Over 40,000 home design enthusiasts, including interior designers, homeowners, trade professionals, showroom owners, retailers and assorted journalists will be heading for New York’s Pier 94 at the end of March. And, here we declare an interest, amongst them will be the fifteen widely read and respected design and lifestyle bloggers from Europe and the US who are the heart and soul of Modenus’ BlogTour New York City. So why all the excitement about the Architectural Digest Home Design Show?
The AD show, as it is affectionately known, is different from the others and it isn’t easy to explain exactly why. Yes, there are nearly 400 brands on display, seminars, presentations, book signings and cooking demonstrations. But there is something else.
There are, of course, lots of big brands, lots of high end designers and manufacturers. Plenty of new work and fresh ideas and inspiration displayed by knowledgeable folk who are more than happy to tell you about their wares.
There is MADE. This will be the fifth year the AD show has created a space for individual artists and designers of one off and limited edition objects and furnishings. This is the place for surprises, extraordinary workmanship and work created with love and dedication. The artists, designers and artisans are often the people you find at the stand. Some will shyly tell you their stories, others swell with pride, all are fascinating. The work is for sale and the makers will often be happy to talk about commissions and customization. If MADE were all there was at the AD Show it would still be worth the trip.
But wait, there’s more. DIFFA’s Dining by Design would be another good, or even sole reason to make your way to Pier 94. The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, to give it its full name, is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education. Dining by Design is an exhibition, and indeed a cocktail party – this is Manhattan, after all. The exhibition sets leading designers the challenge of designing a dinner table setting for ten people. This is no show for shrinking violets. Everyone one has their favorites, including Modenus, but our lips are sealed.
The Architectural Digest Home design Show is like a gathering of the tribes, an extended family reunion. This is the place for familiar faces, new friends, gossip, surprises and inspiration. It is, at once, welcoming and accessible, stimulating and exciting.
You can see a great selection of the work that will be on display on the AD Exhibitors’ Showcase, powered by everyone’s favourite Interior Design resource, but really, you need to be there.
Look forward to seeing you at the end of March!
Architectural Home Design Show
March 22-25, 2012
Pier 94 , 55th Street at 12 Avenue, NYC.