Nation’s leading architects share top design ideas of 2014

  • By Kim Cook Associated Press
  • Friday, May 2, 2014 8:01am
  • Life

NEW YORK — This year’s Architectural Home Design Show, one of the industry’s premier events, was attended by tens of thousands of interior designers, architects and design enthusiasts looking for inspiration.

Here are some of the display ideas that you may see popping up from designers and architects in the coming year:

Calvin Klein Home ran a river of moss down the center of a massive wood table. A giant nest of cherry blossoms hovered over the table at Ralph Lauren Home.

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s booth featured tin lanterns and rope for a chandelier in the nautical-themed space.

Designer Tucker Robbins showed a group of his Snaka Waka posts: circular balls carved from coffee wood in Cameroon and stacked to make a snake shape. Sulawesi rattan fish-basket lights were strung overhead.

Patrick Weder showed pendant lights made of wire and opaque paper.

“People always call them honeycombs, but when I designed them, I wasn’t consciously thinking of that — I just started forming the wire and adding the paper, and soon I had these wonderful organic shapes,” he said.

Sculptor and designer Elizabeth Lyons showed an enormous chandelier made of glass leaves and petals.

George Venson hung his illustrated wallpaper rolls like whimsical waterfalls from the top of the booth; the tumbles of paper featured koi fish, butterflies, even a seductive lip print, in a riot of color.

Alex Rosenhaus and Drew Arrison, the young duo behind Alex Drew &No One brought several of their signature angular furniture pieces, including a dining table perched on 24-karat-gold-painted legs, from their new studio in Detroit.

The New York show’s “Refresh” section, where the big international kitchen and bath folk were, was full of high-end tubs, sinks, appliances and countertops.

Jenn-Air introduced a fridge with an all-black interior, making even leftovers look good.

Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s color of the year, found its way onto a range hood at Prizer.

Dacor broke up a long, sleek run of stainless steel with a cheery backsplash of blue skies and puffy clouds.

Around the show, distressed wood in grays, brown and greige, a hybrid gray/beige, often mixed with sleek elements.

Ligne Roset clad their booth walls in distressed wood; JM Lifestyles installed an outdoor kitchen using a proprietary engineered-concrete.

Scavolini and Diesel partnered on an unfitted kitchen with rugged modular pieces in steel and weathered-looking wood.

Architectural Digest editor-in-chief Margaret Russell said the style seemed to be gravitating to rooms throughout the home.

“Mixing contemporary pieces with rustic elements is a trend that we’ve seen in several homes featured in recent issues of Architectural Digest,” she said.

“It’s the perfect way to add warmth to a space that needs to function well.”

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