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Distributors’ Pro-Grade Majaps Bring Home Appeal

Now entering its second decade, the Architectural Digest Design Show (ADDS) in New York has become a crucial event on the premium appliance calendar.

Sprawling across Manhattan’s West Side Pier 94 facility for four days in March, the luxury emporium for designers, decorators, retailers and consumers features handcrafted, limited-edition or otherwise upmarket furniture, accessories, lighting, and kitchen and bath products — plus a growing selection of major appliances — from over 400 vendors.

This year’s white-goods contingent included a healthy helping of stand-alone exhibitors (Best, BlueStar, Bosh/Thermador, Dacor/Samsung, Jenn-Air, ILVE, Miele, Sub-Zero/Wolf, Smeg, True), as well as brand groupings from returning majap distributors.

Among them, Philadelphia-based Almo showcased professional-grade appliances from five vendor partners including Sharp, which featured its Supersteam+ combination steam and convection oven, and its stainless steel microwave drawer, now also available in black stainless finish.

Sharp sales and marketing senior VP Peter Weedfald at the Almo booth with his company’s microwave drawer in new black stainless finish and the Supersteam+ combination steam and convection oven

Elsewhere in the booth, Liebherr, the German refrigeration resource, presented new wine preservation and refrigeration units including the first integrated model, HW-8000, a 24-inch pantry-style cabinet that can hold up to 80 bottles.

In addition, Capital Cooking debuted its one-of-a-kind 48-inch Connoisseurian range in a Distant Hue blue; Faber Ventilation highlighted the new Vanilla Isola range hood, featuring a powerful fan, LED touch-control digital display and advanced perimetric filter system; and Superiore introduced a 24-inch gas range for urban kitchens and a 30-inch dual-fuel self-cleaning range.

“This is, quite simply, our greatest exhibition at the Architectural Digest Design Show. Period,” said Steve Terry, senior VP/COO of Almo’s premium appliances unit. “We’re excited at the industry firsts and new offerings from our elite brands, which are sure to have mass appeal to the architect and designer communities in attendance.”

He continued, “Further moved by innovation, performance and quality, we’re able to create and distribute products that are haute, yet high functioning; polished, yet performance-driven.”

Elsewhere at the event, New Jersey-based Eastern Marketing returned with its retinue of ultra-premium ranges (AGA, Bertazzoni; Heartland); kitchen and laundry products (Blomberg); outdoor grills (Lynx); and powerful range hoods (Vent-A-Hood).

Also joining the festivities was Distinctive Appliance Distributing of Wixom, Mich., which presented select pieces from its Fhiaba, Fulgor, Coyote and Hestan brand assortment. From Fhiaba’s hand-built line came a customized commercial-look wine cooler, refrigerator and freezer configuration with unifying grill, while Coyote showed its new indoor/outdoor electric grill and Hestan drew crowds with its grill and beer-tap island Outdoor Living Suite.

For those who like to plan ahead, the show returns for its 11th year March 22-25, 2018.