Color Play at Architectural Digest Home Show

April 4, 2011

Love to get up to New York City whenever  I can.  It is a visual smorgasbord and never ceases to inspire me.  Yesterday,  I went up for the opening of  Architectural Digest Home Show 2011 and was soooo happy to see so much vibrant color all around.


Hand blown glass from Nine Iron Sudios.

A perfect (of course) little color vignette from Grange.  Ooh la la. How do the French get it sooo perfect every time?

Vibrant color blocks on  cotton rugs by Philadelphia weaver,  Claudia Mills.

An illuminated wall installation of blown glass  by Jamie Harris Studio.

Hand blown glass in organic shapes from Thor and Jennifer Bueno.

A pop of saturated red enlivens a traditional display.

And….  back to the non-traditional, which is really why I visit New York City…..

Tabletop fun by Diane Von Furstenberg Home.

Re-imagined classic hooked rugs from the New England Collection.   Love the contemporary geometics and bold use of color here.

And there was the art.  From the Spanierman Modern gallery,  one of the “ocean field” paintings of Clifford Smith

Mixed-media works in paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser. Amy told me that after working in neutrals last year she was inspired to go the other way.

And on the subject of neutral, there was a bit of that

And… back to the downright fun and funky…….

This cabinet from Bart Niswonger looks illuminated from within.  Really original-  made of  painted ash and cast urethane.

There were also sumptuous textiles and bedding in vibrant jewel tones.

And bridging tradition with today here come The New Traditionalists

Punchy orange piping and updated styling of the wing chair classic.  Martha Washington did not sit here.


Another reason for heading up to NYC yesterday was to have a real 3D meetup with some of the friends I’ve made through social media over the past two years. We did have our “avatars” to go by and I  really wasn’t surprised that most of my “virtual friends” were not very different from the voices and personalities I’ve come to know through my computer screen.  Leslie Fine, a Boston-based designer has a great post over on her blog about the phenomenon of social media and trade shows.



So this wraps up my first blog post~  inspired by fresh new design, inspired by color, and inspired by one my favorite places to be-





New York City.  Don’t you love those punches of pink?