Top Picks From The 2016 AD Design Show

by Sharp | March 23, 2016

The four day Architectural Digest Design Show ran from March 17th until Sunday March 20th and showcased more than 400 premium brands in range of categories. We teamed up with Rita Orrell of the Architects Toybox to scout the show floor and report on some of the standouts.

Rita took over our Twitter and Instagram using #SHARPxADDS for real-time updates and summarized her finds on her blog. Highlights from her report are as follows:

Life Space UX by Sony

I almost walked right past the Life Space UX booth, and I’m glad I didn’t miss it, because it was one of the coolest things at the show. Life Space UX is a revolutionary home experience concept from Sony intended to remove the barrier between technology and interior design. Sony is creating a variety of products for Life Space UX which provide “transformative sensorial impact” with lights, sounds, and visuals applied in unexpected ways. Products on display included the LED Bulb Speaker ($239), which combines a dimmable LED light with a sound speaker into an ordinary light bulb size; the Glass Sound Speaker ($799), a sleek wireless speaker with ambient LED illumination which produces crystal clear sound from an organic glass cylinder; and the Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector ($999), a small projector capable of throwing a 22”-80” image onto walls, tables, or any adjacent surface.


Stikwood Plankprints Collection

Stikwood has taken their line of peel-and-stick real wood wall covering to a new level with the new Plankprints Collection. The collection has launched with seven new patterns including Azul, Freya, Mod Squad, Victoria, Victoria Vandyke, Vine, and Weathered Mod Squad.


Bauformat Climber System

I was mesmerized by the way this sleek cabinet door from Bauformat folded up on itself with just a touch of the hand. Made in Germany, this glass cabinet system comes in a range of colors and can be customized to fit a range of spaces.


The Otto Collection by Hubbardton Forge

My absolute favorite lighting at the show was on display at the Hubbardton Forge booth. How have I never heard of this company before? All of their products are handcrafted in Castleton, Vermont out of one of the country’s oldest and largest forges in operation. Hubbardton Forge introduced 60 new lighting products at the show, including chandeliers, pendants and mini-pendants, sconces, floor and table lamps, outdoor fixtures, and ceiling lighting. While it was hard to pick, my favorite grouping had to be the steampunk-inspired Otto Collection.

Otto 5 Light Pendant

Sarkos Wallpaper

This line of 100% hand-painted wallpaper is made in Brooklyn. I am partial to Cosmos, a deep vibrant matte painted finish that is highlighted with bursts of hand-gilt metal leaf in starry-night-like patterns.


Coloring Wallpaper from Flat Vernacular

The adult coloring book trend is incredibly hot — so why bring it to the wall surface? These color-it-yourself paper wallcoverings drew a ton of attention at the show, as they would at a bar or restaurant. The patterns are printed with white and dark grey ink and are washable, strippable, unpasted, and Class A fire rated.


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