Retail Observer

May 2018

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM MAY 2018 10 T he 17th annual exhibition drew more than 40,000 design aficionados and boasted over 400 of the world's leading brands. A place for discovery and inspiration, the four- day event featured close to 100 new exhibitors, as well as new introductions in furniture, accessories, lighting, art, kitchen, bath, and building projects from independent makers and established manufacturers. A powerful program of special events and design seminars — led by today's top talent — added to the comprehensive and rich design experience. According to Susan McCullough, senior vice president, Vornado | theMart, "The AD Design Show is synonymous with luxury. Trade professionals and homeowners have come to recognize it as a must-attend event each year. Not only will attendees discover the best of the best, they are treated to an insider sneak peek of what's to come in the interior design world." Jeff Petersen, director of exhibitor sales continued, "We constantly look for new ways to engage our audience. This year we launched a special section called Designer Focus, which gave attendees a chance to discuss ideas and inspirations with trained professionals. We also brought in a beautiful new exhibition of Portuguese design. Our four cornerstone sections — REFRESH, FURNISH, MADE, and SHOPS — featured a myriad of first-time exhibitors and new product launches." A wide mix of both international and national companies, the FURNISH section hosted an array of contemporary and classic furniture, lighting, carpets and rugs, decorative accessories, textiles, and art. FURNISH finds included key returnees like Artifact, Altitude Furnishings, Sossego, Nourison Rug Corp, Woven Concepts and Koket, to name a few. These were complemented by close to 30 new exhibitors including: 2nd Ave. Lighting, Hunter Douglas, Scout Design Studio, Taylor Murphy Design Studio, Kings Haven, Couture Outdoor, and more. There was no shortage of innovative kitchen, bath, luxury appliances, and premium building products in the REFRESH section. Franke made its REFRESH debut with Chef Center Z — an entirely new concept that transforms the sink into the heart of the kitchen, and the kitchen into the heart of the home. Aster Cucine, Architectural Grille and Hans Krug were other notable new additions. MADE, the nation's largest dedicated showcase of independent art and design, welcomed close to 80 new artisans and brands from all over the U.S. From funky pastel patterned wallpapers to sharp geometric furniture, makers showed off their wares in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials. Consort Design, Wallpaper Projects, Kin and Company, Debra Folz Design, and Brook Landscape were just a few of the fresh faces at the show this year. THE ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST DESIGN SHOW: A SENSATIONAL SHOW

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