Architectural Digest Design Show Guide

Back for its 18th year, the Architectural Digest Design Show will unite the best of luxury design at NYC's Piers 92 & 94. Ranging from residential to hospitality designs, the AD Design Show showcases thousands of products from over 400 independent and established brands. With so much to see, we tapped our network of design industry insiders for their recommendations at this year's show. 

Team Novità Communications

One of the only global design trade shows that offers consumers a glimpse into the world of interiors, the experience also includes insider access to exciting culinary demonstrations, stunning installations, and sought-after VIP industry events such as DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN. With four specialty areas to visit on the show floor, attendees will encounter a wealth of well-curated design at their fingertips. Sections are as follows: REFRESH, a showcase of one of the largest collections of kitchen, bath, luxury appliances, and premium building products in North America; FURNISH, a rich resource for chic furniture, lighting, decorative accessories, textiles, and art; and MADE, a highly curated collection of handcrafted, often limited-edition and one-of-a-kind furnishings, accessories, and decorative pieces from artisans around the U.S. 

Other special areas of the show include the 2019 “AD Apartment.” This year’s space is an "uptown girl living in a downtown world"-themed vignette exclusive to the show and designed by buzzy New York Interior Designer Sasha Bikoff. A chic lounge behind REFRESH called  “At Home with AD,” presented by The Home Depot, offers the perfect place for attendees to relax.

An additional perk to attending the show is full access to view DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN, held in neighboring Pier 92. This functional exhibit alone is eagerly anticipated all year by design enthusiasts and luminaries in the fields of art, fashion, and design. A display of creative brilliance, the venue is transformed by nearly 50 of the country’s top designers into exceptional dining environments.

Here’s a look at some highlights from 2019 exhibitors:

1. True Residential
The leader in luxury residential furniture backed by commercial DNA, True Residential will display their exciting new Emerald hue finish in the Build Your True program. The new shade is one among a wide array of available custom finishes in the Build Your True collection—which also includes Stainless Steel, Gloss Black, Matte Black, and Antique White. Together with hardware options that include Stainless Steel, Copper, Brass, and Chrome—designers and homeowners can now choose from 42 unique combinations available in both full-size and undercounter units. 

True Residential

2. Tempaper
First time exhibitor Tempaper has teamed up with Zoe Bios Creative to launch an imaginative series of removable wall murals. Inspired by the expressive works of legendary American painters Julian Schnabel, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, the designers’ hand-painted motifs were transformed into a digital format and printed as removable wallpaper. The collection gives the illusion of a mural painted directly onto the wall.

3. Maresca Textiles
Maresca Textiles are luxurious printed fabrics and wallpapers designed by Kathryn Maresca Faull. Shipibo Metallic Grasscloth wallpaper in Charcoal colorway will debut at the show. Inspired by native embroideries of the Amazon, Shipibo uses block printing to give a handmade effect to the design. 

Maresca Textiles

Sarah A. Abdallah | Owner, Functional Creative Design

1. Hollie Heller 

Hollie Heller is a mixed media collage artist that works and collaborates with local artist help us as designers to create unique details on surfaces for key focal walls. I love the color and the hand-made accept of Hollie's work.

Hollie Heller

2. Kudd:Krig Home Studio

Kudd:Krig Home Studio focuses on furniture and textiles. Her products are designed to offer both visual interest and textural depth through elements of modern design and a warm sense of minimalism. Küdd:krig HOME cares about process, detail and ethically sourced high-end materials. Each piece is handmade in Southern California. 

3. Tracy Glover Studio
Tracy has conceived her lighting as a system of interchangeable parts offering a multiplicity of choices for the proportion and shape of base components, glass color, metal finishes and lamping. Likewise, the accessories – decorative hardware and vases – are available in a wealth of color combinations and patterns. This allows optimal room for our clients’ input: each piece can be site-specific, and, depending on the elements selected, quietly tasteful, dramatic, stately or whimsical. Every piece is hand-blown in her Rhode Island studio.

