Saying I’ll meet you at the front entrance proved to be a mistake – there were TWO entrances – Pier 92 and 94.
First I had to find the parking – the signs weren’t exactly stellar but when I spied a blonde in a Mercedes station wagon with NJ plates, I KNEW she was going to the show so I followed her. Perfect. Not so perfect = parking was $35, for up on the roof.
Badges scanned. Free tote for brochures and cards, done. First booth up really caught our attention. Yes please to both the sofa and the leather ottoman. Velvet seems to have made a comeback as many many furniture booths showcased velvet upholstery – in all very rich colors – from deep purple, to rich deep yellow to orange.
Lots of glass – from chandeliers to bottles to glass top tables –
Lucky enough to know this guy who owns Knuckle on Bone who crafted the cement and wood furniture. Very talented and a good eye for lines. Photo is so bad because (a) it’s out of focus! and (b) because he was being interviewed and there were huge camera lights on him
Stunning oak table – a cool $16k, which as jaded New Yorkers we thought seems realistic.
Woman caught scratching her butt.
A simple and beautifully crafted bench. A cross between Shaker and Amish style.
Everyone stopped at this booth to touch and sit in the hide chairs – not sure which hide….
Rugs from all over the world – all gorgeous colors.
The center of the whole show was all the appliance booths – from Viking to Dacor to Aga, ILVE, La Cornue – you name it, it was there. The Viking guy was telling us that the CEO of their parent company has been buying up all kinds of competitors brands -and started to tell us another brand he was in negotiations with when his boss gave him the axe sign – he must have been telling us too much. It was kinda funny because we SAW the axe sign and figured the rep talking to us was sick of saying the same old thing and wanted to tell us more.
Color was the theme in appliances too – not just velvet furniture.
The brand ILVE, from Italy had every color under the sun. This blue was stunning.
This company, smeg, wins for the ugliest appliances and the worst company name!
The polar opposite to smeg is La Cornue and this gem, customizable in many finishes and colors and components, comes in at a breezy $135k. Of course, the kitchen you’d need to have to fit this puppy in would come in a little higher than $135k! 🙂
The Winner of I Must Have One of These Because Live in Greenwich Award…..The WineStation by Dacor. The Dacor rep has NO sense of humor when I asked him if the machine would refuse to accept my $4 bottle of Cote du Rhone. He didn’t even crack a smile. Loooooser.
One of the largest booths in the center was taken by a barbecue manufacturer out of Kalamazoo – all American made, gorgeous – my photos here stink – but they had BBQ, smokers, pizza ovens – you name it. Beautifully crafted. I coveted the smoker.
This particular BBQ was both gas and wood but the coolest thing were the different grill plates – one for meat, one for veggies, and one for fish (left to right). Nothing inexpensive at Kalamazoo but nice to see such quality American made products front and center at the show.
For the family with the 3000 square foot city terrace that needs some greenery but you just aren’t there enough to get someone in to water it?? Never fear…Faux Greenery that is SO real looking you’d never know it was fake. Smart smart smart niche market. Now if only I needed it! 🙂
I took as many photos on my phone as I did with my camera but this is it – I’ve probably bored you to tears. It was packed but everyone was so nice and the booth reps were very loquacious, helpful, and seemed genuinely interested in selling their products. We especially especially loved how many young craftsmen (women too) had booths. Textiles. Furniture. Glass. Objects d’art.
My feet are tired but it was a fabulously fun day. It’s open all weekend if you want to go. You can buy tickets right at the door.
Hey CosHarbour, this enough peep photos for ya??
SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE: In my email box this morning, a note from the Viking rep. I guess the WHOLE purpose of wearing a badge emblazoned with one’s name is so that a rep who feels you are a potential buyer can look you up in the ticket data base, get your email, and contact you. Hmmmm. I don’t know if I like that, but I can see it from the vendor’s point of view.