Design Spectator for FCW: It’s a Small World…Global Views on Design

Design Spectator for FCW: It’s a Small World…Global Views on Design

Going Global | Style & Design | Floor Covering Weekly
Have you noticed that the world keeps getting smaller and smaller? As I’ve traveled from markets and shows, and counted up the vast number of miles it takes to go from Paris, France to Hannover, Germany to Las Vegas, Nevada and High Point, North Carolina, and then to observe how many similarities that there are between the shows, mind you the subtle differences are the flavor and culture of the cities themselves, you should know that the global marketplace is thriving and filling up with interesting new trends.
Luxurious materials and textures are among the biggest trends spotted at Maison et Objet, one of the first shows of the year in Paris. Engaging the sense of touch with tactile softness and in softened pastel color palettes make for a dynamic duo, although done is a subtle approach. Check out the brand, Amara at for more looks like this in their throws, bedding and layered textiles.

The combination of luxurious materials with metallic finishes also made a statement at Maison throughout accessories. While pastels and luxury are quiet and comforting, matte black and shiny golden metallics were wow-factors and all out glamorous, like from the 40’s decade of hollywood glamour. From High POint’s Style Spotters, here are some examples of the brass and gold pieces which exemplify this trend in the USA


1. Michael S. Smith for Mirror Image Home
2. Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort
3. Baker Furniture


Recalling recent interviews about trends from European shows, the “tropical/greenery/foliage” trend continues to evolve. Colorful green lacquered finishes on chairs by Ercol, a British brand since 1920, at speak to the “jungle-inspired” greening of the palette, found in their collections of furnishings Stateside in High Point, green could be found in an unexpected place, in The Bentley Chandelier by Bunny Williams for Currey & Company.


“Tropical fronds: Head south for the season with a trend that transmits a burst of the botanical: Tropical Fronds. Turn over a languorous leaf with a selection of equator‐inspired patterns, prints and other pops of design that are destined to transform any designer into the queen or king of the jungle.”


This imaginative made-in-Spain upholstery from the Colony Collection features playful monkeys climbing across a leafy, inviting jungle.

Whimsical watercolors in this framed giclee canvas translate the theme in emerald and kelly greens without going over the top.

Interpreted in luxe sculpted velvet, the brand’s toss pillows bring the leaves of the outside world, in. Yet thanks to naturally fade- and microbe-resistant solution-dyed acrylic, they’re usable both indoors and out.

The brand’s new line of coordinating wallpaper and fabrics plays up the palm, masterfully communicating the tropics’ signature frond.

5 JAIPUR’S COASTAL TIDES RUG.                                                                                          Marine-themed, muted and understated, Jaipur’s hand-tufted polyester rug, in oxford tan and bone white, brings a bit of underwater appeal into the home.

The Unexpected Chandelier

The Bentley Chandelier by Bunny Williams for Currey & Company found at under lighting


Natural elements that have been refined or digitized are among the top trends also revealed at the start of the year in Paris. Exactly how “nature” is interpreted varies from designer to designer, but expect to see more and more florals, vines and forest foliage in fabrics and wall coverings, as well as horn and bone looks made from combinations of resins in chalky finishes among accessories. Within the “natural” elements trend, there also lies the same tie back to various green hues, some however here are silvery sage greens when and where it makes the most sense for the materials used. Mixing and layering of differing greens also perpetuates this trend. Christian Lacroix dinnerware is an ideal example of the aesthetic described here. For visuals, go to . From tableware to textiles, the natural and jungle greens are easily located and make for an instant update to most every design style. If applied in an avocado or silvery sage green, the trend can feel mid century modern or art deco.

Animals of all kinds were at the shows, starting at IMM and Maison et Objet and traveled on to High Point as well as Las Vegas. Animal prints, marine life, bengal tigers, butterflies, birds and regal dog and cats were popular images used for wall art, pillows and a variety of porcelain or ceramic accessories.

The Accent of All Accent Pillows

Ardmore Lovebird Leopard Silk Pillow Covers by Ngala Trading Co.

The Lovebird Leopard Silk Pillows are as luxe as they sound, and each is handmade in South Africa.

Going Global | Style & Design | Floor Covering Weekly

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