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RE-cap: These Architectural Digest design “finds” are keepers

Magazine's event on Thursday showed off a fascinating array of home fashions

June 13, 2014 03:00PM
By Ann Imperatore

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Last night, The Real Deal attended Architectural Digest’s “Favorite Finds” event at the New York Design Center. We enjoyed getting to see and touch AD’s favorite finds — and to get on top of NYC’s latest home fashions — in a multi-floored showroom crawl. Designers included: Hickory Chair and Pearson, McGuire, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Arteriors Home, Porcelanosa, Dennis Miller Associates, SA Baxter and Christopher Guy.

High points: We loved that so many designers had merchandise that was so tactile. We went around touching fur, suede and silk like a mental patient. The very best part was the proliferation of velvet throughout all the home furnishings. There is nothing we like better than to be ensconced in velvet.

We also loved that AD put hearts on the floors for the design crawl in the elevator buttons.

pic 16 elevator

 

AD also had a Twitter contest: Tweet your favorite piece using the hashtag #adloves200lex along with @archdigest and @nydc, and one lucky Tweeter wins a prize. You can check out the entries on Twitter.

Low point:  With all the eating, drinking and traipsing through the spaces, it was bound to happen: spillage! (Wasn’t us.)

So pour yourself a glass of champagne and peruse a few highlights from the show:

At the Christopher Gray showroom, we learned what was reiterated from a recent episode of “Million Dollar Listing New York”: mirrors, leather and lacquer will seduce you with their smooth surfaces and come-hither glows, inciting you to think, “This apartment looks amazing. This apartment smells like sex.” We learned that art involving nudes (including pastie-clad women) and amorous coupling add to the mix.

pic 2 nude men

pic 3 two women

 

pic 5 nudes joined at stomach

 

pic 9 nudes with pig

 

pic 10 pasties

Christopher Gray also taught us the “go big when you go home” approach to chairs is the future. And large mirrors make for the best at-home selfies.

pic 6 big chair

And whether in a pet-friendly building or not, it’s mandatory to have animals reside atop the furniture.

pic 1 deer

 

pic 4 antelope

 

pic 7 lion on table

 

pic 8 head

 

At SA Baxter we learned hardware can be sexy. We saw fixtures and knobs displayed like museum style artifacts in the most fetish-evoking way possible.

pic 12 knobs

 

At Dennis Miller Associates, we learned that, despite the name, design is no joke. Wood grains are standouts for the coming season.

pic 13 wood grain table

 

pic 14 wood grain 3 tables

 

pic 15 wood grain tables

 

Arteriors Home stuck with the animals-should-be-on-the-furniture theme and presented us with these little gems, along with some other an assortment of small sculpted body parts.

pic 17 hands

 

pic 18 animal head

 

pic 19 paw

 

pic 20 skull

 

McGuire got us in the mood for summer with their Outdoor Collection.

pic 21 summer

 

pic 22 outdoor

 

Things were decidedly more sedate at Hickory Chair and Pearson, with more muted colors and neutral tones.

pic 23 muted

 

pic  25 mcguiire sedate

 

They also held a book signing with copies of “Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms of Bluegrass Country” on hand.

pic 24 book signing

But overall, Hickory Chair and Pearson, this $18,500 Marilyn stole the show!

pic 26 marilyn

 

 

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