of the past year: the groundbreaking Guide to Polish Design. Curated by design historian and critic Krystyna Łuczak-Surówka, and organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, it retraces the past one hundred years of Polish design history through a meticulous selection of rare images and videos, many of which can now be seen by an international audience for the first time.

An interactive digital project, the guide is the first of its kind, allowing the online world to experience the very best that the past century of Polish design has to offer. A living archive, the guide features rare and valuable images highlighting more than 100 objects from 90 celebrated Polish designers. It represents a historic initiative for the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as it leverages for the first time an exclusively digital platform to extend its reach to new audiences eager to discover the country’s rich design heritage. Having the power to gain a widespread international audience, this guide provides everyone the opportunity to embrace and interact with the stories, objects and experiences that have shaped Poland.

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(From left to right: Girl Sitting Figurines designed by Henryk Jędrasiak, 1958, produced by Ćmielów Porcelain Factory; Bambino Gramophone designed by Bogdan Ciesielski, Bernard Kowalski, and Jerzy Radwański, 1963, produced by Łodz Radio Factory; CALLA LILY Vases designed by Jan Sylwester Drost, 1970s, produced by Zabkowice Glass Works; RM58 Armchairs designed by Roman Modzelewski, 1958, produced by VZÓR in 2012).

This digital compendium is divided into eight different chapters, each exploring the stories behind the designs, the biographies of their designers, and taking a closer look at selected objects, offering a glance into how past histories have permeated into everyday objects we encounter and use every single day.

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(From left to right: Z-312 Mantel Clock, 1970s, produced by the Predom Metron Factory in Toruń; Feathers chair by Jan Jurzatkowski, 1936, ŁAD Artist’ Co-Operative, Photo by Michał Korta, National Museum in Warsaw; Żabka (Froggy) Toy, designed by Małgorzata and Wojciech Małolepszy, 1987, produced by Studio MP; A goblet and cup, model no. 1761, designed by Michał Titkow, produced by the J. Stolle Niemen Glassworks Joint Stock Company, 1930s, Photo by Michał Korta).

Every detail and aspect of the guide was carefully and meticulously planned by Krystyna Łuczak-Surówka, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Bright Media, an award-winning Polish agency. As readers explore the site they are accompanied by melodic ballads composed by Wojtek Oleksiak, a Polish musician, adding yet another layer of Polish culture and excellence to an already intriguing work of art.


(Zakopane in winter- view from Gubalówka mountain. Photograph: T & S Zwoliński, 1938, courtesy of Tatra Museum in Zakopane).

The beginning of the guide reveals a moment after the first world war in which modern Polish culture and design were starting to take shape. Artists and designers sought inspiration in their new freedoms and shared experiences, transforming Polish visual identity through their crafts. The Zakopane style was one such expression that was born from this movement. Considered to be the winter capital of Poland, Zakopane appears fairytale-esque. It quickly became an escape for artists, writers and musicians from the city, who would travel to Zakopane to get a breath of fresh air, rest and ignite their new capacity for innovation. Created for the “city slickers” who fell in love with a small village-turned-sanctuary, the Zakopane style illuminated Polish culture and kindled a creative spark that would grow over the next century. Just one of many stories illustrated through this digital tour through time, the story of the emergence of the Zakopane style serves as an origin story for everything else that follows, from the runaway success of the RM58 Classic chair by Roman Modzielewski in the 1950s to the head-turning works of Oskar Zieta today.

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(The Willa pod Jedlami (House under the Firs), photo by SelectStar, First model House entirely designed in the Zakopane Style- inside and out, completed in 1903).

The masterful creation of this guide brings to light aspects of Polish history that are largely undiscovered in the rest of the world. It reveals the power of design as an expression of culture. The designs featured in the Guide to Polish Design have shaped Poland’s past and now its present as they live on through this trailblazing digital tome, an absolute must-scroll.


