This year the well-known trade fair, Architectural Digest Home Design Show, introduced some fascinating new products in the market. Interior design vendors came together from all parts of the country to showcase their new collections as well as their existing products. The annual affair was held at Pier 94 in New York City and co-existed with the DIFFA Dining by Design exhibit at Pier 92. The show was divided into Furniture, Decoration and Kitchen & Bath appliances as well as a Studio for live interaction and talks by design legends in their own right. I was lucky enough to attend a few myself and thoroughly enjoyed David Rockwell’s spiel on his past and current projects with Rockwell Group. He spoke about his book and the idea of “What if”: How curiosity should be a vital part of a designer’s thinking process. Technology has played a huge role in his projects that range from Broadway play set design to TED auditoriums as well as landmark hotels around the world. He also touched upon the value of failure and it’s co existence with success.
Some of the interesting products I found were: Stikwood for wood paneling. The line has both reclaimed as well as sustainable options for light durable wall coverings. Zachary Bitner’s outdoor furniture that emulates the appearance of cement but is in fact light weighted and portable. Metalprogetti Casa is an Italian based company that makes automated new age dynamic closets: very futuristic! There was some great Art as well: 412 Made is an art gallery that supports some great new artists including Atticus Adams who makes stunning sculptures that give a sense of liquid movement out of aluminum mesh. Jong, another talented artist based in Brooklyn, makes functional art. He uses materials from his past installations to make furniture such as tables and chairs. Joseph Dermody reuses waste wood veneers to make 3D art as well as furniture. A collection of beautiful wall coverings was displayed by Wolfum, who are based in California and Mimi Jung’s black interior is an inviting space within a space: very innovative indeed. The Home Design Show reminded me of how Design plays a huge role in our lives whether we are conscious of it or not. It’s always a pleasure interacting with people from the industry and learning about new and upcoming trends that are vital to designing for the future. Now eagerly looking forward to the biggest design show in the country: ICFF 2015 this May. Stay tuned for the review!