Sunday, February 28, 2010
Reclaimed wood, eco-friendly production, "green" fabrics — sustainability is a trend that will surely be with us for a long time to come. Interest is growing among both manufacturers and consumers in how best to protect natural resources and minimize impact on the planet. Many exhibitors were showing their "green", but these caught my eye.
From the showrooms of Jaipur Home and Classic Home Furnishings.
And perhaps my favorite item from the entire Market was this gorgeous, organic, hand-pounded bark wallpaper from Caba. My own pictures did not do it justice, and while these (from their website) are a little blurry, you can see some of the detail. The woven and lace patterns can overlay a painted wall, or another layer of original style Barkskin. The textures are simply fantastic and the colors range from naturals to some dramatic brights. I can't wait to try this paper!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
As the color wheel turns seems an apropos title for the never-ending cycle of color change in the design world. At February Market, for every vendor showing pale neutrals, there was another reveling in vibrant color. From painted finishes to colored leather, reds and oranges were particularly hot, hot, hot! Las Vegas naturally embraces the exuberance of color — the rotunda at the Palazzo was so festive with red and yellow lanterns.
It was interesting to see color embraced across the style spectrum. Be it a country traditional dresser, an ultra mod section or a baroque fantasy chair, color was popping up in fresh ways and unexpected places.
Pieces shown below from Bramble, Global Views, CAS, IMAX and others.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Part 2 of my Market review looks at the almost polar opposite of the ruralist trend: a definite Return to Glamour. Sensuous curves, glittery details, mirror and Lucite. Gloss and shine and elegant lines typify this look. Some pieces were definitely over-the-top, while others were more understated, but the feelings evoked were always "star power". Be the star in your own home (something I advocate anyway!) with furniture and fabrics that unapologetically recall the Hollywood elegance of an earlier era. Gowns and smoking jackets optional.
Below are some fabulous examples from the showrooms of Robert Allen Group, Christopher Guy, Cyan Designs, Arteriors, and a few others whose names I've misplaced (sorry!).
Monday, February 15, 2010
Las Vegas Market this February was optimism made visible. Great crowds, robust displays and vibrant speakers contributed to a wonderful experience. Buyers from all over the world attend Market to review manufacturers’ latest offerings and decide what we all see in retail venues in the coming year. From my perspective, it’s a chance to gauge the latest trends and consider which might fit for my clients and our area.
Not surprisingly, the big story was Belgian Style, sometimes referred to as Ruralist. Appearing in all the latest trade magazines and catalogs over the last year, this popular look continues to gain strength. Popularized by Axel Vervoordt, furniture key visual cues are pale wood, light linens and often seemingly steroid-induced scale. White wash, grey wash, limed – pale is the new black! And even pieces done in black appear faded and aged.
Accessories tend from the naturalistic to nearly steampunkian industrial. Here too, scale is oversize – when bringing this style home, consider fewer larger pieces rather than a collection of smaller items. Each piece should make a statement and have room to breathe. Lighting adopts an almost primitive elegance — exposed bulbs and wire cages were everywhere.
Here are some beautiful examples from the showrooms of Lazy Susan, Dovetail, CFC, Haute House, Go Home and Peninsula.