The Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2012, which ran through Sunday, March25 at Pier 94 in New York City, was the largest ever, with more than 420 exhibitors. This year’s event featured an extensive kitchen and bath area as well as an expanded MADE section, where individual artisans display collectible, handcrafted objects and furniture. Dining by Design, a special exhibition that raises money for design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), featured more than 40 awe-inspiring tabletop installations. Dining environments created through a series of collaborations between designers and design brands. These whimsical installations raise funds to support direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk.
On March 25, a select group of lucky guests got to enjoy an extravagant dining experience as the grand finale. DIFFA hosted a benefit dinner in the space on Monday evening, and Ralph Lauren chief retail creative officer Alfrede Paredes – whose home is featured on the chover of AD’s April issue – was honored.
In its 11th year, the show brought innovation right to the fingertips of design enthusiasts with a hefty arsenal of products and special events. There was also a line-up of design seminars presented by The New York Times that featured speakers from the Sustainable Furnishings Council and Architizer.
Boca do Lobo, Portugal’s largest furniture manufacturer, has showcased its Pixel Cabinet, a luxurious storage área for all jewelry and makeup. The Cabinet was made from 1.088 triangles which are created from gold leaf, silver leaf, lacquering, and 10 different types of wood leaf. The Bronx mirror, the Guggenheim Cabinet and the Metropolis Console were the highlights of this portuguese exclusive design brand.
Ligne Roset, Farrow & Ball, Koket, Delightfull, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams and Aviva Stanoff were, along with the brand mentioned above, the kings of the AD Home Show.
Though MADE – a gallery featuring original design, art and more – had plenty of artists and designers, Wild Chairy Studio was the most memorable. It is a company that creates one-of-a-kind seating made from salvaged furniture and sustainable construction. Their funky twist on vintage finds is unforgettable and a must see.