More than 45,000 people flocked to Pier 94 in New York City from March 22 through March 25 for the 11th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Here, they explored thousands of ideas to enhance their living spaces, shopped the latest products, and got inspired with programs and presentations by industry insiders.Trade and consumers alike found the programming interesting and informative. For trade day, registration was made easy with online registration, sponsored by Eldorado Stone.
Here, just a few of the highlights from this year's show.
THE EVOLVING KITCHEN SEMINAR, sponsored by La Cornue
Chef and cookbook author John “Doc” Willoughby moderated a panel discussion on the essential ingredients for a 21st-century kitchen. Joining him were panelists Anne M. Puricelli, director of La Cornue North America, kitchen designer Karen Williams from Karen Williams Designs, and chef-owner of Barbuto restaurant Jonathan Waxman. This stimulating dialogue explored today’s top trends and provided tips for designing the ultimate cooking and dining environments.
After the seminar, guests were treated to a lunch catered by Jonathan Waxman's Barbuto in La Cornue's show booth. Here, La Cornue's new $100,000 oven made its U.S. debut.
LINCOLN AUTO PAVILION & MADE IN AMERICA SEMINAR
Show attendees were encouraged to stop by Show Auto Sponsor Lincoln's Auto Pavilion to see the company's new MKZ concept car up close and personal. Plus, they had a chance to create their own designs with clay and voice design opinions through an interactive word-cloud projection. As part of the programming on the opening day of the show, WNYC's Leonard Lopate moderated a Lincoln-sponsored discussion attended by more than 200 people on what makes American design and manufacturing unique in a business climate that's virtually borderless. Joining the discussion was Lincoln's chief interior designer Soo Kang, BDDW founder and lead designer Tyler Hays, founding owner of Questroyal Fine Art Louis M. Salerno, and artist and jewelry designer Jill Platner.
DIFFA'S DINING BY DESIGN NY 2012
DIFFA'S DINING BY DESIGN is a celebration of cuisine, creativity, and glamour as evidenced by one-of-a-kind dining environments. Sponsored nationally by EFFEN® Vodka and La Crema, DINING BY DESIGN brings together renowned designers for a good cause. For this year's event, top designers created stunning tables to raise money for DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Check back soon for a slideshow of some of our favorites, including Liebherr's table designed by Libby Langdon (shown).
AD100 DESIGNER CONSULTATION SUITE
One of the most popular attractions at the show, the new AD100 Designer Consultation Suite, designed by Vicente Wolf, allowed attendees to register for a one-on-one, 20-minute session with select interior designers from the offices of AD100 honorees, including Mark Hampton LLC, Campion Platt, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Robert Couturier Inc., Thad Hayes, and more. Featured in the consultation area was furniture from Crate & Barrel as well as a BOSE® experience where guests were able to interact with the BOSE® VideoWave® Entertainment System and then enter for a chance to win one, which combines a 46" 1080p LCD TV home-theater sound system and music system into one revolutionary product (valued at $4,999).
Another popular giveaway was featured in the U-Line booth and offered a chance to win two wine glasses from the Orefors by Karl Lagerfeld collection, featured in the October issue of Architectural Digest, and a copy of Michael Webb’s winery book, Adventurous Wine Architecture.
Photos: Jude Domski
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