A Night with True Residential and Vanessa Deleon

By Michelle


Interior designer Vanessa Deleon of Vanessa Deleon Associates, an award-winning interior design firm based in NYC, hosted a party at her NJ home in collaboration with True Residential. As an ambassador for True, Vanessa’s home (including her stunning rooftop area) is decked out with an assortment of True refrigeration options—from indoor/outdoor undercounter units to 30” Dual Zone Wine Columns and more.


As coordinators for the event, the Novità team headed over to the party along with an impressive guest list of fantastic local designers, influencers, media, and other movers and shakers in the design world. Guests arriving from Manhattan were treated to a scenic ride across the Hudson river thanks to NY Waterway. Upon arriving at Vanessa’s home, guests were greeted with the smooth sounds of Acute Inflections, who strategically dressed in black and copper to match the kitchen’s True Residential custom refrigerator and general motif; they even prepared songs related to True refrigerators for an extra special touch! Everyone mixed and mingled before Steve Trulaske, CEO and grandson of True Residential’s founder, talked a bit about what makes the company so special. A family-owned American brand since 1945, Trulaske celebrated the company’s beginnings, its American-made products, and a long history of craftsmanship. Vanessa shared her positive experience with the company and its products, not only as an ambassador but as one very happy customer.


Vanessa followed up her speech with a floor-by-floor tour of her home, concluding at the fabulous rooftop where there was a sizable pool area with a mermaid lounging in the hot tub. The views from the rooftop of the city and the water made it the perfect setting for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. There were even more True appliances on the rooftop, impressing guests with two of True’s Dual Zone 30” Wine Columns in stainless steel with brass hardware prominently on display. Another big hit of the night was the Matte Black True 48 Fridge with copper hardware in Vanessa’s kitchen. The design of the kitchen seemed to be an extension of her matte black and copper True fridge. The unit’s customized color palette was carried out throughout the rest of the kitchen.



Talent runs in the family: Vanessa’s husband, Bobby Bournias, chef and owner of Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater, NJ, took on the task of catering the night. Waiters passed a large selection of delicious hors d’oeuvres. Crowd favorites included a dish of braised short rib over polenta and of course, the mini apple pies! To end the night, Vanessa revealed some customized cake pops featuring an exact mini replica of her True Matte Black and Copper True 48” Fridge.


Photo courtesy of Crystal Ann Interiors

Some of the guests that attended the party with True ranged from interior designers and influencers to refrigeration industry experts and lovers. House Tipster even attended and filmed a recap of the event.


The interior designers that attended were David Santiago of Casa Santi Interior Design, Nicholas Moriarty of Nicholas Moriarty Interiors, Linda Wagner of Barrett Wagner Interior Design, John Douglas Eason of John Douglas Eason Interior Design, Holly George of Holly George Interior Design, Miriam Makram, Tim Roman of Imperial Kitchen & Bath, Diana Mosher of Diana Mosher Associates, and Crystal Ann of Crystal Ann Interiors.

Also in attendance were a variety of lifestyle and design influencers including Shauna Neely of Shauna’s Stage, Kate Rumson of The Real Houses of Instagram, and Crystal Ann of Crystal Ann Interiors.

This event was, however, not exclusive to those in the interior design industry. Ricardo Monge, artist and founder of Monge Art, also attended as well as Mike Asquith, project manager at ECS Homes. LuAnn Nigara, the voice behind A Well-Designed Business podcast, was also in attendance. Thomas Wolosik and Wendy Lien of House Tipster not only filmed the event but enjoyed the company of fellow design aficionados.


8 Worldwide Design Events to Have on Your Radar This Summer

By Michelle


With summer in full swing, many of us are taking some much needed time off—but as we all know—the design world never sleeps!  We’ve rounded up some of the summer’s biggest design shows around the world to have on your radar. We’ve also included pertinent Instagram handles and hashtags so you can keep up on the latest trends from the shows!

