NYIGF Spring 2012 – Something Old is Something New

Australian designer Florence Broadhurst and her vivid patterned wallpaper from the’60s and 70s – image from Elle Decor’s website

Resurrection of the past is a trend invoked in every economic recession, and 2012 is no exception. Here are a few hot retreads to look for in Spring and Summer 2012.

Antique wall paper print motifs are hot and enduring elements. It was not by coincidence that I received am email yesterday from Elle Decor’s website, focused on the work of Australian Pattern designer, Florence Broadhurst. Sadly I NEVER, ever return from a show without mislaying one contact that I was thrilled to find. Here is the pearl from the treasure I lost this time around.

An Antique wallpaper book featuring prints by Benedictus Relais, from a vendor at NYIGF

This mystery supplier had the most amazing collection of antique wallpaper books! The quotes I heard ranged between $3,500 and $7,500 for long lost high-quality. Benedictus Relais is not unknown, and framed prints of his samples are several hundred dollars a piece Even books about rare wallpaper are expensive!

Up-cycling is a trend whose momentum continues to swell, and rediscovering the past reveals keys to modern influence that are a friendly wave from the past.

An interior image from Designers Guild, featuring patterns by Tricia Guild. Image from Designers Guild advertising website.

Look at the pattern of Tricia Guild’s pillow, and her bold bright color choices. I doubt that she took inspiration from Benedictus Relais, but there are uncanny similarities proving yet again that great color, pattern and styles are timeless!

More waxing nostalgic, but from the more distant past could be seen at NYIGF – colonial era French portraiture is a hot new re-trend. Poufed and powdered portraits on plates, pillows…

Some great wall plates featuring revolutionary era portraits was on decorative plates, pillows

…even pressed between the hallowed pages of Interior Design Magazine.

A library design from January issue of Interior Design Magazine

This antique genre of 18th century design has also been embraced by the “un-decorate” movement, like Seletti’s genius place settings. Just can’t choose a single favorite china pattern? No need to limit yourself to just one pattern!

Selletti’s Hybrid Plates

I am in love! Must have plates!!!

Last year one of Pantone’s hot trend predictions was “mushrooms”. I was not smitten with the idea of fungi chachkis, save perhaps in the form of Christmas ornaments (as long as it’s not mushroom themed). If I had to bet the farm on the coming year’s hot chachki trend, my money would be on owls.

Some sweet owl ornaments from Cody Foster & Co

Areaware Fauna Pillows

I have seen owls everywhere this past few months, and they strike me as only a bit less kichy than fungi, (a bias I can attribute to one of my guilty pleasure, The Harry Potter audio book series, as can only be read by Jim Dale). But the static rule with chachkis persists: less is more.

Nature is still a big theme and organic focus increases, perhaps as the planet continues to exhibit alarming signals of climate change. In my own living memory, I have never, ever seen snow drops emerge before March, let alone the first week in January. Bats are dying off in New York State in record numbers due to an inability to enter hibernation, stimulated by the deep freeze of winter…the mosquito will remind us of this in June. In reaction to a planet in peril, the design market offers a plethora of decor styled in accord with the planet we all call home.

A driftwood lamp by Serge de Troyer

A log stool by Serge de Troyer

Bulb starter vases by Homart – nature as display

A gorgeous driftwood lamp by Continental Home

Tune in next for some unexpected finds from NYIGF, and pit stops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Designers Guild’s Manhattan Showroom to see the Spring 2012 Collection!