Luster Is In For The Long Haul

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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All Tied Up in Paris

Who would have guessed two years ago that knots would have such a prominent place in décor? But as a swing back toward 1970s style took hold for home interiors in 2015, macramé swept back into trend. It appeared in chairs, wall hangings, pot hangers and more, confirming The Trend Curve‘s forecast from nearly three years ago. Consumers…

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London Isn’t Gray Anymore

I never tire of trend-spotting in London. But no matter how many days I set aside for retail reconnaissance, I always wish for just one more. While taking in the retail landscape last month, it didn’t take long to notice the absence of gray. I don’t mean that gray disappeared from assortments altogether. Instead, gray was a no-show…

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The Practical Side of Paper

Paper is today’s on-trend material, and The Trend Curve forecasts that it will remain so for at least the next two years. Products ranging from book-paper birds and papier maché rabbits to tissue-paper blossoms and cardboard signs have been cropping up at trade shows for more than a year. Andbros, showing at the September Maison &…

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Petite Friture’s Immersive Product Launch in Paris

Petite Friture is among our favorite design-driven companies because their products are so innovative. So, when The Trend Curve was invited to an intimate dinner at their Paris showroom to celebrate the launch of their first tableware collection, Succession, I jumped at the chance. I’m glad I did. It was the most immersive product debut…

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The Next Big Thing: Martini Tables

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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Earthy Hues at Guimarães Home Fashion Week

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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I’ve Got a Thing for Lambs

OK, I’ll admit it. With a last name like Lamb I’ve had a predisposition to loving these soft, wooly creatures all of my life—I’ve got a thing for lambs. But you don’t have to be one of my siblings or cousins to recognize that there are more lamb and sheep in the market now than there…

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The New Look of Red

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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Pucker Up!

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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