2016 Architectural Digest Design Show

Zephyr exhibited at the 2016 Architectural Digest Show, which was held in New York City at Pier 92/94 and drew more than 40,000 attendees. We co-sponsored a reFresh media tour and our Cheng Collection designer, Fu-Tung Cheng, presented on Zephyr’s Design, Innovation and Technology. In addition, we participated in a progressive KBTribeChat Twitter event in our booth where designers and industry professionals that are part of the tribe came together to discuss trends at the show and new product launches. All of Zephyr’s products were a huge hit, especially the in-ceiling Lux Island hood pictured below!

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Verona, Wave, Horizon, Incline, Limited Edition Okeanito (Black Mirror Stainless), and Luce Wall hoods on display in Zephyr’s booth.

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Fu-Tung Cheng presents to designers and media attendees.

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Editors take diligent notes as Fu-Tung Cheng speaks at Zephyr’s press event.

Additional appliance companies at the show included…

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Fulgor Milano

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BlueStar

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Trends at the show:

Built-in Cooking Guides, Connected Ovens:

Manufacturers such as Viking, Dacor, Jenn Air, and Wolf showed off their technology that features built-in cooking guides with touch screen displays, connected kitchens that let you pre-heat your oven from your touch screen phone, and connectivity with Nest thermostat.

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Customization and Color

“This year, blue is very on trend. Blue is a color that’s classic but somehow always manages to look fresh. It’s really hard to go wrong with blue,” Margaret Russell (Architectural Digest, Editor in Chief).

Big Chill, La Cornue, Blue Star, and others showcased blue appliances and product options. And many other exhibitors showcased products in this cool, trendy hue.

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More Personality in the Home

Consumers are taking more risks with their design choices and not just playing it safe. We noticed a lot of bold patterns, bright colors, and innovative accessories for adding personality to the home.

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The DIFFA Cocktails by Design Event was another big success and attracted NYC’s leading designers, media, and industry professionals.

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It was a great show and we look forward to next year!

2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

We’re back from a great trip to New York for the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show. In addition to exhibiting and launching three new products at the show, we also held a Press Event and participated in The New York Times Kitchen Renovation Panel with our design partner, Fu-Tung Cheng. We’ve recapped some of our favorite finds from the show and wanted to share

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Trend Spotting: Bold color, sustainable products, gorgeous lighting fixtures, texture, and innovative spins on mundane household furniture.

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Trend Spotting: Manufacturers foray into new categories. Blue Star ventured into the refrigeration category, Alfresco launched an indoor line of ranges, and Hades introduced an all-in-one outdoor barbecue.

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We also attended the DIFFA Event, which showcased striking tablescape designs by renowned designers and artists.

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The New York Times Kitchen Renovation Panel

Topic: Updating a kitchen or bath with new surfaces, new fixtures and appliances, and fresh colorations can add functionality, aesthetic and market appeal, plus a sense of renewal that is reflected throughout an entire home. Elaine Louie, New York Times contributing writer, hosts an exciting discussion with Tim Schroeder of Duravit and interior designers Kati Curtis and Fu-Tung Cheng, who will showcase stunning examples of how they have pulled off numerous kitchen and bath renovations on both optimum and minimal budgets.

Fu-Tung Cheng was the highlight of the panel and gave the packed audience an overview of his work with concrete, 10-year partnership with Zephyr, and custom homes.

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Architectural Digest Home Design Show, NYC

We spent a few days in one of our favorite cities last week for the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Whenever we visit New York, the time always flies by and the design, culture, views and food keep us hungry for more.

Those in our industry know AD is a powerhouse in the design and editorial world so we were confident the annual tradeshow wouldn’t disappoint. A few trends we noticed this year — Color, Texture and Pattern! We were at the show on the first day of spring and the designers exhibiting embraced the season with gorgeous floral displays, bright color combinations (from kitchen appliances to pillow fabric) and innovative pattern mixing.

The photo below is a collage from the Dining by Design event sponsored by DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). This was the 15th-annual fundraiser showcasing more than 40 inventive tabletop installations devised by leaders in the design community. This year, the event raised $650,000 and featured table designs by Ralph Lauren, Diane von Frustenberg and other noteworthy designers. A few of our favorite design blogs covered the event and you can check out more photos of these gorgeous table designs and booths at Quintessence, Cozy Stylish Chic and Sarah Sarna.

The second photo is a gorgeous art display by House of LMD. Can you believe there are 2,500 roses!?!

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We also noticed a trend toward compact appliances and furniture for smaller spaces. Blue Star launched an oven for city dwellers and Bertazzoni unveiled a new suite of 24-inch compact appliances, including wall ovens and cooktops ideally suited for small spaces. There were aisles and aisles  of gorgeous furniture, art pieces, and home accessories that proved  you can incorporate smart, beautiful design regardless of the size of your home.

We had a great time at the show and enjoyed meeting industry bloggers, Veronika with Modenus and other designers at Marys and Mimosas!

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While in New York, we also had the opportunity to visit the Materials Connexion Library – a global materials consultancy and library of innovative and sustainable materials. Have you ever been? It is amazing! The members-only library helps companies innovate and gives them access to global material sources. They feature sustainable materials to guide environmentally responsible material solutions and are the experts on materials in development and untapped technologies. It really is a brilliant place and we were amazed by how many designers and manufacturers they brought together, such as Nike, Disney, Starbucks and hundreds others.

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And finally, we were also able to enjoy ourselves a little and take in the beautiful city! Until next time, New York!

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