The event will take place in New York City from Wednesday, October 10th to Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at the heart of Manhattan’s Design District to discuss this season’s theme, “Luxury: Redefined & Redesigned”. Biannually, the design headquarters of the world dedicates its over 130 showrooms, representing over 3,000 leading manufacturers, to a relevant topic in design, inciting industry-improving change. Top editorial voices, leading industry trade organizations and dozens of design influencers plus thousands of attendees will crowd in and around the DDB Fall Market 2018 to discuss the future of luxury, redefined and redesigned.
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For the 2018 fall season, The D&D Building has once again positioned itself at the helm of design, decking its showrooms in lavish décor and ornate furnishings that will inspire intellectual discussion to redefine luxury. Market Week reaches new heights in each of the D&D Building’s six Keynotes, 22 In-Showroom Programs, one Special Event, four Cocktail Receptions, 118 Open Houses and 14 NEW Experiential Events offering invited guests an exclusive view into prestigious luxury brands. Great comfort, opulent aesthetics, and a world of ideas, surrounding luxury living, will be exclusively open for trade media, highly-esteemed design experts plus luxury lifestyle managers, connoisseurs and innovators to relish in.
Keynote sessions on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 begin with Fancy That! The Shifting Definition of Living Fabulously (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Duralee, Suite 620). House Beautiful Editor in Chief Sophie Donelson, New York designers Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick, and LA designer David Netto make a strong case for what is worth the luxury price. Contrary to what some may believe, living in the lap of luxury is not afforded sans budgeting. As the prestigious bunch delves into what luxury is, they share their unique views on how ingenuity can deliver the same quality–or even more luxurious–than a big budget.
The second keynote of the day will be The Luxury Design Revolution (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Kravet, Suite 1202). Town & Country Editor in Chief Stellene Volandes hosts an insightful discussion with respected designer Kelly Wearstler and transports guests 100 years back into design history with Kravet Inc.– celebrating a century in the home design business. To better understand the next century and how luxury design is to be redefined, this discussion will take a broad look at the history, and legendary interior designers, that have propelled us forward.
The final keynote on Wednesday will be Creating and Conveying Luxury in the Retail, Hospitality and Restaurant Realms (4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. | Warp & Weft, Suite 1203). Join this esteemed group, which includes Luxe Interiors + Designs Executive Editor Brittany Chevalier McIntyre alongside influential designers Juan Montoya, Ryan Korban, and Alicia Cannon, as they share their experiences creating and conveying luxury in the most extravagant lifestyle spaces. Executing an overall concept that effortlessly balances a client’s brand identity, a designer’s impeccable vision and the most innovative, yet functional, materials are paramount when developing luxury retail, hospitality, and restaurant spaces. The most engaging communal spaces transcend time and place, and insights from this influential group will help aspiring designers execute. Book signing of Ryan Korban Interiors will follow.
The next day on Thursday, October 11th, 2018, keynote sessions begin with Tangible vs. Intangible Luxury (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Style Library, Suite 409). Together, media sponsor Financial Times “How To Spend It” and Global CEO Anastasia Seebohm of the luxury lifestyle management concierge and service company, Quintessentially, lead a panel discussion joined by Founder Richard Lambertson of Lambertson Truex leather accessories, Owner Anthony Champalimaud of Troutbeck Hotel and Group Contract Director Carolyn Mitchell of Style Library. Sometimes, the most luxurious products, service, places and experience are out of reach. When the “out of sight” is still on your mind, only a team of luxury connoisseurs can perfectly execute and achieve the undefinable.
The second keynote on Thursday is Custom Luxuries (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Dedar, Suite 1009) with Galerie Editor in Chief Jacqueline Terrebonne, a partner at Maison Gerard Benoist Drut, a partner at Sawyer|Berson Brian Sawyer, and Co-owner Caterina Fabrizio of Dedar. Trading secrets, to the guests’ advantage, the exclusive session will cover one-of-a-kind fine fabrics, furnishings, and designs that surmount the wildest visions of esteemed designers and their respective clientele.
The DDB Fall Market 2018 concludes with the final keynote Global Luxury (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. |Matteo Gennari, Suite 923), Interiors Editor in Chief Erika Heet leads a lively discussion accompanied by world-renowned designers and travelers Joe Nahem of Fox-Nahem, Roric Tobin of Bradfield & Tobin and Sandra Costa of Sandra Costa Design Group. From their extensive global portfolio, the distinguished group offers guests their unique perspectives on residential and commercial designs across the world. Free from borders and barriers this session will take an even deeper look at cross-cultural influences on luxury design in a globalized world. Following the panel discussion, join Iris Dankner for a Holiday House: Ten Years of Designing for a Cure cocktail reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In-Showroom Programs – The DDB Fall Market 2018 will once again assemble the illustrious and most influential figures in the design industry to examine its current state, and dissect the carefully selected design theory, “Luxury: Redefined & Redesigned”. These days, the concept of “luxury” is increasingly impossible to identify. The influence of the digital Information Age has resulted in widespread dilution of the previously sacred category of products, places, and experiences. The In-Showroom Programs will bring to light the new standard of luxury, what it means to the next generation and what it looks like in today’s all-access world. This season’s theme offers design visionaries, aspiring designers and leading trade and editorial publications insights into the future of luxury.
The Decoration & Design Building will be introducing Experiential Events, a new facet of the Fall Market 2018. With the theme of Market resonating broadly across our luxurious design center, many brands opt to forgo the opportunity to present their new collections and engage with their clients in favor of adopting the topic and joining the design conversation. In an effort to bring Market back to its roots, the showrooms of the DDB invite you to their space to experience something new, engage with their product offerings and take away a memorable experience. Stop by throughout the two days during their designated times to immerse yourself in a unique design experience.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Decoration & Design Building, 979 3rd Ave (Between 58th & 59th Streets), New York, NY 10022,