Since we’re quite enthused over Valentine’s Day, but don’t necessarily crave flowers, chocolates, and all the other love tropes adorning every aspect of our daily commutes, we thought we’d bring you something a little different this year to properly channel your ardor. Design ardor that is. This year’s Architectural Digest Design Show (held March 19–22, at Pier 94), is chock-full of gorgeous designs, featuring everything from furnishings, to accessories, art, appliances, and shops full of beautiful merchandise—where, yes, you can purchase a coveted piece and take it right home. While you can peruse the aisles by section, including REFRESH, SHOPS, FURNISH, and MADE, we are turning the tables this Valentine’s and focusing our love on the stylish men of MADE and their show-stopping designs.
Reed Hansuld and Joel Seigle of Brooklyn-based Harold, took their love of industrial design and high-end chair building to create gorgeous furniture—candelabras, coffee tables, and sconces included—that stands the test of time. Their new sconce—which was inspired by the duo’s admiration for the setting sun—perfectly recalls the beauty of a sunset at its prime. Fun fact? Both Seigle and Hansuld had grandfathers named Harold.
Piet Houtenbos’s career began at Modernlink—a purveyor of Midcentury Modern masterpieces—where he honed his understanding of proportion and the ideals of modern design with an award-winning collection, Onelink. Today, his sculptural designs each feature unexpected moments, intriguing shapes, and elements of whimsy. The Halsey Fracture Dresser, which comes in various custom finishes and hardware options, is one of our favorites.
Justin Nelson started Fernweh Woodworking in 2015 with no formal training in woodworking. When his first furniture line item debuted in 2017, he took the world by storm. His award-winning design for the Sling Chair came next, and the rest is design history. His Oxbend chair (above left) was born from a desire to create an elegant yet organic dining chair that exemplified the beauty of simplicity. From this design, the Oxbend Bench was born. It’s subtle, handcrafted tubular curves showcase just how adroit Nelson is with his hands.
Did you ever think you would absolutely adore stumpy furniture? Neither did we, but Brett Miller’s Hudson Valley-based furniture design studio, Jack Rabbit Studio, is putting forth some incredibly beautiful (and comfortable) thick-lined furniture. From the aptly named Chubby Chair (shown above) to new two-leg dining chairs that form part of his Funky Bunch collection, these are some elegant yet whimsical designs.
Andrew Finnigan, a studio furniture maker in New York’s Hudson Valley, continues the tradition of handcrafted work. Through his eponymous studio, Finnigan Works, he puts designs forth that not only employ traditional methods of construction, but relay both a classic and unique appeal at the same time. Finnigan’s simple yet inviting oiled maple desk is enhanced by chestnut bridle leather.