Home Design Show

March 5, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
Looking to spruce up your home?Whether you're thinking of a home makeover or just some simple design tips, you can check out the Home Design Show.

It's in town, and Lauren Glassberg got a peak Thursday at some of the hot trends.

Whether you're looking for a new stove for your kitchen or simply want to know what fabric your couch might look good in, the Home Design Show is a great place to get inspired and tap into that inner decorator.

"You can come in here and actually touch and feel the trade-only things that the general public normally wouldn't get access to," James Humphrey said.

Humphrey is with the magazine "Architectural Digest," and this weekend, many of the designs featured in the magazine are on display. There are 200 exhibitors and free design consultations, allowing you to hone in on just the right look for your home.

And interestingly, the trend of black and white reflects the struggling economy.

"It is the designer's response to what's happening in the world, both economically and in terms of more civil unrest," said Laurie Messmman, of Ligne Roset.

There's also a trend of multi-faceted furniture. One piece is part seat, part table and part storage. Such pieces are perfect for small spaces and come in different styles for varying decors.

There are, of course, items for over-the-top luxury, and there are items that will make you feel good about buying. There are pieces that are made of wood that's been salvaged and made by indigenous people in Africa and South America.

"I talk to them about what New Yorkers and Americans are looking for," designer Tucker Robbins said. "So I just ask proportions, shapes that are familiar to us."

The eco-friendly, sustainable trend is quite strong, showing up in floor coverings and even fireplaces. Some run on ethanol.

"Basically because of the way ethanol burns, you don't need to have a chimney," said Alexander Eburne, of EcoSmart Fire. "No venting, no hard connection. It's a completely free-standing base. You can put it anywhere in your home.

The show is at Pier 94 on the West Side Highway. Tickets are $25 at the door and the show runs through Sunday Evening.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show
Pier 94. 12th Avenue at 55th Street, New York, NY

  • Thursday March 6, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Preview for the design trade, VIP consumer ticket $95
  • Friday - Sunday, March 7-9, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Open to the public -- $25 per person at the door, $20 in advance at www.archdigesthomeshow.com or by calling (800) 677- 6278