Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014 Recap

Architectural Digest Home and Design Show 2014 Trends
Photos by Briams Beltran and Rosana Vidal

Last weekend, we had a colorful time at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Top designers, tastemakers and creators gathered at Pier 94 to explore a world of inspiration from more than 300 brands during the 13th annual celebration of design. As the only two real estate brokers in attendance, Christian Benites and Ivan Picc of TOWN SoHo, put their design backgrounds to good use as they connected with creative minds from across America.

TOWN SoHo Representatives Ivan Picc and Christian Benites
TOWN SoHo Representatives Ivan Picc and Christian Benites

Christian brings a multicultural perspective to his clients and his business, garnered from his collective years spent in Brazil, while maintaining a knowledgeable background that comes from being a native New Yorker.


Ivan spent 20 years as an investor, developer and interior designer for his company, D3, which he founded and still owns.  He offers his clients a wealth of exclusive design-based services, from renovating raw spaces to staging and showcasing finished homes.  Ivan is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Croatia, once again promoting an international vision for real estate.


This dynamic duo brought their discerning palettes to the three-day architectural affair to pick and choose the top trends to keep an eye on this year.


ADHDS 2014 Top Trends
Photo by Briams Beltran

What’s old is new again: Furniture designs composed of reclaimed and refurbished hardwood pieces get a modern touch with the addition of new materials like glass and metal. These pieces manage to maintain the original rustic-chic character of traditional furniture, but elevate the aesthetic with high-end flair and attention to detail. We especially loved Brooklyn designer’s Asher Israelow‘s gleaming brass and gold accents.


TopBrewer Espresso Machine ADHDS 2014
Photo courtesy Briams Beltran, Scanomat

Your virtual barista: There’s a new in-house app for your daily caffeine fix, the TopBrewer from Scanomat. This espresso and coffee maker is shaped like a faucet and syncs up with your iPhone or iPad to customize your morning jolt with the push of a button.


Stuv Rotating Fireplace AHDS 2014
Photo courtesy Stuv

Necessary luxury: A new rotating wood and metal fireplace in from Stuv, a Canadian design house dedicated to this feature, will do wonders for small homes needing an efficient heat source. These innovative engineering feats are as attractive as they are functional with three rotating doors, clean lines and subtle curves.


bertazzoni stove adhds2014
Photo courtesy Eastern Marketing

Cooking under the Tuscan sun: The latest kitchens to arrive from Italy supply chefs with endless culinary inspiration. Bertazzoni was showing off top-of-the-line appliances in brightly saturated terracotta colors for a unique statement piece in the kitchen.


Which of these home trends will you be incorporating into your spring renovation plans? Let us know in the comments!

Powered by Luxury Attache: Best NYC Bars for Couples

Campbell Apartment NYC

Cuddle up with your significant other this Valentine’s Day at some of the hottest bars across Manhattan.

Campbell Apartment NYC

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Terminal is The Campbell Apartment, one of New York City’s most historic bars. The former office and salon of 1920s mogul John W. Campbell transforms into a breathtaking space with intricate architectural details including extensive woodwork, balcony beamed ceiling and stone fireplace. Sip on classy cocktails like a Kentucky Ginger or Prohibition Punch and get whisked away to another time with your beau.

Cibar NYC

Beneath the posh Inn at Irving Place is the upscale martini lounge Cibar Lounge

Drunken Horse NYC

The wine is free flowing at Chelsea’s Drunken Horse. The Middle Eastern-inspired haunt taunts floor-to-ceiling wooden wine racks carrying a large selection from the Western European region. The intimate ambiance, high-end share plates and vino set the tone for a relaxing evening.

Employees Only NYC

For an old-world speakeasy feel in the West Village keep your eyes open for Employees Only. Marked by a neon sign advertising a psychic reader, the deco-inspired bar is a sensuous time warp back to the Prohibition era.

