Top Products – Architectural Digest Home Design Show
Although the housing start numbers came in slightly below expectations this week, there were nevertheless several important positive takeaways to salute. While new construction dropped slightly from 909,000 in January to 907,000 in February… new building permits rose 7.7%, to the highest rate since October and the second highest rate since the middle of 2009. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median existing home price in February was up 9.1% year over year. What’s more, RealtyTrac reported that foreclosure activity in February fell to its lowest level in more than seven years. The combination of limited supply, recovering economic conditions with low rates and strong permitting bodes well for steady gains in construction activities during the upcoming spring and summer months.
You wouldn’t know there were tensions in US-Russian diplomacy, Federal Reserve commentary or even missing airliners from New York fashion media. Instead, attention there this week was focused on the Architectural Digest Home Design Show – one of the year’s most important forums for what’s new and what’s next in Home and Building Products. In case you couldn’t be in attendance, below are our five favorite brands from the show.
Leading European appliance manufacturer, Blomberg debuted several innovative products for the US, including their new Four-Door Cooling Refrigerator. With proprietary Blue Light Technology to maintain the freshness and vitamin value of fruits and vegetables as well as a Flexi Zone temperature control system that extends cooling from -10°F to +50°F, allowing for storage of fresh or frozen foods in a single compartment… this fridge is truly in harmony with today’s lifestyles.
Crestron offered great insight into the true power of home automation technology. Motorized shades, automatic lighting, climate control, security and door locks were just some of the convenience features on display. The brand demonstrated how hand-held smart phone mobile devices can be used for a number of important tasks, including adjusting thermostats and remote locking and unlocking doors.
Walpole Outdoors brought to the event their new PVC Pergola product — echoing the overall show trend of alternative materials for traditional applications. PVC provides superior durability and resistance to the elements with the ability to color match to homeowner’s most exacting specifications. And to “top” things off, Walpole demonstrated a remote-controlled motorized, retractable ceiling screen… designed to deliver even further control over mother nature.
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