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30.3.12

Top Picks from the 2012 Architectural Digest Show

Today I'm reflecting on the Architecture Digest Show that took place last week at Pier 94. Those types of fairs are informative, and excellent for product sourcing. But sadly, the AD Show have seen more misses than hits, over the years.

Left: In Memory and Hope
And so it was a breath of fresh air, when I discovered a few vendors who were pushing the limits with innovative ideas, and designs. I loved the Rockwell's Group's table concept for DIFFA Dining by Design. It was simple and inviting, with this underlining theatrical effect to it. David Rockwell's new textiles for Jim Thompson worked well with the playful, and dramatic surface of the table which was covered in a warm white wax.

The Rockwell Group 2012 Dining by Design for DIFFA
Photos courtesy Strohl & Co
 Whimsy
Mark A. Perry Sculptor
 Sculptural Forms
Contemporary Vases from artist Young Mi Kim, Cocobolo Design
 Vibrant Hues
Luxurious Qashqai blankets from D. Bryant Archie Textiles
 Rio Hamilton from Neidermaier
Fall 2012 Furniture Collection
The Curator's Eye
Robert A.M. Stern Stern Collection

Photos courtesy High End Weekly

Robert A.M. Stern's booth was beautifully curated, and brought to mind Maison Gerard's gallery spaces. The furniture was offset by a gorgeous white-washed herringbone floor. I'm so glad that my friend Rio Hamilton from Neidermaier brought the booth to my attention! Speaking of Neidermaier, their furniture collection are always so stylish, and in accord with hospitality, and residential projects. Did I mention how chic they are? I've always been impressed with D. Brynat Archie's striking hand-made, vibrant, yet subdued, luxurious fabrics. Her new resort collection of 100% cotton fabrics, pillows, throws and bed covers reminds me of Marrakesh. How exotic!

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