Miele Ninth Floor
The mantra of residential appliance company Miele, Immer Besser (or Forever Better), especially resonates when it comes to sustainability. All of Miele’s products are Energy Star rated and built to last 20 years, says New York showroom manager Lynn Anne Walsman, and its production facilities surpass even the most rigorous environmental regulations.
Miele’s Manhattan showroom in the A&D Building is fully live, unlike most of the building’s other showrooms, says Walsman. “We welcome clients to come in and try out our appliances. Bring in your own plates and try the dishwasher. Bring in a load of laundry.” The fact that there are no sales representatives in the showroom also adds a comforting element since there is no pressure to buy, adds Walsman.
Some of Miele’s latest offerings include the DG4082 convection steam oven with touch-control pad and food-driven menu system; a new built-in coffee system with smudge-proof Clean Touch Steel and an integrated milk tank; and the LaPerla dishwasher, equipped with auto-close technology and a CleanAir drying system.
(800) 843-7231 x 2710; miele.com
Poliform Sixth Floor
As the only full-floor showroom in the A&D Building, Poliform prides itself not just on its high-end products, but also its very proficient and experienced staff. “Our sales people have design backgrounds,” marketing manager Tara Rothstein explains, adding that Poliform has a full technical staff and custom installers who are well educated about the products. As such a large presence in the building, Poliform is open to designers and the general public, offering custom closets and cabinetry just as the Spinelli and Anzani families intended when they created the company in 1942. “We feel we’re a green company,” says Rothstein, referring to the high-quality Italian melamine that is used, as well as engineered wood which requires very minimal use of chemicals that can be harmful to the environment. In the production process “every scrap is used” and “we recycle,” she says of the company’s continual lean toward green practices. Rothstein adds that Poliform is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. “Green is the forefront,” she explains, but to get the American certification is a long process. “It is something they’re working on.” (212) 421-1800; poliformusa.com
Poggenpohl First Floor
The Poggenpohl factory has been in the same location in Germany since 1892 when it began manufacturing lacquer. Its current showroom, found on the street level of the A&D Building, hardly conveys a 19th century feel with its clean, sleek lines and modern motif of kitchen cabinetry and furniture. Poggenpohl USA is so cutting edge that when company officials noticed more men in the kitchen, they responded with an entire line of kitchens that would appeal to males, working in collaboration with the Porsche Design Group. “It’s the greenest product we have,” says designer Luiza Bajkowska, explaining that all the aluminum, glass, and wood veneer are recycled—and with a very thin profile, the product is much lighter and environmentally friendly. As the manufacturers of “the most used and abused furniture in the house,” Bajkowska says that Poggenpohl works with interior designers, buyers, and individual clients in a design environment, ships in large quantities to ensure efficient use of gas, and offers installations of its products.
(212) 355-3666; poggenpohl.com
Artistic Tile Eighth floor
Artistic Tile offers an extensive line of fashion-forward ceramic, glass, porcelain, and natural stone tiles, in-stock and ready to ship from its Secaucus, NJ warehouse. Its A&D showroom, recently remodeled to showcase its latest designs in lifestyle vignettes, is a destination for trade professionals. The three staff design consultants prepare for each appointment with samples ready and share their expertise about the products, materials, finishes, and applications, so the right tile is used for each project. The company doesn’t do installation but has a list of preferred installers. The design library and take-away tile swatches are popular. Tiles are priced from $5 to more than $1,000 per square foot. New product highlights include Ambra, a 3D stone wall tile available in three colors and matte or polished finish; and Frameworks, a dimensional geometric ceramic tile framed on all sides by complementary borders, available in large-format and subway tile size, two colorways, and two finishes (glossy or glossy crackle). The most recent design is Effervescence, an interlocking glass and stone mosaic pattern reminiscent of bubbles. Ecofriendly options include Artistic Tile’s Concrete Solutions, available by special order, and Encore, a line the company represents: a sustainable, almost 100-percent green ceramic tile maker based in Oregon.
