Monday, February 2, 2009


I thought I would highlight the trends I saw over the last few days. From those just starting to form to full -fledged "there it is again", I wanted to show what is emerging. I chose the objects for their beauty, innovation, creative edge, unique material and color.
The natural world is still a major trend in the market. Naturalized not stylized flowers, leaves, sea life and animals were everywhere I turned. I saw a lot of natural wood, recycled material, natural finishes and rusticity. Embroidery and global influences are still very present. Ikats have been embraced as the next big print pattern, edging out suzanis. For color, there were many items done in bright cheerful colors including yellow, and also pastel shades were out there. Yes, the coral sprig is still being shown in bedding and on a few decorative accessories, believe it. After all spring is on the way!


John Derian added fish and assorted animals to the mix.

A fairly young company called Simrin looked to the barnyard for inspiration. We are going through an Americana renaissance right now, and there seems to be a big barn fixation. Williams Sonoma Home did Modern Barn, and here is Animal Farm. The plastic trays are adorable and hearken back to simpler times.

The same animals make their debut on these burlap placemats from Simrin. Kids will love these.

Dransfield and Ross took the cocktail napkin to a whole new level. Monkeys love a good party too.

Aero Home expanded their porcelain accessories adding this passion flower.

Simrin also had a nice botanical touch. These Nature trays of varying size are great gifts for gardeners.

Oversized blooms and leaves flowing off the edges are lush and lifelike. The palette includes off colors like mustard and olive keeping these elegant. They are made in NYC, so I love them even more.


The Twig pillow above is from the Private Collection by Dixie Rinehardt, a New York interior designer with a love of nature and Indian embroidery. She won Best New Product at the show! I can see why.

Double Red Sunflowers have great multi-colored petals and intense embroidery detail.

Also from The Weekend Cottage Collection, this detailed embroidery is very arts and crafts in color and design.

Sunflowers in teal.

More Sunflowers in cheerful Florida Key lime.

Chelsea Textiles has the best pillows that I show ad infinitum. Tonal sophistication and muted colors look great with a neutral color scheme. The embroidery on top of the print is a nice custom touch.


I found a great new mirror resource called Made Goods. The patinated metal deco Chloe above is so chic.

The company uses wonderful materials to great effect--the shell inlay and relief here looks gorgeous.

With global influences not going anywhere soon, this Syrian- inspired mirror is another beauty. Bone and resin with the scallop edge adds charm.

Roost worked wood into everyday objects.

Recycled glass and relaxed chic from Canvas through Ochre.


Motel Deluxe, known for their gorgeous French papers, had gorgeous photo albums and journals in this rich eggplant and multi- colored ikat.

Manuel Canovas bedding got crazy with technicolor feathers.

Ikat silk pillows made in Cambodia come in sharp colors. Cambodge Collection, a pillow company started by designer Kerry Green, has a great assortment of silks in jewel tones. Get in touch with her to order, and to see swatches.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Do you know who was showing the pillows from Cambodia?