Unwind with your beau over at the Brandy Library in TriBeCa with an extensive, highly curated list of rare scotches and whiskeys. Treat your palette and each other to an education in top shelf, namesake liquors with their exclusive Spirit School sessions.

Back Room NYC

The Back Room is an elusive speakeasy tucked away in the depths of the Lower East Side. Look for a sign touting the “Lower East Side Toy Company,” to gain entry to this adult playpen. Alcohol is served up in nondescript teacups and mugs, a fireplace blazes in the background and you can find some of the best live jazz in Manhattan on any given evening.

Powered by Luxury Attache: Super Bowl 2014 Best Bets

Whiskey Park NYC Super Bowl Special

Looking to finalize your Super Bowl Sunday plans this weekend? We’ve scoured the city for the best viewing parties for friends and fans to watch the big game.

The Jimmy Hotel NYC

The James Hotel is elevating your Super Bowl plans with a viewing party from their rooftop bar, The Jimmy. Enjoy breathtaking views, audible play-by-play commentary and sophisticated cocktails.

Whiskey Park NYC Super Bowl Special

Whiskey Park is hosting a 5 Borough themed tailgate on Sunday with 6-foot subs from the best sandwich shops around NYC. Expect representation from Manhattan’s Faccio’s, Brooklyn’s Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe, Staten Island’s Goodfellas, Bronx’s Tino’s Deli and Catering and Queens’ Brothers. Wash it all down with football-themed beverages like the Pigskin concocted with bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup and orange bitters.

BLT Bar and Grill NYC

Chef David Craine is preparing a Super Bowl spread with exclusive off-menu items at BLT Bar & Grill this Sunday including deviled-egg croquettes, Serrano-pepper poppers with smoked gouda and chorizo, skirt-steak sliders and more.

Warren 77 TriBeCa NYC

Warren 77 one of our favorite TriBeCa sporting haunts is offering patrons the ultimate package for large groups that includes: a reserved booth, unlimited bar snacks and beverages, rounds to celebrate every team touchdown and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to those rooting for the winning team.

Houston Hall West Village NYC

Houston Hall is serving up extra large steins of Greenpoint Beer Works brews, wing specials and burgers to complement their big screens in the West Village. Make sure you arrive early to grab a communal table for your group.

Empire Steak Midtown West NYC

Midtown West’s Empire Steak House is debuting a 20 oz. filet mignon for the big game, come hungry.

Bounce NYC Super Bowl Pop Up

Bounce Sporting Club is hosting a special Super Bowl pop-up at the Highline Ballroom Sunday for a Super Sunday Funday with a live performance by DMC.

Powered by Luxury Attache: Father’s Day

Brandys Library Scotch Tasting

TOWN Residential Concierge Allison Newman

Celebrate the leading man in your life with these dapper spoils curated by TOWN’s Concierge, Allison Newman.

Mulberry Medium Clipper Holdall
1) The Mulberry Medium Clipper Holdall Bag is a classic addition to Dad’s luggage collection. The perfect amount of space with a sleek, versatile design. Available at Mr. Porter.

The Impossible Collection of Cars

2) This coffee table book packs a lot of horsepower between the covers. The Impossible Collection of Cars showcases 100 exceptional engines of the twentieth century, each chosen for its revolutionary design and head-turning capabilities. Available at Assouline.

Murray's Meat Club

3) Cure his meat tooth with a membership to Murray’s Meat of the Month Club. A monthly delivery of cured, cooked, whole and encased meats will arrive at his doorstep every month for a delicious array of platings. Four month, six month, and yearly options available.

Brandys Library Scotch Tasting

4) Enjoy a spirited evening at the Brandy Library with a scotch tasting for two.

Renzo Romagnoli Chess Set

5) There’s nothing like a timeless game of chess. Stimulate pops intellectual side with an Italian hand-crafted set from Renzo Romagnoli that will last a lifetime. Available at Barney’s.