Mary Foley and Michael Cox of New York interior design firm Foley & Cox have been busy the last few months preparing for this year's Architectural Digest Home Show. In addition to getting ready to launch a new line of woven furniture at the Show, they also were in charge of designing the lounge area for the event. Luckily, we were able to steal them away for a few moments and chat about the space they conceived.
What was the inspiration for the design of the Show Lounge?
A celebration of the end of a long, challenging polar vortex!
We embraced the pastel colors of spring and developed a palette of beautiful
soft greens and blues from one of our favorite fabric resources, Holland &
Sherry. We wanted the space to give an optimistic hint of all the blooms we
hope to see popping up in the next weeks.
Why is the lounge
important at an event like the AD Home Show?
The Show is such an amazing accumulation of wonderful
resources for all aspects of the interior design community. But as any industry
veteran will quickly attest, a comfy place to sit down, relax, and regroup
after so much inspiration is a vital part of being able to fully utilize the
breadth of products shown by they many vendors. We envision our “Salon” to be a
revitalizing place to help all the attendees recharge and fully process all the
visual stimulation the show provides.
You're known for your
comfortably luxurious style. How did you bring this into the lounge?
Just as Diana Vreeland said, “the eye needs to travel,” and
we aimed to create a comfortable environment for the eye to rest. By providing
lots of soft cushions, upholstery, and pillows all custom made for us by Lore
Decorators, we built a nest-like environment within the industrial Piers to
transport guests to a residential space that makes them feel at home. And the
wonderful layers of floor coverings provided by Merida Meridian add an elegant
foundation to reinforce the feeling of intimate seating areas within the 1,500 square
The lounge features a
mix of antiques and new pieces, including several of your own designs.
Tell us a little more about the furnishings included in the space.
By blending antiques from foley&cox Home, our store in
Hudson, with custom pieces from our foley&cox Collection, we have built an
eclectic space that welcomes visitors of every generation and hopefully offers
a fresh idea to the traditionalist as well as the modernist.
You're also launching
a new line of woven furniture at the Show. Can you tell us a little about how
you managed both designing the lounge and getting the new collection ready?
Lack of sleep, additional grey hairs, and lots of Prozac –
just kidding. Actually, we found synergy
designing our booth and the salon at the same time, and we engaged our entire
design team to help us manage the details and logistics. Our new furniture
additions feature abaca, rattan, rush, and bamboo - the perfect materials to
help us tell our story of springtime!
To learn more about Dering Hall members exhibiting at the AD Home Show, click here.