Once again the time has come for one of New York City’s biggest events in the design industry. It is the perfect moment to catch up on what’s new in the design industry and to discover some fabulous new finds. I am talking, of course, about
For me the show always begins with the “MaryandMimosas” event sponsored by Modenus.com, one of my favorite blog sites. Pleasantly fueled up by my most absolute favorite drink…a Bloody Mary…I am totally prepared to tackle the show. This year the Bloody Marys were mixed with Casa Noble Tequila and they were particularly deelicious! The creator behind this delightful drink is Warren Borrow…one of my fav mixologists…and he calls this particular creation “La Cofraida Bloody Mary,” recipe for which can be gotten here.
Enough with the booze, let’s get down to brass tacks and allow me to show you what caught this ‘dezigner’s eye’ at the show this year. There were hundreds of products on display but I want to concentrate on my 7 Great Picks from the show…things you should definitely look into on your ‘dezign search’ this year. If any of these are repeats from years past please remember that ‘great is great’ and that’s all there is to that!
One of my favorite artists, Ysabel LeMay, was displaying her out-of-this-world-fascinatingly-gorgeous art work. Her unique technique of “Photo-Fusion” creates supernatural visions of nature, replete with thousands of details and layering so as to make the photo-painting multi-dimensional and surrealistic. I adore her work and have used it quite successfully in numerous projects.
Kaiser Suidan from Next Step Studio always catches my attention. His wall installations of over sized, individually painted jacks and blocks (see top of post) are really captivating and clever. When you come to that wall in your house and you are looking for something unusual to cover it with besides a painting or a poster this is what you want to do. His installations offer a bit of cleverness and ingenuity for many a contemporary dwelling.
I discovered Paolo Samko several years ago at the AD Show and I am happy to say I still love what he is doing today. Although there are many wood craftsman out there doing similar furnishings, his work still stands out from the “maddening crowd” for me. His execution and detailing is beautiful and there is just that right edginess to everything to make me always want to purchase yet another piece of his for one of my clients.
I am a sucker for a piece of furniture with some personality and either the Fu Fu or the Zunga floor cushion from Noa Rugs + Home just fit perfectly into that category. You know my credo that every room should have something unexpected and this charming stool with a dyed Mongolian lamb seat or this colorful over sized floor cushion would be irresistible in many a space. They also carry an extensive line of rugs and other unique ethnic accessories for the home so you should check out the full array of goodies from Noa Rugs+ Home when you have a chance.
Okay, another weakness: gorgeous dishware! These plates and dishes by Daniel Levy Porcelain are just so fine and elegant that I find them irresistible. One pattern in particular caught my eye immediately. This one had thick sides to the plates and the bowls, which made them appear like slabs of porcelain and for my money they were simply divine! I’m lovin’ them. Oh,no, another set of dishes!!! AND there are many other wonderful patterns, all rather elegant and somewhat Asian in inspiration.
Mauricio Aguirre of Aguirre Design teamed up with Green River Stone to produce a rather elegant dining room table combining bamboo and fossil infused stone. You are not going to see anything like this anywhere as the combination of materials is quite unique. I was fascinated with the real fossils imbedded in the stone slab running the length of the table and think this table is a win-win all the way around. You can get further inspired by some other wonderful contemporary furnishings by Aguirre Design on his website...and I promise you that you won’t be disappointed!
My last pick for the show was a company called Studio Van den Akker. I am familiar with their high end antiques store around the corner from my office. Now they have come out with a wonderful line of mid-century and contemporary reproductions that look oh-so-like the real thing that I was simply amazed! AND, of course, the price point is much more palatable for you and me and everyone else not really interested in collecting pricey originals. Trust me, if I might wax a tad decorator-ish, the pieces are to die for!
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!