Product Highlights from Architectural Digest Home Design Show

My friend and I got complimentary tickets to attend the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Have you heard of it?  Whether you’re an industry professional or a design enthusiast looking for inspiration, the annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show—a four-day event featuring the best in home design from more than 300 brands—has something for you. It’s a premier event that’s held in New York City and showcases the best in new designs for all rooms; bathrooms, master bedrooms, lounges etc and features furniture, lighting, kitchenware and bath products. It’s a lucrative and influential development of the magazine Architectural Digest. Let’s have a little of its history:

Architectural Digest is an American monthly magazine founded some time ago-in 1920. Its principal subject is interior design, despite the slightly misleading name of the magazine. The magazine is published by Condé Nast Publications, which also publishes eight international editions of Architectural Digest, including one in the UK.

The magazine has been said to have a rather affluent and style-conscious readership, and is subtitled “The International Design Authority”. But this swagger is merited as it certainly acts not only as a pointer to what’s “in” in the world of interior design, but is actually a trendsetter itself. The magazine also oversees the “AD100”, a list of top 100 architects and interior designers around the world.

Architectural Digest Magazine is a great way to see amazing interior design and beautiful rooms and homes each month.  But what better way to see designs than “in the flesh” at the annual show? The most recent show was a truly incredible “live” reflection of the magazine with no less than 300 furnishing companies displaying their wares in gorgeous vignettes at Pier 94 on the west side of Manhattan, New York City.

It’s not just interior designs that are featured in the magazine and in the shows. If you’re looking for high quality outdoor furniture and accessories, has just about everything you could possible want.  This doesn’t just include outdoor garden furniture but also statues and fountains. From this company’s Bishan collection there is an impressive six piece “conversation area” including a glass coffee table that can convert to an ottoman for additional seating with a cushion. The furniture is constructed from synthetic wicker with an aluminium frame and self-draining mesh bottoms to allow quick drying after rain or washing.

One of the exhibits at the show brought gasps of admiration even from seasoned interior design commentators. It was Karkula’s 21 Series chandelier in the main entry hall of the show. Formed of a matte porcelain subtly and delicately folded and wrapped around a borosilicate glass trumpet formed light diffuser.  It would be absolutely amazing in any formal dining room and it’s likely that you’d be distracted from your food and keep gazing up at it!

Kids are not forgotten- there are traditional swings and also outdoor climbing frames that are not only fun for them to play on, but are also aesthetically pleasing as architectural design statements in their own right. A sort of adult/child gazebo conundrum. That’s what I like about the show and the magazine- you’re constantly surprised and delighted by the inventiveness of what you see!

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