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2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show Finds

PART 1 - THE MAIN SHOW FLOOR

If you're redesigning your kitchen with the latest in appliance technology, you would have found last week's Architectural Digest Home Design Show a fount of information. If I were solely a kitchen designer, I would have too. But being more a designer of all residential spaces (among others too), it was disappointing to see a less broad array of home furnishings.

Luckily there was the MADE section which allows artists and craftspeople of unique works to showcase their wares. What an amazing display! But first, some of the finds from the main show floor.

Always a fan of Biedermeier furniture, I was excited to discover Gaisbauer Furniture from Austria. A family enterprise since 1888, Gaisbauer executes finely-crafted wood and upholstered furniture based on traditional Biedermeier style.

The early Biedermeier period produced furniture of lighter woods and simpler lines than the more ornate styles in mahogany that preceded it. Coinciding with Regency in Britain and Empire in France, this style, of all European traditions, appeals to my modern sensibilities and marries well with a variety of styles and tastes. Note the similarity between Gaisbauer's walnut desk with silver feet (below left) and Barbara Barry's Dressing Table for Baker (below right). I wonder where she found her inspiration? The fluting gives this Gaisbauer desk such graceful lines.

 

 

                                          Photo of Barbara Barry Dressing Table courtesy of Baker Furniture

Simple yet sinuous is this Gaisbauer blossom-back chair in the foreground below. With the sofa behind, it brings sculptural silhouettes to offset boxy conventional 4-walled rooms.

 

Speaking with Hannes Gaisbauer of the Gainsbauer Furniture family at the show, I was surprised to learn that the lead time on their orders is six weeks. And that's shipping from Austria! Truly remarkable.

Turning to more contemporary designs, Ligne Roset displayed their Cineline table. Great for smaller spaces, it has two fold-down leaves that store vertically, thus halving its surface area. The table could also be positioned against a wall as a desk making it multi-functional for apartment living. Adding to its versatility, Cineline comes in a variety of stain and lacquer finishes.

In lighting, treasures were to be found in the Made section of the show. But I caught up with one vendor I saw at the AD Show two years ago, O'Lampia. I loved the way they took a chandelier and turned it into a quirky wall sconce.

                                       

In a different vein, Koket displayed this curvy "Chloe" wall sconce. Shown in gilded bronze, it also comes in gold, silver and pewter finishes.

     

                                                  Close-up photo of Koket Chloe sconce courtesy of Koket

SNEAK PEEK AT DIFFA

Coinciding with the AD Show is DIFFA's Dining by Design, a display of dining spaces by celebrated members of the design industry to raise funds for organizations that fight HIV/AIDS. The displays are magnificent and many bloggers post them who focus on lifestyle subjects. I just want to highlight the Kravet display, designed by Diane Von Furstenberg. The display launched Diane's new line of textiles for Kravet. This cheerful, colorful collection in bold geometric patterns and girlie floral prints is fantastic. I'm hoping that Kravet takes its cue and produces these prints for indoor/outdoor use.

          

Stay tuned for AD Show Part 2 which will focus on finds from the MADE section.