Hundreds of designers and editors walked the aisles of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94 in New York City last month, seeking out the best new products for the upcoming season. The following represent some “best of” products and moments as described by a handful of notable attendees.
“The vibrant carpets on display at French Accents feature saturated hues, bold patterns, and playful textures. Michele Varian’s copper and brass pendant lights are easy, chic accent pieces for any space. And, Daniel Levy Porcelain’s sophisticated tableware is a must-see.”—Stephanie Schomer, Architectural Digest editor (Photo Credit: Danyll Domingo)
“Designed to fit the contour of every body, Jan Mollet's Mollo chairs use wooden pins and spring assemblies to provide support and comfort. The chairs, benches, and stools are all custom fabricated in Jan's New York workshop, and are available in a full spectrum of colors and designs. St. Frank is a collection of framed handmade textiles created by artisans in developing countries around the world. In addition to promoting traditional handmade craft, St. Frank provides ‘a unique art option for the chic and cultivated collector.’ The piece above is their Blue Tenago Sublime Textile. Finally, although the Rifle Paper Co. for Hygee & West wallpaper collection doesn't debut until May 19, they gave a sneak peek of this floral pineapple print at the show. It couldn't be more playful, retro and fun.”—Sarah Sarna, interior designer at Franklin Eighth and design blogger for Live the Life You Dream About
“Eric Trine creates pieces with modern, functional designs and throws gorgeous colors and textures, which makes them very appealing. Not only are the pieces usable and well thought out, they are so eye-catching that they work in most spaces. Eric's beachy, colorful look is very uplifting. I was also immediately drawn to the modern, sophisticated designs seen at the Karkula booth. The chairs and lamps are similar to classical shapes but had their own unique touch. I love that the furniture and lighting were more than just functional furniture pieces. Also, I loved Foley & Cox’s new indoor/outdoor furniture line. I was in awe of the clean lines and interesting proportions of the furniture pieces. The black finish was my favorite but the line has something for everyone.”—Tina Ramchandani, interior designer at Franklin Eighth and design blogger for Life in Sketch
"We found amazing handmade lighting in the MADE section of the show, namely the lasercut Hikari Pendant Light from Fiyel Levent (made in Brooklyn). Reinaldo Sanguino's one-of-a-kind ceramic stools for RS Ceramics were also stunning. And, Ligne Roset's booth in itself was a treasure. The ever-modern brand used a backdrop of distressed wood to create a warm living environment to showcase their new pieces."—Mimi Faucett, Luxe Interiors + Design Market Editor
"As for the DIFFA tables, we may be a little biased, but our favorite had to be our own, designed by the unstoppable Phillip Gorrivan with Fendi Casa. An amazing backdrop and elegant setting made for an unforgettable evening," said Faucett.
“My criteria for a great find at the show is really simple: What item would I want to build a room around? I loved the monochromatic carved area carpet at French Accents Rugs and Tapestries, and see it being the foundation for a luxurious, exotic tone-on-tone living room. I also want a corporate project now, so I can use the new color shifting and kite-like LED fixtures from Sonneman! The smart little brass and walnut nesting tables from Matthew Fairbank Design also seemed unique but highly usable. There also seems to be another metal of the moment: a sleek rose-gold take on copper. It popped up at Karkula, in the sculptures of Dick Shanley, shelving by Michele Varian, and in the STUNNING chairs surrounding Knoll’s Dining by Design table.”—Patrick Hamilton, interior designer and design blogger for Ask Patrick
“This suede four drawer dresser from Matthew Fairbank made our hearts beat a little faster! We'd pair it with some mohair and bronze accents for an uber luxe bachelor pad. We also loved the leather and copper woven chairs from Eric Trine. They feel really young and edgy but are still subtle. They're a cool play on a classic profile. And how fun are these little round cocktail tables also from Eric Trine! We have a lot of "miniature" clients these days so we were thinking they would make great play tables. Finally, we were totally smitten by Corbett Wright's wallpaper wrapped furniture. We're currently working on a very feminine dressing room and a desk in this Gracie paper would be the cherry on top!”—Alyssa Kaptio and Vivian Muller, principals of Kapito Muller Interiors
“My favorite product was the Bueno Glass Stone Sculpture. The seminar with Alexa Hampton and Jamie Drake was engaging. I loved how different their approach to business was in the beginning to now. Success is achieved in a very different way with each of them and it reassured me that my business model is working. I took away very valuable information. And, my favorite table was the Kravet Diane von Furstenberg table. Full of color and life just like the designer herself.”—Suzanne Costa, principal of Suzanne Costa Interior Design