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo (July 17-19)
In just a few short weeks, an international trade show for consumer goods called Interior Lifestyle Tokyo will take place at Tokyo Big Sight. In past years, this event has welcomed more than 30,000 visitors and more than 800 exhibitors. Inspired by the corner shops found in the UK, this year’s layout mimics the flow of these stores found on street corners. There will be tables and chairs in the center to encourage meetings and conversation among visitors and exhibitors alike. This means everyone will get as much interaction out of their visit as possible.

@interiorlifestyletokyo #interiorlifestyletokyo

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Decor + Design Show Melbourne (July 18-21)

Rightfully established as Australia’s top interior design event, Decor + Design Show Melbourne is celebrating its 15th annual show this summer– or winter if you’re in Australia. One of the event’s most famous features is VIVID, Australia’s longest running design competition. Categories include color, furniture design, lighting design, and concept design. In addition to some friendly competition, the design show also allows visitors to walk around the exhibit and hosts seminars for visitors looking for more information.

@decordesignshow #decordesignshow


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100% Design South Africa (August 7-11)

100% Design South Africa is a contemporary interior design exhibition at the Gallagher Convention Center in Midrand, South Africa. It is Africa’s largest exhibition of contemporary high-end design and South Africa’s only international design show. This event is your only chance to check out designs from global brands in-person in South Africa. Since it focuses on residential, hospitality, and commercial design, there is something for everyone in all design sectors.

@100percentdesignsa #100percentdesignsa

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NY NOW (August 11-14)

If you’re looking for a stateside event, consider NY NOW. Visitors get the chance to see brands launch new products while fellow exhibitors can check out their competition for inspiration. Conveniently located in one of the world’s design capitals, feel inspired by New York City’s creativity while browsing the aisles for on-trend and innovative products. There is even a helpful app to plan out and schedule your visit to ensure you get the most out of your time at the market.

@ny_now #NYNOW


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Las Vegas Market (July 28- August 1)

With an emphasis on home furnishings and gifts, Las Vegas Market features over 4,300 brands for visitors to check out. Despite the extensive amount of brands and products, Las Vegas Market prides itself on how easy it is to navigate to avoid feeling overwhelmed. There is also an app for this market that can be found in the app store to make sure you have an enjoyable and informative experience without the stress of scheduling.

@lasvegasmarket #LVMkt

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Helsinki Design Week (September 5-9)

Last year’s Helsinki Design Week welcomed 170,000 visitors from around the world to celebrate design and the city’s culture. The events are spread out at various locations around the city giving visitors the opportunity to explore Finland’s capital city while browsing designers’ latest designs. This year, Children’s Design Week will take place at the same time. This means you don’t have to leave your kids at home. Instead, you and your kids can enjoy your respective design events. With over 200 events every year, the festival is perfect for the general public and professionals alike. It is unique for a design event of this size to also be catered to the general public. 

@helsinkidesignweek #helsinkidesignweek #hdw2019


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Paris Design Week (September 5-14)

For years, this design experience has created a celebration of design in the heart of Paris. This September, visitors from around the world will come together at the ninth annual Paris Design Week to discover what top designers have been busy creating the past year. A unique feature of this event is how it is complete with debates and installations for visitors who want to elevate their experience that much more.

@parisdesignweek #PDW19 #ParisDesignWeek


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London Design Festival (September 14-22)

In 2018, this design festival in historic yet on-trend London was visited by over half a million design enthusiasts to celebrate its city’s creativity. The most crowd-drawing aspect is its annual Landmark Project where the best designers, artists, and architects from around the world join to create something together. Designed by British designer Paul Cocksedge, this year’s Landmark Project is titled Please Be Seated. This must-see large-scale piece features curves for people to sit on while they admire its architectural design.

