The 13th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show (ADHDS), March 20-23, annually held at Pier 94 in New York City, was (and is) a premier showcase for luxury products and cutting-edge designs from close to 400 brands. The four-day fair showcased the best in the home design and luxury market and features more than 300 exhibitors and close to 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, electronics, ceramics, stone and tile, wall covering, lighting, outdoor products, and more. From product launches, theater programming, and special events, the show is (and was) a must-attend for the industry’s top professionals and discerning consumers. Next year’s show dates are March 19-22, 2015.
More than 40,000 attendees from across the globe took to the aisles to discover distinctive items for their projects, visit the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio for exciting seminars presented by Architectural Digest and The New York Times, and experience the Shops at ADHDS, a new curation of cash-and-carry storefronts, and the first-ever outdoor pavilion. Exhibitors noted the marked increase in attendance, including a remarkable 55 percent increase in the number of design trade attendees, and came away with productive leads from both discerning industry professionals and consumer visitors.
Giulio Capua, vice president and publisher, Architectural Digest credits the show’s wide range of offerings for helping to set the tone for a successful weekend. “We’ve continued to innovate the show experience and programming by creating a showcase in step with industry trends,” he said. “This year, attendees experienced a wealth of great design—from of one-of-a-kind artisan pieces to new product launches from top manufacturers and design studios to important technologies leading the smart home revolution.”
A showcase of some of the finest home furnishings manufacturers and leading designers present their latest lines and projects. A wide range of exquisite offerings from around the world including contemporary and classic furniture, lighting, carpets, decorative accessories, textiles, art and more. The juried MADE galleries showcase the work of craftsman, artists and designers of limited edition and one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings. Internationally renown and newly emerging talent present unique, beautiful and imaginative works in a range of mediums. The largest collection of luxury and premium kitchen, bath and building products in North America. reFRESH offers international product debuts, innovations in technology, state-of-the-art design and culinary demonstrations from leading chefs. Appliances, cabinets, tile & stone, bath fittings & fixtures, windows, doors, hardware, security systems, smart home technology and more.
DIFFA’s National Dining By Design program launched at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show., as usual, featured spectacular displays of cuisine, creativity, and glamour with bespoke dining environments offer table viewings and parties that benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting HIV/AIDS.
Susan McCullough, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) senior vice president, continued, “The Architectural Digest Home Design Show is more than just a tradeshow. It is a comprehensive, yet curated, boutique-feeling celebration of design. We are so thankful to our exhibitors, sponsors, attendees, partners at Architectural Digest and DIFFA’s Dining By Design, and the entire MMPI/Vornado team for making this year’s edition such a great success. We look forward to 2015.” Exhibitors, both new and returning, reported high traffic and quality interaction with attendees, which made for new business opportunities, exposure, and mutually beneficial exchanges. “Our experience this year has been outstanding,” said Myles Mayo, Ligne Roset design consultant. “There’s been lots of traffic—more so than other years. We sold everything in our display by the second day.” Steve Proctor of returning exhibitor True Professional Series agreed, “We’ve been exhibiting here for more than five years and this year’s show has been a standout. We saw a lot of quality consumers who are renovating and building new homes. The show gives you great exposure to a good mix of consumer and trade. We’re able to connect to the trade and learn about trends from them, which we can then impart to the consumers.”
And it isn’t just the veterans who felt this way. Alex Rosenhaus, co-owner, designer and builder of Alex Drew and No One, a Detroit-based furniture and design company, which launched at the show, stated, “It has far exceeded our expectations. We’ve been able to connect with seasoned interior designers and consumers who have told us that they have been blown away by the quality of exhibitors. If even 5 percent of our leads work out we’ll be doing just wonderfully.” Fellow newcomer Russell Dagenais of Fleurco shared, “We are a first-time exhibitor but have done a lot of trade shows, and this has been one of the best. We’ve given away more than 3,000 of our catalogues to potential clients, so that just shows how valuable it has been. We think we’ll get some nice business from this.” World-class design professionals flocked to the show in record numbers this year to attend a range of curated seminars featuring top names in design discussing everything from smart home technology to launching and running a successful design business. Attendees were also on the lookout for trends, industry updates, educational opportunities, and superior products. “I always enjoy the Architectural Digest Home Design Show – it’s the best of the best,” said renowned designer Campion Platt. “This year, I was struck by the amount of bespoke offerings and customization. I find this to be a real trend in our niche world of high design that has extended beyond simply finding the best fabric for a room.” American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) New York Metro President Susan Anthony remarked, “In an age when consumers are often relying on the Internet to shop for home products, it is more important than ever for professional designers and architects to gather the latest design intelligence by experiencing in person those products they recommend to their clients. The Architectural Digest Home Design Show makes it easy to do just that. It is the best show for featuring luxury goods and appliances that in many cases are being shown to the public for the first time.” Her chapter, which annually chooses its ASID NY Top Picks, a juried selection of the best products at the show, also organized a national event, Live from New York, so that members from around the country could experience all the show had to offer. Fellow ASID member and award-winning designer Laura Bohn of LBDA said, “The energy level and quality of presentation at this year’s AD Home Design Show was as high as I’ve ever seen it.” The Architectural Digest Home Design Show is produced by Vornado/Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), and co-sponsored by Architectural Digest and The New York Times. http://www.ADHomeDesignShow.com.