A Refreshing Look at the Architectural Digest Design Show

By heba


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ASID NY Metro Connects Designers and Consumers to Benefit Ronald McDonald House for Spring Spruce Up 2017

By heba


The New York Metro Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has launched its Spring Spruce Up, benefitting Ronald McDonald House. Spring Spruce Up 2017, sponsored by Farrow & Ball paints and wallpaper, partners ASID interior designers in the New York area with homeowners, apartment dwellers, and others, whose space could use refreshing, renewing or revamping. Consultations will take place through June 20, 2017.

Consumers and residents have been offered a special rate for design consultations, with 100% of proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House New York and Ronald McDonald House Long Island. These two nonprofits provide a home away from home for families with children undergoing medical treatment in the area. As Matt Campo, President of Ronald McDonald House Long Island, put it, “whether it’s a home or a home away from home, we know and appreciate the power of design.”

Sign up will continue until all slot are filled. Interested consumers can visit www.asidnymetro.com for more information.

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Heimtextil Trade Fair: Trend Watch

By danielle


The Heimtextil international trade fair for home and contract textiles wrapped up last week in Frankfurt Germany. As not only the most important global event for interior textiles, interior design and interior trends, it was the first trade fair of the year for its division. Heimtextil’s trend experts examined disciplines of technology, hospitality, transport, work and home and have made many new discoveries, setting up a year to look forward to!

Experts have decided that by looking at trends relating to sustainability, mindset and responsibility, the theme for this year’s Heimtextil trade fair to be adventure. In exploring adventure, the fair was set up in the form of a “Theme Park.” With this, visitors were able to carry out their own exploration and discovery of new products.

The fair attracted a total of 2963 exhibitors from 67 countries and growth was primarily driven by Brazil, China, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Russia, the USA and United Arab Emirates.  With the plethora of exhibitors there was a common thread and a few trends that emerged to keep an eye on.

Trend Watch 2017:

Trend towards more materiality

Kiss bare walls, cold floors and sterile-style living bye bye. Home textiles are making a comeback with the arrival of curtains, carpets and decorative cushions as the leading decorator of residential interior walls.

Trend towards sleeping as a lifestyle

In the past nutrition, mindfulness and fitness were the primary trends of lifestyle. No more, this year numerous bed segments were set up making sleep the newest lifestyle addition.

Trend towards digital printing

Digital printing brings about an idea of limitless. When the sky is the limit, who wouldn’t want an individualized product that can also be competitively manufactured.

Trend towards conservation and fair production

The integrated Speakers Corner at the fair spoke a lot about resource conservation and fair production conditions making this the buzzing topic of conversation.

For more trade news from the Heimtextil trade fair click here.





Salone del Mobile Milano Announces The Future of Workplace Design

By danielle


This morning, we had the honor of attending the Salone del Mobile Milano press conference at Intesa Sanpaolo in NYC. Just two weeks into the start of the year, it was the perfect moment to announce their new concepts and the future of workplace design.

Salone’s new projects and installations are moving away from the old tradition of a hierarchal formal setting within the workplace. Instead, they plan to embrace the office as a place that fosters sharing, collaborating, creating and wellbeing.  With this in mind, a visionary project has been announced entitled, A Joyful Sense at Work which aims to breathe new life into contemporary office designs that encompass individuals’ needs, emotions and experiences.

Collaborating on this project are four internationally acclaimed architects, including US-based Primo Orpilla, that will boost energy levels and drive new integrative design concepts. Orpilla was on hand to discuss the concept and his visions for the evolution of the workspace. This installation is being created specifically for the biennial Workplace 3.0 show curated by the architect Christiana Cutrona.

With all that is evolving within workplace design, definitely be on the lookout for Salone del Mobile Milano this season. The show will take place in Milan from April 4-9.


Thrive Global Pops Up in SoHo

By danielle


Arianna Huffington’s new company,Thrive Global has officially launched, shifting the tides of how we begin to think about our health and well being. The Thrive Global Pop Up Store was first organized in SoHo where live demonstrations and trials of the latest technologies can be explored and tested. This first store is just scratching the surface for what Thrive Global has planned in their journey to introduce a new pathway to productivity. Among the many categories of product and collaborations that include: body, mind, sleep tech, home and work, Humanscale showcases their mastered science of ergonomics in the workplace.

In recent years, trends in the workplace have shifted towards more movement at work. As the pioneer of this approach to improving both efficiency and comfort, Humanscale recognizes the importance of an active environment to foster health, wellbeing and productivity.

Just in time for the new year, the pop up shop runs until January 15. Here, individuals can meander through the incredibly Zen space lined with many gadgets that offer the opportunity to truly reflect on what actions you are taking to avoid burnout, relieve stress and live a more joyful, mindful life. If you can’t make it to this event, the ecommerce site has all of the products here. Be on the look out for more stores popping up around the globe!



Designs to keep an eye on as KBIS 2017 kicks off

By danielle


In the world’s largest international trade event, The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), showcases the latest selection of appliances and trends that are upcoming within the kitchen and bath industry. In addition to products, KBIS offers various opportunities to learn and grow within the industry through presentations, interactive events, unlimited networking, and much more.

It’s going on now at the Orange County Convention Center in sunny Orlando, FL.

Of the 500+ leading brands there are several to definitely keep your eye on.

