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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!