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Architectural Digest Design Show : Best New Vendors & Other Favorites

March 20, 2017

This year’s Architectural Digest Design Show did not disappoint.  There were several new vendors and a few past ones worth re-mentioning.  Due to an unfortunate snafu, our digital card was wiped clean, but we have used images from each vendor’s website to share our favorites.

 

JOHN SHEPPARD

Handbuilt stoneware with stony gray unglazed or iridescent black exterior. Vessel has a watertight black glazed interior, and can easily accommodate a small grow pot. Pieces are sold individually so you can create your own configuration. Please see second photo to see all of the styles together — more photos coming soon! Approximately 5 x 4 x 12 inches.

Handbuilt stoneware with stony gray unglazed or iridescent black exterior. Vessel has a watertight black glazed interior, and can easily accommodate a small grow pot. Pieces are sold individually so you can create your own configuration. Please see second photo to see all of the styles together — more photos coming soon!
Approximately 5 x 4 x 12 inches.

Small Pod - Copper 175.00 The ever-popular small pod, now finished with fine copper leaf. Over time, the copper will oxidize and the color will mellow out, making each piece truly individual. Approximately 7 x 4 x 4 inches.

Small Pod – Copper
175.00
The ever-popular small pod, now finished with fine copper leaf. Over time, the copper will oxidize and the color will mellow out, making each piece truly individual.
Approximately 7 x 4 x 4 inches.

Skinny Pod - White 125.00 Stoneware with matte white crackle finish. Handmade and one-of-a-kind. Size: Approximately 9 x 3 x 3 inches.

Skinny Pod – White
125.00
Stoneware with matte white crackle finish. Handmade and one-of-a-kind.
Size: Approximately 9 x 3 x 3 inches.

Young and talented New York City-based designer, John Sheppard, showed ceramic home wares.  Most popular with fair-goers were his wall mounted geometric vases and his customer perennial favorite mussel-shaped ceramic object.

http://johnsheppard.net

 

BEN & AJA BLANC

Sculpturally framed in solid bronze or steel, the image of the moon is lit with LEDs from within and enclosed in glass, creating a piece that resonates cohesively as light, sculpture and image. Moon Light | 34 x 34 x 3 D inches | glass, bronze, LEDs Specifications: custom metal and finishes available

Sculpturally framed in solid bronze or steel, the image of the moon is lit with LEDs from within and enclosed in glass,
creating a piece that resonates cohesively as light, sculpture and image.
Moon Light | 34 x 34 x 3 D inches | glass, bronze, LEDs
Specifications: custom metal and finishes available

Sculpturally framed in solid bronze or steel, the image of the moon is lit with LEDs from within and enclosed in glass, creating a piece that resonates cohesively as light, sculpture and image. Moon Light | 34 x 34 x 3 D inches | glass, bronze, LEDs Specifications: custom metal and finishes available

Sculpturally framed in solid bronze or steel, the image of the moon is lit with LEDs from within and enclosed in glass,
creating a piece that resonates cohesively as light, sculpture and image.
Moon Light | 34 x 34 x 3 D inches | glass, bronze, LEDs
Specifications: custom metal and finishes available

After meeting at RISD graduate school, this couple began collaborating on design projects and objects.  Previously showing in a group booth, the duo shined with their own dedicate booth this year.  Featuring all new work, the stand out piece was a moon themed lighting sculpture.  Moon Light—appropriately named—has a photographic printed moon surface lit with LED lighting and a custom metal round frame.  The couple shared that clients have taken to mounting the work on the ceiling over a bed for hours of hypnotic star gazing.

http://benandajablanc.com

 

J M SZYMANSKI

Pedestal Table A solid steel structure is supported by a cast sphere base. This table speaks volumes with is extraordinary simplicity. Custom sizes available. 43H x 12W x 12D inches Blackened steel with a waxed finish $2,800

Pedestal Table
A solid steel structure is supported by a cast sphere base. This table speaks volumes with is extraordinary simplicity. Custom sizes available.
43H x 12W x 12D inches
Blackened steel with a waxed finish
$2,800

