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MAY 2018

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EVERY MARCH, THE Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City draws about 40,000 design connoisseurs who come to interact with luxury brands and designers in kitchen, bath and home furnishings, as well as carefully curated, hand-crafted accessories and art pieces. The show never fails to offer design insights and resources geared toward an opulent target market, and this year was no exception. Whether your market is that extravagant one or not, the ideas provide great design inspi- ration. Following are some of the sound bites and trends from this year's show. ABOUT THE SHOW One thing that makes this show unique is that, along with a section devoted mainly to kitchen and bath products and design concepts, it is also very much about home furnishings, art and accessories, and finishing materials and products, from both indepen- dent makers and established manufacturers. It's a great opportunity to source and shop for that unique finishing detail you didn't know you needed, as well as exclusive offerings from the sources you already know. The AD Apartment, this year done by Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson and intended as a contemporary loft, was described as "sophisticated but budget conscious," and it was a good source of design detail concepts, with deep amethyst walls contrasted with white cabinetry and floors and lots of texture that really made the kitchen the focal point of the apartment (https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/ drake-anderson-ad-apartment-architectur- al-digest-design-show). In addition, there were culinary demonstrations, seminars and special appearances – and because of the emphasis on luxury and bespoke art and accessories, the show also provides an op- portunity to see the kitchen and bath from that very different perspective. THIS YEAR'S THEME An overriding theme this year was "beautiful, unexpected and extra-functional," and a some- what "non-kitchen" example was the amazing little wireless projector (Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector by Sony, $999, sony.com) at 3"x5"x5", that could stream a picture bigger than most TV screens. Imagine pulling this high definition projector out of your briefcase and presenting your conceptual drawings to your clients, using their wall as a big screen. In the kitchen and bath, the show's theme trans- lated to recurring messages focused mainly on personalization, with additional emphasis on extreme convenience, connected technology and lighting. Along the lines of personalization and extreme convenience, appliance options from most luxury brands have increased exponen- tially, and this was apparent in many of the exhibits. One stand-out was a 30"-wide column that included beverage storage in the upper 2/3, with two drawers behind the door providing one section of refrigerator temperatures and one of freezer (Sub-Zero). Not a new concept but one with growing options from multiple manufacturers is that of 24"-wide oven offerings, and more than one manufacturer presented ovens with equal heights as well, so that a section of mid- height cabinetry might include a coffee maker with cup warmer drawer, a steam oven with warming drawer and an oven adjacent, of equal dimensions and designed into the cabinetry at comfortable heights. As designers, we've seen that the mantra for cooking appliances, "bigger is better," is shifting to an interest in smaller, modular elements for ovens and cooking surfaces. When the budget is generous, these mod- ules allow for personal preferences and for multiple locations, which can serve a large or a smaller space. Displays of these products also included ventilation systems sized down to coordinate with the smaller cooking modules. Unforgettable were the leather-faced refrig- erator columns (JennAir, limited time offer, supplied by them), and many ranges in satu- rated colors in addition to the black stainless showing up everywhere. Beyond the appliances, cabinet vignettes continued to show incredible accessorization for individualized storage, and for the "beau- tiful, unexpected and extra-functional," bins and brackets planned into the back six inches of the counter/backsplash, or in the center of an island, something we've seen in European design for some time. Also noteworthy were the mechanical or automated moving parts and the frequent use of lighted interiors. The infusion of metals into cabinet aesthetics spread to fittings and hardware as well, with matte black, black stainless and gold making the strongest statements. Open shelves, particularly in these metal finishes, were abundant. Technology continued to be everyone's story, and while most features were not new since KBIS, technology continues to show enhanced features. The message at this show was focused on connected smart home systems and voice-activation. The show stealers were intelligent connected appliances, able to com- municate with a smart hub, a central spot from which home systems like lighting, security and climate are managed. Speaking of extreme con- venience, one smart refrigerator, with a family hub that includes a touchscreen on the front " The overriding theme for the show was 'beautiful, unexpected and extra-functional,' and for the kitchen and bath, this translated to messages focused on personalization, with additional emphasis on convenience, connected technology and lighting." Design Inspiration from the AD Show MARY JO PETERSON, CMKBD, CAPS, CLIPP Fabricated by hand in Italy of antique oak with steel and brass inlays, using craftmanship hand- ed down through many centuries = personalized beauty. Photo: PID Floors, New York, NY 26 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 PLANNING & DESIGN

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