Architectural Digest Show Morphs Into Mini KBIS

Luxury appliances ply New York’s Piers 92/94 this week
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Liebherr's new 36-inch Monolith fridge

Liebherr's new 36-inch Monolith fridge

The annual Architectural Digest Design Show (ADDS) in New York began as a celebration of luxury home furnishings, fabrics and decorative accessories.

It’s still all that, but over the past 18 years it has also become a focused haven for super-premium appliance manufacturers, whose luxury wares can get lost in the hustle and bustle of February’s convention-hall filling Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

This week, like the swallows of Capistrano, luxury white-goods vendors returned to Piers 92/94 on New York’s West Side, only in greater numbers, for four days of product displays before an estimated 40,000 retailers, decorators, designers, architects, media and consumers.

Dealers gather at distributor Eastern Marketing's private-label XO Ventilation display at ADDS. From left: Dino DiCocco, Eastern Marketing; Fred Albano, Albano Appliance; Tony Aitoro, Aitoro Appliance; John and Jace Kieffer, Kieffer's Appliances; and Craig and Marty Friedman, Eastern Marketing.

Dealers gather at distributor Eastern Marketing's private-label XO Ventilation display at ADDS. From left: Dino DiCocco, Eastern Marketing; Fred Albano, Albano Appliance; Tony Aitoro, Aitoro Appliance; John and Jace Kieffer, Kieffer's Appliances; and Craig and Marty Friedman, Eastern Marketing.

The doors opened today to the trade, and will swing wider to all ticket holders Friday through Sunday. Here’s a sneak peek at what they’ll find in the appliance aisles.

Bosch

The BSH brand will be touting two new dishwasher drying technologies including AutoAir, which automatically cracks open the door at the end of the dry cycle to release moisture and circulate fresh air. Bosch will also showcase its new freestanding French door bottom-mount refrigerator collection, a bottom-up redesign featuring a built-in look with 24-inch-deep cavity; fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finish and backwall; extended freshness technology with pre-programmed settings; and a remote monitoring, control and diagnostic system on board.

Fisher & Paykel

First-time ADDS exhibitor F&P is bringing members of its executive and design teams from New Zealand and North America to walk attendees through its full range of classic and pro ranges; built-in ovens; integrated column refrigerators and freezers; and unique DishDrawer dishwasher.

Gaggenau

The BSH pro-grade brand will unveil its next-gen Vario 200 series cooktop within a mock apartment created by acclaimed interior designer Sasha Bikoff. The customizable cooktop will feature double-burner gas and induction heating, along with a 12-inch wok and downdraft vent.

JennAir

The upmarket Whirlpool brand (and last year’s ADDS Best in Show winner) will present the “JennAir Experience,” described as the badge’s “reinvigorated, digitally-connected showroom approach.” Product and brand marketing director Jon Hall will be on hand to lead curated tours of the display area, and reveal what JennAir promises will be its “largest, most dynamic immersion experience to date.”

Liebherr

The German refrigeration resource will present the latest additions to its Monolith line: a 36-inch built-in fridge, the platform’s largest, along with companion 30- and 36-inch freezer columns. The collection features end-to-end stainless steel interiors, high-humidity crispers for longer produce life and a full-color, 3.5-inch touchscreen control display.

The Home Depot

Yes, The Home Depot. The No. 2 appliance retailer is touting its latest spring designs by decking out the show’s Refresh lounge with a whole-home assortment of online decor offerings.

Sharp

Building on a head of steam from its superheated steam combi-ovens, Sharp is branching out from its microwave and drawer oven base to encompass the entire kitchen with wall ovens, cooktops, dishwashers and refrigerators.

Signature Kitchen Suite

Making its debut appearance at ADDS, LG Electronics' luxury Signature brand will make up for lost time today when it hosts a “VIP Media Preview” featuring its Signature Kitchen Suite collection.

Smeg

Fresh from KBIS, the premier Italian appliance brand will be on hand with its colorful new Dolce&Gabbana ranges and hoods; new 48-inch Portofino range and fridge; the just introduced 24-inch Linea specialty speed and combi-steam oven; and Smeg’s first-ever wine coolers.

True Residential

The luxe refrigeration brand will be touting the two latest tones in its Build Your True custom color program: emerald and ultra-matte black. Said sales and marketing director Steve Proctor, “Emerald … adds a sense of vibrancy to any space,” while ultra-matte black “adds drama, depth and design flexibility.”

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