The Architectural Digest Design Show is an annual highlight on the calendar of any design enthusiast. Not only does it present the latest and greatest innovations from the big brands for kitchen bath and home decor, but it also presents exciting new designs and smaller makers. Homedit really looks forward to seeing what the intriguing young brands in the juried MADE section have dreamed up. This year’s show takes place March 21-24 and here’s a sneak preview of some creative new pieces we’ll be checking out.
A fixture that has a bit of an old school feeling, the Chord cluster is designed by the AlexAllen Studio. They call it a “modern reinterpretation of a familiar form” that recalls the “swagging curves of a traditional crystal chandelier.” The Brooklyn-based studio was founded in 2013 by Alexandra Burr and Allen Slamic and creates lighting, furniture and architecture.
Hamilton Holmes Woodworking & Design
Nicholas Hamilton Holmes is presenting his Black Art Collection, which he says has a ‘tubular’ design language. Each piece is wood that has been bet, shaped and/or turned into a form and dyed black. We really love the Rainbow Chair, which is made with unique arched front legs. The rest of the chair resembles a classic Windsor chair and the seat has a fluff of Mongolian sheep wool. The striking “Steve the Rack” is a cactus-like figure that was carved from a historical house beam.
Tortuga’s Caspian Table is not only innovative and attractive, but it’s made from carefully selected sustainable, environmental-friendly materials. The clean design works in any room and features a leather-textured laminate, a birch plywood core and metal edging with a brushed-gold finish.
This low-slung beauty of a chair was designed by Justin Nelson, the woodworker behind Fernweh. The aesthetic is Danish mid-century with some innovative twists. The award-winning Sling chair is fashioned from wood and leather and is the first piece created by Fernweh Woodworking. American White Ash is stained black and combined with high quality, hand-stitched leather.
Brooklyn-based VOLK features contemporary designs like this Halsey Table Lamp. Made from solid ash or solid walnut with cork and porcelain shade it embodies the harmony and balance the studio aims for in all its works. Designed by Jonah Willcox-Healey for VOLK, the Halsey is available as a floor lamp and a pendant as well.
This colorful rug by Studio Watson is a hand-tufted nod to family and art history. It is part of “Strange Legacy” which is a micro-collection of original designs that were created by the grandfather of Canadian artist Janna Watson, Arthur Bonnett. The designs from the fifties and sixties were updated and recreated to fit today’s market. The artist is known for her abstract works, which she now also renders as rugs.
Ceramic artist John Sheppard brings his lighting and other work to the show, including this Conduit Incline Table Lamp. The ceramic base has heft, which is a counterpoint to the more delicate brass base. Inspired by brutalist architecture, the piece is still playful and evokes the feeling of an arm holding a torch. The base is crafted from slabs of sand-colored stoneware.
Jude Heslin Di Leo
Long and lean with a rounded form, the Gibbous Table is an entirely new piece from a debut furniture line from Jude Heslin Di Leo. The designer focuses on creating furniture, interiors and experiences for clients. He has worked in commercial and residential projects since 2006 and co-founded contemporary furniture company Bear & Lion with Bernardo Guillermo in 2007.
Karen Gayle Tinney
A modern mirror with an earthy design, this piece is by Long Beach, CA artist and designer Karen Gayle Tinney. Tinney is known for her home decor pieces crafted from ceramic and fiber. The mixed material works have modern appeal that allows them to blend in with eclectic and modern interiors alike.
Malcolm Majer Furniture Design
With its ombre hues shifting from green to pink, this Chair 3 by Malcolm Majer Furniture Design is almost like a flower growing out of the ground. Majer, who trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, has a recent series of works that actually bridge the divide between sculpture and furniture.
These two very contemporary pieces are the Dew + Drop pendant and the Nido stool by Ocrùm, a New York design studio. Founded by Beijing-born Sean Zhang and Veneto-born Luca Zeffiro, the studio focuses on minimalist designs. The Dew + Drop pendant is made of hand-blown glass, resembling their namesake water drops. The duo says it is “inspired by the quiet observance of meaningful moments.”
Philadelphia’s OVUUD aims to keep lighting design simple yet captivating, which this Mobius light certainly is. Led by Benjamin Gillespie, the collection is made up of distinctive pieces that are inspired by the design principle of Scandinavia but come together as a coordinated collection. Each one uses next-generation lighting technology in a new and artistic way.
Peg Woodworking, a perennial favorite, is bringing some new designs to the show including this Bastet End Table. Made from ebonized ash, the table has two faceted curves that enclose a marble tabletop. The marble is sourced from Aria Stone Gallery and mitered to fit. The Brooklyn-based studio is one of the more than 50 companies founded or co-founded by a woman that will be noted as the show celebrates woken in design.
The Antoinette wall sculpture by Canadian artist and designer Samantha Sandbrook is an homage to literature. Inspired by Jean Rhys’ 1966 novel, Wide Sargasso Sea – set as a prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, the work symbolizes “the wildness of both the tropics and its impassioned heroine.” A single palm frond with meaningful phrases forms the base of this 120-piece installation.
Siemon & Salazar
This Cumulo Pendant renders plain glass as a marvelous cloud of rounded, morphing shapes. Created by Siemon & Salazar, the pendant is indicative of the creative pieces the California-based studio creates. Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar have been designing and making hand-blown glass vessels and lighting fixtures since 1999.
This textural, fringed chair is part of the summer-winter collection from Soft Geometry. The new line is inspired by the “vivid contrasts that seasons bring within the same landscapes, lifestyles and people.” The studio says its pieces are meant to experiment with colors and materials resulting in works that are “an antithesis” to today’s items that are bold, fast and perfect.
Studio Endo designs and makes of contemporary lighting fixtures like this suspension light. The piece takes shapes from existing designs and melds them into a graduated, artful assemblage. Made in the US and hand-assembled, the lights can be customized for any space by the Providence, Rhode Island studio.
Tracy Glover Studio
Already a fan favorite, Tracy Glover Studio is presenting her latest collection of handblown lighting fixtures, including this newest iteration of her Constellation chandelier. Glover’s fixtures are created using a system that has interchangeable parts with options for the proportion and shape of base components, along with a range of glass color choices and metal finishes.