Side Table A striking design, this side table can also be used as a stool.Its design is extraordinarily simple, lending it a great integrity. 19W x 16W x 16D inches Blackened steel with a waxed finish $1,400

Side Table
A striking design, this side table can also be used as a stool.Its design is extraordinarily simple, lending it a great integrity.
19W x 16W x 16D inches
Blackened steel with a waxed finish
$1,400

Booth still taken from the company's instagram account

Booth still taken from the company’s instagram account

J. M. Szymanski Furniture & Interiors showed furnishings and objects in metal, glass and ceramic with a simple, sculptural, graphic edge.  New York designer, JM’s best pieces were his small dark metal side tables and a fascinating coffee table with magnetic graphite shavings attracting the metal decorative objects set on top of the glass surface creating a frozen volcanic look.  We hope the designer explores this technical wonder in more works in the future.

http://jmszymanski.com

 

MCKENZIE& KEIM

URSA SERIES Using a primary element in repetition, the Ursa series takes inspiration from both tiny molecular forms and huge stellar constellations. The series offers multiple points of light on an intimate scale, a focal point in open space. The luminary is available as a smaller pendant or a larger chandelier.

URSA SERIES
Using a primary element in repetition, the Ursa series takes inspiration from both tiny molecular forms and huge stellar constellations. The series offers multiple points of light on an intimate scale, a focal point in open space. The luminary is available as a smaller pendant or a larger chandelier.

POINT SERIES Offering bold visual impact with minimal form are the Point Sconces. Each sconce projects 2, 3 or 4 points of light in a low profile fixture. The polished sconce plate reflects the light creating an alluring mirrored effect. They are available in a variety of geometric variations.

POINT SERIES
Offering bold visual impact with minimal form are the Point Sconces. Each sconce projects 2, 3 or 4 points of light in a low profile fixture. The polished sconce plate reflects the light creating an alluring mirrored effect. They are available in a variety of geometric variations.

POINT SERIES Offering bold visual impact with minimal form are the Point Sconces. Each sconce projects 2, 3 or 4 points of light in a low profile fixture. The polished sconce plate reflects the light creating an alluring mirrored effect. They are available in a variety of geometric variations.

POINT SERIES
Offering bold visual impact with minimal form are the Point Sconces. Each sconce projects 2, 3 or 4 points of light in a low profile fixture. The polished sconce plate reflects the light creating an alluring mirrored effect. They are available in a variety of geometric variations.

Finish options for the lighting system

Finish options for the lighting system

At the show for the first time was Chicago-based designer Taylor McKenzie-Veal of McKenzie & Keim.  Splitting time between commissions of custom lighting and developing their new 2016 lighting business, McKenzie-Veal showed off their electrified, Chicago-made, custom, multi-piece lighting system.  The parts are all electrified and interchangeable, allowing for countless configurations.  Not being flashy, the subtle point lights create a warm decorative impression.

http://mckenzieandkeim.com

 

ALEXANDRA KOHL

Alexandra Kohl at her loom

Alexandra Kohl at her loom

Hand-gathered horse hair weavings

Hand-gathered horse hair weavings

Hand-gathered horse hair weavings

Hand-gathered horse hair weavings

Hand-gathered horse hair weavings

Hand-gathered horse hair weavings

Hand-weaving on her own loom, Alexandra Kohl was a breadth of fresh air and a great addition to the Architectural Digest Design Show.  First timer, Alexandra hand-gathers horse hair from the mane—something that does not hurt the horse and is part of the required grooming—and weaves it among her loomed base cloth.  The final effect is elegant and refined.  The young artist has a bright future.  Works begin at about $1,500 and go up.  Horse hair key chains and tassels are also part of the artist’s collection.

http://alexandrakohl.com 

 

SAMANTHA SANDBROOK

The ciel wall installation appeals to the deeply human need to discover order and make meaning of it. But this clean-lined collection constructed from industrial pipe and powder-coated white acrylic inserts with mismatched patterns cannot be “solved”.

