When you are a professional designer you have to keep abreast of the new and current design events across the country. Last week I flew out to Los Angeles in order to check out the latest and greatest design show, Westedge Design Fair. If you live in New York City you are probably quite familiar with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show (see post), which hits the Big Apple some time in March every year. That show has evolved and diversified over the last 13 years into a major design event with not only a classic furniture and kitchen and bath companies hawking their wares but also a huge Made section for smaller artists and artisans and a fantastic DIFFA Design Exposition, that never fails to provide major design candy from the top notch architecture and design firms in the city.
OVERALL TAKE ON WESTEDGE: Segue now to Los Angeles and you have the beginning of what will hopefully turn into a super west coast interior design show. Taking place in the Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport, the venue was a fraction of the size of the Arch Digest show. However, it had a nice representation of select New York Design businesses, that all were eager to plant some roots in the LA design market.
There were, of course, the prerequisite kitchen,appliance and bath product companies. Everybody loves to visit and see what manufacturers are coming up with to improve our lives in the kitchen and bathroom. You must admit, those two rooms get a lot of emphasis in American home design.
And lastly there were a handful of local design companies showing off their personal new creations. I was really hoping to discover some west coast talent to bring back to my clients here on the east coast but unfortunately there really weren’t any that caught my eye. Coming from NYC I am really a spoiled brat when it comes to new and original design in furniture.
THE TAKE AWAY FROM WESTEDGE:
That’s not to say I didn’t unearth some goodies in the show…I am a professional, am I not? I’ve picture some of them in this post. But here is a rundown of my favs from the show:
Ran into a company called Vividworks which has developed a terrific new app available for the iPad that would allow greater 3D visualization of floor plan presentations to potential clients…I am totally psyched about this! Anything that can go on my iPad and help my business always gets a big thumbs up from me. BTW I have already downloaded. the app!
Found a great new Italian oven manufacturer, Bertazzoni, that offers a wide range of styles at a very good price point. Discovered the most terrific outdoor showers by Jee-O which I am absolutely going to insist my husband install in my Fire Island house.
Also spoke with PalmPring a company making completely “green” mattresses out of latex and coconut fibers. Hip, hip hooray for a great green product! Selected some gorgeous furniture for one of my clients from my ever-so-favorite source, KGB, LTD (see post), and got to chew the dezign fat with my pal, Ford Lininger, who works there.
Picked up some new outdoor furniture ideas from Neoterich Luxury. Discovered a new Japanese wall coating made from s plaster like substance imbedded with color and micas and troweled on the wall. Ta-ta Venetian plaster….welcome Satori Japenese Wall Finishes!
Saw the latest area rug collection from Fort Street Studios (see post) and was totally drooling over it! Met my buddy, Erik Svensson, who sells Savoir Beds and took him up on a 5 minute break relaxing on THE ABSOLUTE BEST mattress in the world made by them.
Checked in with my new buddy, Angel Naula and his chic contemporary line of upholstery and furnishings for the home, Naula Workshop (see post). Found the best artificial grass that will be perfect for a terrace or patio or private putting range produced by Southwest Greens. For you purists this may be a put off, but actually I was impressed with how it felt and looked!
Okay, so on the whole the show was really good and even put some new faces and sources in front of this worldly designer. I am sure it will end up being an annual event and big success as more and more great vendors and artisans hear about it and want to participate. Having everyone under one roof is a really tempting design event and, as the show grows, so will it’s audience.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that I hooked up with my favorite on line design source, Modenus.com, who was hosting Design Blog Tour LA last week out there. They had a get together event for all design bloggers called TacosandTequilla, which I most definitely didn’t want to miss. It gave me an opportunity to chit chat with my blog buddies and Veronika Miller, who is the genius behind the website. It’s always a super time sharing stories/info with fellow bloggers.
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!