Maison et Objet September 2008 Followup, Pt. 1

Perhaps it was Simple, the official trend theme, with emphasis on living equitably with nature, eco-awareness, etc., but I certainly felt there was a trend toward animal influences and a related “campfire chic” look in furniture and accessories. What makes this new is that instead of straightforward animal prints, animal accents showed up in all … Read more

Maison et Objet September 2008 Trend – Simple

The official trend theme of the September 2008 edition of Maison&Objet was “Simple”. Thegoal, according to a press conference held with members of the Maison&Objet Observatoire,was to showcase “living with humble elegance.” While each trend stand showcased plenty ofproduct, each of the three presentations also raised questions about the complex issuesof access, sustainability and other … Read more

2008 Color of the Year

Expert color forecasters Pantone announced at the end of December that Blue Iris will be the color of the year for 2008. “A Multifaceted Hue Reflecting the Complexity of the World that Surrounds Us” – Pantone From their press release:“Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design … Read more

Tuf(ting) it out

It feels like everywhere I look, I’m seeing a lot of tufted furniture – from the traditional sofas, to upholstered headboards (another big current trend) to Brocade Home products to bathroom stall doors. It’s such a traditional look and can span the gamut from opulent and sexy to tailored and (literally) buttoned up. Maybe that’s … Read more

IMM Cologne 2009 Trend Report

Contributed by Susan Schultz In September 2008, IMM Cologne unveiled its 2009 trend forecast. Developed by a team of five international design notables in conjunction with support from IMM Cologne staffers, the four trends for 2009 address some familiar design themes—recycling, vintage, technology, green, etc.—but mix them up in some surprising ways. Following are some … Read more

Velvetty Smooth

I’m loving the velvet trend that’s happening right now. I’ve always been a big fan of this gorgeous fabric and have used it often in my designs. As a matter of fact, I’m just about to place an order for a client for two gorgeous sofas to be decked out in a beautiful shade of … Read more