@l_d_f_official #LDF19


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A Vibrant NeoCon 2019

By Gretchen


From June 10-12, the 51st edition of NeoCon showcased the future of the commercial design industry. The global platform for leading companies in the sector is held annually at The Mart in Chicago. We headed there last week to check it out and enjoy some time in the Windy City. Product launches from nearly 500 top brands and captivating programming were just the beginning of this year’s immersive NeoCon experience.

Designed by Gensler Chicago and Forward Fruit Branded Environments, a new experiential outdoor area called The NeoCon Plaza spanned the length of The Mart’s South Drive. A hit with attendees, who used the space to connect, relax and recharge, it featured gorgeous views of the river and was a great illustration of how incorporating  outdoor environments into the modern workplace can be effective. This was a theme that was addressed within the NeoCon conference program, with sessions that focused on how designers can utilize the outdoors to work and collaborate while improving health and wellbeing. Leah Bauer, IIDA, ASID, IFMA led the presentation “Outdoor Workplace Evolution” with Assal Yavari, CID,  which explored the power of data in changing design culture. In addition, Todd Heiser, Principal of Gensler Chicago, and Paul Makovsky, editor in chief of Contract Magazine, explored the advantages of “The Outdoor Office” through survey data on the new workspace. They all reinforced the notion of biophilic design being the center of a happier and more productive workforce with fresh outdoor spaces.

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Each day of the show included a powerful keynote presentation from influential movers and shakers in the design world.  In the opening presentation “The Familiar and Unusual”, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch discussed moving away from corporate modernism and instead reflecting a unique narrative for each client’s vision through design. The following day “Stuff Matters: The Material World We Make” conveyed Ilse Crawford’s mission to center her projects around human desires and needs to make people feel right at home. Lastly, Liz Ogbu’s “Do No Harm” keynote spoke on her work to advocate for challenged urban areas through cross-disciplinary and human-centered design research.

Before we headed back to NYC, we wanted to enjoy some time out on the town! One night we opted for a dinner at Beatnik on the River, a Chicago favorite. Known as the “it” riverfront patio, the restaurant drew inspiration from the Beat Generation of the 50s and 60s and gave us breathtaking views of the Chicago River. The international cuisine and boho-chic interior space including a 1913 jewelry shop and Indonesian daybeds gave our team the most intimate and overall worldly experience to wrap up our final days. NeoCon 2019 exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to coming back next year!

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By barbara



Sofas, chairs, tables, beds and other furnishings returned from exhibitions, fairs, photo shoots, end-of-line.

March 05, 2019 – June 01, 2019
From 10am to 6pm

via Vittorio Veneto 57,
20834 Nova Milanese

Tel. 03 62 49 81


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Novitá and Maiarelli Studio Highlight the Power of Books at DIFFA’s Annual DINING BY DESIGN

By Katie Suh


DIFFA’s signature event DINING BY DESIGN was held again this month at New York’s Pier 92 and was as bold as ever. DINING BY DESIGN is DIFFA’s annual 5 day showcase that invites designers to transform a space into a spectacular dining environment to raise awareness and grant funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. With more than 12,000 attendees who work in the field of architecture, interior design, and luxury home retail, the signature event is one of the most anticipated in the season. Out of the many exhibitors, we wanted to spotlight a collaboration we did with Maiarelli Studio.

For the second time, we partnered with Maiarelli Studio to create an installation for DINING BY DESIGN. This year’s theme for the table was empathy: a topic that seems even more relevant in today’s more and more globally connected world. The installation aims to highlight the importance of reading in developing an important life-skill: empathy. In this quickly ever- evolving society, we sometimes overlook the importance of reading as we always set it aside for when we have more “free time” but books are in fact powerful tools that may help us develop the necessary skills to connect and interact with others and successfully navigate our way through this busy world.

The installation featured a table floating atop large stacks of books with eight books covering the topic of AIDS at each of the place settings around the table. From poetry to non-fiction, the books on the table cover topics that bring the reader closer to the issue of AIDS and the lives of those affected by it. Creative Director and Founder of Maiarelli Studio, Giona Maiarelli says, “Books allow us to see the world through the eyes of others and respond with empathy for those different from ourselves. They bring us into the shows of those who may at first seem dissimilar to us, and ultimately draw out our similarities. When information is consumed at lightning speed, and hate spreads faster than truth, we reaffirm the power of books.”