Last year’s highly talked about and publicized product was La Cornue’s vintage-styled stove. Though La Cornue received much attention last year, they are set to not disappoint this year either with their vibrant turquoise color.

Innovative designs and colored cabinetry are both set to be a huge trend this year-Wellborn Cabinet offers both. Utilizing ordinary colors Wellborn Cabinet presents the opportunity to take a colorful approach to in design.

Wilsonart offers innovative twists in engineering with quartz, wood, and other surfaces. In an oversized wood clock installation atop a seamless edge cabinet, Wilsonart is so to turn heads.

Though kicking off only yesterday, DXV Luxury’s showroom is featured greatly amongst social media already. The white with a bit of gold, and a subtle pop of color creatively come together to create a tasteful experience.

Thermador continues to present not only attractive, but also seriously technologically advanced appliances. This year, Thermador presents a built-in wine preservation system alongside an advanced refrigerating system.

Metrie is known for their “beginning in finishings”. Through a vast array of trim, crown molding, and much more, spaces are transformed to an exact desired expression with intricate designs.

In a tunnel of color, Grohe presents an opportunity to add color to a kitchen through a limited edition bright colored hose. Created as a silicone cover, even installation covers can be swapped out.
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We dare you to not drool over these insta-worthy kitchens and baths!

Monica Castiglioni Opens First US Store in Brooklyn

By danielle


A new shop from Milanese designer Monica Castiglioni opens its doors on Court Street in Brooklyn just in time for holiday shopping, giving New Yorkers access to her striking, sculptural line of jewelry and accessories. The 1000 square foot retail store, gallery and event space is located in the historic neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.


The daughter of Achille Castiglioni, a renowned Italian industrial designer, Monica is a jewelry artist, photographer, sculptor and graphic designer. Embracing an aesthetic that is both sculptural and organic, much of Castiglioni’s work is solid bronze and is cast in NY and Italy, using a lost-wax technique. Other materials include silver, felt, Pyrex and 3D printed nylon. Often the organic shapes that manifest in her work are representative of flower pistils, a source of inspiration for Castiglioni who is drawn to the juxtaposition of order and chaos represented in the flower’s biology. Fine craftsmanship and a deep understanding of proportion and materiality are evident in her broad range of work, which is collected by tastemakers across the globe.


Castiglioni splits her time between New York and her native Milan, where she opened the first shop dedicated to her own work in 2010. With select pieces available at design stores across the US, including at the Cooper Hewitt and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the opening of the Brooklyn showroom provides a first opportunity for New Yorkers to see her full collection in one place and to purchase in person. With hundreds of styles and shapes on display, shoppers will have the chance to create personalized and distinctive jewelry “sculptures”.



Visitors to the shop will be the first to discover her new collection of 3D printed nylon pieces in an array of new colors and forms. Prices begin at $70. They will also have a chance to experience a wide range of innovative lighting, creating by another Italian icon of design – Davide Groppi. Table and ceiling fixtures featured will include: TetATet, UnMetro, Masai, Miss 1, Mira R, Dot and X Bulb Soraa.


The shop is located at 268 Court Street in Brooklyn, convenient to the F and G trains at Bergen Street and a 15-minute walk from Borough Hall. For the month of December, the store will be open seven days a week from 11:00am-7:00pm. Starting January 2017, it will be open by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 11:00am – 7:00pm Wednesday through Sunday.

New Holiday Design Shop opens on Canal Street Market

By danielle


DESIGN SHOP, a new 2 week holiday shop at the new Canal Street Market consists of 7 east-coast based independent design studios, offering new products, limited edition pieces and special holiday gift items and runs until December 14.

December 1st – 14th / 11am-8pm / 7 days a week
Canal Street Market / 265 Canal Street, NYC, 10013

All That Glitters Is Gold At BDNY 2016

By Becca Sass


The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY – This November, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center opened its many glass doors for its annual Boutique Design New York trade fair (BDNY). Now in its seventh year of success, over 7,000 interior designers, architects, purchasing executives and hospitality owners enjoyed the gusto and energy of the trade fair which boasted a focused selection of statement-making design products for hotels, restaurants, spas and casinos. The stunning visual spaces created by the exhibitors within the main arena staged a stimulating conversation between manufacturers and industry visionaries.

Each space solicited contemplation of an array of design elements, coming together effortlessly in a remarkable collaboration between major design firms and exhibiting products. Through an immense application of colors in fabrics coupled with an intelligent use of lighting, product sponsors, and designers conjured an airy grace. A special theme that we particularly enjoyed was the shimmery gold hues as displayed in a variety of products on display in the booths. Delightful variations of gold were peppered across the show floor and took shape in mirrors, sconces, stylish faucets, and more. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite glimmering, gilded design pieces.
















2016 DIFFA National Grant Reception: An Evening of Giving

By Becca Sass


Whether in the design community or beyond, we think it is critical to support the many organizations that are doing so much good in our communities. Next week, one such organization, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), is hosting a cocktail reception to announce its 2016 grantees. Representatives from Planned Parenthood of NYC, Alpha Workshops, God’s Love We Deliver, and 23 other organizations dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS will gather at the event to formally accept the grants.

Tickets benefit DIFFA and are available at: www.diffa.org/grantreception


Tuesday, November 15
6 – 9 pm
CURRENT at Chelsea Piers
23rd Street West Side Highway
New York, NY





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