Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/3/20
Leading Interior Designers, Visionaries, and Luxury Brands
ADAC is excited to announce that its annual DISCOVER ADAC will return Sept. 22-24 in a virtual format, with inspirational presentations and product launches by acclaimed interior designers, creative visionaries, and the finest luxury brands in the business. During these unprecedented times, it is important to bring people together and design is a unifying form of artistry, where standing out does not mean standing alone. The three-day virtual celebration will feature a series of guest speakers, book signing, panels, and more, all available to join from the comfort of home. While the programming this year may be virtual, all ADAC showrooms will still be open daily (following strict health and safety guidelines), allowing designers to shop in person.
“If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that creativity is a constant and unbreakable energy, and good design simply does not stop,” said Katie Miner, general manager at ADAC. “The past several months caused many of us to look inwards to our environments and made the concept of home as a sanctuary more important than ever. We are so excited to present all-virtual DISCOVER ADAC programming this year. We’ll be offering the same exciting panels and discussions, but the virtual aspect actually allows us to reach an even wider audience, allowing more people in neighboring cities and states, or even countries, to join in the conversation.”
Join ADAC as they bring together some of the industry’s most beloved names throughout the three-day event. Attendees can look forward to hearing from designers Alessandra Branca and Anthony Baratta on creating a space rooted in tradition yet redefined for modern life; interior designer Alex Papachristidis, fine arts and antiques dealer Gerald Bland, contemporary art gallerist Timothy Tew, and VERANDA’s Ellen McGauley discuss harmony between furnishings and fine art; and ELLE DECOR’s Ingrid Abramovitch talks with Ellie Cullman about her work on the new VIP Lounge at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall before embarking on a behind-the-scenes tour of a spectacular family home designed by Cullman and her team. ADAC will also welcome a host of new voices that have not spoken at ADAC before, including Sid Evans, editor of Southern Living; designers Matthew Patrick Smyth and Sasha Bikoff, both of New York; Marie Flanigan from Houston; Jean Liu from Dallas; and Eric Goujou, the owner of La Tuile a Loup boutique in Paris.
Here are just a handful of the more than 20 spectacular events to expect at this fall’s market:
Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10:00 a.m. ET – MODERN HISTORY | Steele Marcoux, Alessandra Branca with Anthony Baratta
How do you create a space rooted in tradition yet redefined for modern life? What is your approach for decorating with color, and how has that evolved? What roles does formality play in American homes today? How do regional style differences across the country influence your work? Join VERANDA Editor in Chief Steele Marcoux for an in-depth look at American interior design today with two modern masters, Alessandra Branca and Anthony Baratta. This event is sponsored by VERANDA and Jim Thompson.
Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET – STATE OF THE ARTS | Alex Papachristidis, Gerald Bland, Timothy Tew with Ellen McGauley
What is the secret to sourcing and building a great art collection? Who are the rising stars to watch? How do we discover dynamic new artists in an era of travel and event restrictions? This panel of masters will discuss everything from how to educate clients to ensuring harmony between furnishings and fine art. Join acclaimed interior designer Alex Papachristidis, fine arts and antiques dealer Gerald Bland, contemporary art gallerist Timothy Tew, and VERANDA Executive Editor Ellen McGauley as they discuss the exciting state of the arts today. This event is sponsored by VERANDA and Made Goods.
Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 3:00 p.m. ET – REDISCOVERING THE SOUTHERN HOME | Dana Wolter, Erika Ward, Brandon Ingram and Barrie Benson with Sid Evans
The design world is constantly evolving—perhaps now more than ever. Join moderator Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living magazine, as he and a panel of southern experts including Dana Wolter, Erika Ward, Brandon Ingram, and Barrie Benson discuss reaching (and guiding) clients, staying nimble and future-focused during a pandemic, and collaborating to ensure that each project is customized and noteworthy. They will also discuss the tides of southern design and what has the region’s design trade excited currently. This event is sponsored by Southern Living and Englishman’s Fine Furnishings.
Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5:00 p.m. ET – INSIDE THE KIPS BAY DALLAS SHOW HOUSE | Steele Marcoux, Michelle Nussbaumer, Jan Showers with Mark D. Sikes
A show house is the ultimate runway show for designers, and the opportunity to participate in a Kips Bay Decorator Show House has been compared to that of receiving an Oscar nomination within the design industry. New in 2020, Kips Bay, VERANDA, and The Shade Store proudly unveil the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas, a fresh market featuring an entirely new set of design personalities and trends.
Join VERANDA Editor in Chief and Kips Bay Design Chair Steele Marcoux, along with Kips Bay Dallas design luminaries Michelle Nussbaumer, Jan Showers, and Mark D. Sikes as they offer you an exclusive preview of their exceptional designs. This event is sponsored by VERANDA and The Shade Store.
