March 27, 2012

The Architectural Digest Home Design Show Does Not Disappoint!

This past weekend in New York one of the most highly anticipated annual events took over Pier 94.  The Architectural Digest Home Design Show welcomed throngs of designers and design enthusiasts from around the metropolitan area and beyond. 

I was lucky enough to be there on Saturday with some of my favorite fellow design geeks -- my dad and two of my kids!  We met designers and artists; we saw, touched, tested and enjoyed all manner of new and exciting products; we were swept away by magical vignettes.  And all this week you get to live vicariously through us.

I would be remiss if I didn't begin my reporting from the DIFFA Dining By Design section of the show.  DIFFA stands for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, and all proceeds from this area go directly to the Foundation to help fight AIDS.  Here are just a few of the truly stunning dining vignettes....

The Benjamin Moore Color Stories dining room featured a table made of books and colorful paper art -- hanging butterflies, pop-ups, rainbow book covers.

But Jes Gordon and her eponymous event design company had the happiest booth on the block!  Complete color blast!

Click here to see more of this booth on Jes' blog...

We couldn't resist stopping to chat with Jes and her assistant (we found out that we had actually met here last year) about fun people!   Look closely at the butterflies hanging above the table.  Can you tell what they are?  Wire hangers!  Joan Crawford's cast-offs, maybe?

(sorry, I just couldn't help myself!) 

If I wasn't already married I'd want my wedding table to be set like this one by Marchesa for Lenox...

.....So elegant!

And, just in case you were wondering if anyone envisioned a more intimate dining experience, well, it doesn't get more intimate than the space designed by Jonathan Adler for Kravet.

See more pictures of the Jonathan Adler table on the Kravet blog...

A wonderful play on positive and negative space, with a nod to Adler's passion for pottery -- the cutouts are all in various vase shapes!  The chair backs are at least 6 or 7 feet tall, and they all close in together like a puzzle, so once you're in, you're in.  Of course, the waitstaff can always serve a fresh bottle of wine through the vase-window.....

More to come.....

~ Leigh

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