The Architectural Digest Home Show has been a staple of NY design culture for several years, but I have to admit it always seemed a little stuffy to me. This year impressed us all! With the well curated MADE Section showcasing the latest and brightest designers (mostly American made), we had so much fun walking the show. We not only met a bunch of really cool designers but It also inspired us at A2 to start thinking about whats trending, whats out and where would we like product design to be headed. Below are some of our favorites from the show.
VASILIKI'S PICK: Calico Wallpaper + Brendan Ravenhill + Chen Chen & Kai Williams = collaboration booth. This Booth blew me away. It was a stark contrast from some of the more classic booth setups in the Show. I loved the contrast of the brass against the white and black marbled wallpaper and furniture. What I'm excited about is the process that Calico uses to create these striking wallpapers and the simplicity and elegance of Brendan's lighting and Chen + Kai's furniture.
http://calicowallpaper.com/ http://www.brendanravenhill.com/ http://chen-williams.com/
KORINA'S PICK: VOLK Furniture - For me, coming upon Volk at the Arch Digest show felt like a breath of fresh air. The unusual combination of materials such as wood, marble and cork seemed to fit so naturally together while at the same time creating a beautiful contrast in a harmonious way. Somehow it felt new and familiar at the same time. I think the lightness of the furniture, both in terms of structure as well as in color, spoke to my aesthetic as a Scandinavian.
VOLK Furniture is a Brooklyn based company dedicated to the design and fabrication of handcrafted, traditionally joined and finished wood furniture. http://www.volkfurniture.com/about.html
ROI'S PICK: Kino Guerin -Simple with a nice twist - literally. I was naturally drawn to the booth for the whimsy, playfulness and elegance of these pieces. I love Designers who are pushing the material boundaries to create something new. And Kino is no exception. The pieces look effortless but technically very difficult.