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10:00 a.m. ET – Decorating with Florals | Keith Robinson, Stephanie Booth Shafran, and Mallory Mathison with Margot Shaw
Cowtan & Tout invites you to join Margot Shaw, Founder and Editor in Chief of FLOWER, in a dynamic discussion on designing with florals. More important now than ever, acclaimed tastemakers share expert advice on incorporating natural elements and motifs into our homes and lifestyles. Event designer and floral expert, Keith Robinson, author and hostess, Stephanie Booth Shafran, and acclaimed interior designer, Mallory Mathison Glenn, discuss how they take inspiration from nature to curate and create a beautiful, spirited lifestyle indoors and out. This event is sponsored by FLOWER and Cowtan & Tout.
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 11:00 a.m. ET – Elegance with Ease | Amanda Lindroth with Steele Marcoux
Having ignited widespread fervor for sophisticated island style from Florida to Maine, revived the art of setting colorful and kaftan-cool tables, and officially elevated wicker from porch staple to parlour essential, Amanda Lindroth has redefined gracious style in the 21st century. Join Lindroth and VERANDA Editor in Chief Steele Marcoux as they discuss key tenets of her approach to design, from interiors to furniture, tableware, and linens. This event is sponsored by VERANDA and Thibaut.
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET – ROMANCING THE GARDEN | Janice Parker, Ed Hollander, Bill Curtis with Ellen McGauley
Call it “The Year of the Garden.” As homeowners the world over rediscover the riches right outside their doors, this award-winning panel of landscape architects examines the long-term potential this natural-world renaissance will have on design, the keys to a successful landscape, and the immutable relationship between house and garden. Plus, designers’ bucket list picks for the most beautiful gardens in the world! Join VERANDA’s 2020 Outdoor Award winners Janice Parker, Ed Hollander, and Bill Curtis, with VERANDA Executive Editor Ellen McGauley, for a tour of today’s enchanted gardens. This event is sponsored by VERANDA and Logan Gardens.
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET – IN THE KITCHEN WITH | David Cook, Marie Flanigan, Jean Liu with Phebe Wahl
Join designers David Cook, Marie Flanigan, and Jean Liu from their homes as they discuss all things kitchen related. Moderated by Modern Luxury’s Vice President of Editorial Phebe Wahl, this virtual panel will have expert designers weighing in on renovations, current trends, lessons learned, how to get the most out of your kitchen’s design, and more. This event is sponsored by Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta, The Atlantan, and Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio.
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET – A HOUSE FOR ALL OCCASIONS | Ellie Cullman with Ingrid Abramovitch
In an exciting partnership with ELLE DECOR, A-List designer Ellie Cullman is reimagining the design of the VIP Lounge at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The magazine’s Executive Editor Ingrid Abramovitch will interview Cullman on her vision for the space. In addition, Cullman and her team will give participants a behind-the-scenes tour of a spectacular family home recently featured in the A-list issue of ELLE DECOR. This event is sponsored by ELLE DECOR and Julian Chichester.
Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10:00 a.m. ET – THE ART OF THE TABLE | Eric Goujou and Stacey Bewkes
For Eric Goujou, the owner of La Tuile à Loup, the beloved ceramics boutique in Paris, setting the table represents much more than merely preparing for a meal. It is an essential part of l’art de vivre, a way of life that celebrates beauty, quality, craftsmanship, and authenticity. With a mission of preserving those crafts which might otherwise disappear, Goujou continues the legacy of original made-in-France products by selecting the very best artists and artisans throughout the country with whom to work, approving each and every piece before it comes into the shop. And while the primary focus is on pottery, Goujou also sources basketry and table linens to complete the experience for himself and his discerning clientele around the world. Please join Goujou and Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence to learn more about these beautiful French ceramics, collecting, curating, and creating memorable moments à table. This event is sponsored by Quintessence and Pierre Frey at Jim Thompson.
Thursday, Sept. 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET – THE ART OF BEING BOLD | Sasha Bikoff with Mary Logan Bikoff
New York design darling Sasha Bikoff joins Mary Logan Bikoff, executive editor of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, in a lively discussion about the roots of her bold and daring style. The it-girl designer made a splash with her technicolor nightclub-inspired stairwell at her Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse debut in 2018, and since then has collaborated with Versace, ELLE DECOR at the Plaza Hotel, and now, with Vervain for Fabricut. She will tell us how she manages to mesh styles from Memphis to rococo to Space Age chic, breaking all the rules, and pushing the design world ever forward. Her designs bring a much-needed, uplifting hit of brashness and confidence to a time of uncertainty—and an extra dose of pulsing positivity. This event is sponsored by Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, Atlanta Magazine, and Fabricut.
Thursday, Sept. 24 at 2:00 p.m. ET – THROUGH THE DESIGNER’S EYE | Matthew Patrick Smyth with Katy Olson
Beloved designer Matthew Patrick Smyth is known for interiors that are at once sophisticated yet approachable, elegant yet livable. Smyth’s newest book, “Through a Designer’s Eye: A Focus on Interiors,” explores how his eye for photography and extensive travels influences his design. Join Smyth in conversation with AD PRO Editor, Katy Olson, for an exclusive look at this new book featuring Smyth’s own home in Connecticut and an in-depth discussion about the five elements of interior design that guide his work. This event is sponsored by AD PRO and JANUS et Cie.
Attendees must register for all events beforehand.