Highlights of the New York Design Center

In Louisiana, we aren’t fortunate enough to have a Design Center, so any time I go to a major city, I always plan at least a full day. Design Centers are open to the trade only and offer the best of the best fabric, furniture, accessories, lighting, and anything else you can think of to furnish the home. It’s at these valuable buildings where you learn the quality of products and get the exposure to new lines and introductions. Just to give you an idea of the vast amount of products, the New York Design Center is 16 stories, 500,000 square feet, and I still get so excited every time I go. I’m sure to always have a pen and notebook on hand so when I get back to the hotel I can study everything from the day. (yes, I know, kinda nerdy, but at least I love what I do!) So, join me, into my world of note-taking………..

This sparkling beauty from Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Company is reminiscent of 1920’s glamour. Since the NYDC was built in 1926, I’m pretty sure the entry chandelier looked something like this.

As a continuation of our wonderful time at BlogfestKravet & Lee Jofa set up appointments with several of the showrooms and also coordinated a scavenger hunt. It was a great way to get a lot of information in a short amount of time. Did I mention prizes? I’m such a sucker for a contest and I have very competitive blood! Dangle the carrot and I’m in!!!  And best of all, my husband was totally conned into suggested that if I won tickets to the Masquerade Ball in NY, I could bring my blogfest roomie!

Ok back to business… The collection above is from Kravet’s new fabric line Modern Colors Collection. There are so many great colorways, but chartreuse seems to be my timeless go-to hue. It really amazes me how much this vibrant color shows up in nature. The top fabric has a great velvet texture, and I spotted it on one of their showroom chairs. I wish you could see a closeup of the middle right fabric. It is a linen/silk blend…..ahhhhhhhh.

I am totally gaga right now with anything rocks or crystals. Jewelry…home accessories… you name it! I found these beautiful quartz obelisk’s at Century Furniture‘s showroom. Don’t they remind you of the Chrysler Building?

Palecek‘s Showroom is filled with Sustainable furniture – wicker, rattan, seagrass & outdoor pieces. Can’t you see this table tucked in a carved out space in Central Park?

Part of the challenge was to find inspiration from the city, and don’t these hanging pendants from Atelier remind you of the glimmering lights of Times Square.

I love how the architectural lines of the Brooklyn Bridge are mimicked in this occasional table by Kravet.

As soon as I walked in the Arteriors showroom I was immediately drawn to this Mottega lamp. The color has so much depth to it, and it is also customizable. You select the base shape, base, color, finial & lamp shade. The lamp I’m eying for my own house is the one above. Shown with Lucca base in peridot green, acrylic round base, acrylic sphere finial, and a linen tall drum lampshade.

Global Views definitely has their act together when it comes to product design and showcasing. They are the life of the party at market every year, and they have recently introduced several products with a peacock motif.

Access to Design Program

Sweet Endings with a surprise guest: Thom Felicia


  1. Oh, we know the reality is “conned into!” 😉

  2. designchic says:

    Now that sounds like my dream day – would love to go visit a design center , and meeting Thom Felicia – how fun!!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I am loving your blog!! Keep up the fantastic work…..I’m so bummed I missed BlogFest this year…maybe next year!! It looks like you had a blast. Let’s chat soon!!

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