The ciel wall installation appeals to the deeply human need to discover order and make meaning of it. But this clean-lined collection constructed from industrial pipe and powder-coated white acrylic inserts with mismatched patterns cannot be “solved”.

This set of three architectural sculptures makes a bold minimalistic statement in any room. They are inspired by the timeless concept of generations of families. These geometric sculptures speak through the embedded white square which migrates to a different place in each sculpture. Each generation contributes something unique.

This set of three architectural sculptures makes a bold minimalistic statement in any room. They are inspired by the timeless concept of generations of families.
These geometric sculptures speak through the embedded white square which migrates to a different place in each sculpture. Each generation contributes something unique.

One of our favorite designers returns to the AD Design Show, Samantha Sandbrook, offering new work to her interior fans.  Sandbrook’s work, a minimal material mix of conceptual art, graphic design and interior sculpture in lucite and modern materials, are wall-mounted and set upon a horizontal surface.  Her outstanding new work featured center-stage in her booth: Ciel, a graphic multi-piece wall mount and three acrylic block-like works called The legacy series.

http://samanthasandbrook.com

 

ARA LEVON THOROSE

Tubular Group 01 artistic abstraction meets function. each design is a three dimensional line drawing of a chair. handmade using common construction materials re-appropriated from their intended use. photo by Matthew Tait

Tubular Group 01
artistic abstraction meets function. each design is a three dimensional line drawing of a chair. handmade using common construction materials re-appropriated from their intended use.
photo by Matthew Tait

New to the show was artist Ara Levon Thorose from Detroit.  The recent Cranbrook graduate showed a series of primary colored plastic tube chair sculptors.

http://aralevonthorose.com

 

IMMERLIT

immerLit lighting

immerLit lighting

immerLit table lamp off

immerLit table lamp off

New to the show was porcelain designer Gabriella K. Levy of immerLit.  She creates lighting fixtures, shades and home products using the brittle white clay.  When fired and lit, the material imparts a soft warm yellow glow and when off, the lights appear like white sculpture.  Pendants begin at $1,600 USD.  The most popular at the show were wall mount sconces [not shown above].

http://immerlit.com

 

BRONSEN DESIGN OBJECTS

Each form is styled through an in-depth exploration of the features and personality of their respective animal. The intention is to capture the essence of each animal by breaking out and distilling their unique features into compelling geometric renditions. The final shapes are delivered through a considered approach to achieve a unified collection of compelling subjects.

Each form is styled through an in-depth exploration of the features and personality of their respective animal. The intention is to capture the essence of each animal by breaking out and distilling their unique features into compelling geometric renditions. The final shapes are delivered through a considered approach to achieve a unified collection of compelling subjects.

Each form is styled through an in-depth exploration of the features and personality of their respective animal. The intention is to capture the essence of each animal by breaking out and distilling their unique features into compelling geometric renditions. The final shapes are delivered through a considered approach to achieve a unified collection of compelling subjects.

Each form is styled through an in-depth exploration of the features and personality of their respective animal. The intention is to capture the essence of each animal by breaking out and distilling their unique features into compelling geometric renditions. The final shapes are delivered through a considered approach to achieve a unified collection of compelling subjects.

Bronsen showed a curated collection of other designer’s works including the fun geometric abstract Project Jungle.  The small ceramic works are clever simplifications of various jungle critters ranging in price from $95-$155 USD each.

http://bronsencompany.com

 

ESTUDIO PERSONA

A collection of furniture from Estudio Persona

A collection of furniture from Estudio Persona

Created by a duo of Los Angeles-based designers, Estudio Persona showed 80s and 90s-inspired furnishings.  The work, based on simple geometric shapes are elegant and minimal.

http://estudiopersona.com

 

ROBERT SUKRACHAND

VOLUME MIRROR CONVEX - 2017 The Volume Mirror continues our fascination with 3-dimensional reflective surfaces. Striking from afar, it beckons the viewer to come closer and investigate the various refractions. Hung as a pair, the mirrors suggest a dual gemstone setting. The Volume Mirror is available in a wide variety of colored glass. Pictured in Bronze and Gray glass with a walnut frame. Individually: 28"W x 25"H x 4"D As a pair: 28"W x 50"H x 4"D

