At the recent High Point furniture market, luster confirmed that it is in for the long haul. It appeared at price points from high to medium, and in décor products from seating to framed art, with metallic the primary point of view. One factor in luster’s continued growth and forecasted longevity is that it is…

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It all started with the wildly successful television series Mad Men. It got everyone talking about the lifestyle of the 1960s-70s, the drinking culture of corporate executives and how consumers entertained at home. More importantly, it energized an interest in mid-century modern style that had already begun. Today, mid-century forms and surface designs have become…

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The first-ever Guimarães Home Fashion Week took place in Guimarães, Portugal in late June. It featured home-textiles products from 29 manufacturers that call this region home. Every company exhibiting at this event exuded a passion for textiles. They talked about the high quality towels, bathmats, robes, throws, curtails, kitchen towels, table linens, aprons quilts, sheets and…

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Reds are getting a new look for 2017 and 2018. So says textile maker Sunbury Textile Mills. At the recent Showtime upholstery textiles market, this company revealed their forecast that future reds will trend toward their orange side. The Trend Curve agrees. Why? Because the foundation that drives everything in the world of color—neutrals—has already begun a…

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Dimensional weaves were an important part of the 3-D story at the Showtime upholstery-textiles market. As related in the August 2016 issue of The Trend Curve, that included high/low weaves and cut-velvet looks. It also included incoming matelassé and other puckered constructions. These dimensional weaves are expected to build. They will not only add more…

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Call them craft-inspired or Boho Chic. Either way, pompoms are getting lots of attention lately. The Trend Curve believes they are poised to get even more. Pompoms have already appeared as details on apparel, shoes and handbags. Now they are popping up on baskets, throws and cushions. They have appeared on products at the High Point…

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It seems it was just a year ago that everyone was talking about coral. It was the best way to update pink AND the best new version of orange, because coral was so important that it had a home in both color families. Adults loved it. Kids did, too. Even baby products made a place…

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If you attended the Showtime upholstery textiles market this month, you may have noticed a slight uptick in the number of paisleys. Interest in these motifs is picking up again as they shake off their traditional image and shift toward transitional personalities that could make them more appealing in the future. What features transform a paisley form…

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The Showtime textiles market is an early indicator of things to come. That’s because fabrics seen at this important semi-annual market are selected by furniture-company designers to show on upholstered pieces at the next High Point furniture market. Then, retailers show these sofas, chairs, ottomans and cushions to consumers on their showroom floors. From Showtime…

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In markets around the world, wire-frame geometry is on-trend. It updated in mirrors at the Hong Kong Houseware fair and made vases look modern at Maison & Objet in Paris. Picture frames at Ambiente in Frankfurt made use of it, as did tables at the High Point furniture market and glassware at the New York Tabletop market.…

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