A Fall Market Round Up ~ Part 1

Kelly Behun, ph:Eric Piasecki

Twice a year the showrooms at D and D building roll out the red carpet to show the newest lines, the wonderful collaborations, the latest and greatest.  There were inspiring speakers, book launches from some of my favorite designers, and a bit of an education along the way about what is happening in this changing, dynamic industry.
Michael Boodroo lead a discussion on what luxury means now.  It was part of a larger theme running throughout the two day period, because the ideas came up again and again.

Susanne Rheinstein, ph:Roger Davies

Elle Decor polled many designers ~ Here's what they had to say:

               Design and quality were important, not brands and logos
               It's less about dazzling guests and more about private spaces
               Designers are most positive about business in 2013
               An indoor/outdoor connection is important
               Luxury is more a state of mind than a state of pocketbook
               Flexibility and a high/low sensibility
               The return to an artisanal touch
               Over the top means OVER

Alexa Hampton, ph:Scott Francis
            People want to stand out in a standardized world
            Clients want to spend their money well
            Highly functional spaces; kitchens, closets, baths are considered the height of luxury

Mick De Gulio

As designers we must educate clients and inspire them to buy the best they can afford.

I was lucky enough to attend the Stars of Design award dinner.  I was in awe of so much talent in the room.  Iconic architects, forward thinking urban planners, designers I have admired for a long time.  It was warm, wonderful, and lighthearted.

Looking around the room and seeing
  Alexa Hampton, Mario Buatta, Juan MontoyaRichard Meier among others blew my mind!

Tamara of Nestnestnest, me, Raina of A Stylist Life

I always like a good take-away ~ here it is:  The flowers on the table at the award banquet were so simple and so beautiful.  Three matching vases at varying heights with coordinating colored flowers. Humble zinnias and roses in autumnal colors that ANYONE could recreate.

Come back for more on D and D fall market next time.

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