Once a year the Architectural Design Show hits NYC and I always make a point of attending it. This year, Daniel & I were short of time so we had to almost do the ‘AD Tour’ on the fly. We had a total of 1 HOUR (!) to catch up with our favorites! Not to worry. we are both pros and I think we filled that hour with some fabulous visits.
We immediately went to visit my new design neighbor and source for exquisite lighting and furniture, Elite Home. They have partnered up with a new company from Spain and my friend, Sasha Shvartsman, who is my main man at Elite, showed me a grand cabinet with mystical door carvings and a stunning wood carved base. Saving this one for our next hotel project or turnkey project on the horizon!
Then we high-tailed it over to Hubbardton Forge Lighting. We had just selected a contemporary chandelier at Roche Bobois for the hallways in a hotel project and wanted to verify the specs and finishes with Jeanne-Marie Gand, the VP of Marketing, who was there. Lucky for us, the fixture was displayed at another company we work with, Ferguson Bath & Kitchen. We loved the fixture even more in person!
Around the corner we ran into Brabbu Design Forces , a new company that we are considering adding to our repertoire, along with their sister company Koket. Brabbu might be more our style but Koket has some exciting lighting and cabinetry. They are both Portuguese companies and it is quite interesting to incorporate that European slant into our design. Always have to keep the design-edge, right?
Down the aisle was another favorite of ours, Naula. They create beautiful upholstery pieces…one offs as well as their own line of furnishings…and we found our two friends, Angel (the owner) and Michael (chief assistant #1) relaxing on a fantastic two level lounge piece they had created for the space. They also created original pieces for the DIFFA lounge area this year. As you can see, they are quite generous within the design industry in their participation during various design events.
If you are looking for wonderful children’s furnishings you need go no further than Rooms By Zoya B. Zoya is also a friend of ours, since we did the Kips Bay Designers Show House together a few years back. Her pieces are beautifully executed and her large imagination adds a dimension that makes them outstanding. It’s always in the details, and her furniture has this covered perfectly.
Just as we were about to leave, we dashed across two aisles to talk with the ladies from Forsyth. They specialize in covering traditional and contemporary pieces of furniture with South African Burchell zebra hides…or Brazilian cowhides and New Zealand sheepskins. LUV these pieces! You should check them out just to receive their Saturday Marnin Cartoons as an email…they always put a big smile on my face!
Then, we scooted to the exit and made our last stop of the hour at Palo Samko. Palo wasn’t there but his beautiful wife, Ivana, was. Lucky for us as we got to see his latest and greatest designs, which included a dezignlicious new sofa…super comfy and appointed with all of Palo’s signature style…and a new chair with sculpted metal arms that is to die for! I met Palo many years ago when he was first starting out and he always continues to delight me with his meticulous execution and understated designs. I knew then he was a keeper!
Off to my next event of the day, a restaurant (American Cuts) opening in the Lombardy Hotel! Ah, life in the fast lane…
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!