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Architectural Digest Show Picks That Will Make You Look Twice

Each spring I head to the westernmost part of Manhattan where the Architectural Digest Design Show is held. This year I grabbed one of my most glamorous clients and muses and headed to the piers!

Sam Simon at the Architectural Digest Design Show

This show did not disappoint! Maybe it’s because spring is in the air, but I kept noticing springtime colors and themes popping up all over. The larger-than-life floral artwork by Benjamin Langford is surreal and beautiful. I could see a single flower used as wall art or even multiples for a dramatic look.

Floral Artwork by Benjamin Langford

Flowers by Benjamin LangfordFlowers by Benjamin Langford

Dagmara Weinberg’s fine art photography of cherry blossom trees is nothing short of breathtaking. I love using photography and well-curated work in my designs, and art like this would take any space—especially a nursery!—to a very chic and sophisticated place. Choose one or display a few in a group to give your child’s art collection a gorgeous head start!

Fine Art Photography by Dagmara Weinberg

Cherry Blossoms No.249 by Dagmara WeinbergCherry Blossoms No.249 by Dagmara Weinberg

Kim Markel’s ethereal pieces were a standout. The color palette was fresh and springlike. Her chairs, tables and mirrors are made of recycled plastics, so they are “green” in more ways than one! Like translucent pieces of sea glass, her chairs seem to glow. I sat in one and they are as comfortable as they are magical.

Designer Kim Markel

Glow Chair by Kim MarkelGlow Chair by Kim Markel

Woodland nurseries are all the rage right now, and I love the nod to the outdoors. These embroidered textiles from Coral & Tusk would be perfect as upholstery or drapery in a luxury nursery space. Themes like camping, teepees, animals and even “magic eyes” come to life on their folky chic textiles!

Embroidered Textiles from Coral & Tusk

Plumes Yardage by Coral & TuskPlumes Yardage by Coral & Tusk

Last but not least is this fun, funky and interactive approach to wallpaper. Brooklyn’s own Flat Vernacular puts the coloring book concept onto your walls! Springtime was a major theme in their patterns featuring birds, ice cream treats, flora and lots of fauna. This “color your own wallpaper” is an interactive accent wall that will change and come to life as your child tries to stay within the lines!

Wallpaper by Flat Vernacular

Coloring Book Wallpaper by Flat VernacularPigeon Pizza  Wallpaper by Flat Vernacular

The Architectural Digest Design Show is always as inspiring as it is fun! If you have the chance, get out there and check out design! Would you embrace any of these new looks and be a springtime trendsetter?