The Architectural Digest Design Show, which opened on Thursday, March 17th, to the design trade and VIP ticket holders, and Friday for the trade and all ticket holders, just wrapped up a four day residence on Manhattan’s West Side. Held within the vast expanse of Piers 94 and 92 on the Hudson River, the show, co-sponsored by The New York Times, featured the most innovative and up-to-the-minute creators of all things marvelous for interiors and home and commercial design at every level. This year marked the largest show in the 15-year history of Architectural Digest’s showcase of the latest and best ideas in home design and products from more than 400 brands in the industry. Whether one is a design professional or simply looking for inspiration, this show delivered on every level. Notable standouts this year were Gaggenau and Bosch, both leading European companies renowned for home appliance design. Gaggenau, which won at the 2008 IF Design Awards in every category in which it was nominated, brought the ultra high end, while Bosch, the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe and one of the leading companies in the sector worldwide, revealed a knack for understanding how to encapsulate that elevated panache for every level.
For the second consecutive year, Gaggenau participated in the annual Dining By Design showcase, presented by the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). This year, Gaggenau collaborated with interior designer and first-time DIFFA participant, Paris Forino, to create a sophisticated vignette in celebration of the brand’s 333rd year anniversary. The lively space, inspired by an iconic Parisian cafe in its most contemporary form, brought to life a tangible experience for guests that perfectly reflected the brand’s passion for design, innovation and culinary culture. As a stylish contrast to the modern technology on display, Forino created a serene and vernal atmosphere, looking to the colors and beauty of her favorite springtime flower, the peony, to inspire a tablescape palette of white, pink and deep crimson.
While staying true to the Parisian theme, Forino curated her vision by asking her favorite French brands to supply gorgeous pieces for her tablescape design. The table was set with china by Bernardaud, crystal glasses by St. Louis and vintage French flatware. The colorful table linens by SFERRA and the chairs surrounding the table by Thonet complimented Gaggenau’s pure and timeless design. In order to enhance her guests’ senses and create a euphoric experience, Forino displayed fresh peonies throughout the space from New York City’s flower district for an aesthetically pleasing contrast to the contemporary look of Gaggenau’s stainless steel appliances – the perfect coercion of nature and technology.
Bosch home appliances, the premier European kitchen design brand, is expanding its award-winning Benchmark and small spaces kitchen lines with the introduction of new cooktop and refrigeration products. With a focus on designing appliances that are “Invented for Life,” Bosch demonstrated this philosophy with a tidy and efficient kitchen model that perfectly fit the most important home appliances in one small corner. A washer and dryer stacked neatly in a closet next to a small, yet deep, dishwasher, and the refrigerator was a perfect bookend to the range top. Bosch clearly understands a NYC apartment dweller’s need for form and function.
For the third consecutive year, Roche Bobois participated in the annual Dining By Design event. This year, Roche Bobois’ dining environment, designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group, was unlike any other with a unique vision inspired by water in its three forms: liquid, solid and gas. Designed by Fabrice Berrux, the AQUA table’s water drop-shaped base – cut entirely from a single block of Carrara marble- evoked a water droplet frozen in time, and extended seamlessly into a black Fenix-coated polyurethane top with self healing properties. LAB-generated custom projections played against a mist “screen” in front of the table while glass vessels filled with water (table centerpieces and hung above the table as pendent lights) reflected the surrounding lights and projections and created the illusion of water caustics.
An all-time high of over 40,000 attendees toured through Piers 92 and 94 this year, with a 15% increase in trade over 2015. At Pier 94 the AD Design Show presented 420 exceptional design brands, 11 powerful programs and a myriad of special events.