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.
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.
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.
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.
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!