The Architectural Digest Home Design Show

By Lori Dolnick
April 01, 2013

For those in the home design business, spring is not marked by a day on the calendar, but by the blossoming eye candy displayed at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City. It’s a time to come out of the winter doldrums, reconnect and to see what’s new.

BLANCO, Poggenpohl and Silestone kicked off the design festivities, with a farm-to-table brunch featuring “The new neutrals” in kitchen design. Fifty writers and editors, including bloggers from the Modenus BlogTourNYC, attended the event held in Poggenpohl’s Park Avenue showroom. BLANCO launched the architectural MODEX sink in a new SILGRANIT II CINDER color, noting that today’s neutrals combine grey, black and brown tones. Silestone also confirmed the demand for updated neutrals and offered that textured patterns add dimension, while Poggenpohl’s latest finishes included warm wood veneers in ash for a transitional look.     

                                                  Modex sink from BLANCO

The Architectural Digest Show has expanded and consolidated their luxury kitchen area, called “refresh.” It’s a typical city venue where space is at a premium. And what’s “refreshing” is that each exhibitor’s minimal space is devoted to their best, most innovative product. If you want to spend a New York minute to get the latest trends – this is the place to do it.

One oven to rule them all – Miele Combi-Steam Oven
Miele pioneered steam technology with pre-programmed menus that allowed novice steam oven users to deliver healthy, flavorful meals at the touch of a button. Miele’s new Combi-Steam gives users the option of cooking with steam, convection or a combination of the two for effortless gourmet results.

Miele Combi-Steam Oven

A better way to serve – Dacor Discovery Wine Station

The Dacor Discovery Wine Station has perfected the art of storing and dispensing wine without waste. A patented Clean-Pour Head naturally stores each bottle of wine for up to 60 days, while the Thermo-Electric Cooling System maintains the perfect temperature. A personalized label and pouring system – of course with parental controls – lets homeowners select and fill their glass on demand.  

                                            Dacor Discovery Wine Station

Ventilation just got smarter – BEST iQ Blower System
The BEST iQ Blower System is an intuitive range hood blower system that analyzes performance after installation to guarantee peak operation. In addition, the energy-efficient BEST iQ Blower System is up to two times quieter than other high-performance range hoods and removes smoke and odors up to 30 percent faster.

                                              BEST iQ Blower System

The hottest induction has no burners – Gaggenau CX 491 Full Surface Induction Cooktop
Gaggenau’s CX 491 is the first induction cooktop to turn the entire surface into one large cooking area. Cookware of all shapes and sizes can be placed anywhere on the CX 491’s full surface induction cooktop, which can accommodate up to four pots and pans simultaneously. The cooktop features pot or pan recognition and generates heat only where the cookware is detected. When the cookware is moved, the cooktop registers its new position and transfers the temperature setting to the new location.

                                    Gaggenau CX 491 Full Surface Induction Cooktop

Personalized and eco-friendly lighting – SONNEMAN Starflex LED Pendant
Suspended in perfect balance, Starflex changes position with a feather’s touch. It simultaneously adjusts five arms of glare-free LED light in a coordinated, star-like movement. Starflex can remain freely adjustable or be set to hold its perfect pose. Designed in collaboration with Peter Polick.

                                        SONNEMAN Starflex LED Pendant
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