Last week the Bond Collective Design Team ventured out to the annual Architectural Digest show at Pier 92 in Manhattan. Over 40,000 designers and artists flocked to see over 400 exhibitors at the eponymous design show which is now in it's 16th year. Keep reading to get an inside view with a selection of their favorite exhibitors...
ARA LEVON THORNES
Detroit based Throrose definitely turned heads this year. His designs, with their tubular aesthetic, are pure sculptural spectacle and beg us to interact. I could totally see something like replacing the ergonomic balance-ball office chair!
11411 Buffalo St., Detroit, Michigan (MI), 48212, USA
AVO STUDIO INC.
Avo Studios makes etched hide rugs that are unlike anything I've ever seen. Brit Kleinman's hand-designed patterns come to life in saturated hues that are as functional as they are beautiful.
63 Flushing Ave · Bldg 10 · 2nd FL - Unit 135, Brooklyn, New York, 11205, USA
Bower NYC is making a kind of luxury design that we haven't seen before. It is somehow minimalist and maximalist at the same time. We especially love their optical illusion inspired mirrors. We truly admire they're ability to take an unexpected palate/materials and transform them into something astonishing.
810 Humboldt Street, Unit 2K, Brooklyn, New York (NY), 11222, USA
DEBRA FOLZ DESIGN
We have such a design crush on Debra Folz. Not only is her work super clever and beautiful in it's simplicity, she herself is also lovely. We were lucky to chat with her briefly about her Gem and Drape tables, which now come in brass!
56 Sprague St., 2nd Floor, Providence, Rhode Island (RI), 02907, USA
Estudio Persona is based in Los Angeles and works primarily with light wood, chrome and leather. Their paired down aesthetic is more than trend as every piece exudes quality and refinement. We literally could not remove ourselves from their ergonomic Nido Chair!
715 N. Hoover St., Los Angeles, California (CA), 90029, USA
John Shepard is making uber-refined stoneware in Chelsea and we want all of it. His work ranges from soft, geometric vases to shapely organic art objects. All of them aspirational mantel pieces.
126 West 112th Street, 2A, New York City, New York (NY), 10026, USA
Kim Markel's Glow chair is molded from reclaimed plastic. We loved how playfully artful yet sculptural these translucent chairs are. They look like candy colored icicles!
Beacon, NY, USA
LUKE LAMP CO
Translucent nylon rope illuminated from within make these striking lighting installations by Luke Lamp Co. We loved their usage of utilitarian materials to make something so luxe!
Mamaroneck, NY, USA
NEW GROWTH DESIGNS
New Growth Designs always has an enchanting booth and this year was no exception. A giant archway of artificial privet and checkered astroturf welcomed us to their garden. The best artificial foliage we know of with southern hospitality to boot!
225 Martin Street, Greenville, North Carolina (NC), 27834, USA
I never thought I cared about refrigerators until now...These ice boxes are somehow vintage and modern at the same time. The brass and copper finishes add something special to their timeless design.
2001 East Terra Lane, O'Fallon, Missouri (MO), 63366, USA
RATHER WELL DESIGN
Simple, beautiful wooden furniture made in Brooklyn. Paired with Tara Vaughn Ceramics, these pieces are subtly sophisticated and seem like they'll last forever.
488 Morgan Ave., 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, New York (NY), 11222, USA
Elide gasped when she played eyes on Sarkos' large scale display of dreamy wallpaper. Made by hand, each roll is truly a work of art.
The Principals is an experimental design group that creates everything from these geometric planters to interactive installations for MoMA PS1. Their designs are filled with wonder and range in scale from individual pieces of furniture to entire experiences.
810 Humboldt Street Unit 1-E, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 11222
About the Authors:
Elide Grabowski and Thomas Gibbons are the energetic design duo behind Bond Collective’s latest FiDi locations. Hailing from distinct creative backgrounds, together they draw on travel, art and history to reinvent the workplace and develop inspiring spaces for all Bond Collective members.