Stone-Washed Textures at Guimarães Home Fashion Week

Guimarães Home Fashion Week took place in Guimarães, Portugal in late June. It provided opportunities to see some of the newest and the best products from some 29 home-textiles manufacturers, who participated in this first-ever event and exposition. One Trend revealed in Guimarães was a stone-washed look. It came in colors like dark navy and…

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Yarn To Towel: A Story in Pictures

How does a towel go from yarn to finished product? Editors from Germany, Egypt, South Korea, Greece, Japan and the U.S. were invited in June to Guimarães, the most-important area of Portugal for household-textiles production, to see for themselves. It was all a part of Guimarães Home Fashion Week, a first-ever event dedicated to showcasing…

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Feeling Bookish at H.D. Buttercup

Real books are making a comeback. Why? Because it turns out that people like the experience of holding a book in their hands. And lots of people perceive that there is less stress on their eyes when they read ink on paper, vs. on a screen. Now the preference for books is beginning to impact…

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From Utility to Creativity

Many of us have similar ideas of what a paint store looks like. A sea of color cards greets you at the door. Gallon cans of paint line utilitarian shelves. Brushes hang from pegs in good/better/best assortments. Whether you’re painting interior walls, changing the color on the shutters or giving an old dresser new life,…

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Pompoms are On-Trend

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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How Do You Say Blue?

How many ways are there to say BLUE? At the Ambiente 2016 trade fair, held in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year, an exact number was difficult to pin down. That’s because there were so many types and personalities. They were found in products from dinnerware and decorative accessories to textiles and food-storage products. Almost every…

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Coral is Out—Persimmon is In

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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A Pickup for Paisleys?

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 Skinny on Animal Skins

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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On The Wire

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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