Archive for February, 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Las Vegas Market Trends – Part 4 – sustainable

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!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Las Vegas Market Trends – Part 3 – As the Color Wheel Turns

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.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Las Vegas Market Trends – Part 2 – return to glamour

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!).

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Las Vegas Market Trends – Part 1 – belgian style

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.

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