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.