By enlightening our minds and widening our perspectives through the act of reading books, we can become part of a society that is more knowledgeable and more empathetic. According to DIFFA, “Combating misinformation, ignorance, and prejudice is a vital element in the fight against HIV/AIDS and DIFFA is committed to continuing its support for this important work. By combining talent, creative marketing strategies, and a national network, DIFFA has found a way to leverage the resources of the design community to improve the lives of thousands of people impacted by HIV/ AIDS.”

Keep reading and expanding your horizons!

DRIADE Sample Sales

By barbara




TABLES, CHAIRS AND SOFAS returned from exhibitions, fairs and photo shoots.

March 28 – 31,  2019

Driade Outlet: via Padana Inferiore 12, Fossadello di Caorso (Pc)

A1 exit Piacenza Sud

Tel. +39 0523 818655




By alexandra


The Architectural Digest Design Show, held from March 21–24 at Piers 92 & 94 in New York City, is a four-day design destination brimming with special events and extraordinary, highly-curated finds from over 400 brands in the luxury residential and hospitality worlds. Organized by sections, including FURNISH, REFRESH, MADE and SHOPS as well as special features including the AD Apartment and DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN, it is one of the only global design trade shows that offers designers and consumers alike access to a world where they can source, shop and see the latest the design world has to offer. 


The Architectural Digest Design Show has always been a place for designers to unearth new and intriguing brands and build up a large repertoire of relationships within the luxury interiors world. The show offers exclusive brand face-time, quality craftsmanship, and customization all at designers’ fingertips. For consumers, it is a small glimpse into the world of interiors—and how designers source the unique, one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings that grace their homes.

With simply a smartphone and the Miele@mobile app, users can activate Miele’s CM7 Countertop Coffee System and start their preferred program brew from anywhere, order more beans and detergents, and check the maintenance status and available software updates all at once (Booth 255).

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Miele CM7

Signature Kitchen Suite is launching its integrated column wine refrigerator series, complete with a new True Sommelier TMApp that helps wine collectors manage their personal collections. Powered by Wine Ring’s patented machine learning, this mobile app is the first smart software that learns preferences and makes wine recommendations, including food and wine pairings, based on the wines stored in the user’s cellar (Booth 293).

24-inch Wine Refrigerators by Signature Kitchen Suite

24-inch Wine Refrigerators by Signature Kitchen Suite

Leading the way in kitchen innovation from large-to-small appliances and all of the in between, Italian designer appliance manufacturer SMEG (Booth 347) will showcase new offerings such as their Linea Wall oven.

Linea Wall by Smeg

Linea Wall Oven by Smeg

For a pop of color in the kitchen, True Residential is launching its undercounter and full-sized refrigeration units in a vibrant Emerald hue (Booth 369).

The True Residential Glass Door "Emerald"

The True Residential Glass Door “Emerald”

Brizo is unveiling the first-of-its-kind Vettis Concrete, WaterSense-labeled faucet. A single-handle faucet handcrafted by sculptor Christopher Shannon from fiber-reinforced concrete with a titrated infusion of pure charcoal will be available in a limited-edition of 500 (Booth 241).

Vettis Concrete faucet

Vettis Concrete faucet

In FURNISH, KGBL’s signature chic design tableau will include the customizable Lennox Bench this year. Designed for comfort, twin stacked cushions—one in an orange hued velvet and the other in Clementine Orange leather-are belted over walnut legs for one incredibly tailored look (Booth 101).

Lennox Bench

Lennox Bench

Peter Harrison’s Oahu is a dynamic table composed of square pieces of dyed black Sapele and industrial aluminum brackets that support a 60”-diameter tempered glass top. The most interesting aspect of the design is how it changes as one circles the piece (Booth 436).

