Architectural Digest Design Show ’17 | Unlimited Design Inspiration

If you were looking for fresh ideas for your home design this past weekend, inspiration was to be found at the 16th annual Architectural Digest Design Show (March 16th -19th).  Held once again at New York City’s Piers 92/94, this carefully curated design presentation featured over 400 brands, design seminars, culinary demonstrations, special appearances and VIP industry events, such as DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN.



The MADE section was an impressive resource for handcrafted, often limited or one-of-a-kind furnishings, accessories, and art pieces. Exhibitors included the nationally recognized designs of Pelle, Patrick Weder Design, Fort Standard and Vetro Vero, as well as the emerging talents of JM Szymanskii, Topher Gent, A Space, Christopher Kurtz and John Sheppard. More than half of the 2017 exhibitors were new to this show.

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We encountered an extensive collection of kitchen, bath and luxury appliances, as well as premium building products from established luxury brands along with up-and-coming manufacturers in REFRESH. The trend being bespoke kitchens with bright colored appliances. This year’s exhibitors included Bosch, Gaggenau, Thermador, Baldwin, Benjamin Moore, Dacor, Miele, Scavolini, as well as Porcelenosa, Ronbow, Waterworks, Native Trails, Ammonitum and Cesar, amongst many others.



FURNISH hosted an expanding assemblage of contemporary and classic furniture, lighting, carpets and rugs, decorative accessories, textiles, and art. We discovered design elements for residential and commercial settings from companies that included favorites such as Ligne Roset, The New Traditionalists, Arther, Buster + Punch, Constantini, OrionHD, KOKET, Warp+Weft, and IMAESTRI.

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With all the visual temptation, the show also offered the opportunity to take a break and indulge in some instant retail gratification at SHOPS – a boutique of décor, gifts, tabletop accessories, objets d’art and more. Featured brands included Owen+Fred, Golden Doors Artisanal Food + Skin Care, Konsuk, Christophe Pourny, Rikumo, Big Picture Farm and American Design Club.



If you were in the mood for insights from the Architecture and Design world, the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio housed exciting design talks, featuring names we love and know: David Rockwell, Anthony Ingrao of Ingrao Inc., decorative arts dealers Evan Snyderman of R & Company, Suzanne Demisch of Demisch Danant, Architectural Digest Editor in Chief Amy Astley, Sandra de Ovando, Edmund Hollander, Frank de Biasi, Madeline Stuart, Matthew Berman of Workshop/APD, Stacy Garcia of Stacy Garcia, Inc., Jesse MacDougall of ICRAVE, Michael Suomi of Stonehill & Taylor and Tim Gunn from “Project Runway”.



Finally, the 20th annual DINING BY DESIGN New York raising awareness toward the fight against HIV/AIDS must be mentioned. The event brought together over 40,000 guests who experienced a dazzling array of table designs by more than 30 designers, architects, manufacturers, and brands.  This year’s table top displays represented a diverse array of creative talent, each of whom transformed a raw space into an immersive exhibit representing a unique concept, many tying in themes related to the cause. Leading brands, including Florim, Roche Bobois and architectural firms such as Gensler and M Moser, have utilized their table installation to raise awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

ROCKWELL GROUP | Photo: Alan Barry

Architectural Digest Design Show 2017
Author: AnaTracey Hawkins Vice President of Strategy and Development at RichterRatner