Tracy Glover Studio 

4. Pax Lighting  
Pax Lighting is a design-and-make lighting studio devoted to exquisite details, high-end materials and exceptional service. Started in 2015 by Jeff and Teegan Nordhues as a to-the-trade custom manufacturer, their first line of retail fixtures employs glazed terracotta, hand-blown glass, and brass finishes to emphasize simplicity, modern lines and excellence of craft.

Lauren Urband | Founder & President, The Consultancy PR

As always, we are looking forward to the larger exhibitions at the AD Design Show. We are particularly looking forward to Dacor’s presentation – the brand will showcase an array of its luxury kitchen innovations featuring an exciting combination of craftsmanship and technology. We’re also eager to see the latest tile and natural stone designs from Artistic Tile. 


We’re just as excited to tour all of the smaller brands exhibiting at the show. Inspiration is at an all-time high when we can get that kind of exposure to the world’s top emerging design talent in just a few of short days. It’s really a treat. On that front, I know our team is especially itching to see KONZUK’s “wearable architecture,” Oakland, CA’s UME Studio and APOTHOKE’s new scents for the home. 

Marlene Capron | Vice President, Design, Karla Otto

From Eskayel, we are excited to see the new Belize Blooms collection on display in the O&G Studio booth. This collection was made originally for a special collaboration with the Norton Simon museum in Pasadena, CA. which opened at the end of February and drew inspiration from the richly patterned backdrops Matisse used in his odalisque paintings. One of the galleries is hung with this paper where Mattise, Frederic Bazille and Picasso’s are hung. 


From McKenzie & Keim lighting, we are looking forward to new configurations of their popular Nova and Apollo customizable lighting systems. The warm white LED’s are dimmable (a must for any fixture!) and the hand-blown glass shade diffusers are compact in size and cast a brilliant yet soft light. 

Laura Bindloss | Founder, Nylon Consulting
1. Alex Allen
A Brooklyn based design firm who creates lighting, furniture and architecture will debut the Cord Cluster Bronze Pendant light, a chandelier for the modernist home.

Alex Allen

2. Alex K Mason Prints 
Kentucky-based abstract painter Alex Mason will be exhibiting her prints and original paintings on canvas and paper for the first time at the AD Home Show. Known for her textile brand Ferrick Mason (sold through showrooms all over the US that reimagine her artwork as fabric), the Alex K Mason line of artwork is an amazing way to add color to any room.

3. Artistic Tile
Artistic Tile is one of the world’s biggest decorative tile brands with 8 national showrooms, distribution channels at 150 stores across the country and a 110,000 square foot corporate headquarters and slab gallery just outside New York. They are your ultimate resource for all things tile and stone - known for their glass mosaics and unparalled selection of natural stone imported from all over the US and globally from locales including Italy and Tunisia, they will debut Billie Ombre Grey, a gorgeous mosaic ombre.

Artistic Tile, Billie Ombre Grey

Mara McGinnis and Ludovic Leroy | Partners, Powell Mayas
While you're in NYC, don't miss: 

1. Magdalena Keck Gallery Presents "Morgan O'Hara: LIVE TRANSMISSION, ON STAGE" at Roll & Hill Showroom
This exhibition includes a selection of drawings by the established conceptual artist Morgan O'Hara from her LIVE TRANSMISSION series for which she records human movement in real time. The drawings in this show capture the movement of music and dance performances. O'Hara recently received the Lee Krasner Award for Lifetime Achievement as an artist and her work is in the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The British Museum among many others. 

2. Petzel Gallery "Strategic Vandalism: The Legacy of Asger Jorn’s Modification Paintings" curated by Axel Heil and Roberto Ohrt 
Situated in the context of the first thrift store paintings altered by Danish artist Asger Jorn, this group show of over 30 prominent international artists investigates multifarious appropriation methods spanning from the mid-1960s to the flourishing techniques of the 1980s, up to the present day.

3. Leslie-Lohman Museum: "BEN ROSS DAVIS: Endosymbiosis" curated by Noam Parness and Daniel J Sander
Installed in the Museum’s Living Room Gallery, Endosymbiosis is a selection of illustration, sculpture and photography that navigates the erotic subconscious produced as a result of being split between the digital, natural and mechanical worlds.

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