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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