VOLUME MIRROR CONVEX – 2017
The Volume Mirror continues our fascination with 3-dimensional reflective surfaces. Striking from afar, it beckons the viewer to come closer and investigate the various refractions.
Hung as a pair, the mirrors suggest a dual gemstone setting.
The Volume Mirror is available in a wide variety of colored glass. Pictured in Bronze and Gray glass with a walnut frame.
Individually: 28″W x 25″H x 4″D
As a pair: 28″W x 50″H x 4″D

VOLUME MIRROR CONVEX - 2017 The Volume Mirror continues our fascination with 3-dimensional reflective surfaces. Striking from afar, it beckons the viewer to come closer and investigate the various refractions. Hung as a pair, the mirrors suggest a dual gemstone setting. The Volume Mirror is available in a wide variety of colored glass. Pictured in Bronze and Gray glass with a walnut frame. Individually: 28"W x 25"H x 4"D As a pair: 28"W x 50"H x 4"D

VOLUME MIRROR CONVEX – 2017
The Volume Mirror continues our fascination with 3-dimensional reflective surfaces. Striking from afar, it beckons the viewer to come closer and investigate the various refractions.
Hung as a pair, the mirrors suggest a dual gemstone setting.
The Volume Mirror is available in a wide variety of colored glass. Pictured in Bronze and Gray glass with a walnut frame.
Individually: 28″W x 25″H x 4″D
As a pair: 28″W x 50″H x 4″D

Previously at the show with a group booth, Sukrachand debut his own personal booth at this year’s event.  The items receiving the most notice where his wall mount mirror sculptures in a geometric series.  The mirrors appear to be gem-like triangular 3D-shapes.

http://sukrachand.com

 

JASON MIZRAHI

Belcanto Chair Limited Edition of 6 Material: Solid Wood with veneer exterior Dimensions: W 17” D46” H28” SH21” Finish: Black lacquer Lead Time: 6-8 weeks

Belcanto Chair
Limited Edition of 6
Material: Solid Wood with veneer exterior
Dimensions: W 17” D46” H28” SH21”
Finish: Black lacquer
Lead Time: 6-8 weeks

Denali Coffee Table Material: Aviation-grade impregnated polymer (one-off) Also available in Walnut or Ash (limited edition of 6) Finish: High gloss
 black Dimensions: H 16” W 78” D” 15” Lead Time: 6-8 weeks

Denali Coffee Table
Material: Aviation-grade impregnated polymer (one-off)
Also available in Walnut or Ash (limited edition of 6)
Finish: High gloss
 black
Dimensions: H 16” W 78” D” 15”
Lead Time: 6-8 weeks

Loop Chair Material: Ash with veneer Dimensions: W 18” D25” H31” SH17” Finish: Lacquered ebony Lead Time: 6-8 weeks

Loop Chair
Material: Ash with veneer
Dimensions: W 18” D25” H31” SH17”
Finish: Lacquered ebony
Lead Time: 6-8 weeks

Young Los Angeles-based furniture designer, Jason Mizrahi, won a chance to show his work at Salone de Mobile in 2014.  Now the designer continues to create custom furniture for clients and offers limited edition works.  His first showing at the Architectural Digest Design Show included several works in his Loop series of sculptural furnishings.  Works begin around $5,000 USD on up.

http://jasonmizrahi.com

 

LORI KATZ

Lori Katz Ceramics

Lori Katz Ceramics

Life-long ceramicist, Lori Katz works from her studio in Virginia, outside Washington, DC.  Her work in the last 10 to 15 years has focused on small box-like ceramic wall installations, like the ones shown at the AD Design Show.  Boxes are approximately $165 USD each.

http://lorikatz.com

 