(212) 838-3222; artistictile.com
Snaidero USA Eighth Floor [July 2009]
Creating a “nice kitchen” can cost the same as a “not nice kitchen,” Dario Snaidero explains in his heavy Italian accent, but “we know how to do nice things,” he assures. In a “drastically changing” market, the Snaidero USA president and CEO says the company is listening and responding to its clients’ needs with beautiful and environmentally-sensible kitchen cabinetry, closets, and vanities. “I think we reach a nice combination between green and design,” he says, referring to products such as a LEED-certified line released last year in the U.S. and its newest line, Orange, which meets the California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification. Snaidero says the Italian company, created in 1949, is protective of the environment in “everything we do: all the materials, how we work, even the workers.” But Snaidero prides itself on using the “best known architects in Italy,” such as Giorgio Borruso. Snaidero USA’s latest news is a major move in July from the seventh to the eighth floor of the A&D Building into a showroom triple the size. (212) 980-6026; snaidero-usa.com
GE Monogram 10th floor
The GE Monogram Design Center—the company’s first showroom, according to manager Paula Cecere—houses the GE family’s luxury line of appliances, from wine reserves with liquid crystal windows to refrigerators with Sabbath mode for kosher kitchens. The Design Center’s live kitchen allows GE Monogram to host three cooking demonstrations a month; resident Chef Tageré Southwell prepares gourmet meals for attendees using technology like the Advantium Speedcook oven, which Cecere says can cook a filet mignon in less than nine minutes. Additionally, the showroom hosts industry seminars, most recently for the National Kitchen and Bath Group.
Although some consumers are “somewhat dubious” about the speed cookers’ friendliness due to their intense high-powered halogen lamps and microwave energy, Cecere says, GE Monogram offers a slew of Energy Star-rated products, including virtually all of its built-in, side-by-side refrigerators and fully-integrated dishwashers. Among GE Monogram’s latest offerings is the new line of Professional ranges, which feature stainless steel and aluminum-clad griddles and reversible burner grates, which are flat on one side and contoured on the other to accommodate woks and other rounded cookware. GE Monogram either refreshed or reintroduced 60 percent of its products last year, says Cecere. (212) 223-1699 x 202; monogram.com
Davis & Warshow Fourth Floor
Davis & Warshow, a premiere kitchen and bath distributor in the region, has redesigned and greatly expanded its A&D Building showroom to showcase more products from the 150-plus kitchen and bath manufacturers it represents. In addition to myriad faucets, showers, and vanities from all the top brands, Davis & Warshow has the exclusive distribution rights in the New York area for many product lines, from handcrafted bronze sinks to custom stainless steel and copper Japanese soaking tubs. This showroom, one of its two premier Kohler showrooms, has seven design consultants on staff, ready to help interior designers, developers, architects, and retail customers streamline the design process and access products they could not see anywhere else.
Numerous lifestyle vignettes and extensive faucet walls invite trade visitors to see, touch, and feel the quality of the fixtures. New, water-saving products from Kohler, Grohe, Kallista, and other top brands are on display, but with so many to choose from, why not let Davis & Warshow’s experienced and knowledgeable design consultants help select the right product for the project? (212) 688-5990; daviswarshow.com; dwny.com
Sub-Zero / Wolf Fifth Floor
Donna Barshak calls it “scary” and “almost embarrassing” how long food lasts in a Sub-Zero refrigerator. “We’ve always been known for keeping food fresh, not just keeping it cold,” says the showroom manager, who explains that Sub-Zero / Wolf works with each individual’s needs for their kitchens. Besides providing dual-refrigeration systems that feature built-in air purification systems, controls for humidity levels in both refrigerators and freezers, and induction stovetops that accelerate cooking time and use 40 percent less energy, this U.S. manufacturer is dedicated to providing appliances that are all about excellence in cooking and environmental consciousness. Seventy-five percent of the stainless steel and 50 percent of the plastic used in production is recycled, the factories are water and energy efficient, and all transportation is done electrically. “Every week we have product demonstrations,” Barshak explains about the client experience in the A&D Building, as Corporate Chef Dan Coleman Teitelbaum prepares a pizza with all the fixings. She also adds that there are use-and-care classes available for new product owners. “It’s a full experience.” (212) 207-9223; subzerowolfeast.com
Smeg USA Seventh Floor
A relative newcomer to the U.S., the Italian Smeg is known for “design combined with technology,” says the kitchen appliance company’s U.S. operations manager, Sonja Dettori.
