A Day in the Life at the AD Design Show

03/23/2017 15:59:03
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We are honored to share these highlights from this year’s AD Design Show through the eyes of Baldwin Design Council Member, Carol Kurth, of Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors. 

As usual the show doesn't disappoint when it comes to the national brands. The appliance group this year was a true standout. Technology is really changing the way we think and use everything from doorknobs to appliances. In fact, doorknobs are actually now like an appliance - just check out the new Baldwin Evolved!

Baldwin’s Evolved models could be seen walking throughout the show with looks that were totally on point. The highlight: their neon blue slotted shades!

Speaking of appliances and cool, I especially loved the Dacor booth with its blackened stainless refrigeration modules, stainless insides and even a camera system inside, linked to your phone so you can check out your fridge remotely when out grocery shopping. Is this the new necessity? Regardless, the refrigerator units are just divine, flush, clean and luxurious looking. And their booth has a fabulous art piece exterior, made up of a few hundred illuminated range knobs - awesome!

I was also impressed with the new JennAir line of cooktops. Sleek and beautiful, while also sturdy and sophisticated looking. A beautiful booth.

Other appliance vendors with great booths include True, Smeg (who doesn't need a $50k Dolce& Gabbana refrigerator?), Thermador, SubZero/Wolf and Gaggeneau.

There were lots of kitchen cabinetry to check out along with some great new plumbing fixtures from Waterworks and large format tiles from Porcelanosa.

In terms of the ‘maker’ side of things, I always enjoy looking for new talent and finding innovators in the lighting and furniture realm.

A few standouts were Ethan Abramson and his new steel side table with wood inlay, Eidos glass with their multi-pendant fixture featuring cylindrical smoky glass tubes, as well as Borealis Studios from Vermont who have a trio of talented craftsmen - a potter, a glass blower and a lighting designer.Their pieces incorporate one another's talents, but also stand well on their own. Exquisite work!

I ended the show with a visit to my favorite floral designer, Ovando. Their pieces are absolutely stunning. I love the architectural elements of their presentation. They are great for their dynamic design and are great statement pieces.

Having just completed a very cool apartment project and looking for a unique gift, I spotted an amazing glass vessel terrarium layered with dramatic black and white sand complete with artfully arranged miniature succulents. A piece so beautiful that I had it sent for delivery to my client!

A perfect way to conclude my day at the AD Show. Mission accomplished!

Carol Kurth, FAIA ASID
Carol Kurth Architecture + Carol Kurth Interiors
| Baldwin Design Council |

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