23 Mar Report Back: Architectural Digest Design Show 2017
Last weekend I traveled into the city to attend Architectural Digest’s 16th annual Design Show, where a world of design inspiration awaited me. Spanning New York’s Pier 92 and 94, more than 400 brands came together to showcase design and renovation sources from manufacturers and independent makers.
As I roamed in and out of each aisle, admiring the talent and innovation that surrounded me, I was reminded as to why the ADDesign Show remains one of my favorite events to attend each year. Industry professionals outfitting for their latest projects mixed with homeowners looking for renovation inspiration, makes for a fun, lively crowd. Passion fills the air, as designers and artist interact with event goers intrigued by everything from state-of-the-art appliances to new furniture collections to (a crowd favorite) independent, on-the-rise designs.
Below is a list of 4 of my favorite designers from this year’s show. These designers stood out in a big way…
Our hands, Our future. Founder of Sein + Co., Alexandra Gibson, has created a unique company that produces luxury handmade knit apparel items and home furnishings. Each piece is sustainably made and ethically produced. I had the pleasure of speaking with Alexandra about the inspiration behind Sein + Co. and the process behind the brand. She informed me that she found inspiration during her travels to Peru and Argentina. Working closely with local artisans and workshops to produce their designs.
For nearly 20 years, Justin Teilhet has been creating beautiful ceramic vessels. It was not until 8 years that Justin decided to work exclusively with porcelain. The visual simplicity of these porcelain pieces automatically caught my eye during the show and a sense of tranquility washed over me as I admired every detail. I loved that each of his pieces were displayed in compositions of two or more objects.
Located in the middle of the show floor, Patick Weder displayed pieces inspired by naturally occurring forms and raw materials. Pushing the limits of practical application, Weder’s designs can be best described as streamline architectural elegance coupled with sculptural refinement. I can definitely see these pieces integrating seamlessly with any residential or commercial space!
FEYZ is a New York and Istanbul-based, multi-disciplinary design studio. Based on the notion that design can change the world, owner Feyza Köksal carefully considers each detail to create thoughtful, beautiful, and functional designs. Köksal spoke with me about the different cities and cultures that had a heavy influence on her designs, as well as their ability to utilize natural materals, traditional and contemporary application methods, and detail orientated fabrication. FEYZ designs are a fun and creative way to freshen up with home or work space.
About Architectural Digest Design Show: The world’s leading brands along with today’s top talent come together in a carefully curated presentation of design, offering inspired vignettes by respected brands, design seminars, culinary demonstrations, and special appearances. From furniture, accessories, lighting, and art to kitchen, bath, and building projects, the show offers thousands of products to source and shop—both from independent makers and established manufacturers. Now in its 16th year, the Architectural Digest Design Show draws approximately 40,000 design aficionados to interact with incredible design displays from more than 400 brands.