BONES STUDIO

Console Quarry Table

Console Quarry Table

Flake Bench

Flake Bench

Flake Bench

Flake Bench

Founded by Ryan Dart, Bones-Studio produces functional art using computer directed cutters in Raleigh, NC.  The wood “bones” of their furniture interlock producing pleasing geometric designs.  The studio makes custom works and offers their own design line.  New examples where introduced for the AD Show, including their Flake bench and Console table [picture above].

http://bones-studio.com

 

STEFAN RURAK

C-210 seamlessly integrates three elemental materials, concrete, steel and wood. The counter-top as well as the drawer faces are all cast concrete. Hand-blackened steel is employed as a veneer and finished with oil and buffed wax. The cabinet hardware is tip-on, two doors open to reveal rich walnut with adjustable shelving. The drawers are also solid walnut with dovetailed joinery.The piece rests on a concrete base that acts as a cantilever. 16"D x 72"L x 30"H (Available in the size and material of your choosing.

C-210 seamlessly integrates three elemental materials, concrete, steel and wood. The counter-top as well as the drawer faces are all cast concrete. Hand-blackened steel is employed as a veneer and finished with oil and buffed wax. The cabinet hardware is tip-on, two doors open to reveal rich walnut with adjustable shelving. The drawers are also solid walnut with dovetailed joinery.The piece rests on a concrete base that acts as a cantilever.
16″D x 72″L x 30″H (Available in the size and material of your choosing.

C-210 seamlessly integrates three elemental materials, concrete, steel and wood. The counter-top as well as the drawer faces are all cast concrete. Hand-blackened steel is employed as a veneer and finished with oil and buffed wax. The cabinet hardware is tip-on, two doors open to reveal rich walnut with adjustable shelving. The drawers are also solid walnut with dovetailed joinery.The piece rests on a concrete base that acts as a cantilever. 16"D x 72"L x 30"H (Available in the size and material of your choosing.

C-210 seamlessly integrates three elemental materials, concrete, steel and wood. The counter-top as well as the drawer faces are all cast concrete. Hand-blackened steel is employed as a veneer and finished with oil and buffed wax. The cabinet hardware is tip-on, two doors open to reveal rich walnut with adjustable shelving. The drawers are also solid walnut with dovetailed joinery.The piece rests on a concrete base that acts as a cantilever.
16″D x 72″L x 30″H (Available in the size and material of your choosing.

The Paradigm Table seamlessly integrates three elemental materials, concrete, steel and wood. The combination of cast concrete with hand-turned walnut legs and thru-tenon joinery married to hand-blackened steel with an oil and wax finish make for a simple yet elegant surface. The piece features two hand-turned drawers. 36"D x 48"L x 16"H (Available in the size and material of your choosing.

The Paradigm Table seamlessly integrates three elemental materials, concrete, steel and wood. The combination of cast concrete with hand-turned walnut legs and thru-tenon joinery married to hand-blackened steel with an oil and wax finish make for a simple yet elegant surface. The piece features two hand-turned drawers.
36″D x 48″L x 16″H (Available in the size and material of your choosing.

Perennial favorite, Stefan Rurak, of the Brooklyn-based atelier, introduced work featuring his latest passion—cast concrete.  Rurak chooses to push his personal knowledge of materials, creating custom mixes to enhance the tensile strength of the material.  The artist introduced several new works including a large concrete, steel and wood cantilevered console, cast concrete and wood lamps, and a mixed material coffee table.  Still one of his most popular items are his large-scale steel “paintings.”

http://stefanrurak.com

 

WOODSPORT

RB EASY CHAIR walnut or ash and prusik cord. flexing wood tiles provide supreme comfort.

RB EASY CHAIR
walnut or ash and prusik cord. flexing wood tiles provide supreme comfort.

RB BENCH 70 x 18w x 18h shown in bleached maple with bronze beads.

RB BENCH
70 x 18w x 18h
shown in bleached maple with bronze beads.

Choosing to string together wood pieces to create a surface with give, Scott McGlasson of Woodsport makes comfortable wood furniture.  The work is interesting using the artist’s unique take on the segmented surfaces.  Top looks within the booth were his RB Easy Chair and RB Bench.

http://woodsport.net

 


About the author: Bill Indursky

Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.

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