The annual Ad Design Show in New York City is not just an inspirational collection of artisans, haute homewares and innovations but also a social event on “trade day” for the design community. It is an opportunity to walk the show with colleagues while perusing new offerings over wine and canapes and share thoughts on the industry. I love the show for the networking and the sheer fun of it but have also come to think of it as a major resource for my business. Noting product that moves me as I see it in person has always been a favorite way to source for jobs. Meeting the makers and distributors, creating relationships and understanding their procedures, policies and lead times is very beneficial for specifying materials and making recommendations to clients. I find it interesting that this show is also open to the public following trade day. The attention the design business gets from magazines, TV shows, and social media of all sorts have made goods from all over the world available to the public. Helping clients put it together and make sure it works is something I really enjoy, sourcing that artisanal piece for a client that really sets the space apart is something I enjoy even more! Shows like the AD Design Show are a great resource for doing just that. This year’s standouts included some amazing radiators that are wall art or are they art that diffuse heat? Hard to say… but innovative and noteworthy for sure. I am always on the lookout for practical but artful storage and some tambour storage cocktail and end tables caught my eye. Porcelain tableware, glassware, glass flowers, dog sculptures, dog beds, the new Steinway player piano, the “urban cultivator” for growing greens in your kitchen, and the new push to open refrigeration from Thermador were some of my other noted items for future use. Creating a home that you love to live in is the goal of all design enthusiasts. As you dream and “pin” and fall in love with that artful piece at a show or that look online or in the “decor” mag you just got, remember there are plenty of professionals like me here to help you connect the dots!