Internationally, Smeg is recognized for its refrigerators, says Dettori. It’s not hard to see why: these industrial-looking,1950s-style fridges come in a palette of popping, retro colors with locking latch handles. The industrial style permeates the rest of Smeg USA’s product line, 95 percent of which is displayed in its A&D showroom. Smeg recognizes the growing demand for sustainable product offerings—“We’re doing our best to be green and save energy,” says Dettori—and has responded with its new Energy Star-rated STO905U horizontal dishwasher, which uses less water and less power than standard dishwashers. The STO905U also “detects dirtiness in the water” running off the dishes to eliminate unnecessary rinsing, says Dettori. Additionally, Smeg has teamed with architectural firm Piano Design to create the Home Garden design piece—essentially a miniature greenhouse with three pre-set microclimate settings—which comes equipped with a stainless steel frame, 1/8-inch-thick clear tempered glass, and four white LED high-intensity lamps, allowing plants to thrive anywhere from the bathroom to your office. (212) 265-5378 x 12; smegusa.com
Hastings Tile & Bath 10th floor
What makes Hastings Tile & Bath stand apart? Longevity, says A&D showroom manager Ligia Lamprea: “We’ve been in business for over 100 years. That says a lot about our company.” Lamprea says while Hastings was historically an asphalt and concrete manufacturer, it transitioned to decorative tile and bath for residential interiors in 2000, overhauling its artistic porcelain and glass offerings. Particularly with its gorgeous Casamood tile line with intricate artwork and texture, Hastings has adopted a “contemporary, modern approach to wall and floor coverings.” The company has also integrated vanities, basins, and bathtubs into its collection. Hastings’ ecofriendliness is found in the endurance of its glass and porcelain products: “They really hang around a long time,” says Lamprea. “Porcelain tile itself is considered a greener product than other options.” A portion of proceeds from the company’s glazed porcelain Abisko series, which has the appearance of hardwood, is donated to forest-saving initiatives. Lamprea also notes that the lustrous, jewelry-like Oceanside tile and mosaic line is made of recycled glass. Some new offerings from Hastings include porcelain styles like Matouche gold croco (with the appearance of animal skin) and the Fucina metallic tile collection in six mineral finishes.(212) 674-9700 x 108; hastingstilebath.com
Wood-Mode/Brookhaven/American Classic Kitchens, Inc. Ninth floor With more than seven on-staff design consultants and a wide variety of styles on display from traditional and country to contemporary, ACK is a destination for furniture-quality kitchens and storage primarily for residences. Wood-Mode is the featured brand in this showroom, but Wood-Mode’s Brookhaven line can be combined with it in a single project to hit lower price points, and a wide array of appliances and countertops is available. Options are almost limitless for most budgets. “I always design for timelessness,” says Anna Mesaikos, president of ACK, adding that Wood-Mode cabinets are built to last and the finishes carry a lifetime warranty. The 65-year-old Pennsylvania-based manufacturer does work to order, to ensure that clients get exactly what they desire. Wood-Mode now offers many more designer finishes and a larger assortment of cabinets than a few years ago. The standard slow-close, no-noise hinges and glides are a big hit in New York, as are space-saving accessories and organizational tools, says Mesaikos. “New York City designers are the best designers because we deal with such small spaces, we truly maximize that space,” says Mesaikos, pulling out a high-end architectural, floor-to-ceiling shelving cart. What sets her showroom apart is “service, service, service,” she says. Wood-Mode and ACK have earned a loyal, repeat-client base that returns for additional projects throughout the home, for second homes, and whenever they relocate. (212) 838-9308
SieMatic Eighth floor
Elegant kitchens are created with a combination of the very best quality products, expert design services, and high levels of customer service and follow-through. The professionals at SieMatic Kitchen Interior Design pride themselves on all of these. SieMatic’s kitchen cabinets, drawers, countertops, accessories, and appointments are German precision-engineered and constructed for durability and sustainability. The company offers countless options for designing the right kitchen solution. With standard features like silent hinges on doors and drawers (no more slamming shut), patented dust and moisture seals, rounded corners, and metal-lined sink base cabinets, “the product speaks for itself,” says Marshall Westerinen, design consultant in the A&D Building showroom. Such add-ons as the MultiMatic tracking system, with clip shelves and a multitude of organizational tools, can create 30 percent more storage space. The modular on-wall backsplash accessories are also quite popular. Sustainability is a way of life at SieMatic, whose modern plant in Germany works under a “zero waste” mandate. All of the company’s products are certifiably green, exceeding the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards and contributing to LEED certification. (212) 752-7900; siematic.com
Architects, designers, and homeowners searching for kitchen and bath fixtures, appliances, finishes, and furnishings need visit just one Midtown location for the best resources.
