The AD Design Show Announces 2018 Programming Lineup

Featured Speakers (L-R): Douglas Friedman, Alexa Hampton, India Hicks
Featured Speakers (L-R): Genevieve Gorder, David Monn, Laura Kirar

March 22–25, Piers 92 & 94, NYC

The Architectural Digest Design Show (ADDS) announces four days of programming curated for the design trade and the public, taking place March 22–25, 2018. Hosted at the main stage on the show floor, the two-part program on The Dacor Stage features exclusive seminars with more than 30 of the industry’s top visionaries. Architectural Digest hosts the first series of talks exclusively for design trade on March 22, followed by three days of immersive conversations for all ticket holders, covering everything from classic color palettes to contemporary trends and a special keynote conversation with the most prominent families of design moderated by Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest.

A detailed schedule of topics and presenters can be found here.

Show programming at a glance includes:

Architectural Digest Trade Day (March 22)

Architectural Digest hosts a preview day of programming with offerings geared specifically toward the design trade community, moderated by West Coast Editor, Mayer Rus.

Thursday, March 22

  • 1:30-2:30 P.M. – License to Grow: A trio of the design world’s top talents, Laura Kirar, Ryan Korban, and Robert Stilin, convene for a wide-ranging discussion on successful marketing strategies to build your firm. Sponsored by Dacor.
  • 3:30-4:30 P.M. – The AD100 Effect: Two recent inductees from the AD100 “Class of 2018,” Billy Cotton and Amy Lau, discuss the triumphs and challenges they encountered on their path to making the esteemed list. Sponsored by Dacor.

The Architectural Digest Design Show Series (March 23-25)

The weekend offers attendees a window into the world of design and an inside look into some of the most prestigious projects in the country. With nine carefully curated sessions, the programming revolves around intimate discussions with the leading voices and top talent shaping the future of the industry.

Friday, March 23

  • 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. – Classic to Contemporary: From Miami villas to New York City duplexes, Ellie Cullman and her partners at Cullman & Kravis present their new take on design, which references tradition while embracing a variety of contemporary motifs. Moderated by publisher and industry insider, Jill Cohen.
  • 1:30-2:30 P.M. – Daring Design Details: Bold Colors, Patterns, and Finishes: Join interior designers Joe Nahem, Jason Oliver Nixon, and John Loecke for an exchange of expert intelligence and professional guidance about creating your own personal style. Moderated by Fern Mallis, Founder & President of Fern Mallis LLC.
  • 3:00-4:00 P.M. – Seeing the World Through Colored Glasses: ASID calls on top New York designers Genevieve Gorder, Charles Pavarini III, and Björn Björnsson, as well as Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence Ellen O’Neill to discuss how color and pattern has led to smashing successes and elevating interiors to a new standard. Moderated by Lori Weitzner, author of Ode to Color.

Saturday, March 24

  • 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. – Through the Lens of Fashion, Travel, and Design: Join Jeffrey Bilhuber and Douglas Friedman in a riveting discussion about the world of fashion, the world at large, and how it influences global design. Moderated by Tom Delavan, Design Editor of The New York Times T Magazine.
  • 1:30-2:30 P.M. – The Royal Families of Design: Featuring three of the most prominent design families of the 21st century, Aerin Lauder, Alexa Hampton, and India Hicks come together for the first time for a historic discussion about the past, the present, and the future. Moderated by Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest.
  • 3:30-4:30 P.M. – Outrageous Design with David Monn: Hear entertaining stories about everything from working with the White House on state visits and The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala to The New York Public Library’s Gala and the Guggenheim International Gala.

Sunday, March 25

  • 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. – An Intimate View: Join celebrated designer, Victoria Hagan, as she shares her design philosophy and lessons honed during her storied career. Moderated by Wendy Goodman, Design Editor for New York magazine.
  • 1:30-2:30 P.M. – The Remodel: Designing for the Modern Entertainer: Hear from illustrious designers and entertainers, including John McIlwee and designer Ray Booth on how recent innovations are transforming the way we entertain in our homes. Sponsored by Dacor.
  • 3:30-4:30 P.M. – Top Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer: Designers Joshua David, Heather Smith, Xandro Aventajado, and Joanna Goodman discuss the pitfalls and praise that happens when hiring the right designer. Moderated by Maury Riad, founder of Fuigo and co-owner of Fortuny Fabrics.

In addition to the programming on The Dacor Stage, the show features a variety of in-booth exhibitor events, including culinary demonstrations with chefs from around the world, book signings, product presentations, and more.

Programs are included with the cost of admission, but seating is limited. General Admission tickets Friday through Sunday are available for $30 online or $40 at the door. VIP Consumer Tickets on Thursday are available for $95. Admission is complimentary to the design trade via online pre-registration. To purchase tickets, visit A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales benefits Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA).

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About the Architectural Digest Design Show 

The 17th annual Architectural Digest Design Show, held from March 22–25 at Piers 92 & 94 in New York City, showcases the best in the design and luxury market. The four-day fair features more than 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories, including: accessories, appliances, art, beds, building products, carpets & rugs, children’s furniture, closet systems, connected home, design services, electronics, fireplaces, flooring, furniture, hardware, lighting, metalwork & stairs, outdoor furnishings, paint, prefab homes, safes, spas, stone & tile, table top, wall coverings, windows & doors, and window treatments. From product launches to special events to panel discussions with top design leaders on a variety of topics, the show is a must-attend for the industry’s professionals and discerning consumers. The Architectural Digest Design Show is produced by The Mart, a Vornado Property and hosted by Architectural Digest. For more about the show, visit

About Architectural Digest 

Architectural Digest (AD) is the international authority on design and architecture. AD provides exclusive access to the world’s most beautiful homes and the fascinating people who live in them, bringing its audience a wealth of information on architecture and interior design, art and antiques, travel destinations, and extraordinary products; its AD100 list of top architects and designers is one of the industry’s most relied-upon indexes of talent. AD’s recently launched digital channel, AD PRO, features authoritative, opinionated coverage and breaking news for design-world insiders, and new vertical Clever, takes on the unique challenges of designing a smaller space; offering design advice for real life. Every day AD inspires millions of affluent readers to redesign and refresh their lives through a multiplatform presence that includes print and digital editions, social media, signature events, and the brand’s website,

About DIFFA 

DIFFA Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS by providing treatment and direct-care services for people living with or impacted by the disease, offering preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection, or supporting public policy initiatives. DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S., mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has emerged from a grassroots organization into a national foundation based in New York City with chapters and community partners across the country that working together provided more than $42 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide. To learn more, visit