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MADE: Our 10 Favorite Finds From The Architectural Digest Show
Every year, just as the first spring days are making their long awaited appearance, design lovers in the New York area are treated to the Architectural Digest Design Show. This year, the show ran between March 17th and 20th and featured an amazing array of highlights. For the eighth year running, the show brought us the stunning combination of design and social activism that is the Dining by Design exhibition by DIFFA. The annual event features a vast assortment of sponsored concept tables as... part of a fundraising effort aimed at providing care and education to fight the continuing AIDS epidemic. Meanwhile, designer, Amy Lau created a fantastic designer's lounge punctuated with massive wall displays.
On the floor, the massive space was filled from end to end with booths featuring the very best in all categories of the home. From textiles and accessories to wall-hanging artwork and even the newest, top-of-the-line equipment for kitchens of every size, shape, and food preference, it was a design wonderland where something delightful awaited around every corner. Of course, with so much going on, there's never time to see everything. And some sections will inevitably take up more of your time than others. And once again, as I wandered the aisles and took note of everything I was seeing, there was one area I just couldn't seem to get myself to leave.
Out of all of the pieces that go into making up the Architectural Digest show, the MADE section is undeniably one of my favorite areas. Compromised of a full 150 designers, this section - which is also a juried gallery competition - features artists, weavers, sculptors and other assorted makers and fabricators from all over the country. This phenomenal display - designed by Keita Turner - was from The Harlem Candle Company.
More than any other part of the show, the MADE section is where I go when I'm looking for something unlike anything I've seen before. The works seen there are not only beautiful, they are all cutting edge, combining new technologies and traditional techniques with innovative perspectives to create something special. And, after spending many hours exploring the aisles, I've put together a list of 10 of the brands that caught my eye, made me smile, or took my breath away.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Lisa Hunt is the artist and designer behind the home decor brand, Creative Hunt. A maker as well as an artist, her abstract serigraphs look at nature and rustic living through a modern lens, exploring the shapes of palms and pomegranates as well as hour glasses and arrows. The Alchemy Collection featured at MADE is a collection of pieces that will add a sophisticated layer of pattern to any interior space. Each piece is screen printed on gold leaf paper. Her color palette of gold, black, and... grey are right on trend. Photos alone do not do her work full justice, however, as when they are seen in person, each print has a reflective quality that enhances the impact even further.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Leon Leon Design Studio is based in Mexico City. Their home decor collection is influenced by Mexican culture and the mid-century design style of the 1950s. The founders of the company focus on the color and craftsmanship of their pieces. One of my favorites from their collection is their Walt chair. It’s a blue, velvet lounge chair with brass legs that look like they are woven through the wood frame. Designing unique pieces for the home, Leon Leon offers lots of customization options for their... collection so that you can create a piece that truly expresses your taste and style.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Rosie Li Studio is based in Brooklyn, NY, and designs contemporary, artistic lighting fixtures that have an atomic visual quality to them. Each piece the studio produces is jointly created by designer Rosie Li, and engineer Philip Watkins. When creating their unique light fixtures, the pair designs each one with a focus on simple geometric shapes and forms that morph with one another. Metallic elements like polished gold, patina bronze, and polished nickel are all used in the application process... in each lighting series. I gravitated to these lighting fixtures because their unique shapes are specially made to draw the eye, an easy setup for a show stopping feature that will define any interior space.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Rikumo is a lifestyle brand based in Philadelphia that imports products from Japan with a focus on traditional Japanese design and craftsmanship. The modern design aesthetic that Rikumo specializes in will appeal to anyone who wants a sophisticated, minimalist look in any area of the house. The bath linens of this company are of exceptionally high quality, and are a great choice for staple pieces as the quality of the materials will last for years, and the sophisticated color palette that these... pieces feature never goes out of style.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Artist, Dagmara Weinberg was originally born in Poland, and received her BFA from the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Her Cherry Blossom series featured at the MADE exhibition is breathtaking. Each print has a mandala-like quality to it and I was drawn to Dagmara’s artwork because of the vibrant colors, and the sharpness of the photo quality in her prints. It felt as though, if you leaned into a piece, you could be pulled into a new world. The Cherry Blossom series is a limited edition collection, and... with the spring season upon us these pieces, like the blooms they are named for, will be gone in no time.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Kinder Ground is a new collection from the New York-based kids' furniture company, Kinder Modern. These modular rugs were designed with kids and families in-mind. Creating patterned rug tiles in geometric shapes that can be configured in a myriad of ways, the only limitation for creative floor covering is your imagination. These rugs are perfect for small-scale spaces, which, normally, end up belonging to the little ones in the home. Yet despite their stated focus on kids' spaces, these... rugs can easily be utilized as a runner or an area rug in a hallway, kitchen area, laundry room, or any space in the home that is in need of some warmth and fun underfoot.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Dusen Dusen Home
Dusen Dusen Home is an evolution of the clothing brand by fashion designer Ellen Van Dusen. What I love most about this collection is that it is fun, and her designs and color choices are playful. This home decor collection features bedding, towels, pillows, and blankets all with distinct patterns and color palettes that you just won’t find anywhere else.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Louise Gray creates hand crafted quilts by local artisans that weave with an eye on contemporary design. Quilting is quickly becoming in danger of being a lost art, but the founders of this company are revitalizing this fading tradition by using traditional quilting techniques combined with a contemporary aesthetic. I have been daydreaming about owning one of these quilts ever since I saw them at the show because of their unique designs and the arrangement of colors. Both are subtle enough that... you can mix and match these pieces seamlessly with a variety of different textiles. These quilts - which are now featured in queen size - as well as their new line of accent pillows, are just right for the modern bedroom.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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The Pletz lighting collection designs modern light fixtures using tried and true techniques that honor traditional manufacturing practices while presenting superb, custom-made lighting solutions for your home. Mid-century modern is one of my favorite design periods, and the influence of that era on these lighting fixtures, together with the flexibility of the designs - which could be used in almost interior space - is what excites me so much about this collection. The collection was shown at the... MADE exhibit along with some recent additions in the form of new pendants.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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The Harlem Candle Company
Teri Johnson is the lifestyle expert and online travel guru behind, The Harlem Candle Company. There are a lot of candle companies out there in the industry, and, as a designer and stylist, I am a professional surveyor of all things candle-y, so when I say that I have never smelled a candle like this before, it is serious praise. The scents are unique but not overpowering, perfect for relaxing after a long day or for stretching out a short weekend. Each scent has an array of different... fragrances, and you are going to want to get your hands on each one.