The Architects & Designers Building, at 150 E.58 St., is a one-stop shop for kitchen, bath, appliances, tile and stone, and home and office furnishings. With more than 35 showrooms on 11 floors, the A&D Building houses the largest selection of premium brands in each category.
The A&D Building’s trade showrooms boast on-staff designers trained to meet the needs of discerning clients, whether it’s for a single-family residence, full-scale development, or commercial or hospitality project. Trade professionals know they’ll get the highest level of service here.
The A&D Building is also a leader in green and sustainable designs in nearly every category of home. Here you’ll find a wide array of furnishings, fixtures, and finishes that contribute LEED points to a project or simply satisfy a client’s desire for ecofriendly solutions to create healthy indoor environments. New York House
is pleased to present our first-ever A&D Showcase of the latest news and product offerings. A&D Building showroom directory listed alphabetically adbuilding.com Allmilmo Kitchens of New York
10th floor(212) 688-4910 allmilmo.com Arclinea Kitchens
First and second floor(212) 758-4046 arclinea.it Artistic Tile
Eighth floor(212) 838-3222 artistictile.com B & B Italia
First and second floor (212) 758-4046; (800) 872-1697 bebitalia.it
; maxalto.it Bilotta Kitchens of New York
Ninth floor (212) 486-6338 bilotta.com Boffi A&D
Eighth floor (212) 308-8833 boffiusa.com Brintons USA—Carpet
Third floor (212) 832-0121 brintonsusa.com Brown Jordan International
Fourth floor (212) 593-1390 brownjordan.com Cavendish Grey
Seventh floor(212) 838-2727 cavendishgrey.com Clive Christian New York
Fifth floor (212) 935-5800 clive.com Davis & Warshow—Kitchen & Bath Center
Fourth floor (212) 688-5990 daviswarshow.com Edward Fields Carpet Makers
11th floor (212) 310-0400 edwardfields.com Euro Design Interiors
Ninth floor (212) 688-1212 edigallery.com Exquisite Surfaces
Ninth floor(212) 355-7990 exquisitesurfaces.com Fixtures Furniture
11th floor(212) 688-0044 ff-corp.com Flexform New York
Sixth floor(212) 421-1220 flexformusa.com GE Monogram
Design Center 10th floor (212) 223-1699 monogram.com Harmil Carpet
Third floor(212) 838-1330 harmilcarpet.com Harter
11th floor (212) 688-0044 harter.com Hastings Tile & Bath Collection
10th floor (212) 674-9700 hastingstilebath.com Holly Hunt New York
First and second floors (212) 891-2500 hollyhunt.com Innovative Audio Video Showrooms
First floor (212) 634-4444 innovativeaudiovideo.com Interiors by Royale
First and second floors (212) 753-4600 interiorsbyroyale.com Listone Giordano by Margaritelli
Third floor (212) 223-1926 margaritellinyc.com Marmo Arredo
Fifth floor (212) 447-9369 marmoarredo.com Miele
Ninth floor (609) 419-9898 miele.com Neff Kitchen studio by Design Concepts International
Eighth floor (212) 308-9674 neffweb.com Paris Ceramics
Seventh floor(212) 644-2782 parisceramicsusa.com Poggenpohl
First floor (212) 355-3666 poggenpohl-usa.com Poliform
Sixth floor (212) 421-1800 poliformusa.com Robert Lighton/British Khaki Furniture
Third floor (212) 343-2299 robertlighton.com SieMatic
Eighth floor (212) 752-7900 siematic.com Smeg USA
Seventh floor (212) 265-5378 smegusa.com Snaidero USA, New York
Eighth floor (212) 980-6026 snaidero-usa.com St. Charles of New York
Eighth floor (212) 838-2812 stcharlesofnewyork.com Studium
Seventh floor (212) 486-1811 studiumnyc.com Sub-Zero/Wolf
Fifth floor(212) 207-9223 subzerowolfeast.com TRE-Più Interior Doors
Sixth floor (212) 421-1800 trep-trepiu.com Valli & Valli USA, Inc.
Fifth floor annex (212) 326-8811 vallivalli-us.com
/ vallievalli.com Varenna Kitchens by Poliform
Sixth floor (212) 421-1800 poliformusa.com Wood-Mode/brookhaven/American Classic Kitchens
Ninth floor (212) 838-9308Zoom Seating
11th floor (212) 688-0044 zoomseating.com