Highlights of the Architectural Digest Design Show
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Featuring the largest independent design show in North America, the Architectural Digest Design Show (AD Design Show) is New York’s destination for discovering emerging, contemporary design talent in the curated section, MADE, and luxury showrooms in FURNISH and REFRESH.
Now in its 18th year, the 2019 edition was held at New York City’s Piers 92 and 94, and saw record turnout with more than 400 furniture, lighting and accessories brands, plus kitchen appliances, bath fixtures and flooring. The fair, which ran from March 21st through the 24th, is an invitation to experience the best in contemporary American design. To follow, we’ve highlighted a few names that caught our eye and deserve some praise.
At the age of 26, Azulina Home founder Melissa Moriarty quit her consulting job in Chicago and moved down south to sunny Medellin, Colombia, ready to start anew in the tropical, South American metropolis. Inspired by local craftsmanship and artisanal traditions, Moriarty took a leap and launched what would eventually become Azulina Home: a socially responsible business rooted in sourcing beautiful, handmade goods for the home. Handmade in Colombia, the brand combines artisanal techniques with modern designs to create decor collections inspired by Moriarty’s global travels. azulinahome.com
Founded by French-Chinese Sierra Yip-Bannicq and Paraguayan Jazmin de la Guardia in 2016, Franca is a multi-cultural design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. Sierra and Jazmin draw inspiration from their diverse cultural backgrounds, creating playful, contemporary products that speak to simplicity and well-made handicrafts. Check out their cheeky new Tatas pattern, an unabashed nod to ‘the girls’ and a covetable item for any proud lady. francanyc.com
Tropicalia by Kiara Matos
Wallpaper Projects + Kin & Company
This awe-inspiring collaboration between New York-based studios Wallpaper Projects and Kin & Company showcased the well-paired contrast of steel and glass furniture, set on a backdrop of shimmering, iridescent, dusty metal finish wallpaper. Displaying Kin & Company’s Wave coffee table, Slip mirror and oversized Cascade mobile beside the added depth of the brand new custom Patina Studios wallpaper designed by Amanda Dandeneau and Colombian David Jimenez of boutique design studio Wallpaper Projects, the booth was a show highlight in every way. wallpaperprojects.com