Retail Observer

May 2018

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MAY 2018 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 13 T he SHOPS section offered discerning design enthusiasts an option to purchase their favorite items right on the spot. The retail boutique element of the show featured a highly curated selection of décor, gifts, tabletop accessories, objets d'art, and more. The 2018 lineup featured 12 newcomers including: Ariana Ost, Marigold Style, Saved NY and Richard Clarkson Studio. Design inspiration continued in the Dacor Theater, the official show theater, which hosted exclusive seminars with more than 30 of the industry's top visionaries. The topics covered everything from classic color palettes to contemporary trends. For the second consecutive year, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, Amy Astley, took the show stage to moderate a special keynote conversation with the most prominent families of design: Aerin Lauder, Alexa Hampton, and India Hicks. The programming also featured leading interior designers and industry insiders: Joe Nahem, Jason Oliver Nixon, John Loecke, Genevieve Gorder, Charles Pavarini III, Björn Björnsson, Jill Cohen, Fern Mallis, and Lori Weitzner, to name a few. Alexa Hampton, famed interior designer on Amy Astley's moderated panel, "The Royal Families of Design," remarked, "The AD Design Show never fails to live up to the high standards it has set year after year—it keeps raising the bar. It has been an honor to sit on panels over the years as the quality of the audience is as impressive as the roster of manufacturers who show. I never leave without a thorough walk through the aisles and, I'm not ashamed to say, some inspiration to take home with me." Jason Oliver Nixon, part of the duo behind international interior design firm, Madcap Cottage, and panelist on "Daring Design Details: Cold Colors, Patterns, and Finishes," commented, "John (Loecke) and I loved being part of a panel discussion at the AD Show, such a terrific, engaged audience with wonderful questions. And then to wander the show after and discover new vendors who will certainly become part of our design little black book. A beautifully produced and holistic show." Adding to the excitement, New York's most anticipated display of design brilliance in dining environments, the DINING BY DESIGN exhibit, was another big draw. Benefiting DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, the co-located event featured creative dining environments from the country's leading designers and companies, and raised over $700,000 for the cause this year. The Architectural Digest Design Show will return next year to Piers 92 & 94, March 21-24, 2019. For additional updates, visit or follow the Architectural Digest Design Show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. THE ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST DESIGN SHOW: A SENSATIONAL SHOW

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