Home to over 120 showrooms and representing over 3,000 manufacturers, for over 45 years The Decoration & Design (D&D) Building has been renown as the Western Hemisphere’s premier design center and a destination for designers around the world. Every Spring the Building presents its annual Spring Market day in New York, held this year two days ago on Wednesday May 15th. For market, all eighteen floors of the building were filled with events showcasing new products and highlighting designers and their expertise.
I was honored to be named one of “the most followed virtual voices in design;” one of 25 design bloggers asked to be part of The Go Design Go Bloggers Lounge, “reporting on the day’s events, happenings, and highlights.” While attending a full roster of the days events, I shared #ddbmarket coverage in real time all day via live tweets and instagrams while hopping from showroom to showroom. Let’s take a look at some of what I saw:
The morning began with a warm welcome from Ann Maine, Editor in Chief of Traditional Home.
In the keynote presentation that followed, Summer Thornton, Heather Garrett, and Katie Lydon, three of Traditional Magazine’s 2013 New Trad designers shared lessons they’ve learned as interior designers. “From the challenges of building a design business to the impact of social media… [the three designers] share[d] their perspectives… [on] design, their clients, the design marketplace, and strategies for growing their business.”
From there I attended a 11:30am champagne toast for Holiday House Hamptons, a showhouse scheduled to open in June in Bridgehampton. Iris Dankner, Holiday House Hamptons founder and co-chairman, Christopher Hyland, HHH co-chairman, and Ally Coulter, HHH designer, pose for a pic in the Holiday House Hamptons designed space on the DDB’s 14th floor.
From there I attended JAB Anstoetz‘s “Spring Break Tabl-escape” at 4:00pm. Patrick J. Hamilton was our tour guide through designers’ like Bella Mancini (pictured below) adventurous tablescape designs featuring JAB Anstoetz products and Lenox dinnerware, flatware, and stemware.
After an exciting day at the front lines of the latest in design it was fun to visit the Go Design Go Blogger’s Lounge at lovely Niedermaier. As a special memento for being a Spring Market blogger, we were all given a bag of stylish surprises.
What a nice treat to see Andrew Joseph there!
Tina and I were fortunate to also meet Alexander Purcell Rodrigues and spend some time chatting with him.
We capped off the day with Traditional Home at their New Trad party at Desiron.
We had a blast!