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JUN 2017

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MANY OF US grew up with Architectural Digest as the premier coffee table magazine in our family homes. Our mothers studied it to guide their style choices and we had its luxe presence throughout our formative years. It's fair to say that since its first appearance in 1920, AD has existed in the public's imagination – if not always in designers' – as an ultimate arbiter of wealth and status decor. There's value in that position – value that can be leveraged in other ways – and the Architectural Digest Design Show has been successful in doing so these past 16 years. The 2017 show attracted more than 40,000 design trade and enthusiast attendees in a wintry March quartet of days on New York's Piers 92 and 94. Like the similarly structured Dwell on Design event in Los Angeles, the AD Show has a trade/media-only day to lead off the festivities on a weekday, and a rush of public attendance on the weekend (AD's show is open to the public Friday through Sunday). Both shows also have a strong mix of global brands and eclectic artisans. AD organizes the latter in their own area called MADE, rather than spreading them throughout the halls. It's likely that both events compete for the same marketing dollars, too, though geography certainly makes a good case for bigger players to exhibit at both. Here are some of the trends on display for kitchen and bath trend spotters at AD. CUSTOMIZABLE/MODULAR COOKING Cooking enthusiasts will continue to enjoy the trend toward being able to customize their cook- ing space with new modular cooking surfaces, different sizing and color choices. These aren't new trends, but they are welcome ones for de- signers and homeowners alike. Ilve showed off its modular cooking system with a steam insert and removable griddle. The brand also offered a 40" induction range and the ability to custom- ize either its induction or gas ranges with RAL (similar to Pantone) color choices. Jenn-Air also introduced a modular cooktop program, which included an induction wok and a low-maintenance stainless steel griddle. Gaggenau showed off a new 36" convection oven that can be installed under-counter or in wall. That should be a real boon to those who entertain with caterers or catering trays. OTHER APPLIANCE TRENDS Cooking was only part of the appliance story. Another trend on display was handle-free appli- ances. These aren't new either, but they appear to be expanding. One of the most practical applications is Thermador's new 36" built-in refrigerator, which you can open with a knee. That works great when you're holding a big plate of ribs that needs to marinate overnight or you want your appliances to be completely integrated, but it will be interesting to see how they address toddlers and pets bumping into them. Gaggenau has also expanded its handle-free line with an espresso machine and dishwasher (Miele and Wolf have also shown off handle-free appliances in the past). Appliance makers continue to look beyond stainless steel at other finishes. In addition to Ilve's custom color program (which Dacor has Trends from the Architectural Digest Show BY JAMIE GOLD, CKD, CAPS Modular cooking surfaces with a variety of sizing and color choices, handle-free appliances, custom finishes and a revitalization of mid-century modern were hot trends at the recent AD Show in New York City. True continued the 'stainless alternative look' trend with its new luxurious refrigeration finishes. Native Trails showed off its new finishes in its Santorini series. Gaggenau introduces its 36" ovens, which can be used as wall or undercounter ovens. Airslate delivers natural slate style in a new ultra- thin, bendable wall surface from Porcelanosa. Steam punk and brass inspire industrial funky McKenzie & Keim light fixtures. Photo: True Refrigeration Photo: Native Trails Photo: McKenzie & Keim Photo: Porcelanosa Photo: Gaggenau 38 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2017 TREND SPOTTING

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