6 Speakers Inspire an Interior Designer at the D&D Building

The D&D Building in New York recently hosted highlights from the Spring Market 2012: Design International. It was a very rewarding experience for me to attend, here are six speakers along with some of their work that I found particularly inspiring: The opening guest speaker of the day was Deborah Needleman who is the Editor in Chief of the Wall Street Journal Magazine. Her book, “The  Perfectly Imperfect Home”, emphasizes designing high luxury interiors with imperfections as well as having fine things, while allowing them to breathe in a lighter way. A room could be rich or serious but by using ticking fabric it allows you to bring down or humble the space. Signs of living in a house are always beautiful to see, coats hanging in a foyer or simply draped on an antique tree stand are subtle ways in which you can add charm to any home. Lutron Electronics Company  hosted a seminar about “Hiding Technology”. Audio Command Systems, Inc. was the speaker; here are some of my favorite items which were featured: The sub woofer for your sound system can be concealed, under the floor grill. Motorized pocket doors. Flush mount lighting control. Flangeless stereo speakers and HVAC grills. Invisible sound system speakers that are fully concealed, with plaster over the face. Remote sensors for thermostat. His and her televisions – two TV’s in a pop-up cabinet at the foot of the bed. Personalized aromatherapy with scented pellets float in through the air vent, flavors such as lavender can be used to create a relaxing environment. Banking all of the controls on one panel. Window blinds with two rollers: one for cutting glare, and the other for room darkening.   Editorial Director DJ Carey of CT Cottages & Gardens along with Editor in Chief Kendell Cronstrom of NY Cottages & Gardens, were both guest speakers at the Robert Allen Design showroom. They touched on ways in which you can apply indoor/outdoor fabrics   in the most dynamic and striking ways throughout your outdoor living spaces. Currently, Ikat patterns are the dominant fabric trends; they give off a classic, yet fresh look.         Anya Larkin is one of the most passionate designer who brings the highest level of artistry to everything she touches. Her wall coverings are treated like fine works of art, adding feeling and depth into any room. The designs evoke a pleasant emotion; created through layers...
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How honeysuckle is the new black

  According to Pantone, the color of the year for 2011 is Honeysuckle. We’ve all heard the expression about how the “color of the moment” is the new black.  Did you ever wonder how this is decided?  Who decides it and what is the reason for the selection?  In this blogpost, I’m going to tell you how it happens and why it matters. It begins at the D & D Building (Decorator and Design), in New York City on 58th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, The D & D Building is home to over 120 showrooms and 3,000 manufacturers who represent the very best in residential design. People compete for valuable window display space here.  It is through this showcasing of the very best from the very best that the very best colors of the year rise to the top of design trends and lists. For interior and residential designers, this matters  because it helps us create the impression we want for the rooms we design.  For example, we look to warmer colors to make the walls of a room come to life.  Lighter colors make you notice the trim and sharper colors the accents. This applies to walls, fabrics, surfaces, fixtures, furniture, lamps and other objects.  So you can see why we need to stay on top of trends and the hot, new colors. Even though 2011 has just begun, the competition for 2012 is already starting to heat up?  Last week, I was at a seminar at Ring’s End in Fairfield County CT and Benjamin Moore talked about some of their new colors.  What were some of their picks.  Twilight Magenta.  Mysterious Charcoal.  And Purple Lotus.  Take a look below. Any guesses on which one will be the new black next year? I’ve spent a lot of time at the D & D building.  If you’d ever like to hear thoughts on colors that work for a particular room and why, I’ll always have a few...
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