Inside the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show
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The aspirational decor on display at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, held recently at Pier 94 in Manhattan, can be summed up in three words: warmth, whimsy and wood.
Warmth came through in indoor fireplaces and outdoor fire pits. Sculptural and modern-vintage furniture had plenty of whimsy. And rich, natural woods were everywhere -- sometimes even where no wood was used.
Here are some of our favorite products, from high-end custom pieces to more wallet-friendly accents:
The Over the Top Love Seat from Brooklyn's Think Fabricate appears a bit Space Age-y, but it is incredibly comfortable. Cascading bolsters made of leather are paired with walnut hardwood for this unique, modern look. The piece, part of Think Fabricate's Stepping Stones collection, retails for $4,200 at thinkfabricate.com
Sag Harbor furniture designer Nico Yektai is known for creating sculptural benches and tables. His Proteus candle holders are made of concrete and wood. The candle holders are sold in pairs ($160 a pair, in small, medium and large at nicoyektai.com/store) that are magnetically attracted to each other. Add more pairs to make a centerpiece or pull them apart into smaller groups. Each holder can accommodate a standard candle or tea light.
Philadelphia designer Andrea Mihalik of Wild Chairy combines sometimes "wild" fabric choices with old-world upholstery techniques to create her vintage-modern chairs. Mihalik makes each piece with coil springs, horsehair, Italian twine and organic cotton. Her Wallace chair, priced at $2,800 at wildchairy.com, is upholstered with a gray and black herringbone fabric on the front and a vintage canvas mailbag covered in grommets on the back.
The brass instrument-inspired Botti lamp from Delightfull is perfect for musicians, or for homeowners who want to jazz up their decor. Available in suspension or floor versions, the lamps are handmade in gold-plated brass and use incandescent bulbs. $3,700 at delightfull.eu. Contact the designer about making a purchase.
The incredibly soft woven wool blankets and throws from Faribault Woolen Mill Co. in Minnesota have a bit of history behind them. The mill was founded in 1865 and closed in 2009, but was soon resurrected by two cousins from Minneapolis. Most of the designs in the company's product line are taken from its archives, with the colors simply tweaked. The company designs for many boutique hotels. Throws range from $100 to $220 at faribaultmill.com
The tables and countertops from JMLifestyles look like they're made from rustic wood, but there is no wood in them at all. The New Jersey company uses WoodForm Concrete, an engineered concrete composite that is then painted to make it indistinguishable from wood. The material is used in indoor and outdoor tables and showers, bathroom vanities, fire pits and flooring. Pictured is an outdoor table with a built-in fire pit. Prices for these range from $4,800 to $6,500, depending on length; plank-style tables from $1,100 to $5,400; both at jmlifestyles.com