It’s that time of year again! The long-awaited Architectural Digest Design Show is just around the corner, March 19-22. With a buzz-worthy four days in store where every corner is brimming with head-swiveling designs, we thought we’d bring you a sneak preview of what to expect. From big brands debuting their latest collections, to new and established designers and makers introducing innovative and handcrafted accessories and furnishings, attendees can anticipate quite an exceptional roster of inspiring design eye-candy. As the world of interiors and its fans gears up for the legendary event, we’ve organized a glimpse into each section: FURNISH, REFRESH, MADE, and SHOPS.
A sculptor by nature, Alain Ellouz’s namesake studio, Atelier Alain Ellouz, puts forth incredible lighting and furniture designs exemplifying the beauty of alabaster. With over 40 different models to peruse, each sculptural creation illuminates the beauty of the stone. From the Infinity pendant lights (left) to the Oki pendant lights (right), Ellouz’s creations are at once ethereal and incredibly chic.
Award winning design firm DeMuro Das is deeply rooted in the design ethos of its founders, Brian DeMuro and Puru Das, and their interest in art, literature, and travel. The Nami Cabinet and Ledge Center Table (available nested as shown), perfectly capture the brand’s gorgeous aesthetic. The Nami Cabinet (right) features a hand-cast solid antique bronze door front (including legs) over a matte walnut burl (65.5”L x 32.5”H). The Ledge Center Table’s sculpted table top in a leathered Smokey Quartz sits over an antique bronze base. Large: 64”W x 15.5”H.
True Residential, a luxury home refrigeration brand with commercial DNA, unveils a brilliant new Saffron hue to its Build Your True program of custom finishes and hardware. The addition of the vivid new color—which is said to exude and boost positive energy—complements the brand’s expansive repertoire of offerings that follow both form and function, including their new Beverage Center. The new unit caters to homeowners and designers demand for a unit dedicated solely to beverages. Saffron joins a wide array of available custom finishes in the Build Your True collection—which also includes Stainless Steel, Gloss Black, Matte Black, Ultra Matte Black, Emerald, Cobalt, Matte White and Antique White. Together with complementary hardware options that include Stainless Steel, Copper, Brass, Pewter, Gold and Chrome—designers and homeowners can now choose from 54 unique combinations available in both full-size and under-counter units.
Bluestar, manufacturer of high-performance kitchen appliances for the home and trailblazer in color innovation—expands its color palette to over 1,000 colors with new matte finishes. The company also offers precise custom color matching to seamlessly match cabinetry to appliances, or vice versa, in a beautiful, durable finish that won’t scratch or fade over time. What’s more, exclusive to BlueStar® in the appliance category, a new cutting-edge printing process allows any image, text, print or pattern to be applied to a range, refrigerator or kitchen hood, in a smooth, satin-like finish that can be easily cleaned.
A visual arts collaborative formed by architecture student Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell, Dear Human balances art and design inspired by world craft traditions, sustainable making, and unconventional material (re)use. With worldly backgrounds—Sokolovic studied at the University of Belgrade in former Yugoslavia before immigrating to Canada during the war, and O’Connell is a RISD graduate and a Fulbright scholar in art and architecture who also spent six years studying and working in art restoration and ceramics in Thailand and China—their designs are just as inventive and globally-inspired as one would expect. Not only do the business and life partners exhibit internationally, but they have been invited artists in residency in Portugal, Mexico, Canada, and Denmark. Dear Human’s hexagon-shaped Paper Tiles (left) are made from 100% post-consumer paper while their Module Lamps—made from colored porcelain, terracotta, and Paper-Rock—allow for endless configurations and design schemes.
Venezuelen designer Ana Volante’s eponymous studio specializes in interior environments, furniture design, and art installations. While Volante has completed residential and commercial projects in Latin America, Europe, and the U.S., it is her grandfather’s artistic legacy and his Brutalist style that has most influenced her work. Her designs incorporate innovative geometric forms, beautiful materiality, and a fine attention to detail and craftsmanship. The Bold Pyramids table’s (right) shapely base is made of striped oak wood topped with brass while the Moonland coffee table melds brass, stainless steel, and wood in one mesmerizing cut-out design.
Fredericks & Mae is a design store helmed by Gabriel Fredericks Cohen and Jolie Mae Signorile that has mastered the art of the gift. Each object they sell tells a story and showcases a love of form and function. “I See You Baby” by Wilderness Bodies, is a one-of-a-kind table clock made of plaster, MDF, oak, plexi, and epoxy with quartz clock movements while Object and Totem’s series of vases and Bubble Lamps (left) form one captivating picture both grouped together or on their own.
New York City-based design atelier Ariana Ost’s mission is to elevate everyday decorative objects and infuse them with a bit of soul and healing energy. In the eye-catching Rainbow Sunburst Healing Crystal Grid (right), a sun-shaped body decorated with healing stones on every other end amplifies the energy of each crystal. Meanwhile, the whimsical Mini Aura Quartz Mobile Ornament features hand-wired stone cluster trios adorning delicate brass chains.
Tickets are now available online at www.addesignshow.com.
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