Peter Harrison's Elara

Peter Harrison’s Elara

Woven Concepts’ UnTitledCollection, specifically the UnAssuming rug in Chianti, Peach, and Coral, recalls Japanese Shodo calligraphy and is designed by artist and founder of Design Milk, Jaime Derringer (Booth 221).

UnAssuming rug

UnAssuming rug

Eidos Glass presents the new 18″ Aurum Chandelier, a hand blown deco-inspired lighting solution made with 24K Japanese Golden Foil. This chandelier like all products in the AURUM Lighting and Home Décor Collection, reflects the designers ongoing exploration of the reflective interplay between gold, light and glass.

The AURUM Chandelier

The AURUM Chandelier

NEA Studio‘s main idea behind the Crystallized Chair was to represent an Origami. The facets of this chair catch and reflect the changing daylight like a crystal. The studio worked in collaboration with Ferra Design metal fabricators to optimize the chair’s design for efficient production processes.

Nea's Studio Crystallized Chair

Nea’s Studio Crystallized Chair


From custom orders to a cash-and-carry boutique of lighting, décor, gifts, tabletop accessories, objets d’art, and more, the show offers attendees opportunities to purchase the latest in design right from the show. The ever-growing SHOPS section features a wide array of items available for immediate purchase.

The Roseland Sconce from Nebraska-based lighting company Pax Lighting is inspired by the collars or discs that surround candleholders. The solid brass construction, exposed bulb with a dimmer, and the glazed terracotta offers an undeniably elegant aesthetic (M820).

Roseland by Pax Lighting

Roseland by Pax Lighting

Franca, a multicultural design studio based in Brooklyn, will be offering a part of their gorgeous collection of bottles, planters, dinnerware and more (S103).

Costa Bottle by Franca

Costa Bottle by Franca

Snowe, a home shop that believes in thoughtful design will offer luxurious dinnerware—including Limoges Porcelain sets—gorgeous, user-friendly glassware, and soft-to-the-touch linens made in  Italy and Portugal (S105).

Snowe Linen Sheets

Snowe Linen Sheets

SAVED will offer throws, pillows, and blankets all handcrafted in Mongolia from fine, sustainably sourced Mongolian Yak Down, cashmere, and camel hair from Brooklyn-based designer and founder, Sean McNanney (S305).

SAVED Pillows

SAVED Pillows

Nate Cotterman’s Aquila Series of lighting is designed as a modular unit that can grow into larger installations featuring multiple fixtures to create one incredible illuminating experience (M702).

Nate Cotterman

Nate Cotterman


This year’s show includes inspiring installations, special features, exhibitor events, culinary demonstrations, and more happening every day throughout the show floor. Highlights include:


Offering visitors a chance to interact and engage directly with leading designers, artists and brands, theshow is full of in-booth hospitality moments and special events. Designer Alexa Hampton will be on hand at The Shade Store (Booth 801) to celebrate the launch of their collaborative new collection (Thursday,11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m).

Famed British designer and artist David Harber (Booth 404) will host a series of talks throughout the show including Royal Commissions: Heritage Unveiled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.

James Briscione, executive chef, two-time Chopped champion, and author of The Flavor Matrix cookbook will be offering live cooking demos on the new Luxury HEARTH pizza oven from GE Monogram (Thursday & Friday, 12:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at Booth 263).

Textile Designer Stevie Howell and Dada Daily will collaborate to host a special tasting of healthy snacks and superfoods (Saturday, 4:00–6:00 p.m. at Booth 137).


