Attendance at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show an Indicator of Recovery?

This past weekend, as you might have heard if you’re in New York, marked the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, held at Pier 94. Lots of vendors, tie-ins with the NY Times who presented design seminars, and presumably a good deal of marketing tschotskes handed out. But our pals over at Conde Nast dropped us a line to let us know that maybe, beyond the ins and outs of the event itself, there was also an air of recession relief this weekend:

Maybe this is a sign of recovery? Record attendance on the first day of the 9th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York. Over 6500 people walked through exhibits that featured home products from high-tech ovens to hand-painted wallpaper, a 30% increase over last year. According to Architectural Digest, 56% of readers surveyed are planning to spend an average of $43,000 on renovation projects in the next 12 months. Good news for the home improvement industry.

Certainly should mean something, we’re guessing, given that it was a nice spring weekend in New York and still this record number of people decided to head indoors for a trade show instead. Here’s a clip of the show in action: