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Highlights from the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015

This year’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show was one for the record books. Record numbers of exhibitors and show visitors displayed and explored one of the best design collections in the nation. Add to that the stunning table top displays for DIFFA’s Dining By Design and it was clear why the AD Show was the place to be for New Yorkers and those that traveled great distances to be there.

We’ve collected highlights from opening day to share with our readers on DXV:

The show’s ever growing ReFresh section was a veritable who’s who in luxury kitchen and bath design with a broad range of products from classically traditional to edgy and contemporary.

Leading the modern and cutting edge pack was definitely Smeg from Italy with its vibrant colors and soft retro designs for ranges, ovens, refrigerators as well as small appliances like toasters and kettles. And who can say no to a mashup between Smeg and Fiat when it results in the first ever Fiat wine cooler?

One the more traditional, or shall we say rustic, end of the spectrum we found this integrated refrigeration system by Thermador. We love the creative use of materials and the sheer expanse of custom refrigeration.

Another favorite find was Rutt Cabinetry’s new, architect Scott Stultz designed, Prairie collection which, while overall traditional, definitely takes its cue from clean lined European kitchens for a design blend that is unique to Rutt.

Away from the hustle and bustle of kitchens and baths was another dimension of inspired design in the show’s artisan focused Made section. Here’s a small taste of some of our favorites:

Not only were we happy to see Brooklyn based Pelle Designs’ collection of bubble chandeliers at the show but, we have it on good authority that we may see more of their great designs in something we like to refer to as #DXVtopsecret. You can follow the hashtag on all major social media channels for hints up to our reveal in June.

Another lighting treat came to us in the form of the amazing Artemis pendants by Damm Lighting, judging by their overwhelming success on Modenus’ Instagram coverage of the show, this was one was a favorite for many.

Creative design overload was found, as expected, from our friends at Voutsa who create wallpaper that defies wallpaper with patterns that are so intensely creative that they would be just as at home in a frame as they are on an accent wall.

More subdued in terms of coloring but no less creative and inspired is the collection from Calico whose hand marbled papers are the stuff dreams are made of.

We leave you with this impression by lighting designer and artist David D’Imperio (we recently wrote about him on Decade XV) . His work truly reflected the creativity that was found all around the show and sets the stage for things to come in design in general. The sky is the limit in our pursuit of beauty, style and inspiration.