The now iconic AD Apartment will be transformed by New York-based interior designer Sasha Bikoff to the theme of an “uptown girl living in a downtown world” spirit. Highlights include a host of visionary décor meant to spark every sense. In the kitchen, you’ll find professional-grade home appliances by Gaggenau ,state-of-the-art surfaces from Dekton by Cosentino, and Art Deco-inspired cabinetry by Danish design company Reform. Throughout the apartment, you’ll also see a stellar lineup of products and brands, including Brizo®, Calligaris, Clementine Studio, Dyson, Emtek, Lenox, Livex Lighting, Lumber Liquidators, Mayflower Wallpaper, ShimmerScreen®, Supreme Furniture Services, and Tuft & Needle. The AD Apartment is home to exciting events, including Champagne toasts with Bikoff, AD editors and AD Editor in Chief Amy Astley; baking demos from Gaggenau; a designer book signing with Jeffrey Bilhuber; and a Colavita® Olive Oil Dessert Tasting. Visit for a complete schedule.


An ultra-comfortable lounge located at the back of REFRESH, At Home with AD is a collaboration between The Home Depot and AD editors, inspired by the latest design trends from the Home Decorators Collection. Designed to offer attendees a serene reprieve, the space is also home to Butterfield Market and B Bar for food and beverage offerings. The space will also featurea series of special events for attendees including complimentary coffee (Friday, 10:00–11:00 a.m.); cocktails and mocktails with lifestyle influencers Christina and Robert of New Darlings (Saturday, 3:30–4:30 p.m.); and decadent treats with lifestyle blogger WillTaylor of Bright Bazaar (Sunday, 2:00–3:00 p.m.).


Celebrate the soon-to-be-launched, AD PRO, Architectural Digest’s members-only platform featuring exclusive news, trade tools, services and special events created specifically for design industry professionals. A subscription-based platform, AD PRO’s private members will have unlimited access to daily,real-time content created by AD editors, industry insiders, and next-gen design stars. Dacor, a leading American luxury home appliance brand, will be the founding sponsor and early sign-up is available to AD Design Show attendees. Click here for a complete schedule of events.

General Admission tickets Friday through Sunday are available for $32 online or $45 at the door. VIP Consumer tickets on Thursday are available for $95. Admission is complimentary to the design trade with two forms of business credentials via online pre-registration. To purchase tickets, visit A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales benefits Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). To learn more about DIFFA, visit

About the Architectural Digest Design Show

The 18th annual Architectural Digest Design Show, held from March 21–24 at Piers 92 & 94 in New York City, showcases the best in the design and luxury market. The four-day fair features more than 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories, including: accessories, appliances, art, beds, building products, carpets & rugs, children’s furniture, closet systems, connected home, design services, electronics, fireplaces, flooring, furniture, hardware, lighting, metalwork & stairs, outdoor furnishings, paint, prefab homes, safes, spas, stone & tile, tabletop, wall coverings, windows & doors, and window treatments. From product launches to special events to panel discussions with top design leaders on a variety of topics, the show is a must-attend for the industry’s professionals and discerning consumers. The Architectural DigestDesign Show is produced by The Mart, a Vornado Property and hosted by Architectural Digest. For more about the show, visit

About Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest (AD) is the international authority on design and architecture. AD provides exclusive access to the world’s most beautiful homes and the fascinating people who live in them, bringing its audience a wealth of information on architecture and interior design, art and antiques, travel destinations,and extraordinary products; its AD100 list of top architects and designers is one of the industry’s most relied-upon indexes of talent. AD’s digital channel, AD PRO, features authoritative, opinionated coverage and breaking news for design-world insiders, and vertical Clever, takes on the unique challenges of designing a smaller space; offering design advice for real life. Every day AD inspires millions of affluent readers to redesign and refresh their lives through a multiplatform presence that includes print and digital editions, social media, signature events, and the brand’s website,


DIFFA Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS by providing treatment and direct-care services for people living with or impacted by the disease, offering preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection, or supporting public policy initiatives. DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service an education programs in the U.S., mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has emerged from a grassroots organization into a national foundation based in New York City with chapters and community partners across the country that working together provided more than